Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth of falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?” – C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Effective Dates: November 2016- August 2017
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Pslam 23-4
A prayer is like a mantra. You may need it through the dance these three planets perform during 2017, which I have dubbed the year of The Star (XVII). We are about to descend into a year that is packed full of retrogrades, including the dreaded Venus retrograde in Aries at the end of a cruel winter. “What do you mean, “descend,” Artemis? Didn’t we just go through the year of the Tower?” Haha yes, the tower tested our ability to destroy all of the false constructs in our life and present ourselves as we truly are so that we may begin living via our true will. But the tests surely aren’t over. The work is never over. All I can tell you is what is next, and that is going to be a test to our faith – in ourselves, in everything and everyone. Jupiter is the Queen of Cups and The Star all at once, indicating our hopeful intuitions are quite spot on. There really is something we can do. This really is our chance, but Saturn, as per usual, challenges us. Are we willing to risk everything and trust in our instincts and intuition? Are we willing to go through the pain and mental gnashing that is coming to us and still continue to trust our gut and heart? Now that The Tower has crumbled and we are sitting in the rubble of our old life, are we going to have the faith it takes to follow The Star out of the deep, dark forest ahead of us that is 2017?
It is extraordinarily difficult to trust anything again once you see things start to fall around you. The thing is, darlings, we knew all along. We knew how our life – our country – really was and didn’t trust our goddamn instincts, and that is a huge part of this Saturn in Sagittarius transit that has been bombarding us the past couple of years. We, as a species, when we feel we should collectively panic, we tell each other that we are merely over reacting. There must be a rational explanation for all of this! There must be a system we can employ to make sure that our results are better! Eh, perhaps our goal is what is truly the flawed thing, hm? We spend our whole life wrestling with the fact that we haven’t lived up to expectations that are handed to us by people who are just as broken and blind to the larger picture as we are. We have a 1 week memory about most events and then stash them back in our subconscious, so that they can morph into strange phobias later on. We all know what is going on, yet over intellectualize and destroy our instinctual knowing because we believe that no real knowledge can come from anywhere outside the intellect. Unfortunately, the intellect can be blocked as well. It can jam and bring us into paradoxical realms that are literal torture to walk through. Saturn in Saggo with Jupiter inflating him is going to challenge our ability to have faith in ourselves, our instincts, our gut reactions to things. If something feels wrong – off – out of harmony, it very likely is. If you are bombarded with chaos, do you still have faith in the bigger picture? Sometimes a plot twist is very much necessary to get you to where you really need to go.
“Step up to the fucking plate,” Saturn says. He is heavy wielding The Magician and the Ace of Swords. You have to understand the game that is being played and learn to play it yourself. You are the manifester this coming year, and you will also be responsible and judged for your manifestations. No pressure. How can you keep yourself from fucking up? Listen to your inner voice and inner child. You always try and mute this vital part of you out because the things it has to say feel so fucking ridiculous sometimes, but you always know what you truly desire. So fucking have the courage to actually act on it during this transit. If you act on dreams that have been given to you instead of your own personal vision, this transit is going to be tough as fuck for you.
You are given a chance here, and this is a rare one at that, Heretics. Uranus conj Eris right now is about to hit a second trigger point with Ceres in early 2017. Since the late spring, these two have been creating a sort of primordial soup of chaos for us. Chaos is like play-dough. At first it may seem like it everything is going to shit and we are going to die under the collapse of the Tower, BUT it is also a fucking chance.
“In chaos, there is fertility.” ― Anaïs Nin
Things are being rearranged and there are ways in now that there weren’t before. As above so below, the political sphere reflects this and so does your life. Sink or swim, folks, because Saturn is literally handing you Excalibur (Ace of Swords) and Merlin (The Magician), so now you must go forth and actually build your goddamn kingdom. The challenge is very simple. Saturn in Saggo asks, “Do you have faith in yourself and your vision?” Well, do you? Because, if you don’t, you’ll be building someone else’s empire for them in Saturn in Capricorn instead of your own.
Daddy Saturn is actually playing along quite well with Jupiter during this transit, but it will bring about a sort of spiritual zealotry. AKA get ready for all sorts of crusaders to continue popping up, now more than ever with Jupiter adding his influence to the picture. BUT this is good news as well because it’s going to light a fucking fire under the asses of all people to step up to their higher calling, and Jupiter in Libra is going to definitely help with bringing the tribe together through it’s transit (September 2016-September 2017).
Jupiter in Libra will be teaching us quite a few lessons about partnership / trust / and truth in the coming year. As Libra he asks, “How can you have trust if you do not have truth?” Jupiter in Libra demands justice – demands truth – and Saturn with the Ace of Swords while in Saggo tells me our higher vision can be obtained with this simple advice; you must be authentic. If your gut and heart are telling you something, you must be authentic to that.
But Pluto is here to tell us that none of this is going to be easy. That is, it wont be easy if you actually desire to evolve. It is easy to give up and go lie under a rock while all of this immense transformation is going on around us, but you will still have to deal with the karma of your actions. Yes, “inaction” is still action, and choosing to sit on your ass and let the world choose your destiny for you just throws you back into the torture device we call the wheel – meaning you’ll keep living out the same fucking scenarios with different faces over and fucking over again. So fuck you might as well deal with them now.
Pluto in Capricorn is far from over yet. We still have a few more years of Pluto completely overhauling government structures and the general way humans organize on large scales. A lot of the time we don’t see the forest for the trees because we are so goddamn focused on the individual instances of destruction going on around us. Pluto in Capricorn (Jupiter in general and Saturn in Saggo) all tell us to look at the big picture. With the 3 of Pentacles, Pluto tells me there is a transformational process going on right now that has been in construction for a very long time. Things are coming together whether we see them or not. This year will represent a decision for humanity – in our personal lives and as a collective. Will we rise up and fight for our collective vision, or will we succumb to the vision of the powerful minority? These are BIG planets, folks, and they deal with BIG events. Next year wont be a reprieve from this year, unless you are becoming comfortable with getting the shit kicked out of you. You’ve got to keep the hope while the chaos and destruction is brewing around us, because it is directly challenging our ability to trust in ourselves as capable human beings who can actually manifest real change in this world.
The events of 2016 will settle in everyone’s consciousness differently. People transcending their chains and realizing they don’t actually have to answer to anyone can be cause for concern just as much as it is a cause for celebration. Yes, you really do not have to answer to anyone, but here is the thing, Heretics, we are all fucking stuck here together. Like three kids crammed in the back of a sedan, we have to fucking learn how to get along. Jupiter in Libra asks, how can you manifest your hopes and dreams and also help your fellow humans as well? What is a truly just life for you in your community? What is a truly just way for you to have relationships with others? It’s going to be a fucking seesaw of a year, but we will be here to keep you guys updated along the way. Get ready to have your trust challenged, your ideas about relationships refined, and lots and lots of servings of “justice” in all of it’s flavors.