In the Stars January 13-20, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse

The week ahead builds toward a potent, dynamic Supermoon (when the Moon is closest to the earth) Total Lunar Eclipse. Four planets are in hard-working Capricorn: Sun, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto, as well as the South Node. In the midst of the recent solar Eclipse, and the upcoming Total Lunar eclipse on Sunday, January 20, keep things simple, and focus on your responsibilities. It is best not to start new projects, but attend to your responsibilities, and keep good control of expenses—emotional and monetary.

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A Mercury-Saturn conjunction Sunday focuses our attention on serious matters, including our goals. A Jupiter-Neptune square draws us toward our ideals and dreams. At least five challenging aspects to the Aries Moon makes this an extremely active, and perhaps frustrating day. Keep moving—but be aware, and be careful.

Monday morning is likely not to go as planned. Expect a surprising, meandering start. A Moon-Uranus conjunction at 7:56 a.m. PST begins a Moon void of course period until 10:31 a.m. PST when you can expect the day to get moving. Then the Moon shifts into grounded, fixed earth Taurus which will help you get a lot accomplished.

Tuesday is a steady, practical, earthy day, with the Moon exalted in sensuous Taurus. The Taurus Moon makes benefic aspects with Neptune, Saturn, and Mercury. We are inspired to lean in and take care of things—especially our surroundings, our plants, and our gardens. Do something to make your home or office a bit more beautiful. Enjoy at least one leisurely, delicious meal.

The Taurus Moon makes a benefic, grounded trine to the Sun at 10:43 a.m. PST, beginning a long period when the Moon is void of course until 5:00 p.m. PST. During this time attend to routine, insignificant matters, and don’t waste your time in meetings that are likely to go nowhere. At 5;00 p.m. PST the Moon moves into chatty, curious Gemini, and then we will want to connect and commune.

Thursday is a social day filled with curiosity and a propensity toward connection. We dream the ideal and stretch our limits. Lunch and dinner should not be alone; connect and converse.

Friday Mars trine Venus has a harmonizing effect. The Moon is still in Gemini, the mutable air sign that keeps conversations going. Mercury is conjunct Pluto, empowering our thoughts, and enabling us to get to the root of problems and challenges. The Sun is square Uranus, and the Moon makes a benefic sextile; the day will not likely go as planned. Rebellion is in the air. Friday promises to be an exciting day!

Saturday is a demanding day, a good one to focus on deep cleaning, emotionally and physically. The sensitive, family-oriented Cancer Moon forms tense aspects to Mars and Saturn. Lean in and meet the challenge with hard work, and give a lot of latitude and understanding toward others. We may feel shortchanged in getting our needs met. Later in the day, a benefic Moon-Neptune trine will ease the tension.

Sunday is super-charged with cosmic events. The Sun moves into Aquarius tropically, and forms a Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse at 0:52 degrees of Aquarius/Leo tropically. Earlier in the day the Moon makes a powerful opposition to Pluto and Mercury, and squares Uranus. Pallas Athena joins the party to form an action-oriented cardinal, action-oriented Grand Cross. Chiron makes benefic aspects to the Full Moon, perhaps providing some salve for the wounds. Venus is exactly conjunct Jupiter, and is in a tense square to Neptune. What do all of these planetary aspects mean for us? Eclipse events are difficult to predict, and with Uranus making a square to the eclipse planets, how it will play out is even more unpredictable. Late degrees of cardinal signs are involved (Uranus in Aries, Moon/North Node in Cancer, Pallas Athena in Libra, and Saturn, Mercury, and Pluto in Capricorn). Cancer symbolizes consideration of family and tradition; Capricorn symbolizes building structures for the future. The Full Moon occurs in the first degree of Leo and Aquarius, symbolizing self-concerns and the community. The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is “Under Emotional Stress, Blood Rushes to a Man’s Head.” This symbolizes people being fired up emotionally. With the stand-off between getting funding for a wall versus the continued shutdown of the government, this issue is likely to come to a boiling point. The Sabian symbol of the Sun is ‘An Old Adobe Mission in California.” California’s adobe missions are symbols of the ability to use natural materials to build something lasting and enduring that nourishes the community. Lynda Hill wrote about this symbol (1 degree Aquarius) in her book The Sabian Oracle, “The Truth to be remembered is that contributing to other’s lives and caring about people in a community is not about control, but acceptance of, and reverence for, each person’s divinity.” Eclipse days are intense, and this one is particularly dynamic and potent. It is best to keep things simple, and keep stress to a minimum. Be prepared to meet the challenges that may arise.

Monday morning’s light after the eclipse brings more tension through a Mars-Saturn square. Strong physical exercise Monday morning would be a good way to discharge this tight energy. Toward evening the Leo Moon makes benefic trines to Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, easing the tension and bringing more joy and optimism.

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Sunday: Dynamic, active day. Focus on goals, and also on ideals.

Monday: After a meandering morning with the Moon void of course from 7:56-10:31 a.m. PST, then you can expect to get things accomplished.

Tuesday: Grounded, practical day to get a lot accomplished. Inspiration is at hand to make your life more beautiful.

Wednesday: Moon VoC from 10:43 a.m.-5:00 p.m. during which the focus should be on routine tasks. Enjoy a social evening.

Thursday: Dream the ideal, engage your curiosity, and make connections.

Friday: Exciting day when problems can be solved, and we can adapt to twists and turns.

Saturday: Demanding day for deep cleaning physically and emotionally.

Sunday: Total Full Moon eclipse with many planetary energies at play. Expect the unexpected, and keep your life simplified.

Monday: Tense morning, followed by a more playful and optimistic afternoon and evening.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (January 7-February 3):
1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion.
2. Express appreciation to your in-laws.
3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list).
4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion.
5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics.
6. Write—to publish.
7. Visit a religious art exhibit.
8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture.
9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs).
10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!


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:

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: 5:19 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)

Monday, January 28 at 2:38 p.m. through Tuesday, January 29 at 6:33 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, January 31: 2:33 p.m. – 4:47 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, February 3: 2:53 a.m. – 5:03 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, February 5: 3:59 p.m. – 6:02 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, February 7 at 2:13 p.m. through Friday, February 8 at 6:34 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Sunday. February 10: 3:48 p.m. – 5:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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 – 2:44 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, January 21: 1:50 – 3:54 (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, January 23 at 1:19 – 3:22 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, January 24 at 13:50 through Friday, January 25 at 4:02 (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, January 27: 5:21 – 7:31 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, January 28 at 22:38 through Tuesday, January 29 at 14:33 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, January 31 at 22:33 through Friday, February 1 at 0:47 (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, February 3: 10:53 – 13:03 (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, February 5 at 23:59  through Wednesday, February 6 at 2:02 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, February 7 at 22:13 through Friday, February 8 at 14:34 (Moon into Aries)

Sunday. February 10 at 23:48 through Monday, February 11 at 1:28 (Moon into Taurus)

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