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In the Stars January 15-22, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week: Chinese New Year

Mars is now direct in motion. Mercury follows turning direct on January 18, and Uranus turns direct on January 22. Then all planets will be in direct motion for three months until April 21. Plans and projects can now move forward swiftly with greater ease.

The Sun moves into Aquarius on Friday, January 20th and forms a New Moon on January 21st (in China on January 22nd). This Aquarius New Moon marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Water Rabbit. Rabbits are quiet, cautious animals; thus, it is a year to listen to your inner wisdom and be somewhat cautious.

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The Moon enters the deep waters of Scorpio on Sunday, inviting contemplation and deep thought. Otherwise the day's planetary activity is light. Enjoy the quiet and take time for introspection.

The work week begins Monday with a Moon-Uranus opposition which may take us in unexpected directions. A Moon-Neptune trine offers forgiveness and compassion. A Moon-Saturn square demands accountability and may leave us feeling like we can never do enough. Monday offers various energies that stir up different themes, while overall there’s a call for deep focus.

Tuesday morning is energized with determination, offered by the Scorpio Moon’s sextile to the Capricorn Sun and Pluto. Then at 9:33 a.m. PST the Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius. Optimism runs high with the Moon’s trine to Jupiter. This is a golden day full of promise. As Mercury is nearly stationary, there could be communication mix-ups, so be patient.

Mercury turns direct on Wednesday! A powerful Sun-Pluto conjunction perfects at nearly the same time at dawn. This is a productive day with much promise. With Mercury and Mars direct, many projects now will move forward swiftly. A late evening Moon-Neptune square will amplify dreams.

Thursday is the Sun’s last day in Capricorn tropically. The morning drifts due to a void of course Moon from 2:08 a.m.-11:11 a.m.PST. Don’t expect a crisp start to the morning, but rather use the time for routine tasks, reading, or processing email. Then at 11:11 a.m. PST when the Moon enters Capricorn we are ready to get things accomplished. A Moon-Jupiter square later in the evening may make us feel stretched too thin and disappointed in our accomplishments.

The Sun ingresses into Aquarius on Friday. This is an industrious day with both lights (Sun and Moon) in Saturn-ruled signs (Aquarius and Capricorn). The Moon is dark before tomorrow’s New Moon. Draw inward and get projects accomplished. This is the eve of the Chinese New Year, and a day when the Chinese clean house and prepare for the new year.

After a stormy, energized early Saturday morning with the Moon conjunct Pluto, the Moon enters Aquarius at 10:28 a.m. PST and a New Moon forms at 12:53 p.m., heralding the Chinese New Year of the Water Rabbit! A generous Moon-Jupiter sextile invites us to celebrate.

Sunday’s good news is that Uranus turns direct in motion, ushering in a period with no retrograde planets now for three months until April 21st. The Aquarius Moon, Uranus’ ruling sign, squares Uranus, making for a quirky, unusual day. Because of Uranus stationing, turning direction, the day is particularly Uranian. This means there could be a lot of diversions and surprises. Venus and Saturn conjunct, focusing us on our values and strengthening our commitments.

The Aquarius Moon’s conjunction with Saturn and Venus in the wee hours of Monday invite a work week committed to productivity and personal values. We are invited to think differently and consider diverse opinions. The Moon moves into sensitive Pisces at 9:35 a.m. PST, giving compassion, imagination, and inspiration.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Day for quiet, solitude, and contemplation.

Monday: Prepare for the unexpected. Accountability and forgiveness are called forth.

Tuesday: Golden, opportune day. Determination and optimism run high.

Wednesday: Mercury turns direct! Productive day with promise.

Thursday: Moon VoC 2:08 a.m. -11:11a.m. PST. Slow, undefined morning. After 11:11 a.m. PST we are ready to get a lot accomplished.

Friday: Sun ingresses into Aquarius. Draw inward and be productive. Clean house on the eve of the Chinese New Year.

Saturday: Chinese New Year of the Rabbit. Stormy, energized morning. Break out into celebration later in the day.

Sunday: Unusual day of diversions and surprises. Affirm values and strengthen commitments.

Monday: Compassionate, imaginative, inspiring day.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (January 2-26)

1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.

2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.

3. Invest in social justice.

4. Read a book about issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.

6. Explore and consider joining a new group to expand your life.

7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.

8. Rally for a political cause.

9. Make new friends.

10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

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 is 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): Pacific Standard Time:

January 15: 12:39 a.m.-4:08 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

January 17: 6:25 a.m.-9:32 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

January 19: 2:08 a.m.-11:11 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

January 21: 7:52 a.m.-10:28 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

January 23: 2:18 a.m.-9:35 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

January 25: 8:11 a.m. -10:47 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

January 27: 1:00 p.m. – 3:42 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

January 29 at 9:51 p.m. through January 30 at 12:34 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

February 1: 3:57 a.m. -12:11 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

February 3 at 10:18 p.m. through February 4 at 12;48 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

February 6: 6:15 a.m.-1:13 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

February 8 at 10:39 p.m. through February 9 at 12:46 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

February 11: 8:41 a.m. -10:34 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

January 15: 8:39-12:08 (Moon into Scorpio)

January 17: 14:25-17:32 (Moon into Sagittarius)

January 19: 10:08-19:11 (Moon into Capricorn)

January 21: 15:52-18:28 (Moon into Aquarius)

January 23: 10:18-17:35 (Moon into Pisces)

January 25: 16:11-18:47 (Moon into Aries)

January 27: 21:00–22:42 (Moon into Taurus)

January 29 at 17:51 through January 30 at 8:34 (Moon into Gemini)

February 1: 11:57-18:11 (Moon into Cancer)

February 4: 6:18-8:48 (Moon into Leo)

February 6: 14:15-19:13 (Moon into Virgo)

February 9: 6:39-8:46 (Moon into Libra)

February 11: 16:41 -18:34 (Moon into Scorpio)

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