Ceres enters Aquarius. The caregiver asteroid-goddess asks us to nurture and take care of ourselves and others. She's a caretaker who guarded her daughter from danger although she also suffocated and cloistered her unnecessarily. As she enters Aquarius be more caring, nurturing and motherly towards your friends, community and charitable organizations. We get the English word "Cereal" from Ceres. Starting the day often with a bowl of cereal gets it off to a healthy start. Make a new start with your mental health. Nurture your mind with clear and level headed thinking. In the world lets see if we see more union strikes for those who think they are not being treated equally. This is a powerful energy for female empowerment and making the feminine voice heard in the political sphere. Women helping and mentoring other women. There’s safety in numbers.
The Moon turns void of course at 10:10 am EST and 7:10 am PST so it's not the most productive time and definitely not a good Friday take action with something new. Keep the nose to the grindstone with work already in progress. The Moon enters Taurus at 7:28 pm EST and 4:28 pm (PST). This is a luxuriant lunation for a Friday night. Spend money, indulge the senses - especially the hidden gourmet. Do something a bit more provocative and out of the normal routine since the first aspect Luna makes while in Taurus is a conjunction to rebellious Uranus. Break out into something new, risky and exciting having something to do with money, pleasure, the senses, and breaking the taboos of the earthly realm. Be fun and creative and shock yourself!
Wednesday, January 29. The Aries Moon is just the thing needed to get you out of the past few days of Neptunian haze, fog, sadness, disappointment and disillusion. There is action and clarity and a vision to move forward. Because Luna conjuncts Chiron today any recent hurts and wounds can be dealt with in a more forthright and direct manner. Wounds don’t often heal but you can make a new beginning and forge a new attitude. Those who are accident prone should be mindful of head injuries.
There are opportunities to have a stronger need for independence and freedom and take risks to express your creative will. You’ve examined the pros and cons of the recent intense January energy and you’re better prepared to deal with the future knowing what has to be let go and where to put new energy to build new structures.
The love planets are in tense aspect this weekend and you'll feel it through Monday as the Pisces Moon conjoins Venus. This is a frustrating time in relationships where there will be struggles between the philosophies of each partner. What each of you believes may be at cross purposes with one another. It may be hard to compromise but compromise you must. In this arrangement since Venus in Pisces is traveling through the sign of its exaltation, she'll have the greater power. Therefor the more Venusian partner, not necessarily the woman, will have the upper hand in getting their way. If you're in a more traditional type of relationship where Venus does generally favor women then yes, the ladies will have their way!! But we live in a more diverse world so check to see who is the more Yin of the two and go from there.
This fight between the signs Sagittarius and Pisces is a conflict between Religion vs. Spirituality. When they go hand in had it's a beautiful thing, but when they don't there are wars and battles caused over such conflicts, so be aware of fights and disagreements. Don't start a major war or conflict over something by blowing it out of proportion. Know when to man your stations and know when to pull away and harness the energy for a more elevated type of debate or confrontation.
On the positive side this energy can be great for sexual experimentation and sexual behavior that tilts toward the rougher side of play. It can be highly exciting, enticing and bring out the wild beast. You may just surprise yourself over the hedonistic display and the words that come out of your mouth that in other circumstances may be deemed highly inappropriate, but in the bedroom can be highly stimulating.
It's a boxing match type of energy so be prepared to spar.
Today is the Aquarius New Moon. This new moon ends the 6 week eclipse period even though the stage is set for the next 6 months regarding matters that came up during the eclipse that will need to continue to be addressed as they evolve and resolve. This new moon brings more equilibrium to the problems and can get us on track in more rational and level-headed ways. Aquarius likes to see the bigger picture and stay detached, removed and not bring overly sensitive feelings into the picture. If the eclipse rocked you off center then you'll have a better perspective on events through this lunation.
This is a time to renew friendships and reconnect with your family of friends. Winter socializing at home is a good way to stay in touch. This is a great new moon for launching new technological projects and getting involved in social networking, humanitarian causes and political activities. Political issues will heat up even more in the media as this is an extremely media driven and politically oriented sign.
Ask yourself on a personal level what you're doing to aid the infrastructure of your life in more progressive ways that perhaps include other people and their needs rather than merely you own personal satisfaction. The group consciousness demands more love and attention under this influence.
The Moon enters serious minded and productive Capricorn today and will put the mood towards accomplishment. There are plenty of opportunities to solidify relationships and strengthen the ties that bind. Luna's conjunction to Jupiter lends a feeling that luck will come your way through hard work and effort. There's a feeling that one can make their luck and that it just doesn't happen. If you've done your homework then you should experience high confidence levels.
Since the Sun squares Uranus you'll have to think outside the box and may feel undervalued or underappreciated for you unique creativity. Don't expect the group energy to be on your side but if you walk to the beat of a different drummer and stay on a more independent streak then you can excel ahead of the pack. Know when to accommodate to others whose value system is in sync with yours and know when to divorce yourself from groups and situations that are not on the same page.
It's a good night to attend a social function.
The Moon is void of course in the sign of Capricorn all day long. It is said when Luna is void she isn't working at optimum levels and that everything that is initiated today doesn't go according to plans. It's not a time to start a major project, make important new contacts, go on a first date, make a major purchase or anything that involves long terms goals, plans and outcomes. It is a great energy for chugging along with work that has already been set in motion and refine plans and projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before going void is said to color the void period. In this case a square to Neptune. This only exacerbates confusion, illusion, deception and not seeing things clearly. It can also heighten imagination, fantasy, spiritual and poetic pursuits. It's a great day to take off from work and play hooky if you can afford to. A void day can be lovely to go with the flow, especially with Neptune involved, and get amazing amounts of internal work done.
Eclipse energy is starting to wane and become more equalized. Those greatly affected by it should have a sense of how the stage has been set for certain important matters during the course of the next 6 months.
Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King as the Sun enters Aquarius a sign which represents freedom, liberation, equality, justice and getting to the truth of the matter. These are all qualities that ascribed to and fought for as the leader of the black civil rights movement. He is a symbol of civil rights for all people. Let's take time out of our busy schedule to contemplate that no man is free unless all men are free. Freedom is the overriding principle of the sign of Aquarius and let's celebrate our freedom and uniqueness as individuals at the same time that we honor our place in the group and society to which we belong.
Yes, Mercury is in Aquarius, a sign with which he does well, yet today the trickster squares its modern ruler Uranus in Taurus so there may be very little compromise when arguing. Be wary of spontaneous combustion with this aspect especially when dealing with friends and siblings. Your personal ideas and opinions might be contrary to the group consensus. Will you be stubborn and go your own way or sit tight and wait for others to come around to your perspective - or, God forbid, compromise?
Not a good day to loan money to a friend. The Scorpio Moon is like having a bullshit meter built into your gut. You can sense it coming a mile away.
Mercury square Uranus can be too fast when traveling so take extra care with all forms of transportation.
This moon makes beautiful aspects to Jupiter and Neptune. Delve into the world of passion and imagination. Allow yourself to feel things deeply and process emotional bonds with those you trust. There can be high indulgence under this lunation.
Saturday nights all right for losing control and taking things all the way but make sure there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. That light is the voice of responsibility. Try to build rather than destroy but of course the caveat it that sometimes when we destroy it is in order to rebuild.
As the Saturn/Pluto conjunction culminates with the Cancer Lunar Eclipse and Uranus station you’ll be asked to throw out the ossified past and look for new family, groups, alliances and teams with which to move into the future. What are your core values and which structures and traditions from the past will buttress and support your new future and which need to be tossed out with the worn and outdated?
Society and its rules and regulations must dictate how we live our lives to some extent otherwise we’d be living in chaos and anarchy, but we mustn’t adhere to those structures, rules and regulations to the point of denying our true selves and unique, individual spirit.
This is a magnificent movie that encapsulates much of what’s going on in society. The theme repeated throughout this movie is “To Thine Own Self Be True”.
This is a clip from Douglas Sirk’s masterpiece on middle class morays and values and while it shows a rather nasty side of human behavior the movie contains an incredibly beautiful message underneath its glossy veneer. Watch the entire movie if you can. Repeated viewings are essential because at first you may think you’re watching a superficial, glossy soap opera, but it is a far more serious social commentary beneath the surface and still resonates today.
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS. Starring Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson and Agnes Moorehead. Directed by Douglas Sirk. Produced by Ross Hunter. Released in 1955 by Universal pictures.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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