RUNE OF THE MONTH: Sowelu "healing".
This first month of the year asks that we forgive, have compassion and release all the old wounds that are keeping us from being all that we can be. It is important to recognize that that which we do not like in another only mirrors our own shadow. The more we can embrace those difficult aspects in ourselves, the more transparent and free we become so that nothing outside of us affects us anymore. We become of one mind, one heart and one consciousness, aware that what we do unto another we are truly doing unto ourselves. Once we take full responsibility for everything that happens in our lives, we are healed, and as we are healed, we can become healers, leading by example.
Mars turns retrograde at 23º05'-22º47' Virgo on January 24i.
Mars turns retrograde at 23º05'-22º47' Virgo on January 24 till April 14 when it will have reached 3º40' Virgo. The two degrees it travels through in January are symbolized in the Sabian Symbols by the following images: "Mary and her little lamb" and "A lion tamer displays his skill and character". Our reactions to present circumstances could be based on our past, giving us a chance to face our dark shadows. During this retrogration, we need to learn the right use of action and plan our lives with more precision. We may find ourselves drawn to a new area of expertise that enhances our positive power. A desire for sexuality and passion in our lives could resurface in a new, much purer way. We become more courageous and assertive, clearer on our true needs, priorities and what we are excited about.
The Moon will be Void of Course
(V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):
Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… Nothing!
Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon
Moon in Aries till Monday 1/2 at 2:15 PM + between Friday 1/27 at 10:28 AM and Sunday 1/29 at 10:27 PM:
Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership, spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or bringing our car to the mechanic….
Moon in Taurus between Monday 1/2 at 2:16 PM and Thursday 1/5 at 2:43 AM + between Sunday 1/29 at 10:28 PM and Wednesday 2/1 at 11:13 AM:
Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts, asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate, buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…
Moon in Gemini between Thursday 1/5 at 2:44 AM and Saturday 1/7 at 1:04 PM:
Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data on various topics, connecting with new people….
Moon in Cancer between Saturday 1/7 at 1:05 PM and Monday 1/9 at 8:34 PM:
Perfect for family activities, especially those involving children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….
Moon in Leo between Monday 1/9 at 8:35 PM and Thursday 1/12 at 1:43 AM:
Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances, being in the public's eye, throwing or attending an elegant party, playing with children, romance and creativity in general…
Moon in Virgo between Thursday 1/12 at 1:44 AM and Saturday 1/14 at 5:27 AM:
Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home, reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….
Moon in Libra between Saturday 1/14 at 5:28 AM and Monday 1/16 at 8:32 AM:
Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…), a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).
Moon in Scorpio between Monday 1/16 a 8:33 AM and Wednesday 1/18 at 11:28 AM:
Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies, self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life, death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving personal power.
Moon in Sagittarius between Wednesday 1/18 at 11:29 AM and Friday 1/20 at 2:39 PM:
Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical activities or matters related to higher education and the law. Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language, exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and tending to large animals (horses….)
Moon in Capricorn between Friday 1/20 at 2:40 PM and Sunday 1/22 at 6:52 PM:
Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority, making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining our long-term goals…
Moon in Aquarius between Sunday 1/22 at 6:53 PM and Wednesday 1/25 at 1:10 AM:
Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in general….
Moon in Pisces between Wednesday 1/25 at 1:11 AM and Friday 1/27 at 10:27 AM:
Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean, anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming, music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…
Our Intentional Meditation
Our intentional meditation begins on Sunday 1/8.
Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions, and place them out (on a balcony, near a window or in a garden) to be charged by the Full Moon in Cancer at exactly 11:30 PM. Once that moment has passed, gather your sheets and place them in a folder until the next New Moon in Aquarius on Sunday 1/22. Same procedure as above, take out your blank full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window at exactly 11:39 PM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…
Saturday 1/7: Mercury Sextile Saturn (0:13 AM), Mercury Sextile Neptune (7:16 AM), Mercury enters Capricorn (10:34 PM till January 27)
Our thinking and communications are efficient, grounded, serious and focused. We could get much accomplished today. Hard work combined with inspiration help us manifest our creative genius.
Sunday 1/8: Mercury Trine Jupiter (10:05 AM), Mercury Square Uranus (3:24 PM)
Our faith in positive results helps manifest what we trust in. The more open we are to life's opportunities, the more enthusiasm we show, the more doors open. An unexpected meeting could lead to explosive revelations. A sudden need for independence, either in ourselves, or someone close to us, could create erratic changes.
Thursday 1/12: Sun Trine Mars (8:46 PM)
A great day to make daring decisions. Our recuperative powers and vital energy are high. We feel courageous, even bold and are ready to assume a position of leadership.
Friday 1/13: Venus Trine Saturn (1:05 AM), Mercury Conjunct Pluto (5:01 AM), Venus Conjunct Neptune (7:18 AM), Venus enters Pisces (9:47 PM till February 9)
We could be weighing the reality and illusion of an existing relationship. During the next 3 weeks, we express more compassion, forgiveness and loving kindness as we feel more deeply the oneness shared with the whole of humanity. Our creative, artistic talents are likely to be very inspired. Our appreciation for beauty increases. Visualization and meditation help us manifest the money we need for activities that make our souls soar. Today, more particularly, our thoughts are deep and focused on matters of consequence. For the sake of peace, we may need to keep certain reservations to ourselves.
Saturday 1/14: Venus Sextile Jupiter (6:49 PM)
Life delivers many gifts to us today. Our optimistic serenity brings warmth and comfort. Great for a warm social event. A chance presents itself to graciously clear a previous discord. A romantic relationship could become lighter and more adventurous.
Thursday 1/19: Sun Square Saturn (1:20 PM)
The realities of life could dawn on us today, making us feel a little gloomier. A good day to set boundaries, be clear on what we need to do to fulfill our ambitions, and focus on the work at hand.
Friday 1/20: Sun enters Aquarius (8:10 AM till February 19), Venus Sextile Pluto (12:31 PM)
During the next month, we are freer, more independent and in touch with our unique talents. Friendship and humanitarian endeavors inspire our creative genius. Today, more particularly, our emotions are deep. We seek loyalty in our emotional commitments and are ready to go the distance to find or recreate the fire of passion.
Saturday 1/21: Sun Sextile Uranus (10:27 AM), Sun Square Jupiter (10:35 PM)
Today, we unexpectedly meet new people who challenge our beliefs and expand our horizons. Our mastery impresses others who are stimulated by our original approach. A certain restlessness could make us feel we want more out of life than we presently have. The more humility and gratitude we express, the easier this transit will be on us.
Monday 1/23: Mercury Trine Mars (3:17 AM), Mars turns Retrograde (4:54 PM till April 14)
Regarding Mars Retrograde, kindly refer to the opening paragraph. Today is great for direct communication. We say what we mean and mean what we say. We express ourselves clearly and are stimulated by competition and challenges.
Friday 1/27: Mercury Square Saturn (1:21 AM), Mercury enters Aquarius (10:12 AM till February 14)
We may feel drained today, depressed and tired. Best to stay alone and focus on clearing our backlogged work. A valuable day to make plans for the future and start creating new goals. During the next 3 weeks, our mind is active, focused on the future, inventions and unusual topics. We take an active interest in humanitarian endeavors and look forward to time with our friends.
Saturday 1/28: Mercury Sextile Uranus (10:27 AM), Mercury Square Jupiter (8:08 PM)
It is important today to remain flexible so that we may seize the opportunities that present themselves. Our plans may change. New people may walk into our life. Different ideas could stir us in a whole other direction. Trusting blindly is unwise under this transit, as is over-spending, and misplaced enthusiasm. A day to focus on the big picture, yet without exaggeration.
Wishing you all the best.
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.