The Moon

Stardate:  January 2018. All times Pacific Standard Time.
Copyright, January 2018, Jodie Forrest. All rights reserved.


Full: Jan 1, 6:24 pm, 12 degrees Cancer (Sun 12 Capricorn)
New: Jan 16, 6:18 pm, 27 degrees Capricorn (Moon and Sun)
Full: Jan 31, 5:27 am, 12 degrees Leo (Sun 12 degrees Aquarius). Also a lunar eclipse, and this full Moon is a Blue Moon! It’s rare to have two full Moons in a calendar month, and the second one is called a Blue Moon.)

Times to begin something that you want to finish well;
 also, when not to begin something that you want to finish well:
Jan 7, 4:14 am until Jan 9, 8:13 am
Not from Jan 9, 8:13 am until 12:06 pm the same day
Jan 9, 12:06 pm until Jan 11, 6:54 am
Not from Jan 11, 6:54 am until 11:04 pm the same day
Jan 11, 11:04 pm until Jan 14, 11:43 am
Not from Jan 14, 12:48 am until Jan 14, 11:43 am
Jan 14, 11:43 am until Jan 16, 10:30 pm
Not from Jan 16, 10:30 pm until Jan 19, 12:27 pm
Jan 19, 12:27 pm until Jan 21, 5:13 pm
Not from Jan 21, 5:13 pm until Jan 21, 10:28 pm
Jan 21, 10:28 pm until Jan 23, 8:15 pm
Not from Jan 23, 8:15 pm until Jan 24, 5:40 am
Jan 24, 5:40 am until Jan 25, 7:17 pm
Not from Jan 25, 7:17 pm until Jan 26, 9:40 am
Jan 26, 9:40 am until Jan 28, 2:39 am
Not from Jan 28, 2:39 am until Jan 30, 10:53 am

Uranus turned stationary direct on Jan 2 at 6:11 a.m at 24 degrees and 34 minutes of Aries. That means from the Earth’s point of view, Uranus stopped “traveling backwards” through the zodiac, held still, and started moving forward again.
It’s stationary all this month. That means the energy of Uranus is extremely powerful all month, and will be extremely powerful until Uranus moves to one full degree past 24 degrees and 34 minutes of Aries, the exact degreee and minute where it  became stationary.
A quick review: Remember that there are 360 degrees in a circle? There are 30 degrees in each of the 12 signs of the zodiac; their “circle” totals 360 degrees, or 30 times 12. There are 60 minutes in each degree.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Aquarius, or if Uranus conjoins your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, then you are exceptionally responsive to anything Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is doing.
If you have natal planets in the late degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then those parts of your psyche (those natal planets), and those circumstances in your life (the houses that contain those natal planets) are going through a growth experience that involves becoming your true self. You won’t take kindly to being told what to do in those areas of your life. You’ll need to think for yourself there, and you’ll need a great deal of personal freedom, too, and possibly need to make some serious changes. These feelings can be particularly intense all month, since Uranus is stationary all month.

However, since Saturn moved into Capricorn last month and will be there for approximately two and half years, any changes you want to make should be grounded in clear-eyed realism and self-reliance, and will probably involve hard work, persistence, organization, and maturity. The reward? You’ll have accomplished something meaningful and you’ll be proud of yourself. But what if you’re a slacker? Well, you may wind up feeling that you’ve outgrown the circumstances of your life where Saturn is transiting, instead of feeling pleased that you used your brains, moxie and effort to change those circumstances to better suit your adult self.

Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Capricorn natally, or does your natal Saturn conjoin any of those placements? Give some thought to what you want to manifest in your life over the next two or three years, and work towards those goals.

Born with Saturn in Capricorn? Then you’re in your first, second or third Saturn return, and are moving into a new phase of your life and a new relationship with time, which Saturn rules. If you’re about 29, it’s your first Saturn return, and you’ve reached astrological adulthood. Neuroscience would support that statement, since studies have shown that the brain actually doesn’t finish maturing until our late twenties. It’s time to take yourself more seriously, to do some hard work in the area of your life that Saturn affects natally, and to move into the adult community and what are probably the most productive years of your life.

If you’re between about 58 and 60, it’s your second Saturn return, and the beginning of “elderhood.” You’ve probably learned a lot over the course of your life. It will be good for both you and for those younger than yourself if you could find a way to pass on some of what you’ve learned—to those who want to learn it! Grandchildren, apprentices, protegées, younger people who are traveling down some of the same general roads that you yourself took. You yourself don’t know everything, by the way, which is a wonderful attitude to maintain and will draw younger people to you rather than push them away, as knowitalls tend to do. The Spanish artist Goya, at about age 80, scribbled in the margin of one of his superb drawings: I am still learning. So are we all.

If you’re in your late eighties, you’re experiencing your third Saturn return. I haven’t lived long enough to have much insight about that one yet, but I look forward to learning about it, too.


Mercury enters Capricorn on the 10th at 9:09 pm. Think carefully. Make outlines, draw schema, be as logical and organized as possible in any mental work. Try some “reverse engineering:” Start with the objectives and think through all the steps necessary to attain them.

Venus precedes the Sun into Aquarius on the 17th at 5:43 pm. Interpersonally, be yourself—nobody else can. In creative work, try something new. Break some rules, or at least bend them a bit, and see what happens. And get some “down” time—creativity thrives on it, and absence can indeed make the heart grow fonder.

The Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th at 7:09 pm. For the next month, trust yourself first about what and whom you do and don’t need in your life. Think before you conform; think before you say “yes.” Question the status quo. Get everyone’s opinion and then make up your own mind what to do. Get a bit more “space” so you can hear yourself think more easily.

Mars leaves the intensity of Scorpio to seek the perspective of Sagittarius on the 26th at 4:56 am. Mars is our energy, and the sign it’s transiting is something like the socket or the station where we’re all plugging in for a couple of months. (Its natal sign tells you what feeds your energy, how it functions, how you assert yourself, what you think is worth standing up for.) A change of scene and a change of pace will work wonders for your élan vital.

Mercury moves into Aquarius on the 31st at 5:39 am. Time to put away all your Mercury-in-Capricorn diagrams and, although I hate to use what’s become a cliché, think outside the box for the next few weeks. Ask yourself “What if?” a lot. What if I didn’t have this obstacle or this guideline? What if I forgot about tradition here? Are there any shortcuts between point A and point B that I just haven’t seen yet? Try some thought experiments.

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