Astrological update for the week of January 2-9, 2023

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Well folks, we made it to 2023: the year everything will change (see this post for more details if you missed it), and the portal to the door of change will begin at the Aquarius New Moon later in the month. Read on to know more!

Mercury is still retrograde and will not turn direct until later this month. In fact, the conjunction of the Sun to Mercury later this weeks marks the midpoint of that cycle. Mercury represents the mind and the processing of information, and it is in Capricorn right now where all of the details are important. When Mercury appears to be retrograde it is closer to Earth than at other times, and all matters of communication and equipment become more important and require more attention to operate smoothly. Most of you know by now not to let that plant a seed of fear – we can still live our lives with a minimum of worry, but our attention will likely keep us drawn back into something from the past that needs to be re-adjusted or re-paired.

Full Moon in Cancer on January 6th For now will open the portal of emotions and feeling to guide us into the high mental vibration of Aquarius. There is a sense here of emotions conflicting with the mind; Mercury conjoins the Sun (the halfway point of the Mercury Retrograde cycle), favoring the thoughts and ideas of the solar consciousness, and opposes the Moon in an attempt to block and diminish the lunar light of interior wisdom.

This is a Full Moon which is rich in symbolism and psychic drama, especially since Chiron is in a square to Sun/Mercury AND the Moon, peeling back the layers of protection which we have carefully accumulated over the years. For a few days before the lunation and a few days after, watch for intensified emotions that offer a clue to healing old hurts and wounds.

And now, here are the details of the week ahead. (Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, here is a time zone converter to adjust for your locality.)

Monday January 2. The week begins with the Moon in Taurus, but it will move into Gemini later Monday evening. Monday is packed with multiple planetary interactions.  We may find ourselves feeling hyper-emotional and perhaps experiencing emotions that have long been dormant (this could also have affected Sunday as well). A harmonious aspect of creativity and positive conversation is waning, so any anxious feelings are likely to dominate the emotional airwaves even though harmonious lunar aspects try to soothe ruffled feathers.

These challenges will likely subside later in the evening when Venus and the Moon both move into air signs. Venus entering Aquarius will offer perspective and a rational viewpoint into relationship issues, and the Moon in adaptable Gemini will help release any stuck emotions. (Mercury sextile Neptune 1:44 am, Moon square Saturn 7:14 am, trine Mercury 7:30 am, sextile Neptune 7:52 am, Sun square Chiron 11:01 am, Moon trine Pluto 5:16 pm, Venus enters Aquarius 9:09 pm, Moon enters Gemini 9:44 pm, Moon trine Venus 9:48 pm.)

Tuesday January 3. Lunar aspects today are mild and help to promote good vibes and positive energies, especially with a Venus/Jupiter aspect beginning to build today which will culminate on Wednesday.

Watch for potential conflict for a few hours in the afternoon; or better yet, go for a run or get some good exercise to help burn off any excess Mars energy. (Moon sextile Jupiter 12:36 am, Moon trine Ceres 4:54 am, Moon conjunct Mars 2:47 pm, Moon sextile Chiron 9:22 pm.)

Wednesday January 4. Today’s Venus/Jupiter aspect bodes well for economic good fortune as well as some positive self-indulgence with nothing to stand in our way. (Venus sextile Jupiter 4:07 am, Moon trine Saturn 6:53 pm, Moon square Neptune 7:07 pm.)

Thursday January 5. The Moon enters Cancer in the morning, paving the way for Friday’s Cancer Full Moon. Expect to feel more things, perhaps a desire to cook or go down a rabbit hole on Ancestry. A lovely solar aspect to Uranus opens the mind and encourages us to be open to new possibilities and ways of looking at the world.

The Cancer Moon tends to be other-focused and to neglect the self, but Venus and Ceres team up in harmony to encourage some self-care along with Cancer’s famous nurturing. (Moon enters Cancer 9:14 am, Sun trine Uranus 11:43 am, Moon square Jupiter 12:50 pm, Moon square Ceres 5:33 pm.)

Friday January 6. Full Moon today! Refer to the information above for the details.

(Venus trine Ceres 6:30 am, Moon square Chiron 9:24 am, Moon sextile Uranus 3:29 pm, Full Moon 6:07 pm, Moon opposite Mercury 8:35 pm.)

Saturday January 7. The Full Moon energies are still strong on Saturday, and creativity abounds in the morning. The exact conjunction of the Sun to Mercury which began under the Full Moon still suggests the need to find balance between the realm of feelings (Cancer Moon) and the world of reason (Sun and Mercury).

This will feel more of a challenge in the late afternoon when the Moon triggers a reaction from Pluto, but after the Moon enters Leo later in the evening it will become easier to release resentment. (Moon trine Neptune 7:29 am, Sun conjunct Mercury 7:56 am, Moon opposite Pluto 5:22 pm, Moon enters Leo 9:40 pm.)

Sunday January 8. An abundance of lunar dynamics, mostly positive, help to energize Sunday and make it a great day to find something enjoyable to do. That should be fairly easy since Mercury and Uranus come together to stimulate the mind and generate new pathways of excitement. An altogether good end to the week! (Moon trine Jupiter 1:59 am, sextile Ceres 6:58 am, opposite Venus 11:52 am, sextile Mars 2:19 pm, Mercury trine Uranus 6:23 pm, Moon trine Chiron 10:03 pm.)

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