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In the Stars January 28-February 4, 2024 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week

Aquarius: The Water Bearer; Photo from

The Sun and Pluto are now in Aquarius tropically. Mars, Mercury, and Venus are in the industrious sign of Capricorn. Saturn, symbolizing work and responsibility, is the ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius (ancient ruler of Aquarius). Mars is exalted in Capricorn, giving strong energy for efficient output of work through February 12.


In addition to this significant shift of Pluto into Aquarius, we approach a Dragon Year in Chinese astrology that begins February 9th, making for tremendous creative opportunities. The Chinese Dragon represents authority, prosperity, and good fortune. The Chinese honor a tradition of thoroughly cleaning house before the Chinese New Year. This is a beneficial tradition for welcoming new energy. With the Moon in Virgo this weekend, it is an excellent time for cleaning and organizing in preparation for the new year commencing February 9th.



Although Sunday, January 28, is the Sabbath, a day of rest, rather this Sunday astrologically is an industrious work day. Most likely you feel the call to clean, organize, and check tasks off your list. The Virgo Moon amplifies the benefic trine aspect of Venus in Capricorn and Jupiter in Taurus, especially in the early morning hours. At the end of the day, you will be amazed at how much you have accomplished, and how much you enjoyed it.


Monday’s main event is a Mars-Uranus trine in earth signs. This is an innovative, creative combination capable of hard work and breakthroughs.  As the afternoon wears on, the Moon opposes Neptune, softening our focus. We drift into a gracious, relaxing evening, satisfied with the many accomplishments of the last few days.


The Moon is void of course all of Tuesday morning, January 30, making it difficult to get going definitively. Focus on routine tasks until the Moon moves into Libra at 12:03 p.m. PST. A Moon-Pluto trine fuels drive and intention and gets us moving in the afternoon. A Moon-Venus square may unsettle relationships, but the Moon’s trine to the Sun gives equilibrium.


The Libra Moon seeks harmony, but is challenged by the needs of the Chiron-Moon opposition on Wednesday, January 31. Interactions may be testy, aggravated by the Moon’s square to Mars and an Eris-Mercury-Moon T-square.  Use the Libra Moon’s ability to see the perspectives of different sides and mediate differences to manage the day’s challenges.


Thursday, the first day of February, gets off to a slow, meandering start due to a void of course Moon from 1:02 a.m.-12:36 p.m. PST. The Moon moves into the deep, murky waters of Scorpio at 12:36 p.m. PST, churning up strong feelings stirred by the Moon’s square to Pluto. A Mars-Saturn semi-square contributes to the angst. Take some solitude and find appropriate ways to blow off steam.


Mercury makes a benefic sextile to Neptune on Friday, February 2, softening and amplifying thoughts and conversation. This is a poetic aspect, so if you are so inclined to write poetry, this would be a great day to do it. Or, play music, or enjoy a concert. Thoughts are transported to the imaginal realm. The Moon opposes Jupiter and sextiles Venus, brightening our afternoon and evening. Enjoy a sweet, expansive outing with your beloved.


Saturday, February 3, is an easy day, supported by benefic aspects to the Moon (sextiles to Mars, Mercury, and Neptune). Allow yourself to spend this weekend time engaging with your passionate interests.


The Moon is in Sagittarius on Sunday and Monday, February 4-5. Sunday invites adventure, but Saturn’s square to the Moon mid-day demands discipline.  A vigorous hike nearby would suit. It would also be a good day to make travel plans. Mercury moves into Aquarius in the evening for the next 19 days, opening our minds to think outside the box and expand possibilities.


Mercury conjuncts Pluto on Monday, February 5th, giving power of concentration. Secrets may be revealed; conversations run deep. The day holds mixed aspects (Moon sextile Sun; Venus square Chiron; Mars square Eris; Moon square Neptune). Yet, the Sagittarius Moon is ruled by expansive Jupiter, so optimism prevails. Apply the alignments to projects requiring considered thought.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Industrious work day. Lean in with vigor, intention, and efficiency, and you will be amazed by what you can accomplish.

Monday: Innovative, creative, industrious day. We are satisfied by the tremendous work we have accomplished over the last few days.

Tuesday: Moon VoC until 12:03 p.m. PST; stick to insignificant, routine tasks during this time. Then we get moving  at 12:03 p.m. PST. Balance out relationship issues with grace and wisdom.

Wednesday: Work toward harmony in relationships, even though you may experience some aggravations. 

Thursday: Moon VoC 1:02 a.m.-12:36 p.m. Feelings run deep and hot in the afternoon and evening. Take some solitude.

Friday: Transport your deep feelings into a creative project, and enjoy a sweet evening with your beloved.

Saturday: Easy day to indulge in passionate interests.

Sunday: Get some exercise in the outdoors. Great day to plan your next trip.

Monday: Power of concentration strong on this optimistic day. Apply it to a puzzling project.



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Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Capricorn (January 23-February16) 

1.     Focus on financial tasks and decisions.

2.     Exercise prudence and conservation regarding financial matters.

3.     Tighten your belt and save more.

4.     Set goals to increase your business in the coming year.

5.     Be discerning in your love life.

6.     Make more serious commitments in your relationships

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

8.     Upgrade your website.

9.     Prune your wardrobe.

10.  Repair or get rid of broken items in your home.


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 29 at 3:19 p.m. through January 30 at 12:03 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

February 1: 1:02 a.m.-12:36 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

February 3: 7:24 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

February 5 at 9:05 p.m. through February 6 at 4:08 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

February 7 at 11:52 p.m. through February 8 at 5:59 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

February 9 at 12:35 p.m. through February 10 at 5:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

February 12: 4:31 a.m.-5:25 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

February 14: 2:20 a.m.-7:02 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

February 16: 7:00 a.m.-11:39 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

February 18: 7:20 p.m. -7:24 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

February 20 at 10:37 p.m. through February 21 at 5:40 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

February 23 8:17 p.m. through February 23 at 5:37 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

February 25 at 11:35 p.m. through February 26 at 6:29 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

February 27 at 10:21 a.m. through February 28 at 7:08 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

March 1 at 11:47 p.m. through March 2 at 5:55 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

January 29 at 23:19 through January 30 at 8:03 (Moon into Libra)

February 1: 9:02-20:36 (Moon into Scorpio)

February 4: 3:24-5:27 (Moon into Sagittarius)

February 6: 5:05-12:08 (Moon into Capricorn)

February 8: 7:52-13:59 (Moon into Aquarius)

February 9 at 20:35 through February 10 at 13:42 (Moon into Pisces)

February 12: 12:31-13:25 (Moon into Aries)

February 14: 10:20-15:02 (Moon into Taurus)

February 16: 15:00-19:39 (Moon into Gemini)

February 18 at 15:20 through February 19 at 19:24. (Moon into Cancer)

February 21: 6:37 -13:40 (Moon into Leo)

February 23 at 4:17 through February 24 at 1:37 (Moon into Virgo)

February 26: 7:35-14:29 (Moon into Libra)

February 28 at 18:21 through February 29 at 3:08 (Moon into Scorpio)

March 2: 7:47-13:55 (Moon into Sagittarius)


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