As we start the year, we take a look at what the major astrological influences are likely to be for the next twelve months and what it all means for us as individuals as well as for the wider world.
To begin with, the key theme for 2015 will be transformation. We will all be going through some kind of individual transformation, as well as a great deal of collective transformation, as the world structures come under extreme pressure to change and cast off all that no longer serves us.
December saw the sixth of seven exact squares between revolutionary Uranus and transformative Pluto. These two planets will continue their struggle to force change when they reach an exact square of 15 degrees on 16th March 2015. This seventh and final exact square between them will by no means be the end of the transformational period. However, it is likely that history will show that events that have taken place during the period of their seven squares in the last 3 years will have far reaching effects on the evolution of humanity collectively, and each of us as individuals.
Uranus will continue to move through the sign of Aries until May 2018, and after a brief spell in Taurus, will return to Aries in early November 2018 before moving forwards into Taurus in March 2019. This will bring pioneering technological breakthroughs in areas of science and medicine on the positive side, but may also bring sudden and violent change as people around the globe seek greater freedom and expression.
Pluto, meanwhile, will continue its transformative changes in Capricorn until March 2023, after which it moves into Aquarius, the sign ruled by Uranus. Therefore, we can expect what has occurred in the last three years between these two planets to be the catalyst and foundation for the longer-term future, setting out how we move forward to shape and structure our future society, and to what extent we manage our freedoms and rights within it as the Age of Aquarius begins to exert its influence upon us.
Change is never easy, but we are all being challenged about the balance between physical and spiritual realities. The answers are there for us, if we go within and see fear as an illusion to help us succeed beyond what we believe, rather than the energy of helplessness and despair.
As always, the planet Mercury will move to a retrograde phase three times during 2015 between January 21st and February 11th, between May 19th and June 10th, and between September 17th and October 8th. During these periods, it is considered to be better to take the time to reflect on plans for the future rather than initiate them. These periods sometimes result in matters being delayed, and travel plans can often be disrupted. With the retrograde periods all taking place in air signs (Aquarius, Gemini and Libra), you can expect to be frustrated in aspects of communication and ideas at this time., and any air travel in particular may be affected. Although many astrologers warn that it is best not to sign contracts during a Mercury retrograde period, there may be instances where this is unavoidable, in which case, take extra care and pay attention to the detail. Mercury retrograde periods also have a shadow period of a week or two both before and after the start and end points mentioned above, so factor that into any plans you may have.
The planet Saturn moved from Scorpio to Sagittarius at the end of December and apart from a retrograde period back to Scorpio between June and September 2015, it will remain in Sagittarius until December 2017, when it will move to its more natural home of Capricorn. Sagittarius is connected to religion, philosophy and expansive ideas, but it will be restricted by the structural and restrictive influence of Saturn, which asks us to make sure that our ideas have a realistic chance of success. There may also be a greater risk of further religious based fundamentalism, particularly given the parallel influences of Pluto in Capricorn, the sign that Saturn naturally rules. It is likely that whatever occurs during 2015 will lay the foundations of what comes to pass in 2019 and 2020, when Pluto and Sagittarius begin to form a conjunction in Capricorn.
We should use 2015 to really work out what we wish for the future, and to ensure that we discard everything non-essential in our lives, so that we are prepared for the future challenges and any unexpected events that may yet manifest over the next few years. Trying to maintain the status quo and structures in our lives is not likely to be the best option. Resistance is futile.