The United States for 2018

As of February 17, 2017 the United States entered into a new Luck Cycle ruled by the Earth Sheep. We are coming out of a decade of the Earth Horse. So what does this mean? Well, the Horse brought out some of the dark side of our moon, the other side of the mirror and seeing ourselves from a different perspective. Inevitably when the identity of a country shifts so do their alliances. Wow, isn’t that a mind blower? Do you see how this has played out politically? This time from 2007 until now has been punctuated by a focus on religion, spirituality, and education. Also finding support from overseas and as our allies were shifting we found some loyal alliances stayed true. We struggled to find ourselves but ultimately we are independent, decisive, capable, and confident.

2016’s Year of the Monkey was really about rebellion, radical behavior, and Americans looking for a new road to travel on as we move forward. Change has been a driving force. The rise of the feminine, the focus on legal issues, the cry for greater compassion are strong threads woven through the fabric of our national psyche fray.

The element that the USA needs the most is Water which is where we find a strong economy but also where we fuel the Wood which is our jobs, our power, and our ability to find success. It’s been decades (1977 – 1987) since we had that strong of an influence of Water or Wood. So now we are headed into a double Earth influence which is really a drain on that flow of Water. Not to mention the Sheep butts heads with the Ox sitting in our Day Pillar. This is a direct hit to our identity, to our wellbeing including our health and our relationships, especially marriage and the institution of marriage.

Starting in 2017 – 2027 The United States will be re-branding itself, finding a new identity, reshaping who we are and how we govern. The focus is all on us as we find our confidence, as we reach out and form alliances abroad, and how we find community on a local level. Sisterhoods will be strengthened so if you are a woman, find your circle and empower each other to rise up in these coming years as strong female voices. Again, morality, faith, spirituality, religion, and education will be playing an integral role. There is a minor yet notable shift in job stability and a direct risk to our overall welfare both from a safety stand point and an ability to thrive as a nation and as a people. We are in a stage of Development; searching, protesting, engaging on social media, and finding new ways to communicate and express our views.

In 2017 we found that the Rooster boosted Metal in our collective chart which nourished Water and benefited us financially. The economy was in a good place last year. Productivity, creativity, and motivation to be active all increased. The Fire Rooster of 2017 revealed a nation focused on a moral dilemma, strengthening faith and spirit, and looking at education. Relationships with our allies and other support systems is also going to play a large role. 2017 we became a New Nation and this is a fragile, precarious place to be in.

In 2018 the Earth Dog crashes up against the Ox in our Day Pillar and our Luck Cycle Sheep to form a 3 Major Punishments, this is like 3 mountains colliding and you can be sure that there will be an increased possibility of earthquakes, landslides, and major storms. And you thought last year was crazy with hurricanes, forest fires, and flooding. Our allies should rally to assist us as Fire will also be rising. I have deep concerns about our welfare due to all the conflict: The Punishment of Dog, Sheep and Ox plus a Harm of Dog against our Rooster in the Hour Pillar (impacting our children and our jobs), the Rooster and Dog make a semi Metal trio and the Dog and Horse form a semi Fire trio. There is a lot going on and it looks very unstable. I think we can think of an analogy to an airplane – 2017 we are off to a wobbly start but generally okay, 2018 we are deploying air masks and wondering if we’re going to crash as we careen up and down, but by 2019 things should settle down again as we find our footing and our political parties will have had 2 years to get themselves realigned for the next election. Bottom line, hold tight and focus on your own personal astrology and home Feng Shui ensuring your year is as positive as possible. Just remain alert and cautious.

As adverse as 2018 looks, the Earth Pig of 2019 will be far more stable and positive. Looking at greater consumer/ citizen confidence, the rise of women and feminine power, stronger economy, uptick in real estate and travel. Americans will be busier managing work, and home while holding strong to family values. And while there may be worry and impatience to get to that next election year, trust that no matter what 2020 brings change.