In the Stars January 14-21, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Capricorn

My blog this week is dedicated to my brother, Gehrig Coleman, who died on Friday, January 12. Gehrig, a younger brother born with the Sun in Scorpio tropically, introduced me to astrology when I was a teenager. My mother and I hosted a Scorpio-themed birthday party for him when he turned 16 (I was 17). My serious study of astrology began in 1976 when I made a life-changing move to Houston, Texas, where he lived, and happened upon astrology classes with renowned financial astrologer Jeanne Long. Gehrig always supported, encouraged, and promoted my astrological study and practice. An excellent scholar and writer, he has been the final editor of this blog for several years. I am going to miss him.

This week sports a New Moon on Tuesday in Capricorn. The Moon joins five other planets (Sun, Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus) in Capricorn, the cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign that symbolizes productivity, responsibility, and accomplishment. The New Moon is significant and powerful, calling for commitment to a course of action.

I repeat this summary this week of the benefic energy available this year. This whole year is full of benefic aspects due to four slow-moving planets being in earth and water signs: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Uranus joins them in June when it ingresses into Earth sign Taurus. This month Mars is in water sign Scorpio nearly all month. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in earth sign Capricorn each for about three weeks. This is a lot of mud (earth and water), which also molds into clay from which come beautiful pieces of pottery, or concrete which forms the foundation for building structures. Sextiles are opportunities. We can do nothing, and our lives will generally go well. Yet, we should all take advantage of the benefic energy to boost ourselves into warp drive toward better futures. Think of the potential of making beautiful, useful pottery out of clay and water. Maybe it is time to sign up for a pottery class—or to start building the foundation for a new home or business.


Sunday morning the Moon is void of course (again, following a lot of void Moon time the past week), so enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast and the reading of the Sunday paper. Then, at 11:42 a.m. PST the Moon ingresses into Capricorn, and the rest of the day is for getting some serious work done, and for planning the month ahead. The Moon is dark, heralding a New Moon on Tuesday at 25 degrees Capricorn, so you will want to draw inward, finish projects, and seize more time alone. The Sun squares Uranus, so expect some surprise events even while you drill down on the work.  The weekend finishes strongly with the determination of a Moon-Saturn conjunction. Reflect on the possibilities and opportunities that emerged in your life the past week, and your intentions with the coming New Moon on Tuesday.

Jupiter and Pluto align in a benefic sextile on Monday, bringing confidence and light, and fueling movement and change. This day when the Moon is at its darkest is a fine day for my brother Gehrig’s life to be celebrated at a memorial, and then buried in Chillicothe, Missouri, where we grew up. Monday is also Martin Luther King Day, a day to celebrate a man who fought honorably for civil rights. Gehrig was a champion of diversity, and people of all races and social classes were his friends, so it is a fitting day to celebrate Gehrig’s life and send him off to the afterlife. Against the backdrop of the Capricorn Moon, this Jupiter/Pluto aspect is extremely powerful. Big projects can move forward. In the low light of the dark Moon, draw inward, and set your goals and intentions for the new lunar month that begins tomorrow.

The Moon makes benefic sextiles (aspects of opportunity) with Mars, Jupiter, and Chiron, giving confidence and courage, and bolstering trust on Tuesday. The New Moon (exact at 6:17 p.m. PST) calls for monthly, or perhaps this year’s intentions, since it is the first New Moon of the New Year. Capricorn symbolizes both fear and authority. This New Moon calls for us to claim our power, dispel fear, and connect with our inner authority, The New Moon squares Uranus, a revolutionary, chaotic, disruptive energy that changes games. Surrender to divine order. The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” This New Moon contains the potential to ascend to higher realms of consciousness.

The restrictive energy of the six planets in Capricorn begins to lift on Wednesday when the Moon and Venus move into freedom-loving Aquarius. Mars and Uranus make a reckless aspect, so go easy with the chaos that may be part of Wednesday. Bring a focus to friendship and diversity.

Resentments can be released and emotional wounds healed through Thursday’s Mars-Chiron trine. We may feel emotionally overextended. Bring the energy of the Moon and Venus in Aquarius to social concerns and broader issues. Make a donation to a cause about which you care. Gather with friends for happy hour or dinner.

Friday morning the Moon is void of course until 12:56pm PST when it enters Pisces. Devote Friday morning to routine tasks rather than meetings or things requiring decisions. In the evening, the Sun moves into Aquarius tropically, releasing more Capricorn energy from the restrictive stellium in Capricorn. Emotional intelligence and imagination are heightened throughout the weekend with a Mercury-Neptune sextile.

The compassion and comfort of the Pisces Moon light the way throughout the weekend. As a bonus this mutable water Moon makes benefic aspects to other planets Saturday (Neptune and Mercury) and Sunday (Pluto, Jupiter, and Mars). Listen to your intuition. Be imaginative, creative, kind, and generous.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Enjoy a leisurely morning while the Moon is void.  After 11:42am PST drill down on work and get a lot accomplished. Expect surprises and disruptions.

Monday: Dark of the Moon: draw inward. Confidence fuels the will to move forward. Set intentions for the first New Moon of the year.

Tuesday: New Moon in Capricorn. Claim your personal power and inner authority and aim to raise your vibration.

Wednesday: Go easy and focus on friendship and social concerns.

Thursday: Let go of wounds, resentments, and restrictions, and open to wider concerns and explorations.

Friday: Focus on routine tasks while the Moon is VoC until 12:26pm PST.  Then finish the work week and ease into an uplifting weekend.

Saturday: Open to creative, imaginative ideas.

Sunday: Enjoy a passionate and compassionate Sunday.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (January 17-February 10)

  1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
  2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
  3. Diversify your portfolio.
  4. Read a book about an African American who made a contribution to civil rights.
  5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
  6. Explore and consider joining a new group to expand your life.
  7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
  8. March in a political rally (Women’s March?)
  9. Make new friends.
  10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

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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, 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)

Tuesday, January 30: 8:40 a.m.-10:53 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 2:58 a.m.-11:13 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, February 2 at 11:07 p.m. through Saturday, February 3 at 1:47 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Monday, February 5, 2018: 10:46 a.m.-7:56 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, February 7 at 11:16 p.m. through Thursday, February 8 at 5:53 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, February 10: 8:36 a.m.-6:21 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)


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)

Tuesday, January 30: 16:40-18:53 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 10:58-19:13 (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, February 3: 7:07- 21:47 (Moon into Libra)

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 18:46 through Tuesday, February 6 at 3:56 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, February 8: 7:16-13:53 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, February 10 at 16:36 through Sunday, February 11 at 2:21 (Moon into Capricorn)

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4 Responses to In the Stars January 14-21, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Capricorn

  1. Julie says:

    Sorry to hear of your brother’s passing! It sounds like you and he were very close. I was touched to read of how the stars and planets will be relating and connecting on his memorial day. I hope your memories with him will bring you peace and comfort.

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

    My heartfelt sympathy and empathy to you, Cathy, upon the death of your brother, Gehrig. My prayers are with you as you experience this loss, which must be very hard given the relationship you describe you had with him. God bless you both.

  3. Kelly mccollum says:

    Loved your brother dearly

  4. Sarah Mitchell says:

    Sending you an embrace of grace and mercy. May his transition to greater light be one that continues to illuminate your heart. Hugs

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