As Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries push us towards revolutionary change we have both Australian and US Federal Elections planned for late 2016. In Australia, my money is on a win for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition. Although we have no birth time for either Turnbull or Labor leader Bill Shorten, Turnbull’s solar arc chart is currently more favourable than Shorten’s.
2016 Predictions continued…
As mentioned in the last Stellar Stuff column, none of the outer planets that govern collective trends (Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter) will be in fixed zodiac signs in 2016, meaning the overall vibe is about new ideas, innovative projects, flexibility, cooperation and change. Secondly there is a strong practical focus with Jupiter and Pluto in earth signs (Virgo and Capricorn) and an ongoing desire for revolution and change with Uranus and Saturn in fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. 2016 is a year for decisive and courageous action.
Here are some more predictions for the year ahead.
World Leadership & People Power
As Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries push us towards revolutionary change we have both Australian and US Federal Elections planned for late 2016.
In Australia, my money is on a win for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition. Although we have no birth time for either Turnbull or Labor leader Bill Shorten, Turnbull’s solar arc chart is currently more favourable than Shorten’s. Turnbull became party leader as solar arc Venus contacted his natal Mars back in September 2015 and in late 2016 he will have powerful solar arc Pluto close to his natal Sun. By contrast, Shorten has solar arc Pluto moving towards his South Node, a symbol of endings rather than new beginnings.
The US election is harder to call, especially with wild card Donald Trump (the Kim Kardashian of politics) currently the frontrunner in the Republican camp. Leading Democrat candidate Hilary Clinton has favourable transits throughout 2016 – her natal Mars-Pluto-Saturn conjunction in Leo forms a grand fire trine (lucky formation) with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, while on 8th November, Election Day, the Sun will transit her natal Venus, a sign of popularity. But Donald Trump also has favourable transits this year – a Jupiter return (good fortune/growth) and solar arc Pluto conjuncting his natal Jupiter, a combination astrologers say means: ‘win the lot or lose the lot.’
However, as people all over the world demand that their governments work together to save the planet, the old world order championed by Trump seems increasingly outmoded. In the aftermath of the latest US mass shooting, the New York Times is saying what the rest of the world has known for years – US gun laws are a disgrace and in urgent need of an overhaul. Hilary Clinton has been pushing to keep guns off the street for years and in the current political climate, this policy might just push her over the finishing line on Election Day.
Saturn in Sagittarius – Us & Them
There’s no doubt with Saturn the great karmic teacher in Sagittarius, sign of international relations, that we are being forced to examine issues of race, culture and religion and in particular the concept of ‘us’ and ‘them’. From the ISIS attacks in Paris to Donald Trump’s call for mass deportation of millions of US immigrants, to the violent assault of an Indian-born Australian citizen in Ballarat to the tragic images of Syrians fleeing their homeland, to the suspicious death in custody of an Afro-American woman pulled over by white US police officers for ‘improper signalling’, we have not yet learned to love and respect other humans, despite our impressive communications technology.
Saturn in Sagittarius (2014-17) is making people examine their core beliefs and hopefully paving the way for positive change and acceptance of difference. But Sagittarius is the comedian of the zodiac and what better way to draw attention to Islamophobia and all thinks racist than through humour. After Donald Trump suggested registering all American Muslims, Wajahat Ali wrote in The New York Times , “For the sake of efficiency, I created a card myself, listing my skin tone as ‘Caramel Mocha,’ my ethnicity as ‘Bollywood’ and my religion as ‘Sunny-Side Sunni.’
As a child, I found it difficult to grasp that Germans were the enemies of my countrymen in the Second World War. Maybe a child in the 22nd century will have that same difficulty understanding why people killed each other in our century because their skin was a different colour or because they were born in a different part of the world or worshipped a different god.
Neptune in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
We’ve been enjoying the effects of Neptune in water sign Pisces for the past four years, in particular the massive explosion of creativity unleashed by easy access to digital technology. Nowadays anyone can make a film, write and record a song, create a blog or produce beautiful and original artwork. Instagram and Pinterest have opened up whole new worlds of beauty and ideas and this has translated to more and more people wanting to travel and experience the places and activities they’ve seen on their computer screen. Another major effect of Neptune in Pisces has been the rise in popularity of pilgrimages, retreats, ashrams and spiritual, energetic and alternative methods of healing. With Neptune in Pisces until 2026, we can expect much more of the same.
Both Neptune and Pisces embody the ideal of perfection. We see the shadow side of this with the rise of fat shaming, obsession with celebrity culture, the vanity of the selfie and the rise in eating disorders, gaming and drug addiction. It’s fine to aim for Neptunian perfection but we live in a Saturnian material world where people grow older, bellies sag, relationships and dreams fail, bills need to be paid, toilets need to be cleaned and it’s impossible to be eternally beautiful, youthful, rich and adored. No wonder depression, mental illness and escapism are on the rise! The stark realisation of the difference between fantasy and reality is highlighted this year with the waning square between Saturn and Neptune, discussed in a previous Stellar Stuff column.
A beautiful example of the balance between Saturn (real world) and Neptune (fantasy or dream world) is the 2016 Pirelli calendar shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz. Instead of snapping supermodels in skimpy lingerie, Leibovitz has taken photos of “real women of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment”. The calendar includes photos of Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Amy Schumer and Serena Williams, women who’ve worked hard to hone their talents in the real world and achieve their personal dreams.
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
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Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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