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In the Stars January 7-14, 2018...shining light on the astrology of the week

Did the New Year ring in bold and bright for you? Uranus turned direct on Tuesday, January 2, after a five-month retrograde spin, releasing energy for innovation and independence, and a big leap forward. Sun and Saturn have just marched into Capricorn, joining Venus and Pluto in this cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign. This power pack of planets in Capricorn gives focus and drive for accomplishment. Mars made an exact conjunction with Jupiter yesterday, a combo that encourages risk taking and bold expansion. Energy is at hand to clean house, simplify your life, and take big, bold steps forward.

This whole year is full of benefic aspects due to four slow-moving planets being in earth and water signs: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Uranus joins them in June when it ingresses into Earth sign Taurus. This month Mars is in water sign Scorpio nearly all month. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in earth sign Capricorn each for about three weeks. This is a lot of mud (earth and water), which also molds into clay from which come beautiful pieces of pottery, or concrete which forms the foundation for building structures. Sextiles are opportunities. We can do nothing, and our lives will generally go well. Yet, we should all take advantage of the benefic energy to boost ourselves into warp drive toward better futures. Think of the potential of making beautiful, useful pottery out of clay and water. Maybe it is time to sign up for a pottery class—or to start building the foundation for a new home or business.


Sunday is a much more quiet day on the cosmic front than the exuberant Saturday it follows, but it is colored by an edgy Moon-Saturn square, challenging us to consider work-life balance. Although we’re ready for a day of rest, we will feel the call of work to be done. At the end of the day, enjoy a lovely, leisurely dinner with those you love. Look back on this first week of the New Year and marvel at your revelations, breakthroughs, and accomplishments.

Monday is a buoyant day packed with opportunity, made possible by three benefic Scorpio-Capricorn sextiles: Sun/Jupiter; Venus/Jupiter; and Mars/Pluto. At the same time the Libra Moon makes three edgy squares that push and challenge us. Use the dynamic energy of this day to get things moving during this second week of our new year. Any project that begins Monday will have a strong start.

The Moon is void of course Tuesday morning until 12:05 p.m. PST, so stick to routine tasks before 12:05, when the Moon dives deep into Scorpio. Again, there are a lot aspects, with four more sextiles. Tuesday offers another day of cosmic support for numerous possibilities.

Wednesday’s alignments foster self-reflection. Deep feelings are stirred when the Moon is in Scorpio, and support for deep inner exploration is appreciated. Otherwise, it is a quiet day, with Mercury moving into earth sign Capricorn in the evening.

After yet more benefic sextiles during the night set the stage for good energy and possibilities, the Scorpio Moon will be void of course for 17 hours—the entire day and evening (6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m.). This is a day to focus on routine tasks such as doing a winter garden clean-up or putting away holiday decorations, or simply reading a book. This is not a day for appointments or making purchases, or anything requiring a decision.

From Friday through mid-day Sunday, the Moon is in sunny Sagittarius, helping to lift the heavy load of planetary energy in serious and somber Capricorn. Mercury is conjunct Saturn on Friday, raising doubts and concerns. The glass may appear to be half empty, and the evening’s Moon-Neptune square will make things cloudy. However, the Mercury-Saturn conjunction can provide tremendous focus, and with the drive of the optimistic Moon, much can be accomplished. Forge ahead in the face of any self-doubt. This may be one of those days to remember the ironic adage, “When you think long, you think wrong.”

Independence is Saturday’s theme song with the Moon in freedom-loving Sagittarius, and with Venus square Uranus. There may be disruptions in relationships. Take some time and space alone.

Sunday morning the Moon is void of course (again), so enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast and the reading of the Sunday paper. Then, at 11:42 a.m. PST the Moon ingresses into Capricorn, and the rest of the day is for getting some serious work done, and for planning the month ahead. The Moon is dark, heralding a New Moon on Tuesday at 25 degrees Capricorn, so you will want to draw inward, finish projects, and use more time alone. The Sun squares Uranus, so expect some surprise events even while you drill down on the work. The weekend finishes strongly with the determination of a Moon-Saturn conjunction. Reflect on the possibilities and opportunities that emerged in your life the past week.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Consider work-life balance; attend to responsibilities, but enjoy a relaxing, beautiful dinner in the evening.

Monday: Buoyant day packed with possibility; new projects get a strong start.

Tuesday: VoC Moon until 12:05 p.m. PST. Then the day bursts forth with numerous possibilities.

Wednesday: Quiet day for deep reflection.

Thursday: Moon void all day 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. PST. Stick to routine tasks and clean up.

Friday: Focus and optimism abound with the Moon in sunny Sagittarius.

Saturday: Take time and space for yourself.

Sunday: Enjoy a leisurely morning while the Moon is void. After 11:42 a.m. PST drill down on work and get a lot accomplished. Expect surprises and disruptions.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (December 26 –January 18)

  1. Make a commitment to some regular yoga in your life.

  2. Clear clutter.

  3. Clean your closet and give things away that you no longer need or use.

  4. Design a new business card.

  5. Tell your boss or co-worker what you appreciate about him or her.

  6. Make your office space more efficient and more beautiful.

  7. Make a plan to boost your retirement accounts and savings.

  8. Meet with a financial planner to tune up your finances.

  9. Simplify your life.

  10. Love your job, and if you're not loving it, change it.

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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:

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. - 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 17 at 0:32 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 3:53 a.m.-12:26 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

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)


Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, January 17: 6:30-8:32 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 11:53.-20:26 (Moon into Pisces)

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)

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