Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
My personal reflections on the year 2015 have brought me to a key word for the year. That word is Kindness. Kindness to each other, the earth, and especially now to ourselves. To cross the bridge into the new paradigm, requires the healing of shame. Shame is the left over from the old paradigm of the patriarchy. Now we move into the Aquarian age, the Era of Woman, the 6th Sun. We are called to live in and from the heart, as powerful conscious creators of our lives. This is one of the meanings of the coming Aquarius age. To do so we must touch the lotus of self love and acceptance within that boundless heart, which is universal heart of compassion, underlying all life, known as the Goddess or the Great Mother. Kindness is generosity to ourselves, cultivating patience, and faith in the powers of transformation which exists at the center of life, just as the heart does. The act of Kindness creates spaciousness in our bodies, our emotions, our minds, and soul. That spaciousness allows us to touch in with what is most meaningful to us and from there to direct our course and actions. Blessings to you in this year of 2015!
Astrology for 2015, “Holding the Vision, Creating the Bridge”
The year of the Horse thunders to a close in 2015, leaving dust in its wake! 2015 turns the corner from the last 3 years of growing intensity, and moves into laying the practical ground work that will carry us into the next 10 years. So much depends on our choices. Can we hold the vision and create a bridge into a better world? The Chinese New Year takes place on February 18th on the West Coast and shifts into the Year of the Sheep, which slows the pace, tends toward stability, prefers diplomacy, and harmony, radically different from the fast moving ride of the horse. Yet the intensity of the Horse will linger and unwind through the spring as we come into the last of 7 exact alignments of Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. These officially began in June of 2012, but their influence started as early as May 2010. Pluto’s intent is transformation of the old and rebirth.It brings out old paradigm programming, polarized perspectives in the collective, releasing long held oppression, fear, shame and outrage. It exposes the hidden paradigms that have governed us and now must end. Pluto in Capricorn signals that now is the time governing structures of culture, society, and economies to go through a cathartic process of transformation and renewal.
In this gap between the ages, polarized forces hold the extreme tension prior to the death of the old paradigm and the growth of a new vision of who we are, and how we will live on Earth. We mustn’t identity with what’s polarized and a sense of separation but be witness to the labor pains now among us to birth that which has been gestating. This dynamic is held in tension with revolutionary, freedom loving Uranus, (March 16). Uranus encourages us to radical transformation and stimulates the highest vision, and wisdom, that our race can bear, that each person can carry and sustain. Uranus can attune us to possibilities at every challenge, dare the status quo of one’s own life and impel one to be courageous in action. Uranus rips away old paradigms of living and catapults us into the unknown where all possibilities reside. Here we must attune to stillness and listening, as intuitive knowing and direction becomes a large part of the new paradigm. The focus of mindfulness centers us within, through which a new humanity will emerge. The peoples’ voices will demand to be heard. Mars enters fiery Aries on February 19th and heats up this combination, adding fuel to the fire.
March is an explosive month. Polarization can be extreme. Aggression, and violence can erupt. Yet the cosmic instructions are clear for an alternative way of being. With Jupiter trine Uranus in the fire signs, we are called to new beginnings, thinking outside of the box. Jupiter enlarges these desires and attitudes, makes it auspicious for new, innovative, creative, and daring endeavors. Uranus supports us to crack open the social conditioning and noise that fills our field, and experience our connection to a larger way of knowing, to taking actions that are life sustaining both personally and globally.
July and August bring in a different energy, Venus retrogrades at the end of July, time to re-evaluate our values and relationships. Jupiter moves from radiant Leo into humble, efficient, problem solving Virgo. The conflict between world leaders may shift to some real problem solving. August 3rd, brings us to the 15th year within the 20 year Jupiter Saturn cycle, now at a crucial point, bringing crisis and pressure to change the way power has been held, specifically focusing on re-orientation of corporate national identity. The role the United States plays in the world is in a time of transformation. We are witnessing a national and political battle over what the USA will become, how capitalism will continue, how we relate to the Earth, and where power will reside, as we cross into a new paradigm. Pressures to our system will force new definitions of our military, economic and worldwide allegiances.
More emphasis will be on how to solve the world refugee problems, as well as conditions of our oceans and waterways. In September issues of idealism, religious, and philosophical beliefs, are once again polarizing through the government and culture. By November, facts are brought to bear on illusions and ideals, as Saturn moves through Sagittarius, and exerts pressure on bringing out the truth.
Twelve opportunities for 2015: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Through 2015 you continue to feel the need to transform your career or life direction. The last several years have awakened you to new possibilities, challenging you with parts of your life that are outworn. Follow your creative spirit and experience your connection to your bold inner spirit. The Spring is a launching time, giving you more energy. Your goals focus you as Mars in Aries takes you where you want to go. Retreat before the Equinox to prepare. The first half of the year bodes well for love and enjoyment, while the second part of the year focuses your attention on health improvements and developing skills and precision overall.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Something exciting is taking place in your home. You have completed many issues and relationships, and now feel freer. You are entering a time of deepening what is meaningful to you, both in your life work and in relationship. You recognize old beliefs that you held in partnership are now transformed. You find that you are in a period of endings and beginnings. Your own insight into things will increase with patience. July through September 7th you find yourself revising, reevaluating relationships, changing or redoing your home. In the later part of the year you get support from Jupiter to expand your creativity, to travel, to enjoy life, to fall in love.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Your influence with people will increase. Your ability to communicate, especially any writing projects are favored. Partnership takes on a more serious tone. Perhaps you enter into a serious business partnership, perhaps your marriage goes through a time of recommitment or redefinition. Regardless, this is a time for deeper understanding of your interactions with others and gaining greater authority in the work you do. The fall is an excellent time for change in your home, a move, rearranging or expansion. Pull in slightly in the fall. It is an excellent time to integrate the many experiences of the 1st part of the year.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): You are completing something this year. Over the last 3-4 years you have risen to the challenge and began something new in your work or career. In the spring you feel energized toward your goals. 2015 brings more confidence, and there is an increase in your finances. This is an excellent year to focus in on your habits, your routines, and bring scrutiny to what is working for you and what is not. Discipline comes more easily to health matters, and taking care of your body. Moving into the fall, your thinking becomes more precise and analytic, editing is highlighted. Relationships with your siblings are rewarding and enjoyable. Communication strengthens in partnership.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): You have been ripe for change and new inspiration over the last few years. Now openings in career take place. A new sense of confidence and wellbeing comes into your life along with expanding into some new creative endeavors. This is all strengthened and supported through the summer. In fact during the summer you feel greater love, harmony, and beauty in your life. Drink this energy in for yourself. It’s something to celebrate. People are attracted to you and want what you have to offer! With Saturn in Sagittarius, patience, perseverance and tolerance takes you to success.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): In the last year your expression has been empowered and more creativity has come into your life. For those Virgos who seek the deeper meaning of life the 1st part of the year brings you rewards if you carve out time to listen, study, or hear the messages in your dreams. Relationship with children has been changing. Sometimes you feel loss, sometimes worry, sometimes the transformation from one stage to another. The careful and deliberate Virgo has felt earthquakes rippling through her life, endings and beginnings, new ways of relating to herself and others. You are blessed in August, as Jupiter moves into Virgo, more abundance, confidence and pleasure come into your life.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): 2015 continues the inner transformation and changes within family and home. Two areas are predominant in the 1st half of the year. Connecting with others who share your creative and expressive interests is a area of growth, and enjoyment, leading to new friends. Focusing on a longer term vision of what you want to create in your life is the other area of benefit. This is an excellent time for receiving and anchoring that vision. Collaborations with others bring surprising breakthroughs and rewarding results. Understanding your thinking and communicating processes bring much freedom and new sense of spaciousness into your life. In the fall serious pursuit of creative projects, spiritual development, anything using your imaginative powers is highlighted.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): In 2015 you are transitioning into a new phase. You have been working hard, and taken on more responsibility. Your focus now moves into reevaluating all that you have created over the last 3 years. At the beginning of the year, adjust situations so you will derive more financial benefit and/or bring out more of your talents. You are in a very positive position for achieving your goals, both personal and work related. During 2015 step outside the box, try new things career-wise or creatively. They will be well received. During the year, areas where you may be in denial about some aspect of your life reveal themselves. It will be helpful to bring definition to this. This brings a sense of lightness into your life.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): The beginning of 2015 continues to bring travel. New experiences teaching, learning, and sharing are richly rewarding. Though life has been full and busy, a sense of liberation, new inspiration, and ways of holding your life is opening up. A lot of comings and goings take place in your home and family. Be aware of your sensitivity in this area. Clear definition is helpful. The home can be filled with love. Saturn moves into Sagittarius. Now the practical blends with the ideal. Your focus and patience can bring perseverance in areas that are deeply meaningful to you. It is also a very good time for discipline and limits, a great balance for the overdoing of the Sagittarius nature!
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Capricorns have been rocked by the Pluto, Uranus square over the last two years. Change, transformation, rebuilding a sense of positive self, and future has been a focus. During this time you may have benefited from other people’s resources. This can be extremely helpful, supporting your growth. You are coming to understand the psychological patterns that operate in your life. A study of greater wisdom teachings expand your sense of yourself, continuing through the summer of 2015. In the fall your confidence grows. Travel is highlighted as well as work on any larger project, as your determination, confidence, and staying power are strengthened. You clear away barriers that have been in your way before.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): January begins with a burst of energy. Communication, love, relationship, and creative expression are all very strong in January. New ways of thinking, new approaches, are stimulated by sharing with others and any collaborative acts. Your confidence grows as you engage with others. This is a good year to clarify financial matters. In 2015 you are asked to be deliberate, define, and deal directly, with monetary issues, and more practical matters. Last year should have brought more success in your field and 2015 is a continuation of this high period in your life, especially if you met the challenges presented to you. Clear and direct clarification of matters with friends and family will be very beneficial this year.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): In 2015 your work or daily responsibilities become a source of fulfillment and enjoyment. You feel connected to a purpose and a way of approaching things that is gratifying. You are quite capable now of much devotion to the work at hand and others appreciate your bright spirit. It can be a time of new employment or better working conditions. This is an excellent year to take on new experiences. Watch for opportunities coming your way, right up to the fall. Your health also benefits this year. The fall brings growth and enjoyment in partnership. The potential is there for new areas of interest and fun to open up.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.