Hello lovely ones and happy almost New Year!
Confession, I am writing this a week in advance so that I can enjoy the holidays and a week offline....
I personally find switching off from the online world and gadgets is SO good for my mind, body, soul and make time to do this daily, weekly (often switching off at weekends) or periodically for longer periods of time such as the holidays or vacations.
At this time of year I also think one of the greatest gifts I think you can give your loved ones is your presence, aka being present is the best present!
Moving on to January 2018 which is a month packed with cosmic activity with two Full Moons bookending the month, with the New Year starting with a Super Full Moon and ending with a total Lunar eclipse!
This is known as a blue moon when there are two Full Moons in a calendar month and it is where the expression 'once in a blue moon' comes from.
Given we are talking about two extra potent Full Moons too there is no way that January is going to be a quiet month!
However as some of you will be aware the year starts with Mercury still maneuvering his way out of his retrograde, which is known as the post retrograde shadow.
As a result 2018 may have a slightly sluggish feel to it with a cosmic hangover of sorts from 2017.
But by the time we reach the middle of the month, it is likely that things will pick up pace, helped greatly by the incredibly potent cosmic activity around the days that Mercury's shadow finally ends as well as the New Moon on the 16/17th.
The days before Mercury his finally out of post retrograde shadow (January 10th) are among some of the most powerful days of the year as they contain such strong astrological aspects (see the cosmic dates for your calendar below!)
Turning now to the title of this blog and the Soulstrology theme for January 2018.
The first three weeks of the month sees Capricorn season in full flow and as you are hopefully aware, cosmic life coach Saturn is now in Capricorn, where he will be until March 2020.
Interestingly he entered Capricorn at the Winter Solstice (the darkest day of the year) and departs at the Spring Equinox (equal parts day and night, a balancing between darkness and light).
Soulstrology says this is no cosmic coincidence but is indicative of the fact that wherever we may feel darkness currently in our lives or the world (ahem, Capricorn rules the patriarchy) is where we will see huge shifts and a turn in the tide to more light and balance come March 2020 where a new chapter will be birthed for all.
In the natural zodiac Capricorn rules structure, status, ambition, career and success.
It is a serious, grounded earth sign which climbs the mountain like its goat symbol.
This sign likes to identify in black and white what steps need to be taken in order to manifest its goals and will then work diligently to achieve them.
It loves tangible markers of success and indeed the power that accompanies such success (ahem, the patriarchy...more on this in the New Year).
Soulstrology says that in January 2018 with so many powerful aspects taking place in the Capricorn ruled parts of each of our charts we have the opportunity to not only plant the seeds which we wish to fruition in 2018 but also in two plus years time in March 2020.
Regardless of our zodiac sign, each of can tap into the grounded, mature energies of Capricorn to identify our goals, our career (and life) ambitions and what would constitute success and status for us - both personally and professionally.
We can plant the seeds energetically within our consciousness, and tangibly on the physical plane by setting intentions and goals for the year ahead and beyond.
Soulstrology tells us that more than ever, due to stern Saturn's presence in Capricorn, we need to start this year as we intend to go on.
With the knowledge that the cosmic headmaster is watching us and taking notes, and taking responsibility that how we start Saturn's transit of Capricorn will indicate how we fare over this transit and what we reap both this year, and also in Spring 2020 (and indeed for the rest of 2020 when Saturn strides back into Capricorn for a retrograde before settling fully into Aquarius).
Starting as we mean to go on, energetically, spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally; mind, body and soul.
It doesn't matter what has passed or failed, for it is in the past.
All that matters is the now.
Starting anew, planting the right seeds and starting as we mean to go on.
Mantra of the month:
I choose to start this year with a clean slate and have hope and faith that this year ahead can be everything I want it to be and more.
I embrace the energy of a fresh start knowing that that no matter what has come before, the past has passed and my only focus now is the gift of the present.
I infuse each area of my life and mind, body and soul with the energy of newness and excitement of what I can co-create with the Universe.
As always I will write detailed blogs for both the New and Full Moons.
Members can expect weekly cosmic updates and more detailed information for their zodiac sign for both the Full and New Moons.
In the meantime here are the key dates for your cosmic diary for January 2018.
January 1st/2nd: (depending on your timezone) Full Moon in Cancer (will write detailed blog on this)
January 2nd: Sun (in Capricorn) sextiles Neptune (in Pisces) positive aspect good for making creative goals manifest
January 2nd: Uranus stations direct
January 3rd: Venus (in Capricorn) sextiles Neptune (in Pisces) positive aspect for creativity and romance
January 6th: Mercury (in Sagittarius) trines Uranus (in Aries) powerful aspect for creative thinking, ideas and communications
January 6th: Mars (in Scorpio) conjuncts Jupiter (in Scorpio) powerful aspect for manifesting but has a shadow side of excess and being power hungry.
January 8th: Sun (in Capricorn) sextiles Jupiter (in Scorpio) powerful, positive aspect
January 8th: Mars (in Scorpio) sextiles Pluto (in Capricorn) powerful, positive aspect
January 8th: Venus (in Capricorn) sextiles Jupiter in Scorpio powerful, positive aspect
January 9th: Sun (in Capricorn) conjuncts Venus (in Capricorn) very powerful aspect particularly for love, creativity, socializing and business
January 9th: Venus (in Capricorn) conjuncts Pluto (in Capricorn) another very powerful aspect, particularly for love and with Mercury ending it's retrograde shadow the next day expect some transformation in certain love situations and a shift in 'power'
January 9th: Venus (in Capricorn) sextiles Mars (in Scorpio) powerful, positive aspect especially for passionate matters of the heart and masculine/feminine energies
January 10th: Sun (in Capricorn) sextiles Mars (in Scorpio) powerful positive aspect
January 11th: Mercury enters Capricorn (will write Members blog on this)
January 13th: Mercury (in Capricorn) conjuncts Saturn (in Capricorn) can feel heavy, intense on the mind but also a productive time to think about things practically (without depressing yourselves!)
January 13th: Venus (in Capricorn) squares Uranus (in Aries) intense aspect, can lead to lasting change in certain romantic situations or creative endeavors
January 14th: Sun (in Capricorn) squares Uranus (in Aries) powerful aspect, can be intense and bring about sudden change/a bolt from the blue
January 15: Jupiter (in Scorpio) sextiles Pluto (in Capricorn) a powerful, positive aspect
January 16/17: (depending on your timezone) New Moon in Capricorn (will write detailed blog on this)
January 19th: Venus goes into Aquarius (will write Members blog on this)
January 19th: Mercury (in Capricorn) sextiles Neptune (in Pisces) a great aspect for combining creativity and vision with practicality
January 24th: Mercury (in Capricorn) conjunct Pluto (in Capricorn) powerful aspect can be very productive but be mindful around communications (power struggles)
January 25th: Mercury (in Capricorn) sextiles Jupiter (in Pluto) positive aspect
January 27th: Mars moves into Sagittarius (will write Members blog on this)
January 28th: Mercury (in Capricorn) squares Uranus (in Aries) can be an unsettling aspect for communications so be mindful
January 31st: Total lunar eclipse/Full Moon in Leo (will write detailed blog on this)
I am wishing you all a very happy start to the New Year.
May we all start this year off as we mean to go on and may our efforts be rewarded for our highest good and the greater good of all.
So may it be.