Astro Journal

The Astrology of 2017

We have an interesting year ahead of us – it could feel highly energising and positive, but we’ll have to remember to keep our feet on the ground. The upheavals we’ve seen in the last few years will continue so we need to get our heads around what’s going on – archetypally speaking – then we can choose to respond in a more conscious and sane way.

2017 contains much potential and it’s an opportunity to prepare for the big changes at the end of this decade and into the next. The Uranus Pluto square is waning and will fade by 2020, but we’re still dealing with many of the revolutionary changes set in motion between 2012 and 2015.

Pluto remains in Capricorn for a while yet and will continue his dredging of the collective shadow. But this year he’ll be joined by Saturn – and that’s when things will start to feel much heavier.

In 2020 Saturn conjuncts Pluto bringing the latest Saturn Pluto cycle to an end, and starting the next. Following that momentous event, we see the start of another important cycle with Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius, and then Pluto finally joins them in 2023. By then, the Age of Aquarius will be well underway so we’d better be ready!


2017 starts with a bang

The Full Moon on 12 January 2017 foreshadows the events of 2020. The Sun is at 22° Cancer with the Moon at 22° Capricorn – the same degree of the Saturn Pluto conjunction in January 2020.

The Jupiter Uranus opposition also squares the Full Moon axis forming a Cardinal Cross, with Jupiter at 22° Libra and Uranus at 22° Aries. Saturn and Chiron also plug into the configuration, with Saturn at 22° Sagittarius and Chiron at 21° Pisces.

This is a highly volatile and unpredictable configuration – inspiring and visionary as well as reactionary and rebellious. We’ll certainly be feeling fired up – a bit like being plugged into the mains. So for the few days around 12th January you may want to make a special effort to calm down. Take your time making decisions and don’t jump into anything without thinking it through. Use Saturn to reality test any crazy ideas or visions you have – but make a note of anything that comes up. You never know, you might have important insights into what’s coming in 2020.

An emphasis on Fire

The feel of the Full Moon is similar to the feel of 2017 in general. There’s a lot of planets in fire signs:

  • Mars enters Aries on 29th January
  • Venus goes retrograde in Aries on 4th March
  • Saturn in Sagittarius
  • Uranus in Aries

There’s also 2 eclipses in fire and 5 Mercury stations, and the Nodal Axis moves to Leo/Aquarius. And in Chinese astrology it’s the Year of the Fire Rooster, following the Year of the Fire Monkey.

2017 will be a year of unpredictable change so things might not work out as planned. There’s great potential for getting a lot of creative and expressive work done but you’ll have to be flexible and rely on your intuition. Life will probably be full of drama and people over-reacting – business as usual then! – and you may be easily distracted. You’ll have to be careful to distinguish between what’s real and worth pursuing and what’s just hot air. Be careful of overdoing things because with this much fire you could easily burn out without realising it.

Jupiter Opposite Uranus

The unpredictability continues with the Jupiter Uranus cycle reaching its peak, adding to the fiery feel of the year. It runs from October 2016 to January 2018, and the first exact alignment was in December 2016. The remaining alignments occur in 2017:

  • 27th February – 5th March at 22° Aries/Libra
  • 27th September – 1st October at 27° Aries/Libra

This year is a time of great expansion and opportunity. It combines the Higher Mind of Uranus with the spirituality and adventurousness of Jupiter, but it’s also quite a volatile mix. There may be surprises and sudden reversals and revelations of truth which can be illuminating. But it can also be disheartening because you can find out exactly how wrong you are. Don’t try to get away with anything less than the truth – if you go too far, your bubble will burst as soon as this transit is over.

2017 will be a year of restless energy, growth and creativity. You may be more willing to take risks and explore. Jupiter and Uranus bounce you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to expand. It’s a good year for travel, both physically and mentally, and for doing any kind of creative work. Read this post to find out how it’s going so far (posted Feb-17).

Have a look at the Jupiter transiting Uranus post here for more on how these planets work together. Also make a note of where this alignment plugs into your horoscope to see which areas will get a boost. This year you have an opportunity to give these areas of your life a makeover – do something you’ve always wanted to do, take that risk, explore.

Watch out for a tendency to go too far. Jupiter and Uranus can trigger arrogance and excessive behaviour. Too much hot air and boasting – all mouth and no trousers – could set you up for problems later on, especially considering what’s coming in the closing years of the decade.

We’ll have a look at how the Jupiter Uranus cycle works on a collective level in another post.

Other Alignments in 2017

Saturn Trine Uranus: runs from November 2015 to December 2018. These two planets are the rulers of Aquarius but they have very different temperaments. Saturn is order, structure and stability, while Uranus seeks to disrupt and liberate. This alignment is a trine so it’s relatively harmonious, but there’s a square transit coming in 2020 which we’ll look at in a separate post. The first alignment was in December 2016 and the remaining ones are:

  • 12th – 25th May 2017
  • 6th – 14th November 2017
  • 14th August – 14th September 2018

This transit provides an opportunity to reform old structures and make needed changes by combining the best of the old and the new. It provides a welcome balance to the Jupiter Uranus transit but to make the most of it you’ll need to be adaptable and flexible. Take the time to build resilience into your life and create routines and structures that help you to stay open to change and new ideas. Too much rigidity could spell disaster later if your structures aren’t flexible enough to adapt to change.

Jupiter square Pluto: runs from October 2016 to September 2017. This alignment brings the optimism and expansion of Jupiter into conflict with the power and evolutionary necessity of Pluto. The first alignment was in November 2016 and the remaining ones are:

  • 25th March – 2nd April 2017
  • 2nd – 8th August 2017

This transit can feel like an intense pressure and can trigger power struggles and obsessive behaviour. You may tend to overreact or go too far in your enthusiasm for transformation. Ideally it can be a time of spiritual rebirth when you allow the past to die so something new can be born, but that process doesn’t always feel pleasant. Have a look at the Jupiter transiting Pluto post here for more on how these planets work together.

Jupiter trine Neptune: runs from October 2017 to October 2018. This alignment begins at the end of 2017 and brings a softer and more idealistic feel to the close of the year. It combines the optimism and faith of Jupiter with the transcendence and spirituality of Neptune. The exact alignments are:

  • 1st – 5th December 2017
  • 20th – 28th May 2018
  • 14th – 22nd August 2018

This transit spiritualises and raises the vibration at the end of the year. Feelings of faith will be boosted, but you may have a tendency to escape into a dream world where you don’t want to deal with reality – especially if reality is horrible. So be careful of being too positive and try to reality test your beliefs as much as possible. You may end up believing in impossible dreams. Have a look at the Jupiter transiting Neptune post here for more on how these planets work together.

Eclipses in 2017  

An eclipse happens when there’s an exact alignment between the Sun, Moon and Earth. They can be times when it’s easier to achieve your dreams or open up new possibilities in your life. But they can also work the other way too – taking rather than giving. To make the most of these times it’s best to move beyond ego into acceptance and surrender so you can go with the flow of change in your life.

Check your horoscope for where these eclipses will land because two happen on fixed stars making them particularly powerful:

  • 11th February at 22° Leo
  • 26th February at 8° Pisces conjunct Fomalhaut (3° Pisces)
  • 21st August at 28° Leo conjunct Regulus (0° Virgo)

The eclipse on 26th February is special because it’s the last to occur in Pisces for a while. Eclipses move through cycles where they appear on a particular axis over about 18 months. So in 2017 we move from the Virgo/Pisces axis to the Leo/Aquarius axis. The eclipse on 11th February is a little taste of what’s to come and then at the end of February we say goodbye to the old cycle.

The eclipse of 26th February is also supercharged by landing on the fixed star Fomalhaut in Aquarius. The star is in the Aquarius constellation, but its degree is in Pisces due to the Precession of the Equinoxes. Fomalhaut and Regulus are known as Royal Stars because they mark the directions, along with Alderbaran and Antares. I need to do a whole post on these stars, but briefly: Regulus is the Heart of the Lion and marks the North; while Fomalhaut is the Mouth of the Fish and marks the South.

The eclipse of 26th February announces the dawn of the Aquarian Age, while the eclipse of 21st August will be visible right across the US. It also lands right on Trump’s Ascendant and Mars in Leo. It’ll be interesting to see what happens because eclipses have always been associated with the rise and fall of kings and empires…

Nodal Axis

The Moon’s nodal axis moves into a new pair of signs every 18 months and in 2017 it moves out of Virgo/Pisces into Leo/Aquarius. This transit starts on 10th May 2017 and runs until 6th November 2018. Check your horoscope to see if these nodes activate your chart because this can be a major turning point in your life. Remember that the nodes transit in retrograde so it begins with the North Node moving to 29° Leo in May.

This transit is about leadership and sovereignty and encourages you to take full responsibility for how you choose to live your life. It’s a time to be true to yourself and walk your talk, but that also means you must own your truth and not offload it onto somebody else. Only you can create your life.

Venus Retrograde

Venus turns retrograde every 18 months or so and it happens this year in Aries in March. You’ll feel it for about a month before and after, so the whole thing will run from February to May. Here’s the specifics:

  • Retrograde: 4th March at 13° Aries
  • Exactly conjunct the Sun on 25th March
  • Dips back into Pisces on 4th April
  • Direct: 15th April at 26° Pisces
  • Re-enters Aries on 29th April

When Venus appears to move backwards, she’ll disappear behind the Sun for a month. We’ll see her again when she reappears, only now she’ll be visible in the morning instead of the evening. This is the start of a new cycle for Venus as she becomes the Morning Star in April 2017.

This could be a volatile time (are you spotting a theme?!) that will influence the areas of relationships, finances, values, and creativity. It’s the perfect time to examine your relationships to see what works, and redefine your values so they’re more in line with what you really feel. Don’t take anything for granted because things may change once Venus moves direct. It’s also probably a bad time to invest or spend large sums of money on anything – you might get burned.

At the same time as this, Mercury will also be retrograde in Aries…

Mercury Retrograde cycles

Mercury turns retrograde three times a year and these can be times when you experience some disruption and problems with things like communications going awry and technology breaking down. But it’s a good time to turn inwards and go over old plans and ideas, check and change things as necessary. The dates to watch this year:

  • Retrograde: 9th April at 4° Taurus
  • Enters Aries on 21st April
  • Direct: 3rd May at 24° Aries conjunct Uranus
  • Retrograde 13th August at 11° Virgo
  • Enters Leo on 1st September
  • Direct: 5th September at 28° Leo
  • Retrograde: 3rd December at 29° Sagittarius
  • Direct: 23rd December at 13° Sagittarius

The direct station on 3rd May is one to pay particular attention to because Mercury is also conjunct Uranus, so there might be sudden shocks, surprises and disruptions aplenty.


Deflating the Fire Bubble

Towards the end of 2017 we’ll begin to feel the heavier energies that take us through to the end of the decade. All the fire and hot air and bluster could come down to earth with a bump. Bubbles always burst.

On 11th October Jupiter enters Scorpio. This transit encourages you to dig deeper into your emotions and heal any dark corners that you find. It’s a transformative time when you can achieve a lot, but you should guard against being obsessive or indulging in power games. Have a look at the Jupiter transiting the 8th house post here for more on this as it’s similar to Jupiter in Scorpio.

Then on 21st December we meet the ultimate reality test when Saturn enters Capricorn and begins his slow march towards his rendezvous with Pluto in 2020. Saturn forces you to confront reality and demands that whatever you do be realistic and contained within a structure. Any bubbles that have been inflated by the Jupiter Uranus opposition will likely burst now. In the end, it’s no good having a brilliant idea if you can’t bring it down to earth and do something useful with it. Saturn in Capricorn will makes sure we all take responsibility and walk our talk. From this point on, things get serious and we enter a make or break period of time.

On a political note, Trump is a fiery individual with his Leo Ascendant conjunct Mars in Leo, plus his Moon in Sagittarius, so he’ll probably feel quite at home this year. However, it’ll be interesting to see how he fares once the energy shifts at the end of 2017. If you’d like more on the political implications of the astrology of 2017 then I recommend this interview with Austin Coppock on the excellent Rune Soup podcast.

We’ll have a look at the cycles coming over the end of the decade and beyond in the next post

Image: Burning Buddhas


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