A high-octane, high-tension start to the month comes courtesy of Mars opposing Uranus on the 1st which is usually argumentative, intolerant or accident-prone with computers going haywire. Happily Venus moves into ever-optimistic Sagittarius to join the Sun and Mercury there on the same day so even despite Saturn’s rather downbeat presence it should sparkle up the mood in the days thereafter. Thoughts of travel, exotic holidays or social adventures will loom large.
Neptune may fog up the 3rd but taking a welcome rest from aggravations will be no bad thing. Mars which has been roaring through Libra for a few weeks now slides stealthily into Scorpio from the 9th to stay till late January. Mars is less vocal here though ultra-determined and not above getting its own back if criticised or thwarted. The fiery Sagittarius Sun will romp on undeterred until switching sign into Capricorn on the 21st just a day after Saturn does the same.
Saturn only changes sign every two to three years so it will mean a significant mood shift from the recent phase of self-righteous, argumentative Sagittarius into downbeat, dourly determined and more practical Capricorn, running through till 2020/21. Pluto is already in Capricorn so it’ll be building towards the Saturn Pluto conjunction of 2019, which does suggest a degree of hardship and generally tough conditions. Saturn rules Capricorn, which is an ambitious, workaholic sign, so it will double up the energy. Difficulties will be overcome by sheer persistence.
Mercury goes direct on the 23rd so any delays in festive communications should disappear. On the 25th Venus also moves into Capricorn, unfortunately crossing Saturn that day, which will put a slight damper on frivolity, indulgence and romance. Venus here is keen on keeping up appearances and tends to aim for cool chic rather than gaudy displays.
1: Venus into Sagittarius until the 25th – wanting social excitement, planning fun parties, needing lovers to be friends. Mars in Libra opposition Uranus in Aries – self-willed, intolerant, irritable.
3: Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces – head in the clouds. Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius till 23rd so communication hitches and glitches. Sun in Sagittarius square Neptune – vague, dreamy, low energy. Full Moon in Gemini – pulled in two directions.
6: Mercury conjunct Saturn – serious, negative, critical. Mercury sextile Mars – outspoken. Mars in Libra sextile Saturn – hard-work, requires grit and perseverance.
9: Mars into Scorpio till January 26th – stubbornly determined, never-say-die ambitions, slightly vengeful.
10: Mercury trine Uranus – inspired ideas, bright chats. Venus square Neptune – romantic dreams but not realistic, kind.
13: Sun conjunct Mercury – in mental overdrive, talking non-stop.
15: Mercury conjunct Venus – harmonious way with words, diplomatic, loving.
16: Sun trine Uranus – positive changes, new opportunities.
18: New Moon in Sagittarius – new beginnings.
20: Saturn into Capricorn till 2020/21 – sensible, ambitious, persevering, having to cope with difficulties especially financial. Venus trine Uranus – social fun, flirtatious.
21: Sun into Capricorn for four weeks – traditional, earthy, conscientious though can be indulgent. Sun conjunct Saturn – downbeat, setbacks, need to face mistakes and fix.
23: Mercury direct – irritating delays cease.
25: Venus into Capricorn – socially ambitious, putting on a good show. Venus conjunct Saturn – separated in love, or duty before pleasure.
28: Mars trine Neptune – can be glamorous and attract publicity, or low energy and lacking in will power.
Jupiter in Scorpio from October 11 2017 till early November 2018 – could be a money-magnet, usually good for business and joint finances, or attracting bonuses. Interest in secrets and what lies beyond reality in the hidden realms of the paranormal.
Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous. Into Capricorn from December 20th till 2020/21 – usually coincides with a time of some financial shortages and the need to push ambitions ahead with persistence.
Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till mid 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead. Then into Taurus for seven years.
Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.
Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.