A new year is coming! So what’s the astrology for New Year’s Eve? The Moon will be in Aquarius December 31st and January 1st and not be void-of-course - woo! So we’re free and clear without the interruptions - except for Mercury retrograde, of course, so try not to focus on too big of plans with him in Capricorn. With the Moon in Aquarius, we’ll all be gathering together more, and thinking a lot about our dreams, and may be a little idealistic going into 2017. The Moon makes all positive aspects December 31st and January 1st, helping keep the energy positive, and Mars conjuncts (aligns with) Neptune at 1:53AM ET, increasing our imaginations, making us more compassionate and sensitive, and feeling a little soulful. If Mercury retrograde can stop himself from mucking things up, this can be a great New Year’s Eve!
What about for each sign? Read on:
Think about trying something outside of your comfort zone. Try doing something different than you’d normally do to ring in the new year. Or surround yourself with friends and enjoy the party!
You can focus on the resolutions you want to work on for 2017, so think about your long-term plans as we head into 2017. You may prefer to spend the night in a quiet place, and not around any loud kids.
If you can go somewhere you haven’t gone before, you may like that best to ring in the new year. You can feel a little bold and adventurous, so think about taking advantage of opportunities to do so.
You may be a little down going into the new year, so try to do something to pick up your mood a little bit, and don’t let yourself get stuck in a bad mood. You may prefer staying away from too many people.
Try not to spend this New Year’s Eve alone. You may find you prefer being around people, though you don’t need a big crowd. A few people you care about and enjoy spending time with will do.
You may be tempted to spend New Year’s Eve getting last-minute work and tasks done, so try to put that aside and mark the new year. You can be most helpful with the host of a party, if you attend one.
This can be a great New Year’s Eve for a party, so try not to be alone and get out. Let loose and don’t focus on anything really serious. Let yourself have fun and be around fun people.
You may want to spend this New Year’s Eve at home or in a homey place, or with family or the people you’re most comfortable with. Be comfortable, snuggle up, and grab some ice cream.
You can enjoy being around other people for the mental stimulation this New Year’s Eve, so you can be sociable and appreciate going out. Be around lots of different people you find interesting.
This can be a good New Year’s Eve to splurge a little, especially with all of the wonky energy you’ve been dealing with lately. Go to a nice restaurant, have some rich foods, and treat yourself well.
With the Moon in your sign, you can do whatever you want this New Year’s Eve, so ask yourself what it is you really want to do. No matter what you do, you may find yourself the center of attention.
You may be the one falling asleep before 2017 actually gets here! So it might be best to spend New Year’s Eve somewhere you can crash if you need to. Avoid the crowds and have some quiet.
(originally from the January 2015 monthly newsletter)
With the start of a new year coming, we all think about the things we hope to do with a new year. We look back on what we didn’t do, and we think about how we can make this new year better. Astrologically, beginnings are associated with the Sun, 1st house, and new moons. When you have a planet positively aspecting your 1st house cusp, ruler, or Sun, this is a time for you to begin something, where the conditions are in your favor and you‘re in the mood for it. Harsh aspects to your 1st house cusp, ruler, or Sun are times where you can encounter many obstacles and delays when you try something new, or you aren’t comfortable with beginning anything.
When a planet is transiting your 1st house, this can help or hinder. Saturn in the 1st house is traditionally a difficult time for new beginnings, and you’re required to put in much more work; Neptune in the 1st house will make it hard for you to make up your mind and see everything you need to see, but is good for creative or spiritual ventures; Pluto in the 1st house can make you obsessed with the ventures you begin; Uranus in the 1st house makes you begin unexpectedly, pursue ventures that are unusual or different from usual, and you don’t think too much before you jump; and Jupiter in the 1st house makes new beginnings easier for you, presents opportunities to begin something to you, and things go in your favor.
The faster planets give you a surge of energy when in your 1st house or making aspects, especially Mars. Mars in your 1st house or aspecting the cusp, ruler, or Sun makes you want to begin something NOW. The urgency you feel makes it hard for you to ignore the energy.
A new moon in the 1st house is great for new beginnings in general; if you want to do something specifically, a new moon in the house ruling it is a good time, especially if that new moon also makes positive aspects to your planets.
The worst time to start something new is usually during a retrograde, especially in your 1st house, or in the house associated with what you want to begin. You’ll usually find that you can’t follow through, or have to go back to the drawing board. Unless, of course, you were born with that planet retrograde - then it might be the best time for you to begin!
The first full moon of 2017 occurs in January 12th at 6:34AM ET in Cancer. Cancer is the sign of home and family, emotions and internal foundations, so this full moon wants some support. We need to be nurturing, encouraging, and understanding emotionally. We’re just coming out of the Mercury retrograde we began 2017 with as this full moon hits us, and we could use a softer approach.
We can focus more on our homes and families, our support systems and how we support ourselves. We can work on settling issues at home, with family, and tend to emotional needs and fix cracks in our internal foundations.
We may want to stay squarely within our comfort zone, not feeling confident enough or secure enough to venture far outside of it. No doubt the Mercury retrograde leaves us feeling a little shaky, and we need to take some time to get on solid ground.
This full moon is square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This means this full moon is contributing to the cardinal t-square we have going on, with Jupiter opposite Uranus and both square Pluto in Capricorn. Cancer opposes Capricorn, so this full moon plugs up the missing portion of the t-square. This can both stabilize some energy while making some energy more riled up. We need to make sure we’re channeling the energy positively and productively and not letting it just make us angry and frustrated. Focus!
This full moon occurs at 22 degrees 27 minutes Cancer. The aspects for this full moon are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Capricorn
The first new moon of 2017 occurs on January 27th at 7:07PM ET in Aquarius. The new moon wants us to look at the world from a wider perspective and be more objective. After the emotional full moon in Cancer, we need some emotional detachment so we can figure out what we need to do in the long-term and to create a better future for ourselves and the world.
We can work on coming together, working together, and think about how we all fit together. We can be more charitable and giving, and want to help out. The humanitarian inside can come out, and we can figure out new ways of connecting. We may want to form new connections, and can be excited by them. We can focus on friends and groups, and coming together as individuals to contribute to the collective.
We can be open to the unconventional, the different, and the unusual, and we can see more original ideas, innovative ideas, and can embrace them. The past is over, and the future is now!
This new moon occurs at 8 degrees 15 minutes Aquarius. The aspects for this new moon are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Leo
(originally in the December 2014 monthly newsletter)
Friends are ruled by the 11th house, and the kind of friends and friendships you have, the way you view them, and what you want from them, can be shown with this house. Look at the sign on the cusp, planets in the house, and location of the ruler. For example, I have Virgo on my 11th house cusp, and I was always very discerning with my friends, separating casual friends and real friends even as a small child. Funnily, Virgo is also a dual sign (along with Gemini, and to a lesser extent, Pisces), and I also always seemed to romp around in a trio as a kid. I have my Sun and Mercury in my 11th house. With the Sun in this house, you feel very comfortable around your friends, and usually have an easy time making new friends. Mercury in this house shows an ability to express yourself with your friends. Mercury is also the ruler of the house (rules Virgo), so having the ruler in the house adds some easy energy.
Earth and water signs on the cusp tend to have a harder time making friends, though that can be overcome depending on other factors (like my Sun and Mercury in this house). Saturn in the 11th house is probably the most difficult because you take friendship so seriously when young that you have a hard time making any friends at all, except with those much older than you.
The house that has Aquarius on the cusp, the sign naturally ruling the 11th house and friends, can also add show some more about your views of friendship. For example, I have Aquarius on the 4th house cusp, which rules your family, and the close friends I have, I view as my family. Aquarius on the 1st house can show friendships are very important for you in life; 2nd house can show you place a lot of value and find a lot of worth in your friendships; 3rd house can show needing a mental connection, being drawn to intellects, having friends younger than yourself, or treating them like a sibling (or they are one); 5th house can show a real love for your friends, being generous with them, wanting attention from them, and you can find help romantically through them; 6th house can show you do a lot for your friends, are practical in your view of friendship, and don’t get too emotionally-invested; 7th house can show you commit to your friendships, try to balance all of them evenly, and want to constantly improve them; 8th house can show you’re intense and possessive of your friends, and want to be friends with powerful people; 9th house can show you’re gregarious and easy with friends, make lots of them, and like friends who expose you to other ways of thinking; 10th house can show you want your friends to live up to certain standards, or that you aspire to be like your friends; and 12th house can show you’re shy with making friends but will do anything for your friends, sacrificing yourself for them.
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