What’s on the Horizon in 2011…

I posted this on my Facebook page, but I found it interesting and worth documenting. I’d like to revisit this in 2012 and see how much has changed since then.

Call me superstitious, hokey, what-you-will, but I’ve always held a fascination with the stars and the rotation of the planets which affect our magnetic pulse around the Sun and our connection to the Universe. If the simple turning of the moon can shift the tides of the Ocean, imagine what effect the stars have on puny little human beings….

Mer-Goats er Us.

January begins with a powerful Solar Eclipse in the sign of Capricorn, which may set the tone for much of the year to come. Capricorn relates to both our personal assets and, through its association with big business, those assets that we share with the wider community. This New Moon links to Saturn, the planet of structure and stability, and therefore this configuration alerts all of us to the importance of creating stability for ourselves and our families and recognizing what is truly of value to us.

The Saturn Return can be a testing time. Events in your life may cause you to stop and think and it sometimes feels as though there is a conspiracy to block everything you are trying to do. Often there is a strong sense of frustration about where you are at right now especially if you are laden with heavy responsibilities. However any impulse to ‘cut and run’ is likely to backfire on you.

With the first Saturn Return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. The first Saturn Return is famous because it represents the first test of character and the structures a person has built his life upon. According to traditions, should these structures be unsound, or if a person is living out of touch with his true values, the Saturn Return will be a time of upheaval and limitations as Saturn forces him to jettison old concepts and worn out patterns of living. It is not uncommon for relationships and jobs to end during this time of life restructuring and reevaluation.

During this time astrologers note that goals are consolidated and people tend to gain a better vision of where they are going in life. There are added responsibilities and a person may reap the rewards from his hard work. Many major life milestones seem to happen around the ages of 29 and 30.

And perhaps that is what we most dislike about Saturn’s message. Being stuck in a rut or weighed down by responsibilities is not a great space to be in but running away often stores up trouble further down the road. We crave freedom but it is out of bounds! We want to make changes but they don’t come easily. It is as though the Universe is sending us a mixed message: you’ve got to change something but first you have to discover what it is.

Saturn is the reality planet and by being as objective as you possibly can, you will start to see how and what you can change. In fact it is in overcoming obstacles and limitations that you discover what you are really made of and ultimately what leads you to fulfil your true potential.

It is no coincidence that the Ancient Roman festival of ‘Saturnalia’ (celebrated Dec. 17th) had a reputation for licence and excess – they could afford to let off steam because the harvest was safely gathered and stored for the lean period to follow.

This is the time for anyone, regardless of their Star Sign, to stake his or her claim to a secure and prosperous future.

Those of us born between mid 1977 to September 1980 (me) will experience your first Saturn return during the next 3 years. You will be figuring out how you want to structure the next 30 years of your life and this could encompass one or all of the following issues:

Relationship issues – are you with the right partner?
If you don’t have children, do you want them?
Are you in the right career?
Are you ready to ‘settle’ or are you afraid you have settled too early?
Are you ‘happy in your own skin’ or does your self confidence need some work?


The big news for 2011 is that between April 4th and August 5th, Neptune makes its first foray into Pisces, the sign that it rules and where, from early 2012, it will spend the following 13 years. The collective consciousness has the potential to be elevated to its highest level while Neptune is in Pisces, when our compassion and empathy will be at their most acute. We get a taste of this through the summer, and many folks will be curious to explore their own spirituality with joy and commitment. The one note of caution is that Neptune is also the planet of illusion, and it is always helpful to keep one foot firmly on terra firma! Jupiter enters Earthy Taurus in June at the same time that Saturn turns direct, and this gives us the opportunity to assimilate common sense with our creative, spiritual and charitable yearnings.

ECLIPSES 2010/11
· Lunar Eclipse on December 21, 2010
· Solar Eclipse on January 4, 2011
· Solar Eclipse on June 1, 2011
· Lunar Eclipse on June 15, 2011
· Solar Eclipse on July 1, 2011
· Solar Eclipse on November 25, 2011
· Lunar Eclipse on December 10, 2011


There is nothing quite as dramatic as the darkening of the Sun at an Eclipse, which explains why they were always considered to be bad omens. Total eclipses that are visible from earth are big news but these are quite rare. In reality however, there are two and sometimes three sets of Eclipses every year. “Eclipse” simply describes the blocking out or concealment of one heavenly body by another, most often, the Sun and the Moon. There are two kinds of eclipses, the “Solar” eclipse at the New Moon when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun and the “Lunar’ eclipse at the Full Moon when it is the earth that stands between the Sun and the Moon. During the eclipse period the Lunar eclipse can either follow or precede the Solar eclipse.


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