2018 really is a new year, folks, and not just because we've flipped some arbitrary calendar page to the next sequential number.
The astrology of the year-ahead carries a discernibly distinct vibe from what's most recently prevailed an essential turning-away from the near-constant disorienting dynamism of these past years, and, now, an ensuing duty to survey the disarray and make the most from it while we can.
We're already detecting the strong-out-of-the-gate beginnings of this crucial shift, with the entry of Saturn into Capricorn just a few weeks back.
I cannot wriggle my ass away from this desk-chair, as badly as I might like, because I've got to get this work done.
Saturn's moved into Capricorn this week (on Tue Dec 19), and it's my job to discuss this major news with you at least if I aim to continue earnestly fulfilling this role of 'astrological writer' I've created for myself.
If I'm to be taken seriously in my self-selected position, I must report on the biggest astrological headlines as I see them and Saturn's arrival to its ruling earth-sign for the first time since 1991 certainly qualifies.
Now that Jupiter is in Scorpio (where it'll stay through Nov 2018), it'll create an ongoing trine to Neptune in Pisces over the upcoming months, the first exact hit of which occurs this Saturday (Dec 2).
This Jupiter-Neptune trine is the single most notable outer-planet aspect being formed in this next year and, considering it's an 'easy' harmonious angle between two boundary-diffusing bodies, this is quite a shift from where we've been.
Even as an astrologer whose job is to spread the word about major celestial happenings, I was unprepared for the personal profundity I experienced at August's total solar eclipse.
A resident of Portland for barely two months, I opted to stay at home rather than risk braving the overhyped traffic-jam ('the worst in Oregon history!') to drive the thirty miles into the totality zone. I figured 99+% totality would be good enough, even as a close astrologer-colleague ribbed me for not wanting the full experience.
That morning, I'd risen at an ungodly hour to take a friend to the airport. I planned on staying awake until the later-morning's eclipse, but quickly fell asleep as soon as I got home.
This Tuesday (Oct 10), Jupiter entered Scorpio, where it'll stay through November of 2018.
Jupiter moves to a new zodiac-sign roughly once a year. This latest move into Scorpio is the first outer-planet sign-shift since Jupiter last changed signs, landing in Libra back in Sep 2016. It provides us our initial taste of the biggest astro-energetic transition we've experienced all year one which becomes more palpable over coming months, as first Saturn and then Uranus also move to new signs.
Jupiter's traditional role as the 'greater benefic' is often interpreted (in somewhat misleading shorthand) to simply mean it's the planet that brings us good luck.