This month represents a huge watershed for you, Aquarius, when you move closer to a true integration of mind and heart. Your scientific bent has taken you far; now you must transition to a more universal viewpoint that takes soul purpose, as revealed to you in dreams and visions, more directly into account. Learning and communication are key elements of this rather massive shift in values and in worldview. Self-knowledge morphs into scooping up information about almost everything, since developing trends and future issues are an integral part of your spiritual growth. As you evolve toward greater self-understanding, this must intimately involve the hidden layers below the surface of your personality, so that you are moving in a sort of fog for the first three weeks of January. After the 19th, and more particularly by the very end of the month with the Leo Full Moon, you are making a brand new beginning for active interpersonal involvement.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
Happy New Year, Aquarius! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and that you are feeling renewed and ready for a powerful year ahead. This month gets started with the recent ingress of Saturn into Capricorn, which happened just as we passed through the gateway of the winter solstice a few weeks ago. Whenever a planet changes signs in Sun Sign horoscopy it also changes houses. Saturn has thus entered your twelfth house to stay for the next two to three years.
The twelfth house was traditionally the house of self-undoing, prisons, hospitals, and shipwreck. The true lesson there is that If you can accept your own suffering, if you can learn to live with it rather than in denial of it, then you have also discovered a source of joy that is beyond the ups and downs of this world. There is perhaps no better place to come to terms with the reality of suffering than the twelfth house. Traditionally, Saturn was also said to “rejoice” in the twelfth house, and this is really the silver lining of this transit. There is no planet more willing to find the beauty in a rainy day, a period of loneliness, or an introspective walk in the middle of wintertime. Saturn’s wisdom in the midst of suffering is like that very subtle smile you sometimes see on the face of the Buddha. You are also no stranger to Saturn because as an Aquarius, Saturn is your traditional ruling planet. Saturn was long ago, prior to the discovery of Uranus, related to outsiders, outcasts, geniuses, and rebels, if you can believe it, and that’s because Saturn is the distant outlier in our solar system. Saturn sees the big picture in the same way that an introspective artist or mystic may be in the world while realizing they are never really “of the world.” For the next few years you may find that the veil is significantly thinner, and yet you are feeling more at home, more grounded, and more capable of dealing with life’s challenges and uncertainties. Call it an existential time of transition, or call it a liminal space, but after these few years are over and Saturn enters your first house in 2020, you will be a wiser person and likely ready to begin a very new and exciting chapter in your life. The twelfth house gives us clarity for as much as we’re willing to be content to wander for a time. As Gandalf once said, “all who wander are not lost.”
The first of the month will feature a Full Moon in Cancer in your sixth house. The sixth house was traditionally called the “joy of Mars,” and was related to military training, hard work or labor, enemies, chronic health issues, and the general suffering and labor of everyday human life. It may sound rough, but many of the world’s most passionate advocates, fighters, and servants have natal planets in the sixth house. With a Full Moon in this house to start the month it’s a great time to seek or give physical or psychological healing. It’s also a great time for being of service in the world, or perhaps in your family. This is a charitable, nurturing Moon in your sixth house, but it may also make you a little more sensitive to the suffering of others. Make sure to stay in your body for this transit because its reward is a deeper sense of empathy, which can be a little difficult for an airy sign like Aquarius.
On January 6th, Mars will move into a conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio in your tenth house of career. This is an outstanding time for professional achievement, recognition, or opportunities for advancement. You might be in the midst of launching a new project or putting yourself out there with greater strength and charisma. It’s not easy for Aquarians to self-promote, let alone to do so with a great deal of emotional charisma, but this is your moment to shine and to allow yourself to be more vulnerable, honest, and personal with the world. People care about what’s inside of you as much as they care about your ideas or your intellectual poise, so don’t be afraid to really sing your song this month!
On January 10th, Mercury will enter Capricorn and immediately conjoin with Saturn in your twelfth house. This is a very good time to create a personal sanctuary of rest, recuperation, quiet, and meditation. The messages you can receive now are quite profound, if you can take the time to really listen and retreat from the world. If you’re not able to do something like this, then at least try to give yourself some time each day for introspection. Mercury entering the twelfth is like a messenger from the underworld, promising to enlighten us. Many of the obstacles we face in life exist in our minds. This is a transit that can help us to finally understand the truth about something that has been eluding us.
January 16th is the date of the Capricorn New Moon, also in your twelfth house, and in conjunction with Venus. This second half of the month thus represents a fresh start with matters that carry you to hidden places within you. You may want to pay close attention to your dreams or other indications of the plentiful psychic activity taking place below the level of conscious awareness.
Next, on January 17th, Venus will move into Aquarius and enter your first house. This is a very lovely and even lucky transit. Venus in your first house is like that saying, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me!” With Venus in your first it’s easier to feel optimistic and attractive, and it’s just a little easier for the negative vibes to roll of you. Be careful of arrogance or vanity during this time, and be mindful not to be overly indulgent, but otherwise use this time to share yourself with others just a little more openly, and don’t be afraid to start a new creative project or maybe even a new relationship.
On January 26th, Mars will enter Sagittarius and move into your eleventh house of friends, allies, benefactors, and hopes, wishes, and dreams for the future. This is a great transit for joining movements or finding allies who are just as passionate as yourself, with likely the same philosophical or spiritual values. Be careful of contentions and power struggles among friends and allies because Mars definitely loves a good grudge match. This is also a powerful time for formulating a new dream or goal for your future.
Then, the Lunar Eclipse in your opposite sign taking place on the 31st will kick you into high gear for relationships and mystical valuations. It may help to remember, with Mars newly entered into your eleventh, that this can be very impulsive time as well, and though you’re in a period of career expansion with Jupiter in your tenth house, with Saturn just entering your twelfth house you truly won’t be able to predict exactly how your life is going to be changing in the next two to three years. So, steady as she goes. Take opportunities where you find them, and yet refrain from being too impulsive or looking for overly simple solutions to complex problems.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.