January 2015 - Happy New Year!

The world is entering an "8" vibration for the year 2015. The focus will now be on those with power and the authority to make critical decisions. Achievement, economic growth, material wealth will be priorities. Everything must be in moderation or it will backfire. JANUARY will start off this year vibration with a "completion" energy. It is time to release those things that are no longer positive and beneficial and prepare to move forward in February after Mercury turns direct. Be watchful of deception midmonth.

MERCURY is RETROGRADE Jan 21 – Feb 11 in Aquarius

Thankfully, the first two and a half weeks of January will be great for starting new programs, relationships, and setting goals for the year. But, around the 16th-17th be cautious as communications become crossed, electronics fail, delays happen everywhere, the markets are unstable and equipment breaks down. This is because Mercury is waltzing to retrograde on January 21st! The good news is that the retrograde cycle gives everyone the opportunity to review what has happened since last October (2014). It is a time of revision, reflection, reconsideration and reconciling. This is a good time to re-negotiate any deal you are involved in, reconnect with old friends, reconsider returning to a previous employer or partner, resubmit an application, and reviewing your money accounts. Mercury retrograde creates confusion, mistakes, delays and misunderstandings. Emails and texts are sent incorrectly so be very careful if you are sending private info. It is best to delay signing any contracts, making major purchases, replacing major equipment, downloading new software or resigning from your position.. until after Mercury turns Direct – February 11th.

Moons
A new moon initiates energy that will last for four weeks or one lunar cycle. The kind of energy highlighted is indicated by the sign in which the moon occurs. The full moon that takes place two weeks later 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.

Jan 04: Full Moon in Cancer at 14 degrees (emotional and action oriented)
Jan 20: New Moon in Aquarius at 0 degrees (electrical equipment, airplanes, humanitarian causes, friendships highlighted) Interesting to note that there will be another New Moon in Aquarius in February. This is unusual and gives a double emphasis on those things ruled by Aquarius.

Dates to Note

Jan 01: Stressful energy early afternoon, may effect country leaders. Jan 03: VENUS moves out of reserved CAPRICORN and into friendly AQUARIUS
Jan 04: FULL MOON in CANCER in HARSH aspect to URANUS, while MERCURY moves into the visionary sign of AQUARIUS
Jan 12: MARS shifts into Pisces. The focus of energy is more peaceful
Jan 13: Watch the markets. Upswing? Temporary surge? Deception is everywhere
Jan 19: High energy could cause exhaustion if not channeled properly
Jan 20: NEW MOON at ZERO AQUARIUS – good for Aquarius
Jan 21: MERCURY RETROGRADES in AQUARIUS – Money slows down, delays increase, miscommunications abound
Jan 27: VENUS slides into Pisces
Daily
Jan 01: Happy New Year! The moon still in Taurus from overnight moves into VOID at 7:10am today. The energy is slow this morning but once it enters GEMINI at 12:09pmET communications, traffice, phone calls will increase. In the afternoon, there are a few strong aspects of energy that could create some grumpiness. Difficulties could develop related to universities or foreign places/leaders.

Jan 02: The moon continues in GEMINI and with no really hard aspects to add to yesterdays, the day should be quite good for catching up on emails and voice mails. The energy is a bit fickle but overall, a calmer day.

Jan 03: The moon is in GEMINI until 6:55amET when it moves into a VOID until this evening at 8:06pm. At that time, it will enter CANCER. Venus moving in Aquarius works well with the CANCER moon usually. However, we also have Mercury moving in Aquarius tomorrow. This causes big waves in the energy field and some of those are troubling. SAGITTARIUS sun signs are ready for a new day.

Jan 04: FULL MOON in CANCER day… the moon is not full until late tonight at 11:53pm and immediately enters VOID. The energy will be building throughout the day. Emotions overflow and stand ready to defend! This is the kind of day to stay home and putter. There are angry energies in the afternoon making it tough to stay "calm, cool and collected". If you do meet with family or friends, be sure and check your emotions at the door. Everyone will feel some degree of sensitivity/irritation today. Mercury shifts into Aquarius giving a focus on humanitarian causes but also STRONG ideas on right and wrong.

Jan 05: The moon is VOID all day until tomorrow morning. The energy from yesterday is still unfolding. Thankfully, there are no harsh aspects. There is a strong emphasis on home, family, mother figures. Maybe a call home would be good. CAPRICORN sun signs just want things to balance. Breathe! And remember…always expect the unexpected under a VOID moon.

Jan 06: The moon moved out of VOID and into LEO at 6:03amET. There are uneven energies from mid morning to early afternoon. If you have any heart trouble/disease, this is the kind of day to be more aware of your health issues. Communications are mixed up with emotions and love is a bit confused under this normally very romantic moon energy. The stock markets could bobble a bit, so be cautious.

Jan 07: The moon continues in LEO. Happy Birthday to someone special!  Today is a much better day. No harsh aspects all day. Whew, a break from the past week's energy! TAURUS and SCORPIO sun signs may feel a bit cranky but not much. Enjoy the day.

Jan 08: The moon starts in LEO and then enters VOID at 12:04pmET until later in the day when it enters VIRGO at 5:58pmET. Midday might find some grumpy energy so maybe eat lunch alone! During the evening hours there is also some pushy energy and it could have children fighting the bedtime curfew. Temper your words and focus on tomorrow's to-do list.

Jan 09: The moon in VIRGO gives us a great day to take care of work, home and office. It is a wonderful day to clean house, prepare lunches for the next few days, make a grocery list and maybe gather your tax information for filing your taxes. PISCES sun signs will find they accomplish a lot today!

Jan 10: The moon is still in VIRGO as the day begins but quickly shifts to VOID at 10:45am for the rest of the day. Today is a good day to kick back and enjoy a few good movies. Rest up as tomorrow will be busy.

Jan 11: The moon moves into LIBRA at 6:57amET and gives us a slight introduction to the powerful energies that will be evident tomorrow. There are ripples in the air. Get organized. Be prepared to manage whatever comes up tomorrow. The energy is high today but easy to use in a productive way. ARIES sun signs struggle with the back and forth of LIBRA.

Jan 12: The moon still in LIBRA welcomes MARS moving into PISCES. The enegies in the morning seem strong and heightened. There is a fight going on between Pluto and Uranus and this causes some on again off again events. For instance, the market soars, then drops, then soars again. Uranus transiting in Aries will keep us all on our toes for a few more years. Thankfully, the move of MARS into PISCES will keep conflicts from becoming bigger while it enhances issues with liquids/fluids of all kinds.

Jan 13: The moon enters VOID at 4:46amET and reamsin VOID all day until 6:44pmET when it enters the secretive sign of SCORPIO. Always expect things to be delayed or not come down the way you plan when the moon is VOID as it is today. That's why I say "expect the unexpected". TAURUS sun signs may feel a bit out of sorts today but nothing serious.

Jan 14: The moon in SCORPIO pulls our energy back into our shells… more like a turtle than a phoenix! Watch communications today. There could be some cross ups.. and then secrets will be exposed.

Jan 15: The moon is in SCORPIO until 6:52pmET when it enters VOID for overnight. Overnight the energy produces some strong challenges, especially regarding "rules and regulations". This is a good day for a hair cut or massage.

Jan 16: The moon enters SAGITTARIUS early at 3: 01amET. The mind, and in some cases, the heart wanders. Legal, law enforcement, higher education are all featured today. This is a good day for a long distance trip or maybe simply daydreaming. GEMINI sun signs need a little nap.

Jan 17: The moon is still in SAGITTARIUS until 2:52pmET. Without any really difficult aspects, today could be one of the better days of the month. GEMINI sun signs may feel a little "off" but nothing that is troubling. Take note, however, as we are now feeling the planet MERCURY starting to enter retrograde. "Screw-ups" are everywhere. Read more abour Mercury retrograde under Retrograde planets.

Jan 18: The moon shifted from the VOID of yesterday into CAPRICORN at 7:04amET. The mood becomes more composed and cool. Emotions are easier to manage. Tomorrow is a holiday in the U.S. Today is a good day to review your budget and make sure you didn't overdo from December. Consider this a "take care of business" day. Responsibilities are at the top of your list.

Jan 19: The moon moves into VOID for the entire day right before the New Moon tomorrow. This brings an element of expecting things to be delayed or not turn out quite as it was planned. Stock markets are in the news as well as colleges and universities and foreign dignitaries.

Jan 20: NEW MOON at ZERO degrees AQUARIUS at 8:14amET. New moons always bring a lot of energy and today is no different. The sun enters AQUARIUS. We are now within a day of MERCURY stationing retrograde. Be careful in all communications. Be careful around electrical equipment. It is a good day to be with friends – just be aware the energy is a little erratic! LEO sun signs feel left out!

Jan 21: The moon is still in AQUARIUS and is joined by MERCURY stationing RETROGRADE in AQUARIUS at 17 degrees. It is in Aqauarius all day until 8:45pmET when it goes VOID. Now is the time to delay the purchase of any major, signing of any contracts, starting any new relationships, etc until after MERCURY returns to direct motion on FEB 11. If you do purchase, sign, begin etc, expect some delays or glitches. Go over any contract with a fine toothed comb and remember, it may be short lived due to it being initiated under this retrograde energy. It's time now to go back and review all that has happened since October 2014. See where positive changes can be made and be ready to move forward in FEB.

Jan 22: The moon enters PISCES at 7:48amET bringing some quietness to the day. Weather related issues could be headlines. Shipping and boating seem to be highlighted. This is a good time to see your podiatrist if you have any problem with your feet. If you want your hair to grow fast, have it cut today. Listen to music that uplifts your spirit today. VIRGO sun signs, go slow, breathe!

Jan 23: The moon enters VOID at 6:13amET and gives us a day of all kinds of possibilities. Drugs and drug companies are in the news. Expect some delays and even crossed up shipments, etc. Double check all travel plans.

Jan 24: The moon enters ARIES at 8:31amET and pushes the envelope. Be very careful when handling any kind of sharp instrument, weapon, explosive, fire component. This is an impulsive, aggressive energy that needs to go somewhere. This will unfold over today and tomorrow. Exercise patience. LIBRA sun signs just want to dance.

Jan 25: The moon continues in ARIES and really wants us to act NOW. Remember, Mercury is retrograde, so it is best to go slow, weigh all the possibilities and then wait. If it is a good decision today, it will be a better one later. Earthquakes may be in the news around this date.

Jan 26: The moon starts the day in ARIES and quickly enters VOID at 9:23amET for a short time until it moves into TAURUS at 11:37amET. The day is good for grounding, for checking your bank account,, credit cards. It is an excellent day for being with nature, hugging the trees.

Jan 27: With the moon still in TAURUS, do all things in moderation today -- eating, drinking, exercising, purchasing, anything. VENUS enters the shy sign of PISCES today and works really well with the TAURUS moon. DO NOT OVERDO today. You will regret it. The moon slides into VOID at 9:18pmET.

Jan 28: The moon stays VOID all day until 5:36pmET. Early in the day information flows easily and you may even uncover a secret or two. Hold onto it. No need to share at this point. Once the moon enters GEMINI early evening, conversations will increase as well as miscommunications.

Jan 29: The moon is in GEMINI and dances with a lot of energy today, mostly all good. This is definitely a chatty day!  Enjoy it. SAGITTARIUS just wants to stay out of the way of all the chatter.

Jan 30: The moon in GEMINI stops at 4:24amET and stays VOID the rest of the day again! This last week of the month has given us a couple of "slower paced" days. That's a good thing! There does seem to be a challenge going on with the stock market so be alert!

Jan 31: The month ends with the moon moving into CANCER early morning at 2:09amET. It is a rather calm day as far as harsh energies are concerned. Have a family cookout or "cookover." See a movie together. Be with someone you love. Feelings are super sensitive. The desire to be at home or with loved ones is strong. Not a bad way to end the first month of 2015!
Retrograde Planets

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: Jan 21st – Feb 11th 2015

When Mercury retrogrades, the flow of money tends to slow down, communications are messed up and equipment breaks down. This is the proverbial "the check is in the mail" kind of energy or instructions were not sent with a purchase, or a purchase arrives broken. Delays are common. Communication equipment, i.e. phones, satellites, radio, TV go down or have limited service. Misunderstandings in relationships can create a separation. The stock markets make adjustments. This is a good time to take out the old "to-do" list and finish up tasks that you have been neglecting. Remember, though, it usually takes TWICE the effort to get HALF as much done under this retrograde. Never try to install new software while Mercury is retrograde. It is a good time to re-visit old issues, reach out to old friends, reconsider old offers, etc. WAIT until Mercury goes direct to initiate new projects… especially the opening of a new store or launching a new product.

JUPITER: Dec 8th – April 8th 2015

Jupiter is a benefic planet bringing a cushion in times of falls, luck in times unexpected. It is like having an angel on your should when it is in your sun sign. Jupiter can also bring legal matters into focus. Religions, higher institutions of learning, foreign places and people, judges and court rulings are all ruled by Jupiter. When it is retrograde, it pulls back or reduces the energy. It becomes weak. It is still active, just not as strong. If you are involved in any of the above mentioned subjects, these could slow down or be put on hold until Jupiter returns to full power in April. This slowdown allows time for review of what has already occurred. The sign of Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. If you are born under this sign, you may feel as though you are a little slower than usual during this retrograde period. Use the time wisely to "catch up" and be ready to push forward once the retrograde period is over.

Transiting Planets

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 facelift, 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 2015:

Jupiter in Leo until Sep 2015. 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. Those Leo sun signs that are experiencing this transit will not have this again for approximately 12 years. Virgo suns are next to have this benefic planet transit their sign. Jupiter moved into the sign of LEO in July of 2014 shifting the spotlight to those who are world leaders, famous sports figures and anyone in the arts/entertainment area, higher education, an emphasis on foreign countries/people (including long trips) and anything "legal". It will still be in when 2015 begins. It will complete the transit of LEO in the summer of 2015. This is a positive energy for LEO sun signs. Keep egos in check and make sure you can walk your talk!! Keeping in mind the legal influence, you can also attract a legal situation if you use this energy in a negative way. For instance, receiving a speeding ticket, filing a lawsuit or being involved in one, etc. Once it enters the sign of VIRGO in Aug, an adjustment will be made. More on that in the August forecast.

Saturn in Sagittarius until Dec 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, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 12 degrees to 20 degrees in 2015. It does retrograde during the year and in Dec 2015 it will have retrograded back to 16 degrees Aries from 20. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 12-20 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2015. Libra sun signs born Oct 5 -15 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 challenging the signs of Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces, will move from 5 degrees to 7 degrees Pisces during 2015. 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 13, 14 and 15 degrees of Capricorn in 2015. Those born Jan 2-7, Apr 2-7, Jul 3 -9 and Oct 5-10 will most likely feel this transit more directly. Any planet you may have in your astrological chart that is at the degrees mentioned (13, 14, 15 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra), will feel the transformative power of Pluto. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, 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. These may be headliners in 2015. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious and responsible. A very positive use of the energy would be to overhaul any area of your life that needs improvement. 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.

Void of Course 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, etc.

I feel 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 also an element of LUCK associated with this void energy...use it wisely.

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

Be blessed always!