I have written an essay for you, below, as an introduction to 2019.
In it, I will give you an exciting overview of the coming year. There are lots of new trends that will give this year a new look and feel, and I knew you would want to know about those interesting details. It certainly will be a more productive year than 2018, and I will show you why.
At the end of this essay, you will see that I just published a detailed, 100-page title called The Year Ahead 2019 with chapters for each sign. It was publishing by Meredith Publishing (the company that publishes Time Inc. books), and my work is available internationally in digital and paper format. If you would like to purchase the book so you can have more specific details on your year ahead, I will show you how at the end of this essay.
This essay does not appear in my book. I wrote this essay for you, dear reader, as a thank you for all your support.
An Introduction to the Year Ahead 2019
By Susan Miller
A shiny new year is unfolding, and you will be given an exciting blank slate upon which to write another chapter of your life story. Like you, I get excited whenever a New Year comes ‘round because it reminds me of the happy expectations I had for a new school year, with new books, notebooks, and pencils my mother used to buy for me before school started, along with new clothes and shoes to wear.
Time is the only natural resource we are given that we cannot get back once it is spent. That’s why we study astrology—to use time well. We are all time travelers, and like anyone taking off on an adventurous journey, we need a map. That is why I wrote my book-a-zine (part magazine, part book, 100 pages) The Year Ahead 2019—to help you plot your course. It may give you ideas of several goals to aim for this year, gleaned from the positions of the planets to your Sun sign. (See below on how to order a copy.)
We want a year that will be better, brighter, and easier than the past one. Will this one be like that? In many ways, the answer is yes. Last year was nearly cut exactly in half, with the first part the most productive, for once we came to end of June, Mars began to retrograde (June 25 to August 27), and his little copycat brother, Mercury, did the same (July 25 to August 19). This was unfortunate, because from June 26 to August 27 last year, it was nearly impossible to make solid progress.
The eclipses, always harbingers of change, layered their messages over the situation with retrograde Mars in July and August. Just when we thought we were coming out from under this heavy planetary cloud cover, Venus went retrograde (October 3 to November 16), and again, little Dennis-the-Menace Mercury decided to retrograde too, from November 16 to December 6, 2018. It was not until December 6 that we could start to rev up our engines to push forward assertively on goals and dreams, knowing plans would stick. Much of last year was meant to look back and fix what was broken, not move ahead, but that all changes now.
Venus, Mars, and Mercury are the three planets we feel the most when retrograde because they orbit closest to earth. Happily, love- beauty- and money-goddess Venus and action-hero Mars will not retrograde even once in 2019. This assures a productive year ahead with plenty of energy and a variety of options. Mercury will retrograde, of course, as he does every 12 weeks or so, so note, Mercury will retrograde during almost all of March, July, and much of November. I have a section on Mercury retrograde in my Year Ahead 2019 book.
Of the three, Mars has a very big role to play in helping you launch successful ventures, for he acts as a booster rocket to get big projects into space with a strong orbit. Once the main rocket is in orbit, the booster is no longer needed, so Mars salutes the captain of the rocket ship, spins off, and heads to his next assignment. As you see, Mars adds energy to any strenuous effort. Mars will start the year in Aries and push quickly all the way to Scorpio in 2019, bringing lots of projects and discussions up for planning and launch at a fast clip.
Saturn will remain in Capricorn, a placement this teacher-taskmaster planet took up on December 23, 2017, but will move very close to Pluto now in a very rare configuration. On January 12, 2020, Saturn and Pluto will “dock” but will be close enough already to touch beginning in February 2019, and they will remain that way all year. This only happens every 35 to 38 years, so this is a big feature of 2019 and of the coming year, 2020, too.
Saturn and Pluto last met in 1947 and 1982. A conjunction is the strongest of all astrological aspects, for it denotes the start of a new cycle. Pluto contains energy and is associated with governments and large, multi-national corporations. He is associated with the masses of people. Saturn sets firm foundations and structures as well. These two planets will be a formidable force.
Saturn and Pluto can be akin to two stern parents that hold a united front when parenting their children. When these two planets are friendly and acting as your advocate, as they will be in March, the end of August, mid-September, and the end of December, life is happy and sweet. However, when Saturn and Pluto want to teach us all a lesson, like on April 19 or October 27, it can be maddeningly frustrating with little recourse but to take on a fight with City Hall. Pluto in hard aspect can be known to be unfair, so it’s good to know when to keep your antennae up for the times you may want to speak up for yourself.
Some astrologers worry that when Saturn and Pluto are together, danger of the rise of totalitarian dictatorship is strong in nations around the world. Admittedly, that could be a concern. Often, planets will test our commitment to certain values, so this year, we may have to fight hard for our belief in democracy.
Neptune, seeing this situation developing with Saturn and Pluto, will rush in and build agreement with these two, softening the effect. Saturn and Pluto will work beautifully with Neptune all year, for Saturn and Pluto will almost be joined together at the hip like Siamese twins. When Neptune beams one planet so close to another, it is as though he is beaming them both, so what happens to one planet will happen to the other. Neptune is known to cleanse, bring creative thinking, and add a spiritual quality to all it touches. Thank goodness for Neptune, for without his care, Saturn and Pluto together can put up quite a united front of force, but Neptune will soften this aspect.
Last year, Saturn, the planet that stabilizes all it touches, worked closely with unpredictable Uranus, adding encouragement and backing for new scientific discoveries and technical, digital innovation. This year, Saturn will work with Neptune to help the arts flourish and add stability to them.
One of the features of 2019 is that Saturn in particular will work closely in exact mathematical “sextile” with Neptune (meaning both planets will be precisely 60 degrees apart, indicating opportunity) on the following dates:
- January 31
- June 18
- November 8
This means artists can make works of great long-term value, and their work will be appreciated.
One of the other biggest and most important features of 2019 will be the entry of Uranus in Taurus for the first time since 1934 to 1942. Taurus is a sign associated with money and wealth. Uranus will remain in that sign for seven years, starting March 6, 2019, until April 25, 2026. During this time, Uranus, planet of innovation that strikes like lightning, will bring new ways of globally dealing with all sorts of money. Bitcoin and encryption are only part of the story—Uranus rules sudden, unexpected developments and also electronic, scientific discoveries of all kinds. We will have to wait to see what comes. Chances are, the ideas that will affect your life haven’t even been developed yet.
Good-fortune planet Jupiter will be in the sign he loves and rules—Sagittarius. This means you will absorb the goodness of Jupiter in a natural way, easily, and that he will have a strong presence in your chart. Jupiter in fire-sign Sagittarius will be especially helpful if you are a Sagittarian, Aries, or Leo, or air-sign Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius. Yet all signs will benefit—I am splitting hairs here. Pisces and Virgo will also love what’s to come.
In Sagittarius, Jupiter will help the publishing and broadcasting industries and the entire international travel market as well, including airlines, cruise lines, and railroads. The automotive industry may also benefit, even though I feel automobiles are more closely associated with Sagittarius’ opposite sign, Gemini. Often energy will ping across the skies in a straight line to signs 180 degrees apart, for example, from Sagittarius to Gemini, the reason I say automotive may prosper.
Jupiter will move to Capricorn at year’s end, on December 2, 2019, to stay 12 months. This will give a turn of outstanding golden luck to the earth signs, especially to Capricorn, but also to Virgo and Taurus, as well as to the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces (earth and water signs go together well). Capricorns have been particularly pressured, but their situation will move from dark and working too much to bright and happy once Jupiter comes knocking.
For detailed information for your Sun sign and also your rising sign (read for both), you may want the digital or paperback version of my book, The Year Ahead 2019 by Susan Miller for Kindle, now available on all international Amazon sites in your native country. Digital version $6.99; quality paperback: $11.69. You can also purchase on Apple’s iTunes for the digital version of my book for $6.99.
Also consider getting a copy of my gorgeous limited edition Year Ahead 2019 Astrological Wall Calendar with art by French fashion artist Izak Zenou. Our theme is Women of the World, depicting women from many ethnicities. Some of the locales include Barcelona, the Australian Outback, Mexico City, New Delhi, New York, Paris, London, the Great Wall of China (Beijing), and many more. Click here for more information.
Happy New Year dear readers!
All best wishes,