As we embark on the new Gregorian calendar year, we have quite a few astrological shifts to help us move out of the old paradigms and into a fresh perspective! A New Moon and Solar Eclipse will start us out on January 6th, with the Sun and Moon joining in Sidereal Sagittarius and the eclipse point being at the beginning of Capricorn, ready to move (backwards, as nodal axis points do) into Sag itself in March. Coming on the end of a somewhat brutal year with the South node joined Mars for 6 months from May to October, I think we are all just about over this particular axis and happy to bid it adieu! What a way to send it off… with the day the Earth and Sun are closest to each other (January 3rd), which will be hot in the Southern Hemisphere, but cold in the Northern Hemisphere, a meteor shower the early hours of Jan 4th , the New Moon/partial solar eclipse on January 5th- 6th and finally an epic Super Blood Moon Full Lunar Eclipse on January 20-21!! Whew!
The first of these two eclipses, the Partial Solar Eclipse on Jan 5th & 6th, although not visible from the US, as it’s max point will be 5:40 pm PST, will be felt as our Power, Authority and Consciousness being partially re-set or “eclipsed”. This will be a time to really check in with our Teachings, Teachers and Belief Systems as the Sun is in Sagittarius, and to allow our more practical, functional selves to show us what is and is not working in the application of these teachings, from the Eclipse point (Ketu) in Capricorn.
The New Moon is in the nakshatra of Purva Ashada, at approximately 21 degrees sidereal Sagittarius. This is the star of “Early Victory” where we tend to what we have planted in the open-earth wounds left by the destruction of the previous star of Mula, “the Root”. Here we feel the “victory” of putting energy into the seedlings we have begun to give life to. In Sagittarius, we are filled with Purpose, and passionate about what we Believe. Teachers, teachings and religious study can all be found in this section of the sky… we operate on Faith and Spirituality, rather than Fact and Intellect to determine what is True.
Mercury has also moved into Sagittarius, leaving behind impassioned speech in Scorpio and taking up the higher road in Sagittarius. This can definitely increase the chances that we will use our words to promote our beliefs, regardless of whether we practice those beliefs ourselves or if they are “sound belief systems”. Many of which are not. With our mouth on its pulpit and Saturn and the Sun still in super close conjunction (the Sun has just crossed Saturn, which is still combust, or being burned by its hot rays) we need to be careful of feeling like the underdog or like the world is full of evil step-mothers and sisters and we are poor Cinderella. Life may have been feeling quite burdensome the last week or so and we may feel we are being asked to shoulder more than our share of life’s hardships. Before we throw a vocal pity party parading our beliefs into a one-person play about why it’s so unfair, let’s take a minute to weigh in with how we create our own reality (see Jupiter in Scorpio above) and what we can do about changing it (see Mars in Pisces). Also, the Earth is rotating along and Saturn will soon be out of this combustion, so your outlook is likely to be improving already.
Mars moved into Pisces on December 22nd, right after the Full Moon and Winter Solstice. It will be here until February 6th, beginning a month and a half of Action, Discipline and Courage in the direction of our beliefs. Because Pisces is the feminine, watery side of our Jupiterian Wisdom and Principles, we might find our actions to be guided by our feelings, intuitions and spiritual connections. Mars and Jupiter are in an exchange of signs here, with Jupiter aspecting from his perch in Scorpio. This exchange offers both planets more assistance in assimilating the energetics of the sign they are in. The ruler of the sign giving dristhi (gaze) also adds power and intelligence to the planet. Scorpio is the feminine, watery nature of Mars, where we go inside ourselves and courageously face our fears. Jupiter is able to use his wise teachings to journey into the deep in a skillful and productive way that will help us to uncover our own true wisdom here. We will be given the courage we need to take our principles and ideals and spiritual teachings into practice, as well as the insight to see where we are not already doing so. This is a powerful time for us to set up real intentions and the necessary follow through to make them happen.
Venus moved out of her home sign of Libra, and into Scorpio, where we might find a bit more depth in our relating and relationships. Shallow is not going to work here, nor is placating or agreeing, just to get along. In Scorpio, we are more likely to have emotional outbursts, strong displays of passionate feelings and fears coming to the surface. We are also more likely to want to control our partners. Hopefully, the presence of Jupiter in this same sign will help us to continue to aspire towards higher spiritual presence in our relationship with ourselves, which will then contribute to how we show up in relationship to others. As Venus moves closer to Jupiter in the weeks to come, be careful of spiritually bypassing others and/or trying to control your hold on people by using spiritual teachings to justify your perspective. In general, the best way to use our teachings is for self-betterment, not to tell others how to be. Of course, teachers will often show how the teachings can improve student’s lives, but as we are seeing more and more, if they are not also practicing what they preach, then it leads to false guidance and often abuse of power...
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