17. Mai 2019
Sky Terrace – An astrological-analytical look at the stars, planetary movements, seasonal phenomena, and the world at large, by Uli Mai
Although it will only be exact in January of 2020, the ringed planet has by now approached Pluto up to 3 degrees – which is already enough to make itself felt in tense conditions in Earth`s political, social, and environmental state.
Through the whole of Summer and into Autumn, Pluto and Saturn are moving retrograde together. We can`t see dwarf Planet Pluto from Earth, but Saturn will become more prominent as Summer progresses. What`s more, in 2019, we have the incredibly rare phenomenon of Saturn and Pluto being joined by an invisible but extremely important point, the Moon`s South Node.
In astrology, Saturn and the South Node are the two objects most connected to fate, destiny, and karma. Both are manifesting energies; now that they are situated in Capricorn, sign of material realities, duties, structure and authorities, they reinforce each other. In a truly amazing synchronization, Saturn and the South Node are moving almost at the same speed, almost at the same degree, since April until late September 2019, when Saturn turns direct and leaves the Nodes behind.
Something in all our lives, and our collective fate, will feel inescapable in this period. This Spring and Summer, you can follow the movement of the South Node, too, when you spot retrograde Saturn in the sky, which is an extremely rare, and truly magical, situation. Saturn / Node will be moving through the stars of Aquila the Eagle, Lyra the Lyre, and Sagittarius the Archer… These are some proud and martial, but also artistic, constellations.
Especially important is Saturn`s stay on the Tail star of the Eagle, Dheneb. Constellation Aquila is connected to the US, and has a distinctly Martian reputation, as well as a connection to bombs and explosives. Are the encroaching trade war with China, and the mounting tension with Iran part of Saturn turning retrograde, on the South Node, on that star? Saturn stays in Aquila for a long time due to its retrograde motion, until end of June. Pay special attention to world politics, esp. involving the US, again in December. In this period, Saturn makes its final pass – often decisive for the outcome of a situation – over Dheneb, the Eagle`s tail…
Other highlights are: Saturn in alignment with Vega, the brightest star of the Northern hemisphere, in late July/early August; you will have Saturn as a yellowish dot and Vega as a bright white shine to catch your attention. From early August, Saturn will come to stay for a longer time in constellation Sagittarius, turning direct on September 18 on a lucky star, Ascella, in the armpit of the Archer. Time to shoot out your intentions for next year, and aim true!
Best times for watching Saturn in the Northern hemisphere are around July 9/10; on these days, Earth reaches its closest distance to Saturn, while Saturn reaches its annual opposition to the Sun. Things will be very heated and even dangerous in geopolitics, as around that date, Mercury will go retrograde close to Mars – which will be another spectacular event in the Sky to watch for in early July!
For people in Europe, Saturn is quite low over the horizon; it`s best to look for it with the help of other stars (like Vega), or the Moon on its monthly cycle. It`s visible from around Midnight until the small hours. From May 22/23, the waning Moon is a great marker for Saturn as it travels in alignment with the ringed planet.
In the Summer of 2019, look for Saturn and watch destiny in motion…
Image: W44 is located around 10,000 light-years away, within a forest of dense star-forming clouds in the constellation of Aquila, the Eagle. This image combines data from ESA’s Herschel and XXM-Newton space observatories. Image credit: Herschel: Quang Nguyen Luong & F. Motte, HOBYS Key Program consortium, Herschel SPIRE/PACS/ESA consortia. XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton