In this episode:
Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for December 28—January 10, 2015. Our Astrology 360 this time is our 2015 Preview, so we talk about the year ahead, covering some of the major planetary aspects, transits and ingresses in store for us in 2015. Arwynne reviews Llewelyn’s 2015 Astrological Pocket Planner and Alison reviews Zodiac Manager: An Astrological Expose of Everyone in the Office by J. T. Ford.
Planetary transits for December 28—January 10, 2015
- 1-Jan-2015: Mars Opposition Jupiter—21 degrees Leo/Aquarius axis. Ego vs. community clashes,
- 2-Jan-2015: Venus in Aquarius—cool heads prevail in relationships and finances, coincides with the end of the holidays
- 2-Jan-2015: Sun Square Uranus—triggers U&P square, unexpectedly bringing home the revolutionary unrest of 2012-15
- 3-Jan-2015: Sun Conjunct Pluto—ego conflicts have consequences, one of the most personal contacts by the U-P square
- 4-Jan-2015: Mercury in Aquarius—bubble of holiday communications expands; intellectual, technological, humanitarian
Jan 4: Full moon at 29 Gemini
Alison reviews Zodiac Manager: An Astrological Expose of Everyone in the Office by J. T. Ford.
A first of its kind – a definitive astrological business book that reveals the basic nature of everyone you come face-to-face with in your career from colleagues to the competition. Each chapter deals with one specific sun sign and describes in detail how that sign influences the working habits and professional personality of those born under it. This is not a technical book about creating astrological charts but rather a book with practical insight on how to deal with people based on a deeper understanding of who they are.
You will learn how individual sun signs rank in leadership, intelligence, communication, success, work habits, loyalty, creativity and determination. You will learn their “Hot Buttons” as well as their strengths and weaknesses. And armed with this information you will learn how to work with, compete with, and manage others for their success and yours.
Arwynne reviews Llewelyn’s 2015 Astrological Pocket Planner and finds it completely lacking compared to Llewellyn’s 2015 Daily Planetary Guide. She bought it online because the Planetary Guide wasn’t available and she thought: why not give it a try?
Here are some of the features [with Arwynne’s comments in brackets]:
- Daily signs, Moon phases, and aspects [note: Aspects are NOT in the day planner section, only in the ephemeris in back.]
- World time-zone map and conversion table [Utterly useless, but luckily only takes up one page.]
- Best days for planting and fishing [Really. Who the $#&@ cares?]
Not recommended, unless you actually care about the best days for fishing and planting OR you literally plan to carry it around in your pocket. At 4″x6″, the Pocket Planner will probably fit into your pocket better than the Planetary Guide (5×8″).
For everyone else, Arwynne recommends Llewellyn’s 2015 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrology 360: 2015 Preview
2014 Year in Review
Before we get into 2015, let’s review the “highlights” of 2014, such as they were. In our 2014 Preview, we predicted a rough year with continuing political upheaval, protests, terrorism and brutal crackdowns pitting government against citizen—no surprise, considering the last few years, but 2014 saw civil unrest at levels unseen in a generation (Kiev, Ferguson, Hong Kong). New threats materialized as if out of nowhere (ISIS, Boko Haram, Uber) and old threats were resurrected like a zombie plague (Polio, Ebola, Russia)… Here are some of those highlights in retrospect.
A missing Malaysian plane held the media’s attention for 2+ months, until… Ebola reemerged as a terrifying world health threat in the spring, killing between 7K and 20K people in West Africa, where the fatality rate is 70%. Western media hysteria over a handful of cases further underlined the disparity between the disease’s impact in the first world and in poorer nations. Ebola healthcare workers were named Time magazine’s “People of the Year.” The Crimean Crisis erupted in the spring and culminated in the summer with the shooting down of another Malaysian airliner, sanctions against Russia and ongoing tensions. Several cases of police in the US fatally shooting unarmed black teenagers gained global attention, and sparked massive protests across the nation and online, as well as a few apparent revenge killings of police officers. A rise in reported rape cases on college campuses and in the military met with mixed reactions; is it a bad sign (suggesting a “rape culture”), a good sign (suggesting more cases are being reported) or is it just bad reporting?
The exact square in mid-December saw 141 people including 130 children were killed by Taliban gunmen at a school in Pakistan, and two hostages plus the gunman were killed after a 16-hr. siege in a café in Sydney. Another Boko Haram raid also occurred on the 14th, killing 30+ with more than 200 hostages now missing. In the final weeks of 2014, the US took the first step towards reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years and Sony struck a blow for democracy (albeit belatedly and in response to pressure, if not downright ridicule from the media and Obama administration) by releasing their shitty Seth Rogan movie and letting fans take their lives into their own hands in the name of free speech, and in defiance of North Korea.
Important Aspects in 2015:
- Saturn entered Sagittarius on December 23, 2014
- Uranus-Pluto Square was exact December 14, 2014 and will remain w/in 1 degree all through January 2015
- January also sees Mars square Saturn (14th) and conjunct Neptune (19th), making it a tense, charged month
- March 15: Last of the 7 Uranus-Pluto squares of 2012-2015
- March 20: Solar eclipse at 29 Pisces
- April 4: Full moon lunar eclipse at 14 Libra
- August 23: Jupiter moves into Virgo
- September 13: Solar eclipse at 20 Virgo
- September 25: Mars square Saturn
- November 26-27: Mars square Saturn, Uranus-Pluto within minutes of exact square; w/in 1 degree ~2 weeks
Mercury Retrograde periods:
- January 21 – February 11
- May 18 – June 11
- September 17 – October 9
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