The end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 were turbulent and hectic for many people. In December, Jupiter left her own sign of Sagittarius and moved into Capricorn. This brought a feeling of heaviness and seriousness into the air. A few weeks after that, Eclipse Season started, and on Christmas, there was a Solar Eclipse.
We were still in Eclipse Season when the new year began, and there was a Lunar Eclipse on January 10. A few days later, on January 12, Saturn and Pluto formed an exact conjunction. If you were having a difficult time, you were probably not alone.
For more information on recent transits and Eclipses, see:
The good news is that Eclipse Season is over with, and while we may still feel the influence of the recent heavy transits, they are now behind us. The next New Moon is clear, and we will experience a time of relative peace and quiet for the next 29 days.
January 24 to February 8 – Change is in the Air
The New Moon in Aquarius will happen on January 24. The New Moon always represents a fresh start. This is particularly the case for the first New Moon after an Eclipse Season. The shadow has passed, and we are now ready to begin a new Lunar Phase Cycle.
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In the chart for the New Moon Lunation, we see that the Sun, Moon, and Mercury have moved out of Capricorn, where the heavy serious planets, Saturn and Pluto still are, and where Jupiter is as well. We will have a sense that we want to move on and leave the difficult things that have happened over the last month or so behind us.
We will want to look ahead to the future. This is particularly the case as this year, as we are preparing for the Great Conjunction (conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn) that will be happening at the end of the year.
For more information about this year’s changes, see:
The other major feature of this chart is a square between Venus in Pisces and Mars in Sagittarius. While squares often indicate tension, this one is rather light. Indeed, people may be feeling more romantic and optimistic than usual. Yet, it is wise to be cautious in matters related to love and romance. Venus is also closing in on Neptune, which could cloud people’s judgment.
Today, Mercury will sextile Mars. This is benign transit, and it will add excitement and energy to the air. Some people may feel a bit of restlessness. If you do, try to find a way to vary your normal routine and have some fun.
January 26 – 28
The square between Venus and Mars will be exact on January 26. Venus will join Neptune on January 27, and Mars will square Neptune on January 28. While this is happening, the Moon will be in Pisces and will pass over Venus and Neptune.
During this time, there will be a sense of romance and drama. It is ok to enjoy it, but be careful, and don’t make any major decisions about relationships right now. Just have fun. You will probably not be seeing things clearly.
Today is the day of the First Quarter Moon. This when the seeds that sprouted during the New Moon phase will start to really grow and blossom. From now until the Full Moon is a great time to build upon new ideas and seriously work on current projects.
February 2 & 3
On February 2, Venus will sextile Pluto, and on February 3, she will sextile Saturn. This will add a sobering element, particularly for those who have been involved in whirlwind romances. As a sextile is a gentle aspect, it will not be a harsh wake-up call. More than likely it will be a reminder of responsibilities and obligations that have been neglected recently.
On the other hand, Mercury will go into Pisces on February 3 as well. Of all signs, Mercury has the most trouble in Pisces. So, even if you have the urge to get back to work, you may experience some cloudiness and have a hard time with concentration.
The first transit that Mercury will make when she enters Pisces is a sextile with Uranus on February 5. This probably will not be noticed by most people, but there could be an added sense of restlessness and confusion for some.
Venus will be leaving the romantic sign of Pisces and entering the combative sign of Aries. This will be a difficult change as Venus will be moving from the sign of her exaltation to one of the signs of her detriment. This could be difficult for relationships, particularly for new ones that may have started during this lunation.
Try not to overreact to difficulties and watch your temper. No relationship is perfect, nor is any person.
February 9 through February 22 – Things Are Firing Up
The Full Moon will occur on February 9. This will be when the matters that started at the New Moon will come to their full fruition. This will also begin the waning phase of this Lunar Cycle.
One of the key features of this chart is that all three of the Fire Signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are represented. Mars has been in Sagittarius for some time. Venus moved into Aries a few days before, and the Full Moon will be in Leo.
This will add a burst of energy and excitement, and many will feel the motivation to follow through on projects. Mercury is still in Pisces, however. This may make it difficult to think clearly and objectively.
This day will mark the 3rd Quarter Moon. We are nearing the end of the cycle. This is the time to begin winding things down and preparing for the next cycle. The Moon will be entering Sagittarius, one of the Fire Signs, so you may feel like starting something new.
In general, though, things started during the 3rd Quarter Moon do not tend to last. This is a good time to clean house, literally and metaphorically, and to do unpleasant chores that you want to finish quickly.
Mars will leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn. This will be a mixed change. On the positive side, Mars gains a great deal of strength because Capricorn is the sign of Mars’ exaltation. This will give the energy motivation to get things done.
On the other hand, this is where Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto still are, and as Mars travels through Capricorn, she will bring back the larger world events that people have been ignoring for their personal lives during the past few weeks.
Also, today, Mercury will go retrograde, giving further testimony that old issues will be coming back into the forefront.
For more information about Mercury retrogrades, see:
This Mercury retrograde period will last until March 9.
The Sun will enter Pisces. This will bring a softer element into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, it will also add to the cloudiness of Mercury.
Jupiter will sextile Neptune. This transit will not be noticed by most people. If anything, you may feel a bit confused about your values and ideals.
February 21 & 22
Mars will trine Uranus on February 21, and the Sun will sextile Uranus on February 22. These transits could create a feeling of irritability and restlessness among some, but for most, these transits will go unnoticed.