Editor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy! ~ ed.
The universe and the energy contained within it are always churning.
There is no better time to connect to the magic of its message than at the beginning of a new year. Many of us are eager and ready to embrace where the new year may take us next.
Where we go from here will be quite different this year. Change is upon us once again. But, this year it’ll be more significant than before. We can decode this message of change by taking a look at the astrology of 2018, or the picture that the moving planets will create in the next 12 months.
The planetary picture of 2018 reveals that old structures are breaking down in order for new ones to take their place. A totally new foundation is about to be built and this time around, and we’re going to make sure it’s solid and safe.
It’ll be up to each of us personally to accept the twists and turns about to take place. Feelings will be prominent and it’ll be important to feel our way through things. The water element will be strong in 2018 and that means it’s time to “feel the feelings.” The element of air, or component that makes us think about things logically, will be hard to find in the upcoming terrain. Recognizing our feelings, and honoring them, will help us move through these changes.
Important turning points in our personal stories will be set in motion by the time we ring in 2018. One of the biggest indicators of that notion is that 2018 kicks off with a powerful super full moon in Cancer. Full moons equate to turning points. They create a stir to help us take the action to do something. As a result, many of us begin 2018 with a decision to do.
The sign of Cancer and all of its themes will bring an important dynamic to 2018 (and 2019 through to 2020). Not only will the moon be ripe in the sign of Cancer as we say hello to 2018, but an important eclipse will take place in this sign in July.
Themes surrounding the sign of Cancer, such as family, home, and security will start to become important. Questions surrounding our family connections, where we live, and what we need to feel safe will be asked.
On the opposite side of Cancer is the sign of Capricorn, another prominent influence in the year ahead. The reason for this is because Saturn, the planet of patience and perseverance, will have begun his three year stretch through the sign as 2018 begins. His influence in Capricorn creates a totally new playing field for how and where we create the biggest changes in our lives.
To make a long story short, we’re going to be figuring out new ways to manifest our visions and make them durable. Saturn helps us to make things real. He’s not a dreamer or a philosopher. He moves mountains to accomplish big things. When he wears his Capricorn clothes he looks and acts his best. People’s ambitions will rise and big moves toward where they want to go next will take place.
The year of 2018 is a time when we take matters into our own hands and make our own magic. Our responsibility to ourselves, not others, will be paramount.
Saturn in Capricorn will also begin to create national and global changes in anything dealing with regulation. Anything that’s not currently under a rule structure is susceptible to change. One of the biggest things that comes to my mind surrounding that is the internet, and the process that has already started to regulate it more strictly. This is because Saturn likes rules and he wants to implement them. Similar to Cancer, Capricorn likes security too. We’ll likely see the theme of being more secure, both personally and globally, in 2018 as a result.
Changes are coming and it doesn’t stop with Saturn. Uranus, the planet that I like to think of as “shaken not stirred” will also make a big move in 2018. In May, he’ll leave the fiery sign of Aries (where he’s been operating since 2011) and enter the totally new terrain of earthy Taurus. This planetary shift will be a big one when we think about what’s in store.
Taurus is another sign that connects to security and money. Many astrologers believe that the way we use money will likely change as a result of this sign switch. In all honesty this is already in play. Many people have already stopped using cash, preferring to pay for things “virtually.” Money has already started the process of no longer being tangible. It’s in the cloud.
On a personal plane, the sign of Taurus has a great awakening in store for it. All those born under this sign will see and feel the effects of Uranus over the next seven years. It’s time for them to “expect the unexpected.” No matter when our birthdays fall, we all have the potential to experience a great awakening in some facet of our lives. It all depends on where and how Uranus will be operating in our personal astrology.
Barriers of what’s normal and what’s not will continue to be broken. The signs of Leo and Aquarius will continue to be in the limelight. Their influence actually began in 2017, but it continues on in 2018. Important beginnings and endings are in store for all those born under these signs. However, the Leo/Aquarius energy will be showcased in all of us in some way.
We’re still going to be figuring out how to strut our stuff (Leo) while honoring our originality (Aquarius). This is because in 2018, four eclipses will take place in these signs (two in Leo, and two in Aquarius). There will also be a fifth eclipse in 2018 highlighting the sign of Cancer. It’s not usual to have five eclipses in one year; usually there are only four.
If we didn’t get to figure things out completely in 2017, we’ll get three opportunities for do-overs. Mercury will go retrograde three times in 2018—which is not that bad. Over the last few years, we’ve been dealing with four Mercury retros per year and that has been brutal for some. At this point, we’ll be able to handle three retrogrades with one hand tied behind our backs.
Speaking of retrogrades, both Mars and Venus will backtrack in 2018 which is another unusual thing. Mars and Venus don’t go through retrogrades as often as the other planets. When they do, it takes energy to a whole new plane. These two relationship oriented planets will create important turning points in both interacting and connecting with other people. Interactions with others will likely be strained and energy muted.
Mars will retrograde through the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn from the end of June till the end of August. In early October, Venus then in Scorpio, will begin her backward dance. In the end, she’ll end up in the sign of Libra in mid-November 2018. It’ll be at this time that she’ll be reborn as the morning star which will allow for special beginnings to take root.
Getting married during Venus retrograde is not astrologically advised. Love becomes dangerous during this period. However, I do believe that some of us out there will be making some karmic soul connections by the end of the year. This is because when Venus moves forward once again, her energy becomes quite powerful. This is especially the case since she’ll be operating in one of her best signs, Libra (the relationship oriented sign). As a result, some special love connections will take place in 2018.
When it comes to the luck factor of 2018, we’ve got to take a look at the “Santa Claus” of the zodiac. Jupiter. Jupiter, the planet of abundance and good fortune, will be operating in Scorpio for most of 2018. This is creating some major opportunity for the sign of Scorpio. All those born under it are in the midst of a new 12-year cycle. However, other signs such as Cancer, Pisces, Virgo, and Capricorn will also catch some nice opportunities as well.
Expect the themes of Scorpio to be in the public eye—the most pronounced will likely be sex. We’ve already started to see the sex scandals coming out, and I have no doubt there will be more. Jupiter expands the themes of the sign he’s operating in and he creates big headlines to make sure we’re watching.
I saved the best piece of 2018’s astrological story for last. The most auspicious piece of 2018 is how Jupiter (in Scorpio) and Neptune (in Pisces) will be intertwined in a magical dance, aka: a trine. Some of us are going to become enchanted, or caught up in a fantasy land of some sort. This has the potential to be both good and bad, depending on how we choose to accept it. My advice is to make sure to take the rose-colored glasses off every once and again to really see what we’re doing.
Magic will be more pronounced and I’ve already seen it happening. Unicorns are popping up in nearly every store I visit, along with other magical symbols. People are questioning the universe more and more. The Scorpio influence is pushing us to want (or desire) answers more than ever before. Ordinary and traditional means aren’t getting us there so the mystical one has begun to take root.
We’re going to be more open-minded to things of a more unexplainable nature. This is because in 2018 we’ll intuitively feel that it’s the right thing to do.
It’s going to be a wild ride and one that will get us feeling rather than thinking! Emotions will run high and getting in touch with our feelings will serve us well in the year ahead. Logic will likely not dictate in 2018, whatever feels right is where we’ll go next.
Read on to find out your 2018 Mantra and envision all the possibilities of what your 2018 has in store. I recommend reading for both your Sun and Rising signs to add more depth and insight into the year ahead. Here is a free rising sign calculator if you don’t know yours.
Aries 2018 Mantra: “Working hard for the money.”
A new chapter arrives in 2018 regarding your career and place in the public eye. Expect to become more pioneering and embrace connecting with others to achieve your new goals. There is a need for you to focus on less not more. Following through and making current projects better are going to be more important than beginning new ones.
Taurus 2018 Mantra: “Unexpected encounters.”
Important awakenings and unexpected events are in store in 2018. A totally new way of looking at the world is about to be set in motion. Be open-minded to new and potentially unusual relationship opportunities.
Gemini 2018 Mantra: “Catch the feels.”
2018 is your year to start getting in tune with your feelings. With emotions taking center stage, it’ll be important for you to get more in touch with the waves of your heart. New routines and projects surrounding both personal and work themes are also in store. Expect opportunity. This is a perfect time to start taking care of your body, mind, and spirit.
Cancer 2018 Mantra: “Live, laugh, and love as you embark upon new beginnings.”
It’s time to start living, laughing, and getting in touch with what you need to have fun. 2018 is your year to fall in love with yourself in order to discover what you need in a serious relationship. A totally new beginning is in the works, but some realignments need to happen first.
Leo 2018 Mantra: “Family first.”
Home and family take your center stage in 2018. Your abundance will come from real estate and family. Important new beginnings as well as endings are still in motion. Help from your closest connections (most likely people you think of as family) will support you and fuel your inner fire.
Virgo 2018 Mantra: “Voicing up.”
A new playing field of universal support arrives in 2018. It’s time to gain some recognition for all your hard work. New opportunities will manifest helping you take your communication style to a whole new level. People need to hear your thoughts so prepare to be on the go sharing them.
Libra 2018 Mantra: “Karmic connections.”
Important soul connections and karmic encounters are in store in 2018! Important people of the past may resurface to settle unfinished business. New foundations are beginning on the home front in many ways. Make sure to watch your spending through the process.
Scorpio 2018 Mantra: “A new 12-year cycle.”
Confidence, abundance, and important moments of reuniting with the past are in store in your 2018. It’s time for a new cycle and this is your moment to redo things in an entirely new way. Opportunities are awaiting. This is your year to rise up and out of the ashes— and soar like the phoenix that you are.
Sagittarius 2018 Mantra: “Roaming free.”
A long-awaited release from a challenging period has finally arrived. It’s time for you to breathe easier and stretch your legs. Your period of confinement is over. Use your new-found freedom to crystalize your new vision into something real and long lasting. Your value system and discovering what is and what’s not important is about to take on a whole new meaning.
Capricorn 2018 Mantra: “Making new dreams a reality.”
A new kind of ambition will come over you in 2018. This is your moment to know what you really want and go after it full force. Your dreams have the potential to manifest now but some additional responsibilities will likely come along for the ride.
Aquarius 2018 Mantra: “Time to shine.”
The year ahead delivers a new twist in your ability to be loud and proud of all the things that make you unique. This is your year to let others see you for who you really are and not hide from them. Old cycles are continuing to close because new ones are in the midst of forming. Promise to be true to yourself through the process—it’ll benefit you in the long run.
Pisces 2018 Mantra: “Get enchanted.”
A magical carpet ride is about to be set in motion. 2018 is your year to become enchanted with all of the mysteries of the universe and refuel your emotional reserves. Out of this realm discoveries are awaiting. Its finally time to swim care-free through an ocean of positive emotions. Just make sure to take some practicality along for the ride.
Author: Crystal B.
Editor: Lieselle Davidson
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