January 2017

Mercury Retrograde Until Jan 8!

After Mercury goes direct on the Jan 8th, the rest of the month will have ALL planets moving forward full of energy and strong. This provides a powerful start to the new year. It is the “new beginning” year of a 9-year cycle for the world. During the year, it may seem like there is no teamwork, no collaboration or assistance, and that everyone is out for themselves. There will be challenges to overcome as we learn about helping others and making compromises. The last time there was a new beginning year for the world was in 2008. There were different energies at work that year than there will be in 2017. However, it will give you an idea of the “kinds of new beginnings” that 2017 may hold for us – including surprising endings that open the door for new directions.

This month in JANUARY the focus of energy encourages peaceful negotiations, maintaining balance and compromises to sustain solid relationships – personal and business. It will at times, test the patience of those in authority. The necessary adjustments that pop up could be quite uncomfortable. It is important that the activities, decisions, and events in January promote a more positive energy that offers encouragement for a brighter future. There are 2 eclipses in February that will either support or diffuse the energy from January, depending on the decisions made. May those decisions be wise ones!

Full Moon: Jan 12 in Cancer 22 degrees – Emotions bubble over - perhaps too much so! Feelings are more sensitive than usual. Tears flow easily. This full moon focuses on home, family and personal security. There is a push to establish boundaries both personal and in business. Keep your emotions under control!

New Moon: Jan 27 in Aquarius 8 degrees – There is a rush of energy encouraging independent thought and emotional detachment. The focus on monetary issues and “out of the box” thinking might overshadow the friendly, visionary and humanitarian side of this AQUARIUS energy. This new moon will set the stage for the next month and will include a full moon lunar eclipse that happens on Feb 10 in the sign of LEO. An unfolding of events relating to our leaders, bosses, and even entertainers will be prominent.

Dates to Watch

Jan 1 – Happy New Year! Electricity, electronics, transportation, especially airplanes ..are highlighted. Enjoy being with family and friends or maybe travelling in your mind!
Jan 3 – VENUS moves into artistic and compassionate Pisces until the end of the month – It will join MARS already in Pisces – This is great for entertainers, industries involving liquids, films, children and pets and heartfelt love. Snow/ice/flooding are included.
Jan 6- 8 – Energy is stabilizing as Mercury is stationing to move Direct on the 8th. Be very careful in conversations, text messaging, etc. Wait until the 10th to sign contracts or to make major decisions if possible.
Jan 10 – Strong prickly energy for our leaders – unusual/unexpected happenings or actions
Jan 12 – Full Moon energy – whew – Mercury moves into Capricorn and brings a reality check along with emotions being super sensitive.
Jan 19 – Tricky energy as the Sun moves into Aquarius. Could be a bit too antsy.
Jan 20 – Inauguration Day – emotions are deep and intense with the moon in secretive Scorpio
Jan 27 – The New Moon in Aquarius is friendly but there is yucky energy midday. Walk and talk slowly.
Jan 28 – Mar enters aggressive and warlike ARIES - Chinese New Year
Jan 29 – Conversations go deep – concerns over money pop up
Jan 31 – Transportation headliners – be careful travelling

A Few Countries and Rulers

China: Libra/Venus
England: Aries/Mars (subGemini)
Germany: Aries/Mars
Israel: Aries/Mars
Mexico: Capricorn/Saturn
Palestine: Aries/Mars
Russia: Aquarius/Uranus
Syria: Aries/Mars and Scorpio/Pluto
Turkey: Virgo/Mercury
United States: Gemini/Mercury, especially East of the Mississippi and West of Mississppi adds a Cancer/Leo influence to the Gemini


Jan 01: Moon in Aquarius and starts the year with a desire for the “whole”not the individual. Friendly energy today even if LEO does not like to share the spotlight. Happy New Year!

Jan 02: Moon in Pisces and brings a calm to the start of the week. It is time to pray, to meditate, to walk in nature, visit a spa, write a poem, sing a song or maybe simply play with you children or pets.

Jan 03: The moon continues in Pisces and is joined by VENUS moving into Pisces and they join MARS already in Pisces. This is a special day for sensitives, actors, singers and philanthropists. VIRGO sun signs feel misunderstood.

Jan 04: The moon starts the day in Pisces but quickly moves into ARIES. Although the day may start softly, it will end with a firey energy. Add to that MERCURY moving into Sagittarius and this could bring foreign places, military or even educational institutions into play.

Jan 05: The moon still in assertive ARIES has crosspurpose energy in the afternoon. If you work around weapons, explosives, sharp instruments or fire, take extra precautions especially where the head is concerned. LIBRA sun signs may spin a bit so be careful!

Jan 06: The moon starts out in ARIES. It enters VOID early afternoon and then moves into TAURUS mid-afternoon. The energy, although self focused, does help calm the air from the past few days. SCORPIO wants to take risks so this “practical” energy is not as easy.

Jan 07: Happy Birthday to someone special! The moon continues in TAURUS and encourages a high connection to the ether. Pay attention to your intuition. You may jittery today but that is due to Mercury stationing to go Direct tomorrow AM.The moon enters VOID at 9:23pm and for all day tomorrow.

Jan 08: The MOON is VOID all day until 5:06pmET when it enters GEMINI. Expect the unexpected! MERCURY goes DIRECT 4:43amET. News from overnight may involve airlines, transportations or even a communication company.

Jan 09: The moon is in youthful and funny GEMINI – Mercury rules GEMINI so this is a good day for GEMINI as your ruler is back to full steam! The early morning has mixed energy emotionally but settles by noon. SAGITTARIUS finds this all a bit much and wants to get away from it all!

Jan 10: The moon continues in GEMINI. Add to that opposing energy midday and this may not be the best day for getting along with others. Pace yourself. If you do have a good day, YAY for you. The moon goes VOID at 4:39pmET but quickly enters CANCER at 5:49pmET.

Jan 11: The moon is in the nurturing sign of CANCER. The day is emotionally sensitive but the energy is high. It is good for cooking dinner at home or maybe just curling up on the couch and watching TV. This keeps the building energy from exploding! Nurture yourself!

Jan 12: New Moon in CANCER at 22 degrees – This is very active emotionally. Be careful of decisions made today as you may regret them tomorrow. This energy is best used for cleaning your house or office or even your car. Buy something for your home. Get a massage. Stay low key. CAPRICORN feels overwhelmed with all the emotional “stuff”.

Jan 13: The moon is in spotlight loving LEO. Today may just be a wonderful day if we can put egos aside! Play, enjoy the sunshine, sing, dance and be merry! AQUARIUS sun signs do not get the “ego” thing.

Jan 14: The moon starts in LEO and quickly enters VOID at 10:17amET and remains VOID for the rest of the day until 10:52pmET when it moves into meticulous VIRGO Always expect delays, cancellations, surprising turn of events when the moon is VOID.

Jan 15: The moon in VIRGO demands attention to detail. Be sensitive to the feelings of others, pull out the to-do list and start clicking things off! The energy will deteriorate as the day goes on so start early! PISCES sun signs should just stay in bed!

Jan 16: The moon is still in VIRGO with a morning that is easy but the afternoon is a bit picky. This is a good day for mani-pedis or having your car/house cleaned. It is also a great day for organizing. Get rid of the clutter!

Jan 17: The moon moved into VOID early AM and then into LIBRA at 6:16amET. The mind thinks non-stop. A lot can be accomplished today just try not to tell everyone what to do! This is a day to have your hair done or maybe buy a piece of art work. On another level, this is great energy for strategizing for battle.

Jan 18: The moon in LIBRA creates a mentally active energy which means you may overthink everything today! We have grumpy energy peaking late in the afternoon and evening. Compromise where you can today. Put away the electronics, etc, find a puzzle to put together with someone and enjoy some quiet time.

Jan 19: The moon moves out of LIBRA at 3:55amET but then enters VOID for the day until 5:09pmET when it quietly moves into SCORPIO. The SUN moves into AQUARIUS and angry energy urges a desire to break the rules. Stay away from debates and conversations that could turn volatile.

Jan 20: Inauguration Day. The moon in SCORPIO sheds a quieter, more secretive tone to the day. With the intense energy SCORPIO brings this should be quite the day! Perhaps there will be sudden changes to the agenda to make sure security is tight. TAURUS

Jan 21: The moon continues in SCORPIO until this evening at 8:24pmET when it moves into VOID until tomorrow morning. The day is best for finding that quiet corner of your world and shutting out all the craziness. Trust your instincts. Corruption scandals could be front page.

Jan 22: The moon enters SAGITTARIUS at 5:45amET. The desire for adventure, to feel free is strong. Perhaps you are travelling today. If not, watch a travel channel or read about a place far away. What is very important today is TRUTH. Watch your words today!

Jan 23: The moon still in SAGITTARIUS brings a nod to the everything legal and foreign. An element of deception is in the air. The imagination soars. GEMINI sun signs feel drained!

Jan 24: The moon starts the day in SAGITTARIUS and then moves into VOID at 12:33pmET until late afternoon at 5:43pmET when it moves into aloof and cool CAPRICORN. Other than a bumpy energy midday, this is a good day overall.

Jan 25: The moon in CAPRICORN puts the highlight on government, banking and big business. The desire to increase business while holding tight to the budget could force the hand of lawmakers. Personally, it is time to check your bank accounts, credit cards and make sure all is correct! CANCER sun signs feel the coolness as a bit uncaring.

Jan 26: The moon is still in CAPRICORN and the focus is on practical matters. There is energy that puts us emotionally at odds, but otherwise not a bad day… just energy increasing ahead of tomorrow.

Jan 27: The moon moved into VOID at 2:18amET, and then at 3:37amET into AQUARIUS. The energy is HIGH today as we enjoy a NEW MOON in AQUARIUS tonight at 7:07pmET at 8 degrees. Money will be a focus over the next month as well as humanitarian causes, electronic/electrical companies and equipment. Desire versus responsibility is strong today so stick to your to-do list!

Jan 28: The moon in AQUARIUS continues. It is the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. MARS moves into aggressive and action oriented ARIES giving yesterday’s ideas support. LEO sun signs feel left out today.

Jan 29: The mmon moves out of AQUARIUS right after midnight and into PISCES at 11:10amET. The day starts slowly. It remains quieter all day. This is a good day for creative projects! It is also a great day for a foot massage! ? VIRGO finds today challenging!

Jan 30: The moon in PISCES creates an energy that seeks peace and understanding. It also rules liquids of all kinds. Weather related challenges could pop up or be in the news! Be careful in snow and ice. Also watch gasoline prices starting to move up.

Jan 31: The moon in PISCES begins the day and then enters VOID at 12:36pmET for a few hours until 4:47pmET when it enters the entreprenurial sign of ARIES. The energy becomes much more assertive. Headaches are common. There is unusual energy around transportation/communications and electronics. This could be alarming.LIBRA sun signs should prepare for a day or two of prickly energy!

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely! :-)

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON -- good and bad -- and be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Eclipses in 2017

Feb 10 - LUNAR eclipse: in Leo at 22 degrees
Feb 26 - SOLAR eclipse: in Pisces at 8 degrees
Aug 06 - LUNAR eclipse: in Aquarius at 15 degrees
Aug 21 - SOLAR eclipse: in Leo at 28 degrees 53 minutes (close to 29 degrees)

Retrograde Planets in 2017

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Mercury: Until January 8, 2017

Mercury is known for creating challenges and delays (including cancellations) in travel plans, appointments, contracts, major purchases. Double check all holiday reservations! Try to get most major issues or purchase completed before the 12th of Dec or wait until after Jan 8th.

When Mercury is retrograde communications, electronics, and transportation all hit a snag. Satellites go down, electronics breakdown, emails/texts etc are erroneously sent, weak relationships break up (business and personal), trains/airplanes are challenged or in the news and… the flow of money stalls or slows down. That means that “check in the mail” probably will not arrive until after Mercury goes direct! Watch the stock markets. Be cautious in all money dealings. If you have electronic equipment that has been showing signs of needing to be replaced, it will probably break down during the retrograde. This is NOT the time to initiate anything new, especially personal relationships. The retrograde period should focus on OLD business/relationships or projects already in motion before the retrograde cycle began. Many times the Mercury retrograde period allows for resolution of problems. Agreements can be finalized, etc. Just be careful with any of the “numbers” in the paperwork. If possible delay the signing of a contract until after Mercury is direct to avoid complications unless you have outstanding aspects in your astrological chart! Never make major purchases under Mercury retrograde unless you have overwhelmingly good aspects!

I believe the week prior to Mercury stationing retrograde is when most of the crazy, erratic energy seems to happen! There is also unsettling energy at the end of the retrograde period when Mercury is stationing to move direct. Watch the few days on either side of these dates for the strongest of this energy to unfold.

Transiting Planets in 2017

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2017:

Jupiter in Libra until October 2017. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. The first, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” energy for a full year. Until October 2017, Jupiter sends positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign. The effects could be pleasant with opportunities knocking at your door or you can be feel frustrated or irritated. The choice is really yours. Use the energy in a positive way! In October, Jupiter will quietly move into Scorpio to finish the rest of 2017. Watch for more on this change of energies in October’s forecast!

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. Scorpio sun signs are quite relieved as it finally exited Scorpio. It WILL return once again to Scorpio but only for very brief stay this summer and only effects 28 and 29 degrees of Scorpio. It is now Sagittarius' turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. Saturn's energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even a health issue that requires discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, OR have a personal planet in Sagittarius, OR have Sagittarius rising OR have Sagittarius on your house of health (6th house). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN feel really burdensome - even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it), but you do not have to feel that way. With the ability to focus and accomplish, use Saturn's positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries until 2018, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Aries but retrogrades back to 20 degrees by the end of 2016. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 16-24 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2016. Libra sun signs born Oct 9 -19 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly want to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces until 2025, will move from 7 degrees to 12 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2016 direct at 9 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 16, 17, 18, 19 degrees of Capricorn in 2017. Those born Jan 6-11, Apr 5-10, Jul 9-12 and Oct 9-12 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 16-19 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2017, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiative and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force remain strong with you throughout 2017!