In the Stars January 21-28, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

This past week I planned and held a memorial for my brother, Gehrig Coleman, who died January 12, and began to work on the practical demands of the dissolution of his household. Then my beloved sister-in-law, Judy Metzner, died unexpectedly on January 18, and I have just attended her memorial in New York City. The vibrations and rhythms of planetary movement bring us new experiences, and new friends and relatives, and they bring endings and transitions as well. The great wheel of time turns, drawing in our entrances, and drawing out our exits. I honor the gifts that Gehrig and Judy have given to me, and carry their legacies forward as the great wheel of time moves my life.

The week ahead begins strong, and is demanding. Energies soften Wednesday and Thursday with the Moon in exalted Taurus. The week ends with themes of curiosity, community, and conversation. Mars moves into Sagittarius on Friday, fostering expansion and adventure in the mutable fire sign of adventure until March 17. By week’s end we are nearing the first eclipse of 2018, a total eclipse of the Moon January 31.


The compassion and comfort of the Pisces Moon light the way on Sunday. This mutable water Moon makes benefic aspects to Pluto, Jupiter, and Mars. Listen to your intuition. Be imaginative, creative, kind, and generous.

The pace picks up Monday and Tuesday with the Moon in Aries. A lunar square to Saturn commands discipline and responsibility. Get your work week going with zest and commitment, even if you feel somewhat resistant. The evening is more agreeable, thanks to a Moon-Venus sextile.

Tuesday is tense. The heavy dose of powerful, edgy energy can be used to get a lot accomplished. However, with the Moon in headstrong, fiery Aries, we will need to think before we act, and simmer down if situations become overheated.

The Moon’s arrival in Taurus on Wednesday cools the temperature and eases the volatility. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, where it is highest functioning, and where it seeks pleasure. Mercury and Pluto are conjunct in Capricorn, driving us to deeper understandings. A Moon-Saturn trine keeps things steady, and drives us toward accomplishment. The Moon conjoins Pallas Athena, drawing us toward art and beauty.

All things sensual are highlighted on Thursday. The Taurus Moon makes benefic aspects to Neptune, Pluto, Jupiter, and Mercury. Thursday is a day to eat delicious food, play inspiring music, hug your loved ones, set your sight on beauty, and perhaps get a massage. Inspiring conversations may result in insight and surprising realizations.

Friday morning may start aimlessly, as the Moon is void of course until 9:40 a.m. when it jumps into Gemini. The zodiac sign symbolizing communication and curiosity reigns through Sunday evening. Mars bolts into Sagittarius where it fosters travel, adventure, and expanding perspectives through March 17.

In the light of the Gemini Moon Saturday is made for short trips, social events, communication, and connecting with siblings. Curiosity piques. Explore your neighborhood. Get together with a sibling or relative, or read a book to learn something new.

The Moon is void of course Sunday morning until 10:57 a.m., so enjoy a leisurely breakfast and reading of the Sunday paper. Then the Moon rolls into compassionate Cancer. Sunday is a day for home and family. The Moon-Saturn opposition Sunday evening calls for planning the work week ahead, attending to responsibilities, and honoring limitations. Cook a nourishing dinner and enjoy it with loved ones.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Enjoy a passionate and compassionate Sunday.

Monday: The day demands discipline. Get your work week moving.

Tuesday: Tense, powerful, edgy day. Keep your cool and think before you act.

Wednesday: A strong, steady day when both accomplishment and pleasure are possible.

Thursday: Nourish your senses, and engage in inspiring conversations.

Friday: Moon VoC until 9:40 a.m. Enjoy conversation, community, and connection.

Saturday: Take a short trip to explore something new, or read a book and learn something new.

Sunday: Moon VoC until 10:57 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Then focus on home and family.

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 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)

Monday, February 12 at 9:43 p.m. through Tuesday, February 13 at 7:11 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, February 15: 1:05 p.m.-6:42 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, February 17 at 2:13 p.m. through Sunday, February 18 at 4:05 a.m. (Moon into Aries)


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)

Tuesday, February 13: 5:43-15:11 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, February 15 at 21:05 through Friday, February 16 at 2:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, February 17 at 22:13 through Sunday, February 18 at 12:05 (Moon into Aries)

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One Response to In the Stars January 21-28, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

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

    Too bad Tuesday has that “edgy” Aries Moon, as I have to go to court with my Aries Moon “edgy” sister to confront a continuing “edgy” situation that started with miserable Bank of America. Since it’s a federal court, I will pray that the closed-down status of the government will last that long.

    So sorry to hear of still another death in the family for you, Cathy, even if it’s on “the other side” of the family. My God, you’ve had a lot to face in this department! My prayers and sympathy to you!

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