In the Stars January 3-10, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week

We begin the week with the efficient, organized energy of the Virgo Moon on Sunday and Monday that combines well with the industrious Capricorn Sun to help us put our lives in order for 2021. The week ahead holds several shifts of planets tropically: Mars moves into Taurus on Wednesday; Mercury ingresses into Aquarius and Venus ingresses into Capricorn on Friday.

Let’s take a look at the major planetary alignments for 2021:

Jupiter and Saturn are conjunct in Aquarius, having made an exact conjunction on the recent Winter Solstice, December 21. Saturn grounds the expansive, visionary possibilities of Jupiter. Jupiter coaxes Saturn to stretch further, to explore, to be trusting, and to be more jovial. This conjunction may result in technological innovation and new systems of education, combining both principles of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. The Covid-19 vaccinations are another example, combining vision and science to produce a vaccination that enables us to be more productive (Saturn) and have more freedom (Jupiter). Jupiter pulls farther ahead of Saturn in February, but we have 4-6 planets in Aquarius all of February, amplifying the friendly, exploratory, inventive energy that Aquarius gives. The Chinese New Year of the Ox this year is February 12th.

Also significant in the coming year is the Saturn-Uranus square, the last quarter square of the 45-year synodic cycle of Saturn and Uranus. These planets will be exactly conjunct February 1, June 14th, and December 24th 2021. Jupiter will be involved only with the February 1st square, as Jupiter moves quickly through Aquarius and will move into Pisces on May 13th, leaving Saturn and Uranus in square aspect for the whole year. Saturn consolidates, and Uranus breaks things apart. One expression of this conjunction is that we are finally tackling climate change, and may invent new ways of addressing it. Saturn may bring consolidation and restriction while at the same time Uranus brings breakthrough and invention. Destruction and limitation (Saturn) combine with chaos and innovation (Uranus) to create new possibilities.

Three of the four eclipses this year are in Gemini or Sagittarius. The lunar eclipses are on May 26th at 5:26 degrees of Sagittarius and November 19 at 27:14 degrees of Taurus; the solar eclipses are June 10th at 19:47 degrees of Gemini and December 4th at 12:22 degrees of Sagittarius. Neptune, planet of dissolution, deception, and vision and inspiration, squares the June 10th eclipse points.

Finally Pluto stands between 24 and 26 degrees of Capricorn tropically, and has just moved into Capricorn sidereally, which is significant. Pluto is close to the birth position of the United States horoscope, exact in 2022. This is a significant return, and a time of transformation for the United States. Pluto has been square to Eris this past year and has made three conjunctions, the third one being December 10th. Pluto and Eris will form two more squares in 2021 on August 27th and October 9th. Eris, a dwarf planet with a 599-year orbit, symbolizes tension, battle, and pain. This square is tense, and can result in anger, violence, and destruction, or can be creative, powerful, and energizing. The worst of this combination can be scary, but the best can be transformative. This Eris-Pluto square is a volatile one underneath all else that is going on in 2021. Individually, let’s use this tense, explosive energy for powerful change and transformation. We can do battle with global warming and do more to protect the environment. We can tackle racial inequality and transform race relations. There are a lot of ways we can put this dynamic, angry energy to good use. Take up a good cause and go to the mat.

Here’s wishing you a growthful, prosperous, and transformative 2021. And now let’s go to the week ahead.

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Sunday’s Virgo Moon, which makes a benefic trine to the Capricorn Sun, is the perfect energy for putting the house in order after the holidays and preparing for the first work week of the new year. Sunday is a practical, productive day, so give it the works. Make plans and set goals for the week ahead.

Monday is another industrious day, though one filled with tension. The energy can be put to good use getting organized this first work day of 2021. Mercury is conjunct Pluto and the conjunction is square to Eris, which may make us want to do battle, or we can put the feisty energy to work by leaning into it. This aspect is strong energy for problem solving. Be empowered. There is a long void Moon period from 1:33 p.m. through 9:31 p.m. PST, good for focusing on routing tasks and taking care of things that need be accomplished.

Though Tuesday is still tense from yesterday’s Mercury-Pluto-Eris alignment, the suave Libra Moon helps ease the tension. A Moon-Jupiter trine is uplifting and colors the world a little brighter. A Moon-Chiron opposition calls for self-care.

Mars at last moves into Taurus after its long six-month stay in Aries. Mars was strong in Aries, but challenged by the many planets in Capricorn for quite some time due to its retrogradation. Taurus is slow and practical, so Mars’ quick action may be slower and more ponderous, yet grounded and industrious. The Moon squares Pluto, making this a potentially volatile day, but a Venus-Moon sextile can help smooth things over.

Thursday may be a steamy, emotional day with the Scorpio Moon squaring Saturn and Jupiter, and then opposing Uranus. You may want to do something to handle your emotions if you are triggered. Walk or dance off your irritations, and take some space.

Mercury shifts into Aquarius on Friday, joining Jupiter and Saturn where it will be free-thinking for its stay in this fixed air sign until March 15, as we have a Mercury retrograde period from January 30th to February 21st. Venus moves into Capricorn tropically. Neptune forms benefic aspects with both the Sun and the Moon, encouraging imagination and inspiration.