There are two major events happening astrologically in 2008 and both of them occur in the month of November. One is the start of a series of exact oppositions of Saturn in Virgo with Uranus in Pisces. This was exact on the day of the US elections, where McCain represented Saturn and the old, conservative way of doing things that was no longer working, while Obama represented Uranus which is change, the new and optimism for the future. As I mentioned in my blog, Uranus usually wins out in these situations and again this proved to be so.
The final exact opposition of Saturn and Uranus occurs on 26th July 2010 which will characterise a period of revolutionary transformation with outmoded or corrupted structures, such as the derivatives in the global financial system, being replaced by new, more transparent and honest paradigms.
How will this affect you?
On a more personal level, it’s an important time to examine all the structures in your life that have outlived their usefulness. It’s time to look at what might be past its “sell by” date in your life. Perhaps something that has served you very well until now - a relationship, a way of thinking, a home, a job - but maybe is no longer what you are wanting on a deeper level. It just doesn’t seem to be working, no matter how many different ways you look at it. This means it is time to release it and leave space for something new and different to come into your life. Invariably, there is a feeling of loss, as though a door has been firmly shut in your life. However, this is the only way to allow something new and fresh to come in. Remember, that Saturn will pull down old structures that no longer work anyway, so you might as well be ahead of the game and examine your life in detail now and see what needs to be changed, before Saturn comes along and does it for you. Then it is usually a more painful experience. It’s important to tune into your intuitive flashes which are represented by Uranus and follow them wherever you can. You will be guided, but Uranus is all about letting go and allowing the universe to show you what your next steps are.
This will be especially true for you if the Saturn-Uranus opposition is making a conjunction, opposition or square to sensitive points in your natal chart. For example, Obama had this powerful opposition where Saturn was affecting his eighth house - this very often means the death of a loved one, and his grandmother passed away the day before the election.
You might want to watch out for the other dates on which this powerful combination of planets makes this exact opposition in the heavens:
5th May 2009, 15th September 2009, 26th April 2010 and 26th July 2010.
However, we will all be feeling these energies over the next couple of years in one way or another and remember that Uranus usually wins over the Saturn influence, so be ready for the new, the exciting and the humanitarian effects of Uranus which wants the new paradigm to be about reaching out to others, helping and wanting the best for us all. These will be challenging times, but they will benefit the greater good of mankind.
The other great event of 2008 astrologically, is the movement of Pluto out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn on 26th November 2008. It will be in Capricorn for the next sixteen years. So for you Capricorns out there, your birthdays are coming up over the Christmas period and into the New Year, the next sixteen years will be very significant for you. When Pluto transits your sign, you can be sure that you will undergo utter transformation of who you think you are right now, you will want to be going to the depths of your soul. It is a great time for any kind of research and projects that are intricate and require great focus. Pluto by its very nature unearths everything in your life that needs close examination. Not a part of you will be left untouched by this transit: your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self will all be affected. If you have a special gift, Pluto could increase your capacity with your talent, it will force you to explore the hidden depths of yourself in new and interesting ways.
It will be a time of great change in your life, when you will strive as never before to accomplish your ambitions. You will work harder than ever and not allow obstacles to prevent you from achieving your objectives. If you handle the energies of this transit skillfully, you should be able to go far with it. However, you should also be aware of certain challenges. Pluto is the planet of death and regeneration, which means the elimination of whatever is old and outworn and the birth of a new, higher order. First you must observe two limitations. Pluto gives you tremendous drive and energy, but only for the elimination of that which is truly old and outworn, not for getting rid of things that you might not want, but may still be of value. Secondly, like all the planets beyond Saturn, Pluto is a transcendental planet. Therefore its energies are meant to be used for the betterment of everyone around you, not just yourself. You are the steward of this energy, not the owner.
The best ways to ensure that you are handling this energy in a positive way is to concentrate it on your own life. It is best not to try to dominate others, even “for their own good.” Use the energy to transform your own life into a finer expression of yourself. Make every effort to expand your awareness of who and what you are and make that knowledge work in your life at a practical level.
The final point to remember is that you must do something now. You cannot simply sit back and let this transit go by without making some changes. If you do not make them consciously, circumstances will take over for you, probably with unpleasant results. You may have to face some aspects of yourself that you do not like, but that is part of the process, and you will find that those aspects are not really so bad. The sweeping changes that take place may be challenging, but that is because any kind of death is unpleasant. However, it makes way for the birth of something new, powerful and exciting. I’m sure many of you hard-working Capricorns have already got to work on this transit! Enjoy!
Barbara Goldsmith is a professional astrologer and offers seminars, classes and private consultations.
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