In the Stars December 31, 2017-January 7, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon-New Year

Welcome to 2018! The New Year rings in bold and bright in the light of a Full Moon. Uranus turns direct on Tuesday, January 2, after a five-month retrograde spin, releasing energy for innovation and independence, and a big leap forward. Sun and Saturn have just marched into Capricorn, joining Venus and Pluto in this cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign. This power pack of planets in Capricorn holds us accountable on practical matters. Mars is marching toward a conjunction with Jupiter on Saturday, a combo that encourages risk taking and bold expansion. Consider how to de-clutter and simplify your life. Consider how the power of limits can give you more time and energy for what is most important. How can you break free of stuck patterns?


The last day of 2017, New Year’s Eve Sunday, boasts an opportune sextile to the Moon from Uranus. The snap, crackle, and pop of New Year’s Eve is symbolized by the planetary energies. Aligning with the planets, it’s a New Year’s Eve to celebrate simply, perhaps at home. We can expect a few surprising conversations. The Gemini Moon is void of course from 3:38 p.m. PST until just after midnight, 0:10 a.m. PST, on Monday.

The first day of 2018 glows with an auspicious Full Moon (Moon in Cancer, Sun in Capricorn), anchored in the responsibility and mastery of the four planets in cardinal earth Capricorn: Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto. The Cancer Moon forms a Grand Water Trine with Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. Our feelings and intuition can offer guidance, and we have the ability to go with the flow of life. Another powerful formation is that of a kite, formed from the combination of the Full Moon and the Grand Trine, with Mars/Jupiter and Neptune in sextile aspect to the Sun.  The kite pattern symbolizes metamorphosis and transformation. Sextiles are opportunities. Grand Trines offer flow and ease. Yet, the opposition in the Full Moon gives challenge and calls for attending to the business of work and family. All together this configuration connects you with the stars. A high wind fills your sails. How will you use it to move your life forward, this New Year’s Day and this year ahead—2018? Powerful insights are available with this Full Moon if we open our hearts and invite pathways to change.

Uranus stations direct on Tuesday after a five-month backward spin. Just after the Full Moon, this shift brings breakthroughs and change. In addition, the Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus, a powerful, turbulent energy that may create challenge and upset, but may also result in tremendous solutions for good. Wait, there’s more, as if these powerful alignments are not already enough. Ceres squares Jupiter, exaggerating our emotional needs and calling for nourishment. Mars squares the Moon’s nodes, and the Sun sextiles Neptune, giving vision and compassion. There are so many bold, dynamic energies at play, it is difficult to predict how this day will play out. And the stationary Uranus brings the element of surprise! This could be a very interesting day. Use this potent energy wisely to imagine a magnificent year ahead. The Moon is void of course for a long period from 2:46 p.m. to 11:22 p.m., so during this time focus on routine tasks, and refrain from anything requiring a decision.

The Moon lightly lifts into Leo, the sign symbolizing play, on Wednesday through Thursday. The heavy, challenging energy of the past few days is dissipated. An opportune Venus-Neptune sextile gives sparkle and delight, vision and compassion.

Thursday is buoyed by lunar trines to Mercury and Uranus, but frustrated by hard aspects between Mars and Saturn. The benefic fire trines may offer innovative, clever solutions to long-standing problems and challenges of the day.

The Virgo Moon signals a time for clean-up on Friday and Saturday. If you haven’t put away your holiday decorations and paraphernalia, now is the time to do it. An industrious Moon-Saturn trine Friday morning encourages taking care of business. A Neptune-Moon opposition in the evening softens the focus, and indicates that after a productive day of hard work, it is time to relax. Eat a healthy dinner and enjoy a movie.

Saturday is an extremely active day full of aspects—and potential. The Moon continues to shine in industrious Virgo. Six benefic aspects color the day with ease and flow.  A Mercury-Uranus trine offers insight and brilliant solutions. Mars is exactly conjunct Jupiter, a buoyant, expansive aspect that has been building all week. Make the most of this high-energy, productive day that is crowned with exuberance and ingenuity.

Sunday is a much quieter day on the cosmic front, but it is colored by an edgy Moon-Saturn square, challenging us to consider work-life balance. Although we’re ready for a day of rest, we will feel the call of work to be done. At the end of the day, enjoy a lovely, leisurely dinner with those you love. Look back on this first week of the New Year and marvel at your revelations, breakthroughs, and accomplishments.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Sober New Year’s Eve, with some surprising conversations. Usher in a new year of responsibility, de-cluttering, and upgrading.

Monday: Auspicious New Year’s Day! Full Moon offers insight, metamorphosis, and transformation.

Tuesday: Uranus direct! Numerous dynamic energies at play. Expect surprises and open to change. Moon VoC 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. PST.

Wednesday: Uplifting, sparkling, delightful day!

Thursday: Buoyant day. Innovative solutions available to solve long-standing problems.

Friday: Industrious day for work and clean-up. Relax in the evening over a healthy dinner.

Saturday: High energy, productive day, crowned with brilliance and insight.

Sunday: Consider work-life balance; attend to responsibilities, but enjoy a relaxing, beautiful dinner in the evening.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn

  1. Make a commitment to some regular yoga in your life.
  2. Clear clutter.
  3. Clean your closet and give things away that you no longer need or use.
  4. Design a new business card.
  5. Tell your boss or co-worker what you appreciate about him or her.
  6. Make your office space more efficient and more beautiful.
  7. Make a plan to boost your retirement accounts and savings.
  8. Meet with a financial planner to tune up your finances.
  9. Simplify your life.
  10. Love your job, and if you’re not loving it, change it.

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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 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 17 at 0:32 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 3:53 a.m.-12:26 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, January 21: 5:13 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, January 23 at 8:16 p.m. through Wednesday, January 24 at 5:39 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, January 25 a7 7:17 p.m. through Friday, January 26 at 9:40 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 2:39 a.m.-10:57 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)


Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, January 17: 6:30-8:32 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 11:53.-20:26 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, January 22: 1:13-5:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, January 24; 4:16- 13:39 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, January 26: 3:17-17:40 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 10:39 a.m.-18:57 (Moon into Cancer)

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One Response to In the Stars December 31, 2017-January 7, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon-New Year

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I think I really “felt” the Uranus shift from retrograde to direct. Its retrograde was quite detectable. The most recent Mercury retrograde was for some reason particularly difficult, as some of the retrograde Mercury periods are to me, it seems. It does seem that the retrogrades deliver an extra punch before they end. I think you’ve referred to that phenomenon here at some point in the past, Cathy.

    I wonder how much one can glean about the weather from astrology! I don’t know if it will even rain again in Arizona. The Phoenix area is so damned dry that some people have to go to hospitals to get “IV fluids.” When a man I saw ever so often here pointed out to me that he had to do this regularly here in order to survive but that he “loved the place,” as I pointed out how glaring the inconsistency was in his statement, he actually packed up and moved to coastal Oregon! He is much happier there. He asked me when I was leaving, and I must admit my shame about this.

    I begin to “worry” about the climates and weather patterns. What I would like is wetter and cooler, and things are not going my way (although I realize there’s a deep freeze across the center of the nation, which is not unusual, really). I need to travel for some health consults, and I am hesitant to go from Phoenix into somewhere where the daily highs are about minus 10!

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