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January 2018


January is a serious, get down to business, get organized and face reality month. It’s a time to downsize and get rid of the excess in your life that distracts you. It’s a great month for those who are not afraid of hard work. The month starts with a full moon that emphasizes the split between home and career and that sets the tone for the month, On January 2, Uranus ends his long retrograde phase and starts moving towards the end of Aries.

As the Sun contacts both Saturn and Pluto during the month it brings gravity to life. The month ends with a Lunar eclipse which will help you purge anything that is still holding you back. 

 January 1 – Moon in Cancer. The first contact the Moon makes in this new year is to Saturn. This sets the theme of the year and is in line with the Solstice chart which has the Sun next to Saturn in Capricorn. You must be responsible and have integrity in all you do or you will pay a penalty. Find comfort in your family and in the good memories from the past. Today’s full Moon prompts you to be still and look within.

 January 2 – Moon in Cancer, VC 5:46 pm. Uranus spins around and begins to move forward again. This will disturb your plans for the day and may cause a bit of anxiety as you feel the tension between what’s past and what’s ahead. It’s a good day to let go of things and attitudes and other people’s expectations. You’ll walk the fine line between hurting someone’s feelings and acting on what’s best for you.

 January 3 – Moon in Leo. You will feel free as you promote your creative ventures. It’s best to be able to work with a plan or a schedule, especially when you want to influence someone with your new ideas. The more you can be practical, the more you will shine. Take the kids, and/or your loved one, to a play or concert.

 January 4 – Moon in Leo, VC 6:10 pm. After a short period of feeling Grinchy in the morning, your generosity returns and you want to share yourself with those around you. You can be the spark that ignites someone’s creativity. Look on the bright side during these dark days. Have some fun today and mix business with pleasure.

 January 5 – Moon in Virgo. You’ll put your nose to the grindstone and work long hours today. You can channel practicality and perseverance and the will to achieve. You can solve any problems at work and fix anything that isn’t working. No task will seem too boring and you’ll tackle the little details with dedication. Fill out forms and send in applications.

 January 6 – Moon in Virgo. Mars and Jupiter meet up in the sign of Scorpio. They give you great energy to discover what is underneath the surface. You’ll find lost objects as you clean the house. You can make a psychological breakthrough and change a static emotional pattern. Dig deep in as many ways as you can. Have fun with your partner tonight and break some taboos.

 January 7 – Moon in Libra. Sit down in your favorite chair and imagine how you would like to redecorate your house. Think of reducing clutter and making your home more harmonious. You won’t want to do much today but will want to dream big dreams. It’s a good day to entertain in a low-key way. Invite your close friends over and enjoy their company.

 January 8 – Moon in Libra. Today is a lucky day. The Sun and Jupiter do a stately waltz and invite you to dance into your future by moving forward with grace and dignity. Take a chance, follow your hunches, and reach for the sky. Although you may not feel like putting out the effort, the hard work you do today will pay back more than you expect it to.

 January 9 – Moon in Libra, VC from 11:13 am until 3:05 pm when it enters Scorpio. The Sun, Venus, and Pluto all meet on the same degree of Capricorn. Their meeting gives you an opportunity to make big changes that will be easy to do but very beneficial. Take the next step towards your goals. The morning is a prime time to discuss the issues in your relationship and find a suitable compromise that pleases both sides.


January 10 – Moon in Scorpio. You have lots of energy today and it’s best spent on plans for your career. It’s a serious day when you see what’s real and what’s just fluff. Try to work alone so you can concentrate on your project. Let your intuition guide you. Stay grounded and let anything anyone says that isn’t nice just roll off your back. Don’t waste time by get sucked into someone’s drama.

 January 11 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 9:53 am. You have a few hours in the morning to work on the important things and you can get a lot done. Mercury enters Capricorn and he helps you think in a clear, concise, linear manner. He helps you speak in a professional way. Use the rest of the day to clear out the papers and magazines left over from last year. Catch up on writing in your journal.

 January 12 – Moon in Sagittarius. Play today, as you will want to work tomorrow. Find time to get outside and explore as you exercise. Plan your next big trip and make the reservations. Find a course or workshops which will teach you something new. Take off on a weekend trip, best if it’s to somewhere you’ve never been to. Eat dinner at an ethnic restaurant.

 January 13 – Moon in Sagittarius. Mercury and Saturn meet and they focus your mind on how you can downsize and reduce all the excess in your life. You will focus on serious matters. Venus and Uranus challenge you to open your heart in a way you’ve never done. It’s a day when you can have a brief encounter with someone who will say the words that motivate you to change your life.

 January 14 – Moon VC Sagittarius, enters Capricorn 2:42 pm. Sleep late and enjoy lying in bed that extra few minutes. Uranus comes forward to shake up your plans and disrupt what you had scheduled. He wants you to rebel against something that feels to restricted even if it gets you in trouble. Take time this evening to account for how you spend your time and money.

 January 15 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s a good day for working and you may want to go to the office even if you have the day off. The key words for the day are reduction, contraction, and organizing. Make a plan that will get you through the year. You may feel cranky and critical so find a way to deal with annoyances. Tonight is the dark of the moon.

 January 16 – Moon in Capricorn. Today’s new Moon is a time to move forward on your career path. You can’t skip a step but can do a slow advance that will be permanent. It is a powerful time to make another set of New Year’s resolutions after you meditate on your strengths and weaknesses. You can make some hard decisions today.

 January 17 – Moon in Aquarius. Venus enters Aquarius and we begin to feel a shift to Saturn’s other sign, Aquarius, which he shares with Uranus. Now you can take your edgy ideas and figure out how to put them to use. You want to think more and act less. Find new reading material to feed your mind. Go to a meeting that promotes helping your community.

 January 18 – Moon in Aquarius. Think about your health and what you can do to improve it. You have the discipline to start or continue on a diet or exercise regimen. It’s a good day for therapy of all kinds. Get together with friends and acquaintances to share ideas and see how you can make your dreams happen. It’s you last day to get organized using Capricorn energy.

 January 19 – Moon VC Aquarius, enters Pisces 3:26 pm. The Sun enters Aquarius at 10:09 am. There’s a dreamy, spacy feeling to the day. Let your mind wander and see where it takes you. You can offer good thoughts in meetings, ones that make people think in a different way. Do something that’s out of your comfort zone tonight.

 January 20 – Moon in Pisces. This is a good weekend to take a meditation, yoga, or any type of spiritual retreat. If you can’t go somewhere, take time to create your own retreat at home. You may want to get lost in an artistic project. It’s a good time to step away from your everyday life and do something that nourishes your soul. Do an act of kindness towards someone who you rarely see.

 January 21 – Moon in Pisces. Look around the house and see if your plants need attention. You can transplant them or start some seeds today. Devote part of the day to house chores, then do something that helps a person in need, and then drift away into your favorite mode of escape. Leave the things that must get done until tomorrow. It’s a day to take a rest.

 January 22 – Moon in Aries. Now you can move forward as if the ball and chain is taken off your ankles. If you’ve spent time planning and organizing, it will be easy to take those steps up the career ladder. Stay practical so you don’t run into a wall. You need to be independent and to go at your own pace. You’ll be aware of the restrictions in your life and which ones you can get rid of.

 January 23 – Moon in Aries. Simplify your life so that you can see and act on the new way forward. You want to take risks and push up against the established way from making political statements to finding a new way to let off steam. There’s no stopping you today so you’ll have to try not to burn out. Protect your head when doing activities that need a helmet.

 January 24 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 8:39 am. Mercury and Pluto meet to help you think deep thoughts. It’s a good day to work on your research and writing projects or to compose music. Fill out and send in job applications and go for interviews. You’ll feel grounded and able to handle the earthy things in life. Shop for food and cook a gourmet dinner tonight,

 January 25 – Moon in Taurus. Mercury receives a boost from Jupiter and they urge you to keep on with your writing, speaking, or any communication project. It’s also a great time to set out on a long trip. You’ll want to procrastinate on any seemingly difficult or boring piece of work. Pamper yourself with massage or a facial. Forget the diet tonight.

 January 26 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 12:40 pm. You’ll feel a bit lazy this morning and wish you could stay in bed. Your energy picks up in the afternoon so that’s the time to do any thought intensive work. Your mind takes off in flight and you’ll find the right words to say for any situation. Buy some new books or eBooks to feed your hungry intellect.

 January 27 – Moon in Gemini. You get a temporary reprieve from the bonds of responsibility and can run free to do what you want. It’s a day to be out and about, with lots of visits to friends and acquaintances. Browse the bookstores, libraries, and office supply stores. Buy yourself that new electronic device you’ve been eyeing. It’s a good day to have your book group or other meeting where you get together with people and exchange ideas.   

 January 28 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 1:57 pm. Read through the Sunday papers in print or online and then have some political discussions. The afternoon is the time when you’ll want to stay home and do the cooking and cleaning. Call Mom and see what’s new in her life. Make a schedule for the coming week and get serious about doing what must be done.

 January 29 – Moon in Cancer. When your intuition and your logical mind are at odds, go with what your intuition tells you. You’ll feel answers rather than think them. Try to get the week’s important work done today. Make appointments for house repairs and equipment maintenance. Contact family members and see if they would like to share a meal with you.

 January 30 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 11:40 am until 1:53 pm when it enters Leo. The energy of the day is unstable due to tomorrow’s eclipse. The morning is a good time for therapy, physical or emotional. Use the afternoon and evening for your artistic pursuits and creative ventures. Find time to have fun and put off the important stuff for a few days.

 January 31 – Moon in Leo. Today’s full moon is eclipsed. It is time to look deep into your heart and see where you act from love and determine what is blocking you from expressing your love. See if romances that happened in the past and are still having a negative effect on you. Mercury enters Aquarius to help you find some objectivity and make it easier to let go.








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