Technical Note

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

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Astrology of January 2013

The Astrology of January 2013

Square Dance

December Recap ~ A new, long-term planetary arrangement took final shape in 2012. It links deep transformations at the micro- and macro-levels, on individual and group levels. It makes the individual an agent of Aquarian change in his or her own life and in society. December’s influential chart foretells a long-term emphasis on wealth-building and lifestyle and nurturance issues at the grassroots and governmental levels. Constant change and fluid life situations will increase stress levels. These strains will sometimes  manifest as disruptive, freakish and possibly violent behavior.

January’s Chart - An Overview

In January, the transformative energies of the new planetary structure are applied to our daily lives. We depend on the stability of relationships with family and community, with employers and coworkers, with those who provide goods and services, or those who buy our goods and services.

January’s chart says that all of these important relationships will be shifting unpredictably as people seek freedom to grow, heal and pursue new goals. Interpersonal behavior patterns will change, making new social relationships possible for many, even as other relationships grow more tenuous. Much of this change will come easily for us because of planetary support. However, changes will be more problematic where money and other resources are involved, calling for careful negotiations.

January’s chart preserves the tension between Leo and Aquarius found in December's chart. Leaders offer solutions based on personal preference and desire, Leo solutions. The grassroots, people on Main Street, demand group-oriented, Aquarian solutions.

Placement by Placement

  • The Moon is in Libra in the 1st house, close to the Ascendant, occupied by Libra. People are focused on the transformations in many important, day-to-day relationships. They will also be exploring new relationship possibilities. Relationship dynamics are shifting in important ways. New people relate in new ways.

  • Saturn and the North Node are in Scorpio straddling the cusp of the 1st and 2nd houses. People feel a need to bring order and direction to these changes, to channel the forces of change in ways that help them realize their goals. They also feel a sense of need, urgency and new found purpose. People are finding ways to successfully navigate changeful events and to benefit from them. People realize that current changes are opening up exciting new possibilities.

  • Pluto, Juno and Venus are closely conjunct in Capricorn in the 3rd house. Juno rules marriage and officially recognized, lifelong bonds. Venus governs our affections; the 3rd house governs our relationships with our neighbors and community. Planetary energies are surging through our most important personal and community relations. Issues of diversity, gender equality, women’s rights, gay rights, marriage equality, equal rights, civil rights, and so on, are strongly affecting our personal lives, motivating a change of attitudes. We are encouraged to extend respect and privilege to those different from ourselves.

  • The Sun in Capricorn conjoins Mercury in Aquarius on the cusp of the 4th house. The higher aspects of our personality are focused on individual psychological and spiritual issues. We are strongly inclined to discuss the deep, intense, unusual changes we are experiencing.We find these changes exciting and liberating in many ways.

  • Mars is in Aquarius in the 4th house. Our thoughts and feelings are volatile and intense. They are pushing is in an idealistic, group-oriented, Aquarian direction. We want our lives to express our ideals. The possibility of greater group cooperation inspire excitement.

  • Chiron is conjunct Neptune in Pisces straddling the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses. Romance and socializing per se take a back seat. Increasingly, close personal bonds are now about helping loved ones find space for personal growth, healing and exploration.

  • Pallas and Uranus are conjunct in Aries in the 6th house. Interactions at work and in the marketplace become an opportunity to express our ideals and our need for personal freedom and self-expression. Unusual and surprising interactions occur during transactions as people open up and reach out.

  • Ceres, Lilith, Vesta, Jupiter in Gemini and the South Node in Taurus occupy the 8th house. Nurturance issues - issues surrounding the provision of life’s necessities and the sharing of wealth and power - are complicated and confused by political ideology and outdated ideas and attitudes.  

Aspect by Aspect

  • The Moon squares Sun and Mercury conjunct on the cusp of the 4th house. Inner turmoil yields helpful new attitudes. Often kept private, this inner unrest will now be discussed openly, sometimes awkwardly and under stress. People are enthusiastic about the possibilities as old boundaries and inhibitions disappear.

  • The Moon in Libra on the Ascendant trines Neptune and Chiron on the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses. We easily make adjustments in close relationships, allowing ourselves and others greater freedom for personal growth and healing.

  • Saturn in Scorpio in the 1st, reinforced by the North Node in Scorpio in the 2nd, is sextiling Pluto, Juno and Venus conjunct in Capricorn in the 3rd house. We accept changes in our important life bonds and in the life bonds of others in the community. We accept marriage equality, gender equality, racial differences and diversity in general. We are ready to extend the same rights and privileges we enjoy to those different from ourselves.

  • Saturn, strengthened by the North Node, is trining Neptune and Chiron in Pisces on the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses. We can make lasting changes to family and social relationships in a graceful and gracious way, and in harmony with our shifting economic priorities.

  • Pluto, Juno and Venus conjunct in Capricorn in the 3rd square Pallas and Uranus conjunct in Aries in the 6th. Changes in the workplace and marketplace require changes in the way we distribute wealth, opportunity and power. The need to share material assets complicates our acceptance of diversity.

  • Sun in Capricorn conjunct Mercury in Aquarius on the cusp of the 4th house sextiles Pallas and Uranus conjunct in Aries in the 6th. Despite potential economic conflicts, we can easily adjust psychologically to changes at work and in the marketplace.

  • The Sun in Capricorn conjunct Mercury in Aquarius on the cusp of the 4th house trines the 8th house stellium. We can accept changes in nurturance matters, whatever their likely effect on our lifestyle. We willing to take a chance, to trust the future.

  • Neptune conjunct Chiron in Pisces on the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses squares the 8th house stellium. Cooperation is needed to achieve long-term, collective economic goals. The greater personal freedom that we seek can interfere with this cooperation. Careful planning is required, but people are in the mood to take risks.

  • Pallas conjunct Uranus in Aries in the 6th house sextiles the 8th house stellium. We can make changes at work and in the marketplace mesh with changes in our long-term financial plans.

Altogether Now

Some of January’s aspects support change in our day-to-day social lives. Other aspects demand changes in sensitive economic areas. New, more tolerant attitudes come up against economic realities. We might accept those who are different, but will we share our resources with them? The Aquarian impulse is strong and most of us answer, Yes.

In general the economic and social rewards of tolerance overcome hesitation. Combined, the aspects inspire us to safeguard our own interests, but, at the same time, respect the needs of others and of society as a whole.

January’s chart, like those to come, is grounded in the new stable and long-term planetary structure. It will destabilize things in a consistent manner over a long period of time and, in that way, provide a kind of stability and predictability. This in turn will give us confidence and allow us to plan effectively. The combination of aspects helps us weave a good future from the streams of constantly changing events and circumstances.

We can make the steady flow of challenges and opportunities blend successfully.  Countless small successes will inspire widespread optimism, confidence and courage.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sign-by-Sign Astrology Forecast for January 2013

Astrology Forecast for January 2013

FOR EVERYONE ~ Everything is shifting and it will continue to do shift for the foreseeable future. Most of it is for the better.  But this constant shifting leaves us to adjust, re-adjust, and adjust again. It’s all about fine tuning. As we develop new relationships and old relationships evolve, we need to keep close track of fairness issues. We are building the foundations of our future lives. We need to do that carefully and with special attention to issues of fairness, fairness for ourselves and others.


♑ CAPRICORN ~ (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)  Your present situation might not be as good as you had hoped.  A difficult past is too close behind for comfort. However, what you see around you, as incomplete and imperfect as it might be, will turn out to have been a good foundation. It can be turned into a better life. Your financial situation resembles the financial situations of many others. If you continue to seek better working and living conditions for yourself, others will benefit from your example and your achievements.

♒ AQUARIUS ~ (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Speak as gently as you can, whomever you are with, whatever you are talking about. Your comments will strike more deeply than you think and, if not properly framed, might cause unhelpful reactions in those who hear them or trigger unintended consequences in other areas of your life. You need to be especially cautious where communications are concerned and doubly so if money, jobs or personal obligations are involved. That said, circumstances favor the fulfillment of your dreams and aspirations. Perseverance will yield rewards.
♓ PISCES ~ (Feb. 18 - Mar. 19)  You aren’t without options or a sense of purpose, but circumstances beyond your control are shaping events. You’ll have to go with the flow, hope for the best and rely on luck to fill in the gaps. Fortunately, luck is with you. Friendship, romance or recreation (in faraway places, no less) could bring you the knowledge, the people or the opportunities you’ve been seeking. Everyone is in a volatile mood, though, prone to overreact in unpredictable ways. Important financial alliances especially need careful attention.

♈ ARIES ~ (Mar. 20 - Apr. 18) A lot of really good stuff is starting to happen. People need to cooperate with each other in new ways. And it’s up to Aries to set it up. Relations with allies are complicated. Obligations conflict. Signals are mixed. No matter what you do, you’ll step on someone’s toes, or they’ll be afraid that you will. And you actually want to help. Working out the needed agreements will be complicated. Keep a close eye on your own long-term financial interests. Avoid taking on debt.

♉ TAURUS ~ (Apr. 19 - May 19) You need to make important decisions for the future amidst a host of competing priorities with the clock ticking quickly away. The responsibility for what happens next rests squarely with you. The planets advise that, for now, long-term financial sustainability and your expanding relations with those in distant places come first. Avoid adding to your debt or drawing too heavily on your reserves. Don’t let the minutiae of social and community involvement distract or annoy you. Those things will need to sort themselves out.

♊ GEMINI ~ (May 20 - June 19) Issues are intangible and more than a little tangled. You are dealing nonstop with obscure and complex ideas. But they are also crucially important.  People seem to understand that proper resolution of abstract, ethical problems will have concrete, economic effects for everyone. Issues are also hedged around with prejudice and misconception; no one will make things easy for you. You have a potent combination of moral and economic leverage. Use it to draw discussions out. Quick but deeply flawed compromises will harm everyone’s interests.

♋ CANCER ~ (June 20 - July 21) Cancerians will be somewhat isolated for the foreseeable future. The action, or the turmoil, is centered elsewhere.  Many Cancers will find the resulting calm agreeable. Your contribution is crucially important, however. Use your justly famous intuition to sort through the abstract and confusing but crucially important issues confronting those directly involved in the struggle. Friendship and romance will go into low gear, giving you a chance to make important decisions about your own personal life. Financial advances are due about the middle of 2013.

♌ LEO ~ (July 22 - Aug. 21) Leo’s love to improvise and ad lib; it comes naturally and it’s useful in so many situations. Except for now. Too often, nowadays, Leos draw a blank in front of eager audiences. Leos are dealing with deep personal issues that make spontaneity difficult for them.  For the near future, it might be best if you worked from a script, carefully prepared well ahead of time. It will take work, but you’ll be amazed at how many people derive important benefits from your newfound insights.

♍ VIRGO ~ (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21) Your public identity and your role in life are morphing. Though ethically fastidious, Virgo isn’t usually considered a revolutionary or even a reformer, necessarily. However, your ability to handle endless amounts of detail with quiet efficiency is being pressed into service by those trying to bring change. Change and reform are everywhere, with no end in sight. People desperately need help sorting out an infinity of vital details. Fortunately, you will also have the influence to guide this potentially maddening process to your liking.

♎ LIBRA ~ (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21) These days, the devil is in the financial details. Many in your life are now involved in negotiations or in establishing relationships that will dramatically affect the whole rest of their economic lives. And things are developing quickly. You can see pitfalls that they cannot. In the days ahead, you will often find yourself in the position of having to protect friends and associates from those who would take advantage. Libra’s financial affairs will move forward soon but remain confusing. Break bad financial habits.

♏ SCORPIO ~ (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20) Scorpios are tough but alert to subtle currents. You’ll need to draw heavily on both qualities in coming months and years. People need guidance badly but they will resist it. With energies low, conversations need to be short and to the point. Your intuition will tell you what they need to do and your toughness will make sure it happens. And it will have to be you. Scorpios have a monopoly on common sense and self-discipline, apparently.  Important financial matters will move forward soon.

SAGITTARIUS ~ (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20) For the foreseeable future, your focus will be on the deep, unconscious patterns that govern all of your relationships. These patterns are usually hard to reach, let alone change. Now, you have special, hard won insight into the subtle rights and wrongs of relationships. The planets have also recently granted you the power to establish completely new patterns in relationships, new and old. For about the next six years, you’ll be dealing with the consequences of financial decisions made over the last six years.