Greetings friends and astrology clients, welcome to 2019 and welcome to my first annual yearly astrology report, giving you an overview of the astrological aspects of the year ahead.
2019-2020 are particularly interesting years and I wanted to take the time to give you an in depth analysis of the energies in play. It's a deep dive into the astrological alignments of 2019 and how it may effect the economy, politics, the environment and us personally. We are heading into the possibility of multiple crisis points over the next few years, with a possible recession and impeachment/ political crisis on the horizon. My goal is not to alarm you or create fear, on the contrary, my intention is to fully prepare us all for the big changes and possible crisis that is suggested by the planetary alignments. With crisis comes opportunity for those who are prepared!
The following report does not contain "predictions". It does contain an analysis of astrological alignments and placements, with forecasts based on historical correlations and astrological theory. We have tried to identify major trends and important dates to watch throughout 2019, and laid out possible scenarios. It’s a bit long as I wanted to take the time to fully describe these alignments, take your time with it, reading one section at a time.
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The Jupiter / Neptune Square
The first is a series of three squares between Jupiter and Neptune, starting in January, a second pass in June and a culmination in September. The main theme of this Jupiter square Neptune aspect series is "wishful thinking", fantasy and collective naivete, and difficulty separating fact from fantasy. Have you ever fallen head over heels in love only to find out the person or thing you fell for is not at all what you thought you were getting ? Swept off your feet or falling on your face.... Welcome to Jupiter square Neptune. Both Jupiter and Neptune are about hope and faith, confidence and optimism, but put them together in a square and it's easy to over do it. With Jupiter in it's highly idealistic, fiery home sign of Sagittarius, this could make the situation worse. This has serious implications for the global economy, and while Jupiter in Sagittarius could be good for economic growth, the fire of inflation could also get out of control and become a very serious problem over the next 12 months. This aspect may also act as a denial mechanism, possibly causing many (Think Trump and Fed chairman Powell) to downplay the very serious problems leading up to the Saturn/ Pluto crisis point of 2020. This could also be a very hard fall for people who put their faith in Trump and have to confront reality now. Global trade would usually be favored with Jupiter in Sag, but the square to Neptune could make for deceptions in negotiations, and could make real agreements difficult to come by. Look for major fraudulent schemes and deceptions to come to light. It can also be an aspect of both deception and illusion. We may be taken advantage of under this aspect--be careful, if it looks too good to be true under this aspect, it probably is! Many economists and political leaders may be in denial about how bad things are about to get politically, economically and ESPECIALLY for the environment. The overall theme here is that we can become easily swept up in plans or expectations that are ungrounded and not supported by practical reality on the ground. We have to be very careful to have a sober assessment of our overall situation at this time--especially our finances--reduction of our risk profile now is generally encouraged. Liquidity is key, and now is the time to make careful personal preparations for a possible major recession 2020-2021. Wishful thinking and over spending can have serious, possibly disastrous consequences both collectively and personally when reality hits in January 2020. Thankfully this aspect will be offset by a favorable Saturn / Neptune sextile.
However, the Jupiter/Neptune square aspect is not all bad or unfavorable ! It is favorable for romance, creativity and spiritual exploration. Jupiter represents philosophy, religion and the search for meaning and higher truth; Neptune indicates spirituality, faith and higher divine exploration. Spiritual practice and creativity are favored under this aspect, and we have the potential for a spiritual breakthrough, with the challenge being to integrate these spiritual breakthroughs into practical reality. We will see increasing interest in spiritual practices like astrology, meditation, Qigong and yoga, as well spiritual plant medicines like Ayahuasca and cannabis and new age philosophies. Research regarding Psychedelics may come to light showing more therapeutic application for these substances. (Cannabis stocks could continue to do well in 2019). Artistic creativity, music, dance and cinema may all be favored under this aspect. We may see great works of art during this time period as well as prominent Sci Fi and Fantasy movies, or breakthroughs in gaming and Virtual Reality that allow us to escape reality. Any subject where "fantasy" is emphasized will do well, art and music that has a spiritual aspect is also especially favored. An important spiritual leader may arise to prominence at this time, while we could also see problems with spiritual teachers as more abuse and deceptions come to light.
Jupiter Square Neptune Dates
Jan 8-20, exact Jan 13
June 9-25, exact June 17
Sept 14-28, exact Sept 21
Saturn / Pluto Conjunction: Crisis point 2020
The next major aspect that everyone should be aware of is the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in January 2020.
Although the exact aspect doesn't take place until January 2020, it will be activated at several points throughout 2019, and have massive implications as we move through 2019, coloring the entire year. This is a heavyweight aspect, Saturn's symbolism includes fear, contraction and scarcity, but also maturity, hard work, stability, structure and discipline. Pluto symbolizes power, powerful evolutionary forces of breakdown, death, rebirth and regeneration; ultimately bringing a higher state of awareness and function. In this conjunction Pluto will break down the economic, political and cultural structures represented by Saturn, so they can be regenerated for the new cycle. If it seems like the world is falling apart, it is! Together with Uranus moving into Taurus in March, stability and security will be significant issues for us collectively and personally to grapple with as major personal, political or economic structures we have come to depend on may begin to crumble.
The Saturn / Pluto cycle is one of the most challenging and important astrological cycles that has consistently and reliably indicated an economic and/or political crisis and reset point through history*. The last Saturn / Pluto conjunction occurred in 1982, and corresponded to a recession, with very high inflation and very high unemployment in the US--a period that was known as "Stagflation". The opposition (half way point in the cycle) occurred in 2001 and corresponded to the bursting of the Dot.com bubble and the 9/11 attack, so these aspects tend to be quite unfavorable for financial markets.
Previous notable Saturn/ Pluto conjunctions of the 20th century include 1914, with the infamous assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand and the beginning of WWI, and 1946, coinciding with the end of WWII and the beginning of the cold war. The opposition in 1931 was one of the most devastating Saturn / Pluto aspects, with a run on the banks and the beginning of the great depression. Another opposition in 1965 saw the escalation of the Vietnam war and massive social unrest. This current Saturn / Pluto conjunction will take place in Capricorn, which hasn't happened in 500 years, and reached exact around the time Martin Luther challenged the hegemony and authority of the Catholic Church.
We saw the great powers of Britain, France and the US face off against Germany in the Saturn/ Pluto cycle 1914-1946. Then the US and The Soviet Union in the 1946-1982 cycle. The US faced off against Islamic fundamentalists like Al Quaeda and ISIS in the 1982- 2020 cycle. Right now it looks like we may see the US facing off against China in this new 2020 - 2055 cycle as China rises as a world super power, and one of the dominant world powers vying for influence. And the potential for a resolution of trade disputes between China and the US looks grim under this aspect. With Saturn/ Pluto in Capricorn the sign of authority, business, markets and production, there is a strong probability that the JAN 2020 conjunction of Saturn and Pluto "could" correspond to a world wide recession, steep market declines and a possible political crisis in the US. This recession could begin in 2019 and the Astrological aspects indicate a recession could last well into 2021. This is not “the end of the world” but could be tough times for many.
In terms of investments, it may be time to switch to capital preservation and liquidity as we move into 2019. High returns may be elusive. However, for the savvy investor, this crisis point may bring many opportunities, as many assets from stocks to real estate may be at decade cycle low points. This year a new moon solar eclipse on January 5th 2019, tightly conjunct both Saturn and Pluto will activate this aspect strongly. Eclipses have to do specifically with shadows, Saturn is about fear and control and Pluto is about power. Look for some major turbulence in global markets as well as major political and economic events to unfold with this eclipse. Saturn and Pluto will be within less than 10 degrees for all of 2019, and will get within 2 degrees in April & May 2019. This close contact in April will give us more good info about the exact conjunction, with the broader themes becoming a lot more clear. Some possible themes for this Saturn / Pluto conjunction include:
- Trump's trade war with China.
- Inflation fears and corporate debt loads will be major economic themes.
- Muller investigation and a possible impeachment of president Trump by the new Democratic House majority. With a chaotic, unpredictable president in office, a major constitutional crisis is a possibility.
- The flailing Brexit deal and street protest movement in France may be other indications to keep an eye on.
The situations with the US and Iran and N. Korea are always possible triggers for a global crisis. The eclipse on Jan 5th, the not-quite-exact conjunction in April and May 2019, AND the opposition of Mars and Mercury to Saturn/ Pluto in June will give us a preview of the crisis point in Jan 2020. It's also important to note that Jupiter will enter Capricorn on DEC 2 2019, and Jupiter will ultimately conjoin both Saturn and Pluto in 2020 potentially exaggerating and adding more drama to a crisis. This grouping of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto hasn't occurred in over 2000 years, making this cycle a potentially grand historical cycle, something akin to the reset of the Mayan calendar for western astrology. Although this crisis point may seem “bad” as we go through the process, it’s important to realize that this is a necessary transformation of society that could ultimately revitalize our cultural, political and economic institutions.
How this effect us personally ?
The Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto complex alignment falls at 22 degrees Capricorn and 1 degree Aquarius, wherever this complex alignment falls in our personal natal chart may indicate areas of our lives that may see dramatic changes, and are ripe for a major once in a lifetime transformation and reset. For example if the Jupiter/Saturn/ Pluto conjunction falls in our 7th house, we may be in for a major, once-in-a-lifetime energy reset in relationships; if it falls in our 10th house this would be true for career and profession. The problem is that Saturn indicates areas that may be especially difficult for us to let go of and let transformation occur. If this forms aspects to other planets in our chart this would be very important as well.
Important Dates to Watch For Saturn /Pluto Triggers
- Eclipse conjunct Saturn and Pluto: Jan 5 2019
- Saturn Pluto close pass: April 21- May 11 2019
- Mars opposing Saturn and Pluto: June 2019
- Jan 8 2020 Lunar Eclipse at 20 Cancer exactly opposing the exact Saturn/ Pluto conjunction: It's show time folks, This will be the epicenter of Crisis point 2020
- Saturn / Pluto exact conjunction: Jan 12 2020 (only one pass)
*See the groundbreaking work of Astrologer Richard Tarnas and his book Cosmos And Psyche for more info on the Saturn/ Pluto cycle and history.
A series of 3 Saturn Sextiles to Neptune:
One of the more favorable major aspects of 2019, the Saturn Neptune sextile indicates successfully turning dreams into reality! And in 2019 We will be able to balance some of our highest ideals with practical reality. This will act to counter balance the overly dreamy Jupiter Neptune square. It gives us the indication that with hard work and realistic approach, we may be able to successfully implement and manifest some of our highest visions, dreams and higher ideals into practical applications and give them material form and structure. This aspect also indicates a balance between the spiritual and the material worlds, between ideals and practicality. This aspect also indicates healthy boundaries that are neither too diffuse nor too rigid, but rather a perfect balance that allows desirable energies to pass through but is strong enough to keep disharmonious and unwanted energies out.
This aspect is especially favorable for accomplishing highly technical, spiritual practices that require hard work and discipline to master the technique. The aspect is in effect for the entire duration of these dates from Jan - Nov but is heightened within the exact date ranges. These dates would be especially favorable for meditation, yoga, ceremonial or ritual practices or other types of spiritual retreats.
Jan 23- Feb 3
June 14- June 29
Nov 3 -16
Uranus changing signs & moving into Taurus on March 6th
This also indicates the beginning of an important new cycle and new era. Uranus symbolizes revolution, freedom and liberation, innovation, disruption and new technology. It also symbolizes sudden, dramatic and unpredictable change. It’s mode of operation is liberation from restrictions, a disruption of the status quo and a challenge to stability & security. Taurus represents the polar opposites of stability, security, peace and calm. It also represents the earth itself. This may feel like the world is turning upside down ! As astrologer Ray Merriman has said, this may be one of the most paradoxical placements of planet and sign in astrology.
Uranus only changes signs every 7 years, and hasn't been in Taurus for 84 years, so this changing of signs indicates a major turning point. The last time Uranus was in Taurus we saw events like the great depression, but we also saw a hopeful new political reform movement called The New Deal with the rise of President FDR. The SEC was created on the very day Uranus went into Taurus June 6 1934 bringing much needed reforms and revolutionizing how markets operate with more transparency and GOV oversight. ON a darker note we Also saw political norms turned upside down with the rise of fascism in Europe. We also saw environmental and agricultural devastation with the "Dust Bowl" catastrophe in the US.
Due to retrogradation, Uranus will move back and forth over the sign cusp several times before entering the sign for good. We saw this as Uranus entered Taurus from May to NOV 2018 and went back to Aries NOV 2018 -March 2019. On March 6th 2019 Uranus enters Taurus for a seven year stay. The day Uranus changed signs into fiery Aries in 2011, starting a new 84 zodiac year cycle, we saw the catastrophic Tsunami that hit Japan causing the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as well as the Arab spring protests. It's unlikely to be as dramatic going into calm Taurus, but we will be watching early March closely ! This is a highly paradoxical placement as Taurus symbolizes stability, security and perpetuation of the status quo, while Uranus signifies dramatic and sudden disruption to stability, security and the status quo. We have seen this quite clearly with the presidency of Donald Trump and "Brexit" turning political and economic norms and alliances completely upside down. These trends of long established norms being turned upside down will deepen and continue. With Saturn/ Pluto and Uranus in Taurus together, we will have our hands full, but just like the New Deal and the SEC in 1930's, Uranus in Taurus may bring much needed innovations and reforms to society.
Taurus also represents the earth itself, and even the seasons will not stay the same ! We will see a dramatic intensification of climate change, and extreme, catastrophic climate events as well volcanoes and extreme earthquakes. Rapidly Unfolding Climate change will be one of the main stories of 2019-2020. Taurus also represents banking, money and finance and Uranus often symbolizes technological disruptions, these sectors look ripe for technological disruption.
For us personally, Uranus into Taurus will act to challenge us wherever we have become to complacent or stuck in a rut, and wherever we have become too comfortable, Uranus may bring forces into our lives that will shake things up. Uranus can be disruptive but it can also be quite exciting, bringing much needed freedom, change and fresh, new energy into our lives. Which ever house(s) where we have the sign Taurus in our chart, or if we have planets in Taurus, this will tell us a lot about how this transformation will occur. If you have the Sun in Taurus you may experience a profound personal revolution, or with the Moon in Taurus you may see a revitalization of emotional patterns and a change of home. The more we can embrace these changes and proactively initiate needed changes, the easier and more fun this Uranus transit will be, the more we resist change, the more difficulty we will have. The paradox is that where ever we have Taurus in our chart is often where we tend to be the most change resistant.
Jupiter enters Capricorn DEC 2 2019
Jupiter changes signs roughly once a year. Jupiter's entry into Capricorn, the sign of business and finance could bring some interesting breakthroughs and changes to the global economy and financial markets. But with Jupiter's conjunctions joining with Pluto and Saturn in late 2020, we are seeing a highly complex situation unfolding. All though Jupiter generally indicates good luck and good fortune, Jupiter conjunct Saturn and Pluto could act by expanding an already major crisis. This conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto hasn't happened in 2000 years, meaning this is the ending/ beginning of a 2000 year cycle, making it difficult to determine with clarity how the very complex events of 2020 will ultimately unfold. We simply don't have a frame of reference for comparison for this aspect!
Important Minor Aspects:
Mercury in unusual extended conjunction to Neptune March 24-April 2 Indicates Confusion, lack of clarity, difficulty obtaining the correct information. Communication breakdowns, tech glitches and travel delays. We recommend not traveling during this period, or making any major important life decisions until this aspect is completed after the 1st week of April.
Mars/ Mercury conjunction opposing Saturn Pluto Conjunction April 12- 22: Major trigger point for the Saturn / Pluto conjunction crisis.
The Eclipse Cycle One of things that's interesting about 2019 is that the 6 month eclipse cycle is very close to the Saturn/ Pluto conjunction. Eclipses will act as focal points consistently setting of this challenging aspect.
Jan 5th Solar Eclipse 15 Capricorn, conjunct Saturn and Pluto
Jan 20 Total Lunar Eclipse at 0 Leo Visible throughout N America (not on the Saturn / Pluto line)
July 2nd Solar Eclipse at 10 Cancer, loosely opposing Saturn/ Pluto, another possible trigger point.
July 16th Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on at 24 Capricorn, loosely conjunct Saturn and Pluto could be another crisis point to be aware of. Lunar eclipses can indicate emotional high land low points of the year. Look to this eclipse to stir very challenging emotional states.
Christmas Day DEC 25th 2019 Solar Eclipse at 4 Capricorn.
A solar eclipse on Christmas day Conjunct Jupiter that could bring out the shadow side of Jupiter, excess, overconfidence and arrogance.
*Jan 8 2020 Lunar Eclipse at 20 Cancer exactly opposing the exact Saturn/ Pluto conjunction: It's show time folks, This could very well be the epicenter of Crisis point 2020.
-How will these aspects and alignments effect us personally? Everyone will be effected differently depending on where these placements fall in our own natal chart. Some people will be effected more some less, some will be better positioned, others will have more challenges, but all of us will be called to embrace change. Astrology can help us to identify & embrace needed changes ! Please contact me about private astrology consults to find where the eclipses pattern and Saturn / Pluto conjunction is placed in your chart and how Uranus in Taurus & Jupiter in Capricorn will effect you personally. Astrology consults can show us how to initiate change in a positive way, and bring special insight into many life issues especially during difficult times. Astrology can be helpful for issues related to relationships, career, money and life direction. Schedule a follow up consult with Robert for the new year.
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Robert Weinstein L.Ac. EAMP