In the Stars January 5-12. 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: Lunar Eclipse

The week ahead is weighty with significant planetary activity.  Six planets plus the South Node are in Capricorn: Mercury, Sun, Jupiter, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto. A Lunar Eclipse occurs on Friday, January 10th, and in addition to the eclipse that day, Uranus turns direct after a five-month retrograde spin. Sunday is the big planetary event we have all been anticipating:  the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Not only is that conjunction a significant one, as it only happens every 35 years, but this conjunction is also conjunct the Sun, Mercury, and Ceres. Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; structural change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. Capricorn symbolizes industriousness, responsibility, goals, and achievement. If ever there was a time to prune what is unnecessary or outdated, and set goals and work hard to achieve them, that time is now.

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Sunday’s Taurus Moon and numerous aspects call us to create order before the first post-holiday week of the New Year. Pack away your holiday décor for next year. Plan and prepare for the week ahead. Cook some nourishing food, and make extra for next week’s meals.

Monday, Epiphany in the Christian calendar, the Moon is void of course all day. This week meetings will work better if they are on not on Monday. The Moon moves into Gemini at 6:12 p.m. PST, just in time for lively dinner conversations.

Although specific planetary activity is light on Tuesday, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is only a few days away and this week is anything but light. The Gemini Moon keeps us curious and in conversation.

Jupiter conjoins the South Node on Wednesday, shining light on old patterns and karmic issues that could be uplifted. A benefic Mercury-Neptune aspect gives vision and compassion. The Moon in Gemini draws us into community and connection. We want to learn or discover something new.

Early Thursday the Moon arrives in the soft-shelled sign of the crab, Cancer. The Moon is at home in its ruling sign of Cancer, and we want to wrap ourselves in comfort. However, over the next two days the Cancer Moon will encounter oppositions from the barrage of planets in Capricorn, and the intensity will continue to heat up. Be buoyed by the Moon-Jupiter opposition in the afternoon, as you may need this to deal with tomorrow’s heavy planetary activity.

A Moon-Neptune trine early Friday morning invites us gently and compassionately into this big day. A Sun-Mercury conjunction brings sharp focus before the lunar eclipse. The Moon opposes Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto. Pam Younghans states in The Mountain Astrologer (Dec 2019/Jan. 2020): “Eris…and Uranus…come to a standstill; completing their retrograde phases. For these two rebellious and often belligerent planets to reach their station on the same day, on the very day of the eclipse and two days before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, adds several exclamation points to the intensity and unpredictability of these times.”

The Moon leaps in to Leo on Saturday and fires up our hearts. Lunar trines to Chiron and Mars foster healing through initiating and taking risks. Plan something vigorous and fun.

Sunday is the day of the major planetary event: Saturn conjunct Pluto, as well as the Sun, Ceres, and Mercury—five planets conjunct at 22 degrees of Capricorn! Those born January 10-14, and April 10-14, July 10-14, and October 10-14 will particularly be influenced by this conjunction. The planets are in extremely strong alignment. Be focused, set strong intentions, and lean into your plans and goals. It is also time to throw out structures in your life that no longer serve you.

The intense energy of Sunday continues on Monday, with the Sun perfecting as an exact conjunction to Saturn. The Moon moves into Virgo, giving industry and efficiency to the work at hand. The Moon trines Uranus, enabling us to solve problems in innovative, brilliant ways.

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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Strong, grounded energy for planning and preparing the week ahead.

Monday: Moon VoC all day until 6:10 p.m. PST. Plan meetings for a different day this week. Evening invites conversation.

Tuesday: Somewhat easy day; curiosity and conversation are encouraged.

Wednesday: Light shines on old patterns to be shifted. Compassion abounds for community and connection.

Thursday: Wrap yourself in comfort and allow your spirits to be buoyed in preparation for the strong planetary winds ahead.

Friday: Extreme planetary weather: Lunar eclipse. Eris and Uranus turn stationary direct and their rambunctious, rebellious energy is amplified. Be alert and mindful as you travel the stormy terrain.

Saturday: Lighten up and plan something vigorous and fun.

Sunday: The day is here: Saturn, Pluto, Sun, Ceres, and Mercury align in conjunction. Extremely powerful energy. Throw out old structures and patterns that no longer work in your life. Lean in and be productive.

Monday: Strong industrious, efficient energy helps us deal with the planetary intensity and volatility. Problems can be solved brilliantly and intuitively.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (December 19-January 13)
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 a different culture, or a person of a different race or ethnicity.
5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
6. Consider joining a new group to expand your life.
7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite charities.
8. Broaden your understanding of the political landscape.
9. Make new friends.
10. Host a dinner party with a diverse group.

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:

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Monday, January 6: 4:07 a.m. – 6:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 2:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 0:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 3:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 4:17 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 5:42 a.m. – 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 4:12 a.m. – 7:43 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 4:58 a.m. – 10:21 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Monday, January 6: at 12:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 2:12 (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 22:15 through Thursday, January 9 at 8:44 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 23:58 through Saturday, January 11 at 12:17 (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 13:42 – 14:06 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 12:12 – 15:43 (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 12:58 – 18:21 (Moon into Scorpio)
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)



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