This is a month of fresh starts, Gemini, and of moving beyond old misunderstandings. You have been examining the key relationships in your life, looking for the pattern while re-assessing their value for you and your entire commitment to close connection with others. This New Year sees you emerging from that tunnel and finding transformation in these and other areas; especially the subject of intimacy with others and with yourself. Another focus of change is found in the higher purpose of your public statement. You are seeing the connection between local activity and global societal results. In the second half of the month, you are seeking a new basis for allowing intimacy to further flower, helped in part by your own deep unconscious process. Your very worldview is shifting creating greater awareness and profound learning which in turn circulates back around to provide better and more active connection with important others.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
Happy New Year, Gemini! 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 eighth house to stay for the next two to three years. The eighth house is a house related to our fears and anxieties about the future, as well as the reality of change, death, and impermanence. With Saturn in your eighth for the next few years you are entering a period where the opportunity to learn and grow in relationship to your own fears and worries will be quite profound. Much of the time we spend worrying about the future or living in fear is time wasted. Saturn in the eighth house may grant you a new understanding of change and impermanence, leading to greater peace and patience. As a child of Mercury (Gemini is a Mercury ruled sign), you may find that the next few years challenge you to find a deeper level of mental or intellectual focus and trust during life’s changes, especially those that leave us temporarily uncertain about the future. On the other hand, the eighth house is also the house of your spouse or partner’s income, shared resources, and passive income in general. Saturn transiting the eighth house for the next few years may mean that a partner’s finances or earning power is undergoing significant changes. Your partner might be taking on more responsibility, might be growing or maturity in their capabilities as an earner, or they might be going through a season of financial austerity. It’s also possible that you are paying off debt or developing a strategy for developing more passive income in the future.
The first of the month features the Full Moon in Cancer in your second house of your own money, possessions, and resources. A Full Moon in a prolific and fertile sign like Cancer in the second house is a good indication that there is growth in the garden of your resources. It’s not uncommon to see windfalls, raises, or potentially lucrative investments coming along under these conditions. However, a fertile Full Moon in the second house may also indicate an emphasis on bills and expenses or the temptation to live outside of your means. This Full Moon being in an opposition with the Sun in the eighth house may also bring up questions about future financial security or the balancing resources in relationships (what is mine vs. what is shared).
On January 6th, Mars will conjoin Jupiter in Scorpio 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. Mars and Jupiter coming together in the sixth may indicate that you are in the midst of a labor of love this month, or that you are passionately fighting, training, studying, or serving on behalf of something you believe in very passionately. At the same time, be careful not to push yourself too hard as Mars and Jupiter may have a tendency to overdo things, and remember that it’s a blessing, win or lose, to know what you believe and to put all of your heart into whatever it is you’re doing.
On January 10th, Mercury will enter Capricorn and move into your eighth house and make an immediate conjunction with Saturn. You might be signing important documents, or making important negotiations or contractual agreements at this time. You might receive a challenging piece of news, or you might find yourself thinking very seriously about what you do and do not want to be committed to in the future. Alternatively, a spouse or partner might be negotiating something, or taking on more responsibilities at work. Communication might be more serious, and you may find yourself dealing with some general anxiety about the future. Remember to trust the Universe and try, as much as you can, not to act from a place of fear.
January 16th is the date of the Capricorn New Moon, also taking place in your eighth house, and in conjunction with Venus. Issues of intimacy, renewed depth researches and personal transformation will be dramatic at this time, and continue throughout the latter half of the month.
On January 17th, Venus will enter Aquarius and move into your ninth house of religion, spirituality, beliefs, higher learning, and long journeys. You may find that you are drawn to religious, political or mystical artwork or creative projects at this time, or you may find yourself experiencing or yearning for a deeper spiritual connection with a close friend or partner. You might be considering traveling abroad to see someone or something that you love, or you might be endeavoring to study something new or to deepen your relationship to your spiritual or philosophical beliefs and practices. The 9th house Venus brings faith and trust in something bigger than ourselves, but Venus in Aquarius is also a highly intelligent Venus that will likely appeal to your own intellectual nature!
On January 26th, Mars will enter Sagittarius and move into your seventh house of love and relationships. You may find that you are eager and ready to compete, spar, debate, or play rough with close friends or lovers at this time, but you should also be careful of power struggles, bullying, and general irritability in relationships. This is a transit that could also signal that someone Mars-like is entering your life right now, perhaps someone competitive, domineering, exciting, bold, or fiery. Mars in your seventh house may signal increased passion, lust and sexual desire at this time as well. With Mars in Sagittarius it’s possible that ideological or philosophical conflicts or debates within relationships, along with a kind of vibrant sexual tension, are highlighted right now.
Finally, the Lunar Eclipse in Leo on the 31st also contributes to your relationship ideas and process, as well as promoting a mystical feel regarding career choices that you might be making, or make later in the year. Just remember, to the extent that you remain philosophically “undecided,” or “uncommitted,” you may at times attract people with incredibly passionate, and sometimes even dogmatic, beliefs. It’s a good time to get clear about your own beliefs and the way they should play out in matters of career and profession, and in regard to your closest relationships.
With the massive changes that are happening now, I highly recommend that folks get a transit report tailored specifically to their chart for the most accurate description of what's in store for you in the months ahead.
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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.