The Penultimate day of Autumn (or Spring)

For most people, New Year’s is a time to reflect on the passing of another year. We look back on the trials and tribulations, the successes and accomplishments, the opportunities we didn’t take and the opportunities we didn’t get. Simultaneously, we set intentions to do better. Most often, our New Year’s resolutions are a specific outgrowth of the year before.

This year, I am inclined to suggest that you get started early.

Astrology doesn’t adhere to our calendar. The signs start mid-month, and the larger cycles start and end all throughout the year. This year, however, we have a number of cycles resetting at nearly the same time.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that the past few new moons have coincided with the start of a sign. Capricorn repeats that pattern. In fact, the new moon occurs less than two hours after the sun ingresses Capricorn: the solstice, which marks a new season. Winter (or summer) begins just after 5:00 pm CST, and the new moon occurs before 8:00 pm.

To further the synchronicity, just minutes before the sun enters Capricorn, Uranus stations direct. That’s three major astrology events in less than 2 hours!

The once-a-year Uranus station is more significant this time. I mentioned that the latest square, which occurred on 12/14/2014, was the penultimate. The moment Uranus changes direction, we start applying the next (and last) one. It will take all winter for Uranus to catch back up to the exact square, but given that this is the last (of seven over a three year period), this station can be consider the beginning of the end of this tense and trying aspect.

Yet another major cycle that resets before Christmas is the one tracked by Saturn. Saturn ingresses Sagittarius mid-morning on 12/23. Saturn will revisit Scorpio in the middle of 2015, so the cycle will start, back off, and start again. Nonetheless, I’ve seen enough evidence to know that when Saturn touches a specific point, it is still a poignant passing.

Now let’s widen the scope just a tad more. If we consider 12/20 and 12/24, we have three additional planets making aspects. In that four-day window, the personal planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) will each aspect the Pluto-Uruans square exact in one way or another. The nodes of the moon and Chiron are close enough to be in the mix as well.

And widen the scope to include the remainder of the year, and we can add in Neptune’s and Jupiter’s influence, the last of the major planets to speak of.

So what does all of this mean?

To answer that question, I’m going to mix my modalities.

As of today, I don’t have much on my list of goals for 2015, but one item is to publish, one way or another, my new novel called Scribe to the Pantheon of Rome (the sequel to Journey to the Temple or Ra). That book discusses the meaning of numbers—at length and wrapped up in a twisting, turning, double plot. If you liked the Journey to the Temple of Ra, I think you’ll enjoy this book even more!

So let’s look at the numerology that is about to change. 2014 was a Universe seven year (2+0+1+4=7). Seven is a number of seeking and searching, of meditation and contemplation. It is not necessarily an easy number, but one that is oh, so, important. Those of us who are spiritually inclined resonate strongly with seven, as it is the number of the initiate.

The astrology signs that most resonate with seven are both Scorpio and Sagittarius. Scorpio seeks deep within and Sagittarius seeks far and wide. Between the two, the entire Universe is covered! How apropos that Saturn crosses the cusp between Scorpio and Sadge right as a seven year completes!

If 2014 was a seven, then naturally, 2015 is an eight (2+0+1+5=8). As per my guidance, eight is everything gained by a journey of seven. Eight is a quantum lean, an ah-ha moment; it is the imaginary light blub that illuminates when the solution to a long sought-after problem arrives.

If you want to be risqué, you can say that eight is likened to an orgasm; it may not last very long, and it might take a bit of exploration to reach, but it is a moment to be remembered!

Scorpio seeking comes with deep, powerful, sometimes overwhelming emotion. I should actually say feeling, since, in Scorpio, what is felt is not necessarily expressed (or at least not fully). With Sagittarius, expression is all there is. Astrologers know: the distance between the brain and mouth of a Sagittarius is nearly zero. Like it or not, they speak truth (not necessarily THE TRUTH, but their own personal truth in the moment).

A Sadge can easily (and unintentionally) push your buttons, but ultimately, if you really pay attention, you’ll thank them for it. What is often gained from this type of experience is knowledge and self awareness…and possibly even wisdom.

Sagittarius, which is closely related to the 9th house, touches on higher learning and international travel. For some of us, Saturn’s time in Sadge might push us to explore in ways we haven’t before (or haven’t in a while).

Scorpio is associated with deep desire. Sagittarius can be wanton indulgence. But let’s face it, if you’ve harbored a desire deeply and for a long time, when the restraints are finally removed, you’re gonna binge or bolt.

Go for it. That expression has its place. Sagittarius is here to remind us that we are, in fact free. We use our walls for protection, but forget that we built them in the first place.

Sagittarius is symbolized by an arrow ejected from a bow. Scorpio is the time spent pulling back on the string. Scorpio (and seven) increases the tension; Sagittarius (and eight) lets it rip. Nine is where the arrow lands. When you get there, a new journey begins (from the nine, a new one is born).

Saturn in Scorpio was a rough ride for me personally. As a Gemini, Scorpio occupies my 6th house: jobs, service, and health. All three of these were painfully adjusted for me over the past three years.

Saturn in Sagittarius will transit a Gemini’s relationship house. I have to say, I actually look forward to that journey. And in the Leo chart, Sagittarius is the 5th house, which is creative and dynamic. [As I am a Gemini with Leo Rising, I am affected by both views simultaneously. A personal chart reading will show the effects you’ll have going on).

I think the majority of us will feel freer with Saturn sliding through Sagittarius. Like the eight, some of the hard work we’ve done over the past three years will start to pay off. Of course, it might not be obvious at first glance, so pay attention.

Enjoy your holiday season, indulge, celebrate the passing of another year, and then put the waxing productive Capricorn energy to work…for you!

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