This week’s big event is the first eclipse of 2018, a total eclipse of the Moon on January 31. This Full Moon in Leo opposes the Sun in Aquarius at 11:37 degrees. This degree is close to the first of last August’s two eclipses at 15 degrees of Leo/Aquarius. Eclipses in this polarity call for balancing our personal, creative needs with collective, social needs. This week’s eclipse is flanked by celestial bodies symbolizing relationship and nurturing (Venus, Juno, and Ceres). This is an opportunity to look at where we have restricted love through jealousy, resentment, or self-pity. Leo wants to be adored and appreciated. The power of this eclipse calls us to embrace our shadows of blocked love through deeper understanding, give ourselves greater self-love, and through self-understanding and healing, expand our capacity to express love to others.
The Moon is void of course for long periods Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. When the Moon is void of course energy does not connect; it is not a good time for meetings, shopping, or anything requiring decisions or definition. During the void Moon it is best to tend to routine tasks such as gardening or cooking. Or take the time to read a book or take a walk.
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.
Monday the Moon continues in compassionate Cancer. The day is framed with benefic alignments to Neptune in the morning, and to Jupiter in the evening. These alignments are expansive and visionary. Pluto opposes the Moon, stirring deep feelings. Grief, anger, resentment, or passion may need to be expressed, and it will be easier to do so with the grace of the lunar trines to Neptune and Jupiter bookending the day. The Moon-Pluto opposition can be employed to get a lot accomplished.
The Moon is void of course Tuesday morning from 8:40 a.m. through 10:53 a.m. PST, so the morning will be slow and dreamy. At 10:53 a.m. PST the Moon moves boldly into Leo. Then it is time to fire up and get moving. A Moon-Mars trine mid-afternoon gives a strong push toward movement in a positive direction.
Wednesday, January 31, the last day of January, holds the first eclipse of the year, as described above. The total eclipse of the Moon is at 11:37 degrees Leo/Aquarius. Mercury ingresses into Aquarius. This is a powerful day. However, the power of an eclipse may affect our lives for several months before or after the actual eclipse. The symbolism of this eclipse is to open our hearts, heal our wounds around love and nurturing, and expand our capacity for giving and receiving love. A guiding quote from Marianne Williamson is apt for this alignment: “We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending tin the present.” Lay out your clothes for tomorrow and pack your bags for the day Thursday, as the morning will not be clearly defined due to a void of course Moon.
Thursday morning starts slow, as the Moon is void of course again from 2:58 a.m. through 11:13 a.m. Then the Moon moves into industrious Virgo where it resides through mid-afternoon Saturday. It is the time of the month to clean house! A lunar trine to Saturn amplifies this energy for creating order out of chaos, and giving our home and work spaces an industrious scrub.
Friday is declared for tidying, cleaning, and taking care of a myriad of details. The Moon makes favorable alliances with Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter, helping us rise above the petty details of life, and yet enabling us to attend to them.
The Sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius, halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, known an Imbolc. The Moon is void of course Saturday morning until 1:47 p.m. PST when it dances into Libra. Use the last degrees of the Virgo Moon for attending to routine tasks and organizing your life. If shopping is needed, do it after 1:47 p.m. PST. Mercury is in harmonious aspect to Mars; we are talkative and confident in our conversations. Our minds race with thoughts and ideas. Venus is square Jupiter, so watch a tendency to overspend this weekend. The Libra Moon desires relationship, grace, and harmony. Make time for a beautiful, easeful dinner Saturday evening with someone special.
We are blessed with a beautiful Sunday to end the week, and begin another. The day is colored with benefic aspects to a suave Libra Moon (Mercury and Sun trine Moon, Moon sextile North Node). In addition, Pallas Athena trines Saturn; this combination in earth signs Taurus/Capricorn gives us the capacity to sensibly plan and strategize the week ahead.
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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Moon VoC until 10:57 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Then focus on home and family.
Monday: Compassionate, visionary, expansive day. Deep feelings are stirred.
Tuesday: Moon VoC 8:40 a.m.-10:52 a.m. PST. Then fire up and get moving.
Wednesday: Full Moon Total Eclipse! Expand your capacity for love, and express it.
Thursday: Moon VoC 2:5:8 a.m.-11:13 a.m. PST. After 11:13, get moving on an industrious clean-up.
Friday: Clean, organize, and work on checking off your “to do” list.
Saturday: Moon VoC until 1:47 p.m. PST. Full of ideas, it is a good day to socialize and engage in conversation.
Sunday: A blessed, beautiful day. Sensibly plan the week ahead.
Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (January 17-February 10)
- Express love and appreciation to your friends.
- Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
- Diversify your portfolio.
- Read a book about an African American who made a contribution to civil rights.
- Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
- Explore and consider joining a new group to expand your life.
- Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
- March in a political rally (Women’s March?)
- Make new friends.
- 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 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)
Tuesday, February 20: 3:11 a.m.-11:12 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
Thursday, February 22: 3:46 a.m.-4:07 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Saturday, February 24: 11:58 a.m.-7:06 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)
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)
Tuesday, February 20: 11:11-18:12 (Moon into Taurus)
Thursday, February 22: 11:46 through Friday, February 23 at 0:07 (Moon into Gemini)
Saturday, February 24: 19:58 through Sunday, February 25 at 3:06 (Moon into Cancer)