UAC 2018: celebrating earth & sky

Georgia will be presenting three times at UAC 2018, May 20-31. The first is a pre-conference workshop on Financial Astrology: From Macro to Micro. She’s also doing two lectures in the Business Track, Electing Decent Business Charts and Pushing through Time: Synodics and Other Cycles.

The new book, Pushing through Time: Synodic Cycles and their Developing Phases, will also be released at the conference! Click here for more information.

The Sun has now entered Pisces. At the end of March is the Spring Equinox, the first day of the Sun in Aries. As the Sun moves through Pisces, over the course of the next four weeks, we end the seasonal year. Every year, from late February through late March, we filter through all the different things we tried to do in this last year, since the Spring Equinox of 2017. Some might say that the month of February is a kind of toxic waste management month, where we clear out our drawers, our bodies, our lives, letting go of what is no longer needed so that we are ready to start anew in the spring. As opposed to other years, this year the Sun in Pisces is working with Saturn, giving the opportunity to combine one’s imagination with practicality. Imagination and structure is a winning combination for that creative idea.

In fact, Saturn, the anchor, is working very favorably with Mercury, the thinking planet. In the middle of the week, Venus, the goddess of love, aligns with Neptune. This can bring either a creative opportunity or a romantic opportunity. The energy continues through the weekend, as Venus and Mars (the lovers of the zodiac) are in aspect with each other. Venus and Neptune are also in aspect, so invite someone to go dancing, see a play, attend concert or take a wonderful walk on the beach. This is the time to get a massage or paint a picture. If the soul is soothed the rest falls in place.

This week Mercury and Jupiter are in hard aspect to each other. Sometimes we talk more during these cycles than listen. Sometimes we say too much, and, sometimes we say things without a filter. There are some challenges with this hard aspect but sometimes, particularly in the political arena, we hear things we probably weren’t supposed to hear, something slips out, a microphone is left on while someone has a private conversation, someone responds before hearing the whole story. In our own lives, if this is happening to you this week take a breath before speaking. This Mercury square Jupiter can make us feel like we must get in the last word and if we don’t we won’t make our point. The Solar Eclipse (New Moon) is on Thursday, February 15. Eclipses sometimes bring anxiety that make us talk too much and sleep too little or the reverse. Things usually work out once we get a little rest, have a chance to take that breath, and re-think our message. Venus and Saturn and Sun and Venus are in complimentary aspects on the 17th, just two days after the eclipse, the clarity of thought brings your ideas into form. In other words, be patient with yourself and others this week. This too shall pass.

In between two eclipses (the next one is on February 15) there sometimes seems to be a lull in the action, or the markets start to do a little flip flop, or something we have been working on just does not seem to be working. That is because we are caught in the ‘shadow’ of the two eclipses. This might be particularly true for those born in the middle of the signs of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus, or for those people who have a high percentage of those signs in their charts. In these charts, the major areas of our lives are affected–our personal identities, our very close relationships (personal or professional), our families, homes, and our professional lives. These big issues often seem to be the major focus in our lives. However, there are other areas that are being eclipsed that are just as valid–our goals, the friends and community that help us achieve our goals, the way we handle our resources, and the way we take a chance on love, children, and our creative pursuits. These are all the areas we confront as we move into eclipse season.

If it seems dark it really is not, we are just in the room where we find the answers and need to locate the light switch. As soon as the eclipse shadow passes, the light will bring insight. Later this week, Venus enters Pisces, the sign of spirit and the creative process. This happens on Saturday, January 10. The Sun in Aquarius in first quarter aspect to Jupiter allows for setting some private ‘me’ time aside to allow the ideas that are percolating to enter your consciousness.

The Total Lunar Eclipse (full moon) on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, falls at 11º Leo/11º Aquarius. This eclipse last occurred on January 31, 1999, exactly 19 years ago. Eclipses usually return every 19 years in the same place of the zodiac and in the same place in one’s chart. Sometimes we can remember what happened in the year that followed that eclipse and sometimes we can’t, but whatever you were thinking about, learning, formulating, or doing then may be somewhat like what you are doing now. For me, I started finally writing my Business Astrology 101: Weaving the Web Between Business and Myth Book. It did not come out until 2000, and it took me probably about 10 years to write. Ironically, I am currently putting the final touches on my Synodic Cycle book, something I started writing about seven or so years ago (I know- I am slow). I hope to have it ready by the UAC conference in Chicago, May 2018.

Things tried during the last eclipse cycles of 1999 may have a better opportunity now with this new cycle of eclipses. Check in with your heart. What does it long to do?

On Wednesday, January 24, there is a second quarter moon, which offers opportunities to get organized in any area of your life needing structure. If you are working on projects, it is also a great week for research. This same day, Mercury (thinking) and Pluto (research) line up in the sky offering a new season of ideas and the exploration of how to make those ideas reality. The next day, January 25, is when Mercury (again thinking) compliments Jupiter (expansive ideas) allowing for the opportunities to meet and collaborate with those interested in your research and who want to do something new and different. With the Moon in Taurus, an earth sign, complimenting Mercury and Pluto, you might even find or figure out how to make these ideas financially viable. If you have been thinking of cleaning up investments, taking out cash, or waiting for better buying opportunities this might be the time in which to do so. Next week takes us into the first eclipse of the year, on January 31. More on that later.

Mars enters Sagittarius, a much more fiery energy than Mars in Scorpio. This starts on January 26, 2018, and the optimism that often surrounds Sagittarius energy helps in planning, marketing and envisioning something you may have been thinking about doing over the course of the last two and a half years. If you need more education, perhaps this is the time to bite the bullet and go for it. Education doesn’t have to be formal. It can also be vocational or just learning about something you have always been interested in. The eclipse coming up on the 31st of the month helps decide where or when that might be, either in three, six, or nine months after the eclipse. More on that eclipse next week.

There is a New Moon at 26º Capricorn on Tuesday, January 16. New Moons start the monthly activity cycle and this one is no exception. However, this New Moon is conjunct the United States’ Pluto. The U.S. Pluto is in the U.S. second house, which has to do with spending and values. It also suggests that things regarding finances, taxes, and monies owed for taxes are at the top of the news, with a few revelations, lots of surprises and discoveries. Venus is also entering the sign of Aquarius on January 17, which allows for better conceptual ideas, as it is an air sign that is quite progressive in its expression. This helps lighten some of the news of the week as Pluto returns to its shadow position (the place at which it went retrograde early in 2017). These ‘shadow’ dates may reveal, confirm, decide and inspire action regarding issues that were peaking in late April 2017. Pluto has to do with issues surrounding nuclear access. Pluto is near the North Korean leader’s Sun (yes, he is a Capricorn born in 1984). With Jupiter having aligned with Mars just a couple of weeks ago, perhaps the news will be better than expected or some solutions may begin showing their face. I know I must be sounding Pollyanna about this but one can always hope.

The New Moon in Capricorn takes place in the natural zodiac’s career house–new jobs or bosses anyone??

This week begins with the Sun in Capricorn lined up with Venus in Capricorn. If you are looking for a new job or a new office situation this suggests it might be time to review what is in your wardrobe. Enhanced by Venus, clothing reflects the refined confidence of the Saturnine less is more theme that begins 2018. All of these planets in Capricorn denote people getting back to work, both young and old. Many of these jobs are self-designed, as Capricorn is notorious for ‘finding the need and filling it’. We are entering an era of starting businesses by finding specific niches. These specific niches are derived by clearing our schedules of time wasting activities (how many hours do you spend on social media?) and reformulating those hours into researching an idea and putting a plan together. This spring, in April, I will speak at the Berkeley Women’s Conference. The lecture is called How to Invent your Job. It will be a lecture in ‘English’ using the examples of planetary archetypes. This basic information can assist in forming teams that are balanced and bring together those with various skill sets. With the Fourth Quarter Moon this week, it is my suggestion that you go through files that you have been saving and curate any gems of information regarding your interests. Mercury is back on track January 10 and meets up with Saturn on January 12, emphasizing more focus in our thinking.

The year and the week start out with a bang! On January 2, Uranus, that god of chaos mentioned just last week, finally goes direct at 28° Aries 36′. Like a racehorse heading for the finish line of a seven-year cycle, Uranus now moves rapidly through the last two degrees of Aries through the next few months and then ingresses into Taurus in May 2018 for just a few months. This brief sojourn into Taurus lasts until November 6 when it returns to Aries until March 2019. However, between May and November, the shift of Uranus from fast paced Aries into much slower and grounded Taurus is comforting.

Those few months where it is in Taurus, offer the opportunity to start thinking about new and fresh ideas grounded in practical, fertile and satisfying earth bound ideas. While Uranus remains in Aries thought things remain fiery. I think it is interesting that the last time Uranus traveled though Aries was between 1927 and 1935 during the Great Depression, the development of the WPA by Franklyn Delano Roosevelt and the beginning of such government programs as Social Security. It was also the end of Prohibition. This is an interesting irony that another type of Prohibition is ending as more and more states legalize the use of Marijuana. It is my opinion that by the time Uranus re-enters Taurus in 2019, it becomes accepted on a Federal level during that time. Whether you agree with this or doesn’t is not the point, because I think it has to do with profit more than a moral issue and Taurus is about profit.

My view of this is that as Uranus (the awakener and the ruler of large networks) moves into money making Taurus (which is associated with agricultural innovations), that more companies will be investing in Marijuana for profit as many are doing at this writing. In addition, the advances in agricultural technology will be vast. I think once Uranus enters Taurus, things simmer down a bit at least for a few months but in the months approaching May, we may still be in for major climate and political upheavals. The riots of the last few years may not subside, but they will become more effective, more controlled and contained, but, therefore more effective.

This is a little bit more of a forecast than I do for a week, but it felt important to expand a bit. However, lest we forget the Full Moon of this week on Monday January 1, 2018 at 11° Cancer 38′, this Full Moon is very close to Pluto and there may be lots of endings and choices to end something this week. Those choices are big decisions to create something new out of something long needing a makeover. With Saturn at the Sun’s end of the Full Moon, it involves construction, responsibility and cutting something away or paring something down. It still doesn’t make it any easier. My best to all of you as you make these kinds of choices at the beginning of this year.

This is the last forecast for 2017. Thank you all for your loyal support and readership. Our list has grown and I am so very grateful. This week is Christmas and Kwanzaa — all celebrations of life! At the end of the year and with Mercury in direct motion now, I ask you what it is in your own life that you’d like to shift or change or alter over the course of the next year. It can be as simple as allowing yourself more time for you or for something that gives you great pleasure. That is one of the gifts of Saturn in Capricorn because Saturn and Capricorn are about the concept of ‘time’-not wasting it and using it optimally.

Saturn is the Roman name of the god in Greek Mythology known as Kronos, whose name means time. Kronos has both bad and good qualities. I’d like to focus on his good qualities in this week’s forecast since the main story we always hear about him is that he is sent to destroy his father, Ouranos (Uranus), the sky god by Gaia, his mother and Mother Earth. The reason Gaia sends her son Kronos to destroy his father is that Uranus, keeps coming together with Mother Earth, having children and quickly leaving — leaving Mother Earth to fend for herself and her many children. With too many responsibilities, perhaps she felt she couldn’t function and provide the Earth with what the Earth needed. We really don’t know. This is just a story.

Saturn, Kronos, the dutiful son destroys the father, Uranus, the god associated with chaos. Was it a bad thing that he destroyed his father? I leave that up to you the reader, but if you think about the motivation behind the request –the planet was in need of order and someone had to do it.

And the question is, “What is order”? Order is having a day where you have balance. Order is when we don’t all work or we don’t all play. When that happens, things get out of hand and crazy and human beings can only do so much. The world today is complex, fast, without boundaries and globally awake 24/7 inundated with a news cycle of the same amount of hours. We ride subways looking at our phones, have dinner with love ones looking at our phones and so much time is wasted. People are starving for connections. What part of each of our lives needs more tender loving care? Where do we need to be quiet for just a little time? What part of our psyche feels too chaotic to function? These are all questions we ask as we approach the New Year and they are questions the New Year assists us in addressing. Happy New Year to all of you.

We begin the week with the New Moon of last week. We also begin the week with the last day that Saturn is in Sagittarius! Tomorrow, December 19, Saturn enters the sign of Capricorn at 8:49 PM on the West Coast and at 11:49 PM on the East Coast. The last time Saturn entered Capricorn was February 13, 1988. It stayed there for a few weeks, went back to Sagittarius in June, 1988, then re-entered Capricorn November 11, 1988 and remained in Capricorn until February 6, 1991. I always like to give these dates because if you have lived long enough, you can go back to that period in your life and recall what you learned (or didn’t) during that period and was left incomplete. The way these planetary ingresses work is that, like the DNA strand moving in upwards motion, when a slow moving planet like Saturn returns after 29 ½ years you have the opportunity to further develop the good stuff you were developing at the time before. You also are reminded of the not so good stuff that you had to discard at that time for survival purposes and though those moments were sad, they were necessary as Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn asks each of us to pare down what is no longer needed in our lives, while asking us to let go of situations we’ve outgrown.

As many of you recall the early 90s brought a recession. Recessions are always a ‘bad’ word for a lot of people, but my view of them is they provide opportunities for more creative ways in which to work and think and live. We’ve all heard the term ‘less is more’. Saturn in Capricorn’s mantra is just that. Pullback periods are some of the best times to find that the hole in your life or in society’s life and fill it. I think it is interesting that the sign of Capricorn falls at Winter Solstice and in the Northern Hemisphere (the Solstice is on December 21 this week), this is a very cold time of year but soon as the days get longer, we have more light and warmth.

With Mercury going direct on the 22nd the day after the Solstice and a couple of days after Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn, my view is — well, okay, let’s get on with our lives! The last three years have not been that great for many, but with Saturn in Capricorn, a more realistic, perhaps an even more conscientious and responsible energy ignites during this new cycle. Think of this major transition of the zodiac as a time after a long period of darkness where we begin to see little shoots of light. Always remember the space for what you want is already filled with what you settle for instead! Happy Solstice and I wish you all warm and joyous holidays to you and your families and friends. Tell a friend about our free newsletter which is available by signing up here. Thanks for all your support through the years.

This week offers a more festive mood as many wonderful aspects take place this week. Though Mercury is still retrograde, Mercury is dancing delightfully with the Sun on Tuesday December 12, 2017 giving some inspired thought to all kinds of ideas percolating at this time. A little fire is sometimes all we need and the Sun brings exactly that. As the week at the Last Quarter phase of the Moon — the clearing up phase — Mercury aligns with Venus on Friday. This is a good time to meet friends, socialize, negotiate and pitch in some help while socializing with others. Continue this delightful energy into the weekend as the Sun in Sagittarius sends off a positive trine (support) to innovative and unique Uranus on Saturday.

This is just in time for the New Moon (always starts the month’s energy phase) on Sunday at 26° Sagittarius 17′ sparking some new changes that improve one’s organization which might have started on September 19, 2017. As you may recall, these late degrees of Sagittarius are at the Galactic Center where anything can happen. When they happen, they happen very fast creating lots of changes in their wake. Hold on and trust that the changes of the last two and a half years are coming to an end and finding resolution.