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January 2019

Here we are, on the other side of the New Year and 2019 is finally here. Often the New Year can be a bit of a letdown, as we wake to find that the year might have a different name, but everything else stays the same. Not this time.

2019 is an exciting year and its drops disguise and reveals the fact that it is very different to 2018, in the early hours of the New Year. The main things are staying the same. Saturn and Pluto are still in Capricorn and Jupiter, who returned to Sagittarius in November is still settling in, but the dynamics of the solar system will shift, all because of Mars’ return to Aries on New Year’s Day.

Mars is the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos and he is also the ruler of Aries, so his return is a case of coming home and coming into his own. If anyone can fire up the year from the get go Mars can and especially returning to his home sign. This also puts Mars at a friendly aspect to Jupiter, with the planet of luck and expansion in fellow Fire Sign Sagittarius. This will add more energy there as well and especially with Venus returning on 8th January.

Mars will also return to Aries, just as Uranus and Eris are getting ready to wake up there. With Uranus turning direct on 7th January but leaving on 6th March, his final months here for another eight decades were always going to be important. When Uranus does turn direct, Mars won’t allow you to hit the snooze button. One by one, things start waking up in the early weeks of the year, with parts of your life that have been snoozing, coming alive and awake. If you have sleep walked your way through 2018, you won’t be able to this year.

January is also an exciting month for another reason. We have two eclipses this month, a solar eclipse in Capricorn on 6th January and a total lunar eclipse in Leo on 21st January. As Leo is also a Fire Sign, this will tap into the energy that Mars and Jupiter are creating, in the Aries and Sagittarius ruled areas of your chart. This will energise all three and just three weeks into the year they will be on fire. Your Monthly Horoscopes 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.

However, as an example for the Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces), Leo, Sagittarius and Aries rule your income, work and career sectors. For the Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius), Leo, Sagittarius and Aries rule your communication, friendship and relationship sectors. In other words, they work together and just having Mars in Aries and Jupiter in Sagittarius has them working together, with the total lunar eclipse in Leo acting as a trigger across all three fronts.

Just starting the year with Mars moving into Aries and the month getting off with two eclipses, is an exciting start to the year. Even the ordinary planetary movements are getting caught up in this sense of excitement and a sense that this is not just another run around the block.

The Sun only left Sagittarius just before Christmas, spending time with Jupiter before teaming up with Saturn, Pluto and the South Node in Capricorn. The year starts with Mercury still in Sagittarius and then following the Sun into Capricorn. Mercury, the planet that rules our communications and intellectual focus, will start the month teamed up with lucky Jupiter and will then go on to join forces with powerful Saturn. The Sun and Mercury might take this step at this time every year, but these are no ordinary forces in play.

Venus, who will begin the year still in Scorpio, will finally return to Sagittarius and team up with lucky Jupiter on 8th January. Venus will then be swept up in the vortex of fire energy, teaming up with lucky Jupiter, becoming friendly with Mars in Aries and helping to capitalise on the total lunar eclipse in Leo on 21st January.

About the only thing that could be considered ordinary is the Sun’s return to Aquarius on 20th January and Mercury’s return on 24th January. However, it is the very ordinariness of this that makes this extraordinary as well. For while you only have the Sun, Mercury and Venus returning to Aquarius this year, which is the bare minimum of planetary activity, the South Node only wrapped up an 18 month visit in November and Mars a six month visit days later. Next year you have Saturn and Jupiter returning to Aquarius, making this the first ‘ordinary’ annual update for the Aquarius ruled part of your chart in three years and the last for literally decades.

While Mars will leave Pisces on New Year’s Day, having fired things up there during the last six weeks of 2018, things get off to a good start there, especially with the North Node spending the whole year in fellow Water sign Cancer, Venus in Water sign Scorpio until 8th January and Ceres until 26th January.

This creates two triads of energy in play this month. One is in the Fire triad, centring on Mars in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius and the total lunar eclipse in Leo. The second is a Water triad, centring on the North Node in Cancer, Venus and Ceres in Scorpio and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, who will carry on Mars’ legacy.

Another thing adding to the pace that this year is set to develop, is that from Eris’ direct turn 11th January to Mercury’s retrograde turn on 6th March there will be no planets in retrograde motion. This is known as a ‘golden period’, with every planet in the solar system moving forward. However, from experience I have found them to be hectic, often hanging out for at least one planet to slow down in order to stop the speed wobbles. Yet with Uranus in retrograde motion until 7th January and Eris until 11th January, this does at least slow things down a little to start with. However, that will change. Having no planets in retrograde motion for nearly eight weeks is an extraordinarily long time and with all that Fire energy around, this year will literally be ‘smoking’.

We also have a situation where some powerful planets are all in their home signs, where they are most effective. Mars rules Aries and will be in Aries from New Year’s Day until 15th February. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and will be in Sagittarius until 3rd December and Saturn rules Capricorn and will be in Capricorn until December 2020, so for the whole of 2019. Planets are a lot more effective when they are in their home sign and to have Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all in their home signs, creates a powerful start to a powerful year.

We also have something else happening, in that the planets are all congregating on the same side of the heavens and that has big implications. When the planets are side by side they can’t move into aspect. Jupiter and Saturn are now side by side in neighbouring signs. This is the first time they have been side by side and in their home signs since 1960 and it won’t happen again until 2077. Jupiter arrived in November, so that has been the case since then and it will remain the case until December. However, Mars’ return to Aries and support of Jupiter will really highlight this, just as we move into the New Year.

The major planets, those that don’t move on a monthly basis, like the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars do, are all stationed in a small part of the sky starting with Jupiter’s position in Sagittarius and Uranus’ position in Aries. We have Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, nothing in Aquarius but the Sun returning on 20th January, Neptune and Chiron in Pisces and Uranus and Eris in Aries, all in a row. While this puts them in range of trine and square aspects to each other, as there are no oppositions and because the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are all on the same side of the sky as well, they can’t move into opposition. In fact, the only thing that can create an opposition is the Moon, which it not only does as a total lunar eclipse but literally almost every other day.

The Moon cycles through the zodiac every 28 days and moves into opposition with every planet in the solar system once during that time. So lunar oppositions are the norm and literally last a few hours. In terms of planetary oppositions that is not possible this month and won’t be until the first planet reaches Gemini and that won’t happen until Mars returns in late March. Even then, he won’t move into opposition with Jupiter until May. With no planetary oppositions until then, the year gets off to a settled start.

The planets will still make trine and square aspects and while a square is considered challenging, I find them empowering. A trine is when a planet is at a positive aspect, as will be the case in the Water and Fire triads. Squares can create pressure, but not the kind you get from an opposition and are often the push to make things happen. The saying goes ‘trines make you lazy and squares get things done’.

So, all in all, I am very excited to finally reach 2019 and January in particular. This really is a brand new start to a brand new year.

Now I had to put the 2019 Personal Chart special on hold at the start of January, but I am happy to announce that they are open again. You will find the link below.

Your Monthly Horoscopes 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.

In the meantime, all the very best for both the coming month and year.

Anne Macnaughtan
anne@forecaters.co.nz

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