KEY COSMIC CYCLES of 2019
Astrology By Verdarluz
Overall, 2019 will wax and wane between moments of extreme intensity and flowing inspiration. The following is an overview of astrological activity throughout 2019 beginning with transits by sign that you can read for your Sun, Moon and Rising signs. Read about this year’s major configurations, their peak dates, and themes & keywords for both the lowest and highest frequencies of their expressions. You will also find information on New & Full Moons, eclipses, sign shifts and Mercury retrogrades happening throughout the year.
TRANSITS BY SIGN
Read for Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
With the most benevolent planet (Jupiter) in his most abundant aspect (the Trine), 2019 is the year for you take even extra risks, Aries, and bet on the Spirit of Fortune to guide your intuition. Your work as a mentor, coach or entrepreneur is enhanced by Chiron moving into your sign. With Saturn’s square however, learn to negotiate optimism with pragmatic planning so you can achieve sustainable success, not just overnight victory.
Both Saturn and Pluto’s trines will give you solid ground on which to build even stronger pillars of support—pillars that are already so important to your stubborn bullish foundation. Nevertheless, remember to stay open to surprising and unforeseen new potentials. Increase your power this year with a samurai-like will and unshakable confidence and watch your influence grow, especially in your work.
The many you’s, Gemini, can’t seem to stop multiplying with Jupiter’s opposition this year. But this much acceleration can bring overwhelming anxiety. Plant yourself at the base of the bodhi tree and stop doing so much. Instead, listen long enough to receive the wisdom of all that information. Writing has always been your path to clarity and this year your writing can bring internal revelation and external validation through success in blogging, vlogging, books and teaching.
In 2019, you may feel that balancing your duties between loved ones and work will require so much as to leave little time for yourself. Especially during your birthday month and the eclipses of July, soft and sensitive Cancers, your volcano might erupt. Instead of unhealthy implosive anxiety, practice emotional release and cathartic healing. This will be essential to guiding your poetic soul towards a new evolutionary purpose as Guardian of Family and Educator of Intimacy. Saturn wants you to work with Time as your friend, teacher, and strategic advisor, so structure time for your inner child to unfurl and release as wildly as need be.
A blessed trine from Jupiter invites your creative muse, your self-promotion, and your leadership skills to blossom. Unleash your YES! Especially to the stages that you always seem to be thrust onto. Ask what your audience needs, and create the magic show of your medicine and unique gifts to offer them. You will be abundantly rewarded.
Dig your roots in deeper, Virgo, and discover how far your branches really can extend. 2019’s trine from Saturn supports even more efficient mastery of your already brilliant skills, but now this humble sign is finally receiving some recognition. Jupiter and Neptune’s square opens your vision to new frontiers and lessens your attachment to security and your reliance on rationality. Trust this! Your dreams will blossom almost magically from one season to the next. Focus on your rhythms—when to do what, and take enough time to listen to the inner guide. The guidance you seek will only be heard in the quiet of rest and meditation.
With the Nodes and Saturn in challenging square this year Libra, expect every relationship to offer both some karmic clearing and an evolutionary invitation. Partnerships increase in intimacy and seriousness both professionally and personally, especially during July’s eclipses and the New and Full Moons in April and October. So tend those moments delicately and practice the fine arts of attention and intention.
The New and Full Moons of May and November are the invitations you’ve been waiting for to evolve in 2019, though the pace is much slower compared to last year’s unhindered intensity and expansion. Neptune’s graceful trine supports a more empathic approach, releasing some of that scorpion penchant for paranoia and instead inviting compassion and the arts as a natural expression of your esoteric temperament. In whatever work you do, allow more intuition, sensitivity and psychic power to guide the process and you will feel your water sign flow into harmony.
This year the archer’s aim can achieve nearly anything, but beware of trying to accomplish everything. Jupiter in your sign wants you to gallop towards any goal with faith as the wind behind your back. Say yes only to those opportunities that increase your own capacity as both teacher and sage. Traveling abroad for learning or teaching, with lover or solo, can yield benefit as long as freedom factors in to the equation. Neptune’s square might make you overly idealistic with your grand plans, but also compel you towards mystic revelation. Dance into your dream and enjoy the journey.
In a way it’s like Saturn Return all over again, Capricorn. Saturn in your home sign through all of 2019 forces you to plan your work and work your plan. Let go of perfectionism in all your preparations and instead focus on the path of slow mastery. All your hard work is actually paying off this year and the amount of respect and honor you receive is determined by your discipline, integrity, and personal & professional accountability. July’s eclipses and Pluto’s journey through your sign open new portals to your unconscious. Embrace the esoteric, make love to the Mystery, and let the uncomfortable skins shed in your shamanic transformations—your hidden dimensions will compel you to commit to your shadow work as well as your outer vocation. Therein you will find the treasure of your success.
In 2019, you can finally breathe in some fresh air from your air sign Aquarian, who has been working so hard at gathering the cosmic tribe for the last two years. Now you must reap what you have sown and align all the puzzle pieces and game players. Your vision is unfolding all according to plan but you are well aware, especially in February and August’s New and Full Moons, of a higher divine order orchestrating your movements and a larger awakening process on planet Earth. Remember that the Alchemist’s Great Work, the Magnum Opus, is happening through you, not from you, and enjoy 2019’s ride.
Mercury’s retrograde in March will ask you to receive more than one mystical message from beyond, and your imagination is at its height with Jupiter in Sagittarius’ dynamic square. Beware of an even loftier than usual exotic ideal that allures you with overflowing options for awakening. Serendipity strikes often with a silken touch, and it might seem like angels are whispering in your ear, but golden promises may become brittle and broken if your faith is not grounded in hard work, discipline, and some skillful discernment and focus, which Saturn and Pluto’s sextile this year can provide.
NEW MOONS, FULL MOONS AND ECLIPSES
Mark Your Calendars!
January 2019 (Lunar & Solar Eclipses)
- Jan. 5th, 2019 at 5:29 pm PST: New Moon/Solar Eclipse 15o 25” Capricorn
- Jan. 20th, 2019 at 9:17 pm PST: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 0o 52” Leo
- Feb. 4th, 2019 at 1:04 pm PST: New Moon 15o 45” Aquarius
- Feb. 18th, 2019 at 7:54 pm PST: Full Moon/Super Moon 0o 42” Virgo
- Mar. 6th, 2019 at 8:05 am PST: New Moon 15o 47″ Pisces
- Mar 20th, 2019 at 5:43 pm PST: Full Moon/Super Moon 0o 09″ Libra
- Apr. 5th, 2019 at 12:51 am PST: New Moon 15o 17″ Aries
- Apr. 19th, 2019 at 3:14 am PST: Full Moon 29o 07″ Libra
- May 4th, 2019 at 2:46 pm PST: New Moon 14o 11″ Taurus
- May 18th, 2019 at 1:13 pm PST: Full Moon 27o 39″ Scorpio
- Jun. 3rd, 2019 at 2:03 am PST: New Moon 12o 34″ Gemini
- Jun. 17th, 2019 at 12:31 am PST: Full Moon 25o 53″ Sagittarius
July 2019 (Lunar & Solar Eclipses)
- Jul. 1st, 2019 at 11:18 pm PST: New Moon/Solar Eclipse 10o 38″ Cancer
- Jul. 16th, 2019 at 1:39 pm PST: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 24o 47″ Capricorn
- Jul. 31st, 2019 at 7:12 pm PST: New Moon/Super Moon 08o 37″ Leo
*Challenges Capricorn and Cancer the most, then Aries and Libra.
- Aug. 15th, 2019 at 4:31 am PST: Full Moon 22o 24″ Aquarius
- Aug. 30th, 2019 at 2:38 am PST: New Moon/Super Moon 06o 47″ Virgo
- Sept. 13th, 2019 at 8:33 pm PST: Full Moon 21o 05″ Pisces
- Sept. 28th, 2019 at 10:28 am PST: New Moon/Super Moon 05o 20″ Libra
- Oct. 13th, 2019 at 1:08 pm PST: Full Moon 20o 14″ Aries
- Oct. 27th, 2019 at 7:39 pm PST: New Moon 4o 25″ Scorpio
- Nov. 12th, 2019 at 5:36 am PST: Full Moon 19o 52″ Taurus
- Nov. 26th, 2019 at 7:06 am PST: New Moon 04o 03″ Sagittarius
December 2019 (Solar Eclipse)
- Dec. 11th, 2019 at 9:13 pm PST: Full Moon 19o 52″ Gemini
- Dec. 25th, 2019 at 9:14 pm PST: New Moon/Solar Eclipse 04o 07” Capricorn
One important theme for the first half of this year’s Full Moons is that many of them fall on the “0” degree or cusp of a sign. Thus, they are merging archetypes, and internally we experience a simultaneous sense of beginning and ending. This evokes a world-bridging, shamanic quality of blending energies together, but it can also feel like splitting ourselves between very different archetypes, as if we are wearing both the Comic and Tragic masks in a theater performance.
The Eclipses always mark the most intense and transformational portals of the year, as they are phase shifts where relationships, jobs, living situations and spiritual paths all journey through an evolutionary cycle of karmic clearing and can experience a birth of new energy.
Saturn-Pluto-South Node Triple Conjunction in Capricorn
Peaks during eclipse seasons listed; on and off all year
High Expressions: High levels of persistence, determination and resilience; concentrated pressure, pragmatism and responsible leadership; deep systematic self-exploration, owning one’s shadow, doing inner work; establishing structures for stability and long-term success, resolving old karma through skillful use of power and discipline
Low Expressions: Ominous forebodings, obsessive paranoia, feelings of impending doom, negative or threatening forces; hard labor and oppression, human cruelty, abuse of power, corruption; separation and dualistic ideologies, compulsive armoring, holding grudges; crushing defeat/loss, evolutionary setbacks and reverses
PRACTICE: If you looked back on this moment from your death bed, you would tell your younger self – this self right now: “You must let go of this. Either release this, or proclaim ‘yes’ to it.” What is this for you?
- This configuration challenges Capricorn and Cancer the most, then Aries and Libra.
Jupiter in Sagittarius Square Neptune in Pisces
Peaks Jan. 13th, Jun. 6th/16th, Sept. 21st, 2019; In orbit now through Nov. 13th, 2019
High Expressions: Religious mystics, spiritual teachers, mystical education; amplified creative expression, spiritual and creative inspiration from foreign cultures; blissful states of cosmic unity, grand or utopian idealism, visionary optimism; exalted dreamwork, increasing intuition, forgiveness, altruism, unconditional love, compassion and empathy
Low Expressions: Amplified escapism, seeing the world through rose-colored glasses; muddled philosophies, dogmatism (spiritual bypassing, faith used to justify); aimless wandering, unwise financial speculation
- This configuration challenges Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces the most.
Saturn in Capricorn Sextile Neptune in Pisces
Peaks Jan. 31st, Jun. 18th, Nov. 8th, 2019; In orbit now through Feb. 1st, 2020
High Expressions: Embodied awakening, conscious dissolution, archetypes brought into form and body; grounded spirituality, disciplined spiritual practice such as yoga and meditation; humility, peace and tranquility, effortlessness, compassion; mature detachment
Low Expressions: Demoralizing melancholia; craving drugs and alcohol to stimulate mystical experiences; disappointment or disillusionment with actuality vs. perfection
- This configuration affects Earth and Water signs positively, including Capricorn and Pisces the most, then Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus and Virgo, especially the middle degrees of the signs.
Jupiter in Capricorn Trine Uranus in Taurus
Peaks Dec. 15th, 2019; In orbit Nov. 15th, 2019 through Jan. 27th, 2020
High Expressions: Broad visions of future possibilities, malleability bringing opportunity, trust in the unconventional to birth something new; innovation, auspicious risk-taking, paradigm-shifting technology
Low Expressions: Unpredictable chaos, amplified uncertainty, loss of control
PRACTICE: Imagine an animal that brings you to the edge of fear, and yet magnetizes you with its alluring power. What will it take for you to be swallowed by that animal? In shamanic traditions, when an animal swallows you in a vision it has invited you to apply its potent medicine in your life.
- This configuration challenges Capricorn and Taurus the most.
Jupiter in Sagittarius: Now through Dec. 2nd, 2019
Jupiter in Capricorn: Dec. 2nd, 2019 through Dec. 20th, 2020
Chiron in Pisces: Now through Feb. 17th, 2019
Chiron in Aries: Feb. 17th, 2019 through 2026
Uranus in Aries: Now through Mar. 6th, 2019
Uranus in Taurus: Mar. 6th, 2019 through 2026
Saturn in middle degrees of Capricorn: all year
Neptune in middle degrees of Pisces: all year
Pluto in late teens of Capricorn: all year
Three times a year, Mercury appears to journey backwards through the sky—a cycle we call Mercury Retrograde. Mercury rules all aspects of technology, travel and communication. Thus, these areas often present challenges for us collectively during these times. Mercury invites us to back up hard drives and important information, repair our vehicles, triple check travel documents, and maintain compassion and patience in our communications.
Excavations of soul and its wounds, healing of suppressed memories, and discovery of hidden imaginative powers see great potential in Mercury Retrograde’s three Water transits in 2019. This should make us more sensitive to our inner worlds and help us develop psychic and healing gifts, nurturing capacities and familial bonds. These developments help us dissolve boundaries of age, gender, sex and culture in line with the fluid and unifying water element.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Pisces (29o 39″) on Mar. 5th, 2019 at 11:19 am PST.
Direct Station occurs in Pisces (16o 06″) on Mar. 28th, 2019 at 7:59 am PST.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Leo (4o 28″) on Jul. 7th, 2019 at 4:14 pm PST.
Direct Station occurs in Cancer (23o 57″) on Aug. 1st, 2019 at 7:58 pm PST.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Scorpio (27o 38″) on Oct. 31st, 2019 at 8:41 am PST.
Direct Station occurs in Scorpio (16o 06″) on Nov. 20th, 2019 at 12:12 pm PST.