Astrology for January 2018

If 2017 wasn’t crazy enough for you, then 2018 should be just about right, because things are about to get a lot crazier.  People in positions of leadership will be challenged.  Some will be leaving the stage.  There are violent aspects throughout the year, making it difficult to form alliances or treaties.  With Saturn in Capricorn all year and Jupiter in Scorpio until mid November, we should expect the year to be deep, emotional, and trending toward our more conservative and security oriented impulses.  However, the waning Square between Uranus and Pluto will be triggered several times; as a consequence, forces of revolution will still have a say as to how things happen.  In May, Uranus will leave Aries and begin his seven year journey through Taurus. This becomes a game changing month as several planetary aspects indicate that many long developing technologies will arrive with practical applications to everyday areas of our lives; driverless cars, computer controlled homes, instant communication throughout the world will become commonplace.  Oh, yes, the stock market and housing market will take a hit, but recover before the end of the year.  I lost two long time colleagues in 2017.  We will lose more icons in 2018 as the pressure builds to clear away the remnants of the past.  Life and impermanence are inextricably bound together.
 
January 2018 is full of excitement.  The first half of the month will be great for starting new projects, generally good for business, and an optimistic mood will reign in the country and the world.  With Jupiter in Scorpio Sextile Pluto in Capricorn on the 15th, lots of money will be changing hands.  Primarily, rich people will be getting richer. With Mars in Scorpio Conjuncting Jupiter and Sextiling Pluto, there is tremendous personal energy expended by many people to bring about personal gain.  The spirit of cooperation and compromise will be in short supply.  Still, we find places to grow our consciousness through service to others.  We need to make time to nurture our key relationships, especially during the last week of the month.
 
The Full Moon comes on January 1st at 9:24 PM EST on the 11th degree of Capricorn/Cancer.  With the Sun Conjunct Pluto and Venus there is tremendous force in everything we do.  With both Jupiter and Mars in easy aspect to the Sun and Moon, we exert extra energy in order to bring about our desired end result. The Square from Uranus will continue to “stir the pot” and promises we are in for a wild ride. With Jupiter, Pluto, and the Sun in good aspect until the New Moon, we can make rapid progress; this is a tried and true business combination.  New enterprises will be favored for the next two weeks.
 
The New Moon on the 16th is at 9:17 PM EST on 26 degrees and 54 minutes of Capricorn.  With six planets in Capricorn (including Saturn, the ruler), practical, organized steps toward our goals are useful. Humility is the key Capricorn virtue; we must know our limitations now.  Accurate self appraisal furthers our quest.  There will be tremendous passion behind whatever we are doing as Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio are Sextile the New Moon.  Uranus Squares the New Moon from Aries, promising that there will be interruptions and spontaneous interventions.  We may have a really hard time seeing how we, in any way, create the chaos that periodically appears around us.  This can be a great time to practice discretion, dealing intelligently with responsibilities, and letting go of everything where we’re not obligated to be involved.
 
The Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th at 10:10 PM.  With the Moon in Pisces Sextile Saturn in Capricorn this next solar month will see the general public slowing waking up to a new reality.  The just completed Jupiter Sextile Pluto indicates that projects already in motion will be favored.   Mercury’s close Sextile with Neptune promises that escape from fantasy and careful attention to facts make it possible to build a bridge to connect with our higher ideals.
 
The Full Moon Eclipse happens on the 31st on the 11th degree of Aquarius/Leo at 8:27 AM EST.  Even though Venus is Conjunct the Sun favoring synthesis, Mercury on the last degree of Capricorn rising before the Sun and an in and out of sign Sextile to Mars, we are in a dilemma.  In order to achieve our present goals we must be willing to relinquish something we are holding on to tenaciously.  Even though we wish the best for everyone and everything, there are moments where something can’t be fixed; we must bless it and move on. There is tension in the moment but recommitting to our higher beliefs allows us to act in a life affirming manner.  My father used to tell me “Remember, every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
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