We start the new year with a host of planets in the sign of Pisces. Neptune, Chiron and the South Node continue their longer term journey through Pisces and have been joined by Mars (in Pisces from 20 December 2016 – 28 January 2017) and Venus (4 January – 4 February 2017). Under the strong influence of Pisces we might feel creatively inspired, absorbed in daydreams, imaginative, a pull to be near water, to rest, meditate, to be introspective and more easily be able to access subtle realms of consciousness. We can often feel overwhelmed, unclear and lower in physical energy. This influence can particularly affect those (like me!) with planets in Pisces and in the opposite sign of Virgo. I’ve been feeling very tired, a sense of being unable to “get going”. Although things may feel they are getting off to a slow start, its great time to internally prepare for the year ahead as the energy will shift around the next new moon, at the same time as Mars and Venus move into Aries.
One of the major astrological patterns (or aspects) for 2017 is the planet Jupiter in the sign of Libra opposing Uranus in Aries. This influence started in November last year, is strong until April and will become active again between August and October this year.
Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth, opportunity and abundance. It drives us to search for our personal truth and wisdom and is often considered lucky or benefic.
Uranus is associated with excitement, breakthroughs, freedom, innovation as well as unique and original creativity. Its energy is unpredictable, bringing with it disruption but also flashes of inspiration. Uranus asks us to let go of constraints which hold us back from our authenticity in order that we may become truly liberated.
This dynamic bring inspiring possibilities, opportunities to break free, independent thought and actions and insights into our unique wisdom. The higher mind (Uranus) inspires and integrates with our personal wisdom and truth (Jupiter).
The Sun moves into the sign of Aquarius on 20 January at 8.23 am and the New Moon heralds the Chinese New Year of the Rooster on January 28 at 11.08 am at 8 degrees and 15 minutes of Aquarius.