I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.
Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.
Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.
The new year begins with the Moon in the fourth quarter of the current cycle. Though the calendar says start off new, the Moon cycle says that it is time to clear your desk finishing the items of life that are still waiting for completion.
The Sun is conjunct Saturn in Capricorn on January 2. Anytime Saturn is involved, good sense is employed and concentration is required. This can be challenging time for Aries, Cancer, and Libra. However, Virgo and Taurus have the sense to read the directions in order to get tasks at hand accomplished.
Mercury in Sagittarius is trine Uranus January 4. Uranus is just about to go direct in Aries January 6. This is a time to resolve challenges that have been hanging in limbo. Unique solutions are the answer to the challenges at hand. Think out of the box.
Later in the evening of January 4 Mercury moves into Capricorn. Capricorn is a logical and methodical sign so our thinking and communication will be less emotional and pertain to facts and figures. Mercury moves through Capricorn until January 24.
Mercury in Capricorn is square Mars January 8. We can accomplish a lot now but will have to make sure arguments and accidents do not rule this time.
The January 5 new Moon is an eclipse in Capricorn at 15 degrees at 7:28 on CST. This one is conjunct Saturn which calls for a conservative approach to any project. However, it is also sextile Neptune which decreases the seriousness of Saturn. This eclipse is good for starting new business in the coming months. Those of us born around the 6th of any month will be extra motivated to create a new situations in the six months to come.
Uranus, retrograde since last August 7 goes direct January 6. While Uranus is retrograde it is harder to handle erratic behavior. Some of us just end up popping off unexpectedly. This will not be so strong once Uranus goes direct. However, Uranus is now direct in the final two degrees of Aries. Unexpected upsets and endings are on the horizon. Get ready, Taurus. Uranus is coming to change your life in March and there is nothing you can do but fasten your seatbelt.
Venus moves out of Scorpio and through Sagittarius January 7 - February 3. Venus in Scorpio is intense while Venus in Sagittarius is light hearted, independent and to the point. We will all feel a bit better now. That goes double for fire signs Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo. These signs are looking good and the rest of us will be drawn to their fire. Don’t get burned.
The Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn January 11 brings about deep introspection. If you feel weird, weepy, or like life is too intense, then you are feeling the Sun and Pluto together. This should pass within a day. Stay away from power struggles within yourself and others.
On the heels of the Sun and Pluto conjunct is Mercury conjunct Saturn in Capricorn January 13 News will be sobering. If you stay focussed and listen to conventional wisdom you can skate through the restriction that prevails at this time. One day later Mercury sextile Neptune lightens our mood and our sixth sense guides us.
Jupiter in Sagittarius is square Neptune January 13, June 16, and September 21. We will notice the effects of Jupiter square Neptune during January, May, June, September, and October. This affects us such that we will feel overly optimistic and in some cases to our own detriment. Do not believe anything that is too good to be true. If that helmet really could grow hair it would not just be on more than social media. Do not read everything you believe and check your sources. People will try to fool you out of your money, love, and self esteem. Do not hand your trust to just anyone and do not follow charismatic people. They do not have your best interest at heart.
While under the influences of Jupiter and Neptune, the Sun in Capricorn is sextile Neptune in Pisces January 4. Listen to your dreams and make note of those psychic impressions now. They will prove to be right on target.
Venus is trine Mars in Aries and conjunct Jupiter January 18 and 22, respectively. Mars will be trine Jupiter January 25. This is really a lucky or just easy time, generally. Love and dating should go well, generally.
On January 18 Mercury is also conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This entails soul searching and digging into buried emotions. This can be due to surprises created by the Sun in Capricorn square Uranus at the same time. Slow down so that you can react to those surprises with maturity. Similar surprises and schedule changes happen again with Mercury square Uranus January 23.
The Sun moves through Aquarius January 20 - February 18. During those days our attention will turn toward inventive ways to do tasks. We will have the urge to break out of the structures we have created that now make us feel confined. Consider your goals, your community of friends, and those worn out ideas. This is and easy time generally for Aquarius, Gemini, Libra. The rest of the signs may feel scattered out of balance or overwhelmed by data.
At the same time Venus in Sagittarius is square Neptune in Pisces. This aspect brings up aspects that make us feel insecure, especially if you are Pisces or Sagittarius. Someone will say something or do something that throws us off our game which is most likely already wobbly. Protect your heart and self esteem now and don’t listen to what people say about you that is not positive. They are just wrong and delusional.
Mercury joins the Sun in Aquarius January 24 through February 10. This adds to our need to think about innovation and how that can make life better for all of us, especially when the Sun and Mercury conjunct January 29.
The lunar eclipse/super Moon occurs at zero degrees Leo at 11:16 pm CST January 20. The word super is used because the Moon appears so large. That is because the Moon is at its closest point to the earth. The red coloring is due to the light of the Sun refracting through the earth’s atmosphere and onto the Moon.
Anyway, this full Moon in Leo is a lunar eclipse which puts us in touch with our emotions. The Moon in Leo is square Uranus in the late degrees of Aries. This total package will bring about events that catch us off guard. Its sounds cliche but expect the unexpected. Pay attention to your surroundings. Those of us born in the very first day or so of a sign as well as the last few days of any sign are most affected by this eclipse. Those effects will last into July 2019.
In ancient times eclipses were harbingers of disaster such as a death of a leader or a drought. This eclipse certainly will bring up events in our lives that are memorable. Many of us will feel anxious and not know why we feel this way. However, don’t freak out and worry about it now as that is useless energy spent. Just know that shifts in life are coming. Turning points with relationship occur and there will be no going back.
On the same day Mars in Aries is square Saturn in Capricorn. Mars is passionate and wants to win the war but Saturn tells Mars to make a plan before launching any campaign. We will feel this restriction January 16 - 30. There are sure to be some fireworks as titans battle giants. Days later on January 25 Mars is trine Jupiter alleviating some of the blocks we are experiencing.
Saturn in Capricorn is sextile Neptune January 31, June 18 and November 19. This lends reality to what seems magical. Those that employ the organizational gifts of Saturn can reap rewards that compassionate and spiritual Neptune has to offer. Those of us who are on the dishonest side of any scam are sure to be accused. Some of us who are innocent will have the same experience. What seems to be bliss will be under attack so use caution and keep a low profile especially if you are Capricorn, Pisces, or Virgo. We have felt Saturn sextile Neptune since late December.