Star Struck Chronicles

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"

It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it - Maurice Switzer

 Can you see someone who would be considered a true gossip in astrology? Absolutely.

Mercury rules our communication, so this is the first thing to look at.  Jupiter expands whatever it touches, so Jupiter is typically part of the equation, especially in a square or opposition with Jupiter. And if Mercury is retrograde this could add to the tendency as well as retrograde planets can misbehave.

Add Neptune to the mix and the stories could get more distorted and bizarre each time they are told. Add Pluto and they could get more intense with a touch of revenge added.

The signs the planets are in make a difference as well.  For example planets in Cancer could make the gossip more emotional. Sagittarius could make the stories bigger and wilder.

Of course we are all born with a brain and get to choose when we open our mouths. This is where free will enters the picture. And some people were raised to believe gossip is wrong. Conditioning factors can enter the quasion as well. So these people don't have to gossip even if they have this tendency. But, the conditioning not to gossip would show in the chart as well.

 All human idiosyncrasies show up in the natal chart.

Mars is building in its square to Neptune all week, and becomes exact in the early morning of February 17, making this transit part of the eclipse energies.

Mars square Neptune can be tiring and discouraging. Neptune rules things that are secret and hidden, and as Mars makes contact, things can be revealed that were previously unknown.

We may become aware of inner tensions at this time that can become overwhelming if we allow ourselves to become overly susceptible to this energy.

 Neptune is escapist, dreamy, spiritual and creative, and Mars is action oriented. There is a clash between these two energies as Neptune is ego-less and Mars can often rule the ego.

This aspect is susceptible to drugs and alcohol and those tendencies may manifest themselves if they are present in an individual. Drug or food allergies can manifest, and it is sensitive to chemicals of all types.

This transit is prone to uncovering secrets, scandals, and Neptune is the planet of illusion, confusion, delusion and lack of clarity. This includes self delusion as well as being deluded by other people, of just lack of clarity regarding the issues.

This is not the week to take everyone at their word or face value, sign contracts or be involved in serious money transactions. Even at its best, there can be confusion over communication. What is left unsaid can often become the source of the problem.

This transit can lend itself to spirituality and creativity, and this may be the best focus during this transit.

It is important not to allow our minds to be consumed with thoughts that are not grounded in reality.

It is important to keep ourselves grounded in reality at this time, and protect your own mind and thoughts.

Otherwise, in the world, expect scandals to play out, water related weather conditions to be prominent, lies to be uncovered and Mars-Neptune relates to chemicals and chemical weapons.

The solar eclipse falls at 27 degrees of Aquarius, the sign ruling the 11th house of the collective. This eclipse is the in the opposite sign of the Great American eclipse that occurred in August 2017, and themes that began at that time, may re-occur in your life now.

Aquarius is surprising, brings unexpected events and can be about detachment, as it is ruled by Uranus (and Saturn). Under an Aquarius moon people may act in unexpected ways, and some may even wish to disconnect for a while, as this is the nature of Uranus=freedom is the theme. The wise individual will give their partner all the space they need, knowing this.

As the Moon leaves Aquarius it enters Pisces Thursday night, joining the Moon and Venus. By Saturday, February 17, Mercury enters Pisces and on February 18, the Sun enters Pisces. This makes four planets, and asteroid Chiron all in the sign ruling the 12th house, (Pisces) and we are in the Pisces season!

This is a huge planetary-energy shift. First of all, Pisces marks the end of winter, just before spring (Aries). Pisces is ruled by Jupiter and Neptune and things/situations may seem less clear than while in other signs.

Pisces and Neptune rule creativity, spirituality, psychics, dreams, visions and religion to name a few. The sign of Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions, and the other side of Neptune/Pisces is delusion, illusion, lies and unclarity, drugs and the seamy side of life.

It's always interesting that while the planets are in Pisces we always hear something about the Pope or the Vatican. I noticed the other day, a new series about to start airing called Rome.

The Aquarius eclipse peaks at 4:05 EST, today, February 15. Happy eclipsing!

The next eclipse is a solar eclipse that falls at 27 degrees of Aquarius on February 15. The peak of this eclipse is at 4:05 PM, EST. The eclipse will not be visible in the US.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life, OR if some other transit is exact in your chart at the same time.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

This eclipse is in Aquarius which rules the 11th house of the collective, friends, groups, as well as hopes and wishes. The collective will come into play and events can occur that pertain to us as a whole, or within your personal collective group or organization.

An eclipse like this one last occurred in February of 1999. If you are old enough to remember what happened then, you may have some idea of what this eclipse may bring you on a personal level.

An Aquarius eclipse is time to reach out and try something new. Aquarius is about trying new and different situations which can attain different results: You may break away from the old in some way.

The planetary rulers of Aquarius are Saturn and Uranus. Uranus is known to bring the unexpected.

Mercury will sextile Uranus, and this transit is mentally stimulating and positive allowing us to think outside the box. It could be a day of innovative thinking to find new and adventurous ways of doing things.

Venus sextiles Saturn, becoming part of the eclipse energy as well and this is positive for re-connecting with others, friendship, money and even love, although it could take on a pragmatic tone-that doesn't mean negative!

But, Mars is square Neptune, and this becomes exact February 16, the next day, which means we will be under the affects of this transit as well.

Mars square Neptune is tiring, discouraging, and Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, lack of clarity and even lies.

While things may seem exciting on one hand and opportunities may seem to be present, make sure everything is as it seems before committing on any level, and jump to no conclusions.

Mars-Neptune transits have a way of revealing information you were not previously aware of, so just make sure all is what it appears to be. Letting some time pass if there is something you are unsure of is not a bad idea.

Mars-Neptune also rules water related weather conditions, flooding and mold. As Mars rules guns and young men, this represents the shooting February 14, that left 17 children dead at a Florida school. Neptune rules drugs and mental illness.

Be especially wary of people making promises, and if it seems too good to be true...(it probably is).

The best and highest use of this energy is creativity, spiritual pursuits of all types, and compassion may be given or received at this time.

While eclipses reveal all sorts of things, some things are within our control and some aren't. My advice is always to go with the most positive energy.

As always this transit will play out in the world and in the collective.

Mars-Neptune transits can be connected with chemical weapons, disease, water related weather conditions, lies and deception and scandals, as well as same sex relationships.

Aquarius is often connected with coups and unexpected change in governments.

In the US, this eclipse falls on the Moon in the US natal chart-the common people, or all of us. You can rest assured will see upheaval in the political world-the new normal in the United States.

The unpredictable Moon in Aquarius is zooming toward its lunar peak which will become a solar eclipse in Aquarius, February 15.

The Moon in Aquarius is typically associated with the 11th house: the collective, friends and groups.

Venus is in a positive sextile to Saturn which can be a little reserved but great for getting together with those most important.

If you have a positive relationship, don't expect problems. If you have a faltering relationship or one that is just getting off the ground, don't expect miracles.

If you are single, or in a nebulous relationship the most important person to love on this day is yourself, and those who surround you daily. Remember the old saying charity begins at home, and so does love. Take this concept and run with it and  have a glorious day whoever you spend your time with!

Abraham Lincoln, The Great Emancipator,  was born February 12, 1809, 6:54 a.m., in Hodgenville, KY. Ironically, he was born less than 100 miles from the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, perhaps his greatest adversary in life, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America.

While Lincoln's chart shows a man of high ideals with a spiritual bent, Davis' chart shows a man with very definite ideas, often fraught with misconceptions, unrealistic viewpoints and confused actions.  His view of slaves, or servants (6th house) shows strongly in his chart as an ideal he went to war with the US government over (and is similar to that of present day Edward Snowden). His chart however, is not without compassion and greatness and like Lincoln, he was said to have worked to avoid civil war and secession before the fact.

Lincoln is a 23 degree Aquarius Sun with a 22 degree Aquarius ascendant, the sign associated with a 'world view,' and people in general. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, that is often found in the natal charts of politicians.

Lincoln's moon is 27 degrees of Capricorn in the 12th house square Mars at 25 degrees of Libra in his 8th house. This configuration describes the loss of his Mother at age 9 to milk sickness:, she drank milk from a cow who’d grazed on poisonous white snakeroot and the subsequent grief he suffered at her loss. It was said he never got over her death and was often quoted as saying, ' all that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to her.' Lincoln helped his Father make her coffin.

The moon describes the wife in a man's chart, and as it squares Mars, this would represent friction in his domestic setting and upsets in his tempestuous relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln (who suffered much depression) which is well documented.

The 12th house is considered the house of the subconscious mind (and institutions), and those with planets placed here generally need a certain amount of solitude and reflection. It is the 12th house where our shadows play out, often fraught with pain and secrets we do not reveal to the public. Lincoln called himself the 'loneliest man in the world.' With a debilitated moon in Capricorn he would have sought to control his emotions, resulting in his often perceived somber appearance. Underneath, this would lend itself to much inner turmoil, many upsets and sorrows in life, and  secret passions, good or bad that he kept private.

Moon-Mars individuals lead lives fraught with upsets and  and this transit is far from lucky or conducive to harmony or personal happiness. Melancholy was a part of Lincoln's life and he suffered traumas and losses that began with his Mother, included siblings and eventually several of his own children. Death was a big part of his life before and during the Civil War.

The 12th house is considered the house of karma, and his Moon square Mars in the eighth house of death would point to a violent ending in a position as exposed and public as his.

The 12th house shows danger, clandestine affairs, and secret enemies while the 8th house has a Scorpio connotation and shows death.(the 8th house is also considered the house of transformation)

Mars (along with intercepted Uranus in Scorpio) in the 8th shows us an individual whose goal was to reform, or transform his surroundings and world. Mars  Libra tells us he was a people pleaser and someone who would prefer to avoid confrontations. His personal motivation toward conflict was expressed in the  Libran statement "Am I not destroying enemies when I make friends of them."  He was known as a story teller who often drew a crowd during nights when we was traveling as a circuit lawyer.

Four US Presidents have been assassinated in office beginning with Lincoln. Each of them had adverse configurations from their 8th house that include Mars the ruler of guns, and Uranus the planet signifying explosive situations and explosions, chaos and upheaval.

James Garfield and William McKinley both had Uranus in the 8th house square Mars, and JFK had a stellium of planets in his 8th house including Mars, Mercury and Jupiter, all square Uranus in the 4th house, that shows end of life conditions.

In our time Ronald Regan survived a assassins attempt, but he had no planets in his 8th house, nor did he have a Mars-Uranus aspect in his natal chart.

Lincoln's Neptune-Saturn conjunction  lies at the top of his chart next to his Sagittarius  midheaven at 6-3 degrees of Sagittarius in the ninth house, which is the realm of ideas, religion philosophies and worldviews. The midheaven describes your reputation, what you are known for in the world and career.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion, laws, government, big ideas, justice and fairness and this configuration shows us the driving force, and basic outlook or world view that drove his dreams and hopes of freeing the slaves, as it was just, and fair. There is a spiritual connotation to this transit that shows deeply held views and the belief his ideas can become practical reality.

Other well known figures we are familiar with who have this transit include Nelson Mandela (Saturn-Neptune in Leo) and the current Pope (Saturn opposing Neptune Pisces-Aries).

Lincoln's own Jupiter falls in his first house in Pisces, the sign of its dignity, increasing his luck, spirituality and compassion for others. It also makes him intuitive, psychic and an attractive figure who was elected President twice.

Both Neptune and Saturn trine Venus in Aries in his first house, giving him luck, an attractive appeal, and a major planetary boost that would help to achieve his goals, along with luck and brilliance.

Saturn-Neptune represents the law he studied, (Jupiter and Sagittarius rule lawyers, judges and politicians) passing the bar with less than a year of formal schoolroom training all told. He had a brilliant legal mind, and spend most of his life as a practicing attorney and was a 1 term US Representative before becoming President. He held many jobs in life but most dealt with politics and the law, which is exactly what his chart shows him suited for.

With Saturn-Neptune in Sagittarius he knew how to transform dreams and ideas into practical reality based on justice, and this was his life accomplishment as well as the reason for his assassination three months after the passage of the amendment abolishing slavery.

Abraham Lincoln never joined a church, but sometimes attended Protestant services with his wife and children. As a young man he was a skeptic, but after the deaths of his children he became concerned with God's plan for mankind. He was private about his beliefs and respectful of the beliefs of others. Lincoln's friend Jesse Fell stated, that the president "seldom communicated to anyone his views" on religion, and he went on to suggest that those views were not orthodox: "on the innate depravity of man, the character and office of the great head of the Church, the Atonement, the infallibility of the written revelation, the performance of miracles, the nature and design of...future rewards and punishments...and many other subjects, he held opinions utterly at variance with what are usually taught in the church."

While Saturn-Neptune gave him a broad world view, tolerance, and a career in the legal field,  the same transit lent itself toward depression, which he referred to as 'melancholy" in his lifetime. Saturn-Neptune individuals often suffer from depression and anxiety.

Three planets in his chart lie in Pisces, the sign ruling spirituality and 12th house matters showing mystical traits and abilities. Mercury, Pluto and Jupiter formed a stellium of planets at 10, 13 and 22 degrees of Pisces in his first house. Mercury-Pluto gave him an intense mind seeking ideas based in spirituality and compassion of course Jupiter, in Pisces,  in the sign of its rulership making this stellium of planets very powerful in his first house.

Pisces is the most mystical of signs and Lincoln is said to have been able to 'go to the other country, 'in meditation, and had significant dreams before big events in his life occurred. He attended at least one séance in the White House with his wife after his son died, but there are conflicting views as to what happened. One account stated he investigated the medium to discover he was a fraud.

In I would still be drowned in tears, author Michelle L. Hamilton wrote, "A product of their Kentucky childhood, the Lincolns shared a belief in dreams and omens which they incorporated in their Christian faith. The impressions of the spirit were not lost on Lincoln either, whose sensitive nature, eager mind, and depression-ravaged psyche made him tender to-even eager for-invisible realities. During his lifetime he experienced dreams, omens, visions, and revelatory occurrences of nearly every kind and they did not decrease with age."

 The most famous of his dreams occurred just before he died. Mercury square Neptune can symbolize an intuitiveness and Neptune rules dreams. In his most famous dream that was recounted to friends days before the end of his life he stated that he heard mourning and crying in the White House. Upon hearing it he asked a soldier what was wrong, to be told the President had been killed by an assassins bullet. A few days later he was dead, killed by John Wilkes Booth, as he sat in the Presidential box and the Ford Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865 as the Civil War was winding down, only 5 days after General Lee surrendered the Confederate Army.

April 14, 1865

Lincoln's chart clearly showed an attempt or attempts on his life, and subsequent death, and his chart played out as it was written, as all our charts do.

On the night of the shooting the main planetary influence aspecting his chart  was Saturn conjunct his 8th house (death) Mars at 27 degrees and square his moon in the 12th house(secret enemies), and this shows danger of death for an extended period of time. On April 14 however,  the Sun at 25 degrees Aries began an opposition to his Mars/Saturn in the 8th house square the moon in the 12th forming a powerful T-square- a transit involving 3 planets that would set off this catastrophic event aspect, resulting in death  as it showed in his natal chart.

Neptune was conjunct his Venus (at its detriment) at 7 degrees Aries, showing us a Venusian  pleasure (theater) and Aries is ruled by Mars, while Neptune is the planet of trickery, deception and theater and actors. Mars was at 7 degrees of Cancer square his Venus /Neptune where action would be expressed in an emotional-even patriotic manner, as James Wilkes Booth thought himself doing by killing Lincoln. Furthermore, he believed he would be celebrated as a result.

At 10: 15 the time of the shooting, the moon was at 9 degrees Sagittarius conjunct his midheaven, having just crossed his Saturn-Neptune (ideals) becoming the final planet to set off the T-square between Saturn, Mars, his moon and the Sun and ending his life and aspirations.

The Mystic Rectangle of April 14

Casting a chart for April 14, 1865 at 10:15 p.m., Washington, DC, the planets were forming a rare celestial event called a mystic rectangle that is in the shape of a rectangle (a pattern of 'practical mysticism' according to astrologer Jude Cowell) that would remain until he passed away the next morning.

This unusual configuration is made up of 4 planets consisting of 2 trines and 2 sextile aspects interwoven with opposition angles. Looking at the most important transits in the mystic rectangle on April 14:

-the Sun was opposing Saturn at 27 degrees of Libra in the 11th house ruling the government and head of state.-the original plan was to kidnap or kill the VP and Secretary of State, along with Lincoln, but the plan failed and only Lincoln died.

-Mars was in the 7th house of open enemies (JWB made clear to others his disdain of Lincoln. Lincoln was alleged to have made an earlier attempt to meet JWB, but was refused ) square Neptune in Aries in the 4th. Neptune shows theatre/an actor and deceptive plan, and the 4th house rules the country or the people of the country-home. Mars-Neptune and can represent death, depression, despair and the country was thrown into mourning.

Jupiter opposed Uranus at 29-26 degrees of Sagittarius-Gemini showing a sudden event involving a known enemy in the signs that rule ideas, ideologies and governments. Jupiter stationed to go direct one hour 7 minutes before Lincoln passed away and Jupiter is the significator of the Republican Party.

Mercury and Pluto were conjunct at 12-14 degrees of Taurus in the 5th house of entertainment. Mercury-Pluto in Taurus shows a younger male with a determined intention. The planets in Taurus would signify wealth, attractiveness. JWB had recently made the equivalent of 500,000 a yr in today's money and was considered somewhat famous/attractive/wealthy by the time of the murder, and was a Taurus himself.

The moon at 9 degrees of Sagittarius, in the 12th house shows plots, plans, those who would disrupt society/government.

Venus conjunct Algoal at 26 degrees of Taurus Venus was in the 6th house (ruling public servants) at 25.40 degrees of Taurus conjunct Algoal, the most malefic fixed star in astrology that lies at 26 Taurus. Algoal is associated with be-headings, or 'losing one's head.' The 16th President was shot in the back of the head, the bullet nearly protruding through the temple. He never regained consciousness.


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Astrology can help you find love in more ways than one:

Timing-Astrology can show you when the optimal time to meet someone new will occur. Opportunities for meeting new romantic partners clearly shows in a chart.

Synastry-Astrology shows the strengths and weaknesses between any two people, and how well you will get along. In other words you can recognize a compatible partner.

Karmic partners-Astrology can show if this is a karmic relationship, that is, one you were destined to meet. Which of course does not guarantee compatibility or longevity, in and of itself.

Your own patterns that may need to change-We all have patterns that can become habit. In other words, we have blind spots, that can keep us from attaining true love.

For example, I have a friend with Saturn square Neptune from her 5th house of love that also involved her Moon. After years of watching her hang on to dead relationships, (being an astrologer I wondered) I asked about her parents. They had been in a marriage for 50 years or more and she finally admitted that her Mother (the Moon in her chart) had been unhappy most of her married life, but hung in there for dear life no matter what.

I told her that I thought this contributed to her early conditioning about marriage and love, and that looking at her chart, I felt she associated love with unhappiness and hanging on no matter what, even in relationships where the man was long gone.

A few days later she admitted I was right. With this knowledge she changed her pattern. If a man didn't call back after a certain period of time she began to Move On with a vengeance. I am happy to say she is now in a reciprocal relationship that is going well.

Is he capable of fidelity? This is an important question to most women and one worthy of looking into. While we all have a brain, some men (and women) are capable of monogamy and some are high risk.

What kind of a partner is he looking for? Heads and hearts sometimes clash, but the chart shows what a man (or woman) is looking for and ultimately what kind of partner they will have.

What will the future look like and when do obstacles occur? This is an important question to prepare for the future. Most people who call would rather know what their chances of success are than to be in the dark. Astrology clearly shows the future, and knowledge is always power!

These are just a few of the things astrology can answer regarding love. What does your chart show?

Dow Jones was down nearly 1600 points February 5, making this day the biggest single day loss in history. February 8, it dropped 1,000 points.

This drop can clearly be seen us the US natal chart as Saturn in Capricorn opposes Jupiter. The two financial planets are Jupiter and Venus, and I wrote about this strong probability at the start of the 2018.

Additionally, Uranus has just moved forward by one degree, and it is in a square to Mercury in the 8th house (other people's money) of the US chart.

The market began its fast decline as the Moon opposed Uranus February 5, and this has been associated with market drops in the past. This transit is associated with unpredictability.

Saturn opposing Jupiter is never positive for money, finance and this transit will occur several more times this year: late June-early July and early November. Saturn-Venus transits can affect money as well and this will occur late July-August and October.

I look for the markets to have some wild swings this year. I personally believe the market has been artificially inflated for some time, and I believe this year will bring a correction if not several. Many aspects factor into this including Saturn in Capricorn which is more restrictive than expansive. Pictured above-US Sibly natal chart.

The fifth house of your chart rules love along with friends and children. It also rules creativity, spontaneity and fun! Sometimes it's called the house of pleasure. But, astrologers typically look at the fifth house for love and meeting new people.

For the purposes of this blog, I will focus on love, and relationships. Notice I did not say marriage or committed relationships. Marriage is a 7th house matter. In most cases, and today's culture, love comes before marriage, and most people want to be in love. Now, if we are talking an arranged marriage, it would look different, but most people calling want to know about love.

You meet someone you like. Then you date, and hopefully have some fun together and learn about each other. This is where it all begins and that's fifth house. Putting the cart before the horse is a mistake and typically does not work. So, the fifth house is most important. If you want a successful committed relationship in the future you must take the time to find out if the person you are interested in can be a friend, and what you may have in common. In today's stressful world we could all use a little getting more in touch with our fifth house. So, what does your 5th house say about you or someone else you are interested in?

Let's take a look at the signs that can rule the fifth house, since that's where love and attraction begins. ( If you know your chart, you know what's in your fifth house. If you know your ascendant, count 5 houses forward. For example a Libra ascendant would typically have a fifth house in Aquarius. This utilizes whole sign astrology which I like. If you only know your Sun sign, count 5 signs forward. I'll make it easy. The 12 signs in order are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces). So the fifth sign from your ascendant or your Sun if you don't know your ascendant is your fifth house.

Aries fifth house-You like to take charge and may lack patience. You may prefer physical activities for fun. Fun and romance are very important to you, and you like a strong, independent and action oriented partner.

Taurus fifth house-You like a lot of affection and nice environments. You could enjoy lounging or just being lazy at times. You like the sensual pleasures of life and beautiful places. You or your partners could move slowly but when committed you typically stay.

Gemini fifth house-You may like to date around before settling down and can change your mind frequently. You like creative and smart types, and can't stand to be bored. Light and carefree goes a long way with you.

Cancer fifth house-You like doing things that are comfortable and comforting or things that can deal with the past such as antiques. You may like having people over for dinner and entertainment at home. An emotional connection is key in a love affair. You like comfort and security.

Leo fifth house-You like to shine at social events and aren't attracted to wallflowers. You like dramatic situations and need a partner to be focused on you alone. With the right partner, loyalty is key.

Virgo fifth house-You may like to plan your fun ahead of time and are looking for your perfect mate, and can be discriminating and discerning. Mental activities can appeal as can physical activities. You will not accept less than perfect-that is your standard of perfect. Your partner must be somewhat organized, disciplined and have their feet on the ground.

Libra fifth house-You could have a hard time choosing someone, or may change your mind. You need beauty, niceness and love good manners. Relationships are all important to you, and you may feel unconnected without one. You like to socialize and prefer attractive partners. Chivalry is never dead with a Libra fifth house.

Scorpio fifth house-You like to get directly to the heart of matters. Love is never shallow for you. You love them, or if the tide turns love can turn to hate. You like mysteries and unusual things. Sex is important and you go where angels fear to tread. You could become overly emotional or possessive. Once burned, twice shy.

Sagittarius fifth house-You love fun and anything can become an adventure with you. Travel is key on your list and people like to spend time with you. You are not interested in clingy and needy partners. You are drawn toward independence, and nothing to heavy or overly emotional. Lighthearted is the key.

Capricorn fifth house-You are practical when it comes to love and take plenty of time. You are looking for a secure relationship that will work as opposed to dewy eyed love. The person you seek must have a serious side and similar qualities.

Aquarius fifth house-You may enjoy doing things that are different and unusual. You like to keep things light and casual for a while, and your partners must show some originality, independence and possibly charisma. Neediness or clinging vines will turn you off, as do obsessive, jealous types. Your partners should be solid and unique.

Pisces fifth house-You are naturally creative in some manner and can tend to attract those who are creative, confused or who need to be saved or will save you. Pisces/Neptune is about sacrifice, but you must learn not to sacrifice your values for companionship. You could also attract spiritual partners.

We will experience some major planetary shifts in the New Year that will affect the world and our personal lives.

First of all, Saturn entered Capricorn on December 19, after a two and a half year treck through the sign of Sagittarius. Saturn in Capricorn will be far different than Saturn in Sagittarius.

The last time Saturn transited Capricorn was November 13, 1988-February 8, 1991. Saturn cycles repeat every 29.5 years.

Saturn in Capricorn-The good, the bad, and the ugly

Saturn is considered 'at home' in Capricorn making it very powerful. Capricorn is a no frills, all business sign. When astrologers talk of  'getting real,' with Saturn in Capricorn they mean it. Capricorn has no time for frivolity here, and many things and situations in our lives and the world will change over this two and a half year cycle.

Capricorn can denote great wealth or great deprivation, and such is the nature of Saturn as well.

Those who will fare best will be Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces as Saturn will either trine or sextile their Sun. That said, how well you personally fare will depend on what Saturn will aspect in your own natal chart over the next two and a half years. You could for example be a Virgo (trine to the Sun) but if your Mars is in Cancer, Saturn will oppose it, bringing stress and challenges. So, all of the planets in your chart matter and have to be taken into consideration to know what Saturn in Capricorn will bring on a personal level.

Those who will experience the most challenges will be the Cardinal signs-Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn as Saturn will square, oppose or conjunct their Sun. Then again, if Saturn trines or sextiles other planets in their charts, they will experience positive periods. It is typically a combination of both.

If you are a Capricorn, Saturn last conjuncted your Sun 30 years ago. Saturn conjunct Sun is typically a period of re-creating many things in your life. Saturn  has moved from your 12th house of endings: the last house of the chart, and into your first house. Many situations that occur at this time are life changing. Things begun under this transit can have longevity for the future. Then again, as you are re-creating, some things can end. It is typically not without stress but in the end you may feel as though you have built something, or even purged your life of something that needed to go.

My advice is to go with the flow of the planets. Since Saturn in Capricorn is about building something, it would be a positive step to decide what in life you would like to personally build and focus on this. Set your intentions and stick to them. If you do, there should be a Saturnian reward at the end of the cycle. It is a time to access what is real and working in your life and discard the rest. It is also a time to save money and prepare for the future.

Saturn cycles affect the world and the collective as well. As Saturn in Capricorn rules business,  big business may gain more power. This can be good and bad. While we need big business and corporate jobs, big business as the Gods of the Universe does not especially bode well for the average individual. Too much control and power, whether through monopolies, politics, or taking away choice, is a negative. As the FCC recently voted to take away net neutrality regulations, this is one area Saturn in Capricorn may play out in a big way.

If, for example if all the health organizations and hospitals continue to merge, they acquire a great deal of power over the individual and the health care markets. This translates into less choice for the consumer, no competition, and more power over our individual lives and the same goes for any other company or industry-this is just one example, I could have just as easily used the phone and cable companies.

As the 2017 tax plan has been passed and signed into law, the largest tax breaks will go to big business and the top 1%. Most economists and non-partisan think tanks say this will not benefit the economy in the long term. It could actually contribute to a major recession or depression in the future when Saturn conjuncts Pluto in 2020. That said, as the bill was signed into law on a retrograde Mercury, chances are it will be changed at a future date.

Saturn in Capricorn will oppose Venus and Jupiter in the US natal chart at 3-5 degrees of Cancer in 2018. Venus and Jupiter are the two financial planets. An opposition from Saturn will not help the economy, and could in fact, help bring on a recession. The first opposition occurs late January-February, 2018.

The last time Saturn was in Capricorn in the early 1990's, we experienced a recession. 30 years earlier in the early 1960's as Saturn transited Capricorn we saw a recession as well. This does not mean we will see a full blown recession in 2018, but rather the seeds will be planted in 2018, for the future and the rest of the Saturn in Capricorn cycle which will go through mid-December of 2020.

Saturn opposing Venus and Jupiter in the US chart will not  be limited to the financial arena. As these two planets lie in the US chart's house of 'open enemies', we will see problems arise in terms of relationships with other nations that could involve many things including banking systems. This will certainly deal with more political turmoil in 2018, as this transit is mirrored in Donald Trump's chart with Saturn square his natal Neptune late January-February. Many hidden issues will come out at this time,  as well as in March-April, July and October-November.

Venus rules women, money and social values, and Jupiter rules young men, money and wealth, institutional medicine, religion and education. It also rules foreign entities and people.

As Pluto is also in Capricorn, we are headed toward the conjunct of Saturn and Pluto in January 2020. This transit occurs every 33-38 years. This is a harsh transit, and this will be a pivotal year in the US and on the world stage. Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn will change the world on many levels. Restrictive is the word that comes to mind, along with the potential of nuclear incidents, major changes, authoritarian governments and rule, crime, big business out of control, planned and organized tyranny at high levels, recessions, banking issues and disasters and activities that are not light or pleasant. Saturn-Pluto transits often coincide with harsh circumstances such as the bombing of the World Trade Center (Saturn opposed Pluto) or the start of WW11 (Saturn squared Pluto). The seeds of what we plant now as a collective will determine the future.

The positive side of this transit can be seen in skill and advancement in math, science and engineering, and profound understandings of deep subjects such as physics and genetics. Pluto transits tear down to rebuild in a different way. Change is inevitable with a Pluto transit of this magnitude.

Jupiter in Scorpio

Jupiter is in Scorpio until November 8, 2018 when it enters Sagittarius. Jupiter in this sign rules money, taxes and debt and other people's money. As Scorpio related to the 8th house, it also rules sex. Jupiter is where we see our gain and advancement.

As Jupiter entered Scorpio we saw the rise of the #MeToo movement. This was a result of Jupiter in Scorpio and Mars and Venus in mutual reception. As a result of this we could see positive changes in terms of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace and beyond.

Anything begun with Jupiter in this sign will not be superficial. Jupiter is deep and intense.

Jupiter will trine Neptune several times in 2018. This is a positive/compassionate and creative transit. In 2018 it will also sextile Pluto in Capricorn, as opposed to the square we experienced in 2016/17.  All of this is positive, and will be far different from Jupiter's (2017) opposition to Uranus which is far more unpredictable. Jupiter-Pluto transits can advance business and projects. Jupiter will also trine the US natal Sun. This is positive as well and can only be of benefit and help to the US.

Mercury retrogrades three times in Fire Signs

Mercury retrograde is not the time to get married, start new jobs and projects if you can avoid it, and things seemingly go backward or are delayed.

Retrograde Mercury dates:

March 23-April 15 (Aries)

July 27-August 19 (Leo)

November 17-December 6 (Sagittarius)

Uranus leaves Aries and moves into Taurus

This is another major planetary change. Uranus makes its first foray into Taurus, the sign ruling the second house of money May 18-November 6, 2018. On November 7, it returns to Aries for another 4 months. It will remain at 28-29 degrees of Aries until it re-enters Taurus again March 5, 2019 where it will remain through April of 2026.

We have seen many changes with Uranus in Aries, specifically the Uranus-Pluto square, that recently finished in 2017.

Uranus in Aries has seen much upheaval around the world. Aries is ruled by Mars, the God of war and we have seen war, disaster and continual upheaval around the world since it began its transit in May of 2010.

Uranus in Taurus will be ruled by Venus, the planet of values, women and money. As Uranus begins its first 6 month trek in this sign it trines Saturn in Capricorn and this will be exact in August and within a 1-2 degree orb September-October.

This will be a far better transit than the square we experienced 2013-16. Saturn trine Uranus will be more peaceful and less disruptive, overall.

Uranus in Taurus will dictate the future of money and world trade as it rules the second house of money and its ruler is one of the financial planets.. The last time Uranus transited this sign was April 1935-April 1942.

If you are a 1-2 degree Taurus Sun or ascendant, or if you have planets at 0-2 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius this transit will affect you personally in 2018. For Taurus, Uranus will conjunct your Sun or ascendant and this can being sudden changes in lifestyle or desire to do something different. For Scorpio this creates an opposition, meaning you will experience unexpected issues that originate with another party. For Leo and Aquarius this creates a square, which typically brings unexpected issues and stress as Uranus stirs things up, and often gets rid of what has lost its purpose or meaning, often suddenly.

While Uranus spends 6 months in Taurus, it spends most of the other 6 months at the critical 29 degree of Aries. The 29th degree of Aries is considered the Anaretic degree and crisis oriented. Uranus will be at this degree late April-Mid May, and again November 7-December 6, and January , 2019-March 6, 2019 before moving into Taurus for the next 7 years. This is a powerful degree, and we can expect to see crisis situations in the world during these times.

Mars retrogrades June 26-August 27

The 'God of War' appears to move backward (retrogrades) through the signs of Aquarius/ Capricorn and turns direct at 29 degrees of Capricorn nearly 2 months later.

Retrograde Mars slows things down, tends to make people tired and angry, and more accident prone, and prone to minor illnesses. As with all retrograde planets, this is a karmic cycle, and many important situations in your life may occur now. Mars rules, men, sex, our actions (which may be convoluted or indirect), guns, war and aggression.

Many people complain of being tired during a retrograde Mars. Actions may be misguided or even lacking in good judgment by some.

Relationships and projects may seem to go backward or change altogether.

Beginning a relationship on a retrograde Mars, like starting a job at this time can be a wild card. Often when Mars turns direct again the situation can change completely.

Venus retrogrades October 5

Venus, the planet ruling love, money and values retrogrades  October 5-November 16 in Scorpio-Libra. It will be very powerful when it enters Libra November 1-15, as it is in the sign of its rulership.

When Venus retrogrades love energy becomes more intense and the drama often begins. It is a period when seemingly fated events occur, sometimes appearing to be beyond the control of the parties involved. Relationships can slow down or end. Sometimes those from our past can reappear. It is a time of reviewing and re-accessing your love life. Changes occur, and people can switch their affections and partners. The karma (karma=the universal will, what will ultimately be) of the relationship will play out during this period. Unresolved issues come to the forefront to be resolved one way or another, but if a commitment exists with work it can become stronger.

If Venus goes stationary direct on a personal planet in your chart or your Sun you may well meet someone significant at this time. A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, buy art, jewelry or items ruled by Venus. Money matters may be slowed down as well.

Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. The most important period is the stationary retrograde period when Venus is starting to retrograde and the stationary direct period when it is about to move forward again.

If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde Venus the love energy may never be fully expressed or when Venus goes direct the relationship may change or end.

Eclipses in 2018

We will experience 5 eclipses in the New Year: three solar eclipses and one lunar.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

 This eclipse can clear away the emotional baggage and re-set your emotional life, so to speak. Others may surprise you in some way. Unexpected and unplanned events can occur.

The Moon may focus our attention on relationships of all kinds, including the relationships among the collective-in other words events in the world that can affect us all typically coincide at the time of eclipses.

January 31, the first lunar eclipse of the year falls at 11 degrees of Leo. Leo rules the 5th house of children, friends, and love affairs, and many will be focused on this theme. This Moon opposes the Sun and Venus. We could see issues and themes concerning love, money and women. The August 21st total eclipse of 2018 was also in Leo, and many people lined the streets, parks and other places and turned the event into a party. Leo rules the 5th house of fun. Make the most of this.

We could hear news of royalty and this eclipse significantly affects the chart of the 45th US President. Many things will be revealed or come to light on this eclipse, and the other four eclipses as they all make significant aspects in his chart.

The second eclipse falls on February 15, and this is a solar eclipse that falls at 27 degrees of Aquarius. February 16, 1999 was the last time an eclipse occurred in this sign at the same degree.

Aquarius rules the 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes, as well as groups and organizations

Mercury trines Uranus opening the door to new innovations and ways of thinking. But, Mars squares Neptune and this is convoluted, and prone to misinformation, lies, deception and lack of clarity. We could see severe weather related conditions arise. This eclipse will also affect US politics and the US President, to name only a few. Information will come to light, and it may be distorted.

The next solar eclipse occurs July 12, and falls at 20 degrees of Cancer.

This eclipse will be volatile in many ways as the Sun and the Moon (eclipse) oppose Pluto. Pluto ultimately brings change and transformation on some level, but the path is not easy.

Many things can be revealed at this time, and many things will end. As Cancer rules home and family, issues may surface here, and on an emotional level.

On a world level this transit can relate to situations involving power struggles, agendas, and Pluto rules nuclear weapons. Pluto rules the bullies of the world who try and force their will on others. The media will be highly significant at this time.

A lunar eclipse occurs July 27, at 4 degrees of Aquarius. July 28, 1999 was the last time a solar eclipse occurred in this sign and at this degree.

Aquarius rules the 11th house of friends, groups and wishes and the collective.

This eclipse is likely to be volatile as the Moon (eclipse) is conjunct Mars. Mars rules young men, weapons, action, and police-military.

Moon-Mars transits are often associated with accidents, anger or upset, and violence.

On the upside as Mars rules our action you may find yourself very busy and if not careful you could reach the point of burnout.

A solar eclipse occurs August 11, at 18 degrees of Leo. August 11, 1999 was the last time an eclipse occurred in this sign and at this degree.

Leo rules the 5th house of friends, children, entertainment and love affairs and this could be a good time to meet new people, entertain, and enjoy the summer.

Mars at 0 degrees of Aquarius is entering into a square to Uranus over the next few days and the energy will be high. Sudden and unexpected events will occur, some out of the blue. We could hear of explosions, explosive circumstances, violence and police or military situations.

Some things will end suddenly, opening the door to new beginnings.

Venus is square Saturn and this can put a damper on love (in some cases) and some relationships will end at this time. This could also affect money.

How these eclipse affect you personally, as well as all of the other transits for 2018 depend on where they fall in your personal chart and what is being aspected.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!

The moon orbits the Earth over a period of 29.5 days from new moon to new moon, changing signs every 2.25 days. When a moon is considered void of course it means that the moon has made it last major aspect in that sign, and will not aspect another celestial body until it changes signs

 Many interactions (transits) occur between the moon and various planets as it cycles around the earth every month.  Each aspect typically lasts only a few hours, and there are typically 13 void periods each month, which can last from a few minutes to hours, sometimes as long as several days.

The moons transit through each sign sets the stage to affect our feelings. The moon is connected with our emotional life which changes daily. As the moon aspects various planets, this too can affect our moods and feelings, playing a role in the outcome of events that occur in our lives.

As the moon enters its void of course phase, it is as though it is taking a rest. For a short time we may feel out of sorts and it is considered best not to make major decisions or purchases during a void of course phase. Sometimes, we may not even notice this period it is so subtle, but decisions made during this period will often not turn out as expected. During these periods it is best to focus on spiritual matters or reflect, rather than act, if possible.

Here are the times for the void of course moon n February 2018. Times are EST.

February 1st 5:58 A.M. – 2:13 P.M.

February 3rd 2:07 A.M. – 4:47 P.M.
February 5th 1:46 P.M. – 10:56 P.M.

February 8th 2:16 A.M. – 8:53 A.M.

February 10th 11:38 A.M. – 9:21 P.M.

February 13th 12:43 A.M. – 10:11 A.M.

February 15th 4:05 P.M. – 9:42 P.M.

February 17th 5:13 P.M. – February 18th 7:05 P.M.

February 20th 6:11 A.M. – 2:12 P.M.
February 22 6:46AM- 7:02PM
February 26 4:51PM-11:42PM
February 28 6:13 PM-March 1, 12:57AM

The eclipse in Leo occurred this morning at 8:27 AM, EST. Events connected to the eclipse will continue to play out over the next hours, days and weeks.

As Leo rules the 5th house of love, this is where many concerns lie. The 5th house also rules children, and friends and we may be concerned with issues on this level, or alternatively-depending on what this eclipse does in your personal chart-it can be a time of fun and romance.

The planetary ruler of the 5th house is the Sun, which rules men, and our vital core.

Eclipses can being positive or negative events, depending on how it aspects your own chart.

As the Moon opposes the Sun today emotions may run high and by mid morning the Moon will begin to oppose Venus. This peaks at 5:45PM, EST.

Moon-Venus oppositions can bring emotional upsets and hurts, overindulgence of many types, and disagreements over expenditures. Women may not get along together. Things may be blown out of proportion. The other side of this transit can be a relaxed, if not undisciplined time.

The Moon makes many aspects in a normal day and this period will not last more than a few hours.

From here the Moon will trine Uranus in the early morning hours Thursday, and this can be a generally exciting and upbeat period although many may just be starting their day, or getting up. This energy will start later tonight.

The Moon enters Virgo Thursday at 2:13 PM, EST and we will begin a new cycle.

I hope this eclipse went well for you, and either way we are looking at the companion solar eclipse in the opposite sign, Aquarius, on February 15.

To read more about today's eclipse click here.

  The first (lunar) eclipse of the year occurs January 31, falling at 11 degrees of Leo. The lunar peak occurs at 8:27 AM, EST.

 Eclipses are the universe's  signposts, lighting the path into the future. Eclipses come in pairs and a solar eclipse in Aquarius falls on February 15.

This eclipse is in Leo, and Leo rules the 5th house of love, friends and children. It is here our focus will be overall, but it depends on what it aspects in your personal chart as well.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

Leo is the most dramatic of signs. Many people will be putting on a dramatic act, and we must guard against being or being on the receiving end of a prima donna, drama queen or king. Things can get blown out of proportion quickly.

This Moon (eclipse) is also considered a SuperMoon, making it very powerful. SuperMoon describes a new or full moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. The Earth, Sun and Moon are all in a line with the Moon in its nearest approach to the earth.

 Astrologer Richard Nolle explains, "SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust and oceans of our home planet - including ourselves, of course. From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment - within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule. SuperMoon solar eclipses tend to have a wider sphere of impact, extending roughly a week before and after the actual event."

The energy of a SuperMoon typically increases the energies you feel and respond to-for better or worse. Earth-weather events can occur and it is powerful and beautiful to see,

This Moon opposes both the Sun and Venus. Moon-Sun oppositions tend to make situations more emotional and volatile and this occurs on every full moon. The Moon opposing Venus can bring matters to the forefront concerning love, money and social values or friendship. Things can be overdone if you are not careful at this time. You may not have a lot of discipline.

This eclipse has the potential for a great time with friends, loved ones, or alternatively, drama. As the ruler of the 5th house, Leo also rules entertainment and fun! It's time to make a date and get out.

People may dress and appear in dramatic fashions, or make dramatic gestures. Such is the nature of Leo. This energy may push things along, but as the case with any eclipse it can bring some fiery endings as well. If an ending occurs it may well be that its time had come and something better is on the horizon one way or another.

We began the New Year with a huge Supermoon in Cancer. We will be under the energy of this powerful moon, which rules the 4th house of home and family (and emotions) until the new Moon on January 16.

 Mercury is almost out of the post retrograde shadow period (January 10), as it hits 29 degrees of Sagittarius. The December retrograde, plus the holidays put me behind, and I am just now catching up, and maybe you feel the same! As Mercury moves into Capricorn we should finally all get caught up, and things will move ahead normally.

There are a number of other powerful aspects this month, so let's get right to them.

January 9, the Sun, Venus and Pluto are all at 19 degrees of Capricorn. We now have 4 planets forming a stellium in Cap. This is powerful energy. Sun-Pluto transits relate to power struggles, change, issues over money and joint finances, and can create a feeling of 'forced change,' in some way. Pluto-Venus transits relate to money, values, obsessiveness and control over our love lives.

How you look and feel, and love will potentially be a serious matter with this transit. Jealousy and possessiveness can occur and so can self destructive tendencies, depending on how you are hard wired.

This transit is deep, there is nothing superficial about it. Issues that have been buried may now come to the surface.

With Pluto there is always the possibility of transcending something.

Mars at 19 degrees of Scorpio sextiles this conjunction, showing up the possibility of deep conversation and thought.

Of course this transit will play out in the world as well. Sun-Pluto transits relate to change, aggression, power struggles, taxpayer dollars, and those pushing their own agendas. Pluto-Venus transits relate to money, social values and women.

This transit will remain in close orb for the next several days. As the planets separate over the next 2 days the Sun and Venus will be conjunct and this is typically positive.

Mercury enters Capricorn just after midnight, (EST) on January 11. Mercury in this placement is more serious and practical. Now will be the time to get down to business and take care of serious matters with 4 planets in Capricorn.

January 12, Mercury conjuncts Saturn. This can be heavy and tiring, and can be negative for some. Communication may be more difficult, but you can take care of important matters. Saturn is about work.

January 13, Venus squares Uranus. This transit affects money, love, friendships and values. The day can be unpredictable, and  exciting, or as Uranus is unpredictable, it can also be a day fraught with change and unexpected circumstances. For some, relationships can end.

January 14, the Sun squares Uranus. This is a potentially explosive transit that may lend itself to dangerous situations in the world or bring things to a peak. People may seem edgy and it won't take much to set some people off. Plans may change at this time.

January 15, Jupiter sextiles Pluto. this is a positive sextile that will repeat itself in April and September. This is a good time to expand ideas and work in a group, especially pertaining to legal matters or the law. It will favor groups working together in society. Some will see accomplishment with this transit.

January 16, The New Moon falls at 27 degrees of Capricorn. On this day we have 6 out of 10 planets in Capricorn! It's all about business and getting things done, and can be a productive time. We have reached the peak of the Capricorn season.

This Moon conjuncts Venus, which is positive but  it squares Uranus which gives it an unpredictable element/edge. As the Moon passes through the early part of its peak in Capricorn you could get some difficult news, but as Venus is in the picture, for most it should go well in the end.

January 17, Venus enters Aquarius. Love energy becomes lighter and less serious as it leaves Capricorn. You could become interested in joining or doing things in groups under this placement.

January 19, the Sun enters Aquarius. Things overall may start to lighten up as two planets have now left the Capricorn stellium. Happy Birthday Aquarius!

January 24, Mercury conjuncts Pluto. This transit is argument and accident prone, and obsessive thinking can occur. We will see big news in the world this day.

January 26, Mars enters Sagittarius. Actions may become different from what you are accustomed to and in some cases people may seem flakier. Mars rules our action and Sagittarius rules the 9th house of education, travel and world view. Much of the news focus will be on politics during this period which lasts through March 17.

January 28, Mercury squares Uranus. Thinking may be erratic and unpredictable and you could hear unexpected news. Be careful while driving as you could lose your focus or encounter erratic drivers.

January 31, Mercury enters Aquarius. Thinking and communicating will not be as serious, and change tone. Groups will come into focus as Aquarius rules the 11th house of the collective.

January 31, the first lunar eclipse of the year falls at 11 degrees of Leo. The lunar peak occurs at 8:27 AM, EST.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. 

Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

Leo rules the 5th house of children, friends, and love affairs, and many will be focused on this theme. This Moon opposes the Sun and Venus. We could see issues and themes concerning love, money and women. The August 21st total eclipse of 2018 was also in Leo, and many people lined the streets, parks and other places and turned the event into a party. Leo rules the 5th house of fun. Make the most of this.

We could hear news of royalty and this eclipse significantly affects the chart of the 45th US President. Many things will be revealed or come to light on and around this eclipse.

In the US natal chart this eclipse falls in the 8th house of taxes, money, death and transformation.