January 2019 Astrocast

Retrograde Planets: 


Uranus (02:34 Taurus - 28:36 Aries) 7 August 2018 - 6 January 2019

(Shadow until 23 April 2019)

Neptune (16:29 Pisces - 13:41 Pisces) 18 June - 25 November 2018

(Shadow until 16 March 2019)

Pluto (21:17 - 18:45 Capricorn) 22 April - 1 October 2018

(Shadow until 21 January 2019)

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Date: 5 January 2019 Date: 20 January 2019
Position: 15:25 Capricorn (Strongest influence for those born ~October 9) Position: 00:52 Leo (Strongest influence for those born ~25 September)
Natural House: 4th Natural House: 11th
Influences of the 4th house include your home environment, cultural roots, memories, endings, and new beginnings. This is where cycles can begin or end, so it covers a plethora of possibilities. With a New Moon, it's more likely to be a beginning.  It's an excellent time to begin a new endeavor of any kind or to focus on one of those other areas such as home improvement, getting together with family, working on your personal history, or even doing one of those DNA tests to learn more about your origins. For some fun ideas in the family history department, checkout Whobeda's (a.k.a. Marcha Fox's) "Family History Fun Factor" on Amazon. Influences of the 11th house include friends, groups, organizations, goals, networking, hopes and wishes. Some consider this to be the house of big gains. If you've felt stuck as far as your progress is concerned on a specific goal, this could bring an opportunity to move forward at last, finish something up, or be done with it entirely. If its message for you is to shift to a new phase, then it's an excellent month for getting out to meet new people, joining a new group, or getting back in touch with old friends.


The New Year starts with a solar and lunar eclipse, which gives it an extra energy boost. The Solar Eclipse on 5 January brings a huge blast from Capricorn where the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto will be along with the Lunar South Node. It's only a partial eclipse which will be visible in parts of China, Russia, and Aleutian islands. Capricorn's energy tends to be serious, responsible, conventional, and intolerant of nonsense. This may be softened somewhat, however, thanks to Neptune's influence, which is coming in from Pisces. This is a highly imaginative sign which could bring some level of compassion and inspiration to any serious decisions that demand attention. This might be a bit exaggerated, however, or overstated, since Jupiter is inflating Neptune's influence in a potentially excessive manner. Jupiter is also semisextile Saturn, however, pushing the authoritarian side to possible extremes as well. This is likely to result in arguments, given Mars has gone into Aries, sign he rules, and where his forceful and impulsive nature receives full expression. Changes of course, perhaps unexpected or sudden, are likely to result, thanks to a quincunx between Uranus, who is getting ready to station the following day, and Venus in debility in Scorpio. Venus in Scorpio tends to be rather passionate to the point of being obsessive about what she wants, but this scenario generally looks as if compromise is likely or a Catch-22 is likely to be the result.

Note that the planets are distributed in a rather lopsided manner at this time with six contiguous empty signs, i.e. Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Libra with Venus due to leave Scorpio in a few days, which will make it seven. With so many planets in Capricorn, Earth energy prevails, which is practical, grounded, and authoritative. This works well for getting your affairs in order, planning the year to come, and seeing life as it really is. A solar eclipse often brings events your way that have far-reaching effects. As odd and unexplainable as it may be, these can occur before the eclipse even occurs or sometime after.


The lunar eclipse on 20 January is in Leo. Lunar eclipses tend to operate more on the emotional level. At this time, the planets are clustered between Sagittarius and Aries adding Scorpio to the empty signs. Arguments are still likely with a lot of head-butting with Mercury in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries squared off in two Cardinal signs ruled by horned animals. Saturn and Mars are also squared off in the same signs with each in dignity, making both strong. This is likely to result in a stand off with neither winning for now. Neptune is still trying to soften things but hasn't come up with any more realistic suggestions than before. The Sun, however, has gone into Aquarius at this point, bringing a bit more egalitarian energy to bear compared to Capricorn. This will thus help somewhat as the month progressed, especially when Mercury enters that sign within a week. Thus, whatever house this lunation occurs in as noted above could see some resolutions by the end of the month, though it won't be handed to you and most likely require some serious negotiation and willingness to compromise.


Uranus stations direct on 6 January. Retrograde planets internalize the energy and often bring things toward you for consideration or decision. Uranus relates to sudden change, disruptions, disturbances, explosions, rebellion, technology, and innovation. Astrologer Richard Tarnas in his book "Prometheus the Awakener" proposes that Uranus was misnamed since his energy is more like that of Prometheus, so those of you familiar with the myths can use that to help understand the influences. As an outer planet who moves slowly, Uranus has been sitting in the 28th degree of Aries for quite a while, i.e. from early December until early February. This projects a whole lot of energy into that degree. Whatever he has been stirring up during that time will start to find expression upon his stationing direct and continue until next month before it starts to dissipate. He stations quincunx Venus as noted earlier for the New Moon/Solar Eclipse, which occurs the day before. As noted above, this suggests the need for a change of course unless you want to be stuck in a Catch-22.  With an eclipse and station so close together, you can expect this to be noticeable if you're paying attention, even if it's not a major life-changer.

Once Uranus stations direct, we have a rather unusual situation until March 5 in that there will be no retrograde planets until that date when Mercury once again does his retrograde thing. That's bound to be a trip, Mercury retrograde in Pisces, where he's already confused. But we'll deal with that when the time comes. Meanwhile, we have most of January and all of February with all planets direct. This suggests this will be a time to move forward, less introspection, and progress in general.


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