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Solar Eclipse Capricorn, January 5-21

Chart for the New Moon in Capricorn
Chart for the New Moon in Capricorn

There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Jan.05 – SOLAR ECLIPSE ~ NEW MOON in CAPRICORN (15:26 of Capricorn)

What You Do Has Consequences.

This is the message of the New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn, and indeed, this eclipse chart kicks off the first few months of 2019.

In fact, the theme for 2019 seems to be: "What you do has consequences. And what you do is largely based on what you believe is important, how you prioritize your life, and the standards you adopt that help you decide whether to be flexible or firm in the face of conflict and uncertainty."

Okay, that's it in a nutshell. See you next year.

;-)

Seriously, this year's mandate appears to be a challenging one, yet also full of potential. But aren't they all? Well, yes. So, it's our job to figure out what these particular challenges are, what kind of potential is possible, and how to transform one into the other.

2019 starts with a massive Solar Eclipse in Capricorn, followed by a Lunar Eclipse in Leo (Jan.20/21). There are also about 600 or so planets (give or take a dozen) in Capricorn at the time of the Solar Eclipse.

That's a lot of weight and emphasis in this Cardinal-Earth sign!

Like its ruling planet, Saturn, Capricorn represents structure, order and realism. Manifesting these qualities demands that we humans adopt priorities like responsibility, discipline and practicality – qualities that usually sound more like work than play.

So, if you're feeling like the bill just came due after the party is over (literally or figuratively), you'll be forgiven for shaking your fist at the mammoth line-up in Capricorn's skies.

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.
~ Mother Teresa

So, let's start with the planets that populate the Stellium in Capricorn. There's the Sun and Moon, of course, which are both conjunct and parallel by declination – in other words, a Solar Eclipse, which in this case is a partial eclipse. That means the Moon doesn't cover the entire Sun's disk, but only up to about 60% in this case—and even then, only viewed from extreme northeast Russia. You'll also see it in northeast China, the Koreas, Japan, or the southwestern tip of Alaska, but at less than 60% covered at maximum.

Remember that even a partial Solar Eclipse can damage your eyes if you watch it without proper eye protection, so don't take chances with your eyesight.

The fact that this New Moon in Capricorn is also a Solar Eclipse means the New Moon's energy is supercharged with intensity and extra influence. If it forms a major aspect in your natal chart (e.g. 10-20° of Cardinal signs), the natal planets/points and houses involved are likely to be a focus in some way over the next several months or more. This doesn't necessarily mean a "bad" situation, although there are several indications in this chart that suggest it could be a little more intense, demanding or challenging than usual.

Stellium in Capricorn, squared by Mars

One of those indications is the 600-or-so planets in Capricorn (a.k.a., a Stellium) – Mercury, Saturn, Sun, Moon and Pluto, with the South Lunar Node thrown in just for fun. In fact, all of these points except for Mercury form a Rolling Conjunction, meaning that the planets at the beginning and end of the sequence (Saturn and Pluto, in this case) are a bit too wide to be conjunct on their own; however, the bridging planets in between form a transference of energy that binds them all together as a conjoined unit. Even Mercury could be included in this unit if we use especially wide orbs (over 10°).

Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing through the facade of pretense. It's the complete eradication of everything we imagine to be true.
~ Adyashanti

What makes this multiple conjunction exceptionally strong is that the planets/points involved, along with Jupiter in Sagittarius, are also tightly Parallel by Declination! In fact, Pluto and Saturn, as well as Jupiter, are all encased within the span of the Sun and Moon, which are parallel enough to form the Solar Eclipse.

Parallel planets at Solar Eclipse

Again, that's an awful lot of substance packed into a small area of sky! And being in Capricorn, an Earth sign, quite a bit of manifestation and consequence could emerge out of that high concentration of energy.

Mercury isn't all that far away from that dense multi-parallel either, being just Out of Bounds (OOB, from January 2 to 18). When Mercury is OOB, it often feels a bit like it's Retrograde even when it's Direct. (By the way, Mercury doesn't go Retrograde again until March 5th.) So, for the next couple of weeks, don't be surprised if your mental faculties feel a wee bit scrambled or cross-wired, or you have a tendency to get your "merds wixed."

The beauty of having Mercury OOB is that it's an excellent time to explore a viewpoint that extends beyond your usual breadth of vision. This can be a very creative time, encouraging you to enjoy playing with ideas, or your need for creativity could grow out of boredom or discontent.

Or, you might feel that life is disappointingly mundane, while the greater potential of what could be dazzles your imagination. Or, you may have to "build a better mousetrap" and must reach beyond the known universe to come up with the right blueprint. So, try using this time to plan out your 2019 projects and goals in a way that's just a little more ambitious than you think you're capable of, but not so much that you set yourself up for failure.

On the other hand, since Mercury is in serious, practical Capricorn, you might experience your energy being a bit sluggish, in which case your brain might benefit from a vacation or some quiet down-time. Or, you might be challenged to sharpen your mental focus to be more effective, which might feel uncomfortable but could help you be more productive and useful.

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention,
but fear, too, is not barren of ingenious suggestions.
~ Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer

Saturn and Pluto form the bedrock of the Capricorn Stellium, since their pace is very slow through the Zodiac and their effects are therefore more consequential.

They are approaching a conjunction which becomes exact in January 2020. Although there is only one actual pass, they station less than 3° from each other in April 2019 and September 2020. Our Solar Eclipse lands on their midpoint by longitude (sign/degree), bridging the gap between them. So, it's safe to say that their joint influence has already begun and will extend through the next 2 years. Indeed, this began in part when Saturn entered the same sign as Pluto, back in December 2017.

In addition, the Lunar South Node crosses both of their paths this year (April for the True Node; March and May for the Mean Node). The North and South Lunar Nodes tend to act like a magnifying glass with whatever they touch, so this brings extra emphasis to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. (Like they really needed more emphasis...) The South Node in particular is a point of letting go and releasing old baggage, or at least integrating old issues and learning into the background to make room for new challenges.

Saturn and Pluto are a difficult combination of energies. Both are very no-nonsense planets with precious little fluff or flexibility to soften their sharp edges. Saturn says, "It's time to get real. No more illusions, no more excuses." Pluto says, "It's time to get authentic. No more separation between hidden motives and outward actions. Live who you are."

And with both of them in Capricorn, their mandate is to cultivate integrity—not so much in terms of adopting rigid standards, but becoming consistent, honest and true to your whole being, which eventually leads to a more organic, natural code of ethics and standards.

In the context of this year's theme of "What you do has consequences," this conjunction (Saturn, Pluto, South Node) can help make you more aware of those consequences and put you in a position to decide what you need to do with them or about them, in accord with your authentic personal integrity. Remember that this is a gradual process that develops and unfolds throughout this year. You're not expected to do it all at once, and this kind of process works best if you take it one bite at a time, chew on it for a while, and then let yourself digest what it means for you.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
~ William James

This is a good time to talk about Mars who leaped into Aries across the world's time zones between 2018 and 2019 (depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on). Aries forms a stressful square aspect to Capricorn (90°) and both are Cardinal signs. So, although they tend to rattle sabres at each other a lot, they are also capable of grudgingly achieving far more together than they can separately.

Mars is the "do" part of this year's theme: What you DO has consequences, so Mars is here to help you learn how to react, respond and take action in ways that don't create more problems than are solved.

As Mars moves through Aries, he will square each of those planets in Capricorn. (The Sun and Moon have already been-there-done-that with Mars; e.g., the Sun squared Mars on Dec.02).

Stellium in Capricorn, squared by Mars

Mars is first squared by Mercury on Jan.08 (in effect from the end of December to mid-January). Your thoughts, communication, viewpoints and interactions could be a bit combative during this time. On the other hand, this is a good time to reconsider questionable or contentious decisions to see if they still make sense, or you might feel driven to change your mind about something or someone.

Mars then squares Saturn on Jan.21, just in time for the upcoming Lunar Eclipse (oh joy). The Mars-Saturn square tends to be one of the more challenging transits in the skies. This combination of energies was once described by astrologer Donna Cunningham as "driving with the brakes on." Mars wants to go, Saturn wants to wait. Mars wants to be spontaneous, Saturn wants to plan things out first. You get the idea.

With both planets currently super-strong in the signs of their rulership (Mars in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn), their friction could set off bigger, brighter, hotter sparks than usual. Suffice to say, the next few weeks are best spent giving yourself and others the gift of flexibility, patience and tolerance, wrapped in a blanket of empathy, with a shiny bow of optimism on top. This transit is active roughly from Jan.08 to Feb.03, and although the orb is on the wide side at the Solar Eclipse (8:38 orb), the aura of its building energy is definitely present.

Mars later squares Pluto at the beginning of February—also not the easiest transit in the solar system. Both of them planetary rulers of Scorpio, both passionately pushing toward transformation—Mars through action, courage and individuality (in Aries), Pluto through authority, necessity and conformity (in Capricorn). This transit will be in effect from around Jan.22 to Feb.15, but its potential hovers in the background of the Solar Eclipse chart, so start girding your loins now.

All in all, Mars serves to activate the Capricorn potential in the Solar Eclipse chart, as well as the Lunar Eclipse coming up in 2 weeks. His influence could make January a stressful but potentially productive time, as you work to make your actions fit your priorities and goals. Your individualistic Mars energy is repeatedly confronted and challenged by Capricorn's systemic view of the world, which may sometimes be frustrating, arduous, discouraging or exhausting.

On the other hand, this combination of energies is also a workhorse of power and potential. The more effort you invest in what you do over the next several weeks, the more you increase your capacity for growth, competence and solid results.

The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Another essential component of this Mars-square-Capricorn process is to learn from your mistakes. Capricorn is about effectiveness. To achieve what you want, you need the right substance, actions and timing. It's inevitable that you'll need to learn by trial and error to some extent—so, do that. If it doesn't work the first time, figure out what went wrong, make changes and try again. Anything less could result in spinning your wheels and wasting energy. That said, don't beat yourself up if it takes a few tries to get it right, or even if you fall short of perfection. That, too, would be a waste of energy. You can only do what you can only do.

So, for the next couple of months, pay attention to the implications and consequences of your actions. If you do something that creates problems down the road, how could you make some changes that would improve the situation? Or, if you do something that tarnishes the world around you in some way, is that really what you want to contribute to the world? Is it helping to create the best that the world can be, or does it just perpetuate the problem? What might you do differently that could have a better result?

An example might be to take more time for yourself to park your brain away from the daily stress and recharge your batteries. Or, you could find the courage and self-confidence to admit and apologize when you're wrong, thus helping to resolve whatever turbulence your actions might have caused. Or, you might recycle more often and reduce how much non-recyclable material you are contributing to the landfills (or even to the recycling facilities, much of which gets dumped in landfills anyway). Or, consider changing your diet in a way that is more environmentally responsible. These are the kind of things that New Year's resolutions are made of, if you like the idea of making them.

A more complicated example (and I'll confess, this is a personal issue that makes me nuts, so fair warning: rant coming!) is about sharing stories, images and articles on social media that turn out to be fake news. We have the biggest and fastest information resource in the history of the world at our fingertips. It's so easy to check out the validity of a story or photograph by Googling it. Sadly, too many of us don't bother. But even the best of us get fooled sometimes. So, if you've shared something that turns out to be false, it's better to delete your post. Leaving it up "just in case it's true" only serves to spread the lie, and that means you are partly responsible for the fake news problem. And in the Information Age, that is like dumping poison into a river. (Okay, rant over. :-)

What you do has consequences. This is an excellent time to become more aware of your actions and consider whether they are the best you can contribute to your life and to the world.

We are free to choose our paths, but we can't choose the consequences that come with them.
~ Sean Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Now: just because 600 planets in Capricorn are demanding that we take things slow, steady, consistent and orderly doesn't mean the other planets are in agreement. Mars, as we have seen, has a very different agenda in spontaneous, risk-taking Aries, but his will can be (grudgingly) bent into a shape that is useful and productive for Capricorn. Mars, however, is using his "inside voice" compared to some other planets in the chart.

Uranus is Stationary, turning Direct the day after the eclipse, which makes him the loudest of these other voices. Stationary planets tend to take over a chart and are a force to be reckoned with. Uranus is a similar energy to Mars, in that both are about individuality, freedom, breaking new ground, and breaking out of constrictive expectations and standards. In addition, Uranus is also in Aries and therefore they are comrades in arms.

This is bound to generate a fair bit of turbulence, with both Mars and Uranus yanking the chart in a different direction than the crowd in Capricorn. The result could be that the stability, order and productivity you're aiming for encounters a lot of interruptions, interference, or extra factors that need to be considered or added in. So, you might feel like you're swimming upstream through turbulent waters.

On the other hand, the intermittent upheaval could also introduce some better ideas that improve your results, add some creative imagination, and keep the project or situation from becoming too bogged down in rigidity.

Beliefs are choices. First you choose your beliefs. Then your beliefs affect your choices.
~ Roy T. Bennett

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Last but hardly least of the chart components that needs to be mentioned is the Jupiter-Neptune square (90°). This aspect hovers overhead throughout 2019, making 3 passes: Jan.13, Jun.16 and Sep.21, remaining within an 8° orb from early December 2018 until early November 2019.

Jupiter square Neptune

Again, as with Mars and Pluto, we have the two rulers of the same sign in conflict with one another. In this case it's the two rulers of Pisces, and this time both of them are super-strong in their own sign – Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Sagittarius. However, since these are much slower than Mars, the effects are longer and more enduring.

The argument between Jupiter and Neptune lies in the inherent conflict between the Mutable-Fire sign (Sagittarius) and Mutable-Water sign (Pisces). Do we feel drawn to a certain action, direction or focus because it makes us feel good and allows us to go with the flow (Water), or because it energizes us and fills us with a sense of purpose (Fire)?

And does it have to be either-or? The problem is that it's not usually possible to dissolve into our feelings AND be set on fire by inspiration. Water needs security, safety and protection. Fire needs to take risks and take on the world. There aren't many situations or activities that let us be in both places at once.

All the better to have 600 planets crammed into Earthy Capricorn, which can help to provide a bedrock of stability, definition, practical purpose and an essential reality check.

So, if consequences, brick walls and mundane considerations seem to only get in the way of what you want to do or feel inspired to do, don't just dismiss them or succumb to disillusionment. There's a deeper message there. Listen to it. Discover what you can learn from them, recognize how they are benefiting you in unexpected ways, cultivate some patience, and allow yourself to invest a little faith in the long-term destination, wherever that leads you.

What you do has consequences. So, let those consequences go toward making your life and the world a better place.

We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.
That's who we really are.
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jan.06 – Uranus Stationary Direct (28:36 of Aries; Direct until Aug.11)  (Jan.07 in AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Uranus now turns direct, after being retrograde for the last 4 months. This often brings a turning point in situations involving spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. For up to a week before and after this date, it could feel a bit chaotic or erratic—or perhaps just spontaneous and exciting. However, Uranus' ultimate agenda is to clear the way for your true spirit to manifest in your life. You may experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well (which might include computers, Internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans). This can be the awakening of a new perspective, to be brought into a clearer focus through open-mindedness and being willing to try new things.

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Jan.07 – Venus enters Sagittarius (until Feb.03)

Venus focuses her passion on truth-seeking, philosophical exploration, a lust for knowledge, spiritual intimacy, music in foreign languages and multicultural social discourse. It is a time to explore the meaning that your close relationships bring to your life, and the value that you bring to the Significant Others in your life. It is also a time when you might seek to increase your income (or your spending – careful!) and expand your potential for material wealth and self-worth. You will likely find that negotiations, interactions and transactions work best when you apply spiritual values to them and keep the big picture in mind. You may also find yourself involved with people and transactions that involve other countries, cultures, languages and travel. There could be a teaching-learning element in your dealings with people, so aim for the highest good of all concerned.

Jan.08 – Mercury square Mars (04:55 of Capricorn/Aries)

Fiery speech, argument and hot debate characterise this transit. This could come in the form of conflict, or it might be stimulating and challenging – or both! One thing to watch out for is that you may have a short fuse for a temper, and the same may be true for others around you. It can be a time when you blurt out things you later regret, or you might finally find the courage to do something that's long overdue. The problem is that one can easily look like the other, and what feels like courage in the moment might look more like reckless haste in retrospect. Harsh words can't always be taken back, so keep a grip on your objectivity and better judgment while you're verbally fighting the dragons. Use this energy to stoke your motivational fires, and use your ideas to generate positive action. It can help to pace your mental energy like racing a horse, which can harness abundant energy to fuel your decisions, courage and resolve.

Jan.11 – Sun conjunct Pluto (20:56 of Capricorn)

Your sense of purpose is potentially very strong right now, as you are able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality is likely to be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so great in situations requiring delicacy, subtlety or diplomacy. You have increased ability to see below the surface of things, although it may not be as easy to articulate it in a way that is received comfortably by others. What you pick up from others can also become mixed up with your own personal issues, making it hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. Paranoia and suspicion can be strong. It is possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'), but it is important to be prudent in how you respond to this awareness. You have the ability to wound as well as heal right now, so probe into the depths (yours and others') as you would into an egg shell that you don't want to break – gently, mindfully and respectfully.

Jan.13 – Mercury conjunct Saturn (12:51 of Capricorn)  (Jan.14 in AU)

It's time to take a serious look at the circumstances and situations in your life. This transit may not Exactly be "party time" but it's a great transit to have when you need to take a dispassionate, objective, clear view of life. You may be called upon to make a decision about something. For example, you might need to commit yourself to a particular plan of action, or start developing plans toward a particular goal. In either case, it may be necessary to limit or let go of other options. You might come to the conclusion that something has run its course and it's time to leave it behind – like an opinion or project or mindset. It's a time when your perception, thoughts and words may not be exciting, imaginative or entertaining, but you're probably more able to be clear, grounded decisive and hard working.

Jan.13 – Jupiter square Neptune (14:22 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Jan.14 in AU)

This can be a time when you may have to question your belief system and philosophy of life. You are challenged to examine the ways that you use theory, speculation, wishful thinking and blind faith to justify your opinions and beliefs. There is a difference between the principles, opinions, attitudes and spiritual perspectives that we hold dear versus our personal, intimate experience of the vast Universe that shapes and gives rise to our beliefs.

This transit (which only happens about every 6 years) can show how your beliefs, opinions and attitudes are misinformed, misguided or no longer fulfil your spiritual needs. You might come face to face with misconceptions you have held and realise that you have grown beyond your old viewpoints. You might find yourself disillusioned by something or someone you had placed a lot of faith in. Although this may bring deep disappointment, it also clears the way to see a higher, clearer truth. Faith that is founded only on wishful thinking or exaggerated optimism may make you more vulnerable to deception and poor judgment, so it is wise to do a reality check about major decisions with a trusted friend, mentor or expert. This can also be a time when you are challenged to expand your sense of spirituality, meaning and understanding of life to include more of your subject personal experience, rather than relying on conventional wisdom, doctrine or interpretation. If you have been drifting away from living according to your morals, ethics and principles, this may be a time when you become aware of the need to bring your choices and actions more in line with these.

This transit dominates 2019, with 3 passes of this transit: Jan.13, Jun.16 and Sep.21. As a result, we will be working with this energy throughout this year. Watch for an increase in "fake news" and a lot of projection of distrust, disappointment and disbelief onto others who are not in agreement with your perspective on life. This is a good time to explore your assumptions and beliefs, so that you are more aware of the unconscious, subtle, hidden or obscure side of your interactions with others.

Jan.14 – Mercury sextile Neptune (12:51 of Capricorn/Pisces)  (Jan.15 in AU)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit, with a little applied effort and focus. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) The possible disadvantage is that you might want so much to reach a state of inspired intuition, magical outlook and effortless communication, that you are willing to be deceived rather than fall short of what you are hoping for. Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.

Jan.16 – Sun conjunct South Lunar Node (26:46 of Capricorn)  (Jan. in AST, NST, UK, AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

This transit involves a creative release or a letting-go of a piece of your self-image that you don't need anymore. However, this letting go can often be difficult, especially if what you have invested a lot of your sense of self in whatever you're letting go. It might feel like circumstances are wrenching it away, or you could feel quite relieved to let go of this old baggage. Letting go can free up a lot of creative energy, life force and joie de vivre, which can then be rechanneled into other forms of self-expression. Follow your heart! It is time to begin letting go of something in yourself that no longer serves you well. This could be a negative belief about yourself, or perhaps dropping an inhibition that has eroded your self-confidence. This transit only happens close to the eclipses, so its energy is likely to come out around the timing of those events more noticeably.

Jan.18 – Venus trine Mars (11:53 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Jan.19 in AU)

It will be a lot easier to balance assertiveness with receptivity under this transit. In fact, it is a great time to take firm action that requires a sensitive touch, and to negotiate agreements in a way that is diplomatic, fair and powerful. Your ability to attract what you desire (money, love, pleasure, flirting, etc.), and to act on those desires, is strong right now, so use it wisely. This may include romantic attraction and sexual interaction, or it might involve artistic creativity. It could also be a time when your actions attract money and possessions, but it could also go the other way – your spending may also increase! Again: use this energy wisely and don't overextend yourself, but do have fun with it!

Jan.18 – Mercury returns from Out of Bounds (OOB since Jan.02; from 26:01 Sagittarius to 20:58 Capricorn; next OOB is May.26)  (Jan.19 in AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

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Mercury has been Out of Bounds (OOB) and now returns within the bounds of the Sun's declination. An in-bounds Mercury is generally easier to work with, where your thoughts, ideas and awareness works more constructively with the world around you. You might find you have new ideas picked up while Mercury was OOB that you now are able to put into practice. If you've felt somewhat liberated by the OOB period, it might be a bit uncomfortable to feel simply "normal" again. On the other hand, if you were feeling a bit ungrounded or out of focus during Mercury's OOB period, coming back in-bounds could feel somewhat reassuring as your brain may find it easier to grapple with ideas and process experiences. Words and thoughts might fit more comfortably into what society regards as "normal" and as such, life may start to feel a bit easier to navigate.

Coming back in bounds can also be a bit of a bumpy landing as that unrestricted energy becomes squeezed back into its usual potency. This is a good time to observe your thoughts, ideas, communication and how you process information, as well as changes in Mercury themes in society around you. For several days before and after this date, pay attention to the things that amplify or cool down your awareness, perceptions and your need to express what you're thinking. Realize that this is an adjustment period, and having some patience with yourself and others can help to smooth and soothe this time.

Alternatively, the re-entry can also be an eventful time when changes in Mercury-related areas can occur. For example, you might feel this is the right time to start—or end—a conversation about things that inspire or aggravate you, or make changes to how and why you express yourself. A shift in how you experience or handle the exchange of ideas and information with others could inspire you to make positive changes in those areas. This might be due to a change in perspective as a result of your experiences while Mercury was OOB.

Jan.18 – Mercury conjunct Pluto (21:11 of Capricorn)

Deep insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. This can be a new beginning in understanding the deeper motives and dynamics of what is happening in your life, although this could happen with great intensity or obsession. The light can finally start to go on in the darker corners that have eluded you. Although what you see there might be both illuminating and disturbing, it is ultimately something you can grow from, which can transform your mental outlook into something more meaningful and resilient. This is a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions or ineffective forms of communication. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.

Jan.18 – Sun sextile Chiron (28:38 of Capricorn/Aries)  (Jan.19 in UK, AU)

This is a time when you have an opportunity to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life. You may find new inspiration, motivation or confidence that can help rejuvenate waning enthusiasm or reconcile persistent problems, although you'll still have to apply effort to bring it all together. You might get the chance to demonstrate your ability to walk your own path in a new way. Or, you might get a peek inside the hidden shadow of your worries and discouragement, giving you new insight into how you might be unconsciously sabotaging your conscious efforts. You may have to face a bit of your own fear of failure or low self-esteem before you can get beyond these feelings and tap into the benefits of this transit – not because you are failing but because these concerns may arise in response to the new potential now available to you. By tapping into this potential for creative problem solving, you can bring some healing to whatever your situation is.

Jan.18 – Sun square Uranus (28:39 of Capricorn/Aries)  (Jan.19 in UK, AU)

Your world may experience a bit of a shake-up right now, as the Universe decides it's time to make things "interesting." This is a wake-up call, designed to loosen you up from the ways you have become too habitual, stuck or inhibited. The "radical rascal" in you may be itching to come out and stir up trouble, which on one hand might be necessary but also very disruptive and possibly even destructive. Be alert to new insights and opportunities disguised as accidents or crises. Your usual sense of self and purpose may become somewhat unsettled right now, but a space is likely being cleared to make room for new growth and possibilities. If you're looking to break old habits or break free of old restrictions, this may be the time – but it could create a mess that you'll have to clean up later. Resist the urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different, and aim instead to break free of old forms of self-expression and ideals that don't work for you anymore. Expect the unexpected and then surf the shock-wave.

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Jan.20 – Sun enters Aquarius (until Feb.18)  (Jan.19 in HAST, AKST)

Happy Solar Return to all Aquarians! While the Sun travels through Aquarius, we all have a chance to explore our rebellious, individualistic and futuristic Aquarian nature. This heralds a time to explore beyond the status quo and conventional reality, beckoning you to reach out to the lost threads of who you are. You may become more aware of your individual uniqueness and your part in the Great Collective – both your surrounding community and the Collective Unconscious. In order to fulfil the unique fingerprint of your life's purpose, it is sometimes necessary to be rebellious, spontaneous, and to be open to the unexpected. You might become aware of the need for these qualities under this transit. There is always a constant tension between the need to conform to society's formula of what works best versus the need to step off the main path to explore new experiences, and both are equally necessary to the health of both the individual and the greater community. Archetypally, it is in Aquarius that we encounter our personal experience of the battle between "the needs of the many" versus "the needs of the few." During the Sun's adventure through Aquarius, be open to the ways that this dynamic operates in your life. What can trigger or inspire you into rebellion or going against the conventional flow of the world around you? What will motivate you into being a team player, when you apply your energies to support or defend "the needs of the many?" What visions of the future do you see when you are in either mode of being? This is a time when you may have the opportunity to observe and learn about both sides of yourself – the part that feels like it's "me against the world" and the part that feels like a part of that world.

Jan.20 – Venus square Neptune (14:35 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Jan.21 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

Money, material resources, relationships and pleasure could be subject to confusion, deception, or unrealistic wishful thinking under this transit. It may seem that what you thought you had (love, friendship, pleasure, money, resources) has suddenly disappeared or isn't as dependable as you thought it was. You might feel disappointed, disillusioned, sad or alone, but this is more likely to be a passing phase than a serious crisis. The question is: what are your secret longings and subtle desires that may be operating unconsciously? These could be clouding your ability to relate to people and situations in your life. Old addictions, depression or idealism may surface as way of dealing with feelings. A better outlet would be to channel your feelings and experiences into creativity, beauty, inspiration and compassion; for example, art, music or helping others.

Next Update:  LUNAR ECLIPSE ~ FULL NEW MOON in LEO. Available by January 22, 2019.

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