Your 2018 Planetary Calendar

Here is a calendar of the important planetary events of 2018. I will be writing about these events as they occur so check back for more details and explanations about what these events mean for you. You can read the overview of 2018 major planetary cycles here which includes more information about some of these cycles.

Astrology of 2018JANUARY

1/1  New Year Supermoon! 11 Cancer
1/2  Uranus turns direct
1/11 Mercury enters Capricorn
1/15  Jupiter sextile Pluto
1/16  New Moon 26 Capricorn
1/17  Venus enters Aquarius
1/19  Sun enters Aquarius
1/31  Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse 11 Leo
Mercury enters Aquarius


2/10  Venus enters Pisces
2/15  New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse 27 Aquarius
2/17  Mercury enters Pisces
2/18  Sun enters Pisces


3/1  Full Moon 11 Virgo
3/6 Mercury enters Aries
Venus enters Aries
3/8 Jupiter retrograde
3/17 New Moon 26 Pisces
3/17  Mars enters Capricorn
3/20 Sun enters Aries
3/22  Mercury turns retrograde
3/31 Venus enters Taurus
Full Moon 10 Libra


4/14  Jupiter sextile Pluto
4/15 Mercury turns direct
New Moon 26 Aries
4/17 Chiron enters Aries
Saturn turns retrograde
4/19 Sun enters Taurus
4/22 Pluto retrograde
4/24 Venus enters Gemini
4/29 Full Moon 9 Scorpio


5/13 Mercury enters Taurus
5/15  New Moon 24 Taurus
5/15  Uranus enters Taurus
5/16  Mars enters Aquarius
5/19  Venus enters Cancer
5/20  Sun enters Gemini
5/25  Jupiter trine Neptune
5/29  Full Moon 8 Sagittarius
Mercury enters Gemini


6/12  Mercury enters Cancer
6/13  New Moon 22 Gemini
Venus enters Leo
6/18  Neptune turns retrograde
6/21 Sun enters Cancer
6/26  Mars turns retrograde
6/28  Full Moon 6 Capricorn


7/5  Chiron turns retrograde
7/9  Venus enters Virgo
7/10 Jupiter turns direct
7/12  New Moon partial solar eclipse 20 Cancer
7/22  Sun enters Leo
7/26 Mercury retrograde
7/27 Full Moon total lunar eclipse 4 Aquarius


8/6  Venus enters Libra
8/7  Uranus turns retrograde
8/11 New Moon partial solar eclipse 18 Leo
8/12  Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn
8/19  Mercury turns direct
8/19  Jupiter trine Neptune
8/23  Sun enters Virgo
8/26  Full Moon 3 Pisces
8/27  Mars turns direct


9/5  Mercury enters Virgo
9/6  Saturn turns direct
9/9  Venus enters Scorpio
New Moon 17 […]

By | 2018-01-04T08:33:44+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Planetary cycles, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Astrology of the Summer of Love

It’s hard to believe for anyone who is old enough to have lived through the summer of 1967 which was called the Summer of Love, but this marks the 50th anniversary of that fertile and creative time when traditional values of love and community were turned on its head and some of the best music ever created was born.

Astrologers have a name for what happened in the 1960s: We call it the “Uranus Pluto conjunction.”  During this time Uranus, planet of revolution and radicalism, conjoined Pluto, planet of transformation through destruction and regeneration, in the conservative sign of Virgo.  This cataclysmic planetary dynamic changed forever the social order (Virgo) and laid the groundwork for the recent upheaval which occurred during the period between 2010 and 2017 when Uranus formed a square (90 degree) aspect to Pluto for the second phase of that revolutionary cycle.

While the first exact conjunction of Uranus and Pluto didn’t occur until October of 1964, the two planets began to align in 1963 and beginning in the early 1960s one could hear the whispers of revolution all over the world.  In 1961 Timothy Leary took his first LSD trip and began researching the effects of psychedelics on mental health.  By 1965 the revolution was in full swing, with the assassination of Malcom X, the Watts riots, the formation of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and so many other great bands, and with them the emergence of the “hippie” archetype. After the San Francisco Examiner wrote an expose of the migration of young Americans to its city, the swarms of youth increased and by 1967 the Human Be-In in San Francisco brought about all […]

By | 2018-06-11T11:52:44+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Life, Planetary cycles, Uncategorized|9 Comments

Outsmart Facebook and receive my updates in your news feed

Facebook AstrodynamicsFacebook continues to tweak its algorithms, making it difficult for business pages to be seen in the news feeds of their fans.  However, they have added a couple of features that will make it possible for you to receive all Astrological Musings updates and important planetary notification.

These tips will only work in the desktop version of Facebook – the mobile version lacks some of these features.

Go to the and be sure that the “Liked” box is checked.  Click on the “Liked” box and you’ll see a dropdown arrow with some options.  Click “Get notifications” to receive notifications of every post.

You can also now create lists of “interest pages” that you like.  Click “add to interest list” and then “add a new list.” Then click on Pages and add the pages that you want to be able to access easily (make sure Astrodynamics is one of them!).  Click on “next” and name the list.  You can create different lists for different topics, making it easy to stay updated with your favorite pages.

Let me know if you have any problems with it!

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By | 2014-07-03T06:17:08+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Setting intention and retrograde Mars

When Mars is traveling retrograde, or if Mars is retrograde or otherwise afflicted in our birthchart. It can be difficult for us to meet our needs and achieve our desires. This is not necessarily always because those desires are wrong, but sometimes more time and attention is needed for them to blossom.

Patience and focus is required when we are in a gestation period. The moment of conception has passed but the time of birth is a ways off still. This is a time to nourish our idea and prepare for its fulfillment. It’s also useful to ask the Universe to ensure that the goal manifests in a form that is for our highest good.

Retrogrades don’t create blocks like a Saturn or Pluto transit does, but if either of those guys is in a difficult aspect to Mars in our chart we will find ourselves especially blocked now.

This is a good time to cultivate trust in the wisdom of our higher selves as we develop confidence and strength that will aid us in the ability to manifest desires that are wise and serve us on the path to true empowerment.


By | 2018-07-15T08:09:22+00:00 November 5th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Part II: The US Progressed Sun in Aquarius

this article was originally posted in 2007 but was lost in the archives. You can find Part I here

The US progressed Sun left Capricorn for Aquarius in April of 1975. The Capricorn period in the US witnessed a huge post-war building boom and rise of social and economic status for many Americans, both Capricornian attributes. It also marked a more paternalistic relationship with the rest of the world as the US began to take on the role of world protector (Capricorn’s ruler Saturn represents the dynamic of the father).

Usually when the progressed Sun moves from one sign to another there is a major shift since the adjoining signs are so different from each other in element and quality. This is less true of the shift from Capricorn to Aquarius, due to their mutual rulership by Saturn. In Aquarius the Saturnine duty and discipline takes place in the mental realm whereas Capricorn is a sign of action. Aquarius has an ancient ruler (Saturn) and a modern ruler (Uranus), and there is always a pull between these two influences. Uranus seeks to break apart the old structures that Saturn has built and create something new and this is the Aquarian challenge. In Aquarius the strong sense of responsibility that is Saturn’s gift combines with a need for change, creating the famous Aquarian urge for social justice and equality.

As the US progressed Sun shifted into Aquarius, the last soldiers were airlifted out of Vietnam which marked the end of military involvement in that nation. The Watergate scandal had just ended with the conviction of four Nixon administration officials. As Jimmy Carter says, there was a malaise in the country as could be expected under a dual Saturn rulership.

The Uranus rulership is associated with technology, and the […]

By | 2018-11-19T21:45:11+00:00 September 4th, 2007|Uncategorized|1 Comment


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