URANUS MOVED INTO TAURUS from May to November 2018, and then from March 2019 for seven years bringing some surprises. Areas ruled by Taurus could see some type of revolution – this includes global finances, banking, property, material possessions. These changes could well shock us but then bring a sense of freedom. On a personal level it brings changes where our finances and inner values are concerned – we may see things in a different way and have our values redefined.
Uranus was in Taurus 80 years ago from 1934 to 1942 and this was the time of the Great Depression when finances and currency values went wild. The next few years could bring an end to old systems of finance including the banking system and we may possibly see a global currency introduced or the expansion of crypto-currencies. The importance of nature and the environment is stressed with Uranus in Taurus and we will hopefully see some ecological improvement in these areas
The beginning of 2019 starts harmoniously with no planets retrograde (except Uranus until 6th January) and four planets in their own signs which is unusual – Mars in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. If you were born under one of these signs or have it rising or emphasised in your birth chart, then it should be very positive for the year ahead.
Jupiter stays in Sagittarius for most of the year and this should broaden our horizons and expand our view of life in all sorts of ways. Jupiter is square Neptune in January, June and September bringing false optimism and misguided efforts. With Saturn sextile Neptune in January, June and November may bring our ideals into reality and our spiritual values will become more part of our everyday life.
Quarantids meteor shower: 3rd-4th January. Above average (40 per hour).
New Moon: 6th January 01.29 GMT (15.25 Capricorn). This is a partial solar eclipse visible in East Asia and North-eastern Russia.
Venus now is at its highest point above the horizon. Look for the planet in the eastern sky before sunrise.
Full Moon: 21st January 05.17 GMT (0.52 Leo). The first of three Supermoons this year. The Moon is at its closest approach to Earth and will look larger and brighter than usual. It is also a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE visible throughout all America, and Western Europe including UK.
Venus and Jupiter conjunction: 22nd January. The brightest planets in the sky within 2-4 degrees of each other – in the east before sunrise.
New Moon: 4th February 21.05 (15.45 Aquarius). Partial solar eclipse only visible in parts of Chile, Argentina and Antarctica.
Full Moon: 19th February 15.55 GMT (0.42 Virgo). Supermoon.
Mercury Retrograde: 5th March to 28th March.
New Moon: 6th March 16.05 GMT (15.47 Pisces).
Spring Equinox: 20th March 22.00 GMT.
Full Moon: 21st March 01.44 GMT (0.09 Libra).
New Moon: 5th April 09.52 BST (15.17 Aries).
Full Moon: 19th April 12.13 BST (29.07 Libra).
Lyrids Meteor Shower: 22-23 April. Average shower (20 per hour) with bright dust trails. The glare from the full moon will cut out all but the brightest meteors.
New Moon: 4th May 22.47 BST (14.11 Taurus).
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower: 6-7th May. Light shower (ten per hour). Excellent show this year with dark skies.
Full Moon: 18th May 22.13 BST (27.39 Scorpio).
New Moon: 3rd June 11.03 BST (12.34 Gemini).
Jupiter: May 9th is at opposition and at its closest approach to Earth. It is brighter than any other time of the year and visible all night. You should be able to see Jupiter’s four largest moons with a good pair of binoculars appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.
Full Moon: 17th June 9.32 BST (25.53 Sagittarius).
Summer Solstice: 21st June 16.55 BST.
New Moon: 2nd July 20.17 BST (10.38 Cancer). Total Solar Eclipse visible in extreme southern America and South Pacific.
Full Moon: 16th July 22.39 BST (24.04 Capricorn). Partial lunar eclipse visible in most of Europe, Africa & central Asia. Visible in UK at Moonrise.
Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower: 28-29 July (20 per hour).
New Moon: 1st August 04.13 BST (8.37 Leo).
Perseids Meteor Shower: 12-13th August.
Full Moon: 15th August 13.30 BST (22.24 Aquarius)
New Moon: 30th August 11.38 BST (6.47 Virgo).
Full Moon: 14th September 05.34 BST (21.05 Pisces)
Autumn Equinox: 23rd September 08.51 BST.
New Moon: 28th September 19.28 BST (5.20 Libra).
Draconids meteor shower: 8th October. Minor meteor shower.
Full Moon: 13th October 22.09 BST (20.14 Aries).
Orionids meteor shower: 21-22nd October. To east after midnight (20 per hour).
New Moon: 28th October 03.40 GMT (4.25 Scorpio).
Mercury Retrograde: 31st October to 20th November.
Full Moon: 12th November 13.36 GMT (19.52 Taurus).
Leonids meteor shower: 17-18th November (40 per hour).
Venus and Jupiter conjunction: 24th November. The brightest planets in the sky within 1.4 degrees of each other – in the west just after sunset.
New Moon: 26th November 15.07 (4.03 Sagittarius).
Full Moon: 12th December 05.13 (19.52 Gemini).
Geminids meteor shower: 13-14th December. The best meteor shower (60+ per hour) to east after midnight.
Winter Solstice: 22nd December 15.00 GMT.
New Moon: 26th December 05.14 (4.07 Capricorn). Annular solar eclipse as the Moon is too far away to completely cover the sun. Visible only in South Asia.