Deb McBride

January, 2017

Happy New Year to everyone! I wish you all a lovely 2017 with much prosperity and happiness.

Below I have described some of the astrological patterns we will be encountering as we move through the next 12 months. Of course, I will continue to discuss these patterns more profoundly throughout the year. So, this is not a deep investigation of each of these, but an overview in preparation.

Saturn in Sagittarius will trine Uranus in Aries for most of the year – as this is in fire, things will heat up and move quickly. Especially for anyone having planets in fire, or are born under a fire sign, they will feel events moving quickly, feel life is faster, they are more resolute and not wanting to linger over trivial matters. Tempers may flare, then quickly extinguish. Saturn can ground Uranus’s electrical energy and therefore make us more productive. Both planets are in the latter third of the sign they have been transiting. For Uranus, it is in the Sagittarius decanate of its transit through Aries, which supports the trine. I can only hope our world evolves to a better place with Sagittarian matters – foreign relations, religious tolerance, the justice system. Saturn always brings a lesson for each of us, this time is no different.

Uranus will be busy, as it is also involved in an ongoing T-square for most of 2017 while Jupiter is in Libra in opposition. This is the most important astrology event of the year. Pluto will still be in Capricorn and although Uranus & Pluto are not in an exact aspect anymore, they are close enough for Jupiter to connect them. As we know, Jupiter’s influence is to expand and open up the influence of transformation here. Remember 2014? Jupiter was in Cancer then, also involved in this T-square with Uranus and Pluto. This is a similar story, but this time the empty space of the T-square falls in the sign of Cancer. Wherever you have the sign of the crab in your chart is where the energy will be shot from the 3 planet configuration. This is the area that will require attention. Every month, remember that the Moon will enter the sign of Cancer for a few days filling in the empty space of the T-Square, creating a Grand Cross. It’s best to pay attention to the times when feeling the most pressured in that area of  life. There is information in those days – about the direction being taken, about the area that requires focus and energy.

Jupiter sextile Saturn, also an aspect happening all year, the smoothing out of rough edges of Saturn’s transit in Sadge. This is especially since they are in each other’s signs. Saturn is exalted in Libra where Jupiter lives for most of the year, while Jupiter is the ruler of Sadge where Saturn currently resides. Any unsavory effects of Saturn’s transit in Sadge will be mitigated by the supportive aspects coming from Jupiter and Uranus. Hopefully, this will bring some greater compassion and understanding to our world as Sagittarius rules learning and higher knowledge.

In January, there is so much in Capricorn as there always is this time of year. But there are also planets and the South Node in Pisces. This combination is complimentary, but Capricorn always wants to press on while Pisces wants to rest. Therefore, it’s necessary to find the balance between the two, because otherwise it manifests as being too hard on ourselves when we should be taking a break. If we don’t get enough rest, we don’t have energy to accomplish. Mercury direct on January 8th puts perspective on our reflections from the last 3 weeks as the annual Sun Pluto conjunction brings us to a place of empowerment. The Sun moves to create the Full Moon forming a Grand Cross on Jan 12. This can be powerful, use the energy wisely, it can get stressful if too much is attempted. Grand Cross aspects are noted for pulling us in several directions, feeling like each of four corners needs to placated. 

In February, the first set of eclipses will occur on the 10th with a Lunar Eclipse in Leo and then the 26th for the Solar Eclipse in Pisces close to the South Node. Eclipses always bring intense emotions, so it’s best to prepare with meditation (or medication if that suits you!) and staying focused on the moment. The more powerful of the eclipses will be the 2nd one as it is closest to the Node and it is with Neptune. Neptune’s influence will surely be felt as there will be a moment of magic, spirit or even illusion contained within the eclipse. As we reach the 2nd eclipse on Feb 26, Mars will conjunct Uranus and this should be a real jolt of energy during the eclipse. I can assure you it will not be dull.

Venus will retrograde in Aries on March 3rd until April 15th. I will discuss this further in the near future, but as I always say it’s not a good time to start a brand-new relationship. Once we are in mid- April, it is safe to start considering new people as potential partners.

On July 9th, we will encounter the Full Moon in Capricorn, the counterpart to the intense Grand Cross of January 12. In this case, the Moon will be in Capricorn and the Sun will be in Cancer. Again, intense Grand Cross energy, think of 2014. This will coincide with the annual Sun conjunct Pluto on July 10. This is another major turning point in the year.

The second set of eclipses will be in August, the Lunar Eclipse on the 7th in Aquarius and the Solar Eclipse on the 21st in Leo. The Solar is the more powerful one this time, closest to the North Node.

This is the overview and 2017 promises to be an intense year of great change and great possibility. Remember to use these energies to your empowerment and not be defenseless in the face of such great changes. Anything is possible!







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