Simon & Jennifer Vorster – We are in a time of immense change. Our world is moving into a totally new way of being. We are integrating completely new layers of what it means to be human and embodying dimensions of ourselves which have never before been experienced in the evolution of mankind.
The year ahead will reveal many things to us about who we are and who we have been, as human beings. It will offer us opportunities to grow in ways we may not have imagined possible. But it will not be easy; as we wade into new territory we will be asked to trust the process, and allow ourselves the time it takes to grow into who we know we can be and align with a life that is authentic and meaningful.
In this article we will explore the transformative potential in the astrological energies of the year ahead.
Chapter 1: Facing Our Collective Karma
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
The Convergence Point
Pluto conjunct the South Node of the Moon
The year 2019 will unfold for us in a way that many of us have been wanting, working towards and sensing since 2012. To fully grasp the totality of what 2019 will bring us, we feel it is important to acknowledge some core critical experiences we have faced in the last 7 years that have lead us to want and essentially demand change in the world we currently inhabit.
During the period of 2012-2014, the planet Saturn moved through the sign of Scorpio. We also experienced a very powerful tension square alignment with the outer planets of Pluto and Uranus. What these symbols reflected to us were movements like Occupy Wall Street and Millions Against Monsanto, widespread ‘awakening’ experiences in which we became aware of deeper layers of controlling authorities, abuse and manipulation power within financial and political systems, and an overall sense of limitation people feel with in our lives due to the lack of transparency in media broadcasting.
What is important to note during this time of collective unrest was an understanding that we could no longer go forward without looking at the reality in front of us and asking ourselves the question: Is this true? From 2015 till the end of 2017, we entered a period in which social media became a powerful instrument in how we connected and communicated with each other. In 2016 the Standing Rock protests brought much awareness to how we relate to our natural world, showing us — along with other parallel events around the globe — that our regard for the earth and our place within its delicate ecosystems is in deep conflict. In the United States a huge divide in the opinions and priorities of Americans became apparent through the 2016 presidential elections, a process that made people the world over stop and reconsider what we have come to accept and what we have come to expect of government.
As we look forward to what 2019 brings, we arrive at a point of convergence: a point at which we know our past choices have led us to a deadend and we cannot move forward anymore in this direction. We could easily be filled with a sense of apathy and hopelessness. On the surface it may seem like we are on a sinking ship and won’t make it through the next phase. But as we enter 2019, the convergence point in our collective karma will come into play. We are changing direction completely. Pluto in Capricorn, which reflects our unconscious core emotional attachments to life, will challenge our current conscious security attachments as this convergence point brings to a head everything that we have felt up to this point — and we will be faced with the stark reality that we cannot continue to allow or support the old paradigm of consumption, destruction, division, separation, suppression and aggression any longer.
At an energetic level this convergence point is a powerful turning point. The events of recent years, leading up to this point, have created a such a momentum and a desire for change that widespread transformation is now inevitable, as people increasingly stand up for what is right and sane and sustainable and begin to build the future they want to live, not the one they may otherwise inherit.
New Choices Under Old Circumstances
Saturn conjunct the South Node of the Moon
Involution is a natural part of the life’s cycle, when culmination or completion phases take place. As Saturn moves though Capricorn and approaches Pluto which is also in Capricorn, we are entering a stage of culmination regarding how we have structured our reality. As mentioned in the first section in this article, the convergence point in our collective evolution refers to a point at which we are stuck, and cannot keep moving forward in the same direction. Saturn’s approach to Pluto will make our need for drastic change truly evident. During 2019 Saturn will also make a conjunction to the South Node of the Moon, which is also in Capricorn, creating an energy that will demand a genuine examination and acknowledgement of the choices and priorities that have brought us to this most critical point.
This transit will also highlight the need for us to process many layers of collective grief. The Capricorn energy is associated with the delaying of stress, and this is a situation in which past experiences and circumstances have led us to repress and suppress emotions so we can focus our energy on survival. But when we have an individual transit of any planet through Capricorn in our own lives, we become aware of those displaced emotions. This is currently happening at a collective level. The energy of Pluto is felt at the deepest unconscious levels, and with Saturn and the South Node joining Pluto in Capricorn, we will have a very strong recognition of these dynamics which — again — will mean we can no longer simply ignore it.
Individually we may feel a sense of futility as we try to create new directions that get blocked by circumstance, but it is through this challenge that we will come to master our new healing path. The lesson here is that, when old circumstances block or hinder our way forward, only new choices will lead to change, not the same old choices. The way we will work through our collective grief and find a renewed sense of belonging is by making choices that foster a sense of community.
The Culmination Of Our Collective Past
The Planetary Nodes of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto
The planetary nodes of the outer planets are an extremely vast and expansive set of cycles that help us map ‘ages’ in our collective evolution. Energetically they represent our collective memories, the basis of experience that underlies the entire structural nature of our reality.
When we look at the planetary nodes of Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter, we notice that they are currently situated in the opposing signs Capricorn/Cancer. The current movement of both Saturn and Pluto will cross over their own South Nodes. What this brings into focus is another set of layered memories embedded within us, and this will be a time not just for facing our current reality but also understanding and acknowledging the past that brought us here.
This may seem overwhelming as the depth of the human psyche comes through into our awareness, and we will begin to see aspects of our individual and combined choices that we make each day, which supports and perpetuates the dysfunction of our current reality. Topics likely to come under focus and scrutiny are our relationship to fossil fuel technology; our relationship to capitalism, and to our education systems; the way we value purpose and measure success in life; and finally, how we value the role of the female (and of feminine energy) in our society. Under the movement of Saturn, with Pluto moving under these planetary Nodes we will find it increasingly evident that individually, new choices will have to be made in order to enact change in our lives.
The movement of Jupiter through Sagittarius will also bring about an interesting layer to 2019, with the planetary Nodes of Uranus found at 13 degrees of opposing signs Sagittarius/Gemini. Briefly, the nodes of Uranus carry with them the subtle imprinting of our far-term memory at a mental level. Jupiter’s movement over these collective sensitive points will highlight the need to integrate our collective truth into the structure of our new reality. This points to a world in which we learn to embrace our cultural differences as a path to higher meaning.
Re-Parenting And Nurturing Our Inner Child
Solar Eclipse Capricorn and Lunar Eclipse Leo
We start the year with two eclipses that will set the stage for our growth pattern for the first half of the year. We start the year off with a partial Solar Eclipse in the sign Capricorn on the 5th/6th of January. This will set the stage for the processing of Saturn’s continued movement through Capricorn and the South Node’s approach to Pluto in Capricorn. The theme of Capricorn is clear for us here. Capricorn helps us establish the awareness and ego structure into which we need to grow, which ultimately deepens our wisdom and understanding of life. This is where we are invited to plant the seeds of our aspirations.
Following the Solar Eclipse we will have a Total Lunar Eclipse on the 21st January in the sign Leo. What the Leo energy will bring us is an awareness around how our current structures limit our true potential for creative expression. It is clear in our culture right now that we are failing to grasp love and compassion as guiding principles. We have a tremendous amount of shadow material in our psyche that separates us from seeing our divinity, our inherent unity, and our highest truth. The essence of this Eclipse pattern will show us how this separation affects us, and in ourselves and collectively we will see this occur. We can easily find more pain and separation in this as it will show us truly where the separation originates from.
The way to heal through this experience is to focus on how it has been passed onto you, from there without judgement see it as a layer of conditioning that comes from an untruth. In this sense you can begin to peel away the separation illusion and bring yourself back into your true being. Closing the gap on the heart is allowing yourself to be judgment free of yourself. In this case you can allow redemption to flow in, that brings you to a state of acceptance of the past and a natural willingness driven through a state of self-empathy to bring you closer wanting to not recreate the past dynamics. We are learning to re-parent ourselves to allow for a healthy expression of inner authority to arise.
SF Source Raising Vibrations Jan 2019