The year begins with a Supermoon, a striking opening to 2018. The Supermoon is closer to the Earth in its path around our planet than is often the case. This full Moon dawns the eastern horizon at sundown, on the 1st, bringing all of us once again to the beauty and great mystery in which we live. A second Supermoon takes place on the last day of January, bookending January with celestial events. Not only will we be witnessing a Supermoon, but also a Lunar Eclipse and a Blue Moon. Though you can watch the second Supermoon rise on the 30th, get up early on the morning of January 31st at 5:30 am, to witness the Lunar Eclipse. It will be a stunning reddish color as the shadow of the Earth covers the setting Supermoon in the West. It will also be a “Blue Moon”, because it’s the second Full moon in one month. January will certainly be a lunar month and for those of you sensitive to energy and to the Celestial field in which we live, stay centered and feel into the teeming aliveness in which we circle the Sun. (For more in-depth overview on the year 2018, join Susan on January 19th, 7pm, Pacific Cultural Center)

 The Chinese New Year, year of the Yellow Earth Dog begins on February 16th, steady, loyal industrious, protective, grounded and practical. Quite a change after the year of the flamboyant Rooster, or Phoenix. More on this later!!!

 The Twelve signs for 2018: For Sun and Rising Signs

 Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries 2018 is a year of transformation and accomplishment. Take your time to reflect deeply on your intentions for the year as Saturn in Capricorn can now assist you in staying power and perseverance. A keyword for you this year is patience. Oh I know that is not your best quality but this is the year to cultivate it. Saturn maps things out, like DNA, a plan, an organization, the power of intention, staying open and alert to what’s possible without jumping ahead and projecting. Saturn is steady and sure. And faith in its progress will bring its harvest. It’s the year to trust while you let go of some held beliefs in order to energize the emerging new life or goals. The game plan isn’t week by week but over the evolving year. Mars goes retrograde on June 26th through August 27th. Your fiery red planet going retrograde encourages you during this period of time to review where you are and the strategy for your next actions, to take up with gusto in September.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, Jupiter smiles at you from Scorpio. How would you like to enlarge your world? This is the year to invite new people into your life, open to a new friend, lover or creative collaborations. Those collaborations may be life transforming not only for you, but also for others who are involved. You will be asked to let go of some dearly held things, or attachments to ways of doing things. Good practice for you Taurus! It will definitely be a year of learning and perhaps defining things a bit differently. Be thoughtful in choosing your intentions for 2018. Saturn in Capricorn will help you manifest every one, as long as you keep it simple and clear. If you are heading back to school or set on learning something new, this is the year to do it. In fact this year Uranus enters Taurus and brings change to the comfortable life of the Taurus. Break out, dare, think outside the box, go for it!!

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This is a year of refinement for you, Dear Gemini. You are so gifted in so many ways, intelligent and charming, artistic and playful. This year demands a deepening of your awareness, a commitment to understand yourself and others more thoroughly than before. You are entering a time of powerful change and you will discover the change by staying with things and seeking to put your feet in others’ shoes. It’s an important year to put your finances in order, so that you depend on others as little as possible. In fact you may be a support for them. Jupiter is now in your house of health and work until November so it is an excellent time to improve your health on a daily basis. Take up yoga, chi gong, meditation or other favorite body/mind discipline. Rearrange or grow your work, in fact you may find yourself totally dedicated and immersed in your work in a wonderful way. All this is in preparation for when Jupiter enters your house of relationship in late 2018 and into 2019. A refining is taking place. It’s worth it!

Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, if you have been working on something for awhile especially in your work, career, or some project that you would like to bring out into the world, 2018 brings you to the point of beginning that achievement. The next seven years can bring you closer and closer to fulfilling a bigger dream, a larger intention, really, a lifetime’s desire. As Saturn moves into the upper hemisphere from your sun sign you are developing greater wisdom and confidence in what you have to give and contribute. If you sense that you must change course, or open yourself up to new possibilities, this is the year!! You will be assisted in this pursuit by Uranus trining Saturn. Jupiter, in another water sign this year, helps you in your confidence and the sharing of your creativity. All work with children is enhanced and enjoyed, as well as all creative endeavors being favored. Trust yourself in 2018. Share the deeper side of your nature. You may fall in love.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, this is the year to put your mind to all those things you would like to change in your life. Saturn in earthy Capricorn can steady the fire of your daily life into a more determined persevering pursuit of intentions, especially in the area of health, attunement to body/mind and in the area of daily habits. As Uranus moves into Taurus during the year you will be activated by its wakeup call to open to new possibilities in career and whatever it is you do. Though Leo is a fixed sign and doesn’t enjoy being pushed into new situations, this year Uranus can you launch you into new endeavors, new ways of coming out into the world. Your home will be a place of refuge and enjoyment. Make whatever changes are needed in your home now so that can increase for you. With Mars retrograde in Aquarius during the summer take your time with relationships. You see things you often miss which will enrich connections with others.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Industrious Virgo! Saturn entering Capricorn, another earth sign, can assist you in determining and setting the course for a long-range plan that fulfills a deeper yearning. The Renaissance philosopher and astrologer, Marsilio Ficino, said the nature of Saturn was like going to the well within the grotto. There stillness envelopes you, the dark greenness pulls you in, and the earthy aromas soothe the body. Saturn this year preps you for deepening your own embodiment, for expressing and becoming more of yourself. So take the time to sink deeply into contemplation. Uranus will assist as it activates the earthy element with light and electrical forces of renewal, bringing through to recognition what it is you really value and want to manifest. We are here to be creators. What do you want to create? Jupiter will support transformations and new ways of thinking.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, once in every seven years Saturn creates an important angle to your sign. Libra is a cardinal sign, not fixed or mutable. Cardinal signs are the initiators of the zodiac. They want to get things going, to move the energy, to start new projects. Though Libra does exhibit its gentle, artistic and thoughtful qualities, it is on the go with projects. Libra needs something to begin, something to loose oneself in. As Saturn crosses into the cardinal sign Capricorn, it doubly activates that need. But there are some requirements it dictates first. You are creating a new inner foundation for this next part of your life as Saturn traverses the deepest area of your chart, which means listening to what’s arising from within, what’s calling you. Now there is a completing, a clearing, and the setting of a new inner foundation no matter what your age. Be patient. Saturn teaches us that step-by-step moves us where we want to go. Good news! Jupiter will help bring abundance into your life this year!

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Wow, new things are up for you dear Scorpio. Doors are opening to new experiences. And yet you will also feel Saturn in earthy Capricorn and its call to stay grounded, responsible, and to have clear communications. This is an opportunity to clarify your thinking. Giving yourself time to develop an over view of the year ahead is so helpful. See what you can map out as far as organizing your time, (but be flexible to change if needed). You will be meeting new and interesting people. And if you are not already involved in something new with others, it may be invaluable to engage in something new, a group or class. With Jupiter in your sign this year, moderation keeps things in even keel. Jupiter eases things up, bringing in abundance, enjoyment, and protection but also overdoing, like taking on too much, eating or drinking too much. So let Saturn instruct you with moderation and steadiness. It’s a good year for you.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): In 2018, dear Sagittarius, your freedom-loving, idealistic spirit will find adventure through internal journeys of consciousness while reining itself in on a practical financial basis. With Jupiter, your kingly planet, in Scorpio during 2018 you complete things and pull in a bit to gain momentum for 2019 when Jupiter enters your own sign, which it does once every 12 years. Then it blesses you with another round of new experiences. So in some ways this is an in-breathe year, a gathering, a time of putting things in place. As Uranus enters Taurus, the 5th sign from Sagittarius, it can activate change in daily life, in routines, in work, and especially in changing any dietary habits. It electrifies you into excitement to create a new relationship between body and mind, reshaping those old habits. It will clear your mind and encourage you to understand your greater connection with healthy foods and healthy body.

Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): The turn of the year, dear Capricorn, highlights your birthday! What an interesting year 2018 will be for you! With Saturn now in your own sign (as it does once every 29 years), it stimulates your own desire to accomplish what is important to you. It teaches you to be patient and to slow things down in this busy face paced world to set your course at a deeper level of navigation. One that is more in line with your own soul. Sometimes as a Capricorn you think that once you have a thought of something you want to achieve that you should have achieved it by now. But, no. Saturn instructs you to be steady and persevering toward your goal through out the year for great success. With beneficial Jupiter giving you enjoyment, support, and aid through others, all creative or supportive collaborations also give you an advantage in succeeding. In fact, over the next several years you will find yourself breaking out of what you have been, and into a liberated and heart-filled expression of yourself!

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, in 2018 your planet Uranus leaves fiery Aries and enters earthy Taurus. It takes 7 years to move through a sign. Uranus in Aries catapulted us into revolution and calls for radical change. As you look back on your life what started for you 7 years ago, 2010, 2011? Uranus is the planet of awakening, of activating our ability to truly think on our own, to innovate, to bring in multilevel dimensions of information. With your planet entering Taurus, you move to the next level of grounding and manifesting your brilliance. Taurus always wants one to define clearly what has value or what is the value of something. This year what value is all your information and what do you want to manifest and/or give form to in your life to utilize the inherent value in that information. Or we could say, what do you value deeply and how can your information serve a manifestation of that value? In 2018 Jupiter supports bringing out into the world those manifestations!

Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): January 1st, 2018, starts with a Supermoon gracing the twilight in the deep feeling sign, Cancer. In fact we would say that a ‘grand trine and a kite” is formed by the way that Jupiter in a water sign, Scorpio, aligns with both the watery Moon and your planet, dear Pisces, watery Neptune in the water sign Pisces. This is an artist’s delight. It is a time to dream, to enter a space of expanded consciousness and arrive at new conclusions about oneself and life. Saturn moving into earthy Capricorn anchors this grand trine to earth. So dream a new dream for yourself, Pisces, then ground it with ceremony, writing or sharing. Saturn anchors you through working in groups, sharing with others, but certainly with persistence and patience toward your hopes and dreams. The Pisces energy is mutable and can shift and adapt and change. With Saturn in Capricorn, it encourages follow through and even, disciplined action and choices to follow through. All this is highly beneficial and supported. During the year you feel the benefits of these changes.

Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 35 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


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