Once again Mercury will travel retrograde for a period of almost 3 weeks. This retrograde period travels through the sign of Scorpio (a mute sign). This will be interesting as Mercury governs communication and trade/deal making. This is a critical time for UK – Brexit and US and China – trade talks. It certainly looks like a difficult time to conclude any long lasting deals. Mercury retrograde implies that the information on hand is not adequate or there are bits and pieces of information that may change or new information may come to the surface about a matter that has not yet been considered. It is a period of backwards and forwards as you try to understand the circumstances of the deal or transaction. Information is likely to change in this period – sometimes due to a misunderstanding or other times a mistake.
Astrologers would warn against signing an important document in this time. Expect delays – they may play in your favour. Make sure you press send! Perhaps the message never got from the sender to the receiver. Perhaps the words used in the communication were misinterpreted. Misunderstandings and miscommunication are common problems at this time. Perhaps in Scorpio we need to pay attention to what is not being said?
Anything related to technology may become temperamental during this period – phones, alarms, computers, cars. Dot i’s and cross t’s. Double check travel arrangements. But sometimes things may be beyond your control – cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.
Go back to things that are not complete. Use this time to look over things again and ask questions to make sure you understand the situation completely.
Back up your phone and computer before this period! Make sure you don’t loose things! Put things in their usual places otherwise you are likely to forget where you placed them!
Mercury once again travels retrograde in July – this time in Leo. Mars is close to Mercury with Uranus square both these planets. This could be explosive! Retrograde Mercury is always a time to be mindful of your thoughts and what you say. We may all be prone to verbal outbursts during this time especially at the start of this retrograde cycle.
Be patient. Read the fine print. Don’t sign things until you are certain. You made very well change your mind. The deal you thought was concluded may backtrack.
Looking back, on 8 Jan 1990, Saturn made a conjunction to the Sun – a time for the leadership of the ANC to step up, taking on new responsibilities. A month later on 2 Feb 1990 the ANC was unbanned by FW de Klerk. It sure was a time for the ANC to play a much more significant role in the leadership and direction of SA.
Fast forward to 2019 and Saturn is once again conjunct the Sun in the ANC chart. A full cycle has completed – 29 year Saturn cycle. It is an important time to look at the roles and responsibilities of the ANC leadership. This is significant as once again it requires the leadership to be disciplined in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. It is a time to grow up, take charge, make important long term decisions and show leadership, thereafter earning the respect of others. This period is active from Feb to Nov 2019.
In addition there is a very difficult transit affecting the chart of the ANC – Pluto opposed Neptune – March 2019 to Nov 2020. This is going to be a very difficult time for the ANC as it gets to the bottom of all the illicit activities that have been going on within the organisation. Pluto demands that these allegations be investigated thoroughly. It is a time where the ANC needs to purge those involved in illicit activities and deal with matters that have been swept under the carpet. This is not going to be an easy process but is absolutely necessary for renewal. Strong leadership will be incredibly important at this time.
From March to Dec 2020, Saturn will make a conjunction to Uranus in the ANC chart. This last happened on 26 Jan 1991 after the ANC was unbanned in early 1990. This will once again be a time when we are likely to see the emergence of something new within the ANC. It describes that there will be a clash of the traditional versus more modern/innovative/revolutionary values and ideas. It speaks about a time of renewal if undertaken in a responsible, methodical and structured manner. It is likely to be rocky and unstable during this period of transition. Hopefully after this time they have rid the organisation of the corrupt and rotten members of the party and can move forward on a new trajectory.
The chart of South Africa has the Sun at 6 degrees Taurus. Uranus is currently moving through the sign of Taurus. This is a time where change is disruptive and unpredictable. The sun in a chart refers to the leadership of the country and this indicates that big changes are necessary. It describes that these times will be rocky and turbulent but could also be exciting if we embrace a new direction. We will need to be bold and innovative.
We do need to clean out the rot and this is not going to be a pleasant process. The SA chart describes that for the next 3 years from 2020 to 2022 we have to embark on a major clean out and those responsible for corruption need to be sent to jail.
From Jul 2023 to April 2024 things will shift significantly. Do we have a woman in the presidency? The public will have had enough and demand significant change. The public service will need to be changed fundamentally. This is not going to be easy. Transformed into a public service – truly at service to the people of SA?
Neptune is associated with spying and illicit activities. Jupiter
will exaggerate and magnify these allegations.
Investigations and surveillance are associated with Pluto.
Saturn describes doing the right thing and working within defined structures with
What does this all mean?
All the illicit and illegal activities that have been perpetrated
in the past will come to light eventually after a deep and thorough investigation.
Those involved in these investigations are likely to be obsessed about finding
the evidence to hold those accountable for their actions. It is likely to be a
deeply difficult task but rewarding if the rot of corruption and greed are
purged. In this way we will have a chance to push the reset button as the
skeletons of the past get exposed for what they are and new systems emerge to
replace what has gone wrong in the past.
That saying ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’
is very evident at this time. Doing the right thing is important. Equally power
and influence can very easily be used in the wrong way. We must insist that leaders
holding positions of authority in the political and corporate sectors use their
influence for the greater good.
Mercury changes direction on 5 March and travels retrograde until 29 March 2019 before turning direct again. What will make this retrograde period more challenging is that Mercury finds itself in Pisces – the sign of its detriment and fall. Mercury is not comfortable in Pisces. Mercury concerns itself with details. In Pisces which is Jupiter ruled, the focus is the big picture and the search for the truth. It is a time where we are going to need to go over things and re-look small details and sift through the bits and pieces of information in search of the truth. Jupiter is in Sagittarius the sign of its rulership and is particularly strong at the moment. The search for the truth is very powerful at this time. The trickster (Mercury) will be desperate to continue telling stories and half-truths. There will be intense pressure for the truth to come out. But deception is all over Mercury and those peddling lies will continue to fabricate stories and half-truths. This is powerful when Neptune will connect with Mercury on 24 March and 2 April. Neptune will add to the confusion. Be aware of lies and being deceived. Seems appropriate that South Africa is dealing with matters of corruption and state capture through the various commissions of enquiry. Let’s hope the truth comes out.
Make sure you back up phones and computers. Hold off making travel plans. Make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions. Things may change or you may become aware of things that may influence your travel plans. Use this time for research and information. Don’t get mad if people don’t get back to you – they may not have received your email. You may very well have to start the conversation again.
Be mindful about any business dealings. Are you being deceived? Is the deal too good to be true? If so, it probably is.
In 1981 Elk Cloner created a program called the “Elk Cloner” which was developed for the Apple II Systems. It was created to infect Apple DOS 3.3. These programs were designed to spread through files and folders that were transferred to other computers via the floppy disk.
In 1983 the term “virus” was coined by Frederick Cohen. These were defined as computer programs that were infectious as they had a tendency to replicate themselves.
During this period Saturn was conjunct Pluto – it started on 21 Jan 1982 and ended on 26 Sep 1983.
We are approaching another cycle of Saturn conjunct Pluto. This period starts from 28 Feb 2019 and ends on 24 Nov 2020. These 2 planets are exact on 12 Jan 2020.
We need to mindful of computer viruses during this period. It could very well be described as another kind of war. I wonder what the impact will be on the cryptocurrencies?
We are entering an interesting period astrologically in the next few years. Jupiter entered Sagittarius on 9 Nov 2018. It will stay in this sign for about a year until 2 Dec 2019. Jupiter loves being in Sagittarius, the sign of its rulership. The attributes attached to this combination are of optimism, adventure, travel, trade and gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of the world.
But at the same time Neptune will square Jupiter creating some confusion and deception. This phase starts on 19 Dec 2018 and ends on 19 Oct 2019. It is exact on 16 June and 21 Sep 2019. Expressed positively this will create circumstances that are naively optimistic. Opportunities to speculate and gain with little effort. There will be a sense of endless positive growth and expansion. Expressed negatively this could lead to poor speculation and mass panic as people fear losing their wealth. Circumstances are perfect for scandals to flourish – ultimately caused by an underlying instability. The analysts may have a difficult time diagnosing the real issues. It is also likely a period of extreme greed and wastefulness. This period was last active in 1936.
In early 2019 Saturn will connect with Pluto. This period is effective from 28 Feb 2019 to 24 Nov 2020. This aspect is exact on 12 Jan 2020. This is a difficult combination of 2 powerful planets. Expressed positively it describes toughness and tenacity , extreme endurance and the ability to be disciplined while working in challenging conditions. Expressed negatively it describes a cold-hearted, hard and unfeeling disposition, with a tendency towards violence and fanatical adherence to principals once adopted – no matter the outcome. This is a very self-destructive energy and could imply the loss of one’s fortune or possessions. Pluto rules death, debt and taxes. A crisis will hit those who have not managed their financial affairs appropriately and are unable to service their debt. The tax authorities may eventually catch up with those who have evaded tax for a very long time. Banks may be forced to stop lending and the cycle of spending may cease or slow down dramatically. This period was active in 1914/15 and 1946/47/48 and then again in 1982/83.
In addition Jupiter will connect with Pluto. This period is effective from 29 Feb 2020 to 11 Dec 2020. This aspect is exact on 5 April, 30 June and 12 Nov 2020. Once again this is a powerful combination. It describes an extreme desire for power. Expressed positively it describes the desire to lead the masses and the need for social and or religious regeneration. It describes the search for justice of those oppressed. The world needs a moral and social rejuvenation. Expressed negatively it describes the pursuit of fanatical gains and the desire to exploit the masses. As the saying goes ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. This is described as a period of massive social uprisings. The loss of social status and the possibility of losing all your worldly possessions. Excessive debt. It describes conflicts with those in power. This period was active in 1918/19 and 1930/31 and 1943 and 1955/56 and 1968/69 and 1981 and 1994 and 2007/08. We know what happened to the global economy in 2008. It all started in 2007 with the subprime mortgage crisis in the US. It soon resulted in a banking crisis with the collapse of Lehman Brothers on 15 Sep 2008. Excessive risk taking by banks across the globe magnified the crisis. Massive bail-outs by governments followed to avert a full blown global financial collapse. The European debt crisis followed.
This pressure cooker situation is at its peak between 8 and 24 Nov 2020. Let us hope that the global leaders can avert a crisis and make a commitment to address the global challenges related to debt, wealth and poverty. Citizens across the world need to hold those in power to account. Corruption and excessive greed and waste need to be stopped. Money and power needs to be used appropriately for the betterment of society as a whole. A new respect for all countries and cultures needs to be cultivated. The oppression of groups of people must stop. We have an opportunity to create a better world once we have made some fundamental changes in policy and application. We need dedicated and committed leaders who respect citizens and are working towards the greater good of the world and humanity.
Mercury once again changes direction during this period. This is a reminder to back up your phone and computer. Be mindful of any contractual agreements. Do you have all the information at hand? Part of this time Mercury will find itself in detriment in Sagittarius. It could very well behave badly! Be careful how you deliver your message – the brutal truth may be more easily misinterpreted. Travel disruptions and misunderstandings? Check travel details. Pay attention to the detail at this time generally. More likely to have car troubles? Could be an irritation more than anything else.
• Saturn finds itself in rulership in Capricorn hence very powerful. This is the authority. Doing what is right and knowing right from wrong. Being responsible and taking charge. Setting limits and boundaries. Knowing and understanding what responsibility is and what it entails.
• Jupiter finds itself fallen in Capricorn – the real lesson here is knowing what is enough. Jupiter wants us to expand our knowledge and understanding of the world. The problems of greed and excessive use of authority will be problematic at this time.
• Pluto finds itself in Capricorn and one gets the sense that this is very much about power and authority and the use of this influence. So the saying ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ seems to describe this time very appropriately. One can only hope that all that is wrong with the current system collapses at this time. Those who find themselves holding positions of power and influence who have not used these positions to create good in the world must take responsibility for this abuse of power. This applies to people as well as corporations, institutions and governments.
What is concerning is that Mars (God of War) is squaring this very powerful collection of planets. This is something that should have us all concerned. Mars finds itself in Aries and this is a powerful and aggressive Mars.
In 1940 and 1941 Saturn and Jupiter were conjunct (WW2). In 1915 and 1916 Saturn and Pluto were conjunct (WW1).
Jupiter conjunct Saturn – happens about every 20 years
Jupiter conjunct Pluto – happens about every 13 years
Saturn conjunct Pluto – happens about every 35 years
It truly does seem like the world needs to take stock of where we find ourselves and take responsibility for our actions and decisions taken to get to this point. One would hope that those found wanting end up paying the ultimate price for their abuse of power and that a new set of leaders can emerge at this time that want to do things differently for the betterment of society and humanity.
On 7 Aug Uranus starts its retrograde motion. There are currently 6 planets in retrograde. Those being Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto!
It seems like we really need to retrace our steps! From 19 August things shift as Mercury travels direct again, followed by Mars on 27 August, then Saturn on 6 September, Pluto on 1 October and Neptune on 25 November. Uranus will turn direct again on 6 Jan 2019.
It appears to be a frustrating period. Not easy to get things done at this time. Not easy to see who takes responsibility? What about the communication misunderstandings? Seems like processes and procedures are getting blocked at each and every turn. Have to check the details. We may have to retrace our steps before we can proceed.