2019 is a conundrum: On the one hand, astral patterns unfold with super simplicity—there are normal retrogrades and normal eclipses, which means we’re free to breathe an almost normal air. But that ease is countered by a pattern of deep red karmic threads, threads that continue to reach deep into individual and collective hearts, illuminating fundamental human issues and demanding that we bring consciousness into our mad, mad, mad world. 2019 offers moments of bliss as well as moments when some of us may feel that our hearts are failing. It’s not a pretty picture, but you would need the best drugs in the world to think that all the recent trials and tribulations around the planet—not just in the United States—will disappear at the stroke of the first day of a new year. Quite the opposite. On December 31, at 9:20 PM EST, Mars enters Aries, its Home Sign, signaling a dynamic end to 2018 as well as a dynamic start to 2019. Mars is a fiery planet that revels in assertion, ambition, and aggression—it thrives on challenge and competition, and because it likes to win, New Year celebrations could play out with an edge.
One thing is certain: 2019 is an inexorable planetary march toward January 12, 2020, when the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is exact. We start to feel the full force of this conjunction in April, and even though Saturn retrogrades away from Pluto for the summer, by the fall, this contractive force kicks in. By the end of 2019, we’ll find ourselves caught in the tractor beam of a contracted universe.
Saturn is always about limitation; Pluto is always about power; and when these two Titans challenge each other, we experience profound cultural shifts. Of course, there’s always the possibility that these shifts are beneficial—the groundswell of resistance to Trump and his Gang of Hungry Ghosts continues to grow steadily and throughout 2019 its presence will only increase. But the shadows that have been revealed—the hatred and greed that have been released and encouraged—won’t go quietly, and it’s up to those of us who value awareness and compassion to find ways of creating a new paradigm for conscious living, one that includes all of us, even those who hate. It won’t be easy to dismantle the polarization that has been so assiduously fed by the right-wing propaganda machine, but if we are to move forward toward peaceful resolution we must find a way for all of us to come in from the cold. As Dylan once wrote: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours.”
Uranus also plays a key role in 2019. It goes direct on January 6, at 3:26 PM EST, less than 24 hours after the first solar eclipse of the new year at 15° Capricorn 25′, so the year is off to a dynamic start. Uranus Direct moves steadily forward, finally leaving Aries on March 6 and moving into Taurus, where it will stay until 2025. Uranus is sure to rock the financial world, but for those who aren’t invested as well as those who are, the transit of Uranus through Taurus is about more than money—the next seven years are about a revolution of values.
Just a brief look at history to add some context to what we might expect. In 1988, Saturn entered Capricorn, where it was quickly joined by Uranus that same year, and by 1991, as Saturn exited Capricorn and moved into Aquarius, the Soviet Union dissolved, evidencing that communism doesn’t work—at least not in its Russian iteration. Since the Saturn/Uranus oppositions of 2008/2010, we’ve been learning that capitalism doesn’t work either—the most recent crash course was the market collapse of 2008/2009. (We may be witnessing another one as I write.) Saturn moved back into Capricorn in 2017 and throughout 2019 it is steadily closing in on Pluto. We’re learning lessons similar to those we learned in 1988, only now we’re learning about the failure of capitalism.
We don’t really need the planets to remind us that economic inequities are at the heart of most of our problems, both local and global, but just in case anyone had any doubts, Uranus’ journey through Taurus, the Sign of resources—which includes m-o-n-e-y—makes those imbalances and their consequences undeniably clear. The next seven years—the length of a Uranus transit through each Sign, is likely to put a period at the end of capitalism’s reign. This examination of what matters most, individually and collectively, starts in 2019. As part of that process, many could find themselves bereft of resources, while others could find themselves experiencing overwhelming abundance. At either side of that spectrum, there are deeper value issues to be examined. For example, once survival needs are met, how much is enough? And if all your needs are met many times over, when does generosity become a responsibility?
To live authentically we need to know what we value most. It’s not enough to accept the party line—what we’ve been taught or told is “right” by family, church, school, or other authorities. Living consciously requires identifying intentions and being aware of what motivates our actions. Why is kindness important? Because it’s the right thing or because it feels good, strengthens the heart, and helps all of us to feel more connected to ourselves and each other?
As you sort through your values, keep in mind that hatred only feeds a negative energetic field—it’s ultimately a dead field, but it still radiates with power, especially when it catalyzes fear. Figuring out how to neutralize hatred with love and how to awaken compassion in the heart of an enemy…now, that’s magic, of a kind that’s both practical and necessary, so don’t confuse it with magical thinking. Find your magic in the coming year and help others to do the same.