Weekly Horoscopes January 2018
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THE YEAR AHEAD THROUGH SEASONAL CHARTS
One of the oldest forecasting techniques in the astrology of nations and their leaders, is the ingress horoscope. Ingress simply means entry. The four ingress charts are cast for the moment of the Suns entry into the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, which mark the true start of the seasons.
Ingress charts depict genuine celestial phenomena. The Sun is immediately above the equator, either heading north (Aries) or south (Libra) or tracing the Tropics of Cancer or Capricorn for their casting. Think of them as the moment of seasonal change. They were important to the Babylonians, Hellenistic and Roman astrologers, and have filtered down to modern times.
My experience deems them useful, chiefly when they exhibit a consistent and unmistakable theme. A good example of that might be the Aries Ingress of 1939 over London. A New Moon in challenging square to the war lord Mars and Pluto on the Ascendant paints an obvious and ominous scenario. WWII followed.
A similar case can be made for the 2001 Aries Ingress above New York. Somber Saturn sat rising at the Ascendant, in the degree of the most malefic fixed star in the heavens Algol – yep it's where the word ghoul emanates from. Deceptive and sacrificial Neptune was right above, on the Midheaven. Aggressive Mars and extremist Pluto were together in the seventh house of allies and enemies. Say no more.
Often Ingress charts say a lot. They did last year when cast for Washington. Location makes a difference. It will either bring planets onto the vital angles of the Ascendant and Midheaven, assailing them greater prominence, or take them away lessening their role.
In 2017 three of the four seasonal charts repeated the same angular pattern. Indistinct and undefined Neptune was rising with restrictive, critical Saturn in the administrative Midheaven. Whenever you spot a repetitive pattern across the year, in three of four ingress horoscopes, it is predominate in assessing that year. It's also accurate to the unfolding of 2017, from the Washington perspective.
The Ascendant describes the national projection in an ingress chart. Diplomatic relations were eroded (Neptune) and ambiguous under the new and very different Trump presidency. Other nations knew neither where they stood, nor what was coming next.
as the most elevated planet described the conservative and isolationist
approach. Normally associated with the yoke of responsibility, Saturn
was not helped by being in what its 'mundane square' to hazy Neptune.
Authority was undermined by White House spin. Staff turnover was high.
Porous Neptune corresponded with inevitable 'leaks'. Keep in mind that
these planets had swapped the positions they held in 2001.
In the final seasonal chart of 2017, December's Capricorn Ingress, the Sun met up with Saturn, which had also just entered Capricorn. This is still in effect. Since then President Donald Trump’s suitability for this administrative role has come under increasing scrutiny. His emotional maturity is under question. Saturn in the governmental tenth house has put leadership accountability under high focus.
Averse to change Saturn also immediately evoked the conservative agenda. Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell's comments said it all during the budget announcement speeches. He praised the Trump administration for assuring the 'centre' right' now had control of the highest court in the land. It wasn't necessarily about justice as much as his traditionalist ideology.
is pure Saturn control stuff. At the time of the Capricorn Ingress judicial
Jupiter was in a semisquare to Saturn. But Saturn was taking the ribbons
being powerfully placed in its own sign of Capricorn and accidentally
dignified in the ruling tenth house. Astro techniques aside, Saturn was
and is, dominant leading through to March. Accountability rules.
What is fascinating about the year ahead, is that again, three out of four of the Ingress horoscopes feature the same two planets on the angles. This is extremely rare stuff. This time their positioning changes. Starting March 20 2018, from 12.15 pm Washington time, Neptune will be right on the Midheaven and Saturn setting – this time with battleground Mars.
Neptune will re-appear at the big-top Midheaven for the Cancer seasonal ingress chart, again with Saturn setting. Similar placements repeat to round out 2018 with the December Capricorn Ingress. We are already getting a feel of this future theme with the Neptunian doubts about the leadership, It will be much of an issue come March – at least according to the Ingress technique.
These aspects will be operational 'regardless of who is sitting in the Oval office'. Even VP Mike Pence has Neptune squaring his birth Sun most of the year, specifically through May, June and July. Doubts, deception, dissipation connected to administration and governmental process. A lack of definitive direction. Rumour, mystery and obfuscation.
All of this is reinforced by Neptune's constant contacts with the USA's secondary progressed Sun through 2018. This is coming to exactness by the mid February, which is why I anticipate the whole issue of leadership, and the controversy surrounding it, to go to another level. There could be a big breaking story or announcement round the 16th or 17th. But back to the Ingress techniques.
Saturn setting may indicate a more isolationist approach, judgemental of international partners and a resetting of boundaries. It can suggest less support, other than through traditional rock solid alliances. Trump's criticisms of selective immigrants, other countries and the United Nations is typical of the Saturnian negativity and boundary setting.
In many ways the President's own behaviour has been a catalyst of the illusory Neptune atmosphere. Fake news, alternative facts, catering to conspiracy theories, sometimes bald faced outright lies or uniformed opinion, all undermining national unity and confidence. The media are also guilty of resorting too often to opinion rather than reporting straightforward fact.
Trump's insecurity at falling three million short in the popular vote, while still claiming the presidency, may be one cause for his compensatory and constant self-appraisal. But a quick synopsis of his birth chart also shows his 'my way or the highway' constant competitor projection, ignited by combustible Mars at his Ascendant in fiery Leo.
changeable Gemini Sun is partnered with erratic and eccentric Uranus.
Highly independent, fast acting but intermittent attention span, constantly
diverting to other subjects. His solar ruler, Mercury, squares Neptune,
which helps explain the self perpetuated mythology of Trump. Mercury is
also antiscion his Sun - a fascination, addiction and adroit use of the
media. He is the 'mercurial' salesman.
As Trump came to the presidency his Sun was progressing across the royal star of Regulus. His style was much more monarchical than democratic. In kingly style, White House appointments became an elaborate exercise in nepotism. He was born with Regulus rising. Research astrologer Bernadette Brady, has an interesting take on this influential fixed star.
She relates it to the mythical Persian King Feridum who lost his entire kingdom through revenge – a trait Bernadette recommends assiduously avoiding should this star be strong in a horoscope. Trump has a real problem with that. His antagonistic Mars near Regulus seeks out arch-rivals.
He is still fighting Clinton and Obama. His Regulus was eclipsed last August following Charlottesville. We all saw how that played out. The counter eclipse comes February 15 2018. It all adds to the evaporative Neptune effect. Are some Republicans sharpening their knives for the Ides of March now Caesar has done their bidding, whilst others develop selective amnesia?
To cast an analogy - the presidential craft now sails stormy seas, heading into uncharted waters. The once trusty lighthouse beam is lost in a Neptunian fog. A captain unable to navigate or one who has steered the ship way off course. A mutiny in the making? The sacrifice of a leader? If Ingress charts are to be trusted, such analogies will play out in 2018.
HAWAII & THE FALSE NUCLEAR ALERT
At 8.07 am Saturday January 13 Hawaii time, a nuclear warning was issued that a missile was heading for the island. It proved a false alarm. The warning was retracted a full 38 minutes later after sending people into panic, even though the US military knew within 15 minutes. The fault was blamed on human error and someone pressing the wrong button.
A missile would take under 30 minutes to reach the island from the Korean peninsula. And the full official retraction came 38 minutes after the warning. Was it human error or does the missile defense system have a dangerous problem? Surely they wouldn't try a test run on the populace, unless they were planning for a future military operation.
Here's the chart for that warning, showing military Mars and over the top Jupiter on the Midheaven and the Sun in square to surprise packet Uranus. Again it stresses the power of planets on angles like the Ingress ones already analysed. And below that an astromap of the Korean peninsula for the same moment showing Mars and Jupiter rising above North and South Korea.
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Aries or Aries Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in Americas) occurs with six celestial bodies at the apex of your solar chart. It arrives in a challenging angle to independent Uranus, still in Aries. The test is in initiating status changes or professional moves that support your progress 'without' rocking the boat so much it is in danger of submerging. The temptation to act in the spur of the moment has to be weighed with the longer term consequence. The rewards are worth your efforts. To look at your own personal chart, organise a personal and/or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Taurus or Taurus Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in Americas) is proof that a little entrepreneurial expertise can take you a long way. It may be even laying the platform for the promise of the year ahead. It's extra special for birthdays around May 19 or those that have planetary placements in late Taurus. Whatever real or metaphorical 'trip' you're on can be the holiday of a lifetime or be opening your eyes to new and rewarding opportunities. Time to chance your arm on something here. Popular Venus and the commanding Sun are gradually competing their ascent to the zenith of your solar chart. That happens on the 18th and 20th respectively. To look at your own personal chart, organise a Skype and/or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Gemini or Gemini Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) is affecting your co dependencies which can play out in several ways. They may be on the emotional level but are not necessarily confined to the personal. On the material level this applies to your investments, loans, legacies and any kind of business dealings – wherever you are trading off one thing for another. These are the areas calling for revision and reinvention now. To look at your own personal chart, organise a Skype and or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Cancer or Cancer Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) initiates fresh perspectives in your relationship life and suits new beginnings around partnerships and close personal associations. Fresh faces on the scene over the following fortnight can play a significant role in your future, as can decisions and commitments made during this time frame. One of the most important periods for years when it comes to your personal and professional associations. There is a reward factor attached to the latter period of the month when firstly Venus, on the 18th and then the Sun, on the 20th, move into your house of legacies and business partnership. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Leo or Leo Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (16th in the Americas) is placing a focus around health, well being and the mind body connection. Its message is that we are often a product of our habits and making changes to the redundant routines now can be as refreshing as it is beneficial in the functional sense. This can be a busy period in the work or organisational areas. There may be obligatory duties involved or even a change to your regular work patterns or environment. Flexibility, adjustment and compromise are essential factors. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Virgo or Virgo Rising weekly horoscope: The Capricorn New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) is working powerfully for you. Birthdays near the end of the sign – September 19 and around – pick up strongly on this creative and expressive energy. The perfect time for trying your hand at what appeals to you, especially along the artistic lines and/or developing a natural talent. Entertainments and recreational interests, even sports can be the sources of pleasure. Speculation is not so risky. Your heart is ruling your head for a positive purpose. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Libra or Libra Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) occurs at the base of your solar chart. It is akin to laying a foundation stone, securing a position, putting down roots on something. This often suggests (but is not limited to) making changes to your home, a rearrangement of family structure - often an addition or depending upon your age, leaving the nest for a home of your own. However you make use of this planetary line up, the key element is feeling centred in a supportive environment and working toward that goal. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Scorpio or Scorpio Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) reinforces an emphasis on communication and information in all of its forms. This may provide added incentive toward educational courses, mastering electronic media and developing presentation skills. It can also be a time when information overload can find you in two minds about something as you weigh up the variables. Where it definitely does help is in making valuable connections, negotiating the deal and finding mutual points of interest and understanding. The stuff good relationships thrive on. Transport equipment and commuting can also be more important than usual and it helps to have the car in good service and/or a current list of commuter timetables at the ready. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) further empowers the resourceful side of your solar chart. Concentrate on the practical building blocks of you the future. Back, front and centre of this, is knowing how to manage your money, consolidating your position or gains, managing your time productively. It is reinforcing a subjective focus back from December last year, where self-development and/or self reliance spelt solidarity. The philosophy of consolidation and building carefully permeates other areas of your life, including relationships and profession. You may be taking a more pragmatic viewpoint on all. Realising the importance of sharing the same values, of being mutually supportive, of working together to build security, material and otherwise. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top
Capricorn or Capricorn Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) brings together six celestial bodies in one sign. YOURS! That's quite a Capricorn focus indeed and can hardly pass without something of equal significance. In fact you have to look back to the early 90's for such an emphasis. That's why the things you start this month will be so important, for perhaps long into the future. As mentioned, birthdays from January 9 and especially around January 16 will feel this strongest. The positive plus – the ball's in your court - now's the time to sow the seeds. Look at your own future prospects astrologically for the years ahead, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin Click here for details. Top
Aquarius or Aquarius Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) is one of release and relax – to know when something has run the full cycle and to recognise situations that cannot be changed but rather must be known for what they are. The true meaning of go with the flow is a reminder to honour the balance of the things that we can control and that which we're not meant to. Understand where you're swimming aimlessly against the tide or delaying your future due to one foot anchored firmly in the past. Or where your efforts are producing the opposite effect. This New Moon is about realising when taking no action is the best action of all. Where observing objectively gives you the wisdom you need for future plans. To discuss your own future prospects astrologically for 2018, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed. Click here for details. Top
Pisces or Pisces Rising weekly horoscope: The New Moon of the 17th (late 16th in the Americas) is operating on a 'universal' wavelength. It's driving the instinct to identify with something greater than yourself. If you're socially active or politically motivated it's about joining the cause or being part of the movement. This is where a lone voice becomes a chorus of the multitude. If you're more artistically inclined it's discovering inspiration and companionship through mutual creativity and recognition. For the physically orientated it can be taking part in team sports or competitive events, where your progress is measured among others. To look at your own personal horoscope, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top
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