• Uranus Enters Taurus = Change

    Welcome to a new phase in humanity! The rebel Uranus will enter the sign of stable Taurus on March 6, 2019 and won’t leave until April 27, 2026. Since his orbit is 84 years, Uranus remains in a sign for about seven or eight years. Because Uranus is one of the slow-moving planets, this will reboot society. Hey, if it’s changing the world, it will definitely be stirring up each of our personal lives too.

    Uranus dipped into Taurus for a bit while I was in Barcelona for last summer. Since then, he did a retrograde back into Aries, but will be fully into Taurus after March 6th. We had a little tease, but now the change is happening for real.

    Looking at Uranus first, we can all expect sudden change. It is the duty of Uranus to create radical, sudden and shocking new beginnings. Each one of the planets has a different role to play to create a unified support system for us by the entire solar system. For example, Venus brings love and Saturn brings structure.  One of them needed to bring chaos and Uranus chose that job. To add more to the profile of Uranus, the independent sign of Aquarius is associated with this Rebel.

    Uranus is the genius of the Zodiac and is in charge of inventions and new technologies. This planet is here to push society to a breaking point, which will challenge old paradigms in many areas of life. Any patterns of suppression will be targeted by fearless Uranus and will no longer be tolerated. This change of consciousness will be on a global scale for the purpose of demolishing the old and rebuild it anew. Everything antiquated will be transformed. Uranus looks at bettering the future by tearing down the past. The internet is a perfect Uranian concept. Everyone online is connected with each other but still separate. Keywords for Aquarius are independence, equality, tolerance and international unity.

    Now let’s get to know Taurus and see how Uranus will combine with this secure sign. Taurus is an earth sign that is associated with Venus. Taurus needs structure, stability, security and money in the bank. I’ve named Taurus the Banker of the Zodiac. This lucky sign always seems to have luxury surrounding them. This sign is also involved with beauty, art, food, the Earth and the environment. Also, typical Taurus energy is resistant to change with a thick layer of stubbornness spread on top. So, this is an unlikely pair that doesn’t really understand each other. Chaos vs. stability? Will they blend together or be at odds with each other? We’ll know that answer after April 27, 2026. But let’s see if we can take a peak and see what is in store for the world.

    Here are some probable trends that will happen during this phase:

    • Crowd funding, like GoFundMe will become more common.
    • Virtual currencies, like Bitcoin.
    • Demonstrations for financial equality.
    • Global marches for human rights.
    • Climate changes affecting land masses.
    • Technological discoveries merging with the body – cyborg style.
    • New ways to grow food.
    • Computerized art.
    • Advancements with alternative medicine.
    • Revolutions.

     

    I know this all sounds terribly exciting as well as a bit unsettling. Astrology is cyclic and all the phases are necessary for growth. The easiest way to handle this change is to embrace it fully. Resistance is futile. What can you change in your life that will feel like a reboot? Many people will be moving or downsizing during this time. This is the best time to boldly live your dreams.

    Remember that this is the very beginning of the Aquarian Age. No one ever said it would start with a snore. Instead, it will start with each of us being reborn into our true, authentic self. Let’s see this as the most exciting time is our lives. We might as well, because these changes will happen with or without us. If we embrace the changes, it will be a lot more fun for us all. And yes, Barcelona is still calling me.


  • Astrology During Pisces

    The Sun enters the sign of Pisces on February 18th at 4:04 p.m., Mountain Time. Pisces is a water sign and is associated with the dreamy Neptune. Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac and represents wisdom and intuition. Many artists, healers, counselors, psychics and yoga instructors are Pisces. This sign likes altered states of consciousness and just needs to pick the most positive way to get into another space. Meditation or medication is often their choice . . . or maybe both.

    The month of Pisces starts with a bang as the next day, February 19th, is a Super Moon Full Moon in Virgo. The Full Moon cycle is coinciding with the change of the signs, which doesn’t happen often. It’s just bringing the new sign more energy right at the beginning of the sign. Here is the definition of a Super Moon, according to Wikipedia: super moon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee—the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit—resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth.

    This month will bring a Mercury retrograde that will last from March 5th – 28th. Mardi gras is on March 5th and is a fascinating combination with the retrograde. Is it the last night to party before the retrograde begins? Even though many don’t look forward to retrogrades, it is actually the best time to rethink, regroup and refocus. It’s perfect for doing Feng Shui and letting go of things. Do I really need that or could someone else use it more than I could? This Mercury retrograde is in Pisces, so it will have a focus on art, music and creativity. Do you want to paint that wall and redecorate a room? Now is the time. Also, since Pisces is the intuitive of the Zodiac, take some time to reflect on your life. Maybe it’s time to actually start meditating and not just talking about it.

    This is a huge astrological event happening this month that is called an ingress. When a planet enters a new sign, it’s called an ingress. This is a big one. The slow-moving planet, Uranus, will be entering the sign of Taurus on March 6th.  Uranus remains in a sign for about nine years and will therefore be in Taurus until 2026. This marks a new phase in society. Uranus is the Rebel of all the planets and his purpose is to bring drastic change to a slow-moving world. Anything outdated and antiquated will be gone fairly soon. The domain of Taurus will be the area of change. This earth sign is involved with money, business, real estate, the environment and security in general. The stable sign of Taurus doesn’t like sudden changes at all, so it is not a natural sign for Uranus to enjoy easily. They are at odd with each other just because of their different personalities. Who is the strongest and will win? Uranus will always win and change the sign. . Even stubborn Taurus. But it will be a struggle to say the least. New styles of commerce, specifically online shopping, have totally changed how people shop. Big box stores are likely going away like the dinosaurs. If Uranus represents technology and Taurus is bio systems, this phase will bring the beginning of cyborgs. Chips will be implanted. This is such an important ingress that I wrote an entire article about what will happen during this phase. Here is that article if you want to be refreshed. http://susiecox.com/blog/uranus-in-taurus-barcelona-is-beckoning

    Here is an excerpt from that article:

    Uranus is the genius of the Zodiac and is associated with inventions and new technologies. Uranus moves society forward by breaking down old paradigms. Any oppression is targeted by Uranus and will not be tolerated. This is collective consciousness on a global scale for the purpose of dismantling the old to rebuild it better. Anything antiquated will be upgraded. The internet is a perfect Aquarian concept with people connecting with each other all over the world, yet remaining separate. Social media is totally Uranus. Radical change, verging on chaos is necessary to have a resurrection. Expect the unexpected! Lightening is the weather connected with Uranus. The ideal of Uranus is for each and every person to have a voice – and use it personally and collectively. (It is interesting to note that as I write this, the US government is shutdown with no progress being made to reopen it).

    As far as the visible planets, Mars is the lone planet in the evening sky, except for them the Moon travels past him as the Moon heads toward the Full Moon. The rest of the visible planets are in the predawn sky. If you get up about ½ before sunrise, you will see brilliant Venus, bright Jupiter and dim Saturn along the Ecliptic. For an added treat, the Moon will move past them all from February 28th – March 2nd. Yes, it will be worth getting up early to see them.

    See you next time for Aries and the Spring Equinox!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Pisces?

    Pisces

    Happy Birthday, Pisces. This will be quite a birthday month for you since Mercury will be doing a retrograde in Pisces from March 5th – 27th. When that happens, you have a great opportunity to change your life from the inside out. You will just not be drawn to do the same things as you had before. The outdated patterns will dissolve and leave way for the new you.

    Aries

    The wild planet Uranus has been in Aries since 2011 and will be leaving to enter Taurus on March 6th. This is your very last chance to wrap up any old unfinished business . . . the older the better. You will feel driven to tackle the remnants of this last, chaotic phase in your life. Soon you will feel free.

    Taurus

    Ok, Taurus, the time is now for the Rebel Uranus to enter your sign. On March 6th, the slow-moving planet Uranus will enter Taurus and will remain there until 2026. This is the very beginning of a new, sudden change that will be rocking you for maybe years to come. Are you ready for a new career? Do you want to move? Are you ready for a totally new life? If you said yes sto any of those questions, you are up for a wild ride, dear Taurus. Fasten your seatbelt.

    Gemini

    You are in a creative time in your life, dear Gemini and this month will bring a spike to the frequency of your brilliant ideas. The middle of March is the best time to present your project to your advisors. Be sure to open your mind to new ways of doing things. Don’t just repeat the old but come up with something fresh and maybe even a little shocking. The surprise element is a good thing.

    Cancer

    Your power date this month is the weekend of March 15th. Give a spontaneous, almost impromptu family or friend reunion at that time and it will be a roaring success. Make comfort food like cookies and brownies and talk about old times. If you have photo albums handy, that would ensure a memorable event. 

    Leo

    This will be a lucky month for you, grand Leo, especially the middle of the month. In fact, you can hardly go wrong. Many of the other planets are supporting your Leo style by offering you some pretty incredible opportunities. You’ll have a hard time saying no. But remember that you can’t say yes to them all, so discretion is advised. Make sure to finish your due diligence before investing time or money.

    Virgo

    This astrological month will kick off with a Super Full Moon in your sign of Virgo on February 19th. A Super Moon is when the Moon is a little closer to the Earth and will therefore appear a bit larger. It will bring more light to you, dear Virgo. This is your month to shine brightly, just like the Super Full Moon!

    Libra

    The weekend of February 22nd and 23rd is a perfect time for you to dress up and go out on the town. Invite your classiest friends and do something special. Maybe go to an art opening or a celebrate a birthday party with some friends. If you are in the mood to do some shopping, this is the perfect weekend to splurge . . . you know you want to and deserve it. Astrology gives you permission!

    Scorpio

    Scorpio is one of the least social signs of the Zodiac and mostly prefers their own company. Good news, there is a fun weekend that will coax even the most private Scorpio out of the cave. Please go out on February 23rd and 24th and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun you will have. The sexy side of Scorpio will want to come out and play.

    Sagittarius

    You will likely feel some restlessness the last week in February. Are you in the mood for a road trip? This is the week. Be spontaneous and choose a destination that is new to you and is maybe out of your comfort zone. You are ready to try something that scares you a little . . . just a little.

    Capricorn

    Capricorn is the sign en Vogue now and will be for quite a few years. There is a party of slow-moving planet in Capricorn now.  In fact, just tell people you are a Capricorn and you will likely be the focus of attention. Not that Capricorns particularly care to be in the limelight, but you do like to learn about yourself. These next few years are your best times to come into your own. Are you ready?

    Aquarius

    Lucky Aquarius! Venus, the planet of beauty and joy, will be in your sign from March 1st – 25th. This is definitely your time to indulge in your senses. Pampering yourself is a necessity and not a choice during those dates. Are you ready for a new look? New clothes? Maybe a new hairstyle? Do it and blame it on Venus.


  • Chinese Astrology: Year of the Earth Pig 2019

    Welcome to the Chinese New Year! On February 4th, the Earth Pig will take over 2019, at least in Chinese astrology. It is said that a Pig year brings goodwill and prosperity and is one of the most beloved animals in their Zodiac. I have an Asian friend and called this the year of the Boar. She corrected me and said the Boar was too hard or mean of an image and she preferred to call it the Piggy and she always looks forward to a Piggy year. So Piggy it is.

    The Chinese New Year starts on a different date each year and yes, is astrologically based. The beginning of their New Year is at the sunset on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. This is based on the sunset in China.  Their system differs from western astrology but they do have some similarities. Both systems use 12 signs, but the Chinese call them animals. Where Chinese astrology is the most different is with the elements. Western astrology uses four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Chinese astrology uses five elements: Metal, Fire, Wood, Water and Earth.

    The Chinese have a 60-year system and here is how it works. Each year the sign changes but the element stays the same for two consecutive years. For example, last year was the Earth Dog and this year is the Earth Pig. Next year, 2020, will start a new element and animal combination and will be the Metal Rat. So 12 x 5 = 60 and then the cycle begins again. When a person is 60 years old, that year will be the same combination as when he or she was born.

    Let’s get to know this Boar or Piggy. It sounds like the Piggy is anything but boring; in fact, he is known to live life to the fullest or even to excess. The Piggy is considered to be the nice guy of all the animals. He’s honest, sincere, friendly and charitable. He wants everyone to get along with each other and creates harmony with his lenient and easy personality. He is very interested in bringing together communities through social work and tolerance for all types. Diplomacy is his strength.

    But as with all the animals, he does have weaknesses. The Piggy’s challenge revolves around overindulgence and not knowing when to stop. He lives life to the fullest and then a little more for good measure. Therefore, weight control is often an issue with this animal. Whims and distractions are also areas that need work. In addition, there is often a condescendence and arrogance with the Pig.

    Now let’s overlay the element of Earth and see how it influences this typically, flamboyant Piggy. Luckily the Earth element will bring a more peaceful, sensible and stable type of a Pig. Earth will make him more productive and steadier than the normally gullible Pig. This type of a Pig will be more likely to steer clear of problems and instead reach for harmony.

    The year of an Earth Pig is said to bring goodwill and is a great year for business and prosperity. People will feel more free and tolerant in a year with the relaxed attitude of the Earth Piggy. In fact, so free that lavish gifts and extravagance might be a trend. This year will find us entertaining much more and being involved with social events and fundraisers. Friends will be easier to make with the tolerant and expansive way of this fun-loving Piggy. Although prudence in financial matters is important.

    Overall, this seems to be one of the luckiest of all the animal and element combinations. So have big fun in 2019 while still striking a balance in your life. Get lots of rest and give back to the world. I’m sure the Earth Piggy will be very happy with that.


  • Astrology During Aquarius

    The Sun enters the sign of Aquarius on January 20th at 2:01 a.m., Mountain Time. Aquarius is an air sign and is associated with the Rebel, Uranus. Aquarius is the sign that likes to change everything up. Equality is the essence of Aquarius. The internet is their domain. We all have a little Aquarius in us and we will feel that part come to life this month.

    Not only will the Sun enter Aquarius on January 20th, but there is also a Lunar Eclipse on the very same day. A Lunar Eclipse always occurs on the Full Moon, which mean this Eclipse will be in the sign of powerful Leo. In addition, this one happens to be a Super Moon on top of being in Leo. Right now there is a huge party of planets in Capricorn, which are involved with this Lunar Eclipse, making it every more important. An Eclipse is the time to release whatever no longer serves you.  What do you want to change? Since there are so many planets involved with this Eclipse, make is bold and swift.

    Mercury will enter Aquarius on January 23rd and will have a quick run through that sign. It will change into Pisces on February 10th. Aquarius is about technology, so get any new gadgets you received for Christmas figured out before Mercury enters dreamy Pisces. Mercury in Aquarius is a good time to make quick decisions in your life, especially combined with an Eclipse season. Make up your mind and just do it!

    Mars entered his sign of Aries on New Year’s Eve and will move into Taurus on February 14th. The second week in February, both Mars and the Moon will join volatile Uranus and will bring a time for people speaking up. Surprises are likely.

    We are in for a real treat in the predawn sky! Brilliant Venus will be joining bright Jupiter now through the end of January. The Moon will join them both on January 30th through February 1st for a spectacular display in the predawn sky. Make sure to get up ½ hour earlier than sunrise and look above the eastern horizon. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

    Not only are Venus and Jupiter a beautiful sight in the sky, but they will also bring a positive time for us. This will only last for about 1 week, but see if you can catch the good luck and abundance they have as a team. Expect something big and beautiful to happen and it likely will.

    We also have another cycle beginning. On February 4 will start the Chinese New Year of the Earth Pig. It is said that a Piggie year brings a positivity and cooperation. I’ll be writing an entire article talking about the Piggie. This is quite a month astrologically with an Eclipse and Chinese New Year starting. It feels like this will be a turning-point year with a start like this!

    See you next month in Pisces!


  • What's Up for your Sign?

    Aquarius

    Happy Birthday, dear Aquarius. This will be an outstanding birthday month for you. Mercury, the planet of intelligence and communication, is traveling with your Sun the entire month. You are usually brilliant, but this will bring your brilliance to a higher level. This is a perfect time to get caught up on correspondence, or to upgrade your technology.

    Pisces

    Your planet, dreamy Neptune, is in your sign of Pisces now and will remain there for another six years. This is your phase in life to deeply figure out who you are inside. Focus on meditation, breathing and creativity. Be kind to yourself. Your power dates this month are in the first week of February and would be the best time to take a retreat, be quiet and listen to your wise intuition.

    Aries

    How lucky are you now, Aries! Your planet, Mars, is traveling through Aries now and will be there until February 15th. Aries is the warrior of the Zodiac and you have definitely been feeling the high energy of Mars lately. This is your time to be as strong as you can possibly manage. Other people might be intimidated by you right now and that’s ok. There is no way you can hold in your light, even if they don’t like it. Shine brightly, Aries!

    Taurus

    Get ready, Taurus, you are going to have  a once-in-a-lifetime visit from the planet of surprises, the infamous Uranus. This planet, the Rebel of the Zodiac, enters Taurus on March 6th and will remain there until 2025. The Taurus in you likes a calm stable life . . . well, that's about to change. This is the time to wrap up your old life in preparation for a completely new life. If you want to sell everything and move to paradise, now is your time.

    Gemini

    Gemini is the smarty pants of the Zodiac and you are even getting smarter. Jupiter is aligning with your Gemini now and is stimulating your creative mind. This entire month is good for communication but see if you can use it for more than normal emails. Jupiter is associated with business, expansion, marketing and publishing. Can you really write that book inside of you? The answer is Yes!

    Cancer

    You are in a strong time of personal growth in your life now. An important point in astrology, called the North Node, is in Cancer until mid-2020. This Node is the point of destiny in astrology and is only in your sign once every 19 years. This is your phase to define your perfect lifestyle and know that you can live it. Things will be much easier to get accomplished now.

    Leo

    The Full Moon will be in Leo this month. But true to Leo, this is not just a regular Full Moon and is instead a Super Moon. It gets even better that that because this Full Moon is an Eclipse in Leo. Its name is: a Super Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo. How grand for you! Leos are always the center of attention and this Super Moon will propel you into the public eye. What do you want to show everyone?

    Virgo

    There is a party of planets in Capricorn that is supporting your Sun in Virgo. The end of January is the best time this month to look at your finances or business in a new way. Archive 2018 and organize your files for 2019. While all this disciplined energy is around you . . . make your plans for this coming year. Virgo, the Perfectionist, always likes a timeline.

    Libra

    The end of January will likely bring a settlement with an unfinished situation that has triggered off deep emotions. This is all teaching you how to stand up and speak your mind with others, even though they seem stronger or have more authority. It’s all a test for you and when you pass it, you will feel more powerful than you have since it all began. When you feel relieved -- you will be free.

    Scorpio

    With the party of Capricorn planets moving through your house of money, now is the time for you to regroup your finances. Scorpio is the strategist of the Zodiac and enjoys looking at investments and playing the mogul. If you aren’t happy with your lifestyle, make some decisions and redirect your focus. After all, you are a Scorpio and can do anything you want . . . and when you want it.

    Sagittarius

    You are always lucky, since you are a Sagittarius, but now is an extra lucky time for you. Jupiter, who is your planet, is now joined by beautiful Venus and are both in Sag and will exactly meet on January 23rd. Expand your horizons and reach out to the world to let it know your intentions. This is a very rare alignment in Sagittarius, so have the confidence to live your dreams. At least have a big, wild party!

    Capricorn

    Capricorn is the sign that all astrologers are talking about now and will be for quite a while. Most of the slow planets are forming a big grouping or party in Capricorn that will dominate astrology until mid-2020. This alignment will never happen again like this and it is the time for all Capricorns to come into their own power. Many of you will be changing your lives drastically coming up soon. Give yourself to permission to let go of the past and start anew. If not now . . . when?


  • Preview of 2019 or Capricorn, Capricorn, Capricorn

    We have the New Year of 2019 upon us and this is a good time to take an astrological peak at what’s coming up for us all. The main astrological trend now is an important grouping of planets in Capricorn that will be there into 2020. At the peak of this Capricorn era, there will be five planets in that sign. That’s fully half of the Solar System in one place. No, that doesn’t happen often, but it does occur. So why is this one so important? It is made up of the slowest planets and therefore is rare and lasts a long time. Right now the intense Pluto, serious Saturn and the karmic South Node are all in the taskmaster sign of Capricorn. Ok, none of that sounds like very much fun to me. It looks like we’re in for some challenges, collectively. I call myself Ms. Positivity, but my Word of the Year for 2019 is Heavy.

    Let’s face it; we’ll all be acting like Capricorns if half of the planets are in that sign. There will be an overwhelming air of serious and business energy in the world. Of course, as with all signs, there are both positive and negative parts of the sign. With such a big party in Capricorn, I want to be candid about all sides of this stern sign.

    I’ve named Capricorn the Executive of the Zodiac because they just innately know how to get things done and done right. Saturn is their planet and my nickname for Saturn is Mr. Responsibility. This sign naturally exudes confidence, determination, organization, discipline and therefore, results. Everything with Capricorn is about what they accomplish, their success and status. This makes them natural managers and business professionals. They are typically sophisticated and enjoy luxury, even if it’s a rustic ranch in the country. Capricorn is the authority figure of all the 12 signs of the Zodiac and needs to be in charge.

    Even though these are admirable traits, their extremes can verge on being a tyrant. Unevolved Capricorn can be rigid, self-righteous, ultra-conservative, controlling, pessimistic and cold. It’s like the mean landlord who only cares about the bottom line of money and not his tenants. Money is God for the low side of Capricorn.

    Now let’s get to know the planets that are transiting through this strong sign. At the peak of this Capricorn era, these are the planets who will be in Capricorn: Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and the South Node. Mars will join them all from February – April 2020 to give them a kicker.

    Pluto is the slowest planet and will be in Capricorn the longest (2008 – 2024). Pluto is all about rebirth and transformation, so this is the time the structure of corporate business, government and everything that Capricorn represesnts will be changed. Saturn rules Capricorn and will bring an extra layer of heaviness from December 2017 – December 2020. It will be like having two Saturns, when one is surely enough. Jupiter is the other planet who will join this Capricorn party . . . or rather a meeting,  and will be in Capricorn from December 2019 – December 2020.  Saturn doesn’t know how to party very well and prefers work. The presence of Jupiter will make all this driven energy much, much bigger. Excess is one of the challenges of Jupiter and that will be easily seen this phase.

    Now let’s add the not-very fun South Node. He’s the Karmic point of release from the past. The North Node represents new beginnings and destiny, while the South Node is about letting go of what is obsolete and no longer necessary. I’ve named the South Node the Hero of this Capricorn grouping, since its purpose is to let go of the old.

    Putting all this together, 2019 will be a transition year leading to the culmination of the Capricorn grouping, which will happen early 2020. Since Capricorn is associated with corporations, the elite, big business, conservative thought, authority and capitalism . . . 2019 will be the record peak year for the old to prevail. The year will seem dense, heavy and driven. But remember, we all have access to this strong, accomplished focus of Capricorn and not just the authority figures.

    I know this might all sound pretty intense, which it is, but the planets are luckily always moving forward into new signs. What is the sign after capitalistic Capricorn? The Rebel, Aquarius! In March 2020, both Saturn and Mars enter Aquarius right around the Spring Equinox. That will mark the beginning of an era of Aquarius that will be with us for many years. Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023 and doesn’t leave until 2043! So 2019 is the beginning of the end for Capricorn. I think this phase shows the early labor pains of the birth of the Aquarian Age.

     

    Here are the most important celestial events happening in 2019:

    • The year of 2019 starts off with a bang when Mars enters its own sign of Aries on December 31st, 2018 and will remain there until February 15th. That could make for some wild festivities on New Year’s Eve and will definitely begin the year with a powerful need for moving forward. Mars in Aries is the profile of the hero or the bully. Both will be seen easily with this transit.
    • Uranus will enter Taurus on March 8th, 2019 and will remain there until April 2026. Many will experience sudden changes this year. It might be the time to move, have a new career or new lifestyle with this transit. We will see revolutionary changes with money. Change is the keyword for Uranus.
    • Jupiter will enter Capricorn in December 2019 and will remain there until December 2020. Jupiter will join the grouping of slow planets, bringing a crescendo to the Capricorn phase.
    • Uranus trine Jupiter and the South Node. When the planet of change, Uranus, enters Taurus, it will be have a positive, blue line to both Jupiter and the South Node in Capricorn. Both Taurus and Capricorn are earth signs and are very supportive and compatible with each other. This positive angle happens from December 2019 until May 2020 and will bring a cooperative collaboration between many groups that have previously not gotten along. This will end the year of 2019 on a very positive note.

    Mercury Retrogrades

    Retrogrades are the best time to rethink, release and regroup. The sign Mercury is retrograding in determines the area of letting go. These are great times for serious house cleanings and Feng Shui.

    1. March 5th – March 27th. This retrograde will be in dreamy Pisces. This would be a good time to look at your art and beauty. Maybe paint that wall a colorful color. Organize your clothes closet. Stay grounded.
    2. July 7th – August 1st. This retrograde is what I call a hybrid and starts in Leo and ends up in the sign of Cancer. Change around your living room or family room, ending up in the kitchen. Make plans for a family reunion for early to mid-August.
    3. October 31st – November 21st. This retrograde is solidly in intense Scorpio. Focus on doing changes in your bedroom. Do you need a new comforter or pillows? Or maybe reorganize your finances.

    Eclipses

    There are two eclipse seasons each year with a Solar and Lunar Eclipse two weeks apart each time, which creates four yearly eclipses. This is a special year because we will have five eclipses this year. Why is that . . . because the very first eclipse will land early in the year on January 5th. The very last eclipse will land at the end of the year on December 26th, so one more eclipse got squeezed into 2019. It doesn’t mean anything except how the eclipse seasons synched up with our yearly calendar. 

    1. Partial Solar Eclipse at 15 Capricorn on January 5th
    2. Total Lunar Eclipse at 0 Leo on January 21st.
    3. Total Solar Eclipse at 10 Cancer on July 2nd
    4. Partial Lunar Eclipse at 24 Capricorn on July 16 - 17

    There is a change happening now with our Eclipses. First, the definition of an Eclipse is when the Sun and Moon line up with the Nodes, which are intersecting points and determine the location of an Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse happens during the Full Moon and a Solar Eclipse can only occur during a New Moon. But both of them need the Nodes there to create an Eclipse. So what is different now? The Nodes have an orbit, just like the planets do. Their orbit is 18.6 years and transits a person’s chart with that orbit or interval. So therefore, the Nodes stay in a sign for about 1 ½ years. On November 7, 2018, the North Node entered Cancer and the corresponding South Node entered Capricorn. They are always the same degree in opposite signs.

    The Eclipses will now be mostly occurring in Cancer and Capricorn until May 2020. (The last Eclipse in Leo will be the Total Lunar Eclipse on January 21st). If the North Node is destiny and it is in the sign of Cancer, it means that community and  people connecting will become more important. If the South Node is releasing the old and it is in Capricorn, it means that corporations and the mean landlord won’t be as important. That’s why I’ve named the South Node the Hero, because he offers a perfect release point for all the end of this Capricorn phase.

    This is a momentous time in history and it is all that astrologers are talking about or researching now. You will undoubtedly be reading other articles about this rare alignment. This is a universal phase that the entire world will experience. Personally, we can use this time to weed out the old in our lives in preparation for a new beginning.

     

    Chinese Year of the Earth Pig

    Each year the Chinese New Year starts on a different date. The very beginning of their New Year is at sunset on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. This is based on the sunset in China. This year that magic date is February 4th. Just like western astrology, the Chinese Zodiac also has 12 signs or they call them animals. Where Chinese astrology differs from western astrology is with the elements. Western astrology has only four elements compared to Chinese astrology that uses five elements. The western elements are fire, earth, air and water. The Chinese elements are metal, fire, wood, water and earth.

    The Chinese astrology system differs from western astrology with their 60-year system. Here is how it works: Each year the sign changes but the element stays the same for two consecutive years. For example, last year was the Earth Dog and this year is the Earth Pig. Next year, 2020, will start a new element and animal and will be the Metal Rat. So 12 x 5 = 60 and then the cycle begins again.

    The Pig or the Boar is considered the nice guy of the animals. He’s friendly, honest, sincere and charitable. He wants everyone to get along with each other and fosters harmony through his leniency and easy ways. The Pig is usually a good fund raiser because of his love of social work and bringing communities together. He is very tolerant and can identify with many types of people. Diplomacy is his strength.

    But the Pig does have weaknesses which revolve around excesses and overindulgence. They live life to the fullest and then a little more for good measure. Weight control is often an issue with this animal. Whims and distractions are also areas that need work. There is often a condescendence and arrogance with the Pig.

    That explains the basic Pig personality and we can overlay that with the element of earth. This element will bring a more peaceful, sensible and stable type of a Pig. The earth element makes him more productive and perseverant than a normally gullible Pig. This type steers clear of problems and instead reaches for harmony.

    The year of an Earth Pig is said to bring goodwill to all. It is a great year for business and prosperity. People will feel more free and tolerant in a year with the relaxed attitude of the Pig. In fact, so free that lavish gifts and extravagance might be part of the norm. This year will find us entertaining much more and being involved with social events. Fundraising is favored this year. Friends will be easier to make with the tolerant and expansive way of this fun-loving Earth Pig. Prudence in financial matters is important. But it looks like this year will bring some wonderful gatherings and parties.

     

    Visible Planets

    Even though there will be five Eclipses this year, not one of them will be visible in the US. So no Eclipse parties easily this year, folks, at least in the US. Also, planetary viewing favors early risers, since many of the planets will only be visible in the predawn sky. Jupiter, Saturn and Venus will all be in visible in the morning sky until June or so when they start emerging in the evening sky. They will remain in the evening sky until the end of the year when they will all get lost in the glow of the Sun, only to return to the morning sky again. Ahh, I love that forever cycle of planets.

    • Venus will be the “Morning Star” from now until July 8th. The she will emerge as the “Evening Star” from September through the end of the year.
    • Mars will be the only visible planet in the evening sky, where he can be seen until July18th. Mars can be seen in the morning sky from October 17 through the end of the year.
    • Jupiter will be in the morning sky with Venus and Saturn from now until June 10th, when he will emerge in the evening sky and remain there until December 15th.
    • Saturn is in the morning sky from now until July 9th when he will emerge in the evening sky and remain there until December 27th.

     

    Summary

    Even though this year will be dominated by the stern Capricorn, it seems like it will be balance out nicely with Chinese astrology. The lenient and easy-going Earth Pig might be the saving grace to offer some kindness and joy to the serious Capricorn goat. It seems that there is a warning of overindulgence and debauchery. Hey, a little might be necessary to mellow out all that Capricorn, but balance is the keyword here. If we can all focus that Capricorn energy on kindness and charity, the year will indeed be favorable.

    A hearty welcome to 2019!


  • Astrology During Capricorn

    The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on December 21st at 3:24 p.m., Mountain Time. Capricorn is an earthy earth sign and is associated with the taskmaster, Saturn. I’ve named Capricorn the Executive of the Zodiac. If you want a big project done, and on time, ask a Capricorn. Their planet Saturn is Mr. Responsibility and his work ethic transfers to Capricorn very naturally.

    The first day of Capricorn always marks the Winter Solstice. So December 21st will officially be the first day of the new season of winter. For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is opposite for our friends who live in the Southern Hemisphere. So we now have three month until spring starts. Ahh, I love this yearly cycle that is always dependable.

    Many celebrate this time as the darkness before the light returns. The Sun actually stands still for a few days on the Solstice, almost seeding the dark. Even though this is the greatest time of darkness, it is also the time of the greatest hope with the knowing that the Sun and the light will return. This pause has given humanity the opportunity to delve into the depths of our collective soul. Take some time for you to reflect on this last year.

    The ancients recognized the Winter Solstice as the end and beginning of the year. Hope and patience are part of this season. Since this is a collective human experience, we could all imagine this time as the ending of a cycle, with the promise of new – just like the sunrise. If this season is about honoring the light to come, then this Winter Solstice is a special one because the Full Moon occurs the very next day on December 22nd.  This would be a good year to be involved with Winter Solstice celebrations or meditation to project a collective spirit of light to the world.

    New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will have a Moon in private Scorpio. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t in the mood for wild parties. This might be a more introspective ending and beginning of a New Year. Even though the year ends with quiet Scorpio, the beginning of 2019 begins with a bang. Mars enters his own sign of Aries, on December 31st. When the year starts with such dynamic, forward-moving energy, it just has to set a theme for the year. Be physical on the first day of the year by taking a hike or starting an exercise plan.

    The other dramatic beginning to 2019 will be a Solar Eclipse on January 5th in Capricorn. The corresponding Lunar Eclipse will occur two weeks later on January 20th. An Eclipse season is always a good time to make a change in your life and these Eclipses are strong since so many planets are involved. Make changes now!

    The visible planets are moving to the morning sky, so Mars is the only planet easily visible in the evening sky now. Saturn is pretty much lost to the glow of the Sun. But what a treat this is for early risers. If you wake up about ½ hour before sunrise, you will see Venus and Jupiter just peeping over the horizon now. Start the year out right with looking at them. On January 1st – 4th, the Moon will be joining them above the eastern predawn sky. What a great way to start the New Year of 2019!

    Enjoy your holidays and see you next month for the Aquarius.


  • What's Up for your Sign during Capricorn

    Capricorn

    Happy Birthday, dear Capricorn! You are the center of attention now, Cap, and will be for quite a while. Including the Moon, there will be five planets plus the South Node all in Capricorn on January 4th – 6th.  Plus, there is a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th. New changes are coming.

    Aquarius

    The South Node has been in Aquarius for the last 18 months and has just left your sign. That point in the sky refers to releasing old patterns, so hopefully you have recently let go of anything that was holding you down. You can take is a bit easier now, Aquarius. Yes!

    Pisces

    Busy Mars has been in Pisces since November 16th and will leave Pisces on the very last day of the year – December 31, 2018. Do a ritual of release on New Year’s Eve to complete this Marsy cycle. Write what you have learned on a piece of paper and burn it. Have the intention of freedom.

    Aries

    You are in for a wild ride, Aries, because Mars will be rushing into Aries on December 31st. This might be a year that you want to go out to a party. Have fun, but be safe. What a great way to start the New Year with your planet. Yes, starting an exercise plan is perfect for a New Year’s intention.

    Taurus

    There is quite a party of planets in Capricorn now that is supporting your earthy Tausus. Start the New Year with an indepth plan for 2019. This will be a good money year for you, dear Taurus. Use it to your benifit. Taurus is the sign of luxury, after all.

    Gemini

    The party of planets in Capricorn is in your Gemini house of other people’s money now. The New Year of 2019 will bring you financial opportunities and pretty early in the year. Now is the time for you to plan what you are going to be doing with all that money. Great homework for you, creative Gemini.

    Cancer

    The Full Moon is in your sign of Cancer this month on December 22nd. This will be a special Full Moon, since the Winter Solstice will happen one day before it on December 21st. Many people around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice and the Full Moon will just bring more light to the winter and also to you!

    Leo

    The Moon will be in your sign of Leo on Christmas Day. So you will feel like shining a bit more this holiday because the Moon is backing you up. Everyone will be more animated and maybe noisier than they were last year. Have big Leo fun!

    Virgo

    The last week of 2018 will have a perfect triangle in earth signs that will support your Virgo Sun. If you can, take some time off that week and focus on you. The Virgo in you will want to make sure this year is completed properly. That earth triangle will help you accomplish just that.

    Libra

    This holiday will bring some friends and family gatherings that don’t happen that often. Bring an old photo album so people can talk about family memories. Make comfort food and give a lot of hugs.

    Scorpio

    The retrograde of Venus in your sign is over, but Venus is still in Scorpio until January 6th. So make sure you pamper yourself this holiday season. Is a spa day in your Christmas stocking? Ask Santa and you’ll get it. Hey, you have to honor Venus.

    Sagittarius

    Venus will enter Sagittarius on January 7th and will be getting close to Jupiter the entire month of January. It is a Very fortunate cycle to have Jupiter and Venus joining in your sign. They bring joy, expansion and lots of fun. This will be a wonderful start to the New Year of 2019!


  • Venus Found Her Voice

    The infamous Venus Retrograde in Scorpio has just ended and it seems she found her voice. In my last article, called “Venus Retrograde Gone Wild”, there was a line explaining that this alignment was like “A scorned woman seeking revenge”. When I wrote that line, it just jumped out of me without thinking about it. At the time it seems pretty extreme, but I can see now that it was precisely accurate. The world has change since that recent Venus Retrograde and I don’t think it will ever be the same.

    With amazing timing, the US Mid-term elections occurred during this strong retrograde. It seems my prophecy was right, because not only did women vote in record numbers, but ran for office and got elected in record numbers too. This election was historic for many reasons and the results correlate perfectly with the current astrology trend. It always works that way, but I do admit that even after all these years as an astrologer, I’m still amazed at the accuracy of this ancient technique of reading the sky.

    Two years ago I wrote an article called,”The Global Civil Rights Movement”, after the last presidential election. I needed to take a look at the big picture astrologically to understand this phase in our history. Now that I look back on it, everything makes total sense. Here is the article to refresh yourself on the important phase we are at in humanity’s journey. http://susiecox.com/blog/global-civil-rights-movement

    The essence of this global movement is that it’s the first hint of the Aquarian Age appearing. This Aquarius isn’t just for women, but for equality in general. People will all be accepted, no matter their race, gender or age. We are ending the phase of the power held by a minority of the elite and will be replaced with equality. So this is the time for us all to find our voices, but particularly women, who have had our words stopped for centuries, if not millennia. Well, that’s all changed now and I think forever, thanks to our recent wild Venus Retrograde in Scorpio. Remember the scorned woman?  Time Magazine awarded the 2017 Person of the Year to Women. Specifically it was given to the The Silence Breakers for the #metoo movement. Then 2018 is politically the Year of the Woman. Here are some statistics:

    • At least 2,019 women will be serving in the upcoming state legislatures.
    • Several states have women in the senate or governors for the first time.
    • Two Muslim women were elected to Congress.
    • Two Native-American women were elected to Congress.
    • Several openly gay, bisexual or LGBT people were elected.
    • Immigrants to this country were elected.
    • A record number of young voters emerged with a strong collective voice.

    This is the very beginning of the Aquarian Age starting, folks. We are just ending the Age of Pisces and are now in what is called the “sub-Aquarian Age”, or the transition from one Age to the next. The entire cycle of precession through the Ages, or the Great Year, lasts about 25,800 years. During that time each Age of the Zodiac will last about 2,150 years. The Age of Pisces started around the birth of Christ, or a little over 2,000 years ago, so that means that the Aquarian Age is about to begin. The exact definition of the change of an Age is when the Sun’s position, at the Spring Equinox, moves to a new Zodiac sign, or constellation. We are now experiencing that transition.

    How can we all welcome this new phase in history? We need to be authentic and true to our real self. If you aren’t happy with your career . . . change it. If you have been shy and not sure how to express yourself, all that will change too. We will all feel like we’re turning into an Aquarian. That sign doesn’t really care what others or the world thinks --- individuality is the most important think to that independent sign. Be yourself and be proud of who you have become. You are just perfect the way you are and now the world will know!



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