January 2018 Highlights:
We have an auspicious start to 2018 as we experience two Super Moons (brighter than the average Full Moon since the Moon is closer to Earth) as this is a Blue Moon month. The Full Moon in Cancer on January 1st forms a Grand Water Trine with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio. We'll focus on ways to nurture ourselves and raise our emotional awareness. The Full Moon in Leo on the 31st is a total Lunar Eclipse creating an exciting dynamic of rapid movement and increased energy. With this Blue Moon cycle, we can start and complete projects during this first month of the year. With Full Moons in Cancer and Leo this month, the focus will be on home and family as well as your personal life and creative endeavors. Rather than resolutions it may help to write down goals for different areas of your life, stating what you wish to accomplish during 2018. Uranus stations direct in Aries on the 2nd, the planet of sudden change has been retrograde for the past 5 months since August 2/3. We'll feel empowered to move ahead with the adjustments we want to make in our lives now. Our spiritual awareness is ignited in a positive way as the Sun sextiles Neptune on the 2nd and Venus trines Neptune on the 3rd. We feel compelled to act upon our ideas as Mercury in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries and Mars in Scorpio kisses Jupiter on the 6th. Pleasant energies empower us on the 8th as expansive Jupiter sextiles the Sun and Venus in Capricorn and Mars sextiles Pluto. Venus and the Sun conjunct Pluto, making relationships challenging. Passion ignites as Venus sextiles Mars on the 9th and the Sun sextiles Mars on the 10th. We pass the shadow point of last month's Mercury retrograde as the planet of communication enters practical Capricorn on the 11th. Think before speaking as Mercury conjoins Saturn and Venus squares Uranus on the 13th. Pay attention to what you are doing on the 14th as the Sun squares Uranus. Mighty Jupiter sextiles Pluto creating a pleasant and most powerful aspect on the 15th. Take charge with this aspect, be a leader, you can be amazed at what you can accomplish. Six planets align in practical Capricorn with our first New Moon of 2018 on the 16/17th. This lunation challenges us to take charge of our lives and commit to acting with the Sun, Moon, Venus, Pluto, Mercury and Saturn all in this Cardinal Earth sign. This New Moon squares Uranus, triggering us to act in powerful ways as we surrender our need to micromanage and learn to go with the flow. This is a time to reprogram your thoughts and initiate positive change. Loving Venus enters aloof Aquarius later on the 17th. We are infused with fresh ideas when Mercury sextiles Neptune as the Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th. Conversations could become explosive as Mercury conjoins Pluto on the 24th. We regain our composure as Mercury sextiles Jupiter on the 25th. Vigorous Mars enters freedom loving Sagittarius on the 26th. Tempers can flare as Mercury squares Uranus on the 28th. We feel the first major shifts of energy this year with a Leo Lunar Eclipse on the 31st, this links back to the August 7, 2017 eclipse bringing a powerful opportunity to heal our hearts and align with what we really want to do. Rather than being in competition with others, focus on what you want to create for yourself now. Communication becomes more cerebral as Mercury enters Aquarius for the next three weeks.