Happy 2019! And welcome to your 2019 horoscope!
This in-depth horoscope covers all the major astrology and trends for 2019. It applies to everyone, of every zodiac sign.
Good news: In general we’ll feel more optimism during 2019 than we did last year. Although the astrology for this year shows we’ll continue to see plenty of changes, the planetary lineup will help us navigate those shifts more easily.
This horoscope covers:
- Mercury retrograde (when you need to slow down) and the special “all clear” period in early 2019 that will make it easier to get things done
- The major planetary shift this year: Uranus in Taurus, which will affect money and all things material through 2025
- The powerhouse planets that will bring the strongest opportunities because they’ll be in their own signs this year: Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, and Mars in Aries
- The extra focus on Aries, when the “wounded healer” asteroid Chiron moves into Aries
- Eclipses of the Sun and Moon (when major life chapters begin and end)
- Important Moon phases, especially the monthly balsamic Moon period (when to pause and rest)
Also, you’ll find a bonus section giving you the dates the Sun changes signs each month. Tracking the Sun’s movements will help you plan your year and work your entire astrology birth chart.
Read on to see what’s in store for 2019, including recommendations on how to make the most of this powerful, expansive year.
Fewer Retrograde Planets In 2019 = Easier Progress
After a challenging year in 2018, we’ll see better progress and more forward momentum in 2019.
Last year slowed us down. Month after month, we experienced retrograde planets that we all felt keenly. These planetary retrogrades can create frustration when projects stall, communications get muddled, and relationships go on hold. If we push to try to get ahead on the outer plane, we often make things worse.
During a retrograde, especially one involving Mercury, Venus, or Mars, we need to accept a “time out” and trust that what we learn while slowing down will make life better–and strengthen us personally.
What Does It Mean When A Planet Is Retrograde?
When a planet is retrograde, it appears to move backward in the sky, as seen from Earth. Although it’s not actually moving in reverse, its energies do tend to become less available to us.
So in general, retrogrades slow progress and turn our attention inward and to the past so we can deal with unfinished business and improve anything we’re working on before moving forward.
All the planets and other orbiting items in our solar system (such as asteroids) go retrograde, except for the Sun and Moon. In astrology, the Sun and Moon often are called planets, although they actually are the “luminaries,” as they are both “lights” – the Sun being the central light of our solar system and the Moon the body that reflects that light to us on Earth.
The closer a planet is to the Sun, the more we feel its retrograde. The so-called “personal planets” – Mercury, Venus, and Mars – shape our personalities, and when they go retrograde we feel that backward motion personally, in tangible and obvious ways. In fact, we may even take it personally when things don’t go as planned because those planets affect so many parts of our lives and aspects of our identity.
Of the planets, Venus and Mars go retrograde the least often. Venus goes retrograde about every 18 months, while Mars turns retrograde every two years.
In 2018, both these planets went retrograde, along with the usual Mercury retrogrades that arrive on average three times each year. (Plus the usual multi-month retrogrades for the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.) So if you felt you couldn’t get much done, especially during the period from June through November, you were in tune with these slowed down energies from the personal planets.
In 2019, Mercury will go retrograde three times.
This planet will appear to move backward in the sky for most of March, July, and November. Its retrograde periods will occur primarily in water signs, with the March retrograde happening in Pisces, the July one in Cancer (after starting in Leo), and the November one occurring in Scorpio.
2019 Retrogrades – And ‘All Clear’ Period
In 2019, we’ll have a special window of time without any retrogrades.
From January 7 through March 4, no planets will be retrograde. That’s essentially an “all clear” period when it will feel easier to take action on all those goals we wanted to move on in 2018 but simply couldn’t.
Make the most of this fresh start in early 2019 by pressing ahead on your most important projects in January and February.
Uranus In Taurus: Resistance IS Futile
Since 2011, we’ve experienced the zodiac’s big change maker, Uranus, in the volatile and fiery sign Aries. We may have felt some resistance to the changes that came and affected our drive, competitive spirit, and personal identity, yet most of us adapted over the past few years.
In March 2019, Uranus will leave the Ram’s sign for the sign of the Bull, where it will stay until 2025. In Taurus, we may feel more resistance about having to change. Yet we’ll discover that, when Uranus is involved, resistance is futile. This revolutionary planet simply forces change when necessary.
This is a major shift that will affect all of us, particularly anyone born under the sign Taurus as well as the other fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius).
We had a little taste of Uranus in Taurus last year, when Uranus surged forward into the Bull’s sign from May 15 through November 6, 2018, before retrograding into Aries for a final few months and stirring up more change (especially for the Rams).
Uranus Brings Change – And Fast
The planet Uranus brings change. Sometimes called the Great Awakener, Uranus governs electricity and lightning, and its effects can feel like a lightning strike: fast, hot, unexpected, and utterly breathtaking and unforgettable.
We have to expect the unexpected with Uranus because it’s an unusual, unpredictable planet. Its energies ask us to free ourselves from limitations and outworn ways of living. If we don’t see the clues indicating we need to change and don’t take action on our own, Uranus generally forces that change quite suddenly.
So often, we fear change. Yet it’s the one constant in a material universe. To the extent we can remember the universe is always in flux, we can get more comfortable with planetary and seasonal cycles that teach us how natural change actually is.
As with all the planets, Uranus’s energies are available for us to use consciously. When we’re aware of its underlying purpose–to liberate us and help us awaken and evolve to a higher state–it’s easier to manage Uranus’s periodic lightning bolts and welcome the opportunity to be different and do things differently.
Taurus Resists Change
In Taurus, Uranus likely will have his work cut out for him.
Taurus is an earth sign and a fixed sign. As a result, it’s the most fixed of all the four fixed signs, the one that least likes to change and clings most stubbornly to habits, traditions, and possessions.
Yet Uranus’s lightning will strike Taurus’s earth and ensure that even this highly fixed sign will accept necessary change.
The areas affected include money and all exchanges of value–from banking to bartering and everything in between. This period also will affect the Earth herself, material possessions, relationships, and what we value such as beauty, security, and culture.
More About Uranus In Taurus
You can find out much more about what this new Uranus in Taurus cycle will bring in my in-depth article, Uranus In Taurus 2018 – 2025.
The article includes a section about the Uranus in Aries cycle, which lasted from 2011 through March 2019. It also features a horoscope for each zodiac sign, telling you what changes you’re likely to encounter while Uranus makes his way through Taurus.
Powerhouse Planets – 2019’s Best Opportunities
In 2019, the best opportunities will come from four powerhouse planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Mars.
Why “powerhouse”? Because each planet will occupy its own sign, which always makes a planet stronger. Also, each of these planets (except Mars) has a lengthy orbit and so spends a long time in every sign of the zodiac. That means its power becomes concentrated as it builds up over many months and, in some cases, years.
In astrology, each planet is associated with a sign (and in some cases, two signs). Astrologers say that the planet “rules” or “governs” this sign. That means it’s in charge of what goes on in that sign and always has an influence on the sign (and any other planets traveling through it).
When any planet is in its own sign, it feels at home and finds it easy to express its energies. That makes the planet powerful and allows us to direct its force more easily.
In 2019, we’ll have four of these powerful planets, all energizing the signs they rule:
- Jupiter in Sagittarius
- Saturn in Capricorn
- Neptune in Pisces
- Mars in Aries
Read on to see how all four give you extra opportunities to make your mark in life and move ahead on goals, dreams, and visions.
Jupiter In Sagittarius – Think Big, VERY BIG!
Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, returned home to its own zodiac sign, Sagittarius, on November 8, 2018, and will remain there until December 2, 2019.
Jupiter is the zodiac’s great expander. He’s also a strong leader who, at his best, brings generosity, mercy, optimism, and nobility to every endeavor.
In the fire sign Sagittarius, Jupiter can express these traits with passion and pursue his quest for understanding, growth, and gain.
Jupiter feels great when he’s traveling (he loves travel, especially long journeys!) through Sagittarius, the exploring and questing sign, because his favorite ways to spread his benevolent influence include anything international. From traveling overseas to meeting foreign people to trying different cuisines, Jupiter feels in his element. Jupiter also enjoys expanding through higher education, religion and philosophy, publishing, major media, teaching, and the legal profession.
All these areas likely will see positive growth in 2019. These are the best areas for you to seek opportunities and think big…very big. Develop an inspiring vision, bigger and more ambitious than you may think is possible, because Jupiter in Sagittarius can help you move mountains if you tap its energies for a constructive purpose.
Keep in mind that Jupiter’s mandate to expand will be fulfilled, regardless of whether you use this opportunity consciously. Whatever you focus on will expand, even the negatives, so make a list of what you do want and spend your time and energy on that so you can look back in December 2019 at a year well spent.
For an in-depth look at Jupiter in Sagittarius, including individual horoscopes for all 12 zodiac signs, see my article,
Jupiter In Sagittarius – Dates, Details, Horoscopes.
Saturn in Capricorn: Building For The Future
Saturn, the farthest planet from Earth we can see without a telescope, returned home to its own zodiac sign, Capricorn, on December 19, 2017, and will remain there until December 16, 2020 (with a short dip forward into Aquarius from March 21 through July 1, 2020).
Saturn is the zodiac’s stern taskmaster and constrictor. He asks us to work hard and rewards us afterward if we work well and with integrity.
In Capricorn, Saturn feels most able to do what he does best: set necessary limits so we can focus only on essentials and build something tangible and lasting for the future. When we cooperate with these energies, we grow up, achieve maturity that earns respect, and become leaders who can help others do the same.
During this period, Saturn turns our attention to the standing we can achieve in our community and perhaps even before a larger public. With visibility comes responsibility, often related to our professional lives and the place we hold within our industry or as a result of our status as a married person, property owner, or executive in a company.
Think about all these areas and how you can take your place in your community or profession doing the work you were born to do. If you set meaningful goals and commit to working toward them, Saturn in Capricorn will help you make steady progress up the mountain toward success.
Do keep in mind, though, that Saturn’s energy can lead to disappointment or even sadness if we expect fast results. With Saturn, we must accept that its potential unfolds over time.
Also, Saturn can feel draining if we become too focused on work. Watch tendencies toward workaholism and make a point of taking time off for vacation as well as time each day for yourself and loved ones.
Neptune in Pisces: Healing, Inspiring, Loving
Neptune, the middle of the three outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), returned home to its own zodiac sign, Pisces, on February 3, 2012, and will remain there until March 30, 2025.
Neptune is the great dissolver. It brings a watery, foggy experience that dissolves the stuck and hurt parts of life so we can heal. It also clouds our sense of material reality and makes it difficult to discern objective truth.
Neptune’s great strength lies precisely in this detachment from everyday reality. This planet governs dreams and other heightened states of consciousness that can fuel fantasies or inspire great works of art, especially poetry, dance, photography, and music. Although we need to manage the material side of existence, without Neptune’s inspiration we lose sight of life’s depth, richness, and beauty–and its ultimate purpose of uniting all creation in oneness.
In Pisces, Neptune increases this sign’s devotion to spirituality, compassion, and universal love. This year, consider how well you’re connected to spirituality and your dream life. Also, think about how well you’re tuned in to beauty, inspiration, and love. Invite more of these magical experiences into everyday life.
Along the way, remember to keep Neptune’s energies in perspective because this planet’s tendency toward obscurity can lead to dwelling too much in fantasy or trying to escape everyday responsibilities. It carries the potential for temptation to indulge in alcohol or drugs to blunt the harshness of material reality, so exercise caution with what you eat and drink, including caffeine. Also, if you need help with any form of addiction, seek treatment.
Mars In Aries – Driving Forward
Mars, the zodiac’s speedster and warrior, returned to his home sign, Aries, on December 31, 2018, and will remain there though February 14, 2019.
Like Jupiter in Sagittarius, Mars in Aries will feel great because Mars rules Aries and feels most free, powerful, and able to take action there. As with Jupiter, though, remember that a planet in its own sign can go overboard if we don’t stay conscious of its power.
Mars is the planet that gives us the energy and determination to get going and start something new. Mars competes and loves to win, so this planet can inspire us to test ourselves and exceed our personal best.
In Aries, Mars grants courage and the will to go into battle to move past obstacles, support a cause, help society’s underdogs, or overcome personal faults. If we avoid Aries’s tendency to be impulsive, angry, or drawn to danger, we can apply Mars’s power to make remarkable progress in just about any project or goal we wish.
Among the areas you might focus on while Mars is in Aries are fitness, health, sports and teams, leadership development, sales, politics, construction and engineering, politics, activism, cars and driving, passionate romance, and personal excellence.
Channel Mars’s drive in constructive ways by putting energy into important projects, self-improvement, and taking a leadership role when appropriate.
After February 14, Mars will spend the rest of 2019 traveling through Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. To find out where these signs fall in your astrological chart (and where you can put Mars’s energy to best use), get your birth chart now, for free, on our Free Birth Chart page.
Chiron In Aries – Healing The Warrior
Right after Mars leaves Aries, we’ll gain extra focus on this sign when the asteroid Chiron enters Aries on February 18. Chiron will remain in the sign of the Ram until 2027, giving us several years to modify how we express Aries energy.
Chiron takes its name from an ancient Greek centaur, an immortal creature who is half human and half horse. Although many of the centaurs in ancient myths were wild and even destructive, Chiron was a noble, just, and wise centaur who earned fame as a teacher, healer, and astrologer.
Chiron shared his knowledge by educating many of the ancient Greek heroes such as Jason (of Golden Fleece fame), Achilles, and Aesclepius. One of his pupils, Heracles, accidentally wounded Chiron with a poisoned arrow. Despite his many gifts, Chiron could not heal this wound and lived in great pain thereafter.
Eventually, Chiron gave up immortality so he could one day be free from the pain of his wound. He took the place of Prometheus, who had been punished for giving fire to humanity by being chained to a rock and having his liver eaten by an eagle. Because Prometheus was immortal, his liver grew back each day, and the eagle returned daily to feast upon it.
On hearing of Chiron’s noble act, Zeus took pity on the centaur and relieved his pain by restoring his immortality and placing him among the stars.
As for Chiron the asteroid, the astrological and astronomical communities first noticed Chiron in 1977. Chiron is an asteroid with an unusual orbit that wends its way between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. As a result, he acts as a gateway between material, visible reality and the invisible realms, higher consciousness, and life in the solar system (and beyond) outside the limits of Saturn’s orbit.
Over the years, astrologers have studied Chiron’s influence and learned that it has an important role in addressing wounds, especially psychological ones. Wherever we have Chiron in our charts shows where we must face the sadness of deep wounding that seemingly will not heal. The key to managing this challenge lies in respecting pain as a teacher, doing our best to overcome it, and using what we learn to help others.
Wherever Chiron currently sits tells us where, as a world, we have work to do in order to heal collective pain. In Aries, Chiron will help us assist anyone who identifies as a warrior, from military personnel to police officers and firefighters to emergency room nurses and physicians. It also will improve efforts to address post traumatic stress disorder and other “fight or flight” types of fallout.
Chiron also will help heal the negative side of Aries, including domestic and sexual violence, excessive use of force, inappropriate use of authority, narcissism, self-centeredness, insensitivity to others’ needs and pain, and the need to win at any cost. This period, through 2027, offers an opportunity to heal gender wounds and bring about reconciliation between men and women as well as between the larger culture and the LGTBQ community.
Eclipses Of The Sun And Moon
Every year, we experience two pairs of solar and lunar eclipses, about six months apart.
Seeing a total eclipse of either the Sun or the Moon inspires us and moves us emotionally. These dramatic events also move us, literally, by pushing us forward, especially if they make contact with important points in our birth charts.
Eclipses Bend Time
Eclipses bend time, helping us connect to both the past and the future. At these times, we see more clearly what we need to release and what we need to claim to create a better future.
In each pair of eclipses, we generally experience a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. Sometimes, instead of a pair, we experience a trio of eclipses within just a few weeks.
Lunar eclipses point us toward the past and how it relates to the present. Often, something ends at a lunar eclipse.
Solar eclipses point us toward the future, opening a door so we can move ahead, often quite quickly and dramatically. A sudden event or shift may bring unexpected opportunity that puts us far beyond where we otherwise would be without the eclipse.
Eclipses Warp Us Forward
In this way, eclipses are like sci fi’s warp drive. They propel us forward much faster than usual by closing off old parts of life that have outlived their usefulness and pushing us ahead into new territory that challenges us and presses us to evolve into a higher version of ourselves.
Eclipses Come In Sets, Along An Axis
Eclipses occur in sets or “families” that highlight a particular polarity of two zodiac signs. In this way, they give us the opportunity to work both ends of an axis of energies.
For example, the eclipses in 2018 were part of a family of eclipses happening in Leo and Aquarius, signs that are polar opposites because they sit exactly opposite each other on the zodiac.
In 2019, although there is an eclipse in Leo, all the other eclipses will occur in Cancer and Capricorn, another pair of related signs that sit opposite each other on the zodiac.
Here are the eclipses coming in 2019:
|Eclipse Type||Occurs On This Date||In This Sign|
|Partial solar eclipse||January 5||Capricorn|
|Total lunar eclipse||January 20||Leo|
|Total solar eclipse||July 2||Cancer|
|Partial lunar eclipse||July 16||Capricorn|
|Annular solar eclipse||December 25||Capricorn|
Take note of these dates, as important news often arrives at eclipses, either for us individually or for the people around us. Keep in mind, though, that not every eclipse will affect you personally or feel intense or life changing. The impact depends on whether the eclipse’s sign and zodiacal degree touches a sensitive point in your birth chart.
You can find out whether these eclipses will affect you personally if you know your astrological chart and look at the houses that have Cancer and Capricorn. To get your birth chart now, for free, go to our Free Birth Chart page.
The Moon – Phases Guide Moods, Actions
The Moon is the nearest planetary body to Earth, and her movements sync with ours and affect life on our planet.
On the material plane, the Moon’s energies affect anything liquid. We see this most dramatically in the Moon’s effect on the tides.
On the inner plane, the Moon tells us what we most need to feel safe and comfortable, as we do when we feel well mothered. In this respect, it guides our moods.
Also, its phases serve as a monthly time keeper. At a new Moon, the lunar cycle is brand new and filled with energies for growth. That’s the best time to begin something. At the full Moon, projects we began at the new Moon come to maturity, and by its light we realize what we actually have created. As the Moon wanes over the next 10 days, its light grows dimmer and our outward action decreases, as we’re meant to turn inward to contemplate what we’ve accomplished since the last new Moon.
The end of the cycle brings the balsamic Moon, a little know phase that brings great power–if we use it properly. Read on for more about using the Moon’s energies each month.
Full Moon – Turning Points
We experience a full Moon every month. You probably already know that full Moons bring powerful energies.
At a full Moon, emotions can run high, and we may observe others behaving erratically. It’s important to exercise caution around a full Moon because its volatile energies can bring unexpected challenges.
Yet the full Moon also can bring especially meaningful experiences. We may have insights that can help us resolve issues or harness new inspirations. Often, full Moons bring turning points when we have a sudden realization that shows us the truth about a difficult problem or relationship.
You can make the most of a full Moon by setting aside time for meditation and prayer. It’s one of the best times for spiritual work.
In 2019, we’ll see two full Moons in Libra, the sign opposite Aries. These full Moons, on March 20 and April 19, will help us balance this year’s high Aries energies (and its potential for negative Aries manifestations, such as aggression and violence) with Libra’s trademark peace, diplomacy, and ability to nurture good relationships.
For a complete calendar of full Moons for this year, see my Full Moon Schedule 2019. Mark your calendar and plan to meditate on each full Moon day.
Balsamic Moon – When To Pause
With so many planets bringing varied energies each day, we have ample support to get moving and get on with life. Yet sometimes, we also need to pause and rest.
Fortunately, every month we have a special opportunity to do just that. For three and half days every lunar cycle, we experience the balsamic Moon phase. That’s the time right before the new Moon, when the lunar cycle is nearly at an end and the Moon is a sliver in the sky that we can barely see.
This is the best time all month to simply stop. Keep your schedule light and take extra time for rest and reflection. It’s also an outstanding time for prayer and meditation because the inner self is especially active while the outer world goes on pause.
Get the dates and full details about this special and highly meaningful time of the month in my article, Balsamic Moon Phase Dates 2019.
Make The Most Of Each Month: ‘Follow The Sun’
One of the best ways to stay in harmony with astrology energies is to “follow the Sun” by paying attention to the Sun’s location as it changes signs each month.
Focusing on the Sun empowers us by aligning our lives with the astrological signs and nature’s seasons so that our efforts remain in harmony with cyclical rhythms. This is the energy that tells us “when to do what” because it literally “shines a light” on the energies we’re supposed to work with.
So if you focus on each sign in turn throughout the year, you’ll move smoothly through all your essential 2019 tasks (and the entire zodiac) by the end of the calendar year.
How To Follow The Sun
My astrology book, Follow The Sun: A Simple Way To Use Astrology For Living In Harmony, gives you an easy method for putting astrology to work in your everyday life. (To find out more about my book and watch the video trailer for it, visit the Follow The Sun page now.)
As the Sun enters a new sign each month, check your copy of Follow the Sun for details on the Sun’s new sign. Then review the chapter for that sign and think about how you want to work with its energies.
Also, pay special attention to your identity and how you “shine your light” during the month when the Sun moves through your own zodiac sign.
NOTE: You can get a copy of Follow the Sun online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, the publisher, or via numerous other websites and stores worldwide. You also may order the book through your local bookseller.
Zodiac Sign Start Dates For 2019
Here are the dates for the Sun’s entry into each sign through the end of 2019, based on U.S. central time.
|SUN ENTERS||ON THIS DATE|
|Capricorn||December 21, 2018|
|Aquarius||January 20, 2019|
How To Make The Most Of 2019
With Saturn in hardworking, strategic Capricorn all year, we have great support to get organized and plan for the future. Here’s how to begin your personal astrological planning for the coming calendar year.
Look over your 2018 calendar, diary, or journal to see how you spent your time last year.
Set aside time to meditate about the past year. Consider how you have grown, what you have learned, and how your life is different now than it was one year ago. Also consider how well you expressed your highest nature and when you fell short of your ideals.
Think about each zodiac sign and month and how well you expressed its energies, as each astrological month came along throughout 2018.
Now think about astrology year 2019, especially your hopes and dreams for yourself and your loved ones. Write down your heart’s desires for the coming year.
Also consider the larger world of your friends, colleagues, and community as well as your country, all humanity, and our planet. With good will in your heart, write down your highest ideals for all these areas as well as ideas on how you can help your ideals come to pass.
Mark your calendar for the astrology year 2019: note all the important Sun, Moon, and Mercury dates listed in this article. Also jot down the other planetary movements in store for 2019.
Set aside time at the start of each astrological month to meditate on that month’s energies. For example, what sign will the Sun occupy? When is the Moon full? Will Mercury be retrograde? Will one of the other planets be changing signs?
Think about how you can make the most of these energies.
Most of all, enjoy this ongoing creative project of using astrology to transform your life and our world!
See Your Horoscope For Your Zodiac Sign
Learn more about how 2019 will affect you with your individual 2019 horoscope for your zodiac sign:
Have A Great Year
Enjoy your 2019 horoscope.
I wish you a great year!