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In the Stars January 22-29, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week: Chinese New Year

A New Moon occurs January 21st (in China on January 22nd), marking 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. Western and Chinese astrologer Donna Stellhorn has an informative video on the astrology of the year ahead, including for each sign, available at

Written in the Kepler College Newsletter January 19, 2023: “2022 Yang Water Tiger had opened the floodgates of disruptive energy led by bold ambition. Now is the time to integrate these big lessons and learn to embrace growth with ease and trust, versus force and aggression. Yin Water Rabbit invokes the spirit of acute sensitivity, diplomacy, vitality, and creative imagination. This is a year for integration, rest and contemplation.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 1:32 Aquarius is “An Unexpected Thunderstorm.” This implies something happening that is sudden and out of the blue. Thunderstorms are powerful and often clear the air. We may experience an unleashing of energy.

Mars and Mercury are now direct in motion. 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. Are you starting to feel and observe this forward motion that may have been stuck for awhile?

We are cautious and considerate of expenses this week as Saturn and Venus are conjunct. Our values serve our actions. We are committed to our loved ones.


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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 (ruling sign of Uranus) Moon, 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, brining focus 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 for the rest of the day.

The Pisces Moon offers empathy and forgiveness on Tuesday. The Sun makes a benefic sextile to Jupiter, lifting our mood, and inviting expansiveness. This is a good day to connect with friends and family who could use some loving kindness. A late-night Moon-Neptune conjunction will amplify our dreams as we drift to sleep at the end of an exciting day.

With the Moon in Pisces we feel rested from a good night’s sleep on Wednesday. A benefic Moon-Pluto sextile in the morning sets the day on a strong course. An Aries Moon-Jupiter conjunction in the evening makes us feel that all is well with our lives, and that we are fired up and inspired.

Tension is in the air on Thursday morning as the Moon squares Mercury. In contrast, Venus arrives in Pisces, encouraging us to be compassionate and charitable toward others during Venus’ three-week stay. Be imaginative and inspired!

Friday may be a rocky, emotionally volatile and unsettling day as the fiery Aries Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares the combative planet Eris. A Mercury-Chiron square may trigger feelings of insecurity. The mood is likely to shift in the late afternoon when the Moon enters its sign of exaltation, fixed earth Taurus, at 3:43 p.m. PST. Employ the testy energy to accomplish goals. Settle in at home and savor some comfort food.

The Taurus Moon forms a First Quarter Square with the Aquarius Sun on Saturday, challenging old habits that may no longer serve. The Sun squares the nodal axis, pressing for growth. The day may go differently than planned, with some surprises as a result of a Uranus-Moon conjunction which may help us break out of old habits. This is a day to consciously do things differently than usual.

A Moon-Saturn square gives Sunday a serious tone. The Taurus Moon is practical, and we are called to take care of business. The Aquarius Sun is trine Mars, encouraging active conversation and stimulating ideas. This theme is amplified by a Mercury-Uranus trine which gives brilliant mental energy. A Moon-Pluto trine in the evening could motivate us to address a long-term goal.

Monday is full of possibilities with the Moon in mutable air sign Gemini, making benefic aspects to Jupiter, Ceres, and the Sun. This is a day to generate ideas, dream, and make note of potential projects.

The Week in Short:

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

Monday: Compassionate, imaginative, inspiring day.

Tuesday: High-spirited, empathetic day.

Wednesday: Stay on a strong course. Feel a sense of well-being

Thursday: Be inspired, compassionate, and charitable.

Friday: Emotionally volatile day. Be determined to get things accomplished and settle in for a comfortable evening.

Saturday: Edges are pushed and growth is promoted. Break a habit and do things differently.

Sunday: Serious, practical day for stimulating conversations and generating ideas. Commit to a long-term goal.

Monday: Dream a future of possibilities.

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 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)

February 13: 3:51 p.m. -5:30 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

February 15: 5:05 p.m.-8:59 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

February 17: 8:17 p.m.-9:34 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

February 19: 6:00 p.m.-8:55 p.m.(Moon into Pisces)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

February 13 at 23:51 through February 14 at 1:30 (Moon into Sagittarius)

February 16: 0:05-4:59 (Moon into Capricorn)

February 18: 4:17-5:34 (Moon into Aquarius)

February 20: 2:00-4:55 (Moon into Pisces)

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