January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends  

Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PST (Pacific Standard Time). For Rocky Mountain Time (including AZ) add 1 hour. For Central Time, add 2 hours. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich, add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours. For Eastern European time (EET), add 10 hours.





RUNE OF THE MONTH:. Jera “perseverance”. The dictionary describes this word as meaning the “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition”. Light is gaining ground every day. And because darkness has prevailed for so long, it is not used to loosing. In a last desperate effort, it is fighting back with a viciousness, an intensity and a violence never seen before. More than ever is it important for all of us working towards the new consciousness to stay strong, and in the face of often major challenges, not give up. We are being tested in our resolve, our faith and our staying power. Let us continue doing the work we came here to do with purposefulness, tenacity and determination.


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Mercury turns retrograde on January 21 until Feb 11 (17º02’- 1º19’ Aquarius). Its shadow period will last until March 4 when Mercury will return to the same degree it started its retrogradation on. Mercury retrograde periods are always challenging when it comes to communication and technology. This one will be no exception to the rule. Even more so since Aquarius rules computers, cellular phones and software. Not the best time to buy or install any. Miscommunications could abound. We could feel that people are telling us strange stories. On the other hand, this retrogradation is likely to bring old friends we hadn’t heard of in a long time, back into our lives. We could become focused again on humanitarian projects that had been collecting dust. Forgotten inventions could re-emerge. UFO activity could become more intense or more visible. Revolutions, democracy, freedom, individuation and originality come to the forefront.


Jupiter remains retrograde this whole month until April 8, 2015. The degrees it travels this month (21º45’-18º31’ Leo) are symbolized by “A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission”, “Intoxicated chickens dizzily flap their wings trying to fly”, “Zuni Indians perform a ritual to the Sun”, and “A houseboat party”. These apparently totally unrelated images describe well the different realities chosen by people. Some are just focused on their world mission. Some are choosing to forget about it all and not do their work on themselves. Some are connecting deeply to the sacredness of Mother Earth, actively celebrating her according to ancient rituals handed down by ancestral lineages, while others are deciding to not worry about a thing and just have fleeting fun. This month marks a clear distinction between those who have chosen ascension and those who just wish to continue burying their heads in the sand, blindly delegating their personal responsibility to the powers that be.


Uranus Square Pluto since the 14th of December, 2014 till January 9 is the one before last of the series of 7 that began in June 2012 and will end in March 2015. Major recalibration is at work in our lives. A time of death and transformation of all that no longer serves our higher purpose. Previously hidden inner and outer obstacles are being revealed. Much darkness that was anciently buried, emerges. People show their true colors. Witnesses to the fact that nothing is ever as it seems, circumstances change dramatically. As we get closer to the real core of our being, our lives change to never be the same again.


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The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):

  • On Thursday 1/1 between 4:19 AM and 9:09 AM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
  • On Saturday 1/3 between 3:55 AM and 5:08 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
  • From Sunday 1/4 at 8:53 PM till Tuesday 1/6 at 3:03 (Monday 1/5 Void of course all day!): when the Moon enters Leo.
  • On Thursday 1/8 between 9:04 AM and 2:58 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
  • From Saturday 1/10 at 7:45 AM till Sunday 1/11 at 3:57 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
  • On Tuesday 1/13 between 1:46 AM and 3:44 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
  • From Thursday 1/15 at 3:52 PM till Friday 1/16 at 0:01 AM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
  • From Saturday 1/17 at 11:25 AM till Sunday 1/18 at 4:04 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
  • From Monday 1/19 at 2:51 AM till Tuesday 1/20 at 4:59 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
  • From Wednesday 1/21 at 5:45 PM till Thursday 1/22 at 4:48 AM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
  • From Friday 1/23 at 3:13 AM till Saturday 1/24 at 5:31 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
  • On Monday 1/26 between 6:23 AM and 8:37 AM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
  • From Tuesday 1/27 at 6:18 PM till Wednesday 1/28 at 2:36 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
  • On Friday 1/30 between 1:24 AM and 11:09 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.


Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… NO thing!

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Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:


Moon in Gemini between Thursday 1/1 at 9:09 AM and Saturday 1/3 at 5:07 PM + between Wednesday 1/28 at 2:36 PM and Friday 1/30 at 11:08 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 1/3 at 5:08 PM and Tuesday 1/6 at 3:02 AM + between Friday 1/30 at 11:09 PM and Monday 2/2 at 9:40 AM: 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 Tuesday 1/6 at 3:03 AM and Thursday 1/8 at 2:57 PM: 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 1/8 at 2:58 PM and Sunday 1/11 at 3:56 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 Sunday 1/11 at 3:57 AM and Tuesday 1/13 at 3:43 PM: 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 Tuesday 1/13 at 3:44 PM and Friday 1/16 at 0:00 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 Friday 1/16 at 0:01 AM and Sunday 1/18 at 4:03 AM: 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 Sunday 1/18 at 4:04 AM and Tuesday 1/20 at 4:58 AM: 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 Tuesday 1/20 at 4:59 AM and Thursday 1/22 at 4:47 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 Thursday 1/22 at 4:48 AM and Saturday 1/24 at 5:30 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…


Moon in Aries between Saturday 1/24 at 5:31 AM and Monday 1/26 at 8:36 AM: 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 1/26 at 8:36 AM and Wednesday 1/28 at 2:35 PM: 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…


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This month’s intentional meditation begins on Sunday 1/4. 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 6:53 PM (you can place them up to several hours prior to that exact moment if necessary). Once that moment has passed, gather your sheets and place them in a folder until the New Moon in Aquarius.


On Tuesday 1/20, 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 so that they are out at exactly 5:14 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away (even up to several hours after the exact time) in a folder, expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…


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Thursday 1/1: Mars Opposition Jupiter (11:49 AM)

Important not to go to extremes in an attempt to escape perceived limited conditions. We could impulsively be drawn to extravagance, spend more than we have, move head first into projects that may be questionable or be stopped in our enthusiasm to bring projects to fruition that are not yet ripe for manifestation. Best to stay quiet today and not force anything artificially.


Saturday 1/3: Sun Square Uranus (0:40 AM), Venus enters Aquarius (6:48 AM till 1/27), Sun Conjunct Pluto (3:32 PM)

During the next 3 weeks, friendship takes precedence over love. Collaboration with others towards humanitarian projects is encouraged. Democratic projects created in tolerance and harmony while respecting the individualities of each participant, are more successful than acting from willpower. Today, more specifically, plans may change unexpectedly in strange ways. Important to lead teamwork in a spirit of cooperation. More clearly than ever, could we see what lies beneath the surface and not fall prey to appearances.


Sunday 1/4: Venus Sextile Saturn (6:15 AM), Mercury enters Aquarius (5:08 PM till March 12)

During the next 2months and a half, our minds are more tolerant and futuristic than usual. Humanitarian endeavors are appealing. Friendships are enhanced. We could be attracted to all sorts of different people, the more unique, the better. Metaphysical topics of interest linking spirituality with science, as well as a deeper understanding of our stellar origins come to the forefront.


Monday 1/5: Mercury Sextile Saturn (2:21 PM)

A wonderful day for focused and serious communication. We wish to interact with fewer people, but personalities we respect and admire, who may help us further our ambitions. Great for clearing our desk of backlogged work. We are not afraid to tackle tasks that would feel daunting at other times. Today’s discipline and organization make us particularly efficient.

Monday 1/12: Mars enters Pisces (2:21 AM till Feb 19)

During the next 5 weeks, Pisces natives are favored. A time of showing flexibility, acting in harmony with the universe, and peacefully going with the flow. Music, meditation, healing, and art are particularly inspired.


Tuesday 1/13: Venus Sextile Uranus (12:12 PM)

A socially exciting day. We could feel more charismatic and popular than usual. A chance encounter could prove very freeing and open new opportunities. Unusual people cross our path today, encouraging us to express our own individuality and uniqueness.


Wednesday 1/14: Mercury Sextile Uranus (2:25 AM), Mars Square Saturn (10:11 PM)

Even though we could feel that our actions are being frustrated or even blocked, our minds are overly active today. Brilliant ideas offer unusual solutions to the challenges at hand. Answers come in a flash of lightning, opening new possibilities. Unexpected social connections open doors we didn’t even know existed. New friendships with people who are free and dynamic, inspire us to live our truth.


Monday 1/19: Venus Opposition Jupiter (5:44 AM), Mars Conjunct Neptune (4:09 PM)

A gift, a promotion, or a reward we didn’t expect, could grace our life today. As long as we remain in gratitude, reverence, elegance, modesty and moderation we shall avoid the pitfall of extravagance that could color today’s energies. A vague restlessness could create confusion. A male figure could be evasive or downright deceptive. We should stay away from alcohol or drugs, as their effects could be particularly insidious and destructive today. The best uses of this transit are through artistic creation requiring the development of our imagination and selfless service to others.


Tuesday 1/20: Sun enters Aquarius (1:44 AM till 2/18)

During the next month, friendship, social and humanitarian activities are highlighted. We could have a deeper than usual interest in UFOs, and receive guidance from Elders from other star systems. A time to reconnect with our stellar origins.


Wednesday 1/21: Mercury turns retrograde (7:54 AM till Feb 11 at 6:57 AM)

Kindly refer to the opening paragraph.


Thursday 1/22: Sun Sextile Saturn (9:24 PM)

A great day for focused action, disciplined work and structured reorganization that all help further our ambitions.


Tuesday 1/27: Venus enters Pisces (7:00 AM till Feb 20), Mercury Sextile Uranus (9:03 PM)

During the next 3 weeks, our compassion and appreciation for beauty develop exponentially. We are tuned into the angelic realms and artistically inclined. A great period for artists and healers to bring inspiration, harmony and peace to this planet. Today, more specifically, ideas are gotten to in sudden flashes of inspiration. Unusual solutions appear seemingly out of nowhere. Chance encounters prove liberating. The people we are attracted to function out of the box, showing us how to express our own uniqueness.


Friday 1/30: Venus Square Saturn (0:23 AM), Mars Sextile Pluto (5:36 AM), Sun Conjunct Mercury (5:45 AM)

We could feel a little lonely and emotionally unsupported today. A good time to see how our actions have created the situation we are finding ourselves in, and to be clear on our relationship goals. Communication however is excellent. We are able to express in a direct way what we need, and to hear others’ wishes. We dive into action passionately, with great power and determination, allowing nothing nor no one to deter us from our goals.


Wishing you all a productive first month of this new year!


In Loving Light.


Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.

Astrologer, shaman, international conference speaker

Author of Astrology for Enlightenment (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, NY)



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