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A new year is upon us, and with it comes 365 days of new opportunities, adventures, and experiences. What does life have in store for you throughout 2019? Astrologists suggest you look to the planets for your answer…

The study of astrology has been trusted for more than 2000 years, providing us with insight into our true selves, personality traits, as well as what we can expect from the world that we live in. It addresses not only our characteristics but also our relationships with others, how we respond to various situations and the way that we view life. Interested in how this influence of the planets will play out in 2019? We could be here for days if we were to try to discuss every last influence, but this overview is a great place to start!

Here’s an astrological overview of what we can expect in 2019:

Important Planetary Transit to Note

We would be here all day if we were going to take the time to discuss every moment of planetary transit over the coming year. Instead, we’re going to take a look at some moments that will have the biggest impact on our lives. The planets have a considerable impact, each ruling over a different aspect of our lives. For example, Mercury impacts our capacity for logical thinking as well as our ability to communicate with others, while Jupiter’s energy directly relates to both the intellectual and spiritual aspects of our existence.

Consider, first, what sign each of the planets is in at any given moment. The signs can influence this energy in a profound way. When a planet is in Capricorn, for example, its influence is much more practical, focused on success and hard work. Meanwhile, the same planet could move into the dreamy and spiritual sign of Pisces. It’s also important to take note of how the planets interact with one another. While an actual full planetary alignment is incredibly rare (the last time was in 561 BC and it won’t happen again until 2854), individual planets can line up with one another, their energies influencing one another.

Finally, there are a few other things moving through space that act in a similar fashion to planets in this sense – Some larger comets, for example. Examples include the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object that is found in the asteroid belt that exists between Jupiter and Mars, as well as the comet Chiron.

Here are some of the more important planetary shifts to consider in 2019:

Uranus in Taurus (Mar 6/19 to Apr 25/26)

Chiron in Aries (Feb 18/19 to Apr 14/27)

Jupiter in Sagittarius (Present to Dec 2/19)

Ceres in Sagittarius (Jan 26/19 to Nov 16/19)

Karmic Axis: South Node in Capricorn, North Node In Cancer (Nov 15/18 to Jun 4/20)

Transit of Mercury (Nov 11/19)

Planetary Retrograde

If we learned anything in 2018, it is the incredible power that planetary retrograde can have on our lives. The good news is that we certainly aren’t going to experience anything quite like the summer of 2018, affectionately referred to as the ‘Summer of Retrograde’, but that isn’t to say we’re going to be free from the impact of retrograde entirely.

When planets shift into retrograde movement, they appear to move backward through the sky. The actual backward movement is nothing but an optical illusion, but the impact on our lives is very real. Retrograde movement takes the energy of the planet and turns it on its head. The best-known example is that of Mercury. When Mercury is in direct motion, it improves our communication with the world, however, when it shifts into retrograde motion it brings nothing but chaos, confusion, and miscommunication.

Here are the retrograde cycles that we can expect in 2019:

Mercury Retrograde (Mar 5 to 28, Jul 7 to 31, and Oct 31 to Nov 20)

Ceres Retrograde (Apr 8 to Jul 17)

Jupiter Retrograde (Apr 10 to Aug 11)

Saturn Retrograde (Apr 29 to Sept 18)

Chiron Retrograde (Jul 8 to Dec 12)

Uranus Retrograde (Present to Jan 6, Aug 11 to Jan 11, 2020)

Neptune Retrograde (Jun 21 to Nov 27)

Pluto Retrograde (Apr 24 to Oct 3)

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar and lunar eclipses are an astrological phenomenon that occurs as a result of the sun, moon and the planet Earth all coming together, aligning. When the moon comes directly between the sun and the Earth, it blocks the sun’s light. In this way, the energy from the moon alters the sun’s energy, filtering it and changing it before it reaches us here on Earth. However, when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, its shadow is cast upon the moon, hindering its ability to reflect the sun’s rays. In this way, the Earth alters the moon’s perceived light and in doing so, the moon’s energy.

Both of these are notable conditions as they refer to a significant shift in the impact that the sun and the moon, the biggest astrological influences on our lives.

The following are the solar and lunar eclipses that we will experience in 2019:

Solar Eclipse – Jan 5 (Partial in Capricorn), Jul 2 (Total in Cancer), Dec 26 (Annular in Capricorn)

Lunar Eclipse – Jan 21 (Total Supermoon in Leo), Jul 16 (Partial in Capricorn)

Chinese New Year

Finally, moving outside of the realm of Western Astrology, the Chinese New Year falls on February 5th. This marks the start of the ‘Year of the Pig’. Associated with compassion and generosity, the energy of the Pig will encourage you to stay calm, collected and level-headed in the face of stress. If you’re coming into this year with a lot on your plate, this is a great time to sort things out, see your problems through fresh eyes and tie up loose ends.

You are going to notice that you are more capable than ever before to see through manipulation, lies, and deceit. If someone believes that they are going to fool you, they’ve got another thing coming! You’re like a human lie detector, and you understand your worth. Trust your gut, it will steer you in the right direction!

For a more in-depth overview, check out this view featuring 22 evolutionary astrologers:

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