Brew yourself some tea, because in 2018 we’re going to have a lot to sip for.
2018 is going to be a rough year for many people, but especially for many people born with the Sun in Capricorn. This is because the most feared planets in our solar system, Mars, Saturn and Pluto are coming together into the same sign this year, and that sign is Capricorn. Mars is the planet of aggression, conflicts and divisions. Saturn is the planet of punishments, responsibilities, labors and weaknesses. Pluto is named after the lord of the underworld, and brings an extreme edge to all it touches, so having Pluto in the mix of Mars and Saturn is an alarming planetary combination.
While we’re still on the way to the big Saturn-Pluto conjunction in 2019-2020 (which you can find out more about in my videolecture “Sunshine, Rainbows & Daisies: Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn 2018-2020”) the last time we had a co-presence of Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn was in the year 1518, when the transatlantic slave trade began in earnest, so, y’know, not a decent track record here right off the bat. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in 2018 more precisely:
- Mars enters Capricorn on March 17th
- Mars is conjunct Saturn at 8 Capricorn on April 1st
- Mars is conjunct Pluto at 21 Capricorn on April 25th
- Mars leaves Capricorn on May 16th
- Mars stations retrograde at 9 Aquarius on June 27th and comes back into Capricorn on August 17th.
- Mars stations direct at 28 Capricorn on August 26th and leaves Capricorn on September 10th.
People who have planets or points close to 8, 21 or 28-29 Capricorn are going to get some pretty hard Mars transits because it will either be retrograde or conjunct Saturn (yikes) or Pluto (whoa). They can expect remarkable hostilities, troubles or problems holding their temper down.
- Saturn travels from 1-11 Capricorn over the course of 2018
- January 1st-April 9th, Saturn travels from 1-9 Capricorn
- April 9th-September 5th, Saturn goes retrograde from 9-2 Capricorn
- September 5th to the end of 2018, Saturn moves from 2-11 Capricorn.
People who were born with the Sun or planets in these degrees, especially between 2-9 Capricorn where Saturn goes retrograde are going to have those parts of their lives scrutinized by Saturn, weighing them down, hardening them, judging them.
- Pluto starts the year at 18 Capricorn.
- Pluto stations retrograde at 21 Capricorn on April 23rd
- Pluto stations direct at 18 Capricorn on September 30th
- By the end of 2018, Pluto has moved to 20 Capricorn. It traverses very few degrees because it’s so slow.
These are long term transits as you can see, so anyone who has points or planets between 18-21 Capricorn is going to be going through some slow-moving but life-altering upheavals.
Now, these tricky transits aren’t just going to be bad for Capricorns. They’re going to be challenging for other cardinal placements as well, such as in Aries, Cancer and Libra. They will all happen in some part of everyone’s natal chart, which accounts for the multivalent ways these transits are experienced by massive groups of people but also what will account for the quality of the shared zeitgeist, and it likely won’t be too fun. So the least we can do is get some tea brewing so we can sit and sip in relative comfort and watch out for these, erm, prominent people in government and media who all were born with planetary placements in Capricorn.
Those Getting Shat On By Mars, Saturn and Pluto
10) Jeff Sessions
Sun at 2 Capricorn, Mars at 5 Capricorn, Moon 8-21 Capricorn (no birth time)
Jeff Sessions is a mean-spirited tree-dwelling Keebler cookie-making marijuana-hating elf whose reality spontaneously alternates between the 1950’s and the 1860’s. He is currently the head of the Justice Department, which is sort of like putting Father McFeely in charge of a kindergarten. Or if Ed Gein were put in charge of a cemetery. Okay let’s do one more, it’s like putting Trump in charge of a domestic violence shelter for really, really attractive women. And we’re done.
More importantly than how awful Jeff Sessions is, is the fact that he was born with the Sun at 2 Capricorn conjunct Mars at 5 Capricorn. Which means that Saturn is very close to conjoining both his Sun and his Mars. In fact as of writing this, Saturn is already on his Sun, and he has come under heavy criticism for his harsh proposals against states where marijuana is legal, even by other fellow congressional Republicans who miraculously tend to support marijuana legalization alongside Democrats. Check out these Saturn transits for yourself!
Saturn conjoined his Mars first through January-February of 2018, and then it will be hitting his Mars and Sun again from June-November 2018, due to the retrogradation of Saturn. This will certainly be an annus horribilis for him, and honestly the less thought about how horribilis his annus is, the better. I can’t say he’ll be fired from his position or something, but it’s going to be an admonishment like he’s never seen before, except like that one time in July 1986 when he was thankfully denied a federal judgeship in June 1986, a time when Mars was, ahem, retrograde in Capricorn.
9) Donald Trump Jr.
Venus at 4 Capricorn, Sun at 9 Capricorn
Donald Trump Jr. always looks like he’s cosplaying as Gordon Gekko. However, in all honesty, I feel bad for Donald Trump Jr. I can’t imagine a worse fate than being named directly after your father, especially when your father is Donald Trump. How singularly sad it must be to merely be the junior version of a man who is already so small, in the mind, heart, hands and pants. Perhaps there was another way for him to be his own person, but I can imagine it would be impossible to go down a different path when the one gilded with the trappings of wealth, celebrity and the illusion of importance lay before him. So in went the hair gel and on went the suits, and now he speaks in fluent douche.
Saturn was on his Venus in February and on his Sun, starting in March. The Saturn-Venus transit could bring problems or distance in his relationships, and I wrote this before the news broke today that Donald Trump Jr.’s wife is divorcing him. I imagine this also ties in with the Sun-Venus conjunction in Capricorn from earlier this year, a recurrence transit for Donald Trump Jr.
The Mars-Saturn conjunction on April 1st makes a close hit to his Sun and it won’t be an April Fool’s Day prank. On April 17th, Saturn slows down and stations retrograde on his Sun, almost like Saturn is squinting his eyes and really concentrating on that part of the zodiac. And Saturn will be inspecting Trumpy Jr. Maybe it’s nothing, but Mueller is investigating his emails and activities in connection with the ongoing Russia investigation so there’s a non-zero chance that the Saturn transit could coincide with some consequences of that investigation. Also, it may not be in Capricorn, but Mars stations retrograde at 9 Aquarius – exactly opposite Trump Jr.’s retrograde Mars at 9 Leo! Maybe this is just Donald Trump Jr. taking bold action to reboot his life a bit, maybe it’s not…
8) Eric Trump
Merc at 1 Cap, Sun at 15 Cap
Eric Trump, another son of Trump and a FREE WATER CUP-ABUSING SODA THIEF. YOU CAN’T JUST USE THE WATER CUPS FOR LEMONADE, ERIC. However, while Eric Trump received a conjunction to his Mercury from Saturn, he’s actually past the Pluto conjunction to his Sun, and he is somewhat unscathed by the upcoming Mars retrograde. It is as if all this kind of bad stuff these planets signify surrounds him but doesn’t actually hit him directly. Interestingly enough, aside from being accused of misappropriating his charity’s funds (the Saturn conjunction to his Mercury), he is more removed from the affairs of the White House and doesn’t appear to be entangled in Mueller’s investigation anywhere near the degree that his brother, Donald Trump Jr. is. I do think he’s worth mentioning here as one of the 3 closest family members of Donald Trump with a Capricorn Sun, considering these transits. In 2019 however, Saturn will properly conjoin his Sun which will likely be a hard time for him or when he is under more scrutiny.
7) Jared Kushner
Sun at 20 Capricorn, Mercury at 26 Capricorn, Mars at 8 Aquarius
Jared Kushner had a security clearance because, well, meh, yeah sure whatever. This is Ivanka Trump’s husband, so Donald Trump is his father-in-law, and for whatever reason has outsize influence in the administration, which hasn’t helped. He is definitely tied up in the upcoming Mars retrograde. Natally, he has Mars at 8 Aquarius conjunct the South Node, and Mars stations retrograde at 9 Aquarius, conjunct the South Node! I would be very surprised if Jared Kushner didn’t figure prominently in the coming Mars retrograde drama with this kind of placement. In addition to that, the Pluto conjunction to his Sun perfects this year, which signifies the high stakes power struggles and manipulations of a vastly impacting nature, the unusual context in which these transits are happening in his life, in the White House.
Mike Pompeo was Trump’s pick as CIA director and has now been nominated as his new Secretary of State, starting on April 1st, the day of the Mars-Saturn conjunction which occurs on his Sun, which isn’t a terribly good omen. Meanwhile, Pluto has been hanging around his Mercury-Mars conjunction for quite a while now, which makes some sense with his last job dealing with the country’s greatest secrets and threats. But then, Mars stations retrograde on his Venus (the ruler of his Ascendant), and crosses his Midheaven in August. All these Capricorn transits are happening in the 9th, a place related to travel, foreign places and religion, so, it’s a house you’d want better transits to be happening in as a diplomat, so of course they’re not. It goes beyond astrological considerations to say I’m concerned by this man.
If you were hoping this choice would be some sort of improvement over Rex Tillerson (a low bar to clear indeed), I’m sorry to disappoint. Pompeo thinks politics is “a never-ending struggle…until the rapture.” The rapture. This is from an adult, somehow. Here’s what he thinks of different folks just living their lives and living among each other: “America had worshipped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.” He thinks the point of Islamic terrorism is “continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ is our savior is truly the only solution for our world.” I am not making this up. Can we appreciate that Pompeo wanting a ‘holy war’ is exactly what ISIL wants, just from the opposite perspective? This is pretty concerning that the presumptive top diplomat thinks like this when the country is on the brink of…something with a few countries. And no one is going to care because the people who know better are not in power, and the world is a toilet. Y’know what, I think this tea needs a little bourbon. Or a lot of bourbon.
5) Ajit Pai
Mercury at 9 Capricorn, Sun and Jupiter at 20 Capricorn
I would call Ajit Pai a douchebag but that would mean someone trusted him enough to catch their vaginal or anal discharge, and after selling out ordinary internet users, screwing over future internet startups and defying the will of the vast majority of Americans to carry out the bidding of ISP’s to end net neutrality, that would be too great an honor.
The Mars-Saturn conjunction of April 1st aligns with his Mercury, and then Saturn stations right there on his Mercury. I would imagine this could be legal troubles, because of Mercury and Saturn’s associations with lawsuits, language, legalities. April looks like the most perilous month, when Mars and Pluto will both be on his Sun and Jupiter, but it could also be more egregious public actions that cause blowback. Otherwise he has a bit more to worry about in 2019 when Saturn comes for his Sun.
Betsy Devos is Trump’s head of the Department of Education, someone who in their senate confirmation hearing incoherently cited “grizzly bears” as the main reason why there should be guns in schools, a living testament to the fact that intelligence and wealth are not correlative, also see: Trump, Donald. I’d say she’s like Dolores Umbridge except even evil Umbridge wasn’t a total blithering idiot. It turns out you can’t speak very well when you talk out of your ass. Also see: Palin, Sarah; Trump, Donald.
Much like Ajit Pai, late April will likely be the worst of it for Devos this year, when Mars and Pluto are both on her Sun, but given how few fucks she gives, it may also be when she wields maximum destructive power in her office.
3) Kellyanne Conway
Kellyanne “Alternative Facts” Conway whose Capricornian ambition and devotion to defending Trump knows no bounds – especially factual, logical and ethical ones. With her Sun at 29 Capricorn, she is due to get hit by the Mars retrograde in Capricorn. Her Sun is first hit by Mars in mid-May, then it’s hit by retrograde Mars in mid-August and hangs around there until it hits it one final time in early September. She is most certainly going to be involved in the conservative drama this summer.
2) Rush Limbaugh
Mercury at 1 Capricorn, Sun at 21 Capricorn, Ascendant at 0 Aquarius, Venus at 5 Aquarius
What joke can you make about ultra-right wing political commentator Rush Limbaugh that isn’t low hanging fruit? And no, I’m not talking about his fupa. He’s having several transits all at once, Saturn around his Mercury, the Pluto conjunction to his Sun which will be ongoing into next year, and of particular interest is the Mars retrograde. Mars first hits his Ascendant in mid-May, then his Venus in late May, then Mars stations retrograde at 9 Aquarius and hits his Venus again in late July and hits his Ascendant again in early-mid August, and makes its final pass over his Ascendant in mid-September and his Venus in late September.
While he’s had Mars run over this part of his chart once every 2 years, he’s never had Mars go retrograde over his Venus or Ascendant in his lifetime, so this should be interesting to watch. Additionally, we might expect this will be significant for him because he was born with Mars in Aquarius in his 1st house. Accordingly, he’s been someone who has never been afraid to offend or to be incendiary, so it would seem with this kind of transit he may pick a fight he can’t win and finally crosses the line to be cancelled once and for all. Or since Mars will be acting against expectation while retrograde, he may pick a fight he normally would not, such as with the current GOP president. Either way, summer 2018 will be the summer of Mars for Rush Limbaugh.
1) Sean Hannity
Venus at 2 Capricorn, Mars at 4 Capricorn, Sun at 8 Capricorn, Mercury at 17 Capricorn, Saturn at 29 Capricorn
Sean Hannity, an insufferable sniveling smarmy wanker of the highest order will have Mars retrograde hit his natal Saturn in August, which it has never done before in Hannity’s lifetime,. It won’t exactly be a pretty transit. He is also on his way to his Saturn return in 2020, and this year Saturn is coming to his Sun, Venus and Mars. This happened before in 1989, and that was the year Sean Hannity started his first talk radio show. He was kicked off in less than a year after incidents where he promoted a book which spread anti-gay propaganda about AIDS and told a lesbian mother he felt sorry for her child, because of course. However, the station reversed its decision to kick him off after the ACLU claimed his free speech rights were violated, but Hannity decided not to go back when the station wouldn’t apologize or give him more airtime. Something about these events will bear some parallel with his experiences in 2018. How will Hannity cap off his career with his second Saturn return? Retirement? Willingly? Unwillingly?
One question I have is – why are there seemingly a disproportionate number of Capricorn Suns in conservative media and positions in the current conservative government? Yes, Capricorn is a more conservative sign on balance, but it makes me wonder – will the transits all be related to the same thing which affects them differently or will they all be having separate unrelated stressful times which just happen to occur in the same timeframe? Mars retrogrades especially suggest marked divisions – divisions or conflicts you normally would not expect. Will there be some sort of internecine conflict, a kind of civil war within the GOP in the summer of 2018? If so, what could possibly cause that to happen? We may not have to wait too long to find out.