New Moon In Aries: Taking Bold Action

We are having a New Moon in Aries during the later hours of April 11th in the Americas and on the 12th everywhere else in the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th.

Aries season began at the Equinox (on March 20th globally this year) as it always does, as per the framework of the Tropical Zodiac. Being the first of twelve signs, and initiator of a transitional season, it begins the Astrological New Year. However with this New Moon actually occurring in Aries as well, it will crank up the energies of this sign even more so in comparison to the previous weeks that were initiated by a New Moon in Pisces.

Aries is the domain of self, independence, and individual needs. As a Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars, it is assertive, courageous, direct, pioneering, and leading. It is initiating, quick, bold, energetic, and warrior-like. Negatively, this energy can be inconsiderate, selfish,  hot tempered, combative, restless, impatient, aggressive, and overly competitive. Aries lacks thoroughness due to its quick forward energy. .

New Moon Conjunct Mercury & Venus In Aries

This New Moon is close to both Mercury and Venus. This can reflect a period in which our social interactions and engagement with others can be more lively. Both Mercury and Aries have a busy moving type of energy and we may feel more active, physically and/or mentally, as a result.

The conjunction of both of these planets with this New Moon also means it is tied into cycles that each of those planets have with the Sun. Venus recently joined the Sun in the last week of March and it is now travelling ahead of it in zodiacal position.

In recent weeks this has been a time in which we experienced shifts, developments, endings, beginnings, or more clarity around Venus areas of friends, love, social dynamics, values, worth, or financial matters in some cases. This New Moon and the weeks following can continue this process, especially when it comes to beginnings or newer ways of expressing ourselves in these areas.

Mercury is now approaching the Sun as they will make their conjunction on April 18th/19th. At that time we may experience developments, which may be significant, connected to what has transpired during its previous retrograde in February and how things have unfolded since then. From there, these things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

Planets In Aries Square Pluto & Sextile Mars Trine Jupiter

This New Moon, along with Venus and Mercury, are in a square with Pluto and sextile with Mars and Jupiter. Pluto combined with Aries and Mars energy can reflect a period of intensity. However, it can also play out as issues around power, control, manipulation, jealousy, insubordination, or subversion.  It can also be revealing, psychological, compulsive, transforming, and purging.

The sextile with Mars in Gemini adds to the lively, assertive, instinctual, and energetic expressions of Aries. The Aries’ planets sextile to Jupiter, which is also trine Mars, can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is expansive, optimistic, educational, philosophical, explorative, freedom seeking, or centered around beliefs. New doors may open up and it can even be lucky for some people.

Uranus square Saturn (mentioned here in a previous article) is still in the backdrop as it will be throughout the year. Although it’s not in one of its strong periods, themes of ‘freedom/rebellion/revolution being at odds restrictions/limitations/traditions are still playing out. This may get activated in different ways by this new lunar cycle and the Aries energy that has already been present over the previous weeks following the Astrological New Year.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

How would you like to grow and expand and what do you need to change to get there? In what areas do you need to be more bold or courageous? What have your relationships shown you in recent weeks? What is important for your individuality? What are your personal needs? What do you stand for and should you be fighting for it? Do you need to be a leader in any aspects of your life? Are there any new things that you want to explore?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:31am Universal Time on April 12th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Libra: Relationship Transitions

We are having a Full Moon in Libra on March 28th/29th, which will appear the brightest on the night of the 28th for the majority of the world except for Western North America in which it will appear brighter the next night.  This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon In Pisces on March 13th. The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Libra and the Sun in Aries. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Libra side and others expressing the Aries side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Aries season began on March 20th and will last until April 19th/20th when the Sun goes into Taurus. Aries is a self oriented and active Fire sign ruled by Mars. It is associated with independence, individual needs, leading, and pioneering. It is assertive, initiating, instinctual, direct, quick, bold, competitive, and courageous. Negatively, it can be too aggressive, impulsive, impatient, selfish, hot-tempered, combative, and restless.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Libra into this Aries backdrop. Libra is a relationship oriented and intellectual Air sign ruled by Venus. It is associated with cooperation, diplomacy, fairness, justice, relating, balance, equality, peace, harmony, aesthetics, art, co-dependence, consideration of others, and finding common ground.

It is compromising, sociable, creative, charming, communicative, and is about weighing out different sides as it is symbolized by the scales. Negatively, it can be indecisive, impractical, insincere, superficial, vain, overly judgmental, passive aggressive, and people pleasing at the expense of individual needs.

Sun In Aries Conjunct Venus & Chiron opposing Moon In Libra

Venus, the ruler of Libra, has been slowly approaching the Sun throughout March leading up to a conjunction this past week in Aries. This was strongest from March 25th-26th but is still occurring during this Full Moon and will still have an influence in the weeks following. This is called a ‘Superior Conjunction’ which is when Venus transitions from being behind the Sun to moving ahead of it in Zodiacal position. Symbolically this period is seen as a ‘purification’ or ‘transmutation’ of Venus because from our geocentric perspective, Venus passes through the purifying fire of the Sun. This is an important phase of the Venus-Sun cycle. ??

Venus rules friends, social life, love, relationships, feminine energy, values, money, worth, aesthetics, art, beauty, sensuality, or things we do for fun and pleasure. However, for each of us it can also rule and affect/reflect other areas of life depending on the layout of our personal natal charts. ?Since early March when Venus was square the Lunar Nodes and up until now, we may have been experiencing endings and/or developments that could be a precursor to new beginnings in these areas of life. ??

As Venus begins to travel ahead of the Sun (from this point until its next retrograde) we can have gradual increased clarity or sense of purpose around Venus matters. Some of the Venus related developments that have occurred in recent or upcoming weeks can be connected to things that have been playing out since late Spring 2020 or following that period. However, this is now a time in which we may experience important ‘next steps’ around these areas and we can move forward in new ways with a better perception. ??

Interestingly this has been occurring while the Sun and Venus have been approaching a conjunction with Chiron which is in its peak at this Full Moon. This ties in themes of healing, addressing wounds, wholeness, integration, and spiritual growth around Venus issues but can be in other ways as well. This energy can also be solution oriented, have a bridging effect around fragmented aspects of our lives, and can also be a trigger for activating our unique gifts and abilities.

This alignment being in opposition to the Full Moon in Libra can bring a conflict and/or lead to a resolution between personal needs, values, wounds, self-worth, personal development, the need for healing and how that plays into our relationships. Perhaps the need for some sort of balance, being considerate, looking at things from different sides, or seeking peace and harmony could also be a factor.

Full Moon in Grand Trine Kite with Mars & Saturn, Quincunx Uranus

This Full Moon is moving towards a Grand Trine with Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius. This is also a ‘Kite pattern’ when we factor in the planets in Aries. The developments happening around this time (as mentioned above) can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is focused, realistic, disciplined, structured, and responsible.

It can also reflect taking action on what is important and worthy of our attention. This can be on an individual level and can also play out within our relationship dynamics. The need to establish boundaries may also come up for some people. It can play out more noticeably from the Full Moon until March 31st/April 1st as the Sun and Venus move towards a sextile with Saturn.

In the days leading up to the Full Moon, Mars was aligned with the Lunar North and is still tied into the astrological configurations at this time. This is a time for actions that are future minded and/or can be beneficial for growth and moving forward in new ways. We may experience developments, or challenges,  that can affect how we work with Mars energy going forward.  Mars has to do with our drive and it rules physical activity, muscles, masculinity, heat, competitiveness and sex. In some cases, this can also be good for positive and constructive outlets/solutions for aggressiveness or tension.

Venus will be in a sextile with Mars on April 5th-6th which is building up in the days leading up to that. This can be good for lively social interactions, creative/artistic efforts, financial pursuits, pleasurable experiences, and romance. We may also feel more passionate at that time or perhaps competitive in a friendly way.

This Full Moon is also in a quincunx with Uranus. This can reflect potential surprises, changes, separations, disruptions, or curve balls we need to deal with that can be a bit of nuisance. Alternatively we feel like it is hard to integrate our emotional and/or relationship matters with our personal freedom. However this plays out, it may require adaptability.

Mercury In Pisces Conjunct Neptune, Sextile Pluto

Mercury has been in Pisces since March 15th/16th and will be there until April 3rd/4th. At the time of this Full Moon and in the days following, it will be a conjunction with Neptune which is a planetary representative of Pisces and therefore amplifies those existing energies. In recent weeks up until early April, we can experience similar types of complications that occur when Mercury is retrograde, such as miscommunications or issues with technology, payments, vehicles, commuting, or other things breaking and getting lost.

This can heighten our intuitive/psychic potential although we may have a hard time perceiving details which can result in misunderstandings and confusion. This can stimulate creativity, imagination, but can also play out as daydreaming or mental escapism. Our thoughts and communications can be more spiritually or compassion oriented.

Mercury then moves towards a sextile to Pluto from March 31st-April 2nd. Although it is still in Pisces and close to Neptune, this aspect to Pluto can bring more depth, focus, insight, and purpose. It can be good for research, investigative efforts and looking at things from beneath the surface. In some cases this energy can be psychologically beneficial and have an empowering effect on the way we think.

Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you in the last week in regards to relationships, friends, love, money, values, self-worth, pleasures, art, or things pertaining to beauty? What is the Universe trying to show you and how should you proceed forward or express yourself in these areas? Can you identify the beginnings and endings? Is there anything that needs to be changed, healed, transformed, or cleared? Are there any wounds or patterns that need to be addressed? Do you need to take a more holistic approach or come up with creative solutions? What aspects of your life or relationships are fragmented and how can you show up in a way that is more whole and integrated?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 6:48pm Universal Time on March 28th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Pisces: Heightened Sensitivity

We are having a New Moon in Pisces on March 13th throughout the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on March 28th/29th.

Pisces season began on February 18th/19th and will last until the March 19th/20th Equinox when the Sun enters Aries as per the Tropical Zodiac. Even though this New Moon occurs during the last week of Pisces season, some of its themes will carry on into the following month due to this lunar cycle initiating in this sign along with Mercury going in there.

Pisces, being the last of 12 signs, is highly attuned to spiritual realms and the oneness of all. It is the least compatible with the physical mundane world which is a reflection of its place in the zodiacal evolution.

Pisces is a flowy sign oriented around emotion, compassion, sensitivity, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. This energy is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. Pisces can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, tranquil, empathic, mystical, psychedelic, musical, poetic, and overall creative. It is forgiving, self-effacing, and elusive.?

Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, confusion, escapism, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, and issues with boundaries. It can lack rationality, mental acuity, and orderliness. Under the influence of Piscean energy, things can be blurry when it comes to boundaries, perception, good and evil, the line between fantasy and reality, and in other ways as well.

New Moon Conjunct Venus & Neptune, Sextile Pluto

This New Moon is close to Venus and Neptune which are moving towards an exact conjunction in the sixteen hours following the start of this Lunar cycle. Neptune is associated with Pisces and is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign by some. They have the same themes/qualities and therefore Neptune’s close proximity to this New Moon (and Venus) amplifies those shared energies.

Venus areas of life that come up such as our social life, matters of love, values, art, or beauty, can be magical, soothing, compassionate, and spiritual.  However in some cases it can also reflect confusion, delusion, deception,  illusion, or lack of boundaries around our relationships or finances. The Venus-Neptune conjunction accentuates the creative and artistic qualities of Pisces. This energy can also play out with developments around gems/crystals, glamour, video games, and escaping through pleasures. For some people it can be highly romantic and/or reflect soulmate types of experiences.

Venus is trailing the Sun and will gradually be getting closer to it until last week of March when they will be in their ‘Superior Conjunction.’ Some of the things that have been playing out recently and in the coming weeks can be connected to endings and/or upcoming beginnings around friends, lovers, values, financial matters, aesthetic/artistic pursuits, or things we do for fun and pleasure. For many people this could have been felt in the first week of March as Venus was square the Lunar Nodes along with the Sun.

Both the New Moon and Venus are moving towards a sextile with Pluto. Although this isn’t a strong aspect, it can be renewing, empowering, revealing, purging, deep, and good for getting to the bottom of things. For some people, this can reflect financial benefit. This energy is mostly present in the hours following the New Moon as well as March 16th/17th, and then affecting Venus areas on the 18th/19th.

Mars Sextile Chiron, Trine Saturn, & Moving Towards North Node

Mars in the versatile sign of Gemini is moving towards a sextile with Chiron in Aries which peaks March 17th-18th/19th. This can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is healing, problem solving, bridging, or helps with our personal development and growth. Coming up with solutions, taking unorthodox approaches, or holistically oriented activities are different examples of the potentialities of this aspect.

Mars then moves towards a trine with Saturn in Aquarius which will be exact March 21st-22nd/23rd. This is supportive for asserting ourselves in a disciplined, responsible, cautious, structured, orderly, steady, protective, solidifying, and stabilizing way. It can also be a good time to initiate building something with hope/intention of it having longevity. It is also possible that there may be positive developments connected to efforts initiated last spring or perhaps other periods in the past.

Following this, Mars moves towards a conjunction to the Lunar North Node which will be exact from March 25th-27th. This is a time for actions that are future minded and/or can be beneficial for growth and moving forward in new ways. This can also be a time of developments connected to how we work with Mars energy that can be very supportive for us. Mars has to do with our drive and it rules physical activity, muscles, masculinity, heat, competitiveness and sex. In some cases, this can also be good for positive and constructive outlets/solutions for aggressiveness.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to bring more zen or magic into your life? Are there any spiritual or holistic modalities that you’d like to explore? Do you have any artistic inclinations that want to be expressed? What are your dreams telling you? What has been coming up for you around friendships or matters of love and what changes do you need to make? Do you need to take a more compassionate or gentle approach?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 10:21am Universal Time on March 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Virgo: Taking Important Steps Forward

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We are having a Full Moon in Virgo on February 27th which will appear the brightest on the night of the 26th for countries West of Central Asia and on the night of the 27th for countries East of there. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Aquarius on February 11th/12th. The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Virgo and the Sun in Pisces. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgoan side and others expressing the Piscean side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Virgo is an Earth sign ruled by Mercury. It is associated with tasks, duty, service, productivity, practicality, organizing, analyzing, perfection, physical health, cleanliness, sustainability, and purity. It is systematic, detailed, discerning, discriminating, diligent, and efficient. Virgo corresponds with problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, Virgo energy can be cynical, overly critical, fussy, high strung, and too much in the head.

Pisces is a Water sign linked to Neptune and traditionally ruled by Jupiter. It is associated with sensitivity, compassion, empathy, spirituality, creativity, art, inspiration, dreams, imagination, oneness, and idealism. Pisces can be psychic, mystical, healing, and retreating. Negatively, this sign can also be unrealistic, flaky, elusive, delusional, and deceptive. Drugs, alcohol, escapism, fantasy, and illusions are also under the domain of Pisces.

Full Moon Opposing Venus and Trine Uranus, Both Planets In A Sextile With Each Other

This Full Moon is in a trine with Uranus in Taurus. This can be a stimulating energy which can be good for trying new things or anything involving originality, innovation, technology, metaphysics, or science. Some people may also experience breakthroughs or surprises in a way that is welcoming and beneficial in most cases.

The Full Moon also opposes Venus in Pisces which will be closely behind the Sun over the next month until they make an exact conjunction in late March. Venus themes pertaining to love, relationships, friends, values, pleasures, money, and aesthetics may also be at odds with duties and other Virgo themes mentioned. This can also emphasize certain Piscean energies such as creativity, art, escapism, and intoxication. However, if we emphasize the Virgo side of the polarity, this can also be good for productive efforts around our relations, finances, art, or other Venus ruled areas of life.

The combination of all of this can also reflect taking new creative approaches to things which can be potentially for our work. Social, romantic, and financially related occurrences and undertakings can be exciting, unusual, liberating, ingenious, tech related, or experience a positive and/or evolutionary change. Generally, Venus in Pisces can also bring a magical, spiritual, or compassionate tone in our relations with others which can also play into this configuration with Uranus. This energy will build up as we approach March 3rd/4th when Venus will make its exact sextile with Uranus.

Virgo Ruler Mercury Conjunct Jupiter & In Post Retrograde Shadow

The ruler of this Full Moon is Mercury which had finished its retrograde in Aquarius on February 20th/21st. From that point until March 12th/13th it is in its post retrograde shadow which is the conclusion of the retrograde process. Certain areas of our lives that have experienced shifts, complications, changes in perception, or revisitation over the last month are becoming more clear. Things will fall into place more easily and we will be in a better position to proceed ahead in a way that is revised based on what has transpired.

Mercury is closely approaching a conjunction with Jupiter in the same sign of Aquarius. This can be good for anything educational or applying our minds in expansive or explorative ways. Thinking or communicating about the big picture, ideals, or undertakings involving media, marketing, or foreign places may also come up. This energy will be strong on March 4th/5th and build up as we approach that date.

Halfway Point Between Eclipses with Squares To Lunar Nodes

This Full Moon is in a square aspect with the previous Lunar Eclipse in Gemini which is also a grand cross when we factor in the oppositions with the Sun. The period between now and the next New Moon in Pisces marks the halfway period between the previous eclipse season in November/December (which also included a Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius) and the upcoming one in May/June.

We may experience developments pertaining to the themes of these eclipses. It can be a time of making important steps forward while also releasing certain expressions of ourselves or expired aspects of our life to help us in our evolution. The areas of our lives that are being affected by these eclipses depend on how they are configured to our natal astrology charts and are also connected to expressions of Gemini and Sagittarius.

Developments connected to communication, information, duality, intellectual matters, our immediate environment, local issues, neighborhood/neighbors, or siblings, cousins, or friends from an earlier part of our life can be part of this process. This is represented by the North Node and previous Lunar Eclipse in Gemini. The Sagittarius side of this polarity can reflect shifts connected to beliefs, opinions, dogmas, judgments, morals, higher education, travel, foreign lands, and excessiveness.

A significant part of this halfway period will be on March 5th/6th when the Sun will be in a square with the Lunar nodes. The themes and potentialities mentioned in the above paragraphs can come up more strongly at that time. Considerations may involve where we are coming from and where we are heading or being stuck between things that can be holding us back and things that can facilitate growth. Activities and developments happening at this time can also involve incorporating beneficial aspects of the past and applying/experiencing them in an evolved or forward moving way.

On March 9th/10th, Venus will also be in a square with the Lunar Nodes. The themes mentioned in the above paragraph may come up again. However, they can also involve Venus ruled areas such as love, friendships, financial matters, values, pleasures, art, aesthetics, and creativity. We may experience turning points or perhaps we may also feel that we are at a crossroads when it comes to these areas.

Things To Consider

How can you integrate creativity, compassion, spirituality, inspiration, originality, or innovation into your work, duties, and service to others? What new approaches can you take for your health or to help you be more organized, productive, and efficient? Do you need to be more attentive to details? What is coming up for you now, and in the days prior to this Full Moon, that is bringing more clarity to help you move forward in a revised way? How do your friendships, social network, groups, the collective, technology, innovation, ideals, the big picture, education, or media tie in to this?

Is there a connection between current/recent developments, issues, insights, realizations, or ideas with happenings that occurred for you back in November and/or December? If so, these newer developments can be a next step for you to proceed forward in new ways and move on from certain behaviors, tendencies, or aspects of life that are holding you back.

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 8:17am Universal Time on February 27th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Aquarius: Changes Around Social Networks & Friendships

We are having a New Moon in Aquarius on February 11th throughout most of the world and in the morning hours of the 12th in the countries further East. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Virgo on February 26th/27th.

Aquarius season began on January 19th/20th and will last until February 18th/19th when the Sun enters Pisces. Mercury is also retrograde in this sign until the 20th, and will stay there until mid-March as it completes its post-retrograde shadow period. Even though this New Moon occurs during the last week of Aquarius season, some of its themes will carry on into the following month due to this lunar cycle initiating in this sign and Mercury retrograde process happening here.

Aquarius is associated with friends, social networks, the group, the team, humanity, the internet, and what is in the best interest of the collective. It is intellectual, objective, and can be rational yet idealistic at the same time.  Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, innovative, original, inventive, progressive, technological, scientific, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

As mentioned, Mercury is currently retrograde completely in Aquarius. This is a significant time of adjustments, re-orientations, re-visitation, and a shift in developments or circumstances connected to the themes of this sign. I wrote a separate article on this, you can read it here.

Saturn Square Uranus & Sextile Chiron

Aquarius’ traditional ruler Saturn (also in Aquarius) will be in a tense square aspect with its modern ‘ruler’ (or sub-ruler) Uranus in Taurus. This will be strong from February 7th-24th, with it making its exact aspect on the 17th/18th. However, this energy will be a major part of the astrological backdrop throughout this next year (and somewhat in 2022) as they will be in exact square again in June and next December/January when these energies will peak again.

Uranus represents the freedom seeking, revolutionary, rebelling, progressive, reforming, idealistic, unconventional, technological, inventive, futuristic, and scientific qualities of Aquarius. Saturn represents the seriousness, aloofness, social/communal/collective structures, rational, and fixed/rigid qualities of the sign.

Although Aquarius energy is evolutionary and open minded (reflected by Uranus), it can also be unyielding (reflected by Saturn) when it comes to viewpoints outside of what it has already determined to be truth, fact, or what is best. This is the Aquarian paradox which is something we have been seeing play out collectively in the political landscape.

Outside of the overlapping Aquarian themes mentioned, Saturn is also traditional, conservative, and cautious. It rules commitments, maturity, responsibilities,  limitations, restrictions, obstacles, the status quo,  and structures in general. It is about patience, practicality, discipline, and boundaries.

This is a period in which Uranus themes (as mentioned) will be at odds with Saturn themes (as mentioned). This can play out as ‘old versus new’, ‘restrictions versus freedom’, ‘the status quo versus revolution’, ‘commitments/responsibilities versus liberation’, ‘elder versus youth’, and so forth. Problems with technology can also happen which is reinforced by Mercury’s retrograde.

However, this can also be a time of integrating Saturn and Uranus such as incorporating technological, scientific, or metaphysical approaches to help us with our work. However this energy plays out, it will somehow play a role in the adjustments occurring in our lives (and collectively) reflected by the current Mercury retrograde process.

Saturn is also currently in a sextile with Chiron until February 15th and will later make two more exact sextiles between now and the end of the year. Although this isn’t a strong aspect, it can be supportive depending on how we apply ourselves. This can be good for taking a disciplined approach to healing, overcoming negative patterns, and addressing some of our core wounds. It can also be good for efforts that are integrating, holistic, unorthodox, or reflective of our natural gifts.

Venus Conjunct Jupiter With Mercury In The Mix, Mars Sextile Neptune

Venus in Aquarius is in a conjunction with Jupiter during this New Moon. This can be expansive, optimistic, fortunate, idealistic, generous, or educational when it comes to our social life, matters of love, pleasures, finances, creativity, or things pertaining to aesthetics or beauty. However this can also be a time of overindulging or overspending money/resources.

Although this energy is exact on the 10th/11th during this New Moon, it can still be noticeable over the following four days as Mercury retrograde will continue to bring the energies of these planets together. At that time, it can also be good for reconnecting with old friends, expansive insights, rediscovering something that we value, or revisiting perspectives/educational material and perceiving it in a different way.

During this period, Mars in Taurus is in a sextile with Neptune which is strongest from February 12th-14th. This aspect isn’t particularly strong, but can be good for applying ourselves in a creative, spiritual, inspired, empathic, or compassionate way. Activities involving water may come up. We may assert ourselves more softly than usual and can be more easy going. This combined with the aspects mentioned in the above paragraph can reflect a lazy energy.

Venus Square Mars, Mars Trine Pluto

Venus in Aquarius moves towards a square with Mars in Taurus which will be exact on February 19th/20th. This energy can be passionate, sexual, sensual, or reflect social and/or creative activity. However this can also play out as conflicts or competitiveness with friends or lovers, financial disputes, tensions around values, or impulsive spending and pleasure seeking.

Mars will then be in a trine with Pluto in Capricorn from February 23rd to 25th. This is good for focused, determined, persuasive, transformative, or renewing action. This energy can be good for uncovering, probing, or digging for something. However, we or others may also apply ourselves in an obsessive, controlling, or manipulative manner. Mars will be aligned with the malefic star Algol and this combined with the Pluto influence can also be a time of bad intentioned efforts for some people or in the world around us.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you recently regarding friends, groups, and acquaintances? What are these dynamics, developments, or circumstances showing you? Do you feel like you need to make adjustments in how you engage in social media? What technological updates, upgrades, changes, or integrations would be appropriate in the near future?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 7:05pm Universal Time on February 11th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius: Social Adjustments

Mercury began another retrograde process on January 30th/31st which will last until Feb 20th/21st. This is when it appears to be moving backwards from our earth based vantage point due to the positioning of the Earth and Mercury in each of their orbits around the Sun. This one is occurring completely in Aquarius.

In the weeks (and especially days) leading up to it, it can already start to feel like a retrograde and some of its themes can get seeded. This happens because Mercury slows down (again from our vantage point) and travels in the part of sky it will be returning to after the retrograde begins. This is known as the ‘pre-shadow’ period which began on January 15th.

If you have read my previous Mercury Retrograde articles, the remainder of this section and the following one are nearly the same. You can skip to the third section and beyond if you don’t want to re-read all the general themes associated with these periods. Those other parts are more specific to this edition of it.

Mercury retrograde is known for the problematic effects it often has on communication technology, transactions, motor vehicles, anything with moving parts, and commuting in general. Some people even get headaches near the beginning of it. We could experience some challenges, misunderstandings, and errors around our communications, numbers/details, and commerce, as well as changes, cancellations, or delays in our schedules.

Sometimes these issues could occur when we are excessively analytical without tuning into our internal guidance. Depending on how we flow with it and other variables, we may not always experience these surface level inconveniences, or they could just be minor irritants.

Mercury Retrograde can also be a good time to revisit or redo tasks, projects, ideas, or anything else that was initiated in the past. It can give us a different perspective or shift in thinking that can help us to approach these things in ways we wouldn’t have done before. This may also be a period of reconnecting with old friends, family, lovers, or others we haven’t seen in a while. When we reconnect with people during a retrograde, it sometimes can help to facilitate a shift in the relationship. In some cases, issues from the past can come up which may need to be hashed out.

The Deeper Purpose of Mercury Retrograde

Ultimately, Mercury Retrograde is a time for us to recalibrate and adjust specific areas of our lives as well as how we apply our minds towards these issues. It is a period in which we may receive important insights and see things in a new light. In most cases, it can be mildly transformational, but in some cases it can facilitate more major transformations depending on how it corresponds to your personal astrological chart.

During and following the retrograde, certain areas of our lives can go through changes or shifts, or we can experience a re-orientation of some sort which influences how we proceed over the coming months or in some cases, it can have a more long-term significance. In the three weeks afterwards, known as the ‘post-shadow’ period, we move forward with some sort of new awareness, adjustment, as well as new ideas and thoughts that have been seeded which will develop and become more defined as time progresses.

Certain things that have come up specifically in the weeks leading up to the start of the retrograde could determine where this energy could play out. It is also possible that there could have been changes or developments at that time which may go through a sorting-out process or shift in dynamics during the actual retrograde and in the two weeks following. There could be unknown variables, either positive or negative, that were either unseen or hadn’t been conceived yet, which may become apparent over the coming month.

The sign(s) and element(s) in which Mercury retrograde travels in shows the energy we are re-orienting ourselves with. More importantly, if you are familiar with your natal astrology chart, then your house(s) or any planetary placements being affected will show more specifically which areas of life you will be experiencing its energy in. For the astrologically literate, it begins at 26’29 degrees of Aquarius and will retrograde back to 11’01 degrees of the same sign before turning forward again.

Occurring In Aquarius, The First of a Series Primarily in Air Signs

Mercury Retrograde always happens in primarily one element for 1-2 years. This is the first of a series that is mainly occurring in Air signs which will last until Fall 2022. The Air element is about intellect, objectivity, the mind, communication, and social aspects of life. This period is about re-aligning ourselves with these qualities if necessary and expressing them in new or revamped ways.

With this retrograde in Aquarius, we may experience or apply re-orientations, adjustments, developments, circumstances, or reflect on themes connected to friends/acquaintances, groups/teams, the collective, humanitarianism, the global community, activism, equality, social networks, the internet, and originality. This sign is about the future as well as the innovation and utilization of all things pertaining to science and technology. Aquarius is also associated with both rationality and idealism. It is about freedom and free-thinking.

Aquarius’ Traditional Ruler Saturn Square Its Modern Ruler Uranus

During this retrograde, Aquarius’ traditional ruler Saturn (also in Aquarius) will be in a tense square aspect with its modern ruler (or sub-ruler) Uranus in Taurus. This will be strong from February 7th-24th, with it making its exact aspect on the 17th/18th. However, this energy will be a major part of the astrological backdrop throughout this next year as they will be in exact square again in June and next December/January when these energies will peak again.

Personally, after many years of observation and practice, I currently use traditional rulers as the main rulers in my astrological delineation work. However, Uranus definitely represents many qualities of Aquarius that are contradictory to Saturn and therefore it is clearly a representative of that sign as well, yet I see it as different from being a ‘Ruler’.

Uranus represents the freedom seeking, revolutionary, rebelling, progressive, reforming, idealistic, unconventional, technological, inventive, futuristic, and scientific qualities of Aquarius. Saturn represents the seriousness, aloofness, social/communal/collective structures, rational, and fixed/rigid qualities of the sign.

Although Aquarius energy is evolutionary and open minded (reflected by Uranus), it can also be unyielding (reflected by Saturn) when it comes to viewpoints outside of what it has already determined to be truth, fact, or what is best. This is the Aquarian paradox which is something we have been seeing play out collectively in the political landscape.

Outside of the overlapping Aquarian themes mentioned, Saturn is also traditional, conservative, and cautious. It rules commitments, maturity, responsibilities,  limitations, restrictions, the status quo,  and structures in general. It is about patience, practicality, discipline, and boundaries.

This is a period in which Uranus themes (as mentioned) will be at odds with Saturn themes (as mentioned). This can play out as ‘old versus new’, ‘restrictions versus freedom’, ‘the status quo versus revolution’, ‘commitments/responsibilities versus liberation’,  or ‘elder versus youth’. This can also be a time of integrating Saturn and Uranus such as applying new, technological, scientific, or metaphysical approaches to help us with our work. However this energy plays out, it will somehow play a role in the adjustments occurring in our lives (and collectively) reflected by the Mercury retrograde process.

Mercury Retrograde Significant Dates

Below are some of the dates and information for some of the major astrological configurations during this retrograde.

*The dates below are based on the Americas. The further East you are located, you may need to consider it as the next day.

Jan 30th/31st  Mercury retrograde begins at Jan 30th 3:51pm Universal Time

The common Mercury retrograde themes and complications may come up strongly at this time and in recent days leading up to this. You may get some sort of indication of how it may be playing out for you over the next month based on how you feel or what transpires. It’s possible that certain things that happen at this time, which may seem insignificant, can somehow be connected to how this retrograde process will affect you.

Feb 8th/9th  Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the Sun (Inferior Conjunction)

This is the halfway point of Mercury retrograde, known as the ‘inferior conjunction,’ which is when it returns to the Sun. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes or circumstances pertaining to how this retrograde is affecting you may come up more during this period.

Complications and frustrations can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.

Feb 9th-11th Mercury Retrograde Square Mars, overlapping with Venus conjunct Jupiter

In some ways, this can be one of the more annoying periods of this retrograde. Conflicts, arguments, irritability, and impatience can occur more easily during this time. We need to be a little extra cautious during this period to minimize the risk of saying things incorrectly or making impulsive decisions that we may regret later.

However, as the aspect between Mercury and Mars separates we will also experience conjunction between Venus and Jupiter (also in Aquarius) which will be strongest on February 10th/11th. This can be expansive, optimistic, fortunate, or educational when it comes to our social life, matters of love, pleasures, finances, creativity, or things pertaining to aesthetics or beauty. However this can also be a time of overindulging or overspending money/resources.

Feb 12th/13th Mercury Retrograde Conjunct Venus

This can be a good time for connecting with others socially as interactions can be pleasant. Considering the retrograde, it can be good for catching up with others that we haven’t connected with in a long time and resolving any issues if there are any. Addressing financial or relationship matters can also come up. In some cases revisiting any creative effort or aesthetic adjustment could make sense as well. Mercury will be in between Venus and Jupiter and therefore some of Mercury conjunct Jupiter themes (mentioned above) may play out as well.

Feb 14th/15th Mercury Retrograde Conjunct Jupiter

This can be a very mind opening period, perhaps lucky and expansive. It can be good for revisiting perspectives, media, or something educational related. Considering the ‘big picture’ is a strong theme now with perhaps a shift in perception or some sort of re-thinking about it. Some people may receive positive news at this time. We may have big ideas but it’s wise to wait until at least 3 days after  the retrograde ends before beginning to really move forward with anything. Mercury will be in between Venus and Jupiter and therefore some of Mercury conjunct Jupiter themes (mentioned in Feb 9th-11th paragraph) may play out as well.

Feb 17th/18th Peak of Saturn Square Uranus (although strong throughout February)

Check “Aquarius’ Traditional Ruler Saturn Square Its Modern Ruler Uranus” section in earlier part of this article.

Feb 20th/21st Mercury Ends Retrograde and Goes Stationary Direct

Mercury will slowly begin to move forward from February 20th/21st onward. The areas of our lives that have been affected by this retrograde will start to become more clear and things will fall into place more easily as we progress into the coming days and weeks. As Mercury gradually picks up speed, we can move forward in the areas of life that have been affected. However, usually the first few days after it ends can still feel like it is retrograde as complications may occur due to Mercury’s stationary position. It’s usually best to wait until at least 3 days afterwards before finalizing decisions, agreements, etc.

Nearly 2 months later, at April 18th/19th and/or in the days following, there may be even more clarity around certain things that have been seeded during this specific retrograde. From there, things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

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Full Moon In Leo: Innovative & Reforming Action

We are having a Full Moon in Leo on January 28th in the West and on the 29th in most Eastern countries. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 28th for the majority of the world and on the night of the 27th for those in Western North America. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Capricorn on January 12th/13th.  The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Leo and the Sun in Aquarius. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Leo side and others expressing the Aquarian side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Leo is a passionate Fire sign. It is about our individual self-expression, what brings us joy and inspiration.  It is associated with the heart, love, creativity, performing, fun, children, romance, hobbies, and leadership. Leo is about what makes us shine as individuals and can be courageous and generous. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, pompous, dramatic, and demanding of attention or respect.

Aquarius is an intellectual Air sign. It is associated with friends, groups, social networks, the team, and humanity. It views the unique and authentic qualities of an individual as an important and contributing factor to the collective. Aquarius is progressive, unconventional, innovative, technological, scientific, reforming, idealistic, and even revolutionary. Negatively, it can be aloof, overly objective, unrealistic, dispassionate, impersonal, and overly detached.

Full Moon Opposite Sun Conjunct Jupiter & Saturn, In T-Square With Mars & Uranus

The Sun is in a conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn which both entered Aquarius over a month ago and have recently been in an exact conjunction with each other on December 21st. Generally, this can reflect constructive energy around Aquarian themes and things such as technology, innovation, organizations, groups, humanitarianism, a collective, social networks, socialistic initiatives, science, idealistic or progressive pursuits.

Individually it can also affect different areas of our lives depending on the layout of your personal natal astrology chart based on your birth time. Although this energy is affecting us over many years, it is highlighted very much throughout 2021 and especially during the weeks surrounding this Full Moon.

The Full Moon in Leo opposing this conjunction in Aquarius can reflect contention, a need for compromises, or integration between individual and collective needs, subjectivity and objectivity, fun and responsibilities, domestic matters and worldly pursuits, or passion and intellect. Certain aspects of ourselves or other parts of our lives might be at odds with something that we or others are trying to build or create.

Mars and Uranus in Taurus are in a T-square with this opposition as they sit between the Moon in Leo and the planets in Aquarius. This can reflect disruptions, instability, surprises, sudden changes,  rebellion, conflicts, impulsiveness, irritability, or erraticness connected to some of the themes mentioned above. The urge to apply ourselves in a way that is freedom seeking in response to limitations can also come up. This combined energy can also be good for experimenting with different ways of doing things or efforts that are innovative, progressive, technological, or unconventional.

Venus Conjunct Pluto, Later Conjunct Saturn and Square Uranus

At the time of this Full Moon Venus is in a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn. This can reflect a deep, renewing, transformative, purging, empowering, evolutionary, passionate, jealous, intense, probing, investigative, or magnetic energy when it comes to relations or matters of love. Issues pertaining to shadows, control, power dynamics, or manipulation may also come up. In some cases it can also reflect a change around finances or values.

On February 5th/6th, Venus will then join Saturn in a conjunction after it enters Aquarius. This can bring a serious and realistic energy to Venus ruled areas of relationships, finances, love, and aspects of our social life. Themes around commitment, discipline, duties, responsibility, boundaries, restrictions, limitations, or maturity may come up in these areas.

As Venus moves away from Saturn it will then be in a hard square with Uranus on February 6th/7th. This echoes some of the themes of this Full Moon (mentioned in the above section pertaining to the T-square) and can also play out as surprises, abruptness, irregularity, separations, loss, or non-conforming behavior.

Neptune Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Going Retrograde

Neptune has been approaching a square with the Lunar Nodes in recent weeks which peaks during this final week of January. In general, Neptune energies/themes can be experienced more strongly at this time, either negatively or positively. We can apply Neptune in a way that helps us grow and move forward, or in a way that holds us back.

Positively, Neptune is associated with creativity, compassion, empathy, spirituality, mysticism, inspiration, and oneness. Negatively it is associated with delusion, escapism, fantasy, deception, illusions, intoxication, addiction, and lack of boundaries. It is also associated with dreams, self-sacrifice, glamour, and ideals. This square can also reflect disillusionment regarding the past and/or the potentials of the future or confusion around facts and/or beliefs.

Mercury is going retrograde in Aquarius on January 30th until February 20th/21st. It has been in its pre-retrograde shadow period from January 15th onward, and since then (or perhaps since January 8th) you may have already begun to experience the types of annoyances, delays, and complications associated with it.

Some of the things that have transpired over the last month will contribute or be subject to some sort of adjustment, modification, new insights/realizations, or change in perception during this upcoming retrograde and in the weeks and following it. I will be writing a separate article on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it when it is published.

Things To Consider

What has come up for you in the last month that you feel like you need to revisit or revise? What are the dynamics/developments/circumstances around your friends or social network showing you? How can you express your authenticity and talents in a way that serves the collective or a group? Is there anything that you can be putting in place, or steps to take, to help you fulfill your passions, creativity, or the needs of children in your life? Are there new approaches to things that you’d like to experiment with?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 7:16pm Universal Time on January 28th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Capricorn: Power Struggles, Intensity & Renewal

We are having a New Moon in Capricorn on January 13th throughout most of the world and on the night of the 12th in Central to Western North America. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Leo on January 28th/29th.

Capricorn season began on the December 21st solstice, just over three weeks prior to this lunation, and will end on January 19th/20th when Aquarius season begins. However, this New Moon will carry some of the Capricorn energies into the earlier part of Aquarius season.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Capricorn is associated with structure, ambitions, achieving goals, mastery, business, career, social status, responsibilities, duty, authority, governance, and hard work. It is cautious, worldly, conservative, and pragmatic. As an Earth sign, it has the qualities of practicality, reliability, solidity and being grounded. This element is very much orientated around the physical and material world. Negatively, Capricorn energy can be too serious, cynical, cold, controlling, and unrelenting.

New Moon Conjunct Pluto

This New Moon is aligned with Pluto which is also in Capricorn. This energy can be strong willed, focused, calculated, strategic, secretive, transformational, probing, deep, regenerating, sexual, cleansing, purging, and evolutionary. It can also be destructive, heavy, controlling, intense, subversive, obsessive, compulsive, jealous, power seeking, authoritarian, abusive, violent, manipulative, and dark.

Pluto rules investments, taboos, transmutation, hidden matters, repressed feelings, shadows, psychoanalysis, and the underworld. It is associated with power struggles, conspiracies, viruses, death, fears as well as fearlessness. This Plutonian energy will be strongly felt during the New Moon and in the two days following it, but it will still affect the entire Lunar Cycle.

Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will be there until 2024. Collectively, this is a period of major changes affecting government, financial structures, and business in a big way. This has been more obvious in recent years as Saturn, the Lunar South Node, and Jupiter have all joined Pluto in the same sign. This will continue to be a big theme over the remaining years of Pluto in Capricorn and beyond. We also recently had a Great Conjunction in Aquarius on December 21st which also reflects changes affecting society in a big way over a long period.

This Lunar Cycle can really trigger the collective impact of this energy especially considering the current landscape. To learn more about all of this, I recommend reading my Pluto in Capricorn article from 2017 here and my more recent Great Conjunction article here.

Mars Conjunct Uranus In Taurus Square Jupiter & Saturn in Aquarius

The action oriented Mars recently changed signs into Taurus on January 6th/7th and has since been approaching Uranus, the planet of surprises and rebellion, in the same sign. They are both applying squares to Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius which are still in close proximity with each other.

During this New Moon, from January 12th-14th, Mars is in a square with Saturn which is the first exact aspect made between these four planets. Our actions can be faced with obstacles, delays, resistance, or limitations. Conflicts around boundaries or restrictions can play out. Doing tasks may require extra patience and caution.

As this is finishing, Jupiter will be going into an exact square with Uranus from January 14th to the 19th. This energy can be freedom seeking, rebellious, scattered, idealistic, or even risk taking. It could be good for exploring, learning, education, or expansiveness around things that are new to us, unconventional, technological, scientific, progressive, or metaphysical.

Mars then makes its exact conjunction with Uranus from the 19th to the 21st while it is finishing its square Jupiter. It can really crank up the energies mentioned above and this energy can also be impulsive, erratic, experimental, disruptive, surprising, irritable, and quick tempered.

From the 21st until the 24th, Mars will then be in exact square with Jupiter. We may feel like doing things in a big way but it’s important to be cautious around what we do because we can more easily apply ourselves in a way that is overextending, overestimating, or overlooking of important things. Conflicts around beliefs, opinions, judgements, and principles can play out.

During the later part of this period, the Sun will be in a conjunction with Saturn from the 23rd to 24th. This can have a serious tone, and perhaps the need to be realistic, cautious, orderly, disciplined, committed, or responsible, may come up. Following this, the Sun will be making aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in the last week of January and into the first few days of February which can trigger some of the energies mentioned earlier in this section.

The combination of all of these planets in close proximity to aspects with each other throughout January can be good for applying ourselves in new ways that are congruent with changes that are happening personally or collectively. However, it can also be a time of anger, impulsiveness, and rebelliousness towards obstacles, restrictions, opinions, beliefs, authority figures, as well as other recent or upcoming developments, circumstances, or changes.

Venus Square Chiron &  Trine Uranus, Mercury Entering pre-Retrograde Shadow

Venus in Capricorn is in a square with Chiron in Aries at the time of this New Moon and in the day leading up to it.  This can bring up wounds, blockages, negative patterns, or can reflect themes around healing, holistic perception, or perhaps solutions when it comes to love, our social life, friends, pleasures, values, or monetary issues.

Venus is also in a trine with Uranus in Taurus which is strongest in the day and half following this New Moon. It can bring a new, stimulating, unusual, exciting, inspiring, liberating, unexpected, or unique energy around our relations with others.  This can also reflect surprises, positive changes, or freeing type of developments around financial matters. In some cases it can be good for exploring new ways of making money that can be innovative, online, metaphysical, or technologically oriented.

On January 15th, Mercury in Aquarius will be entering the shadow period of its retrograde that will be beginning on January 30th/31st and last until February 20th/21st. It can increasingly start to feel like it’s retrograde during these weeks leading up to it as delays, technological/mechanical problems, mistakes, miscommunications, misunderstandings, or other complications can be more probable than in the previous six weeks.

Certain developments, interactions, connections, or issues that occur at this time can be connected to how this retrograde will affect us in February through its adjusting and perceptive changing qualities. There can be something we are not seeing clearly that needs to unfold throughout the upcoming retrograde and post-retrograde process. I will be writing a separate article on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What changes do you need to make when it comes to your ambitions, career, structures, or business matters? What can you do to make your profession more congruent with a changing world? What are you fighting for and what can you do to be more calculated, effective, and persuasive? What kind of strategies can you employ to help you achieve your goals? Do you need to be more innovative when it comes to making money? What area of your life is calling for some sort of purging, cleansing, empowerment, and/or transformation?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 5:00am Universal Time on January 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Capricorn: Power Struggles, Intensity & Renewal

We are having a New Moon in Capricorn on January 13th throughout most of the world and on the night of the 12th in Central to Western North America. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Leo on January 28th/29th.

Capricorn season began on the December 21st solstice, just over three weeks prior to this lunation, and will end on January 19th/20th when Aquarius season begins. However, this New Moon will carry some of the Capricorn energies into the earlier part of Aquarius season.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Capricorn is associated with structure, ambitions, achieving goals, mastery, business, career, social status, responsibilities, duty, authority, governance, and hard work. It is cautious, worldly, conservative, and pragmatic. As an Earth sign, it has the qualities of practicality, reliability, solidity and being grounded. This element is very much orientated around the physical and material world. Negatively, Capricorn energy can be too serious, cynical, cold, controlling, and unrelenting.

New Moon Conjunct Pluto

This New Moon is aligned with Pluto which is also in Capricorn. This energy can be strong willed, focused, calculated, strategic, secretive, transformational, probing, deep, regenerating, sexual, cleansing, purging, and evolutionary. It can also be destructive, heavy, controlling, intense, subversive, obsessive, compulsive, jealous, power seeking, authoritarian, abusive, violent, manipulative, and dark.

Pluto rules investments, taboos, transmutation, hidden matters, repressed feelings, shadows, psychoanalysis, and the underworld. It is associated with power struggles, conspiracies, viruses, death, fears as well as fearlessness. This Plutonian energy will be strongly felt during the New Moon and in the two days following it, but it will still affect the entire Lunar Cycle.

Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will be there until 2024. Collectively, this is a period of major changes affecting government, financial structures, and business in a big way. This has been more obvious in recent years as Saturn, the Lunar South Node, and Jupiter have all joined Pluto in the same sign. This will continue to be a big theme over the remaining years of Pluto in Capricorn and beyond. We also recently had a Great Conjunction in Aquarius on December 21st which also reflects changes affecting society in a big way over a long period.

This Lunar Cycle can really trigger the collective impact of this energy especially considering the current landscape. To learn more about all of this, I recommend reading my Pluto in Capricorn article from 2017 here and my more recent Great Conjunction article here.

Mars Conjunct Uranus In Taurus Square Jupiter & Saturn in Aquarius

The action oriented Mars recently changed signs into Taurus on January 6th/7th and has since been approaching Uranus, the planet of surprises and rebellion, in the same sign. They are both applying squares to Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius which are still in close proximity with each other.

During this New Moon, from January 12th-14th, Mars is in a square with Saturn which is the first exact aspect made between these four planets. Our actions can be faced with obstacles, delays, resistance, or limitations. Conflicts around boundaries or restrictions can play out. Doing tasks may require extra patience and caution.

As this is finishing, Jupiter will be going into an exact square with Uranus from January 14th to the 19th. This energy can be freedom seeking, rebellious, scattered, idealistic, or even risk taking. It could be good for exploring, learning, education, or expansiveness around things that are new to us, unconventional, technological, scientific, progressive, or metaphysical.

Mars then makes its exact conjunction with Uranus from the 19th to the 21st while it is finishing its square Jupiter. It can really crank up the energies mentioned above and this energy can also be impulsive, erratic, experimental, disruptive, surprising, irritable, and quick tempered.

From the 21st until the 24th, Mars will then be in exact square with Jupiter. We may feel like doing things in a big way but it’s important to be cautious around what we do because we can more easily apply ourselves in a way that is overextending, overestimating, or overlooking of important things. Conflicts around beliefs, opinions, judgements, and principles can play out.

During the later part of this period, the Sun will be in a conjunction with Saturn from the 23rd to 24th. This can have a serious tone, and perhaps the need to be realistic, cautious, orderly, disciplined, committed, or responsible, may come up. Following this, the Sun will be making aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in the last week of January and into the first few days of February which can trigger some of the energies mentioned earlier in this section.

The combination of all of these planets in close proximity to aspects with each other throughout January can be good for applying ourselves in new ways that are congruent with changes that are happening personally or collectively. However, it can also be a time of anger, impulsiveness, and rebelliousness towards obstacles, restrictions, opinions, beliefs, authority figures, as well as other recent or upcoming developments, circumstances, or changes.

Venus Square Chiron &  Trine Uranus, Mercury Entering pre-Retrograde Shadow

Venus in Capricorn is in a square with Chiron in Aries at the time of this New Moon and in the day leading up to it.  This can bring up wounds, blockages, negative patterns, or can reflect themes around healing, holistic perception, or perhaps solutions when it comes to love, our social life, friends, pleasures, values, or monetary issues.

Venus is also in a trine with Uranus in Taurus which is strongest in the day and half following this New Moon. It can bring a new, stimulating, unusual, exciting, inspiring, liberating, unexpected, or unique energy around our relations with others.  This can also reflect surprises, positive changes, or freeing type of developments around financial matters. In some cases it can be good for exploring new ways of making money that can be innovative, online, metaphysical, or technologically oriented.

On January 15th, Mercury in Aquarius will be entering the shadow period of its retrograde that will be beginning on January 30th/31st and last until February 20th/21st. It can increasingly start to feel like it’s retrograde during these weeks leading up to it as delays, technological/mechanical problems, mistakes, miscommunications, misunderstandings, or other complications can be more probable than in the previous six weeks.

Certain developments, interactions, connections, or issues that occur at this time can be connected to how this retrograde will affect us in February through its adjusting and perceptive changing qualities. There can be something we are not seeing clearly that needs to unfold throughout the upcoming retrograde and post-retrograde process. I will be writing a separate article on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What changes do you need to make when it comes to your ambitions, career, structures, or business matters? What can you do to make your profession more congruent with a changing world? What are you fighting for and what can you do to be more calculated, effective, and persuasive? What kind of strategies can you employ to help you achieve your goals? Do you need to be more innovative when it comes to making money? What area of your life is calling for some sort of purging, cleansing, empowerment, and/or transformation?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 5:00am Universal Time on January 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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