In the Stars December 30, 2018-January 6, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon Solar Eclipse

The holiday season is coming to a close. Monday, December 31, the last day of 2018 holds a Scorpio Moon, symbolizing letting go of the old, the year past, and worn-out, outgrown, or stagnant habits and patterns. Mars moves into Aries, igniting our enthusiasm for the new year ahead. This combination can be reckless, and self-destructive, so be mindful of what you eat and drink on New Year’s Eve, and be cautious. The New Year begins with a serious, somber tone with the Sun conjunct Saturn in Capricorn. The Moon darkens in its Last Quarter phase; we want to draw inward, especially on Friday, its darkest day. The dark Moon perfects to a New Moon Solar Eclipse on Saturday. This Solar Eclipse is particularly potent, as it is hemmed in by Saturn on one side, and Pluto on the other side. This eclipse symbolizes limitations, responsibilities, tests, and demands. Change agent Uranus turns stationary direct on Sunday. This powerful, dynamic energy can be magnetized for transformation, and new year’s resolutions can implemented and sustained.

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Relationships are the focus of Sunday’s planetary energy. A Moon-Uranus opposition at 2:53 p.m. PST may bring something unexpected, and heralds a three-hour void Moon period. At 5:23 p.m. PST the Moon moves into the deep, dark waters of Scorpio. You may feel compelled to have a deep conversation and sort some things out.

Monday, the last day of 2018, holds a Scorpio Moon. Scorpio symbolizes death, or endings, and transformation. It is a day for clearing out what is outworn and no longer useful, in preparation for a new year. Mars enters Aries in the evening—just in time to energize a move in new directions. The sign of Scorpio can be self-undoing, and Aries can be impulsive and reckless. Be especially aware of how much you drink and eat on New Year’s Eve, and stay off the roads, if possible. A benefic Moon-Neptune trine fires up our imagination as we consider the year ahead.

New Year’s Day is a somber start to the coming year, with the Sun conjunct Saturn. Tuesday we are called to clear out excess stuff, and give our lives the works. It is also a great day to start New Year’s resolutions. Saturn symbolizes discipline and mastery. Your resolutions just might stick this year. Give your resolutions serious thought and resolve. The Moon is void of course in Scorpio from 2:26 p.m. PST on through the night.

Our mood is uplifted on Wednesday by the Sagittarius Moon. Get up early and get some exercise, or go for a brisk walk. Step into the new year with a bounce, and get going on your goals and resolutions.

Mercury makes hard and soft aspects to Chiron and Uranus respectively on Thursday, giving brilliant, maverick ideas. We are open to alternative ways of thinking, making it a good day for solving problems and envisioning a brighter future.

Friday is off to a thunderous start with a Moon-Uranus trine. The morning may bring something unexpected. The Sun makes a benefic sextile to Neptune, inspiring us to bring vision into form. At 10:55 a.m. PST the Moon moves into somber, work-oriented Capricorn, and is joined by Mercury for a three-week stay in this cardinal earth sign. Attend to work and duties in the afternoon and evening. The Moon is dark, so draw inward and take some solitude. Energy is mounting toward tomorrow’s New Moon Solar Eclipse.

The first eclipse of 2019 perfects on Saturday, January 5th at 5:28 p.m. PST at 15:25 degrees of Capricorn. This eclipse is an extremely potent one, as it is hemmed in by Saturn on one side and Pluto on the other side of the Sun-Moon conjunction. This foursome of Saturn-Moon-Sun-Pluto is flanked by Mercury at 1 degree of Capricorn and the South Node at 26 Capricorn. This stellium of 6 planetary bodies in Capricorn symbolizes boundaries, limits, rules, and responsibilities. This eclipse comes at the time of a big government turning, when the House of Representatives shifts from a Republican to a Democratic majority, and Nancy Pelosi replaces Mitch McConnell as Speaker of the House. Almost anything can be changed and mastered with the force of this powerful eclipse. Vega, the alpha star of the constellation Lyra, conjuncts the Sun and Moon at 15 Capricorn, and symbolizes qualities of creativity, prosperity, and fame. Vega may uplift the heavy energy of the Solar Eclipse, as will Neptune that forms a visionary, opportunistic sextile to the Sun and Moon.

Uranus stations direct on Sunday, following the eclipse of yesterday. When planets station to turn direction their energy is amplified. Uranus symbolizes change, the unexpected, reversals, and awakenings. With this energy exaggerated, Sunday is day to expect the unexpected. The Moon conjuncts Pluto, a powerful alignment further expressing the potency of the eclipse.

On Monday Venus bounces into spirited Sagittarius, which will lighten Venus’ loving energy that has been harnessed by its lengthy, deep dive in Scorpio since September 9. The Aquarius Moon is in a friendly, uplifting sextile to Mars in Aries. With Venus, the Moon, and Mars in independent, freedom-loving signs, the grip of the eclipse loosens, and brings a breath of fresh air and ease to the work week ahead.

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Sunday: Relationships are the focus. Moon VoC 2:53 p.m. – 5:23 p.m. PST.  Feelings run deep after 5:23 p.m. when the Moon moves into Scorpio.

Monday: Ring out the old! Let go, and get fired up for the new year. Imagine new possibilities for 2019.

Tuesday: A serious, somber day to make demanding New Year’s resolutions that you intend to keep.

Wednesday: Step into the new year with a bounce, and get moving.

Thursday: Open your mind to new ideas and possibilities.

Friday: Dark Moon. Draw inward and claim some solitude. Expect surprises.

Saturday: Potent New Moon Solar Eclipse. Honor limitations and go easy.

Sunday: Uranus turns direct. Powerful day that may not go as planned.

Monday: Friendly, free-spirited, uplifting day.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Scorpio (December 2-January 6)

  1. Love deeply.
  2. Write a poem to express your deep feelings.
  3. Review your investments and research other investment options.
  4. Make a commitment to increase your savings and investments.
  5. Give generously to someone in need during the holidays.
  6. Purge your stuff and give things away.
  7. Get a massage.
  8. Listen deeply, and say only what is necessary.
  9. Read a deep, transformative biography.
  10. Enjoy the quiet of this darkest time of the year.


Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, December 30: 2:53 p.m. – 5:23 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, January 1 at 2:26 p.m. through Wednesday, January 2 at 0:58 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, January 4: 9:41 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, January 6: 10:20 p.m. – 10:46 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, January 9: 8:53 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, January 11 at 6:25 a.m. through Saturday, January 12 at 0:18 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Monday, January 14: 7:56 a.m. – 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, January 16: 10:34 a.m. – 5:06 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, January 18: 5:32 p.m. – 7:44 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, January 20: 5:50 p.m. – 7:54 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, January 22: 5:18 p.m. – 7:22 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, January 24: 5:50 a.m. – 8:02 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, January 26: 9:21 p.m. – 11:31 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)


GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Sunday, December 30 at 22:53 through Monday, December 31 at 1:23 (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, January 1 at 22:26 through Wednesday, January 2 at 8:58 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, January 4: 17:41 – 18:55 (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, January 7: 6:20 – 6:46 (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, January 9: 16:53 – 19:44 (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, January 11 at 14:25 through Saturday, January 12 at 8:18 (Moon into Aries)

Monday, January 14: 15:56 – 18:31 (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, January 16 at 18:34 through Thursday, January 17 at 1:06 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, January 19: 1:32 – 15:44 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, January 20: 1:50 – 2:54 (Moon into Leo)

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