As usual at this time of year, I try to put together a few predictions on how things might turn out for those of us on planet Earth…here’s one of my favourites from last year: “Tony Abbott is a Scorpio and I believe it unlikely that he will be reelected with Saturn in Sagittarius. His unsellable budget, intransigence on global warming and string of broken promises are all anathema to Sagittarian energy…
A Happy New Year to all LivingNow readers – may your year be filled with joy, happiness, adventure, love and learning! As usual at this time of year, I try to put together a few predictions on how things might turn out for those of us on planet Earth…here’s one of my favourites from last year: “Tony Abbott is a Scorpio and I believe it unlikely that he will be reelected with Saturn in Sagittarius. His unsellable budget, intransigence on global warming and string of broken promises are all anathema to Sagittarian energy which champions truth, equality, freedom and an international approach.”
On a more tragic note I wrote: “Fundamentalist religious beliefs and religious fanaticism tend to rear their head with Saturn in Sagittarius. People are prepared to die for a cause noble or otherwise.” With the Charlie Hebdo shootings; the Sydney café siege; the recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, not to mention the ongoing daily bloodbath in the Middle East, this has unfortunately proved to be the case.
So what can we expect this year? Well firstly none of the outer planets that govern collective trends (Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter) are in fixed zodiac signs, 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.
Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024)
Pluto, the outermost planet in our solar system, symbolises death and rebirth and his entry into conservative Capricorn in 2008 heralded the global financial crisis, whose effects are still evident. Pluto’s role in Capricorn has been to destroy and break down old models of power and authority (banks, mining companies, governments, corporations) and replace them with different and better ones. Anyone who has studied history will know this is an ongoing process (remember the feudal system…the slave trade…the Roman Empire?) but change is not always welcome! Pluto is now exactly half way on his journey through Capricorn, meaning we still have another eight years to throw out old attitudes, systems and traditions… which brings us to shifting attitudes on the environment.
Old King Coal
Pluto in Capricorn has triggered a huge increase in public awareness about the environmental issues facing our world, in particular global warming and our dependence on fossil fuels and non-renewable energy. In the early nineties, I spent five years working for The Wilderness Society and we were proud to have 5000 members. Today TWS has 40,000 members and hundreds of thousands of supporters. Last November, three quarters of a million people attended the People’s Climate Change marches with the 60,000-strong Melbourne march the largest in the world. There is no doubt that this massive show of public support influenced the radical decisions made just days later at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris where, after 20 years of tense negotiations, world leaders finally agreed to aim for a 1.5 degree limit in global warming. In another remarkable turnaround, Britain, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution has called for the closing of all coal-fired power plants by 2025.
Uranus in Aries (2010-2017)
Uranus is all about sudden and unexpected change. Aries the warrior likes to fight and move fast. Put these two together and you have a revolution. It started with the explosive events of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street movement and London riots, but since 2010 there have been many examples of revolution and change, both positive and negative.
If Pluto in Capricorn symbolises the breakdown of the old way of doing things, Uranus in Aries brings fresh energy, creative ideas and new solutions to old problems. One major fallout from the GFC has been the rapid rise of the sharing economy, triggered by environmental and financial reasons. Why own when you can share or borrow? This philosophy has given rise to Uber and car sharing vs. taxis; Airbnb and couch surfing vs. hotel chains; eBay, bartering, sharing and recycling vs. major retailers; peer to peer lending and crowdfunding vs. bank loans; farmers’ markets and veggie gardens vs. the supermarket chain; YouTube and Spotify vs TV and record companies and house sharing and renting vs. buying a home. What would have been regarded as fringe lifestyle choices 30 years ago are now mainstream and this trend towards sharing and downsizing looks set to continue.
Personal Reflections for the New Year
If 2016 is a year of change powered by decisive action ask yourself:
What radical changes can I make to be more authentic and effective?
What or who do I need to let go of?
What practical steps can I take to turn my dreams into reality?
How can I cooperate and share instead of compete and compare?
How can I make the world a better place for myself and others?
We’ll be looking at more predictions for the year ahead in the next edition of Stellar Stuff, online in mid-January.
January Moon Calendar
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.
New Moon 10th
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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