Astrology: Choices for 2018 by Ed Cannell
There are a few things that can present themselves as themes in your life for 2018 but this article will be restricted to Saturn's journey through Capricorn that began just before Christmas 2017.
Other themes that offer you choices for 2018 are:
- Jupiter in Scorpio
- Uranus entering Taurus
Jupiter in Scorpio through to October 2018 is a theme that suggests choices between engaging in big drama situations and emotional desires - or choosing to transform how you view these situations and events. Will you see dramatic events as being too big and personal to remain calm or will you seek out the truth and motives behind the drama?
Uranus as it enters the sign Taurus on May 16th 2018 suggests another theme for making choices between new radical values for personal values and possessions in your life, or will you choose to accept tremors and earthquakes as an opportunity to renew and reinvent your values? Will you be seeking ways to hang on to old comforts and long held values for life, or will you choose to let your world shake off outdated values that bind you to the past?
Apart from the hints about Jupiter and Uranus the theme of this articles will be focused on Saturn as it begins its journey through Capricorn. Here we will explore some of the general nature of the choices Saturn mirrors in out psychological makeup as it relates to the 12 signs. In other words... planets do not make choices, people do, and the choices represented by Saturn are all up to you.
For the impulsive Aries that has just experience about 2 ½ years of Saturn going through Sagittarius—a sign friendly to Aries—the entrance of Saturn into Capricorn will offer the Aries some choices about completing some inspired plans or else a need to let go. What will it be?... Finally rolling up your sleeves and completing your vision, or the realization that the need to let it all go has become the greater reality. Perhaps the vision looked good from a distance but up close it may be a different matter. For those ambitious visions that are truly grounded there are still some choices to make even as the vision takes shape. It is a matter of switching modes of operating from that of the practical visionary to that of the realistic practitioner. In other words, will you choose to talk the talk or choose to walk the walk?
This might seem that it should be an easy experience for Taurus, being a common earth element with Capricorn, except that our experience with Saturn is that of delays if not denial. What might be a delay for Taurus here is that Saturn's position puts an emphasis on the psychology behind letting go of prior investments. Those old comfortable business shoes, or familiar ideas you thought were ready to emerge may, in fact, need to be sorted out, maybe even thrown out, to make room for newer and better structures for where present time choices will take you. What was built and made comfortable in the past is probably in need of an upgrade. These structures represented by Saturn will be both of a material nature and a psychological nature. Ideas are also things and a Taurus can stub their toe on psychological structures that have been hanging around past their usefulness. What will Taurus decide?... To get stubborn and entrenched over old ideas and comfortable settings, or will they clean out the storage room in their mind (if not the garage) and start building newer brighter values that match who they are now.
The situation for Gemini is a little problematic, but it is also a matter of letting go for Gemini even though it is a different kind of letting go from what Taurus is facing. For Gemini it is a choice between transforming their ideas or throwing them in the garbage. The problematic part for Gemini in making choices with this current position of Saturn in Capricorn is that the next 2 ½ years will be resistance to let go of favoured but no longer useful ideas. It will also be a struggle for Gemini to transform or dump past thinking except for the recognition that in the transformations it opens up exciting adventures in thinking. What will Gemini choose?... To resist the changing times and struggle with trying to keep old thought patterns, or will they choose to become aware of old habitual thought patterns and create new habits of thinking and speaking?
The sign Cancer is opposite to Capricorn and this opens up more of a dynamic situation where confrontation and compromise play off each other. Opposite signs both compliment and confront one another as we see here. We saw with Gemini that their issues are with the mind and ideas, but Cancer is more about the heart and emotions. This means that choices for Cancer will involve the emotions that may be quite opposite in nature to what their mind tells them. Will Cancer choose to face confrontation especially knowing that their heart is in the right place, or will they shy away from confrontation because they can't explain or justify how they feel? Sometimes it is wiser to avoid conflict and other times it is the healthy thing to do. Will Cancer teach the cold and calculated personalities that they, too, have a big heart to listen to? Or will Cancer choose to quietly slip away from any kind of confrontation?
The theme for Leo with Saturn going through Capricorn is similar to one practicing perfection. That is not to say that perfection is ever reached by any sign, but for Leo they are working on it. Daily routines and habits are up for review—or not—as a Leo may decide. However, to simply keep the old routines and habits is to miss the opportunity to get at the details that go into manifesting life. Life is made up of choices and keeping the same old choices time after time is much like the definition of insanity. New habits and routines can be helpful and healing even though they are never easy to implement. What will Leo choose?... To work harder in pursuit of a outdated willful purpose, or to consider a new creations that emerge from newly adopted routines? Will they find joy in developing new habits or will they complain and procrastinate about the work and effort they think it involves?
Is Virgo a happy camper with Saturn in Capricorn? Capricorn is an earth sign like Virgo and there is an agreeableness involved, however, Saturn's psychological archetype has a reputation of being a task master and here in a place of creativity for Virgo they may not like being pushed to be creative unless they push themselves. Over the next 2 ½ years it can be a productive creative process for Virgo especially now for those born early in the sign. Those born later in the sign it can be 2019 before these effects are felt. The choices for Virgo have a theme around work and creativity where they can choose to let creativity drive the sense of responsibility, or they can choose to let responsibility override creativity? Will their reputation for creativity thrive or will they create a reputation for responsibility? It is simply a matter of choice, not a right or wrong choice.
Saturn in Capricorn gives the Libra a test around security and family issues. This is the midnight hour for the Libra where Saturn is going to test their very foundations of security. Will Libra choose to be a home beacon of safety and refuge, or will they see any challenge or changes at home as a threat to their security? The home and/or family may be reduced in size and a loss occurs, or the home and family expands and accommodation is restricted. Saturn in the Libra's life for the next few years can test the structures supporting their home and both material and psychological structures can feel constrained. Choosing the right balance is the name of the game for Libra.
Saturn in Capricorn for a Scorpio will put a focus or a task on learning. It could be a matter of reassessing their immediate environment or finding their life's lessons presented through their immediate environment. Exploring ideas and making sense of experience is a likely a preoccupation for Scorpio's born early in the sign. For those born in early November it will be their turn next year. Whatever Scorpio does they do thoroughly, but only if they are passionate about the subject. Taking classes and learning from new experiences will be taken seriously leaving no stone unturned. However, there is a choice in all this that might resemble a win or lose scenario when the most desirable positions or opportunities get delayed or denied. This is when it's hard to see the opportunity within the challenge, and a choice comes up for Scorpio to either bury their desires, if achievement doesn't seem to be possible, or there is the choice to go to the other extreme and move mountains to be what they want to be? Those mountains can be psychological mountains seen as barriers.
Is Sagittarius with Saturn in Capricorn feeling like there is never enough money? And the funny part of this is that it doesn't matter how much money they have it is not enough to fulfill their dreams. Here we find that Saturn's archetype mirrors some lessons and responsibility around how money and possessions fit into the big philosophical picture of what a Sagittarius perceives as valuable about life. Will the Sagittarius choose to go with their natural impulsiveness and generosity without any thought of discipline, or will they choose to be generous to those things of lasting value? The values in question here represent a choice between immediate gratification or those that will remain useful over time. A Sagittarius might see well into the future but they tend to act impulsively in the moment and Saturn mirrors a challenge when impulsive actions impact the deeper values they hold for life itself. Will the Sagittarius choose sustainable values or transient values?
Saturn in Capricorn influences those born with the Sun in Capricorn in familiar ways and this means a reinforcement of the Capricorn's tendency to exert their tenacious nature to achieve success. But still there are choices in how that tenacity is put to work. Will Capricorn be the uncompromising boss and a law unto themselves? Or will the Capricorn build a reputation for bringing out the best in people to achieve the goals they seek? Saturn does not represent success in the short term but rather motivates for long term stability and lasting success and this requires tenacity which Capricorn has by its own nature. The choices for Capricorn with Saturn in this sign will be about how they use people to reach their goals. Will the ends justify the means or does it matter more how success was achieved? The self imposed law by which a Capricorn operates in life is the same law that governs their reputation and this law is easily broken and difficult to repair. A Capricorn's choices over the next few years impacts on their visibility and interaction with others.
Over the next 2 ½ years Aquarians may find themselves unnaturally silent either by choice or because of circumstances. Life is manifesting all around them and seemingly coming out of nowhere. The exception is that Aquarian that sees how daily routines and habits will become, sooner or later, a reality in their life. Some bigger events are born out of habitual aspirations that began from changes made 14 year ago. The choices for Aquarius with Saturn in Capricorn will arise from the awareness of the power of the mind manifests in their life the routines and habits built upon hourly and daily. Without this awareness the choices may seem limited and therefore life becomes fated, but knowing the power of the mind provides the insight for directing change. Will the Aquarian choose awareness and greater choices, or will they choose to be surprised by life's events of their own making?
Is this the time (2 ½ years) for Pisces to receive love and applause? Or is this the time for Pisces to feel the weight of their own aspirations? Intuitively the Pisces always understood what Aquarius is learning right now about manifesting reality, even as they hid this understanding from themselves. Even so, the magic of manifesting life by choice is not an easy topic to discuss or share with others and so the Pisces will remain silent as usual. The choices, then, for Pisces with Saturn in Capricorn will be about being a team player and sharing insights, or choosing to sit on the bench so-to-speak and be isolated by choice. For some Pisces people it may take courage to get into the game and share their aspirations in life. People in groups will reveal how much we all share with each other and it helps to remove a sense of isolation. The real choice for Pisces over the next few years is between team (group) work or staying hidden.
My life seems to have played out in decades. After a decade of working in cedar mills along the Fraser River there was a decade working in the bush of northern Vancouver Island. A third decade was spent learning about using computers, writing poetry and falling in love with Cheryl Sanderson. This was followed by a decade of teaching myself web design.
And now, the fifth decade is all about innovative web marketing.
Before the cedar mills and all through the many experiences and things that I have taught myself there has always been a love for astrology.
And it was a touchstone for my spirituality having grown up in a secular home. This was probably a better beginning than a heavy dose of religion which is not at all the same thing as spirit.
I have stood on the shoulders of a few giants having read their words of wisdom in astrology text books where I tended to ponder the teachings of the heavy thinkers. It was never the details that interested me so much as the theory and the essence at the core of life. The psychological skills I've acquired in my theoretical travels with astrology stand me in good stead for interpreting the psychological behaviour inherent within all web markets. I am at home with either focus because at the core we are all psychological beings, and this can be proven if one needs proof.