If 2017 was a year of new beginnings, 2018 is going to be a year of building, restructuring, and manifestation.
Whatever new beginnings we have had to start or introduce into our lives, we are now going to be given the opportunity to start building on them, and laying the foundation for the life we want to lead.
This is a cycle that is approximately 9 years long, so over the coming years we are all going to be in various stages of building and creating.
Seeing as 2018 is a number 11 year in numerology, we are really going to be supported to start dreaming and conjuring up what we want from life.
Even though part of our journey here is decided before we come into human form, we also have free will and the opportunity to create our lives.
Our lives are created through our mindset and through our energy. The more we focus on something, the more energy we put into something, the more likely we are to see results.
We simply cannot be in the mindset of- once I have everything figured out, then I will be happy- as this will result in a never ending chase. Instead, we need to find ways to feel good now, and the rest will follow.
2018 is a busy year in astrology, largely due to the fact that two key planets- Saturn and Uranus will shift into Earth signs, giving us a host of prominent planets under the influence of Earth energy.
This earthy energy is going to help all of us to start building up a foundation and bringing structure and order to our lives.
Many of us would have experienced upheaval and big change over the last few years, and now all of this Earth energy is going to help us find our feet and get grounded.
Saturn actually moves into earth sign, Capricorn on December 19-20, 2017, however its energy will intensify as the calendar flips over to 2018. You can read more about Saturn in Capricorn here.
Uranus is another planet that is also shifting into an Earth sign in 2018. On May 16, the planet of great change and awakening will move into Taurus where it will remain until April 2026.
When a big planet like Uranus shifts signs, it causes things to move and shake so we can awaken to our lives and what we really want. Uranus is always causing change, because it is through change that we can grow and awaken into deeper parts of ourselves.
The changes that Uranus brings in Taurus are going to be very much focused on what we are choosing to build.
We are really going to be challenged by this energy to move slowly, methodically and to trust in the flow and Divine timing of the Universe.
I will talk more about this energy in the coming months, but Uranus energy is going to be very controlled while in Taurus, which means 2018 is going to bring us a lot of “slow to build” energy, rather than anything abrupt or surprising.
Along with Saturn and Uranus in Earth signs, we also still have Pluto in the Earth sign of Capricorn. This gives us 3 very significant planets all in Earth signs, which means that Earth energy is going to be a dominating force.
Earth energy is going to beckon all of us to get grounded and rooted. After a few years of strong “death and rebirth” energy, we are now going to have to focus on planting seeds and getting grounded with wherever we are.
We all have our own mountain to climb and journey to take, and it seems that 2018 is going to help us to really make some efficient progress by simply moving one foot in front of the other.
By June, we are going to be entering a strong retrograde cycle, starting with Mars Retrograde. Mars is the planet of motivation and action, and when in retrograde, it really forces us to take a back seat instead of forging ahead.
Mars retrograde also challenges us to assess how we are using our time and energy.
Once Mars is direct again in August, we will then be faced with Venus Retrograde from October to November and then immediately after that we will have Mercury Retrograde.
When we have back to back retrograde energy like this, it is usually the Universe’s way of reminding us to slow down.
It seems that the later half of 2018 is going to involve a lot of reflection and revisiting of the past with these retrograde cycles.
Finally, 2018 brings us a total of 5 eclipses which fall in the signs of Leo, Aquarius, and Cancer. While we had eclipses in Leo and Aquarius in 2017, this is going to be the first time we will be experiencing a Cancer Eclipse in a long time.
This is going to open the door to a new energetic cycle and is going to really help us to strengthen our intuition and increase our sensitivity. It also means big changes for the USA, which is a Cancer country.
Eclipses always signify change and often bring turning points. You can keep track of the Eclipses with my Moon Calendar.
Overall, 2018 is going to be about building and laying down a new foundation. We are going to be asked to move slowly and steadily and to focus on getting grounded.
We are also going to have the power and capability to really manifest and put out what it is that we want into the world.
Earth energy is all about making things tangible and material, so if you have a goal, if you have a dream, this will be the year that you can really start making steps to turn your dream into your reality.