This turning of the year is a crucial pivot point for you, Sagittarius. This is the time when everything that has been rolling around in your head over the past month can come to a new synthesis, if you are ready to allow it to. You have been reconceptualizing your identity as an actor on the world stage, attempting to see where you are aiming, and how your activity in support of true ultimate goals can help society to evolve in the right way. What also comes into this is partnering with important others, as well as with the deep unconscious parts of you, so that you have a profound stake in the game, top to bottom. The inspiration is there to consecrate your finances and your values into a new form of creative output that will align in a positive framework of studied advancement toward a better future for yourself and for everyone around you.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
Happy New Year, Sagittarius! 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 second house of money, resources, and “hopes for future gain” for the next two to three years.
This is a welcome change for Sagittarians this month. Saturn has been in your first house dating all the way back to December of 2014, which means it’s been a tough season of Saturn’s lessons in your life. We do a lot of growing and maturing when Saturn comes to stay in our first houses, as Saturn usually marks both endings and beginnings, both pain and reform, while journeying through the first house. Now you’re ready for an entirely new season of life as Saturn makes its way into your second house. Traditionally, the second house was related to a person’s fields or crops and what harvest and wealth they might bring. If you look at a birth chart you will notice that the second sign of the birth chart is always the one directly following the first sign, in zodiacal order. Ancient astrologers thus observed that whatever was in the second house, by means of the daily rotation of the earth on its axis (called the primary motion of the sky), would become the first house, “in time.” Because the first house was related to the individual’s body, health, and overall life direction, the second was related to everything the native might need in life and everything the native might hope to “grow or develop” and see the fruits of, in the future. Thus, you are moving into a very long period that will be emphasizing finances, resources, possessions, and growing things. Saturn in the second sometimes adds to our life by eliminating, reducing or simplifying things. Saturn is a planet of austerity and conservation, so it’s a good time to reduce excessive or unnecessary spending, or any kind of frivolous or toxic lifestyle patterns. Saturn is also literally called “the lord of time,” and is also related to strong, practical foundations. It is therefore a great time to develop the foundation of something. It might take a long time, a lot of work, and a lot of patience, but Saturn in the second over the next few years promises fiery Sagittarians that the wait will be worth it!
The first of the month will feature a Full Moon in Cancer in the eighth house. The eighth house was traditionally a house associated with passive income, or a spouse or partner’s money. It was also related generally to anxiety or fear about the future, and death, penalties or endings, as eighth house planets prepare to set and disappear into the underworld in the next house to come (the seventh house). A Full Moon in the eighth house to start the month may therefore indicate that you are diving into the shadows to start the month, perhaps exploring taboo or unconscious emotional or ancestral patterns, or doing some deeper healing work. It’s a house that has long been associated with karmic “penalties,” but usually only in association with those who don’t have a healthy amount of fear or reverence for the voice of their own conscience. It’s therefore a very important time to explore your fears and doubts while listening closely to the voice of your highest self, which is always providing you with all the guidance you need to safely and joyfully navigate all of life’s challenges. It’s also a time that may naturally involve fated or destined events in your spouse or partner’s life, or perhaps related to other people’s income or shared resources.
On January 6th, Mars will conjoin with Jupiter in your twelfth house of self-undoing, prisons, hospitals, and shipwreck. Sounds like a pretty dark set of topics, right' But behind the twelfth house is the gateway to a profound mystical truth. If you can accept the suffering of the world, 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. With Mars and Jupiter together in the twelfth you might be feeling called to a mystical retreat or a spiritual cleanse. You might be overdoing things or being too impulsive. Or, you might be answering a call to address suffering at large in the world. The Mars/Jupiter conjunction is a heroic transit, but it can also be a boastful and “pride cometh before a fall” kind of transit. Be aware of the difference this month, and you should be just fine!
On January 10th, Mercury will enter Capricorn and immediately conjoin Saturn in your second house. This marks a good time for signing agreements, coming to terms or negotiating terms with someone, or purchasing or committing to something you hope to produce good returns in the future. It’s a good time for investing in technology, cars, or education, if you must, mostly because Saturn is very well dignified right now in your second house of “purchases.”
January 16th is the date of the Capricorn New Moon, also taking place in your second house, and in conjunction with Venus. Issues of security and resources may well come up for you, including financial ones that could receive a burst of unexpected energy. You are off to a fresh start in many areas and your entire relationship to materialism might be changing in the next thirty days of this cycle.
On January 18th, Venus will enter Aquarius and move into your third house of communication, siblings, short journeys, and the mind. This is a wonderful transit for writing, speaking, media, and blogging projects or other forms of personal creativity. It’s a lovely transit for making peace or cultivating close friendships, traveling to see people you are close with, or fostering your relationship with your siblings. It’s also possible that a sibling is falling in love this month, or maybe even getting married! Venus in the third house is also a natural time to speak your truth to the world. You will most likely find that others are eager to embrace you and deeply appreciative of your quirkiness and enthusiasm.
On January 26th, Mars will enter Sagittarius and move into your first house. This is a really invigorating transit. At this time, you may feel like you’re ready to start a new project, get back to the gym, burn off calories, sweat, and exert yourself. It’s also not uncommon, if you’ve been stagnant for some time, to pick up one of those winter colds that forces you to get back to healthy town, so be careful and prepare yourself for this transit by staying active and healthy all month long. Mars in your first house is also somewhat impulsive and possibly confrontational. Be careful of unnecessary fights, debates, or power struggles, and otherwise enjoy the fire of Mars and use it creatively. Mars in the first house almost always empowers us to start fresh and to feel inspired again wherever it’s needed!
Finally, the Lunar Eclipse of the 31st, in Leo and therefore your ninth house of higher mind, brings an emotional awareness to your philosophical leanings and inspires you to allow spiritual factors to be at the heart of everything that you say and do. This is a tall order to fulfill, and yet you are quite likely to make progress toward this goal in the weeks and months ahead, as you voyage further into what will undoubtedly prove to be an exciting year for you.
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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.