We begin the month of January with the Sun and Mercury in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is an earth sign ruled by the planet Saturn. Saturn’s motto is: “slow but sure.”
Mercury continues its retrograde motion until January 8. During the retrograde period we are still carefully contemplating all of our decisions in how to proceed toward our business and career-related goals. Several factors need to be considered in order to be fully informed in our decision-making process.
Venus is the planet of relationship and symbolizes what we truly want an value. On January 3 Venus enters the sign of Pisces. Pisces is a water sign and is ruled by the planet Neptune. Neptune symbolizes our connection with deity or spirit. Neptune can also represent escape through drugs, alcohol and fantasy. Venus will continue to be in the sign of Pisces until it enters Aries on February 3. During the time while Venus is in Pisces we benefit through spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, song and ritual which can also be shared with others.
A shift in perspective and perception can occur as the planet Mercury briefly retrogrades back into the sign of Sagittarius on January 4. Mercury will continue its transit of Sagittarius until it re-enters Capricorn on January 12. During the time while Mercury is in Sagittarius we are invited to enlarge our vision of new potentials and possibilities.
A new sense of our self is likely to find some form of creative self-expression on the First Quarter Phase Moon in Aries on January 5.
For most of January both Mars and Venus will be in the sign of Pisces. This transit can indicate an opportunity to practice compassion by helping others. Soul searching, counseling and other forms of therapy are recommended.
A Full Moon in the sign of Cancer on January 10, 11 and 12 highlights the importance of home, family and the need for emotional security.
Jupiter’s transit in the sign of Libra continues to remind us that there is much to learn from sharing our experiences with others.
The Sun enters the sign of Aquarius on January 19. A noticeable change energetically from the earth sign of Capricorn to the air sign of Aquarius is also facilitated by the Last Quarter Phase Moon in Scorpio which also occurs on the afternoon of January 19. This Moon phase suggests that a final release or letting go emotionally is likely to precede a new experience of enlightenment and detached insight.
The New Moon occurs in the sign of Aquarius on Friday, January 27 just before the planet Mars enters the sign of Aries that same evening. This activation denotes a new cycle of instinctive action to affect social and individual change. Perhaps the true revolution is just beginning.