In the Stars January 2-9, 2022...shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon


My friend and colleague Tad Mann writes in his 2022 New Moon/New Year’s newsletter: “This is the darkest time of the year and the veil between the conscious world and the symbolic underworld within is thinnest, and therefore most permeable. Impulses from the unconscious are much more likely to come into our awareness at this time of the year, which is good to keep in mind and that, in reality, is what we celebrate!”


A New Moon forms almost at the beginning of this new year, on Sunday, January 2 in Capricorn tropically. Thus, the New Year actually starts at the dark of the Moon on a serious, restricted tone.

Jupiter has recently ingressed into Pisces where it is strong, as Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces. The big planet will be in the mutable water sign of Pisces for five months until May 10 when it moves into Aries. We can harness more creativity and vision with Jupiter’s position in Pisces.


We are now in a long Kala Sarpa Yoga period (a Vedic Astrology alignment) when all of the planets are hemmed in between the North and South Nodes, except for the two weeks each month when the Moon breaks through. Even during those two weeks the Moon is isolated and unstable. This is a tense, restrictive period which will be in effect through April 24. We may feel blocked and contrained, but the limitation can be transformed into focus and generativity.


We continue to re-evaluate our values as Venus retrogrades nearly conjunct Pluto, though now it is moving further away from Pluto. On March 3 it will once again conjunct Pluto, moving in direct motion. Now through mid-March we are in a deep process about what we love and value.

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New Year’s Day’s astrological signatures hold promise for an exciting new year. The day begins with a benefic Sun-Uranus trine which promotes change and may deliver surprises. The Sagittarius Moon gives buoyancy and a desire to spread our wings. The Moon is void of course almost all day until 3:02 p.m. PDT, a perfect signature for just taking it easy as the holiday season winds down. Kick back, at least until the Moon moves into more industrious Capricorn at 3:02 p.m. PDT. Then you may want to start making plans for the new year ahead and focusing on what you want to accomplish.


The New Moon in Capricorn perfects on Sunday, and is in a separating trine to Uranus. New ideas may be sparked, and we may envision a brighter future. Mercury and the North Node are in a benefic trine, generating brilliant thoughts at this auspicious time of the year. The planetary alignments support setting intentions and making plans for the new year.


On Monday Jupiter makes an edgy square to the nodal axis, churning up both old and new matters to be confronted. The Capricorn Moon collides with the Eris-Pluto square, intensifying the energy of the day and stirring up trouble. It might be best to wait until Tuesday to go boldly working on projects in this new year as Monday the Moon is void of course all morning and part of the afternoon until 2:43 p.m. PDT. Then the Moon moves into Aquarius and conjuncts Mercury, broadening ideas, and giving detachment and greater acceptance.


The Aquarius Moon on Tuesday connects with the Saturn-Uranus square, first squaring Uranus and then making a conjunction with Saturn. This aspect highlights change. This would be a good day to figure out how you are going to carry out your new year’s resolutions. Expect the unexpected and think differently. When the Moon sextiles Mars in the afternoon, we feel the energy to move forward.


Retrograde Venus is sextile to Neptune, enabling us to release old relationship hurts and patterns and imagine a new or renewed relationship. The Moon is void of course all day until it moves into Pisces at 4:16 p.m. PDT. The Moon conjuncts Jupiter, giving optimism, vision, and artistry. This is a compassionate day. If you have been feeling an urge to write, paint, or play music, this evening and the next two days hold good energy for expressing yourself.


Something surprising may occur Thursday morning in the light of a Moon-Uranus sextile. Retrograde Venus conjuncts the asteroid Juno that symbolizes the mate; thus relationship issues may be in the foreground. A sharp Moon-Mars square in the evening may make people feel on edge, and may make matters difficult. However, the Pisces Moon gives softness and sensitivity.


Friday, Venus’ day, begins soft and dreamy with a Moon-Neptune conjunction. The day invites more creativity. A benefic Moon-Pluto sextile gives passion and resolve. The Moon is void of course from 2:23 p.m. until 9:25 p.m. PDT when the Moon bounces into courageous Aries. During the void period it is best to stick to routine tasks or reading, as activities and meetings do not easily come together. For example, if you have a dinner date, you may have difficulty meeting up, or one or more may be delayed. Friday night is a good time watch a movie with your beloved.


We are ready for action and taking some risks on Saturday and Sunday, buoyed by an Aries Moon. A Mars-Eris trine Saturday gives high energy and resolve. Take a hike and get some strong exercise, and get some of your new year’s projects started.


Frustrations are likely to appear on Sunday as a result of the Aries Moon in square aspect to the Sun and Venus. The day continues to be rough, with the Moon conjunct Eris and square to Pluto later in the day. With the lift of a Moon-Mars trine, go for an energetic hike or run. Channel frustrations into physically demanding work or challenging problems to be solved.


Monday’s planetary alignments offer welcome relief to yesterday’s rough spots. The Moon is exalted in Taurus and we start the work week with comfortable, grounded energy. Numerous benefic aspects make for a satisfying, productive day overall. However, Eris stations to go direct in motion. When planets station their energy is especially strong, and Eris may stir up dissatisfactions with the ways of the world.


The Week in Short:

Saturday: Easy, optimistic day perhaps bringing surprises.

Sunday: Auspicious, brilliant day for setting plans and intentions for the new year.

Monday: Old and new matters may need to be addressed. Moon VoC all day until 2:43 p.m. PDT. Delay diving into the new year’s plans and goals, and clean up old business.

Tuesday: Consider what you will do differently to meet your New Year’s goals, and get going.

Wednesday: Be compassionate and creative.

Thursday: Soft, sensitive day. Something unusual may happen early in the day. Edgy evening.

Friday: Dreamy, creative day. Moon VoC 2:23 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. Chill out and watch a movie in the evening.

Saturday: Get strong exercise, and start some new year’s projects.

Sunday: The day holds frustration. Get strong exercise and channel it into demanding work.

Monday: Practical, grounded day for good work and comfort, though dissatisfactions may lurk.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (November 6, 2021 - March 6, 2022)

1. Focus on finances, and bring financial matters up-to-date.

2. Prudence and conservation are the names of the financial games to be playing.

3. Get your portfolio in ship shape.

4. Tighten your belt and save more.

5. Be discerning in your love life.

6. Host a social gathering for old and new business associates.

7. Upgrade your website.

8. Prune your wardrobe.

9. Select high quality practical gifts of good value this season.

10. Set goals to increase your business over time, especially in the coming year.



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 1: 12:15 a.m. – 3:02 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

January 3: 8:20 a.m. – 2:43 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

January 5: 8:50 a.m. – 4:16 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

January 7: 2:23 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

January 9 at 11:23 p.m. through January 10 at 6:46 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

January 12: 11:38 p.m. – 7:08 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

January 14 at 6:21 p.m. through January 15 at 8:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

January 17: 3:48 p.m. – 8:03 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

January 20: 12:15 a.m. – 6:02 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

January 22: 11:45 a.m. -2:02 p.m. (Moon into Libra) GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

January 1: 8:15 – 23:02 (Moon into Capricorn)

January 3: 16:20 – 22:43 (Moon into Aquarius)

January 5 at 16:50 through January 6 at 0:16 (Moon into Pisces)

January 7 at 22:23 through January 8 at 5:25 (Moon into Aries)

January 10: 7:23 - 14:46 (Moon into Taurus)

January 12: 11:38 p.m. – 7:08 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

January 14 at 6:21 p.m. through January 15 at 8:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer) January 13 at 7:38 through January 14 at 3:08 (Moon into Gemini)

January 15: 2:21 - 16:10 (Moon into Cancer)

January 17 at 23:48 through January 18 at 4:03 (Moon into Leo)

January 20: 8:15 – 14:02 (Moon into Virgo)

January 22: 19:45 - 22:02 (Moon into Libra)

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