New Year's Resolutions
As you read this column this week, the New Year is upon us. People
are busy getting ready for parties; getting ready for a new start
with the new year; and getting ready to make resolutions for the
new year. If one of your new year's resolutions is to learn more
astrology, or to pay more attention to astrological phenomenon,
I want to help you.
Let us start fresh. Monday, December 29, 1997, there is a New Moon
that ushers in a new energy, just as the first of January ushers
in a new point of view. I am fairly certain that you have a new
calendar or appointment book for 1998. Let us go through your new
calendar and mark it with significant astrological data. Mercury
has just stationed and gone direct on December 27, 1997. Venus is
the only planet that is retrograde. It has stationed and gone retrograde
on December 26, 1997.
I shall use only Eastern Time because you can convert that to any
other time zone in the United States. We will change the clocks
at 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 5, to observe Daylight Saving Time until
2 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 1998, when we revert to Standard Time.
(Arizona is different and does not change.) The times that I give
you will be corrected for Daylight Saving Time when appropriate.
Venus will stay retrograde until 4:26 p.m. on February 5, 1998.
Mars, the planet that goes retrograde every second year, will not
go retrograde in 1998. So you know what you can and cannot do all
Jupiter will go retrograde at 9:48 p.m. on July 17, 1998, at 28
Pisces 04. Jupiter will turn direct at 8:02 a.m. on November 13,
1998, at 18 Pisces 10. Saturn will station and go retrograde at
3:07 p.m. on August 15, 1998, at 3 Taurus 38. Saturn will stay retrograde
until 10:45 a.m. on December 29, 1998, when it goes direct at 26
Aries 46. It is important to know the dates of Saturn's retrograde
period if you are planning to start a business or take a new job.
The three outer planets, which move slowly in direct motion, move
even more slowly when retrograde, and cover no more than 4 degrees.
Uranus will be retrograde from May 17 to October 18, 1998. Neptune
will be retrograde from May 4 to October 11, 1998. Pluto will be
retrograde from March 10 to August 16, 1998.
Mercury will be retrograde three times in 1998. Make note of these
in your new calendar. Mercury will go retrograde at 2:42 p.m. on
March 27 at 21 Aries 30 and will stay retrograde until 3:31 a.m.
on April 20, 1998, when it goes direct at 9 Aries 47.
Mercury will go retrograde at 10:28 p.m. on July 30 at 28 Leo 16
and will stay retrograde until 6:35 p.m. on August 23, 1998, when
it goes direct at 15 Leo 58.
Mercury will go retrograde at 6:46 a.m. on November 21 at 17 Sagittarius
33 and will stay retrograde until 1:29 a.m. on December 11, 1998,
when it goes direct at 1 Sagittarius 18.
The entry of the Sun into the four cardinal signs are of great
importance. These entries signify the solstices and equinoxes. Here
are the four dates:
Sun enters Aries at 2:55 p.m. on March 20, 1998. This is the vernal
Sun enters Cancer at 10:03 a.m. on June 21, 1998. This is the summer
Sun enters Libra at 1:38 a.m. on September 23, 1998. This is the
Sun enters Capricorn at 8:57 p.m. on December 21, 1998. This is
the winter solstice.
No, we are not finished. Next week we will mark your calendars
with New Moons, Full Moons, and eclipses.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.