January 2015

Happy New Year! The New Year of 2015 is numerologically an eight year, the most powerful of the nine year cycle. And 2015 begins on January 1st with Mars opposed Jupiter. The potential for going for the gold, silver, platinum, bronze and copper can be strong. We might want it all and then some.

We could start this new year fast out of the gate, confident, determined and knowing what we want. The how we get it may not have much concern for us, and there lies the problem. Our appetites may be whetted, our intentions clear but the ways by which to realize our plans might not figure into the equation.

The Uranus Pluto square is triggered on the 3rd of January as the Sun squares Uranus and the Sun conjuncts Pluto. This is also the day when Venus exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. Our plans can shift and change, especially if we run into obstacles blocking our way. We might find ourselves drawn to some interesting characters that suggest options and alternatives we might not have even considered. We do have to be wary of other people, and even ourselves, being adamant both in projections and actions.

While a ‘go slow’ attitude might be suggested, it’s likely to go unheeded. For this period of early January also has the Cancer Full Moon on the 4th, the same day that Mercury exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. The Capricorn Stellium ends and the Mercury entry into Aquarius creates a Stellium in the Fixed Air Sign as Mercury joins Venus and Mars in Aquarius. Our focus increasingly shifts from the ‘proper’ ways of doing things to seeking new outlets, new adventures.

Venus sextiles Saturn on the 4th, and we might find some of our new interests are developed, supported or honed by someone we can rely upon, a trusted sounding board. While we might be considering new venues for us to engage, we are unlikely to do so without giving serious thought to strategic planning, drawing upon the objective perspective of a trusted someone and devising a best practices approach.

The Venus sextile Saturn on the 4th, followed by the Mercury sextile Saturn on the 5th, allow us to blueprint, plan and draw upon the critique of someone other than ourselves to fashion the optimum means to accomplish our ends.

After a brief flurry of activity to begin the new year, the energy settles until the mid-January period when the energy picks up again.

On January 12th, Mars exits Aquarius to enter Pisces, a transit that will have Mars square Saturn on the 15th and Mars conjunct Neptune on the 19th. The liability in this mid-January period is towards forging ahead without checking the conditions or the circumstances in which we find ourselves. This period could also see increased precipitation with local storm fronts generating flash floods. We might also witness nautical problems with both rough seas and difficulties on the seas.

The 13th – 14th of January has Uranus triggered in sextile, first by Venus sextile Uranus on the 13th, then by Mercury sextile Uranus on the 14th. A sense of serendipity could be strong, as unexpected encounters and unanticipated opportunities come our way. This time would be a time for us to have our antennae up, work with peripheral vision, and be open to receive some interesting surprises. Things may be flying fast and furious, and we are likely to be entertaining a wide variety of people and prospects that speak to our creative talents.

In the volatility of these times, the metronome swings can be wide from exhilaration and greased wheels to misdeeds and delayed efforts. The 15th of January has Mars square Saturn, followed on the 19th with Mars conjunct Neptune. We may be champing at the bit wanting to get on with things but possibly feeling as though we are running in place. And such delays and frustrated efforts might not be such a bad thing if they prevent us from going off half-cocked and in the wrong direction with an incorrect itinerary.

The 20th of January has the Sun exiting Capricorn to enter Aquarius and the Aquarius New Moon. Mercury turns retrograde on the 21st for its three-week retrograde cycle. New projects we might have begun in this new year might have to be recalibrated and reevaluated. There can be a tendency towards mental arrogance and a sense that many of society’s problems have been fixed by innovative solutions. Unfortunately, during this late January – early February we might witness that the so-called ‘solutions’ proved only to make certain problems worse.

During this period, it would be wise to take a most conservative approach to matters, not bet the ranch on any one particular situation, and to keep our eyes and ears wide open for any liability of heightened anxiety to the point of panic.

The 23rd of January with the Sun sextile Saturn would allow us to move ahead with our interests in a step-by-step approach, not rushing the river, but stepping gingerly forward with mindfulness and full awareness. We can more appropriately assess our situations in a sober manner and from a more realistic perspective.

On the 27th, Venus exits Aquarius to enter Pisces and to create a Stellium of three or more planets in the Mutable Water Sign as Venus joins Mars and Neptune in Pisces. Our compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves can be enhanced, and we could go out of our way for people, even to the point of not merely helping them lift their burden but carrying their burden for them [sometimes referred to as taking on another person’s karma].

Mercury sextiles Uranus on the 28th, and we could be privy to interesting communications that come about in a most unexpected way. If we have been perplexed by problems, we might find ourselves falling into the answers and solutions to our challenging issues. This is a time for us to be open to the ah-has that come out of the blue, those moments of insight and clarity that reveal a greater understanding of situations.

The 30th of January has Venus square Saturn, Mars sextile Pluto and the Sun conjunct Mercury. We might have the will, determination and persistence to virtually move mountains, and to do so easily without stress or strain. We do have to be wary as to where we place our energy, for we could easily allow our emotions to commit us to distractions, diversions and a waste of good momentum. This is a time for us not to be hampered by the past or outworn obligations, but rather to focus on achieving our goals and advancing our plans quickly and effectively.

January… new beginnings, new sense of self…