2017 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2017. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. For details about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, inception charts as well as natal charts of people in charge of the countries in question will also have to be taken into consideration. For events affecting the native on a personal level, natal-, solar return and other charts will have to be consulted. This should achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde motion of the planets

Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits

Other noteworthy phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

Solar and lunar eclipses

Solar ingress charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published throughout the year. You may also follow my daily updates on twitter, via @StarsAndStones. For personal requests, please contact me via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2017.

Mercury Rx

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.

The year will begin with Mercury retrograde in Capricorn/Sagittarius until 8 January. This will be followed by another Rx phase in Taurus between 10 April and 3 May, and thereafter in Virgo and Leo between 14 August and 5 September. The last Rx phase of the year will be and in Sagittarius between 4 December and 23 December.

Venus Rx

Venus will be retrograde in Aries and Pisces between 5 March and 15 April. In Aries she will remind us of passionate love affairs of the past or even tempt us to re-kindle a relationship. In Pisces, retrograde Venus can intensify our longing for love or a relationship that has been lost.

Jupiter Rx

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 be retrograde in Libra between 7 February and 9 June. Retrograde Jupiter in Libra brings a sober note to our search for justice. In this introspective time, we may want to question what gives us joy in life, and we may also investigate if our work in connection with the public is providing  a key to finding our true self.

Saturn Rx

in Sagittarius 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 between 7 April and 25 August.

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Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Scorpio on 11 October

Jupiter will sextile Saturn on 27 August

Saturn will move into Capricorn on 21 December

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (10:28UT)

Summer Solstice: 21 June (04:24UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (20:02UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (16:28UT)

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Super Moons

There will be 4  Super Moons during 2017:

26 April 12:17 UT New Moon in 06 Taurus

25 May 19:45UT New Moon in 05 Gemini

24 June 02:32UT New Moon in 03 Cancer

03 December 15:48UT Full Moon in 12 Gemini

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipse

Annular solar eclipse on 26 February in 8* 12’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Canada and the United States of America. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

An eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 8* Pisces
Sun or Moon are in or around 8* Virgo (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 8* Gemini or Sagittarius (square)
8* Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
8* Pisces is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)
Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

Total solar eclipse on 21 August in 28*53’ Leo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Russia. Canada and the USA are likely to be affected at a later date. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Leo
Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Aquarius (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Scorpio or Taurus (square)
29* Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
29* Leo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

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Lunar Eclipses

Appulse lunar eclipse on 11 February, Moon in 22*28’ Leo, Sun in 22*28’ Aquarius. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Canada and the USA. The UK, Spain, Algeria, Morocco and Mali are likely to be affected at a later date. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Leo or Aquarius rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2017, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

Partial lunar eclipse on 7 August, Moon in 15*25’ Aqaurius, Sun in 15*25’ Leo. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Poland, Austria and Italy. Russia, China and India may be affected at a later date. With Saturn being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Leo or Aquarius rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point.

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Ingress Charts

2017 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom

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Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a cardinal or moveable sign rising, this chart will be valid for a quarter of the year only. The Cancer, Libra and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into consideration, too. From the chart above, we can see that the Sun will be the Lord of the Year. He is prominently positioned in the 10th house (MC) and is also planetary hour ruler. Bonatti writes that the Sun in the 10th house:

“… signifes the honour of kings and their exaltation, and their glory and advancement” (BoA p960).

A detailed analysis of all the ingress charts will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2017 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

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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 Moon will be Lady of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what is to come. Bonatti writes about the Moon being Lady of the Revolution in the 10th house, that:

“… it signifes the effecting of matters from the direction of the king and women and this will be quick … but a matter … will not be durable. Likewise if a king were to undertake to rule in it, he will be deposed quickly; because this place is a winning one in the signification” (BoA p948)

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.

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