A new year! The start of 2020 will bring with it the first eclipse for the year, a lunar eclipse in Cancer (and the first of 4 lunar eclipses for 2020, it's a big lunar eclipse year!), and a new moon in Aquarius. Go!
What is a new moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs with a full moon, which is when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). It's an eclipse when it's within 18 1/2 degrees of the lunar nodes. Lunar eclipses are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy. Big developments and intense emotions can be prevalent with lunar eclipses.
Lunar Eclipse in Cancer: January 10th 2020 (2:21PM ET)
2020 is a big lunar eclipse year with 4 of them, and it starts right away with a lunar eclipse in water sign Cancer. This can bring out supreme emotional energy as Cancer is the sign of emotion, and lunar eclipse are highly emotional. Put them together, and feeling rule the day! This can help to drive us, and we can use our emotions to motivate us to take action. But it can also deter us, getting us off track if we're too upset and caught up in that. So we do have to get some control over it, which may not be easy.
Cancer rules the home and family, so we may finalize projects at home, finish plans for family events and gatherings, complete a move or real estate transaction, and can generally be more concerned with matters at home and with family. We may want to spend more time with the people we think of as family, and get more support from them emotionally. We all may be in need of some emotional support, and a strong support system can do a lot of good.
Cancer is the very bottom of the chart, so we may be focused on something internally, at the core. We may want to strengthen the foundation of something that we feel is shaky, and shaky foundations can feel a lot stronger with this eclipse. Personally, you may feel this with the areas of life ruled by the house this eclipse occurs in, and the foundation requires your attention.
In mundane astrology, Cancer rules not just our personal home but also our homeland, and we may focus on issues within our countries and societies. We have to work on being more objective though, as being subjective can cause problems. Look outside of yourself and see what else is going on in the world.
For positive energy, the lunar eclipse is sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) transit Neptune in Pisces. This increases compassionate energy so we can be gentler with one another, and increases intuition and spiritual energy. This can help guide us through the emotional terrain.
For hard energy, this eclipse is opposite transit Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn. We've got that big Capricorn energy as the new year starts, and this eclipse is at odds with it. We may be sparring over ideas and plans, over responsibilities and duties, over power and control. We have to control our mental energy, exercise discipline, and work on positive transformations. This isn't an easy eclipse! And we're likely going to need a to find some space, some room to breathe, otherwise we may feel the emotional weight of it all.
The lunar eclipse occurs at 20 degrees 0 minutes Cancer. The aspects this lunar eclipse makes are:
Conjunction: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 25 degrees 0 minutes Cancer
Semisextile: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Gemini or Leo
Sextile: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 25 degrees 0 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 25 degrees 0 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 25 degrees 0 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Quincunx: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Sagittarius or Aquarius
Opposition: 15 degrees 0 minutes - 25 degrees 0 minutes Capricorn
New Moon in Aquarius: January 24th 2020 (4:42PM ET)
With the new moon in Aquarius, this is an excellent time to focus on the future, something Aquarius rules. We're at the start of a new year, so we can think about where we're going, what we want to be doing, and what we hope for. We can feel more hopeful in general, and seize opportunities to pursue dreams.
We can feel independent and willing to do things in new, different ways. Aquarius is the unconventional sign, after all! So we may break from tradition and feel like trying out something we never have before. It may be totally weird, but that's alright with Aquarius! We want to embrace what's different, and our own individuality. We can encourage everyone to be true to themselves, to be authentically unique, and feel comfortable with the quirks and eccentricities we all have.
Aquarius governs change, so we may want to make new changes, and can feel more willing to change the status quo. This can be a great time to start focusing on change that can lead to more opportunities for the future down the road, and we can feel more comfortable with the changes we pursue. You might make changes yourself in the areas of life ruled by the house this new moon occurs in your natal chart, and you can work more independently and unconventionally.
This new moon is square (hard aspect, three signs away) transit Uranus in earth sign Taurus. Uranus is the natural ruler of Aquarius, so we may have to be more mindful of the changes that we're working on, of the ways we're being independent, and of the dreams we want to pursue. We need to think things through, and make sure we've done our homework and aren't acting impulsively. We need to consider others, and not just go it alone. We're all in this together!
The new moon occurs at 4 degrees 21 minutes Aquarius. The major aspects this new moon makes are
Conjunction: 2 degrees 21 minutes - 6 degrees 21 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 2 degrees 21 minutes - 6 degrees 21 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 2 degrees 21 minutes - 6 degrees 21 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 2 degrees 21 minutes - 6 degrees 21 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 2 degrees 21 minutes - 6 degrees 21 minutes Leo
Suggested Reading: New & Full Moons page for general interpretations
Tomorrow we'll experience Chiron direct, with Chiron ending its retrograde in Aries. Retrograde means that a planet or point appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac; it isn't actually moving backward, it just looks that way. Chiron has been retrograde since early July, so it's a period of about 5 months retrograde.
What does Chiron mean?
First of all, Chiron is called an asteroid in astrology. It's actually completely and totally up for debate what exactly Chiron is (asteroid, comet, minor planet - and astronomers think astrologers are tipsy!). But as far as astrology goes, it's considered an asteroid.
Chiron is dubbed the "wounded healer", and is associated with our greatest wounds and how we can heal from them. The sign and house placement of your natal Chiron can show how this works for you. Your greatest wounds in life will likely be tied to Chiron is some way, and the way to heal from them can also be understood through Chiron.
Chiron can bring a lot of maturity and wisdom, and a quiet strength and power within once you've healed and grown; I also find Chiron is often tied to mysticism and spirituality (many highly spiritual types have a strong natal Chiron), and to your health (the ones you're susceptible to in the natal chart, and ones that can come about in transit).
Is Chiron important in astrology?
Of course! Though Chiron may be more important for you personally if conjunct (aligned with) one of your natal planets (particularly the personal planets - Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or one of your angles (Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, Midheaven). Then you're going to feel Chiron suuuper strong in your life, and healing is even more important for you.
But for all of us, Chiron can be important. Understanding what your greatest wounds are, how they've impacted you, how best to heal from them, and how to protect yourself from future wounding - that sounds pretty important! And Chiron transits are absolutely important for all of us, even if your natal Chiron isn't prominent. Transit Chiron can aspect any part of your chart, and make the energy of Chiron super important for the time it's active for you.
You may want to check out this article about transit Chiron aspects if you've got some transit Chiron aspects going on.
Chiron Astrology 2019
So, let's get to the technical stuff. Chiron direct occurs tomorrow with Chiron at 1 degree 26 minutes in the sign of Aries. Chiron retrograde started in July at 5 degrees 56 minutes Aries, so Chiron has moved about 4 1/2 degrees during this retrograde period early in the sign of Aries.
If you have planets or points between 1 and 5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, Chiron has made a hard aspect to that planet/point (so if you've been extra sensitive, extra tired, or extra reflective, this may be way); if your planet is in Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius, Chiron has made an easy aspect to that planet/point (increasing your intuition and healing abilities).
Chiron direct occurs with Chiron square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Jupiter in Capricorn and trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Mercury in Sagittarius. The square to Jupiter means we may lack motivation to deal with wounds and healing, and have to force ourselves to get moving with anything that is causing problems, otherwise they may expand and get worse. The trine to Mercury means we can come up with plans for healing, and can focus on healing of the mind.
Chiron is currently stationing, which means its hovering in the same position. This occurs whenever anything turns retrograde or direct since it has to slow down to change its motion. Chiron started stationing 2 days ago on December 9th, and will remain stationing until December 17th.
While stationing, we may feel like we're going very slowly with healing, like we're not moving in any real direction for a little while. We may have difficulty figuring out what we should do about wounds and problems, and can get a little stuck before energy starts picking up again. Be considerate of others and take care of yourself!
Suggested Reading: Prominent Natal Chiron
White Moon Selena is an often overlooked part of the chart. I find many are interested in Black Moon Lilith but maybe haven't even heard of White Moon Selena!
White Moon Selena focuses on a very positive area of your chart where you have beneficial energy. White Moon Selena is a protector, and wants you to find your path, so it tries to light the way for you. So helpful!
When you focus on White Moon Selena, you'll look at the sign and house location, and aspects to your natal planets. Get started with White Moon Selena in the signs:
White Moon Selena in Aries
Aries is an active sign, so you’re someone who must take action in your life. Letting things go on their own isn’t fitting for you! Stand up and take action. You can protect yourself and anyone around you, and other people may look to you to take charge, to show the way, and to be the guard. Aries is the sign of the warrior, so you may have some luck on your side when you’re fighting, but it needs to be for the right reasons, pursuing causes and missions that are for the good of all. Where you may pursue the fight and take action may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Taurus
Taurus is the grounded sign, so you’re someone who benefits from being grounded. Focus on building stability and security in your life, and take action in slow and steady ways. You can commit yourself to something once you get moving, and can see things through to the end. Taurus is very in the moment, so you can find some pleasure in everyday, mundane things. You can use resources in new ways to benefit yourself and others, and you may feel a strong spiritual connection to the Earth. Where you may focus on grounding and use resources may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Gemini
Gemini is the sign of the mind, so you can benefit from your mind and communications. Finding a way of properly expressing yourself can be important for you to feel secure. Information you need is always at hand, and people you need to talk to are always available when you’re manifesting this properly. Keep your mind open, and take on all of the knowledge you can so you can use that to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things. You can share the knowledge you acquire with others. Where you may focus on taking on information and expressing yourself most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Cancer
Cancer is the sign of emotion, so you can benefit from strong emotional connections, both your own connection to your emotional self and the emotional connection you have with others. You can be incredibly nurturing and supportive of those you care about, especially family (even when they don’t deserve it!). Having a solid connection to your emotions can help you develop a strong intuition, and you can sense subtle energies, past experiences, and karmic baggage emotionally. Where you may focus your emotions most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Leo
Leo rules the heart, so you can benefit from connecting to your heart and expressing love and affection. Be warm, be caring, be giving, be kind. Creative energy can be strong, and expressing yourself creatively can help you feel stable and secure. You can turn up your inner light and shine that light on others to help them with their own path. You may have to work on being more self-aware, and this can keep you on the right path. Where you may focus love and creativity most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Virgo
Virgo is an analytical sign, so you can benefit from a reasoned, practical approach to whatever you do. You can implement order and structure, and this can help you do more. You can be a good worker, and can get others to work better with or for you. Tending to health and healing can be important for you, and you can help others to heal as well with the knowledge and experience you gain. You can uncover information that others may overlook with an uncanny eye for the details. Where you may focus on being practical, ordered, work hard, and heal may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Libra
Libra is the sign of relationships, so you can benefit from connecting with others. You may feel that the people in your life offer you the greatest opportunities and rewards, and you may want to help others. You can be an excellent diplomat, keeping everyone on the same page and helping them come together in the world. You can keep the peace, maintain justice, and size people up quickly. You can understand how best to get people to take action. Where you may focus on connecting, compromising, and keeping the peace may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Scorpio
Scorpio is the sign of transformation, so you may benefit from transforming and evolving. You can learn important lessons from transformations, from defeats and failures, and you can rise in more powerful ways. You can make it through many ordeals and come out stronger. You can make good use of the power available to you, and work to help others find their own power. You can work on developing a strong spiritual connection. Where you may focus on transforming and using power may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Sagittarius
Sagittarius rules beliefs, so you may benefit from forging a strong connection to your beliefs and living according to them. If you live in hypocrisy, this can be exposed and keep you down. Live in your truth, and others will look up to you. You may be a natural teacher, and the experiences you have and wisdom you gain can be passed on to others that can benefit from it. Have confidence without ego and this can take you far. Where you may focus on living your truth and sharing your knowledge most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Capricorn
Capricorn governs goals, so you can strive to achieve the goals you set for yourself, and ultimately achieve them (though it may come after a long time of hard work and determination). This sign is also ruler of responsibility, and you may be someone who has to take on many responsibilities of others. You can do so of your own free will though, and understand that you can handle what others can’t. This can lead to rewards down the road, and you can show others the right way to do things. Where you may focus on goals and responsibilities most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Aquarius
Aquarius is the rebel, so you may benefit from pursuing the unconventional route. You can be true to yourself, and encourage others to do the same. You can embrace your independence, and may operate best when you’re free to be independent and innovative. You can pursue changes that benefit you, and you can show others how to push outside of tradition to something new and different. You can care a lot for the world and everything in it, and can be a champion. Where you may focus on being unconventional, independent, and a champion most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
White Moon Selena in Pisces
Pisces is a highly intuitive sign, so you may benefit most when you forge a strong connection to your intuition. You may unconsciously tap into the subtle energies all around you, and can be guided without conscious awareness. Your compassion can run high, and you can help others who truly need your need, even when others won’t. You can also be very artistic and creative with an active imagination, and can use this as an outlet, a profession, or a way of helping others. Where you may focus on using intuition, being compassionate, and being creative most may be directed at the areas of life ruled by the house your White Moon Selena falls in.
Suggested Reading: Positive Transit Aspects
Saturn Conjunct Pluto 2020
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces & Aquarius: February - March 2020
February 2020 New & Full Moons
January 2020 New & Full Moons
Jupiter in Capricorn: December 2019 - December 2020
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026