Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Obama leaves office on 20th January, and he leaves behind a formidable legacy, one I expect will become increasingly appreciated as we head into unknown waters on Battleship Trump.

A Sun Leo with Aquarius rising and Moon in Gemini he is cool, detached and above all rational. Yet his charm and liking for balance in all things owe more to the placing of his Sun close to the seventh house cusp – Libra’s territory.

His greatest strengths - patience and his refusal to be rushed into action - are also his greatest weakness, as history will surely determine when considering his failure to intervene in Syria.

As the mantle of office passes to Trump, the Moon in Scorpio will be conjunct Obama’s elevated Neptune – a perfect reflection of the loss he feels and the loss to the nation.

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The Year Ahead, 2017

Sydney New Year's Fireworks

I begin writing my year ahead each autumn, and this year, as I jotted down my thoughts for 2017, through my study window I could see squirrels scurrying about gathering nuts for the long winter ahead. And it struck me that this was something of a metaphor for the coming year.

2017 is the year before a long winter sets in. As Saturn moves into Capricorn on the 20th December, 2017 that winter will have officially begun.

So, what do I mean by winter. The years from 2018 to the mid-2020’s will be a struggle for most of us. This does not imply we won’t experience happy events, enjoy our lives and continue to do what humanity has always done – fall in love, marry and bring babies into the world; it doesn’t mean there won’t be any great scientific breakthroughs, thrilling sports events or wonderful movies; but it does mean such things will be happening against a background of increasing global turmoil, whether in economic, political or geophysical terms.

Saturn’s passage through Capricorn – its natural sign – is not in isolation: Pluto is in Capricorn too, and their combination breeds hard times. We may think we’ve done austerity but wait until 2020 and austerity will be taken to a whole new level. Which is why, if I have one piece of advice to offer us all in 2017 it is to stockpile our resources and be very careful in whom we place our trust and our finances.

The elections and referendums of 2016 made it impossible to ignore the rise of the hard right, particularly in Europe, although in truth it was the rise of popularism. And while the inspiration for this surge is the desire for people to get back their countries and their values, it’s not going to end happily. 

Since World War II the political tide has been resolutely towards democracy but with this current swing away from the establishment we are reversing almost seventy years of egalitarianism. And if we want to see how this is likely to pan out, because we have the perfect astrological climate for it, we need only look to the 1930’s.

For the past five years we have been living under a Uranus-Pluto canopy. This planetary duo has presided over unprecedented change: old orders have ended and new ones struggled to be born: it has been an era which began with the Arab Spring and is set to end in a global winter.

But before you start hurling brickbats at me there is an upside to all this upheaval. The world is not the place it was seventy years ago, and with Planet Earth itself in crisis, in large part due to human folly, radical change is mandatory. We’re in a tough spot and require leaders who can make tough decisions for all our benefits. And out of this next decade of trial by fire, so to speak, a new dawn will break. It has to.

In 2017 we can look to Jupiter’s passage through Libra and its opposition to Uranus to bring us our most exciting discoveries and amazing developments. (Pop early March and late September in your diaries.) This astrological combo has its signature on virtual reality, so we can expect some truly mind-expanding developments in this field. And the same goes for the aero-space industry, flight and voyages of discovery. We may even witness a test-run of a rocket-powered plane that would mean a day-return trip from Sydney to Los Angeles is no longer just a dream!

The Jupiter-Pluto pairing may preside over some huge advances in technology and medicine. Pluto is synonymous with the unseen and the all-powerful, so breakthroughs in subatomic medicine could transform the treatment of many diseases. The unseen and all-powerful has its less laudable aspect too, and we can also anticipate controversy in the oil and energy business, particularly the nuclear industry, and increasing concerns over the development and usage of nuclear weapons. Late March/early April and early August are periods when tensions between certain nations could be at their greatest for many years, with the threat of a nuclear attack ramping up hostilities.

The solar eclipse of 26 February could be another period to watch closely for events of a volatile nature.

2017 is also the year of marriage. More people than ever will be walking down the aisle, and there should be many extravagant celebrity weddings to brighten our days and the pages of our magazines. There may even be a royal engagement or wedding to spur us on to our own nuptials or the remaking of our marriage vows.

One last point. Jupiter’s journey through Libra which will take until early October places justice at the top of 2017’s agenda. The desire to set wrongs to rights and to ensure the spirit of the law is as important as the rule of law will be much in evidence, and we may well see more than one leader facing criminal charges or forced to resign in the face of overwhelming evidence of corruption. When Jupiter is in Libra what goes around finally comes around.



23rd Jan 2017 - 29th Jan 2017

This Saturday is a big day in the Chinese calendar: it marks the beginning of the New Year, and celebrations will go on for a couple of weeks,2017 is the year of the Rooster and considered to be a divisive year in political, economic, social and religious terms. Collaborations of all sorts are key to success, although building bridges and learning to work as a team is going to be difficult.

(I’m already thinking of the EU and the Palestine-Israel situation.) A Rooster year is known as a wake-up year, a year of new beginnings, which chimes with numerology in that 2017 is a number one year.I don’t pay a huge amount of attention to Chinese astrology, which is as equally complex as our western system, but I was fascinated by the notion that for Donald Trump who is a Fire Dog (well-I-never, who’d have thought it) is likely to experience problems with relationships and may face betrayals and serious set-backs.

With a largely absent First Lady and a host of enemies with their swords out, that’s one prediction I can guarantee.

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January 2017

Aquarius: January is the month to face realities if you intend to maximize your success and fulfil your New Year resolutions, and should you have to cut your losses, so be it…
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This Saturday is a big day in the Chinese calendar: it marks the beginning of the New Year, and celebrations will go on for a couple of weeks,2017 is the year of the Rooster and considered to be a divisive year in political, economic, social and religious terms. Collaborations of all sorts are key to success, although building bridges and learning to work as a team is going to be difficult.

(I’m already thinking of the EU and the Palestine-Israel situation.) A Rooster year is known as a wake-up year, a year of new beginnings, which chimes with numerology in that 2017 is a number one year.I don’t pay a huge amount of attention to Chinese astrology, which is as equally complex as our western system, but I was fascinated by the notion that for Donald Trump who is a Fire Dog (well-I-never, who’d have thought it) is likely to experience problems with relationships and may face betrayals and serious set-backs.

With a largely absent First Lady and a host of enemies with their swords out, that’s one prediction I can guarantee.

23rd Jan 2017 - 29th Jan 2017


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Adele

It is hard to believe this beautiful English recording artist and song-writer is a mere 28-years old.

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She should be feeling her way in her career; instead she is at the very top of her profession, in February 2012 winning six awards at the Grammy's, including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the year, and Best British Artist and Female Artist at the Brit Awards. Happily for her adoring fans, and modern music, Adele is no tortured soul, and we can expect years of wonderful music to come.

Adele

Not surprisingly Adele is a Taurus - a sign noted for musicality and especially the singing voice. Her sun is closely conjunct Jupiter - always handy for serious success - and trining Neptune in Capricorn. The sun is also widely trining Saturn, anchoring her to the real world. Aquarius rises with Mars conjunct the Ascendant - note the red hair - so Adele is a natural-born fighter.

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