…A new beginning, suspiciously like the old one; only this time I’m ready.~Typhoon, ‘Starting Over’
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
It’s a new year already. Though, astrologically speaking, it kind of already changed into the next phase in November and there is a lot going on; super-busy style. January starts by bringing December’s boil to more of a busy simmer. Then things start to get somewhat buoyant around mid-month. But then we’ll feel Mars slowing to a stop on the 23rd and the busyness will return but with less visible progress. Mostly it’s just asking us to keep working at stuff as best we can–standard fare.
Mercury sextiles Saturn and then Neptune on the 7th, calling us to integrate recent lessons and let the unpleasant teachers fade into the fog of memory. This could be a very important moment in time for turning towards the right direction and committing to whatever healthy path has recently presented itself. Just be sure that the functional elements are sound.
Mercury trines Jupiter and squares Uranus on the 8th, frothing up a different mental blend. This one is leaning more towards wild optimism and excitement, hopefully following on the heels of recent commitments. If things are not moving as you’d like, then be patient and keep master-minding some new angles of approach. Be aware of how the perspective shifts–and take advantage of it.
The Full Moon is in 18 degrees of Cancer at 11:30 pm (pacific) on the 8th. This semi-mellow lunation is urging us to further support ourselves in the midst of many things/people that could be pulling at our energy supplies. The idea is simple: take care of yourself and then care for others—but the implementation from day to day is complex and always in flux. Don’t exceed your pace and make sure to put time aside for self-nurture; even just a bath will help.
The Sun trines Mars on the 12th, giving us a chance to cut through some of our inner resistance, our stubborn ego, or other hang-ups. The challenge is that we could too easily coast on this downhill instead of pressing the gas in preparation for the next one. Keep the progress steady and consistent and be patient.
Venus trines Saturn and conjoins Neptune on the 13th, pulling us in very different directions at once: One that is eager to be on the ground, in the garden, or otherwise enjoying natural earthly pleasures; the other pulling us up towards the ethers, into our fantasies. The ideal way to deal with this is to practice being in awe by allowing oneself to see and appreciate the dreamlike wonder that is all around us. This requires seeing through eyes of wise innocence.
Mercury conjoins Pluto, also on the 13th, plunging us deep into whatever old detritus is preventing full integration and awesome-ification. Whatever hasn’t been purged from the body, the closet, the to-do list, et cetera, has got to go or at least be put on the soon-to-purge list. Wherever you may be in the process of simplification, keep going. Growth takes time and consistency.
Venus moves into Pisces, also on the 13th at 9:47 p.m., where she will stay until February 7th. This period of time is good for any inspirational pursuits: listening to more music, dancing, spiritual practices, even swimming. If it refreshes your spirit and is healthy enough, do it. Relax and unwind some of the tension, because we need to get rest when and where we can.
Venus sextiles Jupiter on the 14th, lightening the mood of the weekend. We may want to get out with friends and be social and/or see a show. Affirm the positive and enjoy the respite.
The Sun squares Saturn on the 19th, pushing us to keep getting ourselves together. Maturity and attentiveness are required to keep relationships balanced and smooth as this period could bring up lingering tensions. Let go of any biases and over-reactive tendencies you have and be open to seeing the perspective of others.
The Sun moves into Aquarius on the 20th, asking us to stay open to whatever the world wants to teach us, even if it comes from unconventional sources. I mean, still take it all with a grain of salt, but be sure to suspend your beliefs enough to avoid getting stuck at a fixed vantage point.
Venus sextiles Pluto on the 20th, stirring up the under layer of our relationships a bit. It shouldn’t be very scary and it can be useful for flushing misunderstandings and missed connections down the drain. Practice compassion and a real best-effort at understanding the issues of others.
The Sun sextiles Uranus and squares Jupiter on the 21st, jolting us awake and/or further into action. It centers on where we see ourselves headed, how that may have changed recently, and what the heck we are going to do about it. Easily said, but, you got to strive to thrive.
The New Moon is in 2 degrees of Aquarius at 11:39 p.m. (pacific) on the 22nd. Now is our chance to blast more fully this new coagulation of various facets of ourselves into a more functional alloy. If you have not yet gathered all these pieces, then get to work on this now. If ready, then flow with the current and use it.
Mercury trines Mars on the 23rd, propelling us into more realizations and simplifications. This is a good time for further editing our inner narrator and keeping our minds looking decently towards the silver-lining in the drudgery of it all. Keep the mind on track.
Mars stations retrograde on the 23rd, at 4:54 p.m. (pacific), going apparently backwards until April 13th. And so it begins: months of training, pruning, streamlining, optimizing, cleansing, essentializing—or paying for the lack of effort. It’s very important to take care of one’s health during this period, like maybe getting back to eating better, exercise, stretching, et cetera. However, it can’t be forced; it has to be wanted enough to push through and start seeing results. Put your brain on the same program. Give yourself a tune-up. A ritual of openness to what this period could bring would be most appropriate.
Mercury squares Saturn on the 27th, giving us a tough gauge for our growth. Use it for motivation; don’t get discouraged. Life usually has its own unique timing and this must be respected. We are better off if we work with it, patiently.
Mercury moves into Aquarius on the 27th, taking the focus off of the grind somewhat, and shifting more towards new schemes and contemplations. The mind must be fed or it gets awfully grumpy and difficult to manage. Study and/or do something out of your ordinary.
Mercury sextiles Uranus and squares Jupiter on the 28th, infusing a strong dose of cabin fever, if we have not been seeking enough adventure. Let us think of it as a ‘call of the wild,’ from within, asking us to get out there or risk wilting. Keep experimenting.
January, what will you bring us? We are all being pushed towards our own original take, combination, amalgam of humanity; to embrace these things in our selves more fully and inventively. This will represent very different paths for various people, but we should all be working through some old, goopy stuff, while also fostering the newness. And it’s most recommended to work on the goop and get it gone, because early February promises to change the game as Neptune ventures into Pisces, which he won’t be done with until 2026! May we all be as conscious and ready as we can be.