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January Horoscopes
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Current Astrology
[S] The Sun is in Capricorn
[M] The Quarter Moon is in Scorpio, enters Sagittarius at 2:41 pm
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[Hg] Next Mercury Retrograde
2/16/20 to 3/9/20

January Horoscopes

by Henry Seltzer


The Astrology of January represents that special time of the year when hope begins again for the next major cycle of our calendar lives. This time it comes with a resurgence of the Saturn-Neptune opposition, returning from last summer, symbolizing practical reality versus starry-eyed idealism. We are enjoined to take the numinous possibility quite seriously now, or else we may lose faith and be silenced by the depressing potential for the failure of our dreams. We must choose. And as long as we can keep our hearts engaged we can prevail over attitudes of darkness and despair. These issues are very much with us now in the political arena of this country, as we seek to reap the benefits from the last election that will be inaugurated this month as the new congress takes office.

Amidst the backdrop of hope versus practicality represented by Neptune and Saturn, we have also trickster Uranus in Pisces, Neptune's own sign, being squared by expansive Jupiter, a pretty wild combination. While Saturn attempts to hold us back from necessary changes, the energies of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune serve to push us on, beyond our previous limitations, although they work in different ways. Jupiter works by faith, and Uranus by the wildcard unknown factor and the surprising brilliance of the new idea. Neptune does his work by falling back on cosmic unity, the most fundamental truth that there is, that we are all one, a concept that we know beyond knowing deep inside of ourselves, but to which we are largely blind as we go about the world in our little ego-encrusted personal body vehicles.

Uranus is quite prominent in January, and brings in the startling new viewpoint, very appropriate for this time of the year, when we are looking forward rather than backward, and when the Sun is transitioning from conservative Saturn-ruled Capricorn to Uranus-ruled Aquarius, sign of the brotherhood of woman and man and of socially coming together for inventive technological solutions to pressing problems. We can still sing as we did in the sixties that this whole period represents "the dawning of the Age of Aquarius," although that dawning seems a long time coming, and involves more hard work than we used to think back in the rosy days of the hippy movement's youth. In these next five years, from 2007 to 2012, we will see all the major outer planets change signs, and re-align in the first square configuration of Uranus and Pluto that follows their conjunction of the sixties. Pluto will enter Capricorn in 2008, Uranus will enter Aries in 2010, squaring Pluto, and Neptune will first enter Pisces in 2011 and then re-enter in 2012. These changes of sign indicate world transformation of significant magnitude, as who would doubt in the light of what we have already seen so far. For starters, Pluto in the sign of Capricorn will transform the corporate power structure and bring out the worst of it and also the best of us in response to that worst, as the fourteen-year prior transit of Sagittarius has done for religious zealotry. A wonderful sage, Ellias Lonsdale, has said that the fourteen years of Pluto's transit of Sagittarius will look like more of the same business as usual for the entire time, while at it's end we will see that everything around us is transformed utterly, and we are living in a new universe. We can begin in these final years of Pluto in Sagittarius to get a glimpse of what he was talking about.

Uranus in square with Pluto, beginning to come on as early as this May (a ten-degree orb) will represent the "crisis in action" of what was begun in the sixties. Then we will see the limits and the clash of power stemming from the revolutionary ideals that were set in motion at that time, and that are still working their way through our collective social consciousness. Tune into this site for more information about the upcoming configurations of 2007, available in mid-January.

In the current month's configurations, the Full Moon that nearly begins the month on January 3rd, in Saturn's sign of Capricorn and the opposing sign of Cancer, sextiles and trines Uranus, bringing in the startling enlightenment of his trickster energy. Practical limits posed by Saturn and Capricorn are opposed by Neptune and by the Moon in Cancer, the sign where Jupiter is exalted, the principle of Spirit over matter.

Two weeks later, the New Moon in the last degrees of Capricorn takes us further down the path of our own spiritual evolution. Venus exactly conjuncts Neptune on this day, while Jupiter exactly squares Uranus with the New Moon at the midpoint. Sudden expansive breakthrough is possible, with the idea also of transcending outmoded patterns of behavior, since Chiron is closely involved in this latter configuration. The planetary archetypes of this monthly cycle conspire, as they always have, to lift us if we are willing out of our timeworn ruts of old thinking. They prepare us in the current month and year for the more massive changes to our society and our world that the next few years will see unfold. We can choose evolution over stagnation, open-minded acceptance over fear and pulling back. The doorway lies waiting before your outstretched hand, the lock uniquely shaped to your personal design, but only you hold the key and the power to turn it.

The Chart of the New Year

New Year 2007 Chart

The chart of the New Year, calculated for midnight of the 31st in Washington DC (certainly one center of western civilization) can be summed up with the ideas of SaturnNeptune and JupiterUranus that we have already been discussing. The additional elements in this frozen moment are the Libra Rising (Venus – ruled) nature of this chart for the next year in the nation's capital. We find the chart ruler, Venus, in Capricorn, itself ruled by Saturn, and aspecting Saturn, as Saturn stands alone, opposed to almost all the rest of the planets, notably Neptune. The forming Jupiter - Uranus square is even more emphasized, although it will not become really close until the time of the January 11th Last Quarter Moon. This is because the transiting Moon opposes Jupiter and squares Uranus while it aspects the Sun by inconjunct, as the Sun itself aspects Jupiter and Uranus. The Moon in Gemini is exactly one sign before its opposition point in the Full Moon of two days later. This chart calls forth the themes of balance, surprising revelation and struggle for spiritual commitment that we see in the entire month's configurations.

Transits to the U.S. Chart

USA Chart

The transits to the U.S. chart are climactic as is appropriate in this year and month of transition for this country. The Full Moon in Capricorn and Cancer that begins the month exactly conjunct and oppose the U.S. Sun, while transiting Pluto sextiles the U.S. Moon to within a tenth of a degree. The American public is undergoing intense transformation. Meanwhile Jupiter directly opposes U.S. Uranus while transiting Uranus squares it, so that anything can happen, and probably will. These transits are intensified by the conjunction of Mars with Pluto taking place on the Last Quarter Moon of the 11th and 12th, and by the New Moon of the 18th that triggers the JupiterUranus square. The New Moon also conjuncts U.S. Pluto in the Second House of the chart, again reminding us of our ongoing transformation of values. Of course, U.S. Mercury at 24 plus degrees of Cancer, representing the media, and U.S. Neptune at 22 plus degrees of Virgo, representing both the potential for deception and for higher mind involvement, are also impacted by transiting Pluto and by the SaturnNeptune opposition that intensifies next month and then again in the June timeframe.

With an entrenched White House, unable or at least unwilling to give up its position regarding the occupation of Iraq and the establishment of a government there that is friendly to U.S. economic interests, and with the covers beginning to come off the unfolding scandal of the lead-up to war on false pretenses, and with the opposition party, such as it is, attempting to walk a very thin line of partial support for the powers that be in the face of crumbling approval ratings and a mandate from the public for massive change in the conduct of the war, an explosive internal situation is almost bound to develop. We still have it within our collective power to rise to the occasion.

January 2020
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[S] The Sun is in
[M] The Moon is in
[Hg] Mercury is Retrograde

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sun astrology The Sun

The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.

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moon astrology The Moon

The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.

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mercury astrology Mercury

Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.

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venus astrology Venus

Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.

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mars astrology Mars

Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.

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jupiter astrology Jupiter

Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.

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saturn astrology Saturn

Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.

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uranus astrology Uranus

Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.

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neptune astrology Neptune

Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.

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pluto astrology Pluto

Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.

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chiron astrology Chiron

Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.

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ceres astrology Ceres

As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.

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pallas astrology Pallas

The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.

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juno astrology Juno

The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.

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vesta astrology Vesta

In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.

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eris astrology Eris

While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.

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haumea astrology Haumea

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The astrology of Makemake is related to love of the natural world and to the activism associated with defending the environment. This archetype thus signals a profound connection to nature that is quite similar to the archetype of Haumea, his fellow traveler in the Kuiper Belt, with the same astronomical designation and also named from the pantheon of indigenous gods and goddesses.

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part of fortune astrology Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.

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north node astrology The North Node

The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.

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south node astrology The South Node

The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.

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aries astrology Aries

Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.

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taurus astrology Taurus

Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.

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gemini astrology Gemini

Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.

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cancer astrology Cancer

Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.

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leo astrology Leo

Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.

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virgo astrology Virgo

Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.

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libra astrology Libra

Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.

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scorpio astrology Scorpio

Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.

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sagittarius astrology Sagittarius

Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.

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capricorn astrology Capricorn

Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.

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aquarius astrology Aquarius

Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.

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pisces astrology Pisces

Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.

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