January 1, 2018
Happy New Year Friends – Welcome to 2018!
What a new year it is, with a bright Full Super Moon to usher in the year! The astrology trends as the new year begins reflect powerful shifts which recently occurred and set into place new themes for 2018. Potent themes continue throughout January too, with the month ending on another Full Moon, this one with a Total Lunar Eclipse! Capricorn and Scorpio are majorly influenced as are Cancer and Leo. Read your Individual Sign Messages for more personal insight.
Astrology is the study of how times change, and why individuals continue to repeat similar patterns over the eons. This begins my 21st year of writing Heavenly Messages and my purpose has always been to help people learn more about the elegant discipline of astrology, to help decipher “As Above – So Below”. This has been my greatest pleasure and I love that you, who read it, are interested in this ever fascinating subject. So at the beginning of this new year I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. I always look forward to your questions and comments, as you learn more, so do I. It’s a love fest!
January 1st has not always been the first day of a new year. Different cultures throughout time have chosen their own markers. In our current era governed by very material based societies it seems fitting the first day of the year arrives on 1/1 when the Sun is always in is down-to-earth Capricorn the sign most closely connected to worldly structures.
Capricorn is a dignified, capable, ambitious sign which wants to wants to be taken seriously. Capricorn ruled by Saturn, Lord of the Material Plane, is the 3rd earth sign of rugged terrain and craggy mountains peaks and is a cardinal (initiating) sign. Capricorn is one of only 2 zodiac signs which has more than one symbol (the other is Scorpio). The more recognized symbol is the Mountain Goat representing nimble ability to set high goals and reach them. The other symbol is the Sea Goat, a mystical creature with goat’s head and front hooves but with a mer-tail to swim to depths few others reach. When Capricorn reaches their material peak they realize it is only a plateau, and many choose to dive into artistic and spiritual depths represented by the Sea Goat.
Earthy Capricorn appears reserved and dignified, but they have a very sensual side (remember the goat is their symbol!) as well as a sardonically humorous side. Mature Capricorns know how to play the game but are fully able see through the mirage and poke fun at it.
When born with Sun in Capricorn you are here to master the worldly realm, and you are also here to learn about setting appropriate boundaries to preserve your energy for the long haul. Capricorn is the original “Adult in the room”. The Capricorn archetype is “The Good Father”, the one who creates structures for others to flourish within. The easy way is not a Capricorn path and sometimes they feel like their life is too tough and demanding, but once Capricorn accepts their lot gracefully, their sea goat tail begins to form and they navigate life with ease and flow. That’s when the old adage, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” becomes more than just a phrase. Here are some quotes from people born with Sun in Capricorn which reflect the best nature of the sign:
I shall remold my consciousness. In this new year I am a new person. And I shall change my consciousness again and again until I have driven away all the darkness of ignorance and manifested the shining light of Spirit in whose image I am made. ~ Yogananda
What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s [old age] not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game. ~ Betty White
May you make the most of 2018 whatever age you are!
Heavenly Messages for January 2018
Your Handy Astro Facts: The first Full Moon (11° Cancer) is on 1/1 at 9:24p, the New Moon (29° Capricorn) is on 1/16 at 9:17p, and the second Full Moon (11° Leo) is on 1/31 at 8:27a with a Total Lunar Eclipse. Uranus turns direct on 1/2 at 24° Aries, Venus enters Aquarius on 1/17 (thru 2/10). The Sun enters Aquarius on 1/19 at 10:10p, Mars enters Sagittarius on 1/26 (thru 3/17) and Mercury enters Capricorn on 1/31. All times are ET. Read January’s Individual Sign Messages HERE
The astrology for the beginning of 2018 is one of the most powerful in decades. The two largest planets in the solar system Jupiter and Saturn recently entered new important and mutually compatible signs, and as the year dawns Mars joins Jupiter to activate a potent stream which creates a Niagara flow as they reach out to Neptune and Chiron. Venus lines up with the Sun and Pluto, Uranus is turning direct and to top it off New Year’s Day arrives on a Full Moon!
On January 1st the Moon is full in the sign of Cancer, the very sign the Moon rules – an important omen for the year. There were Full Moons on January 2nd in 1980 and 1999, but the last time the Moon was full exactly on New Year’s Day was in 1961! This Moon called the “Wolf Moon“ is also another Super Moon, the first of 2018 and the second is also in January. On 1/31 the Moon is Full again, this time in the sign of Leo occurring with a Total Lunar Eclipse! More on that below.
Moon represents emotions and on 1/1 the Cancer Moon – the most emotional placement for the Moon, is opposite first Saturn, then Venus, then the Sun (at the exact full point) followed by Pluto all stationed in the emotionally contained sign of Capricorn. At the same time the Moon in water sign Cancer forms Grand Water Trines to Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio along with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. So dynamic! In non-astrologese these cosmic connections on the first day of 2018 create a powerful flow of loving and healing energy along with a balanced and masterful approach to organize it for a productive result. Nice!
Last year on New Year’s Day communicator Mercury was retrograde setting the tone for 2017 as a year of garbled messaging and miscommunication. This year on 1/1 Mercury moves direct in the positive sign of Sagittarius, announcing an uplifting message for the coming year. On 1/2 Cell Tower Uranus, the higher octave of Mercury, moves forward in fire sign Aries so after 5 long months of retrograding, his antennae begins to receive without static interference. On 1/6-7 Mercury sends a dispatch to Uranus’ newly wired grid which re-activates the Galactic Center energies so prevalent last year. On 1/8-9 Mercury traverses the exact degree of the GC to remind us all to maintain the highest vibration possible as we embrace the idea of becoming galactic humans!
One of the most important planetary connections occurs from 1/1 – 1/11 when muscular Mars connects with mighty Jupiter in the potent sign of Scorpio. The last time these 2 planets came together in Scorpio was 35 years ago in August, 1982. Mars activates, Jupiter expands and Scorpio is the most powerful sign in the zodiac! This conjunction at the beginning of the year is a harbinger of what is to come, which is more relentless exposure of the clandestine, covert undercurrents which powerful controllers at all levels of society from government to corporations to media don’t want us ‘average folk’ to discover. At the same time, it also indicates how this same powerful ilk hope to concentrate their forces to protect their ability to dominate and control.
Luckily for those of us who are under the boot of these “powers that be”, this same Mars/Jupiter connection harmonizes favorably with both spiritual satellite dish Neptune and centaur Chiron creating a well-spring of loving and healing energy. So the power mongers may wish to keep control, but the tide is against them! The Full Cancer Moon on New Year’s Day also has something to say about this since she adds to this loving equation.
Another important astrological indicator comes from the second largest plant, Saturn who just entered Capricorn on 12/19/17. Capricorn is the sign Saturn rules and he will be comfortably situated here throughout 2018. Saturn is Lord of Time and Master of the Material Plane and in Capricorn reminds us all we have a limited amount of time here on planet Earth. Saturn in Capricorn says, “It’s time to get busy and move ahead with the work of creating a better structure for your own life, as well as the world’s.”
The last time Saturn entered Capricorn was in 1988 when he was at odds with mighty Jupiter in Aries like a clash of the titans. This year these 2 largest planets embrace as Saturn in earth sign Capricorn and Jupiter in water sign Scorpio understand each other and work favorably together. This bodes well for similar cooperation down here below. Let us hope politicians begin to tap this energy wave and let go of the unproductive (ridiculous!) polarization of the last decade plus. Wouldn’t that be a nice change?!
On 1/17 Venus leaves earth bound Capricorn to enter high flying air sign Aquarius where she’ll travel until 2/10. Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, so her movements influence yours. And Venus’ magnetism and helpful ways affect us all. See your personal sign messages for more insight. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, so Venus’ desire for change and advocacy for the common person comes out when she visits Aquarius. In early February Venus in Aquarius has a major clash with Jupiter in Scorpio so intimations of this discord may soon be evident. I’ll flesh this out in February’s issue, but for now let’s just say since Venus = women, expect women to continue to speak out against men who have been abusing their power.
On 1/26 Mars rises up from steamy Scorpio to enter enthusiastic fire sign Sagittarius for the first time since August 2016. Mars loves the energetic quality of Sagittarius and is very happy galloping through the sign of the Centaur. Sagittarius is the truth speaker and Mars’ transit here brings up more truths which Mars in Scorpio helped reveal. Mars remains in Sag until 3/17 which helps everyone tap into more vibrant energy patterns.
Mars is the ruler of Aries, so you rams benefit and Saggies will feel Mars’ positive push for sure! For all of us it is a great time to get motivated and rev up your engine at work, play and especially in shaping up physically. Muscular Mars in Sag loves to pump iron! Make a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym and Mars will help you keep it. Mars also rules sports and athletes and Mars in Sagittarius loves sporting events! The 2018 Winter Olympics is in South Korea and runs from 2/9 thru 2/25 with Mars in Sagittarius during the entire time. Should be one to watch!
On the last day of January another Full Blue Moon occurs, this one is in Leo and has a Total Lunar Eclipse too! Note – because this Full Moon is on 1/31 there is no Full Moon in February this year. This second Full Moon is at 11° Leo with the full eclipse occurring at 12:52 UT, at 7:52a ET and 4:52a PT. The eclipse will be visible in most of western North America, Asia, Australia, eastern Europe, eastern Africa the middle East and the Pacific Ocean. See TimeandDate for more detailed information.
Throughout time all cultures have paid attention to eclipses and astrologers made note that eclipses create a different blend of energy from the norm. Solar eclipses became associated with conscious, outward worldly events, while Lunar eclipses indicated inward, unconscious, more emotional states. Many astrologers believe that prenatal eclipses, i.e eclipses which occur while you are forming in your mother’s womb, have life-long effects. Refer to the excellent book Spiritual Astrology by Spiller and McCoy for more on that.
During eclipse periods, particularly total ones, people feel spacy and often too distracted to maintain normal routines. Time gets strangely odd and it’s difficult to focus and maintain a grounded state. Dreams seem more demanding of attention and prophetic too, and even in waking states you feel dreamy and disconnected. This seems especially notable with a more inward and emotional total lunar eclipse.
Have you been feelings these affects too, and wondered why you’ve been more spaced out and fuzzier than usual? I’ve heard lots of people say they felt this way but couldn’t figure out why. Good to know it’s not early dementia – it’s the eclipse! If we lived in a era when people recognized and honored the affects of these important natural phenomena we’d all be taking a holiday to dance, sing, drum and party. Since this eclipse is in Leo the most creative of all signs it’s good idea to do that!
This Total Lunar Eclipse echoes the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 which was also in Leo. A Full Leo Moon is the time to honor creative process, celebrate abundance and relish the good things in life. A time to appreciate the bounty you’ve accumulated. An eclipse creates a different vibration and a total lunar eclipse emphasizes the shadow side of the sign the Moon is in. The shadow side of Leo is greed, selfishness, arrogance and need to control. We tend to project these qualities on the ‘greedy pigs’ of the world, but if you’re honest you have to admit some of these qualities exist within you as well. A total lunar eclipse in Leo gives you an opportunity to reflect on this, and bring it to your conscious awareness where you can transform the shadow into the bright light of Leo which positively reflects the most generous, giving heart of all signs!
May you discover your own generous and giving heart in 2018! Here is another quote from Yogananda, who not only had his Sun in Capricorn, but also his Moon in Leo, There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. ~ Yogananda
IMAGE NOTE: This breathtaking photo was taken by my good friend Mary Pat Lawlor on a recent trip to the Northern Cascades mountains in Washington State. I asked her if I could use it for this January issue because of the winter beauty and also the association with Capricorn as the earth sign of craggy mountains. Here’s what Mary Pat says about it:” It was taken in the Methow Valley and is facing west towards Washington Pass in the North Cascades. It is a spectacular area, cannot say enough positive things about it. Also the community there is equally amazing.”