by Robert Wilkinson
Welcome to the first of several articles about what's coming. There are many things to discuss, since 2008 promises to be a year of initiating new opportunities, new disciplines, new actions, new regimes, and new values. After many years of minimal Earth, this year will bring forth maximum advantages from persevering, organized, mature intention.
First, the outer triad, which I'll discuss in greater detail in the coming "Spiritual Astrology" articles to come in the next few days.
This year, Pluto dances into the first 2 degrees of Capricorn, then retrogrades back into the end of Sagittarius. This means it continues to set into motion seeds of whatever the Jupiter conjunct Pluto at the Galactic Center is sending out, which set some major forces into motion. It also means we're all in for blessings, seeing powerful personalities seize power, understanding how wrong use of force damages our integrity and sense of connectedness, and finishing up whatever training we've been going through these past 2 years.
Neptune, our connection to the collective consciousness (and unconscious) has brought us all "gifts from Spirit," and will continue to help us build an adequate "Spiritual vehicle" to demonstrate our Higher expertise by this Summer. We will focus on managing our emotional, social, or cultural energies that will further develop the crystalized forms of Neptunian ideals that Saturn helped us bring into form during the many months it was opposed Neptune.
You can site google "Saturn opposition (or opposed) Neptune" and you'll get a lot more about what this two year influence crystalized in ways that will impact us for many years to come. These involved major realizations about how to make our Neptunian aptitudes and ideals real, to whatever degree we got clear about them.
In 2008 Uranus will take us into unknown zones. Uranus and Neptune are VERY intimately linked this time in history because of what is known as "mutual reception," aka they are in each other's signs. Uranus firmly entering the last half of the last sign will bring individuating experiences through knowing how to bless and forgive at the beginning of the end of a long cycle.
When Uranus enters Aries in May 2010 and leaves Pisces for the last time in 77 years in March 2011 it ushers in a new era. Between now and then are the final closure on the last 84 years, and are bringing us to a greater synthetic understanding and wisdom of flow, closure, forgiveness, empathy, and allowance.
This begins "The End of the End" of the present era, and to be redundant, it's all about management, the greatest good for the greatest number, and blending with the "better angels of our nature," as the great Aquarian Abraham Lincoln put it. (Yes, even politicians can be Sages, though not lately.)
We now turn our attention to Saturn, the timekeeper that structures our endeavors, teaching us patience, maturity, and not to push the river.
Saturn, while retrograde, will continue to secure the lessons we've been learning since September 2007 through May 2008. At that point it hits its forward station on a degree involving all of us being liberated from a form of suffering through practical, grounded compassion. From April through June and beyond, there will be struggles that will show us liberation if we can become self realized in some individualistic way.
The first half of 2008 shows Saturn in the first half of Virgo, helping us come to experiences of Divine Discrimination so we can see through illusions. There are a lot, you know. This period of Jupiter trine Saturn in early Capricorn is giving us great opportunities to be gentle, practical, organized, and ground the black hole inspiration of Jupiter in Sag conjunct Pluto at the Galactic Center in 2007 which has now fired up the next 12 years.
A brief look at the second half of 2008 shows lots of explosions helping all to break up obsolete structures so that our "will to wholeness" can bring us to a greater effectiveness. We begin a great adventure in consciousness, crystalizing venerable values and standards which we will have to adopt according to our individual sense of destiny. This will impact our experiences in 2009 in a major way.
Tensions will escalate due to Saturn getting VERY close to its opposition to Uranus, itself the midpoint of the Saturn-Uranus cycle that began Spring of 1986 and was close and/or exact from 1987-1989, with conjunctions at the Galactic Center both in late Sag and early Capricorn. This has implications for the coming Pluto ingress into Capricorn, since the Cosmic Purifier and Seed Carrier is awakening whatever crystalized form of revolutionary individuation was indicated by that particular series of Saturn conjunct Uranus degrees.
Jupiter has already begun the new Plutonic cycle, and is closing in on the final stages of the old Jupiter-Uranus and Jupiter-Neptune cycles in the next few years. It's the beginning of the expansion of transformations happening and to come, and the end game to old possibilities in the transpersonal individualizing and collectivizing cycles.
This is the cosmic pause between what Jupiter is expanding of Pluto and preparing to expand in 2009 of Neptunian ideals and in 2010 of Uranian individualizing pulses. Jupiter is favorable to Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, so make the most of it. Get organized, learn to "think in the future," and see where your most economical efforts will yield maximum material results.
Jupiter trine Saturn the first half of 2008 shows the Earth areas of our charts should run fairly smoothly, as will the houses and planets involving Sag, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
As you can imagine, I'll be composing a lot of material about the year to come, for everyone and specific signs, over the next few days and weeks, so enjoy!
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson