Current Planetary Influences


     Winter has definitely hit here in Montana (brrrr!).

    We start off this month with a Super Moon (full moon at perigee). The Super Moon is either a full or new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance (perigee) that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, giving a bigger than usual apparent size of the Moon as seen from Earth. There are actually 2 full moons this month – one at the very beginning of the month and one at the very end in a lunar eclipse. Having a 2nd Full or New Moon is called the “blue moon” because it occurs so infrequently – thus the phrase “once in a blue moon.” Will January be different in some way?  

   Weather can definitely be one way with the record breaking cold and snow. Weather can be a psychological influence and inhibiting factor but adding the astrological influences we start off this month with a BANG (right where we left off – with much more going on and changing). My primary prediction for 2018 is that tribal attitudes within the human culture are changing and shifting all over the globe. The trend is to find common ground.

  2018 looks promising for continued changes in social/ cultural awareness. We are in a time of the evolution of humanity where things are not the same as usual – whether it be weather, climate, politics, cultural norms, or alliances. (We still have many cultural changes to make e.g. racism and elitism but with the way the energies are these days we might even see a shift in the near future in these ancient chasms of humanity. I also hope that the many people in Puerto Rico without electricity will see a change for the better very quickly.

   Transiting Pluto is conjunct the Sun for the first half of the month and this intensifies issues with ego, traditions, rules and power struggles. People who feel betrayed or not loved are likely to have these feelings reinforced by the planetary energies. Finding ways to be compassionate is very important however; sometimes the compassionate way is to say “stop”. Compassion is meant to bring about spiritual growth which might not happen if an individual is allowed to continue his/her inflammatory responses to self and others. The key is to understand and to feel what the other person is feeling. From that understanding compassion will arise.

   It is of interest to me that Kim Jong Un’s natal Sun of 18 degrees Capricorn is exactly conjunct transiting Pluto throughout the month of January (conjunction started December 8, 2017). This conjunction could intensify his ego and strong need to be recognized. His aspiration to be seen as a powerful leader who “matters” and who isn’t pretending and who should be feared is highlighted all month. His birth time is unknown but we do have his birthdate as January 8 1984. Keep in mind that when Pluto is conjunct the Sun there is a battle within about the annihilation of ego and personal identity. This often triggers reactive behavior and possibly suicidal behavior. It can also activate great personal transformation in a very positive way. Overall, Pluto conjunct the Sun often aids releasing and the purging of unhealthy defensive ideas of self. It is often a challenging time and often full of inner sadness.

    On Kim Un’s birthday Pluto and Mars were conjunct which adds intensity about power struggles to his astrological profile. Actually I think of this planetary combination influencing strong themes of protection and war. It is like a barking dog that means business and doesn’t like to back down even if there is great fear. Imagine a dog with hackles on his back but his tail is wagging as he barks and shows his teeth.

    Un has held the titles of the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and also a presidium member of the Central Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea. He was officially declared the supreme leader following the state funeral for his father on 28 December 2011. I think Un really revels the title of “supreme leader” and will do whatever he deems necessary to elevate his presence in the world. Yet, with the current transits he is evaluating his options and potential impact on the world at large. He doesn’t want to back down. He doesn’t want to lose his prestige. He doesn’t want to annihilate his country either. Can he be reasoned with? This is truly an important question and Pluto knows the truth. Pluto is pushing him to face the truth. It is a tightrope to walk but diplomacy can work.  

       Uranus is stationary and goes Direct on the 2nd of January. When an outer planet is stationary it appears to be standing still while all other planets are moving along their orbits. This planet then tends to be a focal point of the day and will have a strong impact on the events of the day. Uranus is the planet of great upheaval and change. It is the planet that awakens each of us from our stupor and preoccupation with our lives. There is a sense of alarm but also purpose. There is a purpose for our lives and this is what we want to awaken and nurture.

   The asteroid Pallas is conjunct Uranus this month and will add themes of spiritual awareness. This large asteroid is named after the goddess Athena (in Greek mythology, the daughter of Jupiter) of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare. Pallas is thought to be a weaver of patterns who links ideas together. She is strategic, creative and just. I feel that the power of Pallas can guide us to open our hearts and minds toward creative and wise actions. With this conjunction the mantra for the month is “be open to all possibilities.”

  Finally, we haven’t had the experience of Uranus and Pluto in a square for a while but here they are again. I wonder if this is the perfect timing for fixing a problem that has been left behind. Pluto can be the great avoider with denial or pretending that there isn’t a problem; however with a square to Uranus clarity and insight are potentially available. As long as each of us pays attention and wakes up and listens to the deeper root cause of the problem there can be clarity and a shift.  

   Jupiter and Mars are paired in a conjunction in Scorpio right up to the 22nd of January providing an inclination toward expanding and increasing secrets and lies that involve various kinds of intrigue. This planetary pairing will probably transform public opinion as Jupiter is all about the populous and with this combination truth is expanded.

   Other Scorpio themes such as sexual assaults and scandals could involve politicians and government officials because of the Jupiter planetary involvement. So, this chapter in human history will continue to spread all over the world. Some wonder if this is a “flash in the pan” experience and that things will go back as they have in the past in work places with women fearing to speak up. Others believe that this is a transformational moment in the history of women and power. It is a time to reflect on right use of power in all avenues of life. Power is not a given privilege it is gained.

   Mars in Scorpio continues until the 27th of January so this is the moment to speak up where misuse of power is evident. This is a window of time to see through the cultural attitudes that may seem minute but add up to misuse and imbalance of fairness.

   Individuality is not a gender thing it is a human thing. Finding ways to accept the differences and individualities is part of the transformation. Divisive finger pointing must become a part of the past. Instead, the future is all about being truthful and accepting. This isn’t just my hope it is what the positive message of planets in Capricorn are encouraging.

   Overall, Capricorn is a traditional and stabilizing energy that likes things to be done a particular way. Having Saturn in Capricorn for the next 2 years is a strong placement because Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. This is a time when personal reputation, parenting and governing issues are maximized. The upside of this influence is that effort toward accomplishment pays off. The downside of this influence is that people tend to try too hard and to over-do and thus burn-out. It is a time when ethical behavior of business owners will be highlighted. The key theme is that honesty will prevail.

   Yes, the tyrannical patriarchal energy comes with Saturn in Capricorn also. So diligence is necessary. The law of the land is for everyone.

   One thing is certain every minute counts. This is a time to release what doesn't serve you any longer and to engage in new ventures. It is a time to balance the practical with the ideal and honor what is sacred. Finally, it is a time to respond to life with positive and confident thoughts and actions.


    This month the moon stays void of course many days during waking hours and for at least 4 hours so I have listed them below.

Jan 2 – Moon void/course from 3:47 PM MST to midnight

Jan 4 – Moon void/course from 4:11 PM MST to 1 am next day

Jan 9 – Moon void/course from 9:14 AM MST to 1:06 PM MST

Jan 11 – Moon void/course all day

Jan 14 – Moon void/course in AM hours MST

Jan 19 – Moon void/course in AM hours MST

Jan 26 – Moon void/course early AM hours until 10:41 AM MST

Jan 28 – Moon void/course early AM hours until 11:59 AM MST

 On all of these days it is best to be extra conscious and centered with your activities – especially if driving a car or working with machinery of any kind. The void can be a positive time for healing sessions, practicing Yoga and meditation, reflecting and working with positive affirmations. This is generally not the best time to start something new or try learning something new. When the Moon is void of course it is not a time to start learning or doing something new. It is easy to forget your wallet, phone, purse or keys while the Moon is void of course. Take your time and be aware of hidden meanings and experiences.

January 1 – Moon at Perigee

    The Moon at Perigee is when the Moon is closest to the earth and is similar to a building or waxing time of the Moon.

January 1 – 11 degree Cancer Full Moon – Super Moon – 7:25 PM MST

    This speeding full super moon with stationary Uranus has concentrated planetary energies with Pluto, Sun, Venus and Saturn all in Capricorn. The child within seeks a way to be appreciated for all her/his work and effort. There is a conditional and traditional view on life from the Capricorn/Cancer perspective so finding ways to let go of form and just be uninhibited – if for just a few moments here and now – is going to be a challenge. 

    The speeding Moon with stationary Uranus is all about adventure and possibly going overboard with a project or a relationship. The key experience of this full moon is to allow new and futuristic ideas roll around in your thoughts. Taking time to stop and reflect might seem challenging but it is a must on this day.

   The Sabian Symbol of the Moon is called “A Chinese woman nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher.” The keynote is “the revelation of latent worth in an experience once it is seen in its deeper meaning.”

    My thoughts on this Sabian Symbol are that the planetary energies and the Sabian Symbol are all pointing to an upward and forward thinking potential. What has been asleep for too long is awakened on this day. Get your drawing pad and manuscript paper out. We normally think of New Year’s Day as a day for socializing and /or sleeping. Neither of these traditional avenues is best traveled. Instead, make space for your inner child and your connection to the All that is. This is a great day to truly start anew with purposeful affirmations and declarations for a better year forward.

January 2 – Uranus stationary Direct at 24 degrees Aries and conjunct asteroid Pallas

    This is a day to remain with clarity, direction and purpose. Review your New Year’s affirmations and declarations today and be diligent with all actions. Thoughts carry energy and vibrations that are carried into action and form.

January 11 – Mercury enters Capricorn and has completed the review of past Mercury retrograde cycle

    A new sense of clarity is forming in many areas of life. In particular, Mercury is guiding us to speak with responsibility.

January 14/15 – Moon at apogee

  The Lunar apogee is similar to a waning Moon phase when the energy is contracting and the Moon is farthest from the earth. People tend to feel more anxious with this phase because they are aware that there is less and less time to get things done. Be patient, be patient, be patient… stay centered and fill your heart with light. Take responsibility for your actions and be with peace.

January 16 – 27 degree Capricorn New Moon – (7:18 PM MST)

  The New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and brings with it a sense of wonder and energy for renewal. The line-up of planets in Capricorn is even more intense than on the full moon as Mercury is now in Capricorn along with Saturn, Pluto, Sun, Moon and Venus. The old adage “my way or no way” might spring up in conversations around the world. Capricorn is energy to dance with but not fight. It is energy to build and sculpt something of importance but it is not easily light and frivolous. Fortunately there are sextiles from Pluto, Sun, Moon and Venus to the Mars/Jupiter combination. Sextiles provide opportunity for spiritual and mature development. I think the key is patience with self and others.

   Themes of working through possible rash and excitable energies (Uranus is square Pluto, Sun, Moon and Venus) will prevail as long as each of us remembers to take a breath and breathe in all possibilities for peace. Breathe deeply all possibilities and then breathe out peace and beauty and wisdom.

   The Sabian symbol for the Moon is “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” The keynote is “the ascent of the individualized consciousness to the highest realizations reached by the spiritual leaders of its culture.”

   My thoughts about this symbol are that we are reaching a tipping point as we experience a push to change and make adjustments that are inclusive of all human beings. We share the same sky, waters, and commitment to make this a better place for our children and their children.

January 18 – Venus enters Aquarius

    Venus in Aquarius is all about the expression of values and principles of individual freedom. This should be a healing and releasing time for relationships across the miles and oceans. People all over the world can reach out to those in need. Imagine hands reaching out from all ports of the world to hold hands all over the world in peace and individual freedom of expression.

January 20 – Sun in Aquarius through February 19

   The Sun in Aquarius lights up ideals and renovating new thought. It is a time to take action in new adventures, travels, business transactions and creative problem solving. It is a time to be open-minded and to find common ground with people all over the world. It is a time to refresh the mind with awareness of how we all are really similar and interconnected.

January 26 – Mars enters Sagittarius until March 18

   With Mars in Sagittarius team effort is highlighted. Mars likes to take action but Sagittarius wants things to be done with consensus of the group. Team sports, team efforts in businesses and in social institutions such as higher education and government. We might see bi-partisan actions taken. For each of us this is a time to keep mindful of the goal at hand and not get too scattered though. 

 January 24 – First quarter Moon

  This is the time of the month when form emerges. We are in the waxing phase of the moon and are encouraged to do and take action. The key concept here is that there is tension between self and group. When tension is felt action is generally taken. Keep thinking that the tension is about creating the pearl – the pearl of wisdom and the pearl of merit. This is a time to be creative with ideas and take pioneering steps in your life.

  January 30 – Moon at Perigee again
January 31 – Mercury enters Aquarius
January 31 – 11 degree Leo Full Moon (lunar eclipse at 6:31 AM MST)  

   Not only is this an eclipse but it is also considered to be a “super moon” (because Moon is at Perigee again). The eclipse is very important as it creates a focus in our birth charts for the next 30 days or more. Look at where you might have 10 to 13 degrees of Leo to determine how this eclipse is affecting you. Leo energy is vibrant, dramatic, colorful and masterful.  Taking leadership is an important theme of this Full Moon.

 There is a T-square with the Sun/Venus, North Node/Moon, and Jupiter. This suggests to me that effort needs to be made with maintaining values and universal social behavior because of the Venus square Jupiter. With the Moon within just 3 degrees of its North Node there is a tendency toward taking things very seriously and there is the strong possibility of becoming hurt or insulted. Keep in mind that the Leo energy of the Moon is sensitive and needs to feel appreciated.

 The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is “An evening party of adults on a lawn illumined by fancy lanterns” and the keynote is “Group-relaxation in fashionable surroundings as an escape from work routine.”

 My thoughts are that maturity is not part of ego centricity behavior which could be part of the “evening party and fancy lanterns”. However, playfulness and socialization is a necessary part of becoming an adult and mature. So finding the balance between frivolity and intellectual awareness is suggested by this symbol. Try not to take things too seriously or to gloat over what might have been said in a social setting. Enjoying the “party” could mean to relax and be creative.

  Maintain inner peace, quiet and relax.

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