This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2015. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. If there is doubt about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, the individual birth chart has to be consulted. This will achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this overview, the following information can be found:
Retrograde motion of the planets
Out of Bounds phases
Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits
Other noteworthy phenomena
Solar and lunar eclipses
Solar ingress charts
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Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2015.
will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements. Mercury will be retrograde in Aquarius between 22 January and 12 February, in Gemini between 20 May and 11 June, in Libra between 18 September and 10 October.
in Virgo retrograde Venus will test our faithfulness and will also highlight problems first encountered in past relationships. Later on, in Leo, retrograde Venus will increase the urge of those who have been unfaithful, hedonistic or squandering to go return to their old ways. Venus will be retrograde between 1 August and 7 September.
will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion. Jupiter will remain retrograde in Leo until 9 April. Retrograde Jupiter in Leo brings a sober note to our search for inner truth. In this introspective time, we may realise that vanity, negligence and suppression of our emotional life are not helpful if we want to find our true self.
in Sagittarius and Scorpio will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close. Saturn will be retrograde in Scorpio between 15 March until 3 August.
Out of Bounds
When Planets exceed the 23°27’ area of the Sun’s max declination, north or south, they are called “Out of Bounds.” During these times, the OOB Planets will be out of the Sun’s control; therefore a heightened activity of all themes corresponding with the appropriate planets can be expected.
Mercury will be OOB between: 3 May and 19 May 28 November and 25 December
Venus will be OOB between: 18 April and 1 June
Mars will be OOB between: 6 June and 17 July
Jupiter will move into Virgo on 11 August Saturn Rx will move back into Scorpio on 15 June and, once moving direct again, will return into Sagittarius on 18 September. The North Lunar Node will move into Virgo on 12 November
Jupiter will square Saturn again on 3 August. Saturn will be sextile North Lunar Node and trine South Lunar Node on 30 September.
Other Noteworthy Phenomena
Venus trine Jupiter On 4 March Venus conjunct Jupiter On 25 October, the two bright planets will be visible within 1 degree of each other in the early morning sky. Venus conjunct Mars On 22 February, 1 September and 3 November
Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Total solar eclipse on 20 March in 29* 27’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Brazil. Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia may also be affected at a later date.
Partial solar eclipse on 13 September in 20*10’ Virgo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to the Canary Islands, Mauritania and Guinea. India and parts of Russia may also be affected at a later date.
Total lunar eclipse on 4 April, Moon in 14*24’ Libra, Sun in 14*24’ Aries. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to The USA and Canada.
Total lunar eclipse on 28 September, Moon in 4*40’ Aries, Sun in 4*40’ Libra This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Canada.
2015 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom
Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2015. From the chart above, we can see that Mercury will be the Lord of the Year. Being Lord of the 10th house, he is prominently positioned near the 4th house cusp. He is also debilitated by detriment and fall and square Saturn, the greater malefic. Main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning communal finances and business in general. The ingress chart shows that debilitated Mercury is squaring Saturn in the 1st house. This indicates more financial restrictions and continued economic hardship for most of the population. A detailed analysis of the Aries ingress chart will be posted on my web log in due course.
2015 Solar Ingress for the European Union
The Aries ingress chart cast for Brussels and therefore representative for the European Union does not significantly differ from the ingress chart for the United Kingdom. With fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2015.
2015 Solar Ingress for the United States of America
Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With a common sign rising, this chart is valid for six months. The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter. From the chart above, we can see that the Sun will be Lord of the Revolution. Bonatti writes about the Sun being Lord of the Revolution in the 7th house, that:
“it signifies contrariety which will happen to the vulgar from noble or great men or kings”. (Bonatti, Book of Astronomy, p960)
A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States will be posted on my web log in due course. –