2017 is going to be a very dynamic year that is going to transform the way we think, feel, understand and express ourselves in this material reality. This is especially important considering the immense concentration of energy in the sign of Capricorn between 2018-2021. In this time period, we will see many opportunities for the breaking and re-making of the material world as we know it. So, in all honesty, 2017 is best seen as a year of preparation before we collectively launch!
Through four different phases of retrograde (apparent reverse motion), Mercury is going to be asking us to hold off on the accelerator pedal and to take a step backwards before we commit our energies to any binding, material commitments. Venus similarly weighs in with her own retrograde motion, detailed below:
Mercury Retrograde Phase 1: in Capricorn (Earth) and Sagittarius (Fire) – December 19, 2016-January 8, 2017
Mercury Retrograde Phase 2: in Taurus (Earth) and Aries (Fire) – April 9-May 3, 2017
Mercury Retrograde Phase 3: in Virgo (Earth) and Leo (Fire) – August 12-September 5, 2017
Mercury Retrograde Phase 4: in Sagittarius (Fire) – December 3-22, 2017
If possible, do not initiate new contracts or make large purchases at this time.
Between March 4 to April 15, Venus will be retrograding in Aries and Pisces. This time it´s Fire (Aries) and Water (Pisces). Look to your partnerships (personal and professional), your financial assets, your business and those material things you bring into your life to enjoy their beauty. Examine if these possessions, relationships and values are in tune with your deeper, non-verbal, subliminal spiritual experiences and inner knowing. Things which do not resonate with your soul´s experience and journey will need to be re-considered (potentially dissolved or re-purposed).
** Please note that dates given are based on Pacific Standard Time GMT -8 . If you are in Asia or Australia, please add a day to your calculations.
The Mercury and Venus retrograde periods encourage you to consider whether your thoughts, decisions, ideas, commitments and paradigms are in line with the material reality you wish to manifest and with your deeper passionate, intuitive and bodily impulses. Hold your horses …
Take the time to double-check all that you choose to do before pushing forwards. Consider your motivations and the level of consciousness they arise from: Heart ? Ego ? Body? Mind? Spirit? and so on ...
Jupiter in Libra: Building Bridges; Growth through Collaboration
Generally speaking, 2017 is a good year to reach out to others and to build collaborative networks. That comes with Jupiter´s transit through Libra (before it enters Scorpio on October 10). Jupiter will be retrograde between Feb 5 – June 9, making this a good time to consolidate your partnerships and to tweak what isn´t working. Remember that your external partnerships reflect your innermost relationship with Self and Spirit. The last few months (mid-October onwards) of 2017 will begin to ask us to commit more fully and intensely to the partnerships and collaborations we do choose to make or remain in. Legal matters should be pursued carefully, especially during the Jupiter Retrograde.
Saturn in Sagittarius: Consolidating the Path You Take; Expansion through Mastery
2017 is also a great year to learn, or potentially to step up to the plate as a Teacher. You may find a lot of energy that is wanting to acquire a greater range and depth of skills and knowledge. This is due to Saturn´s transit through Sagittarius. Saturn retrogrades on the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius) of the Milky Way on April 5 and stations direct on August 25. This is a phemenonal time to go back over what you have learnt, reconsider your path and/or your teachers. Always bear in mind that Saturn demands excellence, commitment and integrity. It enters Capricorn on December 19, paving the way for us all to take our beliefs, passion and skills and to manifest them in concrete form.
Patterns of Karmic Growth and Release: The Nodes in Virgo/Pisces and Leo/Aquarius
The North Node begins 2017 in Virgo (Earth Sign), with the South Node in Pisces (Water Sign). Much like 2016, the pressure on our karmic growth comes from the need to find more defined, pragmatic, embodied and grounded modes of service. Paying attention to one´s digestive health and bodily rhythms will also yield benefit (especially for women and their menstrual cycles). The South Node asks us to leave behind and dissolve outmoded karmic contracts that teach us to consider pain and suffering the only ´valid´ path to spiritual attainment and empathy. Some of these will come through the generational line and other through one´s own karma from past life-cycles.
The North Node leaves Virgo and enters Leo (Fire Sign) on April 28, 2017. We are challenged (for the next eighteen months) to manage our relationship with that primal, creative, child-like, instinctual, passionate energy waiting to burst forth from the Heart and Sacral Chakra (in particular). Here is where we learn to express and share the creative spirit within us all. It´s a particularly interesting time to get married, fall in love, give birth, work with children, adopt, initiate creative and artistic projects and so on. It is an excellent time to work on reconnecting with and cleansing the sacred energy of the womb – a space that houses your deepest creative impulses. This is irrespective of whether one actually possesses one – as we energetically share that connection to the Mother.
Correspondingly – whilst all this is going on – the South Node will move through Aquarius (Air Sign). You´ll be connecting with Soul Tribes, networks of people who share the same resonance (i.e. have the same or similar vibe as you) and you´ll come together. For that to happen, you´ve got to dance when you feel like dancing, sing when the moment takes you and roar when the Lion/ess within needs to make their voice heard. Drop your inhibitions and let the Inner Child out the play. That´s how you find your tribe – electronic networks and social media platforms are likely to play a huge role in this. Many will also discover older gifts that are ´channelled´ from Source through the more refined channels of the Mind. Technological, mathematics and scientific breakthroughs are highly likely at this time, as is the production of truly inspired music, art, and drama – one that plays, shall we say .. the ´music of the spheres´.
Transpersonal Bodies: Uranus, Neptune, Chiron, Pluto
Uranus remains in Aries, Neptune and Chiron remain in Pisces, Pluto remains in Capricorn throughout 2017. The energy of these transpersonal bodies (respectively) encourage us to:
awaken to the Inner Self and its Authentic Flame
question spiritual illusions (as beautiful as they may be) and discover deeper, truer experiences of Spirit
question the role of the wound in the path of healing and spiritual understanding
commit our energies to creating a material legacy that will transform our planet for generations to come
and Last … but not Least ...
Eris Awakens & The Three Faces of the Dark Goddess
Black Moon Lilith moves through three signs in 2016. We are asked to face the Shadow Aspects of the Feminine in the signs of:
Scorpio (start of 2017 till February 13)
Sagittarius (February 13 till November 8)
Capricorn (November 8, 2017 till August 5, 2018)
In each of these domains, consider where the Feminine is excluded and how that can best addressed. This applies to all beings as we all hold the archetype of the Shadow Feminine within – for the Soul, ultimately knows no gender.
So – we look to (generally speaking) matters that surround
Scorpio: power, intimacy, alchemy, taboo subjects, sexuality, The Shadow
Sagittarius: teaching, learning, paradigms, paths, religious beliefs, political views
Capricorn: power, authority, elders, wisdom, recognition, the superego, legacy
So – the Dark, or Shadow Goddess comes to test us quite a bit in 2017 .. and in so many different ways ….
Now – just to put it in context – all this is happening against the backdrop of the final Uranus-Eris conjunction!!!
On 17-18 March 2017, Uranus (The Great Awakener)
conjuncts Eris (The Rising Feminine) at 22 Aries.
This will be the last of the three exact conjunctions between these two bodies, heralding in a powerful wave of consciousness. We will individually and collectively be asked to re-evaluate and bodily integrate our knowing of the Fierce Feminine. Some will choose to use this energy to destroy and others will embody Love even more powerfully. This choice is related to how we choose to deal with the tests in / with the Shadow Feminine. Do you use the force that She allows you to access to create further cycles of harm – or to create new cycles of joy, life and creative energy?
There´s a choice to make here and I´m glad for the multiple Retrogrades and their emphasis on channelling Fire energy. - for it essentially asks the same questions:
Will your fire burn it all to the ground, or will you bring forth and sustain new life with your flame? Will that flame burn from the Ego, or from the Pure Heart-Fire of your Spirit?
The answers to these questions are not purely cerebral, for they will be embodied as part of the energetic signature you hold in your physical being.
For some context - the next time Uranus will conjunct Eris will be in the sign of Taurus in the early part of the 22nd century! So .. this is a pretty big deal.
2017 is a platform for change and awakening. You are asked to temper your fire, modulating and attuning your frequency to one that does not resonate with the Ego-Mind (entirely), but moves to that all-inclusive space of Love. Vibrational attunements from the cosmos will put us more in the company of our soul-tribes as it pushes us to more passionate, powerful and engaging acts of love and creation.
How you respond to this energy is entirely in your hands. So I hope you make the best of it.
Recommended Gemstones: Thulite, Rhodocrosite, Rhodonite and Rose Quartz
Recommended Meditation: The Dark Goddess and The Golden Egg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj72M7cWeCE
Recommended Oils: Rose Oil, Melissa, Myrrh
There are so many other tools that you can use – these are just suggestions.
Many Blessings and Much Love!
Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess
I am a priestess, a holistic astrologer, a spiritualist, a writer, a poetess, an artist and a bunch of other things that I keep evolving into.My spiritual journey intensified when I went through several years of soul-searching during my PhD in the UK, and I have undertaken numerous pilgrimages to sacred sites in India, Nepal, the UK, Malaysia (so far) – all of which have deeply moved, transformed and awakened parts of me that I did not realize I had. Now I know, and here it is.
I run several pages dedicated to my spiritual and astrological explorations on FB which currently (as of 23.1.2015) reach nearly 10,000 people and continue to grow. I write regularly and publish on my FB public profile and network with spiritualists all across the globe.