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Tarot Guidance For January 2022

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Temperance is about moderation and balance, becoming the calm eye in the middle of a storm.  It's a good energy to work with for the start of 2020, as we will experience changes and additions in our lives that will require us to be flexible.

Take what works for you and blend this with new ideas, situations, resources and perspectives.  It's like being an alchemist in a way because we are blending different aspects to create something that works for us.

We may not get it right on the first try, or even the second.  So patience is required during this process too. 
 

Celtic Tree Month January 2022

December 24th through January 20th starts the tree month of Beth (Birch) - The birch is the tree of inception, representing birth, initiation, discipline and sacrifice. The time is ruled by the force of wild, untamed nature, and is reflected in the unconscious (inner) self and the rebirth of the Sun from winter's solstice. This is the first tree that takes away the decay of the mysterious elder. Both the Birch and the Elder stand on either side of The One Nameless Day. They both represent a link between life and death, with the Birch being the beginning of all things.

Birch people like the tree are graceful, slender and uplifting to others, who have cleanliness in their attitude and purity in their expressions of their spirituality. They also are vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, do not like anything in excess, abhor the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, create a calm and content atmosphere. New beginnings, higher level, self-sacrifice, devotion. The Birch is the first tree of the Ogham, perhaps because it is one of new beginnings. When you commence any spiritual work, that very moment you form an idea, the beginning, is very important. It is a chance to realize our intentions and consider the magic about to come.
 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  January 2022

Aries
Rewarding Days: 8, 9, 10
Challenging Days: 23, 24

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 11, 12
Challenging Days:  24, 26

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  13, 14, 15
Challenging Days: 1, 27, 28

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 16, 17
Challenging Days: 2, 3, 29, 30

Leo
Rewarding Days: 18, 19, 20
Challenging Days: 4, 5, 31


Virgo
Rewarding Days: 21, 22
Challenging Days: 6, 7

Libra
Rewarding Days: 23, 24
Challenging Days: 8, 9, 10

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days: 11, 12

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28 
Challenging Days: 13, 14, 15

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 2, 3, 29, 30
Challenging Days: 16, 17


Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 4, 5, 31
Challenging Days: 18, 19, 20

Pisces
Rewarding Days: 6, 7 
Challenging Days: 21, 22
Void of Course Moon Schedule for January 2022

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
January 1st  08:16 January 1st 23:02 Capricorn
January 3rd 16:20 January 3rd 22:44 Aquarius
January 5th 00:45 January 6th 00:16 Pisces
January 7th 22:23 January 8th 05:26 Aries
January 10th 07:23 January 10th 14:47 Taurus
January 12th 19:39 January 13th 03:08 Gemini
January 15th 02:21 January 15th 16:11 Cancer
January 17th 23:48 January 18th 04:03 Leo
January 20th 08:15 January 20th 14:02 Virgo
January 22nd 19:46 January 22nd 22:02 Libra
January 24th 22:10 January 25th 03:57 Scorpio
January 27th 05:28 January 27th 07:34 Sagittarius
January 28th 19:00 January 29th 09:09 Capricorn
January 31st 04:44 January 31st 09:42 Aquarius
 
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It's hard to believe another year has come and gone! This year brought a lot of ups and downs and December started to feel too much like December in 2020, with the new Omicron variant of Covid. But here we are, we made it through 2021!  It hasn't been easy for many of us. As we come to the close of the old year I always make a point of looking back at where I was this time last year. And I am always amazed at just how much I have done and learned. 

As we start moving into the colder and darker days of winter, many of us start to feel a bit down, tired or overwhelmed. Darker days can often create a feeling of melancholy. That is why it's so important to do things that bring warmth to your environment and your spirit. Pampering yourself in little ways, focusing on crafts or projects in the house you may not have had time for, or taking stock of what you have done and what you wish to do in the coming year; all of these are ways to perk things up a bit.

The New Year is always a good time for looking ahead, making changes, and letting go of the old from last year. And it's a great time to have a New Year Outlook Reading to help get a glimpse of what is ahead for you this year. You can find my special New Year's readings in the  Monthly Specials section this month, along with a few other inspirational readings to help bring balance into your life, such as the Spiritual Journey and the Fool's Journey readings for those who are looking to start off in a new direction. So be sure to stop by and have a look at the September specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

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If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

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How to give.. and receive with grace 

The festive season is only just behind us, and we will all have given and received presents, and spent time with loved ones. For man,y this is a wonderful and positive time of year.. but others may have been left with mixed feelings, maybe stemming from a sense of obligation to family get-togethers, or from the whole politics of gifting.

Believe it or not, there is an art to both giving and receiving. The best and most appreciated gifts are those given without conditions attached, be they material gifts, or gifts of time and wisdom. The art of gift-giving is a simple one.. ask yourself why you are giving. If the answer is anything other than "because I want this person to smile/feel better/enjoy some company/ foster goodwill" then you'd do well to think twice. A true gift isn't given with the intent of storing up obligation or inducing guilt. A gift should never take too much from you either.. that is martyrdom and is a very unhealthy practice. There should be no resentment on your part, nor should there be a fanfare. If you are giving financial help, for instance, discretion is advised.. do you want the recipient to feel like a charity case, and indebted to you?

Receiving often stumps us. How many times have you said "I can't take that!" or "you shouldn't have!"? It is as though we feel obligated somehow to give these scripted responses. Someone took the time and thought to give you their time, support or spend money on you. Just say "thank you" and smile.. believe me, it's what they want to see!

Part of attracting good fortune into our lives is the art of receiving. We ask for help, and the Universe answers. So, when the very thing you want appears, why put on the "refusal act"? "Oh, I couldn't possibly....". "Ok", says the Universe, and stops bringing your desires to you.

You may feel humbled, or even embarrassed by a gift, just as much as you feel happy and excited. By all means, express those feelings.. "Thank you.. I feel so overwhelmed that you would give me this" is much better than the kick-in-the-teeth "no, I can't".

Giving and receiving are positive processes, even when the situation in context is difficult. Whether you are the recipient or the benefactor, let the flow of resources lift your heart, soul and spirits.

 

                                                                                               
  January Celebrations
 
December 31st/January 1st - Ringing in the New Year

Another year is upon us! Have you ever wondered about some o the traditions celebrated on New Years Eve and Day? Did you know the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1? 

ANCIENT NEW YEARS

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring). The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary. The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days.

FOR LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR

Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.

Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating doughnuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.


 
December 31st/January 1st - Hogmanay

Hogmanay is Scotland's New Year Celebration, steeped in many customs and traditions like First Footing, Black Bun, and the Bells. Hogmanay's roots reach back to the animistic practice of sun and fire worship in the deep mid-Winter. This evolved into the ancient Saturnalia, a great Roman Winter festival, where people celebrated completely free of restraint and inhibition. The Vikings celebrated Yule, which became the twelve days of Christmas, or the "Daft Days" as they became known in Scotland. The Winter festival went underground with the Reformation and ensuing years but re-emerged at the end of the 17th Century. Since then the customs have continued to evolve to the modern-day. It is only in recent years that Hogmanay has been celebrated on such a large scale: the first event of its kind was at "Summit in the City" in 1992 when Edinburgh hosted the European Union Heads of State conference. Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival was so successful that it spawned similar events throughout Scotland for the millennium Hogmanay festivities.

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January 25th - Burn's Night

On or around January 25, his believed birthday, the life and work of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns is celebrated with a ritual of food, drink and poetry. The Burns' Supper was started by friends of Burns, a few years after his death in 1796, as a tribute to his memory, but it has also become a celebration of Scottishness, and, increasingly in Northern Ireland, America, and Canada of Scottish ancestry. It is important to note that Burns was also a Freemason and many of these celebrations are open to the public locally at Masonic Lodges

Since then it has been the tradition to celebrate Burns night with a ceremony meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, to read the poems of Robert Burns and to sing his songs and to drink a toast of whisky to the memory of Robert Burns on his birthday, the 25 January.

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Star Transits For January 2022


SUN TRANSITS


The Sun has been in Capricorn since December 21st and will remain there until January 19th when it starts to shift into a new sign  
When the Sun is in Capricorn it gives us the opportunity to explore our connection to Mother Earth in a more physical way. We feel more able to manifest our goals and see substantial changes. It’s a time of bringing structure into our lives and setting boundaries that are helpful and nurturing rather than restrictive and binding.

It’s also a time when we prepare for the worst, expecting the best. The Capricorn's symbol, that strong-willed Sea-Goat, climbs up from the sea and scales the steepest peaks to reach the high goals they set for themselves. Their cautious, confident steps usually get them to the summit. Capricorn's Earth Sign energy is a time of self-control, persistence, patience. Ruled by Saturn, Planet of Karma, Capricorn's Sun transit can be frustrating. On the bright side, this influence allows us ambition and clarity of purpose coupled with a respect for others. While it can be egotistical energy, it's not devious at all. Common sense governs decisions made under this influence. Rather than being spontaneous, Capricorn takes itself and its life seriously, believing that it makes more sense to do things well the first time. Though gifted with a good sense of history and perspective, once it starts climbing, Capricorn doesn't look back.

The Sun in Capricorn is a good time for:

  • Making thorny decisions
  • Playing strategic games, like chess
  • Paying attention to your social status


The Sun then moves into Aquarius on January 19th  

Happy Solar Return to all of you lovely Aquarians! 

When the Sun is in Aquarius, mental agility and socializing are the keywords. Aquarius is the friendliest of Signs -- the Fixed Air Sign of humanitarianism and social gatherings. Ruled by Saturn, Planet of Karma and Uranus, Planet of Individuality and Rebellion, Aquarian energy are a stimulating combination of innovative, futuristic thought and gregarious amiability. This transit is a time for abandoning tradition and forging new techniques and perhaps new paradigms. Aquarius brings people together to work on issues that are beyond the individual, that touch us as a society. Charitable pursuits and progressive ideas come to the fore. With all this community-mindedness and focus on advancement, though, this Air Sign force can seem detached, even aloof or cold. It's not a time for intimacy or quiet reflection -- use this time to turn your thoughts and energies outward.

The Sun in Aquarius is a good time for:

  • Hanging out with big groups of friends
  • Enjoying technical gadgetry
  • Working for a humanitarian cause


MOON TRANSITS

January 2nd - New Moon in Capricorn 

What a way to start a New Year off than with an ambitious Capricorn New Moon! When we have a New Moon we also have the Sun in the same sign, which is why these energies are so focused and potent. For those who do energy and spell work, the New Moon is the perfect time for setting intentions for the things you wish to create, cultivate, manifest and develop. Its energies differ from the Full Moon in that the New Moon looks inward. It is the void empty space between letting go of the old and waiting for the new, and this can be frightening for some. A Void is meant to be filled though and we need to not fill it with frightened and uncertain energies, but rather fill it with hopes, wishes and desires.

In Capricorn, we become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead. We also instinctively are aware of the limitations of time. We are motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are most important to us now. We are resourceful and don't want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a very sober influence--even a depressing one. However, it can also be a productive time when we look at reality in the face.

When the Moon is in Capricorn, we're more serious-minded. It's harder to just hang out. We want to feel productive on something that has substance to it. These days are great for pushing past difficult obstacles. We've got extra discipline and patience. And we're able to forgo the satisfaction of short term gains for longer-term achievements.

There's a more social reserve, and we like to have common goals. It's a conservative mood, that makes us more thrifty, looking for more bang for the buck. This gives us an eye for what's solid and has enduring value. We're more apt to choose the tried and true now, over something experimental. When in doubt about it, we'll pass it by.

This lunar mood puts the focus on real-world ambitions. We might spend our time mapping out a business plan. It's timely for considering what's a good investment of your time, energy and resources. What will bring a solid return? Everything is viewed through a practical eye, including relationships. We can see how to make structural changes that make life more efficient.

Things to do under the Capricorn Moon: meeting with clients or collaborators; putting together a proposal; considering investments; acting or speaking with authority; working with a mentor or "mentee"; upholding a longstanding tradition; taking control of a situation.


January 17th - Full Moon in Cancer
The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. The Moon is right at home in its sign of Cancer and we may find that we all become homebodies right now. We want to retreat to the place we feel most at home. This can bring out a sense of "homesickness" if we're far from home, or estranged from others. It may be a time, than of reaching out to those that know us best. This Moon makes us quick to tear up and have sentimental moments. We might get absorbed in memories of a long-lost lover or friend. It heightens emotions, and we might experience mood swings, from dark lows to blissful highs. We are more sensitive to the moods of others.

This Moon makes us want to retreat, to refill the well. But it's about being enriched by close ties, and the safety of home, too. It's not necessarily mellow, but there's a sense of wanting to be enclosed, private, in familiar environs. We might reach for our favourite foods, or show love by baking or cooking. The trappings of the home included aromas that are comforting. It all ends with cosying up in bed, maybe even being tucked in. You may also get lost in an imaginative project. You can add emotional depth and nuance to what you're working on.

Whatever you do, it's with more feeling. It's a time of sensitivity when we're more empathic in general. This can cause us to absorb the clouds of others, but it also leads to great compassion. This might extend out to include all of humanity. You might discover what soothing balm you can contribute. You have a greater instinct for what's nurturing for people and the culture at large.

Things to Do: Take a long bath, hydrate, irrigate, potter around the house; daydream; make your living space homier; connect with your heart ties; mother someone or be mothered; nurture children, animals, the elderly (or any vulnerable thing); put protective gates around your garden; get a security alarm system or locks; talk to you Mom; spend time with women; bring treats to your co-workers; go to bed early; keep a dream journal close by; be near the ocean or waterbody; paint, draw, sing, act or write.



PLANETARY TRANSITS

January 1st - Sun trine Uranus (Sun in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus)
As the Sun mingles with Uranus we become more open to being spontaneous and just going with the flow with no real plan. And this can be liberating for many. In fact, it may be just what is needed to get us out of a rut. This is a good time for breaking out of old cycles and habits. Flashes of insight, inspiration, and bursts of courage are all part of this transit's magic.

We tend to feel more grounded and centred, more in touch with our true spirit, who we really are deep down. It may have you acting a bit out of character and may raise some eyebrows around those who know you! But now is the best time to try new things and to experiment. You may surprise yourself with how simple it really can be to break out of your routines and habits.

As always, there is a warning here too. And that is to make sure you don’t become too reckless. Keep it balanced so you don’t come across as too erratic, careless, or chaotic.

January 2nd - Mercury enters Aquarius
The messenger planet moves into objective Aquarius today where we feel a hunger for knowledge and our minds are more open to original thinking and new ideas. We are more able to think outside of the box and can be more objective now. This makes it the perfect time for anything that needs an analytical or sci-fi/techy approach.

We may also find that we are able to see old and familiar situations in a totally different light, allowing us to have a fresher perspective on things. Our thought and communication patterns become spontaneous, as well as somewhat fragmented. Our focus tends to be on society, the economy and working and functioning as a group. It's a time where quirky meets erratic, liberation meets anarchy, and desire meets possibility so keep an eye on what is developing regarding the economy and social situations around the world. This could be the start of some changes that will set the tone for the next few months.

The downside to this transit is that it isn’t very supportive in situations where we need to take a more sensitive or gentle approach where personal interactions are concerned. We are more tempted to just say what needs to be said and let the chips fall where they will. Sometimes that can be a good thing too though.

With our outlook turned to future possibilities we can use this time to map out future plans and test the waters of new ideas. We are more open-minded now, even to things that we may have dismissed in the past.

Many of us have already been suffering from “cabin fever” but this transit turns it up a notch, meaning more of us will want to break out of the bonds holding us back. Get out of the house when you feel a need to and take steps to break out of old routines where necessary.

January 2nd - Mercury trine North Lunar Node (Mercury in Aquarius, North Node in Gemini)
Today we have Mercury in a trine with the North Lunar Node and the Moon will also be Void of Course later this afternoon. For those who are not sure what a Lunar Node is; There are two, the North and South. They are the points where the paths of the Moon and Sun meet or intersect. The North Node is said to represent that which we are moving towards, the path we are currently walking in our lives, and the direction of our growth. Some refer to it as our path of Destiny. The South Node is our starting or pushing off point showing where we have been and what we need to release.

When we have a Solar or Lunar eclipse, this is the Full or New Moon taking place very close to one of the Nodes. The Nodes themselves are not physical objects like the planets and asteroids, they are considered sensitive points in our Natal charts.

Ok, back to Mercury and the North Lunar Node. This aspect brings us a fresher awareness as well as a better ability to communicate that awareness. It is a beneficial resource that can help us to take a few more steps closer towards our life purpose. Just bear in mind that we also need to take action too. We will need to, at some juncture, take into account what we have observed and do something with this.

This will be the first of three passes for this transit, the other two occurring on February 11th and then again on March 16th. It will also repeat during the retrograde cycle of Mercury. What this means is that we will become aware of even deeper observations during these next few weeks. The final pass in March will be in two totally different signs as well. The first two are taking place in Pisces and Scorpio and the last in Aquarius and Libra. What this means for us is that there will be another facet to this cycle. The first two passes can bring insights in a more intuitive way but towards the end of this cycle, insights can be applied in a more social and analytical way. It will be interesting to keep track of what is going on in our lives during this cycle and see how things change and develop.

January 3rd - Jupiter square North Lunar Node (Jupiter in Pisces, North Node in Gemini)
This type of aspect occurs in the cosmos for all of us and is not specific to our personal natal charts. When Jupiter forms a square to North Node, we frequently find ourselves at odds with one another over our viewpoints or moral values. It's an important moment for all of us because it represents an important karmic crossroad. We can find ourselves tempted by delusions of grandeur, growth, desire, and ambition, probably not of the variety that will help us to cultivate healthy detachment from the snare of our ego and its endless hunger.

On a positive note, we may be presented with opportunities to say no to something, to release excess, to curb or stop our appetites in their tracks, or, with Jupiter, to experience a sense of comfort, ease, and peace within a season of loss, decline, or disintegration.

We need to keep in mind that, while Jupiter is squaring the North Node, it is also making a square aspect with the South Node. This can present us with opportunities for spiritual growth that come specifically through material loss, simplification, or a healthy level of detachment from the material. It also brings a chance for rapid development, an increase in power, growth, and success. However, the type of success we experience at this time could end up complicating our lives more than we would have thought.

January 5th - Venus sextile Neptune (Venus in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces)
Today Venus mingles with Neptune which can open the flow of artistry, romance, creativity and faith. We find ourselves inspired as our creative Muse comes to the surface. It doesn’t mean that it will all come easily though! You are still going to need to apply a bit of effort and elbow grease to manifest those dreams and ideas!

Socially and romantically, this is a time when things seem to run more smoothly and may even seem a bit magical. So it’s important to be clear in your intentions and what you truly want. It’s also a time of blessings and abundance in all areas of our lives). But, there is also that risk of overspending, overindulging, or being overly optimistic which can lead to disappointments if we aren’t careful.

Our own natural beauty and warmth are often brought out by this transit. Use this to enhance your own natural gifts rather than waste it on creating an outer façade of something we think other people want. This is the time to let the essence of your own inner beauty and spirit shine!

January 8th - Sun conjunct Venus (Both in Capricorn)
Under this social transit's energy, we want to be seen and get noticed, mainly for our natural qualities. This desire to be social opens up doors of opportunity for us to reach out and connect with others today, as well as allows us to express ourselves with ease, charm, and grace. Whether you find yourself spending time with others or on your own, pursuing the things you love and enjoy comes easily now.

This is also an energy that helps us to play the role of moderator and peacemaker because we can see both sides of a situation and how all of the little pieces fall into place. If contentment has been an elusive thing for you, take the time today to recognize the areas of your life that bring enjoyment since they will be more apparent now. Creating harmony in your life can begin today and last beyond tomorrow.

This transit can also make us feel a bit on the lazy side and self-indulgent side so we need to be careful in how we plan the day. Try to keep it as low key as possible, avoiding filling your schedule with hectic and demanding tasks. Take the time to appreciate the beauty of nature all around you. Take a stroll through the park, visit an art museum or attend a social gathering. Don't be surprised if a love interest is revived today or you seem to attract love and money situations your way.

January 9th - Mercury sextile Chiron (Mercury in Aquarius, Chiron in Aries)
Mercury sextile Chiron brings us the opportunity to think and reflect on our pain as well as to talk about it. And sometimes that is all that is needed to get the ball rolling on healing ourselves. However, we will need to put a bit of effort into healing if we want something positive to come from this transit. It’s a time where our spirits feel a bit more uplifted and buoyant because we feel, for once, that we can actually see that light at the end of the tunnel…and no it isn’t a train coming to run us down either!

We can see a light that will guide us forward helping us to see the path before us. Just keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that path will just go away without effort. We still need to walk it. With this transit, however, we have a bit of a bounce in our step and our mental perspective allows us to be more accepting of all of those niggly inconsistencies and frustrations we need to face. It helps lessen the stress levels in order to make that journey forward a bit smoother. It’s also a transit that allows us to help others because we are able to listen and understand, to offer just the right thing to say that will help them on their own healing journey.

January 10th - Sun sextile Neptune (Sun in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces)
This transit illuminates our intuition and gives us faith in the blessings around us. We tend to feel like we are flowing more easily with life as solutions appear all by themselves. We also become more receptive to how others think and feel, understanding their need and wanting to find ways to help them. And this is because the needs of our personal ego are low.

Let go of imagining what is not possible and focus on what is. It’s a good transit for pursuing mystical and spiritual matters, which is where our thoughts seem to drift at this time. If you have been feeling a bit out of tune or disconnected from the Universe/Divine, the energy of this transit can help you to reconnect again.

This is a mainly positive transit but we do need to be aware of becoming too immersed in our longings for what we feel is ideal, lest we struggle with situations that are less than ideal in reality. These things still need to be dealt with.

The sense of hope and optimism we feel now could also bring some relief from any depression or feelings of discouragement that we may have been feeling. It’s an energy that can temporarily lift us out of the mundane and into the sublime; creatively, romantically, and spiritually. Regaining a sense of self and our connection with the Universe can help break us out of a rut at this time and give us a sense of purpose again.

Enjoy this transit's energies while they last, but keep in mind that this is a temporary influence. What feels like a permanent condition now may only be temporary and we still have to live within the boundaries of our physical reality once it passes.
 
January 11th - Mars square Neptune (Mars in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)
For up to a week before and a week after today, we have a chance to discover and work with our blind spots and the hidden motives that tend to trip us up. It may feel like we are spinning our wheels or "shadow-boxing" and we aren't even sure why right now. We may be fighting a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (either our own or someone else's). We might also be trying to apply a concrete solution to an ambiguous situation, and then wondering why it isn't working out very well.

It can be tempting to respond to conflicts in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way under this transit, given that we aren't sure how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express our toothless anger. Part of the problem may be that we are fighting against our own idealism, and resisting the acceptance that the other person or situation can't be the way we want them to be. Feelings of disappointment or helplessness may trigger much deeper feelings from our unconscious, making it difficult for us to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. It will probably help to work on owning our feelings, needs, longings and (hidden) agendas. Being honest with ourselves about what's really going on inside of us will go a long way toward increasing our empowerment.

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anuary 14th - Mercury square Uranus (Mercury in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus)
Under this challenging square between Mercury and Uranus, we could experience some flashes of insight that can bring fresh clarity our way, however, the answers that we receive may not be what we wanted to hear as it disrupts those logical views of how things were. It's a time where news of information can come along that shakes us up, which isn't always a bad thing. Especially if its something we needed to hear that can open us up to something we have been resisting.

We do need to be cautious as well because there is that chance of us shooting off our mouths before we have actually considered what we are saying. It can bring about some communication that is reckless or impulsive with ideas that tend to bring more issues than they actually solve.

This is why it is important, at this time, to stop and listen to ourselves first if we hope to find out what it is we truly need to express. Then take the time to find the right way to phrase this so as to not cause damage unnecessarily.

January 14th - Mercury turns Retrograde (In Aquarius)
Yes folks it's that time again! Mercury starts its backwards motion and this cycle will be around for about 3 weeks, ending on February 3rd. For nearly a week before and a week after today, Mercury will be moving at a snail's pace or pausing entirely. At this time we can experience confusion, intensity, frustration, lots of miscommunication or we may feel we are getting bogged down with any progress we were making.

Mercury retrograde cycles make an ideal time for reflection, re-thinking, going over plans and tying up those loose ends before we get started on any new projects and ventures. Later in Mercury's retrograde cycle, it is typical to receive new info and insights that we may not have been expected or been prepared for. And this can end up changing how we see situations, causing us to have to tweak plans here and there as we consider this new barrage of intel. This is why many astrologers advise not to make any permanent or final decisions during Mercury's retrograde cycle, and even as far as two weeks after Mercury finally turns direct.

It's not all bad though! This is a great time for doing research, fact-finding, investigative work and anything else necessary to prepare us for major decisions, which we can put into play after this retrograde cycle.

So, try to stay flexible, give yourself a lot of time when setting up your schedule for any unexpected changes and, most of all, flow with it. Do things that tap into your creative, intuitive and non-rational mind until Mercury turns direct.

January 16th - Sun conjunct Pluto (Both in Capricorn)
This brief transit exudes power. We gain a sense of determination that is formidable and we just won't put up with any interference from others. We could experience a battle of egos or more arguments than usual under this energy. This is a great energy to work with though if you really need to get something constructive done. We tend to not want to give in or give up. For those of us who don't currently have a burning passion in our lives, this could be a day that awakens (or reawakens) our deepest drives.

We do need to take care here that we aren't trying to exert our agendas or control over those around us though. Doing so will cause others to feel they need to defend themselves or face having us run them down with our sheer determination to get things done exactly how we want them done. So try to be mindful of the needs of others before you push blindly forward.

January 18th - Uranus turns Direct In Taurus
Uranus has been in retrograde for the last 4 months and now starts to move forward once more. This can bring a turning point in any situations that involve freedom, breaking free from old patterns and situations, expressing our uniqueness, and rebelling. Things may feel a wee bit chaotic for a week up to and after this transit. But what revolutionary Uranus really wants is to clear the way for new growth and manifestation in our lives. So expect the unexpected at this time because this influence will be working through the next 8 months.

January 18th - Mercury sextile Chiron (Mercury in Aquarius, Chiron in Aries)
Mercury sextile Chiron brings us the opportunity to think and reflect on our pain as well as to talk about it. And sometimes that is all that is needed to get the ball rolling on healing ourselves. However, we will need to put a bit of effort into healing if we want something positive to come from this transit. It’s a time where our spirits feel a bit more uplifted and buoyant because we feel, for once, that we can actually see that light at the end of the tunnel…and no it isn’t a train coming to run us down either!

We can see a light that will guide us forward helping us to see the path before us. Just keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that path will just go away without effort. We still need to walk it. With this transit, however, we have a bit of a bounce in our step and our mental perspective allows us to be more accepting of all of those niggly inconsistencies and frustrations we need to face. It helps lessen the stress levels in order to make that journey forward a bit smoother. It’s also a transit that allows us to help others because we are able to listen and understand, to offer just the right thing to say that will help them on their own healing journey.


January 18th - North Node enters Taurus
When the North Lunar Node moves into Taurus, the central life lesson theme is about building a stable and practical life that offers security and comfort. We learn to balance our spiritual needs with the material world we live in. We look to beautify our homes, create relaxing smells, wear clothing that makes us feel happy, and engage in our favourite creative hobbies, such as crafting and cooking. Taurus enjoys the beauty of the natural world and what it provides for us. At this time, the South Lunar Node is in Scorpio, where we gain comfort from our privacy, often wanting to hide away from the world.

With the North Node in Taurus, we gain a new perspective that is enmeshed in the earth element that rules this sign. Taurus is very discerning about home, hearth, money, and the people you choose to include in your circle. It's about what makes us feel safe, comfortable, and blessed.

January 19th - Sun trine North Lunar Node (Sun in Capricorn, North Node in Taurus) 
This is a transit that can make us feel confident, optimistic and empowered. Some may feel its energy a couple of days before and after this date. It could feel as if the pieces of the puzzle in any given situation, are just falling into place, allowing us to make progress in what we're striving to do in our lives right now.

We do need to be a bit cautious, however. Even though it feels like we can go forward we still need a bit of a reality check on the wisdom of what we want to do to be sure it's still a good idea.

January 23rd - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Aquarius)
We tend to have a lot to say when the Sun conjuncts Mercury. We are compelled to communicate; letters, memos, phone calls, texts...messages of all kinds have a stronger impact under this aspect than usual. We may find that we acquire and distribute information quite accurately. Some may choose to take some short trips now to keep themselves, and their minds, busy. However, because of the varied interests we have right now, we may find it hard to rest, or find the time to do it!

Many may find that they express their confidence through their plans and ideas now. We may choose to initiate new activities that involve sharing our ideas, teaching others, or writing. Whatever information comes our way at this time, we will surely be physically up for the challenge of sorting through it all. 

January 24th - Mars enters Capricorn
Today assertive Mars shifts into the well organized sign of Capricorn. Mars seems to be quite at home in this sign, highly creative and brings with it a very deliberate, persistent energy. It may very well help you find that motivation or give that last little push to get things sorted. This is a time when taking action regarding any practical, productive, and personal goals, ambitions, or projects can bring positive results. But we also tend to stop and consider the future and any consequences before taking action, so anything thing needs you to pay attention to small details will benefit under this transits energy. Taking a risks will make a bit more sense if you have mapped out and planned well.

Many find that it's easier to be disciplined, pace themselves, and focus on how they are using their energy and efforts. We are also slower to anger and take on a more responsible and serious attitude. This is also a great time to show leadership or to make independent decisions that lead by example.

There are some downsides to this transit too, however. If you tend to struggle with the above qualities or have a bit of a rebellious side where your personal freedom is concerned, you may feel restricted and uncomfortable with the limitations of this energy. If you bear in mind that your efforts will more than likely pay off now, it may help to get you through. Some signs may be affected in a way that has them going overboard and working too hard or being too rigid with changes, or trying to dominate those around them when really they all need to work as one. Try to be flexible, patient with others, and keep things in balance.
 
January 25th - Mercury Retrograde enters Capricorn
As cerebral Mercury moves into structured and responsible Capricorn it brings out its more analytical and focused side. This means that from now, until around January 11th, our communication will be more down to earth and more focused on practical matters. With Mercury, the focus is on knowledge, communications of all kinds, and travel. So, when the Messenger planet mixes with Capricorn, these areas will be on solid footing. It’s a good time for making those New Years resolutions because we have a better chance of seeing them through as we build solid plans for 2014.

We also need to keep in mind that Saturn rules Capricorn, so we will have Saturn’s energy and influence being felt at this time too. Saturn brings structure and order which helps to keep mischievous Mercury in line, slowing it down and whipping it into shape.

It’s a big change from Mercury’s experience in dreamy Sagittarius where we may find that plans made under that sign were a bit overestimated. One downside here though is that this transit makes us a bit prone to depression or feeling discouraged as we are faced with some realities and tough decisions, so make sure that you make time to give your head a rest and recharge during this time.

January 26th - Mercury trine North Lunar Node (Mercury in Capricorn, North Node in Taurus)
Today we have Mercury in a trine with the North Lunar Node. For those who are not sure what a Lunar Node is; There are two, the North and South. They are the points where the paths of the Moon and Sun meet or intersect. The North Node is said to represent that which we are moving towards, the path we are currently walking in our lives, and the direction of our growth. Some refer to it as our path of Destiny. The South Node is our starting or pushing off point showing where we have been and what we need to release.

When we have a Solar or Lunar eclipse, this is the Full or New Moon taking place very close to one of the Nodes. The Nodes themselves are not physical objects like the planets and asteroids, they are considered sensitive points in our Natal charts.

Ok, back to Mercury and the North Lunar Node. This aspect brings us a fresher awareness as well as a better ability to communicate that awareness. It is a beneficial resource that can help us to take a few more steps closer to our life purpose. Just bear in mind that we also need to take action too. We will need to, at some juncture, take into account what we have observed and do something with this.

January 28th - Sun sextile Chiron (Sun in Aquarius, Chiron in Aries)
Today the Sun is in a harmonious transit with Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing. Wherever Chiron falls in our natal chart will show us where we have been wounded and the key to healing. Having the Sun shed its light on those wounds can lead to a release from our bonds to our past bringing healing and wisdom.

Look at the chronic struggles you have had going on in your life. This transit can help you to find new inspiration, motivation, or the confidence to rejuvenate your waning enthusiasm. While this may be a gentler aspect, we still will have to make the effort to bring it all together. One of the positive effects of this transit is that it can bring us the opportunity to walk on our own path but in a new way. It also could allow us to take a deeper look at our worries and discouragements to bring new insight into how we may be sabotaging our conscious efforts on a subconscious level.

Of course, this means having to face our fear of failure and low self-esteem before we are able to move past those feelings. The thing to remember with this transit is that we are not tapping into its benefits because we are failing in our life. It’s the new potential that becomes available under this transit that brings a response to these new concerns that are rising to the surface.

January 28th - Mercury conjunct Pluto (Both in Capricorn)
We could uncover valuable information or gain understanding under this planetary influence. Thoughts, ideas, and communications are more intense and focused and we are more able and motivated to find hidden meanings and to cut to the chase. Efficiency and relevancy become important to us too. Our minds are investigative and probing, and we may be determined to reveal truths to both new and old situations. Our persuasive powers, strategic thinking, and observational skills increase and we will find that superficial conversations, connections, and topics have little appeal to us now. Be careful though that you are not looking for issues where there may not be any!

January 29th - Venus goes Direct in Capricorn
While Venus was going through her retrograde cycle we experienced shifts and some wake-up calls in the areas of love, money, and desires. Venus had provided us with lessons regarding how to evaluate the real worth and value of the people and things in our lives at this time. Now that Venus starts her forward motion in Capricorn, we are able to start taking some action to change the things we now know need changing. We can start implementing practical and structured plans to get these areas of our lives back on track and in balance.

Bear in mind that for up to a week before and after this date, we could experience or feel this shifting of energy which can affect areas like love, relationships, finances and resources, our values, balance and harmony, and pleasure and beauty. Whichever of these areas has had your attention over this 7 week period could now have a breakthrough or turning point. Now is the time for taking action and making some necessary decisions.

An example here would be if you have been having difficulties in a relationship this is now the time to make a firm decision to either compromise, adjust, or renegotiate things. And if these things are just not possible, then it may be time to choose to let it go. With any situation related to Venus’s influence, we will need to decide if we wish to keep things as they are and continue with them in our life or not. Where our finances are concerned, we may experience a change that either has us reverting to how things were before or having us make changes that will improve things for us.

January 29th - Venus trine Uranus
This is a transit where liberation and spontaneity flood into our relationships, resources, finances, and those little pleasures we so enjoy! We feel more at ease in the company of others and an old friend might be there to give you a boost, or to try something new. We tend to desire the more thrilling and exciting activities now and changing the patterns of our interaction can be quite interesting as well.

We have a taste for the unusual and may find ourselves trying things (food, people, activities) that we would have overlooked in ordinary circumstances. We want to shake up the routines and break free from some old habits in order to allow ourselves to get a breath of that fresh air in our lives. it brings a chance to meet unusual and eccentric people that could broaden your views of the world around you.

One thing we do need to be careful of, however, is that we could spend impulsively beyond our budget, or become reckless in our relationships and social interactions. The key is to allow ourselves to break free from what is holding us back without breaking down the order and structure that we need in our lives.

January 30th - Sun square Uranus (Sun in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus) 

Under this challenging transit, our world can experience some shake-up's as the Universe decides its time for change and time to make things a bit more "interesting." This is our wake-up call folks and it is designed to loosen us up from old habits and cycles that keep us stuck or inhibited in life.

It also stirs up restlessness and draws out the trickster/rascal in us to want to stir up a bit of trouble. Sometimes this can be necessary and useful but in other situations, it can be disruptive and destructive. So it's important to try and resist that urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different.

This is also a time to be more alert to any new insights and opportunities that come along disguised as accidents or crises. Sometimes it takes such a crisis for us to realize the need for change.

Our usual sense of self and purpose also become unsettled under this transit, but it's also a time where the room is cleared away for new growth and new possibilities. So if you are looking to break some old habits in your life or break away from current restrictions, this is the best time to do it! Just bear in mind that it could also create a bit of a mess that you will have to contend with later.



What to watch for in February 2022!

As we move into February we will see Mercury ending its retrograde cycle, Juno and Mercury moving into Aquarius, Ceres moving into Gemini, and Pallas moving into Aries.

Well my darlings, this wraps up our January 2022 newsletter! Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!

Blessings and a happy prosperous 2022!

Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

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