By: Janette Dalgliesh – Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.
On 31 December 2018 at 9:20pm EST, warrior planet Mars – the fiery inspiration for our actions, the god who strides out in pursuit of his aims – will be moving into his own sign of Aries.
Think fresh new beginnings, impossible quests, all systems go!
After the build-up of Mercury Retrograde (reassessing everything), then Jupiter and Sun in Sagittarius (dreaming big), then Sun into Capricorn (the how-to-make-this-real begins to emerge and plans are formulated) – this is the energy of the arrow loosed from the shaft; the dog let off the leash; the runner responding to the starting pistol.
It’s a big support to finally getting moving with all the things that have been percolating and ready to come forth.
Mars sprints unhesitating towards the goal, undeterred by obstacles as he burns them away. It’s an ideal support for bringing all those recently uncovered goals and plans to fruition.
If you have planets at 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you can expect an extra turbo-charged nudge of inspiration for action (and you can generate your own chart to find out, by going to astro.com for free).
And yet, you might still feel caught between daydreams and make-it-real, as though there is something much bigger, if you could just let yourself dream it.
But you have no idea how to make it real, so dreaming it feels irresponsible and you catch yourself second-guessing.
“Could I really do that? Surely not, I don’t know where to begin…”
You can thank the semi-sextile of Jupiter and Saturn, at play right now and exact on 27 December at 2:18pm EST.
These two planetary giants sit in the sky at an angle of 30 degrees to each other, just one sign apart.
It’s logical, practical, get-stuff-done Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn; and blue-sky-thinking, don’t-pester-me-with-details Jupiter in his own sign of Sagittarius.
Any time Jupiter and Saturn are in aspect, it can feel like two individuals with completely different perspectives, both vying for our attention and nudging us forward to give life meaning and importance.
With the semi-sextile, the difference is spotlighted – and it offers the potential for highly valuable growth and insight if we can use it consciously. It’s like being neighbours, forced to rub along together by virtue of literal proximity.
For best results, get super clear on the role each planet plays, and then let each one do its job.
Jupiter is the expert on daydreaming, blue-sky thinking, leapfrogging into the realms of anything-is-possible. He doesn’t give a fig for the slog of walking the path there, doesn’t see the point of working out the details.
Saturn is the expert on the how of things. He values every tiny step along the pathway ahead, he can’t see the point of leapfrogging because he wants every drop of the experience.
Imagine Jupiter is your VP in charge of Dreaming Big.
And Saturn is your VP in charge of Logistics.
In brain terms, Jupiter operates like the model of the right brain – intuitive, non-linear, lateral thinking. Saturn operated like the left brain – linear, logical, practical.
Left brain understands past, present and future as a timeline. It’s how we make sense of life as a whole.
Right brain sees it all happening at once and has no concept of linearity, including linear time.
Jill Bolte-Taylor describes this distinction powerfully in her famous TED talk.
And the research shows that our brains predict what is likely to happen next, based in large part on what’s gone before.
So when we try to use Saturn to make big plans for the future – which is the muggle approach many of us were taught to use – we end up unconsciously looking to the past, to predict what’s possible or likely for us.
Using Saturn’s logical approach to plan the future keeps us immersed in a linear model of the world, where possibilities are restricted based on what we’ve already experienced.
But when we let Jupiter do our long-term planning, no such restriction applies because this is the non-linear approach, unaffected by the past. We can imagine anything!
And, of course, the opposite is also true.
Since Jupiter operates in a non-linear way, it cannot figure out how we move from where we are, to where we want to go. It needs the logistics expertise of Saturn on board.
Jupiter and Saturn have radically different modes of operation. We need them both, and they are terrible at doing each other’s jobs.
In these last few days of 2018, with Mars into Aries due to happen right on the turning point of the year, why not make the most of these two significant supporters for your future plans?
Let Jupiter’s energy fuel big daydreaming; listen to inner guidance for ideas about the path ahead.
Trust in the big dream.
Then let Saturn’s energy help move you plan out how to move forward one step at a time.
Keep their roles clear and separate.
And make sure to honour both! We all tend to favour one over the other, so this is a good week for finding that balance.
Let these two mighty planetary spirits support the big picture, each in its own way, as you embrace the go-get-‘em dynamic of Mars moving into Aries.
Some pro tips to prep for 2019:
- set intentions and make plans that are all about what you DO want (not what you don’t want)
- stretch your ideas about what’s possible
- be ready to let go of even more old paradigms and rules from the past
- celebrate Saturn by having systems and structures that delight you
- celebrate Jupiter by exploring places, ideas, concepts and things you’ve never experienced before
- celebrate Mars by feeling your own raw power – whether that’s via a hike through nature, a dance around your kitchen or a strongly worded letter burned at midnight
May your 2019 be filled with joy, peace, balance, love, and the delight of coming home to your true Self.
Janette Dalgliesh has a simple mission in life – to help every person unlock their capacity for resonant joy, and live it. A keen student of astrology, brain science, chaos magic, law of attraction and positive psychology, she serves her people through astrology consults, coaching, teaching and writing. Her international clientele raves about her wildly accurate, individualized readings, but she doesn’t do general weekly predictions – for those, Janette recommends Kim Falconer (www.goodvibeastrology.com) and Mystic Medusa (www.mysticmedusa.com). Find Janette on Facebookor via her website – or you might like to pick up her free brain-rewiring resource, Identity Shift 101 here.
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