Our shared planetary picture
The year starts on a positive note with Mars (planet of drive and assertiveness) and Jupiter (planet of growth, expansion and opportunity) conjunct in Scorpio. As well as stimulating personal passions, this also adds to our collective determination to get to the bottom of previously hidden information and murky secrets. Symbolically this is a healthy start to a new year and it also provides us with the stamina and resilience to face whatever is unearthed in our pursuit of the truth.
Uranus which has been retrograde since early August goes direct on 2nd. This marks the end of a five-month review into how far we have been compromising ourselves (in different areas of life for all signs).
A mass gathering of planets in Capricorn keep us focused this month. Power dynamics could break out too around 7th – 9th when the Sun, Venus and Pluto join forces in a compelling (and possibly compulsive) way. Observe your reactions and behavior and that of others, as unconscious patterns can come to light.
You may not care for what surfaces but self-awareness (and a deeper understanding of how you relate to those you are in relationship with) is more than half the battle and all information towards this should be welcomed. New Moon here on 17th also provides a timely opportunity to put resolutions in place for an emotionally healthier path forward in the areas of life highlighted for your sign of the zodiac.
There are two Full Moons this month. The first is in Cancer on 2nd (02.25 GMT) and the second is in Leo on 31st (13.31 GMT). This second Full Moon falls under one of the definitions of ‘a blue moon’ and we should take this rare-ish event to express ourselves fully – creatively!
So what will this mean for us all?
Read the horoscope for your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign if you know it.
Aries: Your ruling planet Mars is running on all four cylinders (or possibly five) for the first week of 2018 when it joins Jupiter in your 8th House of transformation and joint funds. Passionate agendas and intimacy urges could forge ahead and joint funds or ‘the money of others’ adds an allure of promise. You may be open to risk-taking more than usual too. Power dynamics dominate from 7th – 9th. Stay ethical, even if others do not.
Your father, career and social status zone has Venus smoothing your way forward until 18th and the Sun illuminating your ambitions until 20th. Mercury helps with communications in hierarchies from 11th – 30th helping you to find the right words to sway those above and those below you to follow your ideas and accept your lead. Saturn is freshly in this area of your chart too for the next two years and this is the first full month when you can start to make your plans. It may take two years to materialize them. There is no mystery here. The secret to success is hard work.
New Moon on 17th marks the beginning of your Professional New Year. Make your resolutions then for your professional year ahead. Two Full Moons this month raise emotions: on 2nd around mother and home and on 31st around romance, children and creativity.
This month also brings a change of direction for Uranus which goes direct in your sign on 2nd after five months in retrograde and you can once again go for that pure and uncompromised version of yourself that has been hatching over the past seven years. And only the totally uncompromised version will do.
Taurus: Relationships and partnerships are on a rolling wave during the first week of the month as determined, passionate Mars joins upbeat, boisterous Jupiter in your opposite sign… Communications could get emotional on 1st during the build-up to Full Moon. (The actual Full Moon is on 2nd at 02.25 GMT). Uranus goes direct on 2nd too getting inner obstacles (that have been holding you up since early August) out of your way.
Your travel, studies, philosophy publishing and legal zone are very active this month with a compelling attraction or power play around 7th – 9th… Uranus provides surprises too around 12th – 13th. Your ruling planet Venus is helping things along here in general until 18th and New Moon on 17th marks a fresh start in these areas of your life.
From 18th Venus changes its focus to sweetening up authority figures who will smile upon your ambitions. And your ambitions look rosy. Ask for favours if you need some.
The build-up to the second Full Moon of the month is on 25th – 26th and the focus of your emotions will be mother and home. Mars changes signs on 26th too and you will end the month pushing ahead with joint finances and possibly a passionate agenda…
Gemini: Mars and Jupiter burst out in a determined manner during the first week of the year in your 6th House of work, health, daily routine and service to others. Freedom and operating on a wider scale will feel important. Perhaps a daring, new hobby or exciting work would fit the bill or a new pet or including a spiritual practice into your daily routine?
Your ruling planet Mercury is rushing around all month, trying to express itself in relationships and partnerships until 11th. Uranus goes direct on 2nd, completing a five-month review on how you have been compromising with friends, groups, community or humanitarian ideals. Around 6th Mercury tunes into this new outlook and your ideas or words may surprise you.
From 11th Mercury moves towards the main gathering of planets this month in your 8th House of transformation – which covers birth, sex, death, joint funds (taxes, debts and inheritances) and sharing, including yourself on an intimate level. Tensions may build or even erupt around 7th – 9th when compelling attractions burst out or power plays get acted out. Try to be as self-aware as possible. New Moon on 17th falls in this area of your solar chart too. Make resolutions to help transformation along in the month and year ahead.
From 26th Mars leaps into your relationships and partnerships zone and you will have energy to pursue your goals. And you will not take ‘no’ as an answer…
Cancer: A big, boisterous surge of energy is pushing its way through your romance, children and creativity zone from 1st – 7th and playing safe may not look like an attractive option… Uranus goes direct on 2nd too in your father, career and social status zone, ending a five-month review of where compromise has been going wrong. Whether this has been too much compromise or not enough, only you can know. Full Moon in Cancer is early on the same day (so the build-up is on 1st) and emotions will be kicking off in the upsurge too – should be interesting…
Relationships and partnerships continue to hold centre stage this month, especially around 7th – 9th when the Sun, Venus and Pluto bring up irresistible fascinations or power dynamics raise their head (or even both). Resist emotional melt-downs and observe the role you take in power dynamics in your relationships. Is it a fair one? Or perhaps partners are taking too much for themselves. Voicing your observations is a healthy use of power and Uranus may bring flashes of information or add an electrical quality to your words.
The second Full Moon of the month falls in your finance, security and values zone is on 31st. On the same day Mercury joins the Sun and Venus which have been illuminating and smoothing your path in joint finances, intimacy and sharing. Reconciling personal income with joint funds (including taxes, debts and inheritances) or a partner’s financial situation is one of the equations for the end of the month. You may even benefit from ‘the money of others’ from 18th onwards.
You will be thinking about your work, health, daily routine and service to others until 11th. But thoughts may not be put into action until Mars leaps in from 26th. With so many emotions swimming around this month, keeping a balanced mind is key. And exercise gives a fresh perspective to everything. Now how to stretch those legs and think clearly?
Leo: Your 4th House of mother and home starts the year with a big burst of energy as determined Mars and freedom-loving Jupiter join forces. This is from 1st – 7th and could be about the pursuit of a bigger home or one in a different country or a home built around a philosophy that makes your emotional base bigger in some way or mother figures seeking more freedom.
But the biggest congregation of planets this month is in your 6th House of work, health, daily routine and service to others. Pluto and Saturn two planetary heavy-weights are now resident in this area of your solar chart and your thoughts around one or more of these areas of life will be serious around 12th – 13th.
From 7th – 9th the Sun, Venus and Pluto make for some intense dynamics also in your work and health zone. And New Moon falls in this part of your solar chart on 17th which is a perfect time to make resolutions for a healthier year ahead – adding or removing daily habits – to enhance your well-being in the coming month and year ahead.
From 18th Venus sweetens up your relationships and partnerships zone and your ruling planet the Sun adds warmth and light from 20th. Now what might that mean? Mars ups the energy in your romance, children and creativity from 26th too. And Full Moon in Leo on 31st sees you ending the month with wonderful flair. You know we all depend on you for that!
Virgo: Ideas and words will be bursting out of you from 1st – 7th as Mars and Jupiter give you daring, courage and the mental energy to think and talk big. Uranus goes direct too on 2nd ending a five-month review on how far you have been compromising re joint funds, taxes, debts and inheritances, sharing and intimacy. Your ruling planet Mercury tunes into this too around 6th and flashes of insight might give you further impetus to put your money where your mouth is.
The main focus this month though is your 5th House of romance, children and creativity. A deep and slow process is taking place here which may become very apparent around 7th – 9th (or at least your internal dynamics that feed into it). Observe patterns that show up at this time, especially the power balance in how you relate in these areas of life. New Moon falls here on 17th. Make resolutions for a fulfilling month and year ahead.
Your ruling planet Mercury is busy thinking about mother, home, self-nurture and personal development until 11th. Later in the month on 26th Mars jumps into your 4th House to take up these ideas and push them forward. DIY or self-improvement projects will appeal and you will have the energy and determination to get things moving.
From 18th Venus will be in your 6th House of work, health, daily routine and service to others. Relationships with colleagues and daily companions should go well and your daily rituals are pleasurable. The Sun helps to warm up your well-being too from 20th. Meanwhile, have you considered the health-enhancing benefits of having a pet?
Libra: Mars and Jupiter start the month pushing for grand action on the finance front from 1st – 7th and risk-taking may look more appealing than usual. Uranus goes direct in your partnerships zone on 2nd. It has been retrograde since early August, urging you to review to what extent you or partners have been compromising. Uranus is heading in a straight line forwards now until early May to finish off any adjustments that still have to be made.
Your ruling planet Venus is smoothing the way and looking for harmony around mother and home and you will be looking at ways of sharing the pleasures of your home by beautifying it or entertaining others there. Power dynamics may get in the way of harmony around 7th – 9th though. Be aware of your own role in these and try not to repeat self-defeating patterns. Uranus provides surprises too around 12th – 13th.
New Moon on 17th marks the start of your Domestic New Year. Make resolutions towards a happy home in the month and year ahead! Partners may challenge your thinking about this around 27th – 28th. Appreciate different points of view without being cowed.
On 18th Venus glides into your 5th House of romance, children and creativity, followed by the Sun on 20th. Make time to enjoy these pleasures!
Scorpio: Mars and Jupiter join forces in Scorpio during the first week of 2018 which is a massive, energetic and optimistic wave. Push forward with expansive projects. Massive action is possible and your world can become a bigger, more trusting place! Uranus goes direct on 2nd too which means more forward movement in your work, health, daily routine and service to others.
Your 3rd House of communications, trading, neighbours and siblings is also highlighted this month, especially around 7th – 9th when your ruling planet Pluto conjuncts the Sun and Venus. Compelling attractions could occur or some other form of power dynamics. You need to be alert and observe any power patterns of relating which show up around this time. They may be your habitual patterns. Take this opportunity to make them conscious rather than be run by them. Observe your thoughts and watch your words on 24th too.
Venus glides into your 4th House of mother and home from 18th. This creates an urge to beautify your home and perhaps invite others to also enjoy it by entertaining. The Sun follows on 20th and you will want space to express yourself creatively at home too.
You will be active on the money-making front from 26th when Mars leaps into action in your finance, security and values zone. Full Moon falls in your 10th House of father, career and social status on the same day which raises ‘grand’ emotions. Watch these!
Sagittarius: Many things are going on behind the scenes during the first week of the month as your ruling planet Jupiter joins Mars. This may result in unexpected behavior which will probably be as unexpected to you as everyone else. Uranus goes direct on 2nd too in your romance, children and creativity zone, completing a five-month review of whether you have been compromising too much or not enough in these areas. With the answer to this hopefully now clear, you can proceed with a new approach.
The main focus of the month though is your 2nd House of money, possessions, security, self-esteem and values. Two heavy-weight planets are pressing you to look deeply into your values and any compulsiveness that may be operating in your financial life or need for security. These may become very clear around 7th – 9th when you should be alert to your patterns of behavior in these respects. New Moon on 17th falls here too which is the perfect time to make a new budget or resolutions that better reflect your present values.
Venus may be of some superficial help to your finances until 18th. Its focus then moves into communications, helping you towards agreeability and thereby easing relations with neighbours, siblings and anyone you trade with.
Mercury lends you mental energy until 11th, then it too becomes preoccupied with your finances… This may look serious around 12th – 13th and bewildering around 27th – 28th. On 26th Mars leaps into your sign, adding extra energy and determination. Call on Venus to make your communications more tactful, so you can smoothly achieve your goals.
Capricorn: Venus in your sign until 18th continues to make you irresistible to others which is quite handy as you have many agendas on the boil… The Sun ball remains in your court this month until 20th radiating warmth, optimism and freer self-expression. New Moon on 17th also marks the beginning of your Personal New Year. Make resolutions towards what you hope to find in your emotional life in the month and year ahead.
Your ruling planet Saturn is freshly in your own sign, adding ballast and authority to your actions. An unpredictable meeting of the Sun, Venus and Pluto also in Capricorn around 7th – 9th also brings up power dynamics. Stay ethical if you want to keep your head above water!
Mars and Jupiter are expanding your circle of friends or community during the first week of the year. Your optimism about these or organisations or humanitarian ideals will be super-persuasive and you can take action on a big scale which you should aim at helping others too.
Finances start to look up from 18th when Venus softens your financial view. The Sun adds energy and optimism here too from 20th. The second Full Moon of the month may raise emotions around how joint funds or others impact your finances. Be philosophical if you can.
Aquarius: Your ambitions and dealings with authority figures start the year in a big burst of energy. Mars and Jupiter are pushing for expansion from 1st – 7th and freedom or a wider world, look appealing – even enough to take risks… Your ruling planet Uranus goes direct on the 2nd too after five months in reverse. This has been an opportunity to review to what extent you have been compromising on the father, career and social status front. With your review now complete, it is time to apply your discoveries. Your thinking or words will reflect this on 6th too.
A bundle of planets are at the same time making their way behind the scenes through your inner workings. This will be particularly apparent around 7th – 9th when you should be sure not to repeat self-defeating patterns… Notice what you notice at this time. Important realisations may come to light.
The month before our birthday we are often at low ebb as the Sun has been away from us for the longest time. The good news is the Sun is bringing fresh energy and a sense of renewal to you when it moves into Aquarius from 20th.
Your birthday whether this month or next is your personal new year and a more meaningful time to make resolutions for the year ahead than January 1st. It is also the perfect time to explore your planets for the year ahead with a good astrologer. On 18th Venus glides into your sign too, making you charmer of the zodiac for the rest of the month and into Feb. Now that could come in handy…
Pisces: Your restlessness will be strong at the beginning of the month when Mars and Jupiter press you to explore and make your world wider, either through travel, deep study, the internet or cultural and philosophical expansion. You may also be feeling litigious or want to press forward with a publishing project.
On 2nd Uranus goes direct in your finance zone after five months in reverse. This has provided a review around your finances and position on security and self-esteem (which should not be confused with earned income) and to what degree you have compromised in how you generate an income. You will be thinking about career options too or ambitions of some kind until 11th and when Mars jumps in to push things forward from 26th, it will be all engines go!
The main focus this month though is your 11th House of friends, groups, community and humanitarian ideals. Two deep processes are slowly unfolding here and you may get a burst of insight into them around 7th – 9th when compulsive patterns or power plays could emerge. Amidst your reactions, try to observe how you and others behave and keep hold of this for further reflection. New Moon on 17th falls in these areas of life. And this is a good time to make resolutions around friendships and groups you might want to join or form in the year ahead.
From 18th Venus glides into your 12th House of your inner and spiritual world, compassion to others and creativity behind the scenes. The Sun joins in too from 20th and any or all of these arenas can be a source of harmony and pleasure. Breathe deep!
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