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January is not just any other month, for as the gateway month into the coming year this is the year’s shop front. What is rare, however, is that this year the gods have everything out on display and they have all new inventory. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in Capricorn and this can obscure the major themes in any year. If the year really was a shop, then the big, bright and shiny stand right as you walk into the year is the planetary activity in Capricorn. It is only once you’ve picked your way through that, that you get to have a look at what the year really has to offer.
Except for this year, they are one in the same, for the planetary activity in Capricorn is not just the big, bright and shiny stand that represents what is happening in the early weeks of the year, but what the year itself has to offer. This is 2018 and the solar spotlight is shining on it from the get go. There is also a second big, bright and shiny stand right next to this one and here you will find all the planetary activity in Scorpio. Together these are the dominant themes, not just this month, but this year. In short, 2018 is in your face from the get go and what you see is what you get. And that is good news, for what we see from the get go is exciting. It also represents change, change that began in the final weeks and months 2017.
Jupiter returned to Scorpio in October, just before the Sun, Mercury and Venus moved through. This was a time when the Scorpio ruled area of your chart will always come under the solar spotlight. It wasn’t until Mars returned last month and began firing up your passions and fighting spirit that Jupiter became fired up. Had we just moved into the New Year with Jupiter on his own in Scorpio the focus would be much different. Already slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn in March and with the Sun, Venus and Mercury having already moved through, Jupiter would be moving into the slow lane, turning the focus away from a push to get things moving and onto the journey itself.
However, Mars is here until the 27th January and he is not going to let Jupiter or the Scorpio ruled area of your chart move into the slow lane before he leaves. This creates the extra momentum that will continue to bear fruit throughout the coming year. Jupiter and Mars have met up in Scorpio before, but back in 2006 they never aligned and they definitely didn’t move into the New Year together. The planets of passion and luck not only start the year together in Scorpio, but will align here from the 6th January to the 9th January. This is a massive start to the year for the Scorpio ruled area of your chart.
This also comes with the full support of Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, with Neptune and Jupiter continuing to work together all year. They are joined by the first of two equally special Full Moons this month, both Super Moons. A Super Moon is when the Moon is much closer to the Earth, so is much larger and therefore a lot more powerful. A Super Moon is on average 14 percent larger than an ordinary Full Moon and about 30 percent brighter.
This is the second of three Super Moons. The first was early last month, the second is on the 2nd January and the third on the 1st February, though will start building on the 31st January. The Super Moon on the 2nd January is the largest Super Moon since November 2016 and the next time we get a Super Moon this large will be in December 2026. The second Super Moon will be a headliner grabber for another reason, but the one at the start of the month is the granddaddy.
What makes this Full Moon so special is its relationship to Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Chiron. Jupiter and Mars are in Water sign Scorpio, Neptune and Chiron in Water sign Pisces and the Full Moon are in Water Sign Cancer. At some point, from the Moon’s return on New Year’s Day to its departure on the 3rd January, it will make a positive aspect to all four of these planets, planets that are set to have a major impact on 2018.
As an example of what this means, if you are a Libran, you have Jupiter and Mars in your income sector, Neptune and Chiron in your work sector and the Full Moon falls in your career sector. If you are a Capricorn you have Jupiter and Mars in your friendship sector, the Full Moon in your relationship sector and Neptune and Chiron in your communication sector. They are complementary areas of your chart.
Yet this won’t be such good news for a massive line up of planets in Capricorn, that big, shiny display of planetary activity right in front of you as you move into the New Year. For the Moon will not just move into opposition with the Sun to create the Full Moon on the 2nd January, but during the course of its two day visit, will move into opposition with the Sun, Venus, Saturn and Pluto. This is the Moon’s first opposition with Saturn in Capricorn since 1991 and with such a powerful line up of planets there, it is no wonder that the Full Moon has to pull out the big guns. With Pluto, planet of change and revolution in Capricorn since 2008, Saturn brings the power to follow through on the change you have been preparing for, for nearly eight years.
Yet this is a powerful balance for all this Capricorn energy and a chance for the Moon to play devil’s advocate. This is Saturn’s first full month in Capricorn and having returned just before Christmas, his early weeks are overlapping the Sun’s month long visit that happens at this time every year. Apart from the Moon’s monthly visits to Cancer, there are no checks and balances and in the first 48 hours of this powerful year a super, Super Moon is being called in to do the job.
As I said above, if you are a Capricorn this Full Moon will fall in your relationship sector, but in opposition with so many planets in Capricorn creates the potential for some personal and/or relationship tension. Yet support from Jupiter and Mars in your friendship sector and Neptune and Chiron in your communication sector, turns this into an opportunity for communication and/or a relationship breakthrough in the early days of the year. If you are Gemini, the line up of planets in Capricorn are in your financial sector and this is a major year for financial and money matters. Yet the Full Moon falls in your income sector and as these forces oppose this creates the potential for financial tension. Yet with Jupiter and Mars in your work sector and Neptune and Chiron in your career sector, this also creates the potential for a breakthrough.
The message here is that this Full Moon is likely to create some tension and pressure, but it comes with an extraordinary amount of extraordinary support, turning this into an opportunity for a breakthrough. Your Monthly Horoscopes will provide some details, but there is a lot to cover this month and I haven’t been able to cover it all, for every Sign. The Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide all the details and as they are a 12 month subscription, will do the same every month for the next 12 months. If you don’t yet have a subscription, this is the ideal time because for a one off price you will get a Report each month for the next 12 months and therefore the whole of 2018 – click here for more details.
The Super Moon on the 2nd January might be the most spectacular and the largest Super Moon for another eight years, but it is not the only one. The second Full Moon is likely to be even more spectacular, for as well as a Super Moon, this is also a total lunar eclipse. Technically this falls on the 1st February, but at 2.26 am New Zealand time. Which means that for the majority of the rest of the world this will fall on the 31st January. Not only that, it takes hours for a lunar eclipse and to watch one is painfully slow, so the shadow will start moving across the face of the Moon on the 31st January, even for those in New Zealand. The peak at 2.26 am on the 1st February is the point of totality, with the eclipse starting several hours before.
Between them, the Super Moon in Cancer at the start of the month and the Super Moon/total lunar eclipse in Leo at the end of the month will really get our attention. They also represent a chance for balance. As I have said earlier, the Full Moon in Cancer on the 2nd January is working to balance out the extraordinary amount of planetary activity in Capricorn. The second Full Moon in Leo will balance out the activity in Aquarius. This won’t be as powerful, when Venus leaves Capricorn on the 18th January and the Sun on the 20th January they will return to Aquarius, as they do at this time every year, with the Full Moon in Leo in opposition.
What makes this potent in a different way is that the lunar nodes are in Aquarius and Leo and have been since May. In fact, this is the reason why we not only have a total lunar eclipse in Leo at the end of this month, but we will have a solar eclipse in Aquarius next month. This is no ordinary Full Moon and as the first real planetary activity in Aquarius since the South Node returned last year, this will be no ordinary update.
In the meantime, we have just one New Moon this month and this New Moon, while a very ordinary New Moon, is certainly falling in extraordinary times. The New Moon will fall in Capricorn on the 17th January, just a day before Venus leaves and just three days before the Sun leaves. We might have a New Moon in the Capricorn ruled area of our chart at this time every year, but it is the first with Saturn on board since 1991. Saturn rules Capricorn and it will take a few months for you to fully appreciate the power to move mountains this gives you. This will be a chance to commit to this new Saturn era and both anything immediately in the short term and the three year journey ahead.
Finally, watch with interest the developments in the Sagittarius ruled area of your chart, for all is not what it seems. Saturn wrapped up his three year visit just before Christmas and over the coming days, the Sun and Venus both left. Mercury, who returned for what should have been a 15 day visit in early December, is still there and until leaving on the 11th January, will do a really good impression of tying up loose ends and winding down all planetary activity, after three years of activity. A good impression because this is far from the end of the story, with Mars’ return on the 27th January firing things up again. It is then that the warrior planet of the cosmos will spend the next seven weeks exploiting all the potential created over the last three years.
Mars returns just four days before the total lunar eclipse begins in fellow Fire Sign Leo and while the Water trilogy is getting it on for the first Super Moon, the Fire trilogy are all over this second Full Moon. For by then Uranus, who turns direct in Fire sign Aries on the 3rd January, will be starting to gain some traction. Again, your Monthly Horoscopes and the Monthly Reports will contain more details, but for example, if you are a Cancerian the total lunar eclipse falls in your income sector just days after Mars’ return to your work sector and as Uranus is starting to gain some traction on the career front. If you an Aquarian, the Full Moon falls in your relationship sector just days after Mars’ return to your communication sector and as Uranus is starting to gain traction on the friendship front.
This is a massive month, full of rich and vibrant forces that are breathing new life into a brand new year. This is an exciting start to what is destined to be an exciting year and a year with a lot of big changes. No wonder the gods are rolling out two Super Moons to get things moving.
All the very best for the coming month and the exciting year and period of change we are moving into. Your Monthly Horoscope and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you all the information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details. Also, don’t forget we have a small, but amazing team of psychics that we work alongside, ready to answer your more immediate questions. The numbers below are for New Zealand only, but if you visit the Psychic page there are instructions on how you can do this through Skype, if you are outside New Zealand – click here for more details.
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