If you made it through this much of 2014, you experienced some of the most wrenching astrology in recent memory. The cardinal grand cross of January and April, combined with Mars retrograde and some strategically placed eclipses, earned most of the current year the rating of whiplash machine.
I'll start with a little refresher on that. In the background of all astrology in our phase of history is an era-defining aspect called the Uranus-Pluto square. This started warming up in 2008 when Obama got elected and the banking and mortgage industry collapsed. It got cooking in 2011 with Fukushima, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, and countless other too-intense news events that year. And it had (or will have) a total of seven exact contacts between early 2012 and early 2015.
This aspect is an extension of Sixties astrology, in that it's part of the same cycle—the Uranus-Pluto cycle—that instigated that most interesting era of the mid-20th century. The evolutionary force of Pluto combined with the revolutionary impulse of Uranus illustrated an outpouring of energy of nearly every shade, color, and temperature.
Nearly 50 years later, those two planets are at first-quarter phase, an extended drama that begins to resolve in 2015. What we experienced in 2014 on two separate occasions was other planets getting into the action—Mars and Jupiter, which basically brought the sensation of that aspect to the front of awareness. That was the grand cross of January and April 2014.
Uranus-Pluto aspects often arrive with a mix of progressive and reactionary world events, though in the style of the Sixties there was a progressive edge. Here in the Teenies, there is a reactionary vibe—it seems that the most effective activists are so-called social conservatives. As in our counterpart era, the Sixties, they have a lot of help from the Supreme Court, which is playing right in tune with the simplistic view of the world that possesses many contemporary social movements.
The astrology that has been jamming nearly every frequency since 2011 starts to unravel in 2015, and for that and many other reasons 2015 is a transition year. By that I mean you can look at the world around you and what seems so important, what seems to have been stuck the way it is for so long, and count on the fact that 12 months from today things will look, feel, and be significantly different.
Events of 2015 are not as violent as those of the past few years, at least in theory. Part of the transitional quality is the easing of the reactionary impulse, though there is still a good bit of momentum behind it. What also changes is that other elements become available, come into new focus, or make themselves known.
In this article I will go over five of the top events, selected with the help of my research team at Planet Waves. These aspects or events form the plot of my 2015 annual readings for all 12 signs and rising signs, called Cosmophilia: You Belong Here. For more information about those readings, visit PlanetWaves.net. For now, here is the astrology, in no special order other than what seems interesting. Clip and save—this article is designed as a handy reference tool.
First Event: Saturn transitions into Sagittarius. Said another way, this magnificent planet, the lord of structure, discipline, maturity, and mastery, spends 10 months hovering over the Scorpio/Sagittarius line. The theme here is externalization. Saturn in Scorpio is a placement submerged within itself, struggling to breathe and to move. Saturn in Sagittarius opens up to adventure and is more concerned with ideas than with emotions.
Saturn has been in Scorpio since late 2012, and carries the flavor and energy imprint of that year, particularly the horrid events of December. Saturn makes its first foray into Sagittarius on December 23. It stays six months, retrogrades back into late Scorpio on June 14, hangs out there a while resolving old business, and finally re enters Sagittarius to stay, for two years, on September 15.
The world is currently facing a barge load of, well, global situations—and with Saturn in Sagittarius, we will have a window into seeing those things for what they are. (Prediction: There may be an unexpected revelation about the JFK assassination in 2015.)
Second Event: The Uranus-Pluto square separates, drawing the peak 2012 era to an end. The last two of seven Uranus-Pluto squares are December 15 and March 16. (The first was in June 2012, around the time of the Venus transit of the Sun.)