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.
Robert E Brown
As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.
2020 is a bit of a challenge due to all the retrogrades.
In addition to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto doing their usual retrogrades, we will have Venus and Mars retrograde.
Venus retrograde in Gemini May 13 to June 25 - Money and love are sketchy and ding dongs from the past are sure to cycle back through our lives.
Mars retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 14 - Hold off on new projects. Let others start the fight. They are sure to lose.
New projects need to get off the ground if possible before the first Mercury retrograde February 16.
The New Year kicks off with a powerful traffic jam of planets in Capricorn this month plus a full Moon eclipse in Cancer. I would not be surprised if an environmental accident, earthquake, storm or other world shaking event takes place this month. Hang on, it is going to be a bumpy ride. But don’t wring your hands and ask if it is going to be bad. Please, its just life on earth.
Saturn and Pluto are conjunct in Capricorn January 12, 2020. The last time they did this was November 7, 1982.That event occurred in Libra. The next time this happens will be in 2053. This powerful event is a marker on a timeline. Libra loves to balance so the 1982 conjunction was a marker wherein we began a cultural quest towards all types of equality including gay rights and equal pay for women.
The Saturn Pluto conjunction in Capricorn involves rules and rule makers. The current rule makers are going to balk at change. The powers that be, including those who think they are leaders, are not going to want the rest of us to have much say in the world. Get ready for some serious clamping down on us by the big guys. That of course will bring a wide spread back lash over the years as we the people of the world battle the few who want us to live by their laws and dogma. Look for big power plays by the most powerful people and countries. The quest for democracy is sure to be tested in more than one country as we have been seeing in Hong Kong.
Now don’t get all scared. However, it would be wise to become debt free as this year and next the world economy will start to lean toward normal levels before taking a turn downward in 2022.
In our individual lives we will be remaking our own rules and ways of living. Each sign will have a particular focus. For instance a person who is very successful, but his or her work is so demanding that the person is wondering if the high salary is worth the vast amount of responsibility. Many of us will question the way we live and if it is worth the stress and effort.
Mercury communicator/playful trickster/keeper of the schedule
On December 28 Mercury joined Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node of the Moon in Capricorn. Mercury will cross Jupiter January 2. It is a travel and expansion day. There are sure to be tall tales told on twitter. It should be amusing to hear all the rhetoric. That which is untrue may seem true.
The Sun and Mercury in Capricorn are sextile Neptune in Pisces January 7/8. There is a vibe in the air so listen to it, especially if you are Capricorn or Pisces
Mercury is all tangled up with the full Moon and the Saturn/Pluto conjunction January 10. There are sure to be power struggles in the months to come as a result of that, but more on that when you read about the eclipse.
Mercury moves through Aquarius January 16 through February 3. While Mercury moves through Aquarius our thoughts and communication are out there in the ethers. Many of us will have new and independent thoughts. Aquarius and others will expose the follies and prevailing hypocrisies. If anybody is going to be stirring up manure during these days, it will be an Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio.
Stand ready to take cover when Mercury in Aquarius is square Uranus in Taurus January 18. Explosions are sure to happen literally and figuratively. Those of us born during the first week of any sign can expect surprises and changes that knock you off balance. You may have to work harder during this time but you will learn a lot. Once you recover from the upset all will be much better.
Mars - We know who you are because all you can do is talk about you, but you can get the battle won or the job done.
Mars moves through Sagittarius January 3 until February 16. What a relief as Mars moving through Scorpio had some of us just plain bitchy. Mars moving through Sagittarius has many of us feeling enthusiastic about this or that project or adventure. Be sure you make those plans between before the full Moon Jan 10 or after the new Moon January 24 until February 9. Otherwise the grandest of plans can suffer a sudden demise. Think big, but remember the practicalities.
Mercury is sextile Mars January 25 while Venus is square Mars January 26. Make plans and do talk about it with people who can help you. That includes your angels. Your excitement will be palpable and many of us will have the ability to mobilize people to help us.
Venus square Mars also brings irritation with those to whom we are closest. This goes double for Pisces and Sagittarius.
Mars square Neptune January 28 brings up someone’s dirty laundry. Be on the lookout for those pictures that got posted without your permission or your knickers.
The full Moon. It is an eclipse and the first of thirteen full Moons this year.
The full Moon eclipse occurs at 1:21 pm CST January 10. The new Moon eclipse December 25 was in Capricorn and the full Moon eclipse this month is in Cancer at twenty degrees. It is opposite the Saturn Pluto conjunction and the Sun is conjunct Mercury. This is also called the Wolf Moon so you may want to go out and howl at this one as life will feel intense. Mercury and the Sun are right there in the mix and exactly conjunct Saturn and Pluto January 12 and 13. There is sure to be a face off between those in power and those who are oppressed in various areas of the world and in our lives. The need for security will be evident for many of us. Look after the weaker members of your pack and make sure none of the children are being bullied and no one is being stalked.
This super charged full Moon will give us a sample of what to expect in years to come due to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction.
A full Moon eclipse occurred at nineteen degrees Cancer January 10, 2001. It is not the exact same degree but look back to see what was going on then and you will get an inkling as to what to expect in the months to come.
Uranus the great awakener
At the same time as the full Moon, Uranus goes direct in Taurus. Those of us born during the first few days of any sign are sure to feel this radical and inventive planet go direct. At the same time Uranus is thirty degrees away from wounded healer Chiron in Aries. Identity crisis anyone?
Many of us are really going to see some change in our lives. The call for change is sure to get louder in the months to come as we awaken to the truth about our current situations in this life.
Venus the pleasure planet
Back down here in our individual lives, Venus moves into Pisces January 13 through February 7. Venus in Pisces compels us to dash away our biases and love everyone and everything. Use a bit of caution and don’t get in cars with strangers. It won’t turn out well.
Right off the bat, Venus is sextile Uranus in Taurus January 15. This is a good day to attend a party or hit happy hour at the pub. Get out and mingle. Something can come from playtime. Those of us who are clingy will have to deal with friends who need freedom. Don’t worry they will be back.
Venus in Pisces is sextile Jupiter in Capricorn while the Sun is square Uranus in Taurus January 23. Venus and Jupiter want a cozy romantic time while the Sun and Uranus gives us fun and excitement that is not our usual experience.
Venus will be crossing her big brother Neptune January 27. Neptune is the higher vibration of love. Do something magnanimous at this time. That may soothe over the irritation caused by Venus square Mars January 26.
The Sun is who we think we are but we are more
The Sun moves through Aquarius January 20 to February 18. We are at last moving away from the restrictions of all those planets in Capricorn. Rules rules and more rules can go to hell now that the Sun is out of Capricorn and into Aquarius. Independence and innovation are back in order along with remembering we do have some individual rights. Aquarius is set to start off new while Taurus and Scorpio must make adjustments. Leo needs to stay ready to realize you are not where you need to be now. Libra and Gemini are wise to enjoy a bit of ease that you may have not had for a while.
The New Moon is January 24 at 4 degrees Aquarius at 3:42 pm CST.
This new Moon is square Uranus so we will be having all sorts of new experiences and meet people whose life and culture is different than our own. Get ready to be awakened to new ideas during this cycle.
Use the days until the full Moon February 9 to plant your seeds of life. Get projects started but do not do anything of importance, including shop for shoes while the Moon is void. Readers can find those times on the Moon void page of this site.
Now that you have read this overview of the January you may want to hide under the covers. Remember that at the start of the column I said that Saturn/Pluto is a marker on a timeline. It is a defining point in life on earth. Moving forward over the next thirty-two years the rules and rulers will be changing. Case in point is the Queen of England. She is sure to pass in a few years and even Prince Charles will most likely do the same in thirty years time. Here in the United States the old law makers and will be passing on or retiring so that people with a different life experience will take the reins.
People that were born on or after the last Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Libra are under the cultural influence of equality for all. Their influence and experience will come into power and hopefully have a positive affect. Those who have all the money and power will not have all the money and power forever because if there is one thing astrology teaches it is that the planets are constantly moving and influencing us. As the planets change, we evolve. Use good sense and do not get caught in the crush. It will all be okay.
2020 Mercury Retrograde
Feb 16 to March 9
June 17 to July 12
Oct 13 to Nov 3
All times are CST
January 4 10:15 am to January 6 at 6:08 am
January 9 2:43 am until the full Moon January 10 at 1:21 pm. That would produce a pretty intense relationship though.
January 24 from 3:42 pm to January 25 at 1:06 pm
January 31 after 6:28 pm
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Due to timezone differences always look at the Moon Void Chart in your timezone to make sure the Moon is not void. That is on the Moon Void page of the site.