Forecast for January 2015

Long-Term Shifts in 2015

The Uranus-Pluto square will come to a close this year (finally! Has it really been 4 years?) but stay alert—it may end with a bang. Changes have come on both the personal and the political levels and if you haven’t experienced a big shift, yours may be due this year.

Jupiter begins the year in the Fiery sign of Leo, in a fantastic trine with Uranus. This eases the chaos and disruption by suggesting ways we can use our situation for growth and personal development. Later in the year, Jupiter moves into Virgo, where it proceeds to trine Pluto and oppose Chiron. This should smooth out the highs and lows of the Uranus-Pluto square, hopefully leaving us all quite a bit wiser and more whole.

Other than these things, I’m happy to say that 2015 is a more peaceful and less chaotic year than 2014.

More about “planetary meetups” now in progress:
High Five! Jupiter Trine Uranus in Fire Signs
Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice (Part 1), which links to parts 2, 3 and 4.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2015.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Mercury Watch

Mercury begins this month moving forward—but slowing and gearing down to turn retrograde on January 21.  When Mercury is retrograde, you can expect snarl-ups in paperwork at work and miscommunications in your personal life.  To cope with January’s Mercury Retrograde period, look at This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.


The sign of Capricorn heralds the beginning of true winter.  In the deepest darkness, light begins to be born.  We gather around the hearth fire and hibernate, conserving our energy.  Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth sign.  The Cardinal driving force of Capricorn takes the form of ambition, fueled by scarcity and the ability to accept limitations and turn them into benefits.  Capricorn is the ultimate lemons-into-lemonade sign.  This year Capricorn runs from December 21 to January 20.

This year Aquarius begins on January 20.  As a Fixed Air sign, Aquarius is stubborn-minded, believing that ideals are the most important thing.  Aquarius is humanitarian, the sign under which community gathers in winter, so that people may bind together to make it through the cold, harsh times.  The European pagan festival of Brigid (February 2, adapted by the Catholic Church as Candlemas) involves the lighting of candles to remind us that there is light in the darkness and that the light is now increasing as the days grow longer.


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

Full Moon in 14º Cancer:  Sunday, January 4, 2015
This is an emotionally explosive Full Moon, filled with both the desire to merge and the desire to break away. “I want intimacy!” cries Pluto. “I need space!” yells Uranus. I suggest avoiding emotional processing during this lunation, because it’s likely to be painful and while in the moment you may feel that you’ve uncovered something deep/true/real, in retrospect it may actually turn out to have been nothing more than a fleeting sensation, the reporting of which has damaged a relationship.

New Moon in 0º Aquarius:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Save your emotional processing for this New Moon, which is saturated with cool Aquarian logic. In fact, if your relationship is in trouble, this is a great day to ask a friend to mediate your conversation and help you both remember what you love or respect about each other. Every human relationship benefits from the community context it occurs in, so whether your conflict is with a lover, family member or coworker, draw on the community surrounding the relationship for a rational second opinion and a cool head in the room.

January’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Moon After Yule.

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1/1/15, Mars opposes Jupiter: Happy New Year! You have the access card to your newest, highest aspirations-don’t wait, take action!

1/3/15, Sun squares Uranus: Barriers to self-realization may be steeped in conditioning patterns that were out of your control. De-condition.

1/3/15, Venus enters Aquarius: Take this day to think outside the box about an issue of relating. Your feelings may need updating.

1/3/15, Sun conjuncts Pluto: Just in time for the New Year’s resolution itch, compulsion and obsession may erupt—let it flow or let it go.

1/4/15, Venus sextiles Saturn: It’s easy to take for granted that your feelings are understood; today it’s important to responsibly state them.

1/4/15 Mercury enters Aquarius: Take a more detached look at your plans and ideas and speak in a neutral tone.

1/4/15, Full Moon in Cancer: Are you emotionally in tune enough to manage the necessary expression of emotions in your relationships?

1/5/15, Mercury sextiles Saturn: Focus on the most constructive way to use the information you have. Then take the feedback—it will be useful.

1/12/15, Mars enters Pisces: As you stand on the ledge of the void, consider your next step thoughtfully—but don’t let that stop you from leaping.

1/13/15, Venus sextile Uranus: This winter day may find you abuzz with thoughts of wild, crazy love—is it winter’s long nights or a deeper stirring?

1/14/15, Mercury sextiles Uranus: Minds may be working in overdrive and it will be easy to get wrapped up in busy ideas and miss the greater truth.

1/14/15, Mars squares Saturn: Line up your day in the most efficient way possible. Make a list if need be—just don’t waste steps. Crystallize motion.

1/19/15, Venus opposes Jupiter: Reality-check your love. Is this feeling what you think it is or are you living out something else?

1/19/15, Mars conjuncts Neptune: The way towards greater spiritual, creative, and mystical action may be confusing but worth consideration and time.

1/20/15, Sun enters Aquarius: What is the best use of your skills and power in the service of the greater good? How are you serving that growth?

1/20/15, New Moon in Aquarius: Initiate, take action on your utopian ideas—shake up the vibe of your tribe. No telling where this can go.

1/21/21, Mercury stations retrograde: A still point of contemplation. Time once again to turn thoughts inward and review.

1/22/15, Sun sextiles Saturn: The more you live within your own creative self-expression today, the better you will access your personal resources.

1/27/15, Venus into Pisces: Time to take a day off for hot chocolate, beautiful music, and poetry-bonus points for finding a willing partner.

1/27/15, Mercury sextiles Uranus: Communications may happen at such a rapid pace that assumptions are not advised. Slow down for clarity.

1/30/15, Venus squares Saturn: Growth tends to accelerate through friction. Rather than default to your feelings, consult with a mentor/advisor.

1/30/15, Mars sextiles Pluto: Are your actions aligned with your full integrity? Take stock as the day unfolds and take note of areas of resistance.

1/30/15, Sun conjuncts Mercury: Epiphany Day! Time to rethink, review, re-write, or re-consider. Resist and you’ll face blowback today or tomorrow.

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