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Some General Remarks On The Year 2017

simon bentley white eagle astrology schoolI realise that many readers will be somewhat tired of hearing about Pluto’s passage through Capricorn! However, I have to repeat that it will continue to have a major effect on world affairs both politically and institutionally, uncovering corruption and lack of truth wherever they may be found. As always, we need to remember that these challenging experiences come to humanity to help us to learn and grow, however unpalatable they may be. Pluto continues its inexorable elimination of all that is unwanted as it helps the world to move forward to a better future.

Last autumn, Jupiter moved into orbs of a square with Pluto, which will remain within orbs for much of this year. The square will help to bring right out into the open many more situations that involve tension between what is perceived as right and just [Jupiter in Libra] and the vested interests of large organizations and governments [Pluto in Capricorn]. Its effects will be modified at various times by aspects from other planets to either or both of them, but the basic message remains the same. It is also an aspect that has much to do with the temptations – and risks – associated with power, and we shall see this working out in a number of situations across the globe, I suspect! It can ‘encourage’ the wasting of energy and resources too, so there is a need for the development of extra common sense and prudence. In the first few weeks of the year and again in the late summer, Saturn will mediate the square (from Sagittarius), so these will be times when the necessary prudence is most likely to be developed.

A trine between Saturn and Uranus, which began in late November 2016, continues almost throughout the year owing to retrogradation, except during the late summer/early autumn; it finally goes out of orbs in mid December. This is in the main a useful configuration, blending as it does the stability, patience and hard-working nature of Saturn with the more revolutionary and innovative Uranus. This combination is noted for strength of will, too, so that much will depend on how that will is directed, but it is in general forward-looking without being so revolutionary that it ‘throws the baby out with the bathwater’.

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The Sky - first quarter

January - March 2017

Aries blue120An opposition between Jupiter and Uranus during this period suggests a time of revolutionary and iconoclastic thoughts and actions! At the time of writing this seems only too likely; however, the Saturn-Uranus trine (see above) will help to make it less reckless in its effects.

The Sky - second quarter

April - June 2017plutor white eagle astrology

saturn white eagle astrologySaturn and Pluto (see above also) are both stationary sometime in April, so that this month is liable to feel very heavily fated in some ways. We may well have to make extra effort to ‘gowith the flow’ and accept what we can’t change. In addition, in mid April (during the Easter weekend) Venus is stationary and in close aspect with Mars, Saturn and Uranus. 

The Sky - third quarter

 July - September 2017

neptuner white eagle astrologyThe link previously mentioned between Jupiter and Neptune for June continues for most of July. It is quite a subtle link, but nevertheless powerful. The difficult side of this is the tendency to let things slide, to be over-optimistic and to be liable to deception. The positive side is optimism sensibly invested, also sensitivity to what is happening at inner levels. Remaining realistic is important, but provided this can be achieved it can be a useful combination of influences. It is also helpful for artistic and cultural pursuits. Other than this, July is fairly ‘quiet’, though the major influences mentioned in the general remarks continue to affect global life as deeply as always.

The Sky - fourth quarter

October - December 2017

solarsysr white eagle astrologyDespite it having occurred quite some while ago now, the most important feature of this period is the continuing influence of the major solar eclipse which took place on 21 August. Eclipses commonly do this: their effects can in some instances continue for a year or more after the eclipse has taken place. It is not hard to see how much things have been stirred up by it. This is also reflected in the planetary movements because several planets have at various times aspected the point of eclipse (at the end of Leo) since it happened. At the time of writing, Mercury, Venus and Mars have all passed over the place of the eclipse. Still to come are aspects (but not conjunctions this time) to the eclipse point from Jupiter (early October), Mercury (mid October), Venus (early November and at Christmas), Mars (early December), and Saturn (second week of December). This all suggests that the turbulence and uncertainty in so many areas of life will continue, and with Uranus having originally aspected the place of the eclipse as well, plenty of unexpected events and actions. I would suggest that everything taken together is above all an indication that both individually and collectively we all need to wake up to what we are doing and where we are going. It is an opportunity to recognize and grasp our roles and responsibilities to ourselves, to others and to the world – fine words, perhaps, but none the less true.

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