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Tarot Guidance For January 2020

Temperance





 



 

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.  Its 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 2020

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, un-tamed 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 sides 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 a 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 2020

Aries
Rewarding Days: 2, 3, 4, 30, 31
Challenging Days: 16, 17

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 5, 6
Challenging Days:  18, 19

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  7, 8, 9
Challenging Days: 20, 21

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 10, 11
Challenging Days: 22, 23, 24

Leo
Rewarding Days: 12, 13
Challenging Days: 25, 26


Virgo
Rewarding Days: 14, 15
Challenging Days: 1, 27, 28, 29

Libra
Rewarding Days: 16, 17
Challenging Days: 2, 3, 4, 30, 31

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 18, 19
Challenging Days: 5, 6

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 20, 21 
Challenging Days: 7, 8, 9

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 22, 23, 24
Challenging Days: 10, 11


Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days: 12, 13

Pisces
Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28, 29 
Challenging Days: 14, 15
Void of Course Moon Schedule for January 2020

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 2nd  02:14 January 2nd 04:00 Aries
January 4th 01:18 January 4th 16:15 Taurus
January 6th 12:08 January 7th 02:11 Gemini
January 8th 22:16 January 9th 08:43 Cancer
January 10th 23:58 January 11th 12:16 Leo
January 13th 13:42 January 13th 14:06 Virgo
January 15th 12:12 January 15th 15:43 Libra
January 17th 12:58 January 17th 18:20 Scorpio
January 19th 21:22 January 19th 22:41 Sagittarius
January 21st 04:46 January 22nd 05:00 Capricorn
January 24th 02:08 January 24th 13:20 Aquarius
January 25th 19:06 January 26th 23:44 Pisces
January 29th 01:08 January 29th 11:51 Aries
January 31st 15:09 February 1st 00:28 Taurus

 
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Here we are once more at the cusp of another year gone by and a new one beginning.  The coming year looks to be one that we will remember because we will all experience a shift in our beliefs, attitudes and the very structure of our lives in transition.

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 its 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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In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

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.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

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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 many 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 nor 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 donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.


 
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 2020


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 an ambition and clarity of purpose coupled with a respect for others. While it can be an 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 20th  

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 is 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

On January 9th we have a Cancer Full Moon

The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet today as the Moon moves into Cancer. A feeling of belonging and safety is what motivates us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us. We want roots; we crave a sense of intimate connection that will.

Quite often, when the Moon is in Cancer, we all become homebodies. 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, then 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 as well, allowing us to be more emphatic. 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 favorite foods, or show love by baking or cooking. The trappings of home included aromas that are comforting. It all ends with cozying up in bed, maybe even being tucked in. We may also get lost in an imaginative project. We can add emotional depth and nuance to what we are working on. Whatever we do, it's with more feeling.

Things to do under a Cancer Moon: Take a long bath, hydrate, irrigate, potter around the house; daydream; make your living space more homey; 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.

On January 24th we have an Aquarius 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.

This is also the second New Moon in a row to be in the sign of Aquarius. Last month it was just at the first degree or so of Aquarius and this time it is nearly hanging over the line between Aquarius and Pisces. It means we are at this jumping off point but not quite to the end just yet. This is a place where transition happens, where we seem poised in the mid-motion of a jump, our feet off the ground and waiting to land in the waters of Pisces. It can feel like a dreamy and surreal landscape for us.

It can be that spark that pushes us forward to take those last few steps needed, from the point this journey in Aquarius started 4 weeks ago and coming full circle today. It can feel like we are moving forward and leaving behind anything that has been cluttering our way. Let yourself flow freely with this current of transformation because it will open up a space in your life where new things can grow and flourish.

 

PLANETARY TRANSITS

January 2nd - Mercury conjunction Jupiter (both in Capricorn)
With Mercury conjunct Jupiter we can visualize in broader terms and see the "big picture". This could be a time when you have a strong desire to verbalize your own goals and ideals. Words flow freely but be careful not to exaggerate! Travel is favoured as well under this transit.

Mercury is right at home in Gemini making our mental antennae trying to face every direction at once. Curiosity has us picking up a lot of new information and we are more open to learning new things. Jupiter in Gemini pushes us to express our ideas in creative ways. Using our talent for communications can also bring financial and spiritual rewards our way. The quest for knowledge expands our world and nourishes our curiosity now.

January 3rd - Mars enters Sagittarius
Later tonight Mars will be setting up house in the sign of Sagittarius where the energy seems to fly. We may feel motivated to learn something new at this time, or share our knowledge with others.

With a Sagittarius Mars, our actions are motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest--this is the position of wanderlust. We start projects or challenges with gusto, although we may tend to abandon them rather quickly. This may be because we set our sights too high!

But this transit brings a bright ray of sunshine as dynamic Mars moves into visionary Sagittarius. Escaping current concerns by fantasizing about the future is a risk, but basing our actions on long-term perspectives helps us to make wiser decisions. Physical activity is great for stretching our muscles and also inspires us to stretch our minds. Many will feel inspired to defend a righteous cause or could lead others to take a stand about something they feel passionate about.

January 3rd - Mercury opposite North Lunar Node (Mercury in Capricorn, North Node in Cancer)
With Mercury in opposition to the North Node we may find that our ideas are either a bit behind the times or ahead of the times. This is an aspect that can also have us dwelling in the past. This can prevent us from finding our proper future path though. So we need to find that balance between past and future and let go of what is holding us back from our future destiny, while keeping what is helping us. This transit allows us to open up and communicate our destiny if we keep things in balance.

January 5th - Mars trine Chiron (Mars in Sagittarius, Chiron in Aries) 
During this transit you may find yourself being more assertive in your own healing processes. It will be a bit easier now to move past any inhibition that stop you from being assertive, expressing anger or frustration, or in putting things into action. Reconciling inner fears, guilt, or regrets that held you back can now be released more easily. Or we may find we have finally reached that point of acceptance that now will allow us to move beyond a conflict or struggle that has been keeping us stuck. Applying your willpower to problems has a better chance of succeeding now because you're likely to be more attuned to the path that leads to peace rather than more conflict. It's possible you might choose to use this energy in the defence of another person, a cause or something else you feel passionately about. It's possible to focus your energy, intent, motives and actions in ways that are healing, healthy, balanced and constructive.

January 7th - 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 with 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 transits’ 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 8th - Mercury sextile Neptune (Mercury in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces)
Intuition runs high with Mercury sextile Neptune. We may feel more sensitive artistically, our imagination is stirred, and we have an increased appreciation for subtleties. We feel inspired and feel able to inspire others as well. It’s a very creative, where our ideas seem to flow magically and makes a great time for literary and artistic projects.

We do need to take care however, because it can be all too easy to get caught up in fantasizing and yearning for our hidden wishes. In some instances, we may want so badly to reach that stage where our outlook is magically and our intuition is inspired, that we allow ourselves to be deceived rather than let ourselves fall short of the things we are hoping for.

This is also a time when we are able to listen to the troubles of others in a more sympathetic way, or receive a compassionate response in regard to our own problems. There is a risk here though of finding it hard to draw firm and clear boundaries with others as we get drawn in by the gravity of their troubles.

Mainly, this is a good time for creativity, optimism, intuition and hope. We just need to make sure that we stay grounded. 

January 8th - Jupiter opposite North Lunar Node (Jupiter in Capricorn, North Node in Cancer)
For up to a month before and after today, we may feel the effects of this transit. However, today it is at its peak. This is a time for us to take a look at our aims and aspirations, beliefs and principles, and the ways that we expand our horizons (literally through travel, or figuratively through personal growth). It is also a time for assimilation and integration of the knowledge and philosophy that we've accumulated over the last four years (when Jupiter went over the Lunar North Node).

We can also benefit by letting go of old beliefs and opinions that have become stale or outlived their usefulness. If we look closely, we will see a spiritual element in our relationships and interactions that is in the background as a resource. "Spiritual" in this context could mean religious beliefs that act as an inner support system, or a strong sense of our greatest potential, or a broad perspective of being a part of something greater than ourselves. 

January 10th - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Capricorn)
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 be 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 11th - Uranus goes Retrograde in Taurus 
Today Uranus starts it’s backward journey through the stars, in the sign of Taurus. Uranus going retrograde is often a turning point in situations involving issues of spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. It could feel a bit chaotic or erratic at times, or spontaneous and exciting, for up to a week before and after this date as well. Uranus' ultimate agenda, however, is to clear the way for our true spirit to manifest in our lives. We could experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well. This can also include such things like computers, Internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans. It can be the awakening of a new perspective for many and having had the first part of this year bring changes and opening our minds to change, this comes at a good time to make those things happen. Look at where Uranus falls in your own natal Chart to clue you in on where these disruptions will occur. 

Janaury 12th - Mercury conjunct Saturn (Both in Capricorn)

Under this transit we find a need to analyse what is essential in our lives as our main focus. This is a transit whose energy promotes serious and deeper communication as well as taking a more serious and realistic approach to our situations and life’s circumstances that we now find ourselves in. We are turned off by superficiality. Some may feel restricted in their movements or learning efforts but this just means that we can have a sharper focus on what is necessary for us now.

Many will feel an enhancement in their abilities to focus and concentrate so this is a good vibe to work with if you have studying to do for tests. Some may also feel more drawn to solitude under this transit to allow themselves some time and space in order to work and think.

This transit may also mark the beginning of a new project, one that involves communications like reporting, research, writing, and speaking. Having both of these planets in Scorpio causes us to delve much deeper into our own psyche. If it’s a dispassionate, objective, clear view of life that you need, this is the transit for it!

Janaury 12th - 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!

Janaury 12th - Saturn conjunct Pluto (Both in Capricorn)
Saturn conjunct Pluto is a major planetary transit that occurs on average every 34 years. The last conjunction we had was in 1982. When these two very serious and cold planets align like this, it can bring some difficult times. We can experience limitations and restrictions that force us to work harder at changing something in our lives that have outlived its usefulness. It's a slow evolutionary process that works to build new foundations that will bring prosperity for the year to come.

It's a transit that will require us to have3 a lot of patience and determination as we are faced with extra responsibilities with less resources and time to get it done. Many of us will notice, as the peak of this transit approaches, that events and people will force our concentration on one area of our lives in particular that isn't working for us any longer.

During this time, we may experience disappointment, hardship, or loss as we learn what it is that we must release or change. We don't have the option to ignore whatever it is that needs to be changed, so the more you fight against, the harder it will feel. The best way through this time is to accept the inevitable and do what we must do. Accept the change and let yourself go with the flow. 

January 13th - Sun conjunct Pluto (Both in Capricorn)
This brief transit exudes power. We gain a sense of determination that is formidable and we just wont 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 their 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 13th - Sun conjunct Saturn (Both in Capricorn)  
The influence of the Sun's transits to the planets tend to be brief ones, usually lasting about a day. The Sun's energy acts to signify the issues and conditions surrounding the planet that it is transiting.

This is a day can be filled wit serious situations and responsibility, and we tend to approach things a bit more slowly and cautiously. We may experience some minor setbacks or disappointments that could cause our confidence to feel challenged. So we really need to take care that we aren't being too hard on ourselves at this time, or worry excessively.

On the plus side, its a good day for tackling projects that require a lot of detail. Just make sure you don't let yourself get too bogged down in the details or you may end up slowing yourself down even more. Focus on what is important for now and use the day for setting up a plan for your more long term goals.

If you have been experiencing difficulties in your life recently, this time can make you deeply aware of their impact. Use that awareness to establish realistic goals that you can accomplish. Where a problem lingers, commit to resolve it. If a task is unfinished, pursue its completion.


January 13th - Venus enters Pisces
The planet of love is exalted in the sign of Pisces, meaning Venus is quite comfy here. As a result romance and compassion are enhanced in our relationships. Venus in Pisces doesn't see the world in black and white. Our creativity, sense of compassion, and feelings of harmony are all affected by the energy of Venus moving through Pisces. It's a really great energy for those who are artists, writers, musicians, or anyone who deals in the art of imagination. Creative inspiration abounds and even those who are not normally inclined to appreciating the arts will find their appreciation heightened now. Our sensual enjoyments also increase now and our relationships are largely influenced by this Venus/Pisces energy. We feel encouraged to be more open to romance and life seems to run magically smoother. We feel at one with the universe.

However, this energy can also make us feel more vulnerable to being deceived or disappointed. Our increased sense of compassion may draw those to us who abuse that compassion so we do need to take care. Our hearts become more open as we dissolve negative judgements but we also need to be discerning so as to not create illusions in the areas of love and finances. There is also a temptation here to be self-sacrificing and this will feel a bit more intense when Venus mingles with Neptune on April 11th. Use your better judgement while allowing yourself to tap into the joy and abundance that this transit can bring.

January 15th - Venus sextile Uranus (Venus in Pisces, Uranus in Taurus) 
This is an unpredictable transit and can feel quite exciting for the social aspects of our lives. We may find that enjoyment pops up where we least expect it. Anything that breaks away from our routines will feel like a very welcome change. We want to interact with others who are off beat, interesting and just plain different from what we usually are attracted to. This is also a good time for standing apart from the crowd if you want to attract the types of people you wish to be around. Highlight your unique qualities and let them shine now. Oh, and do be careful that you don't allow boredom to push you towards doing anything too reckless.

January 16th - 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 scifi/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 too and take steps to break out of old routines where necessary. 

January 17th - 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 - 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. Its 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 22nd - 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 our 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 a 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 23rd - Sun square Uranus (Sun in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus)
With the Sun challenging "burn your bridges" Uranus, it's quite possible for us to experience a shake-up of sorts at this time because the Universe has decided it wants to make life a bit more interesting. This is meant to be a wake up call aimed at untangling you from those old and outdated habits that have us stuck or feeling inhibited. For some, there will be a desire to stir up a bit of trouble. This can be good in some instances where a push is needed. It can also be very disruptive as well as destructive too. We may find a silver lining in the cloud of a crisis or accident now. Many will feel that their sense of purpose has been rattled, causing them to feel unsettled. Keep in mind that a bit of room is just being cleared in order to make way for new growth and possibilities. This is the time for breaking free of old habits and restrictions. Just remember that it could create a mess that we will have to clean up later on.

January 23rd - Venus sextile Jupiter (Venus in Pisces, Jupiter in Capricorn)
Under this transit we get an abundance of creative inspiration, material enjoyment and some feel-good pleasure in the air. We seem to have luck and find opportunities for attracting love, money and resources. Our self-esteem is heightened as well during this time.

We need to keep in mind that, no matter how easy it seems to attract opportunities, people and possessions, we still have to work to get them. One of the down sides of this transit is that we can be a bit greedy, taking more than we actually need. We are tempted to get through situations by flirting, charming or bluffing a bit more than normal. Lastly, there is a tendency for self indulging. While not all of these are bad things, we do need to remember that its best to use this energy to enhance our own better judgement rather than overriding it.
 

January 25th - Mercury sextile Mars (Mercury in Aquarius, Mars in Sagittarius)
This is a transit where we have the potential to dig down and find the courage needed to speak our minds and stand up for ourselves and what we feel is right. Thoughtful actions will produce positive results and by planning ahead for possible consequences we can minimize any potential conflicts.

This is a time when our ideas and words come so swiftly that we may find it hard to stop them from coming out before we have had a chance to think about the best way to present them. It's an opportune transit for some creative problem solving and testing out our decisions to see if they will fit into our plans and goals.

If we want our communication to flow more easily and be most effective then we need to be direct and to the point, especially in cases where we are faced with having to confront another about a difficult situation. However, we can tap into the courage of this transits energy and find a clear way to express what we need to get across. We just need to be careful with the more delicate situations that require less force.

January 26th - Venus square Mars (Venus in Pisces, Mars in Sagittarius)
Venus will be in a square aspect with Mars, making our diplomatic and receptive side a bit argumentative with our more decisive and assertive side. We may feel a battle of wills between our yin and yang sides here, or we could find a way to harness both of these energies creatively. We may see this transits energy manifesting as problems in our relationships, financial struggles, arguments centring around control issues, or finally taking action on ideas and plans that you have had bubbling away on a back burner for some time. 

Those who are more comfy with their Yin side (diplomatic and receptive energies) could end up feeling backed into a corner or feel they are being forced into negotiations under pressure. Those who are more comfy with their Yang side (action oriented and assertive energies) could end up feeling compelled to sheath Mars’ sharp sword, or at least blunt it, when dealing with the “enemy”, rather than just fighting. In the end, it’s all about finding a balance between these two sides of ourselves as well as finding a happy medium that works for both sides.

Social blunders are a possibility now and we need to be wary of making impulse purchases. Those who are prone to drama and attention seeking could very well stir up problems in order to fulfil a need for excitement.

Janaury 27th - Venus conjunct Neptune (Both in Pisces)  
Thus Venus/Neptune conjunction will begin a new cycle which will bring certain issues to the fore that we will be exploring. It will gradually unfold over the next year. This transit brings dreamy desire and romance as well as deceptive manipulation and negotiations that are self-serving.

The positive side of this transit is that it can inspire a lot of creativity as well as healing faith in the areas of abundance and love. We are more open now to lofty possibilities around our closest of relationships along with our own abilities to attract to us who and what we want and desire. The problem here is that we need to have a realistic approach to the views and actions necessary to fully realize our potential. So assessing these areas won't come easily right now. Many will be willing to leave things in the hands of fate, believing that the Universe will make it right and bring us our desired outcome. The problem here is that we can all too easily slip into wishful thinking that causes us to lose touch with the realistic aspects of a situation.

During this time, if you find yourself considering any major changes that involve tapping into resources, income, and investments, it would be a good idea to do a reality check with someone who you trust. In love, if you are talking about making changes to an existing relationship or getting ready to start a new one, make sure you take the time to step back and take a look at the long term aspects so that we can differentiate between our hopes colouring our thinking and the reality of gaining what we hope for. Again, a reality check with someone who truly trust is the best action to take at these times.

Janaury 28th - 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.

What to watch for in February 2020!

As we move into February we will see Mercury moving into Pisces and going retrograde, Venus moving into Aries, and Mars moving into Capricorn!

Well my darlings, this wraps up our January 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 2020!


Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

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