In the Stars January 19-26, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Aquarius-Chinese New Year

The Sun moves into Aquarius tropically this week on Monday, forming a New Moon on Friday, marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. The Rat symbolizes wealth, and the year corresponds with China’s deadline for the elimination of poverty. All residents of China living below the poverty line are expected to rise above it by the end of 2020. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius that perfects at the end of the year also corresponds with this expectation. Meghan and Harry’s exit from their royal obligations and from Britain is symbolic of the great restructuring dynamic of the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter conjunction that occurred the past week. As Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, we are invited to open to new ideas, solutions, and possibilities.

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The Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius on Sunday at 2:41 p.m. PST. Our spirits are lifted as we mobilize for the week ahead. Sagittarius loves walking and hiking in the outdoors, so get some exercise. Enjoy a social evening.

The Sun ingresses into Aquarius on Monday, lifting some of the heavy Capricorn energy to broader vistas. A Moon-Mars conjunction stirs emotions and triggers a yearning to explore. However, a Moon-Neptune square makes it unclear where to go. Consider travel possibilities in the coming year.

Tuesday is a day to pause. The Moon is void of course all day until 8:59 p.m. when it moves into Capricorn. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks. Planetary activity is light. The Sag Moon loves adventure and exploration. If you can get away, take a hike on a new trail.

Winds of change begin to blow on Wednesday when the Sun squares Uranus. The Moon also aspects Uranus, forming a benefic trine. Expect the unexpected. Jupiter conjuncts the Moon, lifting spirits, and giving optimism. Goals may be realized.

The change winds continue to blow on Thursday and Friday as the Moon darkens toward a New Moon on Friday. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts the power planets Saturn and Pluto. Thursday calls for hard work, yet the day is sweet and bountiful, full of gifts from a Venus-Jupiter sextile. Take some solitude for yourself, be productive, and make this day count.

Friday’s New Moon ushers in an unpredictable new lunar month, as Uranus forms a tense, dynamic square to the Sun and Moon. The winds of change that began to blow on Wednesday come to a crescendo. Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, so open yourself to new possibilities in your life that you may never have considered. This Aquarius New Moon ushers in the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat which begins a new 12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac. Contrary to the past year of the Pig, the upcoming Rat year is one to take care of yourself before others. Calculate and minimize risk, and garner wealth.

We are charged up and ready to fight for a good cause on Saturday. Make a commitment to do some service work in the coming month or year. The Moon is void of course at 11:06 a.m. PST for the rest of the day. Focus on routine tasks such as cleaning up your email “in” box. Enjoy Saturday evening dinner with friends.

Powerful Pluto stirs up trouble Sunday as it squares Eris exactly. Venus and Mars add to the agitation as they make an exact tense square. The Moon continues void of course almost all day until 3:44 p.m. PST. Take it easy; stick to routine tasks, and employ the detached energy of the Aquarius Sun and Moon to mind your own business and stay cool. End the day with a hot bath; get to bed early and give yourself a long sleep.

Love is in the air on Monday. The day is laced with sweetness, kindness, and compassion. Do a random act of kindness.

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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Take a hike. Ride on positive energy to prepare for the week ahead. Make it a social evening.

Monday: Energy shifts and lightens. Consider this year’s travel dreams. Tuesday: Moon is VoC all day, and there is little planetary activity. Push the pause button.

Wednesday: Winds of change blow hard. Lean in and work hard.

Thursday: Take some solitude, be productive, and make this day count.

Friday: New Moon in Aquarius. Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. Open to new ideas.

Saturday: Commit to serve a social cause close to your heart. Dine with friends in the evening.

Sunday: Trouble stirs. Stick to routine tasks. Be detached and observant, rather than engaging in debate.

Monday: Do a random act of kindness on this sweet day.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (January 13-February 8)
1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.
2. Create an inspiring musical playlist.
3. Write a poem or a song.
4. Give to your favorite charity.
5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.
6. Let your heart sing!
7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.
8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.
9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.
10. Create! Create! Create!


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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 19: 1:21 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); Monday, January 20 at 8:45 p.m. through Tuesday, January 22 at 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); Thursday, January 23 at 6:08 p.m. through Friday, January 24 at 5:21 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); Tuesday, January 28 at 5:09 p.m. through Wednesday, January 29 at 3:51 a.m. (Moon into Aries); Friday, January 31: 7:10 a.m. – 4:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); Monday, February 3: 3:27-3:28 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); Wednesday, February 5: 6:19 a.m. – 11:02 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); Friday, February 7: 7:42 a.m. – 2:44 p.m. (Moon into Leo); Sunday, February 9: 8:08 a.m. – 3:38 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); Tuesday, February 11: 10:26 a.m. – 3:37 p.m. (Moon into Libra); Thursday, February 13: 1:40 p.m. – 4:37 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio); Saturday, February 15: 2:20 p.m. – 8:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Sunday, January 19: 21:21 – 22:41 (Moon into Sagittarius); Tuesday, January 21 at 4:45 through Wednesday, January 23 at 5:01 (Moon into Capricorn); Friday, January 24 at 2:08 through Saturday, January 25 at 13:21 (Moon into Aquarius); Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces); Wednesday, January 29: 3:09 – 11:51 (Moon into Aries); Friday, January 31 at 15:10 through Saturday, February 1 at 0:28 (Moon into Taurus); Monday, February 3: 11:27-11:28 (Moon into Gemini); Wednesday, February 5: 14:19 – 19:02 (Moon into Cancer); Friday, February 7: 15:42 – 22:44 (Moon into Leo); Sunday, February 9: 16:08 a.m. – 23:38 (Moon into Virgo); Tuesday, February 11: 18:26 – 23:37 (Moon into Libra); Thursday, February 13 at 21:40 through Friday, February 14 at 0:37 (Moon into Scorpio); Saturday, February 15 at 22:20 through Sunday, February 16 at 4:07 (Moon into Sagittarius

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