January 2016 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: Ferhu “Abundance”. Financial wealth is created when we know in our hearts and our minds that our in present circumstances our needs and dreams are already fulfilled. When we are able to tap into our deepest resources and become aware of our true power and limitlessness, all that is ours by divine birthright can flow effortlessly to us.

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Mercury is retrograde between Tuesday 1/5 at 5:06 AM and Monday 1/25 at 1:50 PM from 1º01’ Aquarius till 14º58’ Capricorn. Its shadow period lasts until February 14. Three weeks to revisit our duties and responsibilities, to be focused on the work at hand, be organized, structured and hard working. A time to solidify the friendships and associations that support our goals and objectives. Excellent for putting our affairs in order and becoming clear on what we want and where we’re going.


Jupiter turns retrograde on Friday 1/8 at 23º24’ Virgo and will remain so until May 9. Its shadow period lasts until August 8. The degrees it travels in January (23º14’-22º24’ Virgo) are represented in the Sabian Symbols by the following images: “A lion tamer displays his skill and character” and “Mary and her little lamb”. Do we believe in love or in exerting our control over nature? Do we trust in our light protecting us or do we give power to duality creating separation? Do we focus on oneness or duality? A choice is presented to us. Do we believe in an exclusively 3D reality, or do we know in our hearts that we are multidimensional beings?


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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-):

  • From Saturday 1/2 at 8:23 AM till Sunday 1/3 at 11:36 AM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
  • On Tuesday 1/5 between 9:47 AM and 10:56 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
  • From Thursday 1/7 at 6:44 PM till Friday 1/8 at 7:07 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
  • On Sunday 1/10 between 9:39 AM and 12:23 PM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
  • From Monday 1/11 at 5:09 PM till Tuesday 1/12 at 3:53 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
  • On Thursday 1/14 between 8:31 AM and 6:48 PM: when the Moon enters Aries.
  • On Saturday 1/16 between 3:25 PM and 9:48 PM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
  • From Monday 1/18 at 10:50 PM till Tuesday 1/19 at 1:13 AM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
  • On Thursday 1/21 between 0:01 AM and 5:28 AM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
  • From Friday 1/22 at 10:21 PM till Saturday 1/23 at 11:21 AM: when the Moon enters Leo.
  • From Sunday 1/24 at 6:51 PM till Monday 1/25 at 7:46 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
  • From Wednesday 1/27 at 4:11 PM till Thursday 1/28 at 6:59 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
  • From Friday 1/29 at 8:34 PM till Saturday 1/30 at 7:50 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio


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 Libra until Sunday 1/3 at 11:35 AM + between Thursday 1/28 at 6:58 AM and Saturday 1/30 at 7:50 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 Sunday 1/3 at 11:36 AM and Tuesday 1/5 at 10:55 PM: 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 Tuesday 1/5 at 10:56 PM and Friday 1/8 at 7:06 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 Friday 1/8 at 7/07 AM and Sunday 1/10 at 12:22 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 1/10 at 12:23 PM and Tuesday 1/12 at 3:52 PM: 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 Tuesday 1/12 at 3:53 PM and Thursday 1/14 at 6:47 PM: 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 Thursday 1/14 at 6:48 PM and Saturday 1/16 at 9:47 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 Saturday 1/16 at 9:48 PM and Tuesday 1/19 at 1:12 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 Tuesday 1/19 at 1:13 AM and Thursday 1/21 at 5:27 AM: 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 Thursday 1/21 at 5:28 AM and Saturday 1/23 at 11:20 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 Saturday 1/23 at 11:21 AM and Monday 1/25 at 7:45 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 Monday 1/25 at 7:46 PM and Thursday 1/28 at 6:58 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….


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This month’s intentional meditation started on Friday 12/25 with the Full Moon in Cancer. On the New Moon in Capricorn on Saturday 1/9, 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 by exactly 5:30 PM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…


Our next intentional meditation cycle will begin with the Full Moon in Leo on Saturday 1/23 at exactly 5:46 PM. Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions to be charged by the rays of the Full Moon on a balcony, in a garden, or by a window. Once that moment has passed, put them away in a folder until the next New Moon in Aquarius on 2/8.

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Friday 1/1: Mercury enters Aquarius (6:21 PM till Monday 1/25)

These coming three weeks, our thinking is very progressive. We are interested in unusual topics and out of the ordinary people who walk to the sound of their own drummer. Our thoughts are geared towards humanitarian endeavors. Old and new friendships assume a more important role than ever. We are focused on the future and need greater than usual freedom of expression. Cherished concepts could be shattered in the face of reality emerging in strange, unexpected ways.


Sunday 1/3: Mars enters Scorpio (6:33 AM till March 7)

The coming three months favor Scorpio natives. We need to be passionately involved in our actions with our heart, mind and soul. A sense of urgency could make us move forward bypassing restrictions and limitations. Sexuality, as well as the right use of power could become greater than usual concerns.


Tuesday 1/5: Mercury Square Mars (4:00 AM), Mercury turns retrograde (5:06 AM), Venus Square Neptune (6:34 AM), Sun Conjunct Pluto (7:26 PM)

Regarding Mercury retrograde, kindly refer to the opening paragraph. A day to be careful not to speak our mind so spontaneously that we may later regret what we said. Others could be so direct that they are hurtful. Separations could occur due to words said without much forethought. A day to be aware of power struggles and manipulations. Others, or ourselves, could be so convinced of our good right, that we forge ahead without enough respect or sensitivity. We could fall in love with an illusion, only to find out down the road that the person of our infatuation was nothing like we thought. A day to remain as aware as possible.


Thursday 1/7: Sun Square Uranus (4:22 AM), Jupiter turns retrograde (8:40 PM)

Regarding Jupiter retrograde, kindly refer to the opening paragraph.


Friday 1/8: Mercury re-enters Capricorn (11:37 AM until Feb 13), Venus Conjunct Saturn (8:11 PM)

During the next five weeks, our thinking is much deeper, more serious, and more focused on what is truly important. We could feel more prone to silence and hard work, wish to solidify our knowledge, and study to further our ambitions. A time to have fewer friends but friends we respect and admire. Our emotions are also more realistic. We are wiser in the expression of our feelings and deeper in our romantic commitments.

Tuesday 1/12: Venus Trine Uranus (4:11 PM)

Our charisma expands today. We are freer and more open in the expression of our feelings. A friendship could turn into love and a love relationship seem more like a friendship. We could be magnetized by people very different than we are usually drawn to, people who open us to new ideas and social circles. A relationship begun today could feel very exciting and liberating although possibly short lived.


Wednesday 1/13: Sun Trine Jupiter (2:49 PM)

One of the best days of the year. Luck knocks on our door. Opportunities open. Our enthusiasm and optimism manifest many exciting new horizons. Great for starting a business. Wonderful for creating abundance. Excellent for lecturing, teaching, writing, traveling, higher education, attending a social event or putting together a charity to assist those less fortunate.


Thursday 1/14: Sun Conjunct Mercury (6:05 AM), Mercury Trine Jupiter (6:15 PM)

A wonderful day for communicating, making new friends and gathering with older acquaintances, as well as learning and sharing information. Excellent for writing e-mails, making phone calls and associating with others. Our exchanges are positive and expansive. We feel generously inclined towards others, open-minded and positive. Perfect for long distance travels, higher education, learning languages, exploring a foreign culture, spiritual growth and anything related to the law.


Sunday 1/17: Venus Square Jupiter (9:10 PM)

A day to beware of excesses in food, fun and expenses. In misplaced enthusiasm, we could tend to go overboard in all these. We could promise more than we can deliver. If a proposition seems too good to be true today, we should realize that it probably is. An item could be totally overpriced. We could squander time, energy and resources only to find ourselves completely depleted. A day to stay as grounded as possible in reality.


Monday 1/18: Mars Trine Neptune (3:02 AM)

Our actions feel inspired even though slightly confused and nebulous. We could be dreamier than usual, seek silence and solitude and be more aware of the consequences of our actions on others. Less grounded individuals could be floating in a world of their own creation without much relation with reality.


Wednesday 1/20: Sun enters Aquarius (7:28 AM till February 20), Mercury Square Uranus (10:28 AM)

During the next month, humanity’s evolution is of greater concern to us individually. We are intent on understanding our fellowmen and women, and on being responsible in the ways we deal with others, social issues and environmental challenges. Today, more specifically, we could get flashes of insights that are both freeing and disturbing. Our contacts with others could strange. We could attract eccentric people and be exposed to unusual ideas that break long held concepts.


Friday 1/22: Mercury Conjunct Pluto (2:04 AM)

A day where we naturally X-ray situations and people. Metaphysical and scientific topics are more attractive than usual. We seek to understand the laws of the universe and come very close to unraveling deep mysteries. Superficial encounters with others are not interesting. Research and secrets are particularly enticing. It may be crucial that we manage well an information that could have disastrous consequences if expressed in the wrong way to the wrong people, at the wrong time.


Saturday 1/23: Venus enters Capricorn (12:32 PM till February 18)

Three weeks of feeling more acutely our solitude, if we are single, or becoming very realistic with regard to another, if in a relationship. This transit knows no middle ground. It destroys shaky romantic foundations and cements true love. A new encounter at this time develops slowly, with wisdom and maturity.


Monday 1/25: Mercury turns direct (1:50 PM)

Communication resumes normally.


Friday 1/29: Mercury Conjunct Pluto (9:52 PM)

Kindly refer to Friday 1/22.


Saturday 1/30: Venus Sextile Neptune (8:45 AM)

An element of magic is present today. We could experience a deep soul connection with another that feels other-worldly. An existing love relationship becomes enchanted again. Artists are particularly inspired today.


Wishing you a magical month of January!


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)



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