The major 2018 astrology predictions now updated. This year we have both a Venus Retrograde and Mars Retrograde. In this post, I look at the movers and shakers in the solar system, the good, the bad and the beastly! What will these alignments mean for you personally and in the collective?
January to March Astrology 2018
We literally start the year with an epiphany moment on Jan 6 since the chart is just nuts with Mars conjunct Jupiter square the nodes. A very conquistadorial energy much like Mars square or opposition Jupiter, this is the best combination for a military commander, for it is daring, courageous, pioneering and busting with red-hot, sexual energy. Use this fiery moment to make a brave step towards your North node mission, especially if this aspect plugs into your natal chart.
Into the New Year and we have a 11º Leo Lunar Eclipse already on Jan 31. It’s quite a dramatic one with a Persephone theme since the Moon is pretty much exactly conjunct Ceres while Venus will be conjunct the South Node, will we see yet another high profile #MeToo come out of the closet? The Sun is on the nagging star Armus, I know that’s not a pleasant word, but what is brought to the surface won’t be very palatable either. Prepare for harsh criticism showing up in the news.
The 27º Aquarius Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 is in some ways it is a response to the very significant Regulus Solar Eclipse in August last year. Instead of a roaring lion, we have a romantic Swan influence over this New Moon eclipse. The Moon is conjunct Mercury also on Sador in the constellation of the Swan.“Cygnus gives a contemplative, dreamy, cultured and adaptable nature. The affections are ill-regulated and unsteady, the talents develop late. There is some love of water and swimming and the arts.”
Mars Square Neptune
Mars square Neptune on Feb 17 has a Joan of Arc energy where the victim/ savior archetype is strong. People will love to fight for the underdog. This is very much a chivalrous aspect too and carries with it the romance of the high seas. Of course, you might equally find yourself captive or captiv-ated by a rum-swilling Pirate of sorts if this touches your chart strongly. This combination is extremely seductive, but with these hard aspects, are the danger of falling victim to sexual obsessions.
The first Mercury Retrograde of the year lasts from Mar 23 to Apr 15 and will span 16º back to 4º Aries. Mercury will want to break free from any mental constraints when it aligns with Alpheratz on Mar 26. It will also according to Robson give “Active mind, benefits from judges, lawyers or churchmen, pioneer work bringing prominence, accused of selfish motives, writes on science, religion or philosophy.” Mercury in Aries decan 1 is extremely inventive! The brain cells fire like quicksilver in this super fast zone, sometimes minds can be so lightning fast that they suffer headaches. Mercury in Aries decan 2 seems to work great schemes, indeed, some would say Machiavellian ones. Here we find boastfulness and convincing storytellers. There talent with the vocals, whether it is just making speeches or all-out musical singing.
April to June Astrology 2018
On Apr 26, Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to Pluto which it does every two and a half years. The hotspot is at 21º Capricorn. This aspect could signify a tragedy, but on the positive side can also be empowerment and rising like a phoenix from the flames. Mars conjunct Pluto does a great job of purification by fire and is also incredibly sexy.
In the wider world, this may be seen in arson attacks, forest fires or the eruption of violence. Not only that but risk-taking Mars square Uranus happens at the end of Aries too on May 16! In traditional astrology Mars is making a move that is called ‘translation of light’, which means Mars is delivering something from Pluto to Uranus and can act as a facilitator.
Now technically, die-hard traditionalists would not even count Uranus or Pluto as planets, but I certainly think this exchange is valid in this case! We can clearly seen the fall-out from the 2012 to 2015 Uranus square Pluto. in hindsight now. Many demographic changes have happened in parts of Europe as a result of the migration that occurred over this timeframe. But I think it will be useful at this time to look back at the post and review what I said about the Uranus square Pluto at the time. The period between Apr 26 to May 16 then may mirror some of the themes of Uranus square Pluto in 2015. This is important because the planet of war enters the shadow zone of next season’s Mars Retrograde on May 11.
Mars Retrograde Revisions
It is interesting that so many historic events from the 1960’s Uranus/Pluto conjunction are being revised currently, such as the Kennedy assassination and the weaponization of the hippie movement. (Check out David McGowan’s work on Laurel Canyon.) Also, we have to consider the consequences of some aspects of feminism and the loosening of borders (and morals!) within the Western world.
I didn’t really foresee the connections between WW2 and the rise of so-called ‘Far right’ nationalism in Europe. Similar dynamics of the 1933 Uranus square Pluto are recurring now when before it was Russian communists V European fascists. This time it has flipped and we have nationalistic former communist countries like Poland and Hungary V the cultural Marxists/progressives of Western Europe. Ironic!
So this Mars retrograde is very important and one which could see conflict, but maybe this is what is needed. Many are taking their smartphone ‘soma’ and thus are too distracted to take action in the real world. It is hard though… At the moment the same silent majority are feeling their way out of the lies and are testing the water via the anonymity of the internet. But there are a growing number of outspoken Eris types who are putting their faces out there. Speaking out like this is emboldening the disgruntled masses into digging their heels in at anymore ‘progression’. Could we see some reversals then in tandem with Mars’s retrograde motion next season? Mars then takes Pluto’s power and hands it over to the individualists.
These individuals could start to form alliances, Uranus will be on Alrisha, the star in the knot that holds the Pisces fishes together. The actual fishes on the constellation image swim in different directions, so could both the left and the right unite against globalism? Russia is still a socialist country and at the same time nationalistic, as is China. It is only the West that defines nationalism as ‘Far Right’ when it is certainly not so in the rest of the world!
Uranus Into Taurus
Mars square Uranus starts to make itself felt on May 12 while Mercury is also conjunct Uranus on Alrisha. Expect some news of unexpected alliances forming, but these allies might be perceived as threatening to some. Mars square Uranus can be shocking and sudden, with a speedy collapse or an accident. Uranus will, however, make its first ingress into Taurus after spending 8 years in Aries on May 16!
This is quite a moment as Mars square Uranus will be exact. We would hope Uranus in Taurus will be rather more sedate and stable then it has been in feisty Aries. However the exact Mars square Uranus that christens Uranus’s grand entrance suggests otherwise, it could mean fireworks. However, these colourfull explosions are also festive, so maybe these alliances previously mentioned are a cause for celebration.
July to September Astrology 2018
This will be the summer of simmer! Mars retrograde will dominate the period lasting 2 months until Aug 28. This Mars Retrograde will affect the degrees from 28º Capricorn to 9º Aquarius. So this is a very concentrated energy for Mars to spend so long between just 12º. Mars will start in Aquarius decan 1. In traditional terms, Mars is peregrine in this decan, so it cannot act as well as it should. The problem also is that this decan is pretty rebellious and feisty at the best of times, so what we end up with can be very disruptive rebels without a cause.
Groups may act up out of frustration because they themselves feel so powerless in taking control of their own lives. In Capricorn decan 3 Mars is stronger because in Capricorn is in its exaltation. This decan successfully combines artistic and musical ability with a great business mind. Mars here is aspirational and even the retrograde can’t hold it back. Instead, it will plan very strategically and wait to strike at the optimum moment.
Triple Summer Eclipses
If Mars wasn’t enough to contend with there are also not two, but three eclipses this season. The first 20º Cancer solar eclipse occurs on Jul 12 . This one is not too upsetting as it falls on good twin Castor the horse whisperer. It does give the opportunity for detoxing since it falls opposite Pluto making it a Hades Moon. The darkness is balanced by the grand earth trine which could bring inventions that are ecological. Mother nature should be supported by this healing solar eclipse.
On Jul 19 Mars will sit on the South Node which might bring out some old gripes between ancient enemies. On Aug 1 we have the second Mars square Uranus in Taurus. Mars will be on Altair the eagle. This bird can represent the old Roman empire, Nazi Germany and the USA. Brady says Mars here is “daring and at times take rash action”  Mars is stubborn in fixed signs and won’t budge if it firmly believes in a cause. In retrograde this could be a power dragging its heels in passing a resolution voted for by the people, for example, the UK’s Brexit. This could cause some kind of public protest.
The Golden Shot
We have another Mercury Retrograde from Jul 26 to Aug 19 between 11º and 23º Leo. It will travel mostly through the bears; Ursa Major, the protective mother bear and her baby bear Ursa Minor. Issues of motherhood and future generations will be addressed. The energy is primal, spontaneous and uncensored. This does not mean this decan is not spiritual, it’s just that it doesn’t like bowing down to a Guru, or following established paths to enlightenment. It is a pioneering position which will always prefer to debate down avenues that are less travelled.
The 4º Aquarius Lunar Eclipse on Jul 27 forms a super hot poker of an opposition with Mars conjunct the moon on the south node, while the Sun is on the North Node. The Leo/Aquarius polarity deals with themes of humanitarianism versus sovereignty. 4º Aquarius places it in the head of the goat near Dahib. The Moon here means “Successful in business but retires under a cloud, favourable for wealth, influential position but scarcely realises ambitions, trouble through opposite sex, deserved criticism and censure.”
The 18º Leo solar eclipse on Aug 11 falls at last of a series of Leo/Aquarius axis eclipses which actually began in 2017 which featured the big Regulus Eclipse at 28º Leo. This eclipse really brings closure to the themes of all these regal eclipses. The learning triangle of the eclipse means lessons about gurus and how cults are formed will be learned. It is interesting that under this year’s big aspect Jupiter trine Neptune, Netflix released a series of documentaries about the corruption behind world-famous Guru Osho and his utopian city Rajneeshpuram in Oregon
Jupiter Trine Neptune
Aug 18 brings us the last Jupiter trine Neptune of the year. Jupiter is direct this time while Neptune is retrograde. This version of the trine may be more realistic in terms of what it can offer in its salvation capacity. Beautifully healing is possible with Neptune on Achernar, a star that is heavily involved with the religious health of people and the nation in general. “Well-placed, it promises happiness and success by giving good morals, faithful adherence to one’s religious beliefs or philosophical inclinations. According to tradition, Achernar is credited with bestowing high offices in the church, especially if conjunct with Jupiter” I think Achernar conjunct Neptune while trine Jupiter would work much in the same way.
On Aug 27 we have another great, grand trine when we have a return of last year’s Saturn trine Uranus. “The soft aspect could be the sugar coated-pill that enables the Uranus changes to be made without too much rebellion. There is challenge to the reigning authority, but the changes made will seem familiar, so that people aren’t really thrown far out of their comfort zone.” There is a paradigm shift with this trine because it takes place in earth signs rather than the fire of last year.
The trine stops short of being exact as Saturn is slowing to station direct. We get to see just what Saturn in Capricorn is capable of now that he is strong in the sign that he rules. But the Sun comes in to illuminate the grand trine from 2º Virgo. This can be a very pragmatic solution to problems, I have a vision of Saturn just rolling his sleeves up and getting straight into the job at hand. No messing, telling it like it is!
October to December Astrology 2018
The last quarter of the year’s highlight is a passionate Venus retrograde in Libra/Scorpio which is mostly easy to deal with. A third person could enter a relationship which ignites a rebalancing between the couple. This season’s themes are mainly about reviewing 2018 as we draw towards its close. This is because as Mercury finishes its retrograde, Venus will start her retrograde the very next day. Getting new projects off the ground might be quite slow until Dec 7, but then the pace picks up in time for Christmas, and by the year’s end we are turbo-charged for 2019!
Venus Retrograde from Oct 6 to Nov 16 ~ 25º Libra to 10º Scorpio. Venus loves being in this last decan of Libra and is very harmonious and graceful here. It will ooze charm but in a way that is not too sickly sweet. Because this position is so balanced, it will never lay things on too thick. Those touched by this Venus retrograde will know exactly when to pull back when they are trying to seduce someone or land a deal. Venus here will act like a giant magnet and draw people to itself. But it will start its journey in Scorpio where it is not so powerful.
Venus Retrograde In Libra/Scorpio
Venus will still pass through the constellations of Libra, however, so relationships will have a chance to recalibrate themselves. There are some danger points when Venus passes over 15º Scorpio and the star Zuben Elgenubi “Bad for marriage, sudden and secret death, may be poisoned owing to jealousy of one of own sex.” Eeek! Which is the Libra scale of loss. But all is well when Venus passes over 17º Scorpio Zubenelscemali the scale of gain. “Social success, help from women, favourable for love affairs and marriage.”
Mercury Retrograde Nov 17 to Dec 7 ~ 27º Scorpio to 13º Sagittarius. It will hit fixed star Toliman the wound in Chiron’s thigh. Mercury on Toliman is “ Changeable, vacillating, fault-finding, difficult to please, good intellect, business success, trouble in domestic affairs through enemies, family sickness, disappointed ambitions.” [2a] Darkstar ‘Dschubba’ which gives “ Hypocritical, evil mind, low associates, imprisonment, malignant disease but chances of recovery, criminal, secrets in connection with life or parentage, domestic disharmony.” [2b] and the famous royal star of Persia Antares.
Mercury here brings “Suspicious, wrongfully accuses friends, unpopular, uses ecclesiastic influence in business, money obtained slowly and with much difficulty, danger of sickness to the native and his family, and death of a relative at home or away.” [2c] Looking at that collection of interpretations we concur that this Mercury Retrograde may be the most difficult one of the year. But since many of the stars are in constellation Ophiuchus the medicine man, it could also be a very healing one as well. Much poison will rise to the surface, and we shall be able to lance that boil.
The Magic Eye
The last groovy aspect pattern of the year is what I’m calling the magic eye. It’s actually not quite what the Hubers call “The eye” aspect pattern, just because Pluto and Lilith is are just out of orb to make the semi-sextile with Mercury at 22º Sagittarius. Nevertheless, the meeting of all my favourite Dark goddesses with Pluto and Mercury was too good to ignore. Mercury is the focus on Ras Alhague. Very appropriate that this star falls on the third eye of Ophiuchus the healer. Not only that but Venus aligns with Unukalhai “Enmity, jealousy of own sex, bad for domestic matters, favorable for gain, secret death probably by poison.” which seems quite treacherous especially when Ceres is close by.
Ceres can be the jealous mother-in-law or smothering mother. Ceres is also herbal highs, but also poisonous foods like mushrooms and berries. Be careful what you eat at this time. Could be food poisoning. Keep an eye on your diet! Of course being that this is New Year’s eve and many folks will be merrymaking, the dangers of alcohol poisoning are very high this year. Otherwise, as always with the dark stars, there is also the potential for a great detox and healing to take place on this night. So, if your body is in need of a rest after Christmas indulgences, stay at home, drink a load of kale juice and take a bath filled with green crystals. A happy verdant new year to you!