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FULL MOON December 4 at 11 GE 49 . . . . NEW MOON December 17 at 26 Sag 31 . . . WINTER SOLSTICE, Sun at 0 deg. CAP on December 21. It's the longest night of the year . . . Retrogrades: Mercury retrograde 12/2 to 12/22 . . . Uranus rx (to 1/18) . . .

Happy Winter Solstice and Saturnalia Celebration December 21, 2017!
The Sun reaches zero degrees Capricorn at 8:29 am PST/11:29 am EST

Happy Kisses under the mistletoe!
Venus travels through Sagittarius & Capricorn in December! Mars travels through Libra & Scorpio



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Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces
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It's here! Starcats' 2018 Planet Motions, hot aspects & Eclipse Guide!

Mark your calendars for 2018's Mercury retrogrades using Planet Motions. Info on our next one is below. Additional resources including past years' archives located HERE

Next Mercury Retrograde: December 2/3 at 29 SAG 18 to December 22 at 13 SAG 00.

Next Mercury Phase: Retrograde Shadow zone November 14 at 13 SAG 00. Out of Retrograde shadow zone by January 10, 2018 at 29 SAG 18.

Mercury was the only entity allowed access to both Mt. Olympus and hell by the Gods. Mercury is the guide between the conscious and unconscious. He's the Psychopomp and Loki the trickster from Norse mythology. He is quicksilver and also the healer, Hermes. Mercury is my chart ruler!

Troubleshooter's Bonus Transits Report:
Mark your calendars -- Mars opposite Saturn Dates:

29 May 2017 - 25 GE/SAG
14 June 2019 – 18 CAN/CAP
1 July 2021 – 12 LE/AQ
20 July 2023 – 5 VIR/PISC
8 August 2025 – 1 LI/AR
29 August 2027 – 27 LI/AR
15 September 2029 – 24 SC/TAU
28 September 2031 - 21 SAG/GE
10 April 2033 – 1 CAP/CAN


INSPIRING!

"We are lived by powers we pretend to understand." – James Hillman

“Here’s the deal. The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is.” -- Parker J. Palmer

“Transformation is not a future event. It is a present activity.”—Jillian Michaels

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” Carl Sagan, from his book, CONTACT

HOT Planetary Configurations to Watch in 2018!

Jupiter sextile Pluto (January 7 to January 25 and September 5 to September 17) SC to CAP

Starcats 2018 Astro-Notebook:

We are all being changed. Both personally and collectively. The cosmic rug has been pulled out from under us. I saw a wonderful cartoon on Facebook that said: We’re watching the fall of Rome only we have WiFi.

I say the revolution WILL be televised.

The central question is how do WE as individuals navigate these changes? What markers in our own charts serve as our guides, timers and Sherpas?? Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy decade!

URANUS will move through Taurus until 2026! The outer planet transits always have a unique impact on each of us personally and collectively. As seen in the USA horoscope, sudden change, upheaval, dynamic adjustments and realignments lie ahead. 2018 Eclipses and powerful Super Moon lunations will also play a starring role in our lives. Fasten your seatbelts! [Uranus enters Taurus May 15, 2018. There will be another retrograde period where Uranus backtracks to 28 Aries. Then on March 5, 2019 Uranus moves back into TAU for 7 full years.] Major fiscal impacts to the USA at large & to each of us personally.

Uranus was last in the sign Taurus since June of 1934.

Uranus has an 84-year 12 sign transit cycle, so the last time we encountered the Upsetter-in-Chief in the sign of Bull (think Wall Street!) was during the USA's GREAT DEPRESSION.

Uranus in Taurus:

  • June 6th, 1934 - two years after the worst year of the great depression (Uranus still in Aries, 1932)
  • March 27, 1935 / Year FDR instituted Social Security for all working Americans
  • August 7, 1941 / 4 months before Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941)
  • October 4, 1941 / Pre-USA entrance to WWII, Franklin Delano Roosevelt approves US$1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
  • Uranus in Aries from May 27, 2010 to May 15, 2018. Uranus stays 7 years in a sign and takes 84 years to circle the Zodiac. The God of Radical Change will make a retrograde pass back into Aries from November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019. After this time, Uranus will not visit Aries again for another 84 years.

    A revolution in our economy, housing opportunities, wealth, cryptocurrencies (i.e., Bitcoin), Wall Street, Banking, Natural Resources, Environment, Animals, Forestry, Farming, Wealth security for Middle and lower classes, stability and more will be challenged as Uranus in Taurus butts up against Saturn conjoining Pluto in 2020. in 2022-2024 transiting Pluto will meet up with the USA's Pluto (in its money house) for our first Pluto return. This just about as dramatic as it gets. Saturn enters conservative, ambitious Capricorn December 19, 2018 to March 21, 2020. In 2020 Saturn conjoins the USA's immense wealth controller, Pluto. Saturn stays 2 1/2 years in a sign and takes 29 years to circle the Zodiac.

    The next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is at 0 Aquarius, an air “mutation” set for December 21, 2020 (at the Winter Solstice) The Sun will be at 0 Capricorn (solstice point) and conjoined to messenger Mercury. 0 Aquarius is the degree in which each U.S. president is inaugurated on January 20th every 4 years. What changes will we see to the office of the president? Certainly a kind of dismantling of the respect accorded the Commander-in-Chief are being upended.

    Remember: from Starcats’ Astrolaw The Planets In Mundane Astrology section, Saturn creates the necessary order, structure, form and functions to mitigate the chaotic factors inherent in the negotiations of group enterprises. Saturn is associated with institutions representing the legal system, civil service, and all restraining/restricting forces in society. Saturn is rules, procedures, and guidelines. Saturn is associated with the administration of justice and has its affilations with police (law enforcement) and also the regimentation of military life and discipline. The attitude of a nation toward law, order, taboos, old practices, the old guard in politics, etc., are also associated with Saturn.

    Uranus: Nick Campion (book, "Mundane Astrology" by Campion, Baigent and Harvey) says that Uranus, more than any other planet, "has characteristics derived from its association with mundane affairs." . . . Uranus is linked to all revolutions [add Mars and you have terrorist bombings]; upheavals, strikes, rebellions, and how a society allows itself to entertain change. Uranus, an outer planet, brings change whether the collective wants it or not. Because the outer planets are associated with forces beyond the individual's control, oftentimes the outer planets in aspect to a nation's chart nodes indicate "dates with destiny." "Allow yourself to consider extreme possibilities." [Maulder to Scully, The X-Files] Uranus also rules new technology, economic change, political dissidents, wars, terrorists, and radical ideology.

    Neptune's (commencing February 4, 2012) 14 year stay in PISCES is ON! After a 168-year journey around the zodiac, Neptune is home!

    Pluto in Capricorn from January 26, 2008 to November 19, 2024. Pluto stays in a sign anywhere from 21 years to a mere 12 years and takes a full 284 years to circle the Zodiac.

    ADDITIONS AND UPDATES TO COME


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    Uranus-Pluto Squares Still In Effect for the USA:

    Transits of the Moon and planets moving through the cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn will re-ignite the stress of the Uranus-Pluto squares. Technically, we aren't out of the woods until Uranus leaves Aries for Taurus in May of 2019.

    Note: The Uranus-Pluto square has separated by transit for us personally, but not so for the chart of the USA. Uranus has reached the 3rd decanate (last 15 degrees) degrees of Aries bringing it into a square relationship to the USA's birth chart Pluto at 27 Capricorn. The exact square takes place late in 2018 and in 2019 before Uranus moves on to Taurus.

    Saturn will transit into Capricorn on December 21, 2017. In the next 18 months Saturn will conjoin Pluto and also receive the square From Uranus. We have entered a volatile, critical time in United States history. How much freedom vs. repression will we the people experience? Since the USA's sector or house of the people's money is highly challenged by the foregoing, forces out of our control involving national and international markets are likely to throw us back into a Recession in the next two years. Caution. Make sure you watch your finances.


    Any weighty planet such as Saturn or Pluto igniting 15-16 degrees will manifest in unique and personal ways for us. Pluto hovers near these degrees during his long retrograde phases this year and next as will Saturn once he moves into Capricorn December 2017.

    Full Ur-Pl Square Timeline:

    06/24/12 - 08 AR/CAP
    09/19/12 - 07 AR/CAP
    05/20/13 - 11 AR/CAP
    11/01/13 - 09 AR/CAP
    04/22/14 - 13 AR/CAP
    12/15/14 - 12 AR/CAP
    03/16/15 - 15 AR/CAP (Exact)
    Effecting us through May 2015



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    USA Chart in Biwheel with Jan 1, 2018 Progressions
    illustrating stress configurations.


    For the USA: Uranus-Pluto until 2019 and Saturn's Move into Capricorn on route to conjoin USA's Pluto (January 12, 2020) show a tightening of finances except for the ultra rich. The so-called tax reform bill, which is simply a major shift of wealth upwards, is going to impact the Middle Class (what's left of it), the working class and the poor badly. Saturn is compression and restriction. Pluto in Capricorn is the conservative, right wing power base comprised of "plutocrats" employing draconian measures to control the masses as well as keep hold of secret caches of off shore wealth. Neptune of scandal, fraud and lies in Pisces in trine to exaggerating Jupiter in underworld Scorpio points to the misuse and abuse of public trust and national assets.

    The USA's progressed VENUS is 27 degrees Aries in square to the USA's natal PLUTO. P-Venus will be conjoined again by transiting URANUS late in 2017 and early in 2018 before moving into Taurus until another retrograde phase brings it back into late Aries. Warning: 2018 may show early signs of a major recession which will be open and evident in 2019. Watch what happens with the UK's Brexit, China's economic slowdown and Japan's slow recovery. Be careful how and on what you spend your money and in what you invest should you play the stock market.

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    5 ECLIPSES IN 2018

    All eclipses set for Washington, DC 38N53, 77W02. Rounded up to next degree. I.e., if an eclipse is occurs at 10 degrees 05 minutes, it's rounded up to 11 degrees.

    The effects of an eclipse can be more pronounced three months before and three months after an eclipse’s occurrence when a New Moon squares the eclipse point or when a weighty transit conjoins, squares or opposes an eclipse point. Mars stirs things up. Saturn ends things. Uranus brings the sudden and unexpected. Pluto complicates matters. People can suddenly disappear from our lives without warning. They can also reappear when we least expect it.


    2018 Winter Eclipses

    January 31

    Total Lunar Eclipse
    MO 11 LE 37/SU 11 AQ 37
    Jan 31, 2018
    8:26:39 AM +5
    Washington, DC
    34N53, 077W02
    ASC 05 PI 58


    Feb 26
    Solar Partial Eclipse
    SUN/MO 27 AQ 07 – South Node Eclipse
    *Square August 21 Solar Eclipse (28 LE) and Square New Moon of November 18, 26 SC) – STRESSFUL/INVIGORATING/CHALLENGING Feb 15, 2018
    4:05:07 PM EST +5
    Washington, DC
    34N53, 077W02
    ASC 8 LE 04

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    Summer 2018 Eclipses

    July 12

    Solar Partial Eclipse
    SUN/MO 20 CAN 41
    July 12, 2018
    10:47:46 PM EDT +4
    Washington, DC
    34N53, 077W02
    ASC 08 PI 44

    July 27

    Total Lunar Eclipse
    MO 4 AQ/SUN 4 LEO
    4:20:15 PM EDT +4:00
    Washington, DC
    34N53, 077W02
    ASC 6 SAG 50

    August 11

    Solar Partial Eclipse
    SUN/MO 18 LE
    5:57:38 AM EDT +4
    Washington, DC
    34N53, 077W02
    ASC 13 LE 44

    NASA Sky Patterns/Events Info for 2018 Eclipse info HERE.



    Wishing you great joy and abundance In December 2017 / January 2018!


    In memoriam, my dad, Knute F. Dobkins, December 13, 1921 -- January 21, 2012 & for my brother Knute F. Dobkins, Jr., October 17, 1955 -- September 20, 2015.



    Be prepared. That's what the truth and astrology do for us. We gain the edge by seeing things exactly as they are. Not by how we wish they would be. -- Starcats

    The best investment you can make right now is the one you make in YOU. All change happens on the inside first as an intention, then as a purging of old, useless and outdated parts of self that leads us to a realignment with our Authentic Self. At that stage, we are then ready to SPEAK OUR WORD and let loose the energy that will manifest our future goals and dreams. Let astrology help!


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