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Tarot Guidance For January 2019




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 2018, 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 2019

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 2019

Rewarding Days: 12, 13, 14
Challenging Days: 25, 26

Rewarding Days: 15, 16
Challenging Days:  1, 27, 28, 29

Rewarding Days:  17, 18
Challenging Days: 2, 3, 4, 30, 31

Rewarding Days: 19, 20
Challenging Days: 5, 6

Rewarding Days: 21, 22
Challenging Days: 7, 8, 9

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

Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days: 12, 13, 14

Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28, 29
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Rewarding Days: 2, 3, 4, 30, 31 
Challenging Days: 17, 18

Rewarding Days: 5, 6
Challenging Days: 19, 20

Rewarding Days: 7, 8, 9
Challenging Days: 21, 22

Rewarding Days: 10, 11 
Challenging Days: 23, 24
Void of Course Moon Schedule for January 2019

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  22:26 January 2nd 08:58 Sagittarius
January 4th 17:41 January 4th 18:55 Capricorn
January 7th 06:20 January 7th 06:46 Aquarius
January 9th 16:53 January 9th 19:44 Pisces
January 11th 14:25 January 12th 08:18 Aries
January 14th 15:56  January 14th 18:31 Taurus
January 16th 18:34 January 17th 01:00 Gemini
January 19th 01:32 January 19th 03:44 Cancer
January 21st 01:50 January 21st 03:54 Leo
January 23rd 01:19 January 23rd 03:22 Virgo
January 24th 13:50 January 25th 04:02 Libra
January 27th 05:21 January 27th 07:31 Scorpio
January 28th 22:39 January 29th 14:33 Sagittarius
January 31st 22:32 February 1st 00:47 Capricorn

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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.

If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer.  You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe.  I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients.

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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And now to announce the December 2019 raffle winners:

C. Lewis and M. Standler

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter 2019's January raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

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? 


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.


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.

Click here to learn more about Hogmanay

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.

Click here to learn more about Rabbie Burns 

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Star Transits For January 2019


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


On January 5th we have a Capricorn New Moon

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 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 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.

On January 21st we have a Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse
A Lunar Eclipse is a powerful Full Moon that relates to endings. There are many myths throughout many ancient cultures relating to lunar eclipses. Many people saw a Lunar eclipse as a bad omen, signalling some catastrophic events.

Tonight is our Leo Full Moon! Full Moons are a time when things seem more illuminated. Where the New Moon gives us the opportunity to set our intentions in the different aspects of our lives, the Full Moon asks us to stand still for a moment and look at what has come to fruition since the dark moon.
Full Moons are the best time for doing energy and spell work that is geared towards releasing something old or reaping the harvest of whatever seed you planted at the last New Moon.

The Leo Full Moon asks the question “What does it mean to believe in yourself?” It allows us to draw within and look at ourselves and reconnect with our intuition, faith and feelings about ourselves. It means that we need to be aware of and open to our own inconsistencies without losing faith in ourselves. And many have been faced with a lot of challenges and change over the past few months, so our perception about who we are may feel a bit unbalanced right now. And what do we do with these challenges that keep cropping up?

Leo's creative energy and self-expression lets us take those lemons and make lemonade! We need to be flexible and think outside the box a bit here. Keep in mind that Mercury is still in retrograde here and don't get too attached to any one particular outcome right now or how you plan on getting there. Retro mercury tends to put the kibosh on our plans, causing us to have to re-examine and change directions at times.

It's about taking what you see as a failure and maybe finding another use for it, making the most of the resources you have and whatever life is throwing at you right now.

With this Leo Full moon, the one person we should be focusing on, and opening our hearts to, is ourselves. We can rediscover that the one person who bring us the love, recognition, and appreciation that we want....is already with us....ourselves!

Things to do under a Leo Moon: tell jokes; send funny pictures on Facebook; surprise someone with a just-for-fun gift; encourage someone you love; accessorize; style your hair in a way that gets attention; wear warm colours (red, orange, yellow); smile when walking down the street; dance to your favourite music; have a girls night out; go on an adventure with a child; take a creative risk; work on your screenplay or play; decorate your home for the holidays.


January 2nd - Sun conjunction 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 3rd - Mercury square Chiron (Mercury in Saggitarius, Chiron in Pisces)
With Mercury squaring off to Chiron we may find that our mental focus and perceptions feel a bit strained. We may find ourselves sitting on the fence an feeling unable to make choices and decisions. It may also be difficult to stay objective and balanced in our perspective and views, but by working with this we could find a new mental focus that gives us increased clarity. It may be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you.

January 4th - Mercury trine Uranus (Mercury in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries)
We have another fun transit to work with today ladies and gentlemen! With this transit, expect unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities in old situations. You may find it easier to be open-minded during this time, especially regarding insights that have eluded you before. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

January 4th - 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 4th - Venus trine North Lunar Node (Venus in Scorpio, North Node in Cancer)
Today, as well as up to a couple of days before and after, you may feel a bit more comfortable in your own skin and in the social world around you. In fact, interactions you have with others may prove fruitful to help you move further along your path toward whatever destination you're pointed in. You might be in a position to do this for someone else, as well. It may be a good time to spend or save money and other resources. However, it's still wise to do a reality check to make sure both side of the exchange are satisfied that you got as much as you gave.

January 5th - Mercury enters Capricorn (until Jan.24)
As cerebral Mercury moves into structured and responsible Capricorn it brings out it's more analytical and focused side. This means that from now, until around January 24th, 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 2019.

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 over estimated. One down side 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 5th - Venus trine Chiron (Venus in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces)
The Planet of love mingles with the wounded healer today bringing a great opportunity for healing and rebalancing, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. If you have been faced with persistent challenges and issues in these areas lately, you will find help from an influx of healing and helpful resources now. Interactions of all kinds, not just relationships, will benefit under this transits nurturing energy because we will find it so much easier to see the beauty and value in others, even those we may dislike or not feel to comfortable around. So use this to strengthen and mend bonds as well as to tackle negotiations where compromises are needed to resolve conflict. You will find things go a lot more smoothly now if everyone works in a balanced way that serves the interests of all.

This is also a time when we find we can draw to us what we need to heal wounds on many levels (spiritually, mentally, physically, psychologically, etc.) It makes it easier now to accept the things in our lives that we cannot change and focus on making progress in those things we can change.

January 6th - Uranus goes Direct (Aries)
Uranus has been 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 7th - Venus enters Sagittarius 
Yesterday loving Venus sought adventure in playful Sagittarius. This is a time when trading safety and security for new sources of pleasure can be a bit risky but we may find it is difficult to resist. A sense of restlessness can stir ongoing relationships that need a boost of excitement to keep them interesting.

In Sagittarius, Venus focuses her passion on truth-seeking, philosophical exploration, a lust for knowledge, and spiritual intimacy. It's a time for us to explore what the meaning of our close relationships are to us. This is also a time when we look for ways to increase our income or our spending so we need to be careful that we don't over indulge.

January 8th - Mercury square Mars (Mercury in Capricorn, Mars in Aries)

This transit is characterized by hot debates, fiery speech and lots of arguments. We may experience this in forms of conflict or we may find these exchanges as challenging yet stimulating. We just need to remember to pace all of that mental energy.

One of the things we need to watch out for here is that we may have a really short fuse, as will others around us. There is a tendency to blurt things out that we may come to regret later on. In some cases though we may find the courage we need to tackle something that is way overdue. The tricky part here is that there is a fine line between these two scenarios; what we felt as courage one moment may come across as reckless and hasty behaviour later one. And those harsh words we may let fly are not so easy to retract.

We can get through this one by keeping a tight rein on our judgement and objectivity when having verbal duels. We can tap into this energy and use it to fan the flames of motivation or take our ideas and use them to generate some positive and constructive action.

January 11th - Sun conjunction 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 - Mercury conjunction 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!

January 13th - Jupiter square Neptune (Jupiter in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)
This is a transit that brings us a test of our faith thta is usually down to some kind of embarrassing loss of face or a disappointment. It's possible that we may have been too trusting or over idealized a romantic interest. It's important to cut our losses as soon as the reality of the situation shatters our illusion.

This is a bad time for being overly optimistic as well. We may feel trusting and generous but the risk of delusion and deception is far too great to risk our resources. In fact, our resources may not be as secure as we thought they were.

This is a time when we should avoid get ricj quick schemes, gambling, drugs, gurus, and anything that seems too good to be true. It's normal at this time to feel suspicious and paranoid, so it may be best to rely on advice given from trusted friends and family.

January 14th - 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 16th - Sun opposite Lunar North Node ( Sun in Capricorn, North Node in Cancer)
In our natal charts, the Lunar North Node shows us which particular traits and tendencies we need to bring to the surface or embrace. When we embrace these traits we become more whole or complete as a person, as well as moving closer to our spiritual fulfillment. So what does it mean when the Sun is in opposition to the Lunar North Node? What do we do when the person we become is in opposition to who we need to become?

Let's say you are an Aries and your Lunar North Node is in Libra. You will probably be in continuous contact with Libra individuals, which is the Universe's way of telling you that you need to become more like Libra in some ways, be more tactful and considerate of others.

The Sun's opposition with the North Node today could bring about a connection with someone from our past. We may also see situations arise that will make us more aware of our old habits, patterns and attitudes. Its a bit of a learning curve we will experience today and it means we need to find a way to balance the traits of our two opposing signs.

Today's aspect is between Capricorn and Cancer – so those born under the Sun sign of Capricorn will need to bring balance between supporting family and supporting business structure.

January 18th - Venus trine Mars (Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Aries) 
Money planet Venus and ambitious Mars brings a favourable energy our way with this trine aspect. You will find it is easier now to balance out being assertive as well as receptive. Perfect for those situations where firm action is needed but with a gentler touch. The ability to attract what we desire brings a strong urge to act on manifesting these things in our lives. Some will find it easier to attract money and material things while others could go a bit overboard on the spending.

Life does seem to flow easier at this time but don't let that put you off your guard because it will only last a few days. Since this transit can assist us in getting what we want right now, we need to be careful as we try to identify what exactly it is that we want. This transit brings a sensual energy, a time to be loved and to love back.

January 18th - Mercury conjunction 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 18th - Sun sextile Chiron (Sun in Capricorn, Chiron in Pisces)
The Sun is what governs what we need in life and Chiron, the wounded healer, can show where healing needs to occur. So under this transit we have the opportunity to mend and heal any chronic struggles we face in our lives. It's a time where we could feel inspired, motivated, and confident which in turn helps us to recharge any waning enthusiasm. Or we could have that motivation to reconcile some persistent issues that we know will take some effort.

Many will find that this is a chance for tem to let themselves shine as they demonstrate the ability to walk their own paths in a new way. We could get a glimpse of the shadow or our worries and what discourages us to gain new insights on how we may be self sabotaging ourselves subconsciously. This may mean we have to face our fears, failures, and low self image before getting past these issues and are able to tap into this transits healing potential. It's important to bear in mind that you are not failing when this happens. it's just that these concerns can arise as a response to any new potential that becomes available to us.

January 19th - Sun square Uranus (Sun in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries) 
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 a 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 that 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 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.

January 21st - Venus square Neptune (Venus in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)  
Under this transit’s influence we may find that those areas that Venus rules, such as relationships, resources, pleasure and money are subject to deception, confusion and wishful thinking that is unrealistic. Our desires are more unclear. Imagination and fantasy fog judgment and create romantic confusion. For example, we find that something we thought we had (resources, love, friendship, money) has suddenly become undependable or has up and disappeared. Feeling disillusioned, disappointed, alone or depressed can come with this transit. However, try to keep in mind that this may just be a passing phase and not a more serious crisis at this time.

Relationship ups and downs characterize this transit--a time when romantic mirages are more than likely. You see what you hope to see, rather than what really is. The "highs" of a relationship begun under this energy may be thrilling, but the accompanying "lows" are bound to set in, and they can be extremely draining. Be careful not to set yourself up for disappointment. The same goes for finances--what appears to be a great buy is likely to turn out to be a financial drain or money pit. Avoid making large purchases and commitments at this time. You may be inclined to withdraw from social activities, perhaps to nurse your wounds. This transit sometimes correlates with feelings of rejection or unusual experiences in love.

When faced with these scenarios, stop and ask yourself: Is it possible that your secret desires and longings are working away unconsciously? If so, they may be clouding your ability to relate to the situations and people in your life. We may see old addictions, idealism or depression surface as a means of trying to deal with our emotions now. We can find a more beneficial outlet by channelling our emotions and experiences into something more creative, inspirational, beautiful and compassionate, like helping others or engaging in artistic activities to help express those emotions.

January 21st - Mars square Saturn (Mars in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn)
When action planet Mars meets serious Saturn, it brings a time when we face obstacles, blockages, or opposition to our sense of freedom, our drive, and our ambitions. Excessive or wasteful endeavours and personality traits may need to be tempered now, and we may become more cautious or feel a temporary loss of enthusiasm, or even face setbacks that make us doubt our ability to win in life. It creates a sense of friction that can cause us to feel frustrated, conflicted, stressed out, and argumentative.

It’s hard to feel upbeat and positive when our efforts seem to be thwarted or blocked at every turn. We become a bit more sensitive towards anyone or anything that seems to be not cooperating with us, especially authority figures.

It’s all about finding a balance between our youthful and free spirit, and the responsible, cautious adult side of us that wants us to be more serious. It’s easy for a bit of a power struggle to emerge between these two sides of our spirit. If we allow one side to win or gain complete control, we risk feeling depressed and guilty, or obsessed and rebellious.

We may need to learn to live life in moderation for the moment, but it may be frustrating at first as we face tests, rejections, or trials that remind us that pushing too hard or too fast doesn't always yield the results we are after. That means that now is the time to slow down a little, catch our breath, experience some defeats, all in order to come back stronger, more controlled, directed, and mature in our expectations and approach to the world.

We are not entirely without power under this transit however! We can put some of that friction to use in productive ways. It allows us to manifest our goals, desire, and energy in a more concrete way. The obstacles we face now can work to strengthen us if we choose to work with them rather than struggle against them. We may even find that the detour we have been forced to take works out much better in the end than our original planed route.

January 22nd - Venus conjunction Jupiter (Both in Sagittarius)
This is a magical transit where we have the chance to fulfilling our heart's desires. At this time we tend to feel especially generous and giving, optimistic, and kind towards those around us. This is a really good time for starting a new relationship or a financial project. Some may discover that they have romantic feelings with someone that we would normally consider not our "type", possibly from a different background, upbringing or professional standing. It’s also a good time for making amends with someone we have fallen out with or let down. If social opportunities pop up take advantage of them at this time!

This alignment is considered very lucky and many will go out and buy lottery tickets. However, to see what area of your life this luck will affect, you will need to look what house this conjunction is taking place in and how it relates to your own natal chart. For example, in the 11th house, it comes through your friends. In the 5th house, creativity and gambling is highlighted. In your 10th house, luck will come from your career and in your 7th house luck come from love.

During this transit we may find that we are able to attract resources and money into our lives quite easily. However, this is also a time when we are more prone to over-indulge in life’s little pleasures and over-estimate our resources to cover those. So it’s important to keep those “addictions” or weaknesses in check at this time because those can be trouble areas for us, like impulse buying, drinking, or overeating.

January 22nd - 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 23rd - Mercury square Uranus (Mercury in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries)
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 23rd - Mercury sextile Chiron (Mercury in Capricorn, Chiron in Pisces)  
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 24th - 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 25th - Mars trine Jupiter (Mars in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
This is a transit that can have ideas flooding into our heads and wanting to get them out, making us chatterboxes. With it's more optimistic energy, Jupiter brings out the visionary within. Make sure you keep a pen and paper with you and write down all those ideas winging through your head. This way you can look at them later and see which are doable. You may even find a new solution to an old problem or two now. You might even find that luck comes your way because you are more receptive to opportunities and possibilities.

January 25th - Ceres enters Sagittarius
The asteroid Ceres enters the sign of Sagittarius today.  Ceres represents the nurturing we received in our early years as well as how we tend to nurture others.  It also rules the areas of clothing and food believe it or not!  Where our natal charts are concerned, where Ceres falls in the signs will show, not only our nurturing styles, but those things which make us feel nurtured.  Where Ceres falls in the houses of one’s chart shows where we are more likely to express that nurturing side as well as where we can best receive nurturing from others. 


January 29th - Sun conjunction 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 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 31st - Saturn sextile Neptune (Saturn 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.

What to watch for in February 2019!

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

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 2019!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot/span>



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