2019 starts out with a bang! Uranus turns direct January 6, a solar eclipse occurs, and every planet is moving forward in direct motion. After all the retrogrades and slowdowns in 2018, this is a welcome change. Now, we are free to move forward without delay!
At A Glance
Here are some of this month’s key dates and events.
January 5-6: Uranus turns direct, and a partial solar eclipse in Capricorn.
January 8: Mercury squares Mars. The clash creates tension and potential for arguments.
January 13: Jupiter squares Neptune. The transit could inspire creativity, compassion, and spiritual awakenings, but can also create fog and lack of clarity.
January 18: The Sun squares Uranus. Expect sudden and unpredictable events. We and those around us could make a sudden break or change in our lives.
January 20: Venus squares Neptune, creating fog and confusion in relationships and money matters.
January 20-21: Supermoon lunar eclipse in Leo, sun enters Aquarius
January 21: Mars squares Saturn, and this can seem limiting and restrictive, angry or frustrating.
January 23: Mercury squares Uranus and unexpected communication is the norm today.
Planets in Motion
The Sun, Saturn, Uranus, Mercury and Mars are in Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Cardinal signs are the initiators of the zodiac, and they make things happen.
Mars moved into Aries late New Year’s Eve, shifting the energy from laidback Pisces to the high-powered fire sign. Mars rules our action and ego, so most of us will start out the new year with a plan, or we will soon develop one as Aries rules the first house of self-interests.
Venus, the planet of love and money, remains in Scorpio for the first week of the month, before moving into Sagittarius, a mutable fire sign. Venus has spent most of its time in Scorpio/Sagittarius since last September due to the 2018 (Venus) retrograde, and it will make one more pass through the sign ruled by Jupiter this month.
Jupiter, the planet of gain and expansion, is also in Sagittarius, where it is at home and very powerful. Sagittarius rules the ninth house of travel, education, and worldview. Over the next year, we will all benefit from this placement in some way, especially Sagittarius and all fire signs.
Venus and Jupiter will meet up on the sky January 21-22 in Sagittarius on the day of a total lunar eclipse. Sagittarius is a mutable sign, just like Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces. Mutable planets are subject to change. Neptune is the lone planet in a water sign – Pisces. Neptune is at home in this sign, where it will remain until 2026.
So, as we begin the year, the sky is dominated by Cardinal and Mutable signs. We will be moving forward, and our plans and energies will be subject to change.
When Cardinal and Mutable signs clash with each other, expect big changes. The change may not be easy at all times, but January will be significant month in our personal lives and in the world. The first such clash occurs January 8, when Mercury squares Mars. We can expect tension, arguments and the potential of accidents.
January 13, Jupiter will square or clash with Neptune. This transit will be ongoing during 2019, and last for extended periods of time. Expect the powerful energy of this clash to be felt at least two weeks before and after. Jupiter-Neptune transits can inspire creativity, compassion and spiritual awakenings, the other side of this energy can be fog, delusion, lack of clarity and the feeling things appear better than what they really are.
Eclipses are like wildcards and can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart. An eclipse is often dramatic, revealing important information. An eclipse can brings news pertaining to life’s biggest events, and the energy can be present for months or years to come. Important things, situations and even people can be eclipsed into and out of your life.
A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can bring news of endings, and is associated with a full moon.
The solar eclipse on the 5th is conjunct Saturn and Pluto. Responsibilities will be forefront, along with change and transformation, and Capricorn rules the 10th house of career, priorities and business.
A stellium of five planets will fall in Capricorn opposing the north node and square Uranus. Change will happen quickly, and it can bring up deep seated past issues. The Moon’s sextile to Neptune can inspire creativity and compassion. It will affect those born under Cardinal signs, more than others. As Uranus turns direct this will be a significant few days in our lives as well as in the world.
The lunar eclipse on the 20th falls at 0 degrees of Leo on January and is considered a Supermoon. A Supermoon appears closer to the earth and is associated with major events and natural disasters. Leo rules the 5th house of love, children, friends and creativity – lots of fun will be in the air!
At this time, Venus and Jupiter are conjunct (together) at 15 degrees of Sagittarius square Neptune. This can be creative and romantic, but it is important to remember Neptune is the planet of illusion, confusion and delusion, and many things may seem unclear or even too good to be true. Let this energy pass before making important decisions.
This month will set the tone for the New Year and may it bring luck, happiness and prosperity. Happy New Year, and cheers to a great start to 2019!
About the Author:
Leslie began to study metaphysics at a very young age. After college she pursued a career in media but her passion for astrology turned into two decades of intense study during the 1980’s-90’s. Leslie joined Keen in 2002 and specializes in relationships, breakups, finance, and time-frames relating to specific life events.