In the Stars January 27-February 3, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week

The two recent eclipses are in our rear-view mirror, and some heavy energies have lifted with the Sun’s movement into Aquarius. This week’s theme is freedom and independence, and yet this week holds a dynamic, explosive Mars-Pluto square that could help us empower ourselves and move out of ruts. Mid-week the Moon joins Venus and Jupiter in high-spirited Sagittarius, in benefic aspect to Mercury and Sun in freedom loving Aquarius. All of these planets favorably aspect Mars and Uranus in independent Aries. The week ends with a New Moon in Aquarius, inviting us to re-set our friendships, our group endeavors, and to be bold and inventive.

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Sunday’s Scorpio Moon stirs deep feelings that may emerge as resentment, jealousy, or passionate, as a result of the Moon squaring Mercury and the Sun in Aquarius. The fixed signs are involved, and we are not likely to want to yield to others’ points of view. When the Moon is in Scorpio, we want to withdraw into ourselves and take some time for solitude. The cosmic energy also fosters research and problem-solving.

The Moon continues to shine in Scorpio on Monday, but is more relaxed than it was the last couple of days. A benefic Moon-Pluto sextile will help us lean into the work week with strength and resolve.

The Moon is in bright and sunny Sagittarius from early Tuesday morning through late afternoon Thursday, highlighting themes of travel, adventure, and learning. Sagittarius invites us to look at the big picture of life, and to explore other cultures and ways of thinking. Make time for a hike or bike ride, or put on your dancing shoes. Sagittarius symbolizes the movement of the hips, so get them moving. The Sun conjuncts Mercury in Aquarius, highlighting independent thinking and the discovery of new ways of doing things. Read or listen to a podcast that will stimulate new thought.

Wednesday is a golden day, with the energetic Sag Moon joining Venus and Jupiter, and making a benefic sextile to the Sun/Mercury conjunction. If you open your mind to new ideas and solutions, the sky is the limit. The Moon activates the Jupiter-Neptune square, enabling us to envision expansive possibilities if we can work with the challenges and confusion. Embrace this exuberant day with zest, optimism, and forward motion.

Thursday, the last day of January, holds a practical and hopeful influence from a Saturn-Neptune sextile. The Moon aspects Venus and Uranus, alignments that could give some nice surprises with love and money. The Moon is void of course from 2:33-4:47 p. m. PST, and then shifts into Capricorn, ushering in a more serious, conservative tone which will help us deal with the challenging Mars-Pluto square that perfects on Friday.

Give some thought to how you will work with the volatile, demanding, aggressive energy that abounds Friday and Saturday. Mars and Pluto square off; this dynamic, explosive combination can draw us into conflict, or enable us to push through difficulties. Friday the Capricorn Moon conjuncts Saturn, signaling the importance of responsibilities and limits. Saturday the Moon conjuncts Pluto, further stressing the importance of determined focus on goals and responsibilities, and demanding that we honor boundaries and limitations. These are days for hard work. If presented with conflict and frustration, be prepared to take time out, exercise patience, and keep your cool.  A benefic Venus-Uranus trine, exact on Saturday, stirs excitement, and can offer some release of pressure, especially if you are open to surprise.

Thankfully, the pressure will be eased on Sunday when the Moon moves into friendly Aquarius. It is a day for gathering with friends, the perfect backdrop to Superbowl Sunday gatherings. The game is likely to be quite a fight with the Mars-Pluto square still in effect. A benefic Mercury-Jupiter sextile broadens our thoughts, and makes for upbeat conversations. Venus moves into Capricorn for the next few weeks, amplifying our commitment to hard work and saving money.

Monday, February 4 sports a New Moon in Aquarius at 15:45 degrees. The Sabian symbol associated with this degree is “A big businessman at his desk.” This degree symbolizes the need for organization, and the tools to successfully do your work. Your desk needs to be in order, and you work space needs to enable you to have a strong command of your work. If you’ve been pondering creating a more empowering work environment, this New Moon would be the time to set that in motion. This New Moon Sabian symbol also invites us to think about how happy we are in our career, and how we feel about our career-live balance. Monday’s New Moon invites us to think about how we can improve our work spaces and our overall work life.

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Sunday: Take some time alone for research, reflection, or problem-solving.

Monday: Lean into a powerful work week with strength and resolve.

Tuesday: Get your glow on and allow your free spirit to soar.

Wednesday: Golden, exuberant day. Open your mind to new ideas and solutions.

Thursday: Practical, hopeful day with some nice surprises.

Friday: Volatile, dynamic, challenging day. Think twice before you act and keep your cool, as you may be prone to anger and aggression.

Saturday: Another demanding, challenging, volatile day. Honor limits and work hard.

Sunday: Gather with friends, and open to new thought and broader perspectives.

Monday: New Moon in Aquarius. New beginnings in the sign of freedom. Sabian symbol implies attention to putting your work life, office, and desk in good order.


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:

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)

Tuesday, February 12 at 2:26 p.m. through Wednesday, February 13 at 1:32 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, February 15: 4:48 a.m. – 6:03 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, February 17: 6:17 a.m. – 7:21 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, February 19: 5:51 a,m, – 6:47 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, February 20 at 5:51 p.m. through Thursday, February 21 at 6:17 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, February 23: 7:10 a.m.- 7:56 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

Tuesday, February 12 at 22:26 through Wednesday, February 13 at 9:32 (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, February 15: 12:48 – 14:03 (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, February 17: 14:17  – 15:21 (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, February 19: 13:51 –  14:47 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, February 21: 1:51 – 14:17 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, February 23: 15:10 – 15:56 (Moon into Scorpio)



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