Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Astrological Analysis - January 2012

Astrological Analysis for January 2012

Things Change Still More

I discussed this in greater detail in last month’s post. Since about April of 2011, monthly charts have targeted key areas of our lives: our personalities and relationships, the social safety net and the legal foundations of society. Other 2011 charts undermined authority and polarized public debate. January’s chart does all of these things at once.

Neptune, transitioning into Pisces since April, featured prominently in pretty much every chart. On February 3rd, Neptune will finally enter Pisces for a new 164-year Neptune cycle. Hence, January’s chart is both a culmination and a sign of things to come.

The Global Becomes the Personal

January’s chart makes these global disruptions and transformations very personal. Most of the planets are in the left, personal half of the chart. They will envelope the ego in distorted perceptions, twisted intentions, misdirected energy and, often, indignity.

This complex energy seems designed to update and upgrade the ego, to force hard economic choices, and to reveal new, revolutionary ways to deal with money. All at once.

That will help liberate the ego, ultimately. However beneficial in the long run, in the moment, having one’s ego liberated is a difficult experience at best.

Strong Egos Lose Their Grip

The Sun and Mercury are near Pluto in Capricorn in the 1st house, straddling the ascendant.

This placement channels too much power of the wrong kind into the ego and does so from an awkward angle. It creates a troublesome mix of 1st and 12th house energies. It speaks of a serious imbalance, or lack of balance, in the ego.

Conscious and unconscious intentions will mix awkwardly. The ego’s weaknesses are displayed prominently alongside its strengths. That is especially true for those in positions of authority.

Life Intersects Massively with Economics

This chart’s real power is in the 2nd house of grassroots finances. A large group of heavenly bodies occupies the 2nd house in Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. This stellium gives us some notion of the kind and the seriousness of the challenges the ego faces.

Pallas in Aquarius helps us perceive the helpful an unhelpful patterns in our finances.

The Point of Substance in Aquarius exposes embarrassing flaws in our financial affairs.

Pallas and the P. of Substance are close together and act in combination. Combined, they are likely to produce embarrassment, scandal and public outrage – all centering on some kind of financial issue.

Neptune in Aquarius will add more confusion to financial issues and bring increasingly frantic, desperate quest for answers.

Neptune will also contact the midpoint of Mercury and the ascendant. This suggests deception and slander. Other midpoints indicate a strong undercurrent of negativity in January.

Chiron is in Pisces in the 2nd house.  In the sign of Pisces, Chiron seeks healing through spirituality. In the 2nd house, Chiron seeks comfort through materiality. This Chiron placement mixes these two contrasting, seemingly contradictory modes of healing.

Venus is in Pisces in the 2nd house. Venus in Pisces loves spiritual things.  But Venus in the 2nd house, which it rules, loves material things.
Once again, the planets ask us to reconcile two very different approaches to the same issue.

Basically, Venus and Chiron foreground our financial problems in poignant, difficult ways. 

We are confronted with painful, aggravated dilemmas that involve finances and healing.  

These in turn pressure the ego to release the patterns that cause this pain. However beneficial the end result, the difficulties can easily overwhelm the unwary and unprepared.

I think this strong Venus/Chiron conjunction keynotes the entire chart.  Expect complex, bittersweet realizations about the cost of our economic predicament, especially in key relationships. The Venus/Chiron conjunction in Pisces is exact on January 16th at 11.11 am, UT.

Vesta in Pisces in the 2nd house brings a dedication to helping others with their financial issues.

Ceres in Pisces in the 2nd house blends issues of nurturance, spirituality and finances. It says we can’t consider ourselves spiritual people if we ignore the material suffering of others.

Uranus in Aries in the 2nd brings revolutionary ideas about the distribution of wealth to the fore, and forcefully so, at the grassroots level.

Ceres and Uranus are only a few degrees apart in different signs. Together, they point to the emergence of revolutionary ideas about the distribution of wealth, again at the grassroots level.

Mars Stirs the Pot

Mars in Virgo opposes this stellium from 8th house. The 8th is the house of collective finances and power. Several factors aggravate this seemingly simple opposition.

• With Uranus transiting Aries, its home sign, Mars carries a mix of Mars/Uranus energy everywhere it goes. Mars/Uranus is a rowdy, discomforting energy that ranges from feisty to rude. It is usually irresistably provocative on some level.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury and directly affects our thought processes and nervous responses.
Virgo is a cold, nit-picky, short-sighted placement for Mars/Uranus energy.

Hence, in Virgo in the 8th house, Mars/Uranus will likely make the actions of financial leaders look callous, poorly timed, out of touch and altogether provocative.  
The blend of Virgo, Mercury, Mars and Uranus energy will also add a wired, schizzy quality to events.

• Scorpio is the home sign of the 8th house. Mars is co-ruler of Scorpio and the 8th house. Also, Uranus is exalted in Scorpio, home sign of the 8th house. These background factors further intensify this Mars opposition.

• Mars is also slowing down, prior to retrograding. This condition intensifies and complicates a planet’s energy.

• Finally, while Mars is preparing to retrograde, all the other planets involved are moving forward. This will add yet more tension to the mix.

Snafus Abound

Because Uranus and Neptune are involved, we are very likely to see freakish and extreme manifestations of the complicated energies in January’s chart. The darker corners of the human psyche are likely to be illuminated, and all too brightly.

As If All That Weren’t Enough

Juno is in Scorpio is the 10th house,
near the mid-heaven squaring the 2nd house stellium.

Juno governs life-long partnerships. It is in the sign that governs big finance, power and sexuality.  It is in the house of authority figures. It is also in difficult relationship with the 2nd house stellium.

This bizarre, contradictory placement is very hard to read.  I think it points to unmanageable tensions in all relationships involving authority and shared interests. A rebellious, resentful vibe enters all such relationships.  But such relationships give our lives their structure and organization.  So we’d best be careful how wer express these tensions.

Essentially, we are likely to sense chaos seeping deeply into important areas of our lives.

Frothing on the Cake

Eris is the spirit of strife and rancor.  It represents the emotions of war at their absolute worst.

Eris is in Aries in the 3rd house of community, communication and political discussion. Eris is also near the Moon, which governs public awareness and the public mood. Basically, people are in the mood for a fight.

In sum, January’s chart upsets important areas of our life at the most basic, day-to-day level, bringing a spirit of change to areas that up to now might have remained relatively unaffected.

Generally, January will incline us all to change, to experiment, to innovate.  It will also be tough on the ego and on nervous systems generally.

Some will go to extremes to ease the tension. (Translation, many will turn to sex, drugs and rock and roll for relief. For better or for worse.)

January’s chart is not about the aftershocks of recent economic crises.  Rather, it marks the threshold of a
new, not necessarily easier, and more intensely personal phase of global transformation.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sign by Sign Forecast for January 2012

Astrology Forecast for January 2012

FOR EVERYONE ~ New Year, indeed. This isn’t the world you lived in last year. Social and economic trends are finding a new groove. Opportunities are opening up. But the unexpected, even the wildly unexpected, will become the norm. So don’t stand too close to the fire.


♈ ARIES ~ Mine field. The pressure to act a certain way is immense. Even if you wanted to cave in, the pressures conflict.  Some are flatly contradictory. And none of it adds up to good advice. Power plays and reckless behavior further complicate the situation.  Things could get out of hand.  How you finally proceed is completely up to you. And you're responsible for the outcome. Be careful not to let financial or work issues spark hurtful exchanges between yourself and those you love.  Thoughtful speakers or writers can provide helpful guidance.

♉ TAURUS ~ Rough Seas. The cross-currents are strong and intense. Wills are clashing, personalities are colliding.  But somehow it all seems to be going your way, supporting your needs. Right now, many people are struggling to find a way forward. The planets are empowering you to help them.  The healing and reconciliation so many situations call for come very easy to you.  You will be especially helpful to women friends who might be in need of healing.  The financial situation is 'fluid' but it holds promise.

♊ GEMINI ~ More serious than it looks.  January is a big booby trap.  People are saying provocative things.  Nobody's talking compromise.  Arguments are springing up like dandelions in spring.  Nearly anything you say could upset someone.  It's up to Gemini to find the one or two perfect, magical words that transform confrontation into consensus. Romantic or intimate situations can too easily veer off in the wrong direction. My advice? Keep it light. Keep it uplifting. Abstinence is advised, for now.  Choose healing over self-indulgence.

♋ CANCER ~ Standby.  January is about waiting for someone to reach out and guarding against unhelpful or flat out crazy maneuvers.  The ball is everywhere else; you’ll wonder if you will ever get to make a move. It might feel like you’re doing little and accomplishing less.  But the moves you can make will be important.  When the ball reaches you, it will be because of serious need and extreme effort on the part of many others. Your choices will have far-reaching effects and benefit many.

♌ LEO ~ Multiplying snafus.  Confusion and drama combine in chaotic ways.  In the end, it could be hard to tell your feelings from everybody else's, to  tell good intentions from bad, or to prove who said (or did) what. This could all affect finances unpredictably, uncontrollably and unfortunately. It's easier to mess things up more than to fix them. Issues won't be sorted out quickly.  Detachment, firm boundaries and caution are the order of the day. As for romance, it could get complicated.

♍ VIRGO ~ Freaky chain reactions. You’ve enjoyed influence over events; outcomes tend to validate your opinion. That remains true, sort of.  But now, small actions, or even a few words, can have big, wildly unpredictable effects. It will be especially hard to make yourself understood properly. Things could spin quickly, freakily out of control.  Impulsive financial moves especially could have unforeseen consequences, for yourself and others. You will have to pay especially careful attention to detail to avoid mishap. The margin for error is surprisingly small.

♎ LIBRA ~ Balance and boundaries.  Folks at home are feeling needy.  Job commitments seem to expand indefinitely.  Interpersonal boundaries are blurring, even disappearing, especially on the job. Inappropriate infatuations and over-dependencies are risk factors at work, now, too. That makes it really hard to maintain a proper work/life balance.  Keep your job commitments simple, straightforward and reasonable going forward. Money remains tight and personal energy is still low. However, financial assets and other valuable resources, including social capital, are quietly accumulating. This is gradually insulating you from life's many uncertainties.

♏ SCORPIO ~ Delay changes. The urge to make big changes in keeping with long held dreams is strong. But big new initiatives aren’t supported. Circumstances are more complicated than they look and will get more so. Also, you are entering a wealth-consolidation phase. Near term, gains will be more in the way of social capital than hard cash.  It would be much safer to consolidate your present position. Cement important alliances. Friendship, romance and relations with the young are favored, but expect the unexpected even there.

♐ SAGITTARIUS ~ Simplicity squared. A confusing influence is settling over your home life for a lengthy stay. You’ll be misunderstood more often than not.  You’ll also become increasingly dependent on partnerships with others for support and advancement. Keep things simple and straightforward. Decide what your priorities are and who is most important to you and hold on to that. This advice will be especially helpful in dealing with a complicated, potentially upsetting situation on the home front in January.  Finances are under generally favorable influences now.

♑ CAPRICORN ~ Extreme diplomacy.  It’s true that Capricorns are especially influential right now.  Despite that, being understood and getting the right results has probably never been more challenging. Cross-currents, cross-purposes and miscommunication are the norm. Despite all the static, important plans can move forward. Real progress is still possible. You will encounter an unusually messy political situation in your locale. Don’t assume you are getting the whole story there. Your financial affairs will soon be free of an influence that increased chances of waste and loss.

♒ AQUARIUS ~ Discretion advised.  Discontent and rebellious attitudes will surround you. This could feed your anxieties and stir up your own secret gripes. But motives are tangled and feelings are intense. Trouble is possible. An influence that insulated you from others is fading, too; you could easily get drawn in. The planets urge you to stay detached. Support constructive discussions. New technologies provide opportunities for expansion.  Still, finances are coming under a confusing, ‘obfuscating’ influence. Set simple, straightforward financial objectives and keep them clearly in mind.

♓ PISCES ~ Synergies.  Depending on how Pisces plays these vibes, they could be either at the leading edge or at the edge of a slippery slope. The planets are getting you in on the ground floor of revolutionary economic developments and burgeoning social trends.  But, being honest, these vibes are seductive and deceptive, too.  The planets say that you should let yourself be guided by knowledgeable, trusted authority figures.  Don’t stay home and daydream, immersed in personal concerns. Follow constructive suggestions from those in the know.