It’s that time again-a planetary alignment! Every so often, major celestial events are the buzz across the planet and currently what we are seeing is an outpouring of news items on the impact of the alignment of quite a few planets in the heavens at this time. Mostly, the news relates to the astronomical curiosity and its value mostly seems to be intellectual. But what does this Planetary alignment: 2016, mean astrologically, as there are also many views on how this will impact us, if at all, as terrestrial citizens here on planet Earth.
Currently, five planets including Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and Mars are in the vicinity of the fixed stars of Antares and Spica and appear in a straight line. They are not all in the same astrological sign however as is the case when two or more planets are in conjunction. Astrologically, the alignment of many planets can indicate a top-heavy influence in a specific area of one’s horoscope. Generally the new age community speaks of this as signifying some accelerated evolutionary moment where large masses of people will actually realise something within themselves, consciousness will be refined and the new seeds of human development sewn.
Over the years I’ve seen varying grades of alignments and while yes, we can say that there are indeed pockets of accelerated evolution, I think we all agree that the condition of the world, the wars, famine and other trammels of human existence for the most part haven’t changed in the last 5000 years or more.
The alignment may however impact us individually and differently depending upon our personal horoscope, greater revolution etc and will continue to be visible until February 20, almost a whole month. We can break down this rare alignment into the constituent planets in the following way-
If you take a look at the horoscope to 21 January you notice that the planets in this alignment aren’t all in the same house or sign of the Zodiac but are still considered as being aligned. Mercury the uppermost planet in longitude forms a trine aspect to Jupiter, the planet of lowest longitude. The trine aspect is a good one indicating fortuitous communication. For the planetary alignment: 2016, planets involved are as follows Andcover quite a few areas in our lives-
- Mercury-the planet of communication and intellectual connectivity
- Saturn the planet of trials, tribulations and limitation
- Venus, the planet of love and sociability, also to some extent ruling finances
- Mars, ruling energy, drive combativeness and sexual power
- Jupiter, ruling philosophy, religion, law, travels and morals
You can see why so much emphasis is placed on this and previous planetary alignments as they seem to encompass pretty much every department of life. Will this mean a realignment of these facets of our day-to-day lives or perhaps an imbalance that needs to be checked? This depends upon where in your horoscope this alignment occurs. Some believe that this is like a hard boot, a reset of sorts with a new cycle commencing as a result of this planetary convergence.
There are many astrologers who simply regurgitate the same old information saying that this will herald the beginning of a new shift in consciousness but as stated above, we see that these alignments happen at regular intervals over large periods of time and the notion that we are somehow now more evolved as a race because of these alignments couldn’t be further from the truth. We only have to look at the most recent wars that are being waged across the world, to see that these alignments have done very little to allay the fears of everyday people like you and I in terms of where the world is headed.
The bottom line is that astrology is not information that should be regurgitated ad nauseam simply because other people say it. As with the early practitioners of astrology observation was key to understanding how these cycles actually affect us in real terms. So, study what is happening to you now, make a note in your journal and see if there are any subtle fluctuations going on within your mind and your heart. Self-analysis and introspection are the only way you’re going to truly understand on an individual level how this planetary alignment will affect you. Forget about what all the soothsayers are saying, look to yourself and identify these subtle shifts in consciousness that may be attended by these planetary configurations.
On some level, for some of us, there may be dramatic changes and yet for others, probably the vast majority, very little may be noticed. It’s up to you to make those observations and draw your own conclusions.