Planetary Influences 2016

Planetary Influences

For the first time since 1988 I have been wrong about my prediction for US President! I’ll admit, it was a hard call, but I did end up predicting Scorpio Hillary Clinton earlier this year. But as fate would have it, Team Gemini, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, won the White House. Both Trump and his VP-elect were born under the sign of the twins, and both men will face an arduous road ahead, with oppositions from task master Saturn in the Sagittarius starting this December.

Saturn continues clicking along in Sagittarius…  Saturn is the planet that has to do with all the things we have to do…duties, responsibilities, and work. With Saturn in a Fire Sign for the next couple of years, at very least, that ought to “light a fire” under some of us to get more done. Sometimes, with Sagittarius energy, it’s just a matter of not trying to do everything at once! For Mutable Signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, there may be some obstacles to move from your path in the months to come, as Saturn will be in making strong aspects to you. But Saturn, the Lord of Karma, is related to Ganesh, the Elephant, the Remover of Obstacles! So putting action into problem solving is always the solution when Saturn presents us with our lessons.

Uranus in Aries is finally backing off from squaring Pluto in Capricorn. This super-challenging planetary combo has been hot and heavy since late 2011, and this aspect is still close enough to be felt by all. The good news is, this tough vibration is beginning to unwind and level out. The other news is, we humans still have A LOT of problem solving on our hands, given what has been set in motion and brought to light over the last few years. So, we’d better get busy! Cardinal Signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will be feeling this energy on a very personal level for some years to come.

The last Mercury Retrograde of the year is coming up December 18, 2016 and will turn direct January 7, 2017. We will start feeling the effect by the beginning of December and they will carry on through mid-January. If there are any big decisions, purchases, contracts, or trips you are planning, try to get them done before December!

Neptune in Pisces: First, the good news. Neptune is the ruler of Pisces and is perfectly at home in this creative Water Sign. It’s been in Pisces since 2011 and will stay there until 2025! During this period, there will be major Spiritual Awakenings. The plight of the disadvantaged will be highlighted. The world will learn many lessons about healing, medicine, and compassion. Great mysteries will be uncovered. And art and creativity will be highlighted. Neptune in Pisces will likely bring about incredible advances in medical science, particularly related to the blood and genetic codes.

But Neptune in Pisces can also feel like a ball of confusion sometimes. Ask any Pisces born late in February how things have been going and you’ll probably get an earful. Neptune in Pisces has become their new best friend over this past year or more. And that can be one wild ride!  Mysterious Neptune is sometimes very cool, as it is a good vibration for art, healing, and spirituality…but in general, for us mere mortals who aren’t busy saving the world or painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling, it can be a one way ticket to La La Land. Keywords: illusion, confusion, deception, self-deception, victim, martyr, savior, enabler, addict . Those kinds of things are much more likely to crop up if Neptune is messing with your birth planets. Problem is, you won’t see it coming.  Neptune energy is hypnotic, mesmerizing, and powerfully seductive. We’ll think we’ve met our Soul Mate, or found the Holy Grail when Neptune is conjunct or in opposition to a key chart point. But that magical something is almost NEVER what it seems to be. It just usually takes a year or more to figure it out…and then, it’s often a bit late to do anything about it, or make up for lost time. So, if you feel like you might be in a Neptunian fog, take note: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is, and don’t make any big decisions you can’t un-do later.  And really take care of your health. When in doubt, ask a friend who isn’t under a Neptune transit or come get a reading with me!