Winter Solstice Greetings & Happy Holidays!
New Year Forecast 2019
Thank you to so many of you who asked about my recent pilgrimage to Italy. I'd like to share a few stories about what life is like on the other side of the Atlantic, before offering my new year forecast for 2019.
The metamorphosis of Italy into an international melting pot is quite symbolic of the transformation the world is going through at this very moment. The Italy I left after living in Florence for a year in 2001—while the same as it was during the Renaissance architecturally and art-wise—is demographically quite a changed place. The old mono-cultural, monochromatic, traditional country I left behind 17 years ago has been transformed, perhaps in many positive expansive ways, both by changing global cultural norms and by massive migration. The changes I observed on this most recent trip were at times expectable, but at other times startling.
Earlier in the 21st century and even earlier this decade, you could hear a pin drop between 1 and 4 pm on the streets of Florence (and most Italian cities and villages) as homogeneous families gathered around dining room tables to share a midday meal and a siesta before returning to work late in the afternoon. The only sounds you would hear through open windows would be the sound of forks hitting plates. The noontime meal and the stopping of all commercial activity was sacrosanct. One of my Italian clients in 2001 told me that in Italy everyone (and he meant it literally) eats breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 1 pm, and dinner at 8 pm. Period. I remember trying to make a purchase in a store at 12:59 pm. The cashier would not take my money. It was her sacred time for lunch. The Italian biological clock was strictly set for a big meal at 1:00 pm!
|The way it was … And the way it is….
But not only have culinary choices and commercial habits completely transformed from quiet storefronts selling Italian goods and services, social mores and relationship patterns also have completely transitioned—to a more liberal, open society that for the most part is accepting, and even welcoming of new cultural additions.
It was heartwarming on this recent visit to see that many Italian families have adopted African children who are living harmoniously with their Italian brothers and sisters. And while in the past, nuns in habits and priests were far more commonly seen in the streets than mixed race couples, cross-cultural dating also is quite evident. Multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious couples are rapidly populating this once strictly Catholic country.
It seems as if the world is a big snow globe that's been turned upside down and sideways to allow people of all shades, hues, and heritages to move north and west to assimilate into northern and western societies, creating a multicultural melting pot—once considered only the province of the United States.
I heard so many touching stories during my visit to Italy about Italian natives reaching out to immigrants because they empathized with their struggles. An Italian couple I am friendly with had an extra room in their home, and wondered, "Why don't we give this room to an immigrant who has nowhere to stay?" (I have long contended that it is impossible to be homeless in Italy—someone will inevitably adopt you!) My friends inquired with the Italian government and discovered that they could be paid a monthly stipend to house two immigrants and teach them Italian language classes every morning. So, my friends openheartedly took in a Nigerian mother and her child, and helped them assimilate into the Italian culture. They said this was one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences they have ever had! They see immigrants, who arrive with nothing, as people to embrace, rather than as a phenomenon to be pushed away. (I realize there is a backlash against immigration in the form of the Italian populist movement. But to date, hundreds of thousands of immigrants are successfully assimilating into the Italian population of 61 million.)
In another touching story, I went into one of the many leather shops in Florence because the zipper on my wallet had broken and I was looking for a new wallet. The proprietor of the store was helping me choose a new wallet until I took out my old wallet. He stopped me in my tracks. "Don't buy a wallet from me!" he said emphatically. I looked at him quizzically. He said: "The wallet you have is of higher-quality leather than the one I would sell you, and it is better made. You can have the zipper repaired." My jaw dropped. After so many vendors just outside his door had been hawking their wares and trying to convince me to buy something I didn't need, here was someone trying to convince me not to purchase something I thought I did need. I detected an accent in the way he was speaking Italian, so asked this infinitely kind man where he was from. Looking embarrassed, he dropped his gaze and said, "Don't think poorly of me because of where I'm from." I assured him, "I already think very well of you and it does not matter where you are from." He then told me that he was from Syria, and noticing from my wallet that I was American, he was worried about what I would think about his immigrant status. Quite the contrary! It was my turn to be embarrassed by the image that foreigners hold of Americans. I could not blame him, but tried to reassure him that many Americans, including myself, are sympathetic with his plight.
The cultural transition so evident in Italy was also abundantly visible in fashion realms. Granted, I was in Italy when global warming had raised normal 70-degree September temperatures to the 90s, with humidity. So people's clothing was kept to a minimum—and I mean minimum. African styles of dressing for women, which included 2 vertical strips of cloth draped over the shoulders and held down by a flowing skirts were ubiquitous among African women, and becoming more acceptable by Italian fashionistas. Indian tunics and loose pants also were abundant. And in what maybe be a global rather than an Italian fashion trend, what previously would have been considered lingerie are now considered street clothes.
But the sociological view is truly not the reason I made a pilgrimage to Italia. Last year, my 2 Italian friends and I followed the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi to many of the places where he prayed, preached, and lived. Along the way, we stopped at several places where water miraculously sprang from dry earth (and continues to flow hundreds of years later) and we visited the remains of numerous incorrupt saints. We also paid our respects to a number of miraculously preserved Madonnas, and learned about the miracles that occurred for those who prayed to these symbols of the Divine Mother. On this trip, we planned to visit more incorrupt saints and places where miracles had occurred. And along our route, we encountered many surprises and synchronicities that I'd like to share.
One of the stops along our pilgrimage path was in Montefalco, a small hill town near Assisi. We were going to visit the incorrupt remains of Saint Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308; not to be confused with Saint Clare of Assisi, 1194-1253, whose incorrupt remains are found in the Church of St. Clare in Assisi). Several astounding miracles occurred at the Church of Montefalco at the time of Saint Clare of Montefalco's death. Prior to her passing, she told a sister in her convent that she carried the suffering of Christ in her heart, and that if they opened her heart after her passing, they would understand. She also suggested they check her gall bladder for a spiritual teaching. Sure enough, when her heart was opened after her passing, a scene from the Passion of Christ—a cross, 3 nails, crown of thorns, flagellation post, and whip—were formed from the flesh of her heart. The scene inside her heart is incorrupt and still visible today. Secondly, inside her gall bladder, they found 3 fleshy balls, each of which weighed 1 gram. The 3 balls all together also weighed 1 gram, showing the one in the trinity and the trinity in the one.
Another miraculous aspect of this visit concerned a miracle that occurred at the spot where Jesus Christ appeared to Saint Clare of Montefalco in 1294. Jesus said he was looking for a place to plant his cross. She said she would carry the cross for him. He said he would plant it in her heart. At that spot, a tree sprouted that grew only in India. This tree produces green berries that when dried turn brown and resemble "rudraksha"--prayer beads commonly worn by meditators and people engaged in Hindu spiritual practices. The church now uses these beads to fashion rosaries. When we arrived at the Church of St. Clare of Montefalco, we asked to see the tree. The nun-custodian told us that they were harvesting the seeds from the tree—that day! She asked if we wanted some of the beads, which of course we did! (see photo)
Berries from Miraculous Tree at the Church of St. Clare of Montefalco
Another amazing synchronicity occurred when I visited the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Within moments of walking through the door, a tour guide approached me and asked if she could practice her tour on me. Sure! Italians are notorious for not putting signs at sacred spots, perhaps so as not to attract too much attention. Consequently, holy or historical relics can be easily missed without a bit of research. She explained that the Basilica of Santa Croce, built between 1294 and 1385, is the largest Franciscan churchin the world and the second largest church in Florence. It is in this basilica that Michelangelo, Galileo, the poet Dante, the composer Rossini, and other luminaries are interred. Scores of precious works of Renaissance art and sculpture are also housed within its walls. Noted Renaissance architects such as Brunelleschi and Vasari designed some of the chapels and cloisters within the huge basilica complex, where I routinely meditated during the afternoons when I lived in Florence because of the high vibration of the edifice, with its sacred geometric proportions, marble floors, walls, and cupolas. It was an especially sentimental visit—because of its 700-year history and my own personal history there 17 years ago—plus the rich explanations of the tour guide. She also pointed out a crucifix by Donatello, a fresco by Giotto, a Last Supper by Taddeo Gaddi, a terra cotta altarpiece by Andrea della Robbia, terra cotta sculptures of the 12 apostles by Luca della Robbia, and another crucifix by Cimabue. Italian churches are truly richer in masterpieces than some museums!
Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence
Madonna with Child and Saints, by Andrea della Robbia, Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence
The tour guide then asked me, since I speak Italian, if I would like to meet the curator of the church's museum. Of course! So we met with a small Italian man who looked like an elf. He animatedly explained more about the history of the church, and he asked me if I knew why the church was called the Basilica of Santa Croce (Holy Cross)? I didn't. He excitedly told me that it is because the church has in its possession a piece of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. The next logical question, of course, was, "Where is it?" He said that the "holy cross" was only on display twice a year. "When would that be?" I asked. He said, "Only in May and September." "Well, it is September!" I said as my level of excitement rose. Hmmm, he scratched his chin. He couldn't remember the date in September when the relic would be displayed, so he ran back to his office, and quickly returned, feet barely touching the ground. "They will display the holy cross tomorrow!" Needless to say, I returned early the next morning to experience the holy cross. (see photo)
|The Holy Cross (Wood from the Cross upon which Jesus Christ was Crucified)
In a land steeped in spiritual tradition, it somehow was seeming easier than normal for synchronicities to occur for those who are receptive. At least that's what we experienced as we worked our way from Padua, to Florence, to Assisi, and Siena.
Another aspect of our visit to Florence involved the viewing of 7 "Last Suppers" that had been frescoed on the refectory walls of various monasteries and convents in Florence during the early Renaissance. Originally, I had been fascinated with Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," which was painted from 1495-98 on the refectory wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. It turns out that large renderings of the "Last Supper" were commonly frescoed on refectory walls of monasteries and convents so that monks and nuns could reflect upon the life of Jesus Christ while they were eating in silence.
An internet search fortuitously led me to discover that there were 7 more floor-to-ceiling "Last Suppers" frescoed on the walls of Florentine convents and monasteries from 1334 to 1514, some of which were, unbeknownst to me, steps from where I lived in the center of Florence 17 years ago. Even my friends who'd lived in Florence all of their lives were unaware of the existence of these masterpieces. So, off we went to experience these Renaissance artifacts.
Even though I would study the frescoes in advance and be aware of their large dimensions (some more than 20 feet high x 30 feet wide), I would gasp every time we'd walk into the rooms where they were preserved. The element that was so thrilling was that the perspective was so well-depicted, you would feel as if you were about to walk into the room where Jesus ate his last supper. In one case, I was sure there was a ledge protruding from the bottom of the painting and a covering extending from the top. Upon approaching the painting more closely, I discovered that it was entirely flat! The expressions on the faces or Jesus and the 12 apostles were so lifelike, it was almost as if I could hear their voices! I later learned that the masterpieces were designed to draw the viewer spatially and emotionally into the painting so they could feel the trepidation of being with Jesus at the Last Supper as well as the thrill of being in his presence. The lighting in the paintings also was so lifelike as it harmonized with the natural lighting from the windows in the rooms where they were frescoed. It was a challenge to discern whether the light in the painting was coming from the window or was in the painting itself. I also learned that the reason the frescoes' colors were so bright and brilliantly preserved after more than 500 years was because the "paints" were made of ground-up semi-precious gems, such as lapis lazuli and malachite, and from ground-up gold, plants, and even insects. The frescoes are so filled with energy that they seemed practically alive! All of which added to the mystique of this journey that was taking us back to a time that we consider more primitive but in many ways was more artistically refined than today.
The discovery of the 7 Last Suppers, called (called "cenacoli" in Italian) made me realize that Italy is a spiral that will take you deeper and deeper into the past if you let it carry you into its historical depths. The country practically breathes a history that makes you feel your own ancient roots in humanity. Here are a few examples of the Last Suppers "Cenacoli" on floor-to-ceiling refectory walls in Florence, Italy.
Last Supper ("Cenacolo") by Ghirlandaio; 1480-3 Last Supper by del Sarto, 1511-27
Floor and/or Ceiling Appear Protruding but are Flat Surface, Paints Made from Ground Gems, Plants & Insects
The first of the above frescoes was painted prior to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper & the second was painted afterwards (see Da Vinci's masterpiece below):
Last Supper by Da Vinci, 1495-8
The final synchronicity of our pilgrimage occurred in Siena, where we were visiting the incorrupt remains of Saint Catherine of Siena, whose writings have always inspired me. There we stumbled upon Siena's Church of Saint Francis, where another miracle had occurred. In 1730, a gold tabernacle containing 351 communion wafers (aka Eucharistic hosts) had been stolen during the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Called the "Eucharistic Miracle," the wafers were found 50 years later— completely intact—and they remain intact to this day, 288 years later! To prove the wafers' immutability, a scientific study was undertaken to discover the amount of time in which the wafers would decompose under normal conditions. Under similar circumstances, decomposition would begin after 4 years. Pope John Paul in 1980 declared the wafers to be evidence of "the presence of Christ." The "Miraculous Eucharist" is on view only once a month and it happened to be the day we were in Siena! This is just one of the many, maybe thousands of miraculous manifestations of the Divine that you can routinely find in Medieval and Renaissance-era churches throughout Italy.
| Miraculously Preserved Eucharist on display in Siena, Italy
Perhaps miracles such as these were the Divine's way of making itself known in manifest form in a lower age when the consciousness needed miracles as proof of the existence of the Divine. Or, perhaps there is something special about the land of Italy in that it has been blessed over the ages by the presence of so many saints. One does not have to look very far in this country to see evidence of a divine hand. Inevitably, our awareness of the divine presence in a faraway land reminds us that the Divine is everywhere, and if we all pray strongly enough, the Divine presence will manifest in a helpful way here too! This is important to keep in mind in these somewhat turbulent times. If we are receptive, we will feel it too, which leads me to the 2019 Planetary Forecast (see below).
If you would like to read more about my last trip to Italy, click here for "Following the Footsteps of the Saints & Finding Miracles in Italy" and "Miracles and Madonnas in Italy".
Written November 2018
2019 New Year Forecast
A Harmonic Convergence of 5 planets in Virgo in 2019 will motivate you to challenge the status quo and make choices about new directions for your life. The unusual 5-planet line-up will begin under the Virgo New Moon on August 30, 2019, and will conclude at the Full Moon of September 13, 2019. The planetary energies will help you see the world in a new way as you adapt to its changing realities. Outmoded patterns will dissolve at a rapid rate as the old paradigm no longer fits. More evolved attitudes will emerge to ultimately help you attune to the new rhythm of life.
Much of the increased activity and planning throughout 2019 will meet with greatest success when it centers around spiritual values, growth, and evolution—due to a recurring alignment of fortunate Jupiter and spiritual Neptune on January 9, June 16, and September 21, 2019. The Jupiter-Neptune line-ups will inspire a worldwide reconfiguration of life goals toward more transcendent, prayerful, and spiritual activities. Expect more online churches and internet prayer circles as people around the globe come together in new and more profound ways.
Yet, this world of duality continues to become more polarized as it struggles toward unity. There will eventually be a dawning awareness that a common Divine current sustains us all—no matter what the outward differences. In the meantime, there will be struggle. As consciousness on the planet rises, the dawning realization of our interrelationships will bring greater unity and harmony. During the coming year, those who do not recognize the interconnectedness of all human, animal, plant, and planetary life will inevitably be pulled away from spirit—toward material wealth and greed—until this solution to happiness no longer yields positive results!
Ultimately, borders and walls will come down as humanity recognizes its common divine origins. The blending of cultures in Italy that I described above is part of a global melting pot phenomenon. Even though some governments appear to be resisting, peace and harmony are still possible. Universal forces are ultimately more powerful than man-made laws.
For those who desire a life that is enduringly significant, in the ultimate sense, you will find your greatest satisfaction and comfort through spiritual practices and study (under the influence of Jupiter in Sagittarius until December 2, 2019), selfless service (supported by Neptune in Pisces until 2026), and introspection with self-purification (encouraged by the intensity of the line-up of 5 planets in Virgo during the Summer of 2019).
The late summer convergence of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in the earth sign of Virgo will promote tangible change due to the presence of 3 additional major planetary influences in the hard-working and determined earthbound signs of Capricorn and Taurus. Disciplined Saturn will be in earthy Capricorn until late 2020. And transformative Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2024. Innovative Uranus will be in the creative earth sign of Taurus until 2026. Earth signs focus on material accomplishments and deal with the details of life. Therefore, with 8 of the 10 known celestial bodies in earth signs during the month of September 2019, it will be a busy month!
Under the earthy influences, you will be moved to bring to fruition ideas that you have long held in your mind. A further confluence of multiple personal agendas across the globe will engender an even greater push-pull as each individual jockeys for position until all realize everything will work better if everyone works harmoniously together. The Harmonic Convergence will also lend an air of intensity to your experiences, as there will be no planets in air signs, which typically lend perspective to the dramas of life.
While the 9-month-long Jupiter-Neptune alignment (from January to September 2019) will infinitely support spiritual evolution and higher consciousness, these idealistic energies could equally lead to disillusionment, fantasies, and delusions for those who do not channel the abundant spiritual energy to a higher purpose. The Jupiter-Neptune energy can lead to a desire to achieve altered states of consciousness, not necessarily through spiritual means such as prayer and meditation, but through other kinds of "spirits"—alcohol and drugs—or unfortunately, through mental illness. These are all means of transcending mundane reality, created by artificial substances or by decisions made about the psyche's condition at the level of the soul. The Jupiter-Neptune square alignment of 2019 will make it imperative to transcend mundane existence one way or the other. This spiritual imperative could foster even further polarization among people to one of the 2 extremes—higher spiritual awareness or mental dissociation: fantasies, checking out of life, mind-altering substance addiction, or other mental challenges.
So, rather than use this time to deny reality, use the prevailing energy to embrace reality as it is. Then, marry your perceptions with a higher spiritual reality and the reality of your soul. This will help you infuse your everyday existence with a higher level of peace, joy, and ultimately—enduring significance. As a result of your acceptance of current conditions, which are eventually leading to a higher spiritual consciousness despite the resistance of some, you will be able to face everyday events with equanimity and poise. To strengthen your position as a "warrior for the light," try to take responsibility for your actions and decisions—however they manifest—and be ready to confront misaligned situations to bring clarity and coherence (at least mentally) rather than avoiding issues altogether, which may only lead to a worsening of conditions that you hoped to avoid.
Under the Jupiter-Neptune alignment, set an intention for the direction you would like to go every day and continually check to make sure your perceptions are accurate and clear. Try to carefully discern the information that you are receiving. Under Jupiter and Neptune, accurate and crystal clear depictions of reality are possible, but so too are distortions and falsities easily propagated. Try to consider the source of all information you read or hear, tune in to your Higher Self, and proceed with your intuitive wisdom. Stay aligned with Truth through prayer, meditation, and some solitude so as not to be swept up in pervasive currents or untruths that may be flooding the populace or the internet.
The greatest success under Jupiter in Sagittarius in 2019 will come when you are boldly honest with yourself, confront any disharmony within yourself, and give it to your Higher Self or Spirit to heal. There is much potential for regeneration and repair under the convergence of Jupiter and Neptune. But the energies must be consciously channeled to a higher level. Otherwise, the natural gravitational forces of Earth will pull your thoughts and activities down. When Jupiter and Neptune come together, you can expand upward like a helium balloon. If the expansion is too great or unrealistic, however, air will either leak out or burst the balloon. On a practical level, this happens when fragile or even grandiose ideas collide with sharp reality.
Your thoughts—positive and negative—will be powerful under the expansive vibrational influence of Jupiter and Neptune in 2019. Project your thoughts and ideas consciously in the direction you would like to go. And try to remain happy, and stay above any perceived inharmony in the world around you.
To fortify yourself, practice the "3 P's for Positive Results in 2019":
- Project Positive Thoughts
- Practice Peace
And, have faith!
Even if what you pray for or what you have faith in does not manifest in 2019, it is divine law that it eventually will—and in the meantime, you will be blessed by the positive energy of your thoughts, prayers, and peaceful outlook! Choose to believe your own positive spiritual reality—despite what others may be saying. No matter what happens, if you are in a positive state of mind—nothing can touch you, and you will only attract more and more positive to yourself!
Many blessings for love, light, and upliftment in 2019!
The following are key dates when major planetary shifts occur. Try to focus your positive thoughts on the direction you would like to go (toward the light and truth) during these key periods!
Significant Planetary Alignments in 2019: *
New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn* January 6, 2019 — This eclipse will destabilize governments across the globe. It will be visible in East Asia and Southern Alaska.
Jupiter square Neptune* January 9, 2019 — Boundaries between reality and personal belief systems are blurred. Experience an intuitive connections with others.
Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo* January 21, 2019 — This total eclipse is also a SuperMoon because it will appear larger than normal due to its close proximity to Earth. This eclipse will be visible in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Chinese New Year of the Pig* February 5, 2019 — New ideas and travel are highlighted. Take in new ideas, but beware of deception!
SuperMoon in Virgo* February 19, 2019 — Under a SuperMoon, the Moon appears larger than normal due to its close proximity to Earth. Emotions run high under this influence.
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces* March 5 - 28, 2019 — Rest, review, and renew.
Uranus re-enters Taurus* March 6, 2019 to April 26, 2026 — The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934 to 1942, and briefly from May 15 to November 6, 2018. Uranus in Taurus disrupts financial systems and causes fluctuating values of material goods, precious metals, gems, and real estate.
SPRING EQUINOX - Sun Enters Aries* March 20, 2019 — Greater solar energy is available for initiating new activities.
Two FULL MOONS in LIBRA in One Month * March 21 and April 19, 2019 — This is a rare event. With 2 Full Moons in Libra, sign of peace and harmony, there will be greater opportunity for balance, justice, and equality.
Jupiter square Neptune* June 16, 2019 — Boundaries between reality and personal belief systems are blurred. Experience intuitive connections with others.
SUMMER SOLSTICE - Sun Enters Cancer* June 21, 2019 —The zenith in solar light will initially give way to a more relaxed period before accelerated activity re-commences in late summer.
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer - New Moon Eclipse opposes Saturn in Capricorn* July 2, 2019 — This eclipse will encourage much relocation and buying and selling of homes. This eclipse will be visible in South America.
Mercury Retrograde in Leo and Cancer* July 7 - August 1, 2019 —This will be a time to refine your self-expression with people you are close to.
Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn - Full Moon Eclipse conjoins Transformational Pluto in Capricorn* July 16, 2019 —This eclipse will potentially prompt radical changes in your work and in your home. It will be visible in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, and Antarctica.
Grand Earth Trine-T-Square Alignment* August 30, 2019 - September 13, 2019 —Eight of the 10 known celestial bodies will be in earth signs during this 2-week period. The alignment includes the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Virgo; innovative Uranus in Taurus; and discipled Saturn and transformative Pluto in Capricorn. The intense earth energy will engender a strong need to convert ideas held in the mind into physical form. The ideas will be innovative, and will have been brewing for a long time in many cases. There will be a mixture of good and not-so-good results.
Jupiter square Neptune* September 21, 2019 — Boundaries between reality and personal belief systems are blurred. Experience intuitive connections with others.
AUTUMN EQUINOX- Sun Enters Libra* September 23, 2019 —This is a time of balance between the light of day and the dark of night.
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio* October 31 - November 20, 2019 —Relax, Renew & Review the Past to Prepare for the Future.
Jupiter in Capricorn* December 2, 2019 —Governmental Systems are Up for Review
WINTER SOLSTICE- Sun Enters Capricorn* December 22, 2019 —This is a time of greater introspection and healing.
New Moon Annular Eclipse in Capricorn* December 26, 2019 —Something from the past will fade away. This eclipse is visible in Eastern Europe, East Africa, Asia, and Northwest Australia.
* All dates are calculated according to Greenwich Mean Time (seasonal changes may occur on previous day in the U.S.)
Please Read on for Your Personalized Predictions for Every Sign!
PLEASE READ ON FOR YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL PREDICTIONS:
(March 21 – April 19)
The first few months of 2019 will give you an opportunity to make last-minute adjustments to the direction of your life under the innovative energy Uranus in Aries until March 6, 2019. With Uranus in Taurus after that, your focus will shift toward innovative ways of creating financial abundance. Think about what you'd like to create, especially with your hands. Then, begin to take steps to implement your dreams. You will receive positive support from fortunate Jupiter in the compatible sign of Sagittarius throughout the year. When Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 2, 2019, you will focus more on your serious, determined side. In the meantime, this is an opportune time to make progress in your career with the disciplined energy of Saturn in Capricorn until the spring of 2020. Pluto in Capricorn until 2024 also will give you the fortitude to take the necessary steps. Mars in Aries from January 1 to February 14, 2019 will help you get the new year off to a good start. The Sun in Aries from March 20 to April 20 will further support your forward progress. Communicative Mercury in Aries from April 17 to May 6, 2019 will help you get your message out. And loving Venus in Aries from April 20 to May 15, 2019 could spell romance.
(April 20 – May 20)
You are poised to make a significant change to your life under the influence of innovative Uranus in Taurus from March 6, 2019 to April 26, 2026! Think about the direction you would like to go, and take positive steps with the support of energetic Mars in Taurus from February 14 to March 31, 2019. You also will feel positive support from the Sun in Taurus from April 20 to May 21, 2019. Communicative Mercury in Taurus from May 6 to 21, 2019 will help you clearly articulate your views. Loving Venus in Taurus will accentuate your artistic and romantic qualities—this is a good time to enjoy the finer side of life. A host of planetary energies in compatible earth signs throughout 2019 will support your forward progress. In addition to Uranus in Taurus, disciplined Saturn and determined Pluto will be in the compatible earth signs of Capricorn throughout the year. And in late August and early September, there will be a line-up of planets in Virgo, another compatible earth sign. The new moon in Virgo on August 30, 2019 will coincide with the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Virgo. This group of planetary transits in Virgo will continue until mid-September, making it an auspicious time to solidify your plans from the past. A series of eclipses in January and July will also help you discover new avenues for your creativity!
(May 21 – June 21)
You will encounter many interesting people who will bring you good fortune under the influence of lucky Jupiter in your opposing sign of Sagittarius until December 2, 2019! This is a year for you to experience serendipity and trust in the higher wisdom of the universe. The Chinese New Year of the Pig, even though it may not sound the most savory, is a year that portends good luck, learning and travel. This will be especially strong year for those like yourself affected by the lucky energy of Jupiter in Sagittarius. With intuitive Neptune in Pisces this year, you will experience an innate understanding of other people born under the sign of Gemini, and also Sagittarius, Pisces, and Virgo this year! Key dates for connecting with others occur under the alignments of Jupiter and Neptune on January 9, June 16, and September 21, 2019. Innovative Uranus in Taurus beginning on March 6, 2019 will help you access a latent talent. Eclipses in January and July will help you connect with people who enhance your financial picture and lead you to resources that will benefit you during the coming year. Mercury retrogrades 3 times for 3 weeks in 2019. These are times to rest, review, and renew: March 5 - 28; July 7 - August 1; and October 31 - November 20, 2019.
(June 22 – July 22)
New people will come into your life under the influence of a series of eclipses in 2019—on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019. All but one of these eclipses (on January 21) occur in the sign of Cancer, or in your opposing sign of Capricorn, due to the position of the nodes of the moon on the Cancer-Capricorn axis from November 6, 2018 to May 5, 2020. When the moon's nodal axis passes through your sign, as it does once every 18 years, it energizes your relationship destiny, meaning you will more easily meet the people you are destined to meet. And if people leave your life during this 18-month period, it means that your karmic lessons have been completed or that you were not destined to be together any longer—on a deep, soul level. Your soul's destiny will increasingly manifest itself throughout this year. So, please do not lament if things do not unfold according to what you planned or what you "think" is supposed to happen. Your life is unfolding according to a much higher rhythm and calling this year! All events are destined to occur from the level of your soul. And not only are they meant to be, but they meant to be for your highest good. Try to see the positive in all of your life's events, especially in January, July, and December! Saturn and Pluto in your opposing sign of Capricorn in 2019 will also help you refine aspects of your life that have not been in sync with your highest good!
(July 23 – August 22)
Your creativity will be at a peak in 2019 with the passage of adventurous Jupiter in the compatible fire sign of Sagittarius until December 2, 2019! All creative changes will stimulate a deeper part of yourself to manifest so you will see the infinite resources you possess within yourself. You also may travel to new places, meet new people, or even consider a new career or approach to your daily life under the influence of innovative Uranus through the artistic sign of Taurus, beginning on March 6, 2019. This celestial transit will challenge you to do things in a new way. A full moon total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 will also draw interesting people to you. Be ready to provide the attention and care these people need for greatest peace and harmony. The benefits you give to others will return to you at a future time. The only stumbling block you may face in 2019 will have to do with organization of the details of your daily life. Make sure to re-evaluate systems you have in place to regulate your daily habits under the influence of disciplined Saturn in Capricorn until December 17, 2020. This includes your dietary regimen, your relationship with electronic devices, the clarity of your communications, accumulation and storage of your possessions, and your attention to the orderliness of your home and office environments. If you are unable to streamline your personal systems earlier in the year, the passage of Jupiter through Capricorn from December 2, 2019 to December 19, 2020 will help you organize your daily affairs. Mars in Leo from July 1 to August 18, 2019 will energize your efforts to connect with helpful people. Communicative Mercury in Leo from June 27 to July 19, 2019, and August 11 to 29, 2019 will also help you see your priorities with greater clarity. Mercury retrograde in Leo from July 7 to 19, 2019 will be a time of self-analysis and re-evaluation. Use this time wisely prior to your upcoming birthday!
(August 23 – September 22)
A new moon in Virgo on August 30, 2019 coincides with a rare line-up of 5 celestial bodies in the Sign of the Virgin. This is a time when your eye for precision and detail will be in high-focus. Concentrate on the big picture and move methodically in the direction you would like to go. You will receive support from activating Mars in Virgo from August 18 to October 4, 2019, loving Venus in Virgo from August 21 to September 14, 2019, the energizing Sun in Virgo from August 23 to September 23, 2019, and communicative Mercury in Virgo from August 29 to September 14, 2019. Disciplined Saturn and profound Pluto in the compatible earth sign of Capricorn will support your efforts to achieve your occupational goals, especially when you take a creative approach. Innovative Uranus in the compatible earth sign of Taurus beginning on March 6, 2019 will help you when you pursue unconventional paths. Fortunate Jupiter in Sagittarius and intuitive Neptune in Pisces align 3 times in 2019, on January 9, June 16, and September 21, 2019. You will feel sandwiched between these two highly creative and transcendent energies from September 10 to 12, 2019. The energizing Sun and spiritual Neptune will form a 180-degree angle in the sky during this time, while simultaneously, activating Mars and enthusiastic Jupiter form a 90-degree angle to each other. This will be a time when the line between reality and fantasy will become blurred for everyone. It's a good time to check your perceptions with an objective observer to calibrate the level of your reactions. You also will feel most aligned with artistic or spiritual pursuits, such as painting, drawing, music, meditation, yoga, or being by water are all soothing activities under the Jupiter-Neptune energy. What you lose on the material planes will be amply rewarded on spiritual levels. A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will heighten your creativity and present new opportunities to express yourself. Think about the message you would like to project.
(September 23 – October 23)
You will have an opportunity to heal interpersonal dynamics of your important relationships during the passage of innovative Uranus in your opposing sign of Aries until March 6, 2019. You then will benefit from a rare celestial event—two full moons in Libra during the same month on March 21 and April 19. The two full moons in Libra will give you extra lunar energy to get in touch with and express your feelings and desires so you may get your needs met. You will feel a greater ability to emotionally connect with others under this celestial influence and greater attention will also be focused on you during the first month of spring. Additionally, the full moons in Libra will be "supermoons," meaning these moons will appear more than 10% larger than the average full moon. This will be due to the moon's closer-than-normal proximity to earth. Make sure to go outside and imbibe a little of this lunar energy just after the spring equinox on March 20, and during the last day of the Sun's passage through the sign of Aries on April 20! A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will awaken your career aspirations—or your desire to make a positive contribution to the world. You also will draw closer to family members with whom you feel most compatible at these times. A chance to harmonize in a discordant relationship also will be presented. A rare line-up of 5 planets in Virgo (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) in late August and early September will awaken subconscious images and desires. This is a good time to pay attention to your dreams and engage in a spiritual practice. Your efforts to connect with your soul will be richly rewarded. You will feel extra celestial support as communicative Mercury and loving Venus enter Libra on September 14, 2019. Mercury remains in Libra until October 3, 2019. Venus remains in Libra until October 8, 2019. You will receive energetic support from the Sun will be in Libra from September 23 to October 23, 2019. And energizing Mars in Libra will join the Sun in the Sign of the Scales from October 4 to November 19, 2019. This will be a time to make your influence felt!
(October 24 – November 21)
Your planetary co-ruler, Mars, travels from Aries to Scorpio in 2019, giving you an opportunity to develop the social side of your nature. You will feel the greatest energy to contribute to the world under the influence of Mars in Scorpio from November 19, 2019 to January 3, 2020. The year of 2019 represents an expansive stage of your journey as your other planetary co-ruler, Pluto, aligns with lucky Jupiter several times throughout the year—on March 7, May 9, and October 17, 2019. These will be times when the idealistic side of nature overcomes the introverted aspect of your nature, enabling you to express your enormous reserves of power and strength to make positive changes in the world—and in the environment around you. A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will enable you to communicate a profound insight to receptive people. The altruistic feelings stirring in your psyche will find the greatest avenues of expression during the eclipse periods—2 weeks before the eclipses and 2 weeks after. Innovative Uranus in your opposing sign of Taurus from March 6, 2019 to April 26, 2026 is also a call-to-arms for the reserves of power within you. You have a vision and you have the energy to make it happen. This is a time to strategically take steps to manifest the ideas that have been brewing in your mind—perhaps for a lifetime. An rare alignment of a 8 celestial bodies in earth signs in late August and September will help you take concrete steps to manifest the ideas that have been germinating inside you!
(November 22 – December 21)
Fortunate Jupiter, your planetary ruler, will support your positive forward movement as it travels through Sagittarius from November 8, 2018 to December 2, 2019! Jupiter also lines up with spiritual Neptune 3 times in 2019— on January 9, June 16, and September 21, 2019. These will be times when your efforts to transcend your material concerns will be richly rewarded. You will feel a greater connection with your own soul and Spirit during these periods when you slow down and listen to your wise inner voices. You also will be financially rewarded for your hard work under the influence of disciplined Saturn and profound Pluto in Capricorn. This could come in the form of financial success—or in a more subtle way, such as a lowering of your normal expenses, or a reduced need for various services or commodities that you have needed in the past. Innovative Uranus in the compatible fire sign of Aries until March 6, 2019 will help you to do things in new, creative ways. When innovative Uranus re-enters Taurus from March 6, 2019 to April 26, 2026, you will benefit from streamlining your daily habits and dietary regimen. Greater orderliness and letting go of things you no longer need will help you focus on what's truly important to you! The Chinese New Year of the Pig, although it may not sound very savory, is a year that portends good luck, learning and travel. A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will help you re-configure your financial situation.
(December 22 – January 19)
The spotlight will be on Capricorn this year with disciplined Saturn, profound Pluto, and the axis of the moon all in Capricorn this year. A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will awaken your desire to balance your home life with your career so you will be able to give appropriate importance to both your family and your work. You will receive ample energetic support for your creative projects throughout the year with innovative Uranus in the compatible earth sign of Taurus from March 6, 2019 to April 26, 2026 and a rare line-up of 5 celestial bodies in the compatible earth sign of Virgo in late August and early September. Saturn in Capricorn until December 17, 2020 and Pluto in Capricorn until 2024 will help you set the stage for the next 7 years of your life. Fortunate Jupiter in Capricorn from December 2, 2019 to to December 19, 2020 will further help you to streamline the systems that no longer serve you and will help you introduce a new way of doing things so you feel most streamlined and efficient. This is a time of letting go of what no longer works so you may clearly focus on future priorities. The year of 2019 is a year that will help you distinguish what to take forward on the next part of your journey, and what to leave behind. Communicative Mercury in Capricorn from January 10 to 24, 2019 will strengthen your ability to communicate your ideas. Loving Venus in Capricorn from February 3 to March 1, 2019 will fortify your magnetism and attract loving people to you. It is also a time to express your affection to others!
(January 20 – February 18)
Uranus, your planetary ruler, transitions from the active fire sign of Aries to the more passive earth sign of Taurus on March 6, 2019. This celestial transition will give you a break from the sometimes-hectic pace of events that have been occurring in your life. Uranus will remain in the Sign of the Bull until April 26, 2026. Under its influence you will find your life assuming a slightly different direction than it has during the past 7 years. The overall orientation will be toward simplification. You will find aspects of your life where you have gone too far afield from your original intentions. This will be a time to pull the reins in to focus on what is really important to you—in a straightforward and simple fashion. A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will help you get in touch with the energy of your soul—so you may manifest its beautiful energy in your daily life. This could mean more time for meditation, contemplation, yoga, or simple walks in nature. Getting in touch with your basic nature or essence will give you the greatest fulfillment in 2019. February 5, 2019 ushers in the Chinese New Year of the Pig just after the Aquarius new moon. Although it may not sound very savory, this is a year that portends good luck, learning and travel. Communicative Mercury in Aquarius from January 24 to February 10, 2019 will open your expansive mind even further to new and creative ideas. Loving Venus in Aquarius from March 1 to 26, 2019 will enhance you magnetism and attract people who admire you to your side. It also is a wonderful time to express your abundant feelings of brotherly love!
(February 19 – March 20)
A fortunate line-up of lucky Jupiter in Sagittarius and spiritual Neptune in Pisces on January 9, June 16, and September 21, 2019 will heighten your already well-developed intuition. This will be a year to let your intuition guide you to what is in your highest good. Logic and reason may not get you to where you'd like to go as quickly as your general sense of the flow of universal energies. A series of eclipses on January 6, January 21, July 2, July 16, and December 26, 2019 will help you to connect with people who will appreciate your creative approach to life. You don't always interpret matters in the same way as others, and this will be a year in which others will listen to you—and appreciate the power of your intuitiion! Innovative Uranus moves from fiery Aries to stable Taurus on March 6, 2019, giving you a chance to communicate with others who have similar views. If you encounter people with divergent viewpoints, try to assimilate the best of what is said. You are gifted at seeing the soul's expression in even the most discordant situation. A grand earth trine-t-square alignment of 5 celestial bodies in your opposing sign of Virgo in late August and early September will help you connect with people who will enable you to feel complete. Take this feeling into your own psyche and see if you can duplicate this sensation of wholeness and completion on your own. Chances are good that your spiritual practice will enable you to experience this sensation of fullness and completion. Communicative Mercury in Pisces from February 10 to April 17, 2019 will put the collective psyche in tune with your perspective on the world. Please note the Mercury is retrograde in Pisces from March 5 to 28, 2019. Use this time to reflect and introspect for the greatest benefits. Loving Venus in Pisces from March 26 to April 20, 2019 will heighten your compassion and help you to find creative outlets for your loving nature!