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.
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. Astrology can help you with that!
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Astrology of Beginnings
Astrologically, beginnings are associated with:
- the Sun
- the 1st house
- New Moons
When you have a planet positively aspecting (sextile or trine) 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 (squares and oppositions) 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 touring your 1st house, this can help or hinder depending on which planet it is:
- Jupiter in the 1st house makes new beginnings easier for you, presents opportunities to begin something to you, and things go in your favor
- Saturn in the 1st house is traditionally a difficult time for new beginnings, and you’re required to put in much more work
- 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
- 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
The faster planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars) give you a surge of energy when in your 1st house or making aspects, especially Mars. Mars is the planet of energy and drive, pushing you to take action; Mars is also the natural ruler of the 1st house.
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.
Also note that when the Sun, Mercury, Venus, or Mars are in your 1st house, what you start can be a focus for the next year (Sun, Mercury, Venus) or 2 years (Mars) of your life since it's the start of a new cycle for you of that planet in your houses.
The Moon in the 1st house can give a few days each month where you want to start something, but it's generally not as strong since the Moon moves so quickly (goes through all 12 signs in less than one month). It may be strongest right around when the Moon conjuncts (aligns with) your Ascendant/1st house cusp.
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.
New Moons have energy for about 2 weeks before and after they occur, so this is generally when you can start something. You'll experience 1 or 2 New Moon in your 1st house each year, and it'll come when the transit (moving) Sun in your 1st house.
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. Retrogrades are times to look backward, not so much forward. Unless, of course, you were born with that planet retrograde - then it might be the best time for you to begin! This is because that's the natural energy for you, and it can be the time when you're most focused.
Suggested Reading: The 1st House page
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Aries January 2017 Monthly Horoscope
Venus enters water sign Pisces on January 3rd, and you can enjoy getting more time to yourself, being in the background or behind the scenes, and getting the chance to indulge your imagination or get in touch with your intuition. In love, you can be affectionate behind closed doors, and if single, you can keep your feelings to yourself, while if in a relationship, you can make sacrifices for your partner.
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
There are 12 houses in astrology, and each house rules a different part of your life. The 1st house is the self, the 2nd house is money, the 3rd house is communication, and on and on.
If you're looking for which house rules friendships, the kinds of friends you have, that is governed by the 11th house. It's the 11th house of hopes, dreams, the future, and friendships!
The 11th House of Friends: Planets
When you're analyzing your 11th house for friendships, you'll want to look at the sign on the 11th house cusp, planets in the 11th house, and house and sign location and condition of the 11th house ruler.
With the Sun in the 11th house, you feel very comfortable around your friends, and usually have an easy time making new friends. The Moon in the 11th house can show your friends are like your family, and that you need them for emotional support. Mercury in the 11th house shows an ability to express yourself with your friends.
With Venus in the 11th house, you can have an easy time making friends, and you may attract many people of different backgrounds to you. You may also focus on friendship in your romantic relationships. With Mars in the 11th house, you can be extra driven to have lots of friends, and you can feel more motivated with your friends or in groups.
With Jupiter in the 11th house, this can make you someone with a ton of friends, and it can be easy for you to meet new people. You can feel comfortable with your friends, and find more opportunities when with them.
Saturn in the 11th house can be the hardest for friendships since you likely have a difficult time making friends and opening up to new people. You may have an easier time with this when you get older. No matter what, you're probably someone who only has one or two really close friends, and don't care to extend beyond that.
Uranus in the 11th house puts Uranus in the house it naturally rules, so you can focus on having a wide, diverse social circle, and lots of friends at all times. Neptune in the 11th house makes you more empathetic with your friends, and you may attract artistic friends, spiritual friends, or friends who need your help.
Pluto in the 11th house can bring some power struggles in your friendships, and you may attract people who want to control and dominate you. Asserting yourself becomes important. If you're comfortable with your own strength, you can attract powerful people to you.
The 11th House of Friends: Signs
Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) signs on the 11th house cusp tend to have an easier time making friends, attracting new friends, being sociable, and enjoying company. This is just in general though (if Saturn or Pluto are in the 11th house or conjunct the 11th house ruler, then it's probably not the case!).
Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) and water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) sign on the 11th house cusp tend to have more difficulty with friends. The earth signs may be too wrapped up in other stuff while the water signs may be too sensitive and easily hurt. Again, this is just in general, and personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or Jupiter in the 11th house or positively aspecting (sextile or trine) the 11th house ruler or cusp can mitigate the challenges. Unless Saturn is there too!
The 11th House Ruler
The sign and house location of your 11th house ruler (the natural planetary ruler of the sign on the cusp) can also impact your friendships. If it's conjunct a personal planet or Jupiter, friendships can be more important to you as a person. Saturn conjunct can make friendships most difficult and hard to find or keep.
Uranus conjunct can make your friendships more erratic, and people may come and go as friends. Neptune conjunct can make you more easily taken advantage of by friends, so you have to work on better boundaries. Pluto conjunct can make friendships volatile at times, and you may need to transform in order to make good friends.
If your 11th house ruler is anaretic (at 29 degrees of any sign), this may show some issues that impact your friendships or ability to make friends. If your 11th house ruler is intercepted (contained within a house), friends may be cut off for you, or there may be a subconscious block getting in the way of you being able to make friends.
Additional Astrology to Consider: Your Aquarius Houses
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.
Aquarius on the 1st house can show friendships are very important for you in life;
the 2nd house can show you place a lot of value and find a lot of worth in your friendships;
the 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);
the 4th house can show viewing your friends as family, and include them in your support system;
the 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;
the 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;
the 7th house can show you commit to your friendships, try to balance all of them evenly, and want to constantly improve them;
the 8th house can show you’re intense and possessive of your friends, and want to be friends with powerful people;
the 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;
the 10th house can show you want your friends to live up to certain standards, or that you aspire to be like your friends;
and the 12th house can show you’re shy with making friends but will do anything for your friends, sacrificing yourself for them.
Suggested Reading: Aquarius Houses: Where You're Different