January 2019 Astrology Forecast

January 2019 Astrology Forecast

To counterbalance Saturn’s sovereignty, the new year finds a freshly-forged Mars in its diurnal domicile. As a welcoming aspect, the Sagittarius Moon trines Mars on 1/2/19, exact at 0°54′ Sagittarius-Aries. Thereafter, the Mars-Saturn square is exact at 13°46′ Aries-Capricorn on 1/21/19 (6:27 AM EST), as the Leo Moon separates from its opposition to the newly ingressed Sun in Aquarius. Mars trines the Greater Benefic on 1/25/19 at 16°39′ Aries-Sagittarius. The red planet remains in his domicile until February 14th, when he will exit the Warrior and ingress into his detriment, Venusian Taurus.

Mercury, the fleet-footed Messenger, finally vacates its detriment, ingressing into Capricorn on 1/5/19, where its expression is comparatively succinct and efficient. Mercury’s ingress heralds this month’s first lunation, a partial solar eclipse in Capricorn, the embodiment of Saturnian discipline.

Like Mercury, Venus exits her detriment in Scorpio and ingresses into Sagittarius. In Sagittarius, Venus prepares to conjoin Jupiter, exact at 16°03′ Sagittarius on 1/22/19. The place signified by Sagittarius in one’s natal chart will be afforded amplification, pleasure, and grace, as both benefics unite to bestow the fullest expression of their affirming qualities.

January 2019 Lunations:

  • 1/5/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn

Placed in the second decanate of Capricorn, this month’s partial solar eclipse in Capricorn forges Saturn’s signature. With the greater malefic in his nocturnal domicile, the luminaries conjoin Saturn and Pluto. Additionally, the Sun and Moon sextile Neptune, as the Capricorn stellium overcomes Mars via sign-based, superior square. In one’s natal chart, the house occupied by Capricorn will be a focal point of critical laboriousness.

  • 1/21/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°51’ Leo

Occurring near the North Node at its perigee, the total lunar eclipse is placed in the first decanate of Leo, which is ruled by Saturn. For an hour and 2 minutes, the eclipse will encompass the Moon in total darkness, a visible spectacle in the Americas, Europe, and most of Africa. As the final eclipse on the Leo-Aquarius axis, this total lunar eclipse concludes a 2.5 year cycle. The house occupied by Leo engages in a culmination of heart-centered focus that is, ideally, calibrated by its Aquarian counterpart.

January 2019 Dual Cazimi Configurations:

In the King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′.

January 2019 heralds dual Cazimis: Saturn Cazimi is exact at 11°31’ Capricorn on 1/2/19 (12:48 AM EST). As a double-dose of Mars, the Scorpio Moon surveys the Saturn Cazimi at 11°31’ Capricorn, on 1/2/19. Angular malefics accompany the malefic-ruled Moon, until it enters Sagittarius. Since Saturn is naturally in its nocturnal domicile via Capricorn, this Cazimi portal will doubly fortify his structured, disciplinarian sovereignty.

The Mercury Cazimi trails behind on 1/29/19, exact at 9°54’ Aquarius. Comparatively, both Cazimis accentuate angular malefics in their domiciles with a Libra rising, nocturnal chart. Although briefly, Mercury Cazimi affords the stoic clarity of the Saturn-disposited Messenger.

January’s celestial terminal revisits the structured laboriousness that punctuates the Capricorn eclipse. On 1/30/19, the Saturn-Neptune sextile at 14°54′ Capricorn-Pisces encapsulates the month’s necessity for perserverance. An impervious foundation must be cemented in order to actualize the unison between realism and idealism. Otherwise, if quotidian obligations are neglected, Neptune’s allure can only remain illusory.

January 2019 Astrology Forecast Calendar

  • 12/31/18: Mars into Aries
  • 1/2/19: Saturn Cazimi at 11°31′ Capricorn
  • 1/2/19: Moon trine Mars at 0°54′ Sagittarius-Aries
  • 1/3/19: Moon square Neptune at 14°08′ Sagittarius-Pisces
  • 1/4/19: Mercury trine Uranus Rx at 28°36′ Sagittarius-Aries, Moon conjunct Mercury at 29 22′ Sagittarius
  • 1/5/19: Sun sextile Neptune at 14°09′ Capricorn-Pisces
  • 1/5/19: Mercury ingresses into Capricorn
  • 1/5/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn
  • 1/6/19: Uranus direct in Aries
  • 1/7/19: Venus ingresses into Sagittarius
  • 1/8/19: Mercury square Mars at 4°55′ Capricorn-Aries
  • 1/11/19: Sun conjunct Pluto at 20°56′ Capricorn
  • 1/13/19: Mercury conjunct Saturn at 12°51′ Capricorn, Jupiter square Neptune at 14°22′ Sagittarius-Pisces
  • 1/14/19: Mercury sextile Neptune at 14°24′ Capricorn-Pisces
  • 1/18/19: Venus trine Mars at 11°53’ Sagittarius-Aries, Mercury conjunct Pluto at 21°11′ Capricorn, Sun square Uranus at 28°39′ Capricorn-Aries
  • 1/20/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°51′ Leo, Moon at perigee
  • 1/20/19: Sun ingresses into Aquarius
  • 1/22/19: Venus conjunct Jupiter at 16°03′ Sagittarius
  • 1/24/19: Mercury ingresses into Aquarius
  • 1/25/19: Mars trine Jupiter at 16°39′ Aries-Sagittarius
  • 1/29/19: Mercury Cazimi at 9°54′ Aquarius
  • 1/30/19: Saturn sextile Neptune at 14°54′ Capricorn-Pisces

References:

Michelsen & Pottenger, The American Ephemeris 2000-2050 at Midnight.

Etching by K. Kalynovych.


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Jupiter Cazimi

img_1533November 2018 Jupiter Cazimi

When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. As Jupiter approaches the King’s Heart on 11/26/18, he will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).* When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. In the case of Jupiter, he will be doubly fortified, considering he is already in his domicile.

Jupiter Cazimi (in Sagittarius): Fiery Fortitude

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While Jupiter Cazimi occurs yearly, Jupiter Cazimi in Sagittarius occurs once every twelve years. Exact at 3°56′ Sagittarius, both the Sun and Jupiter are joined in a stellium with Mercury retrograde. The exact Jupiter Cazimi chart, while nocturnal, does have the sect‘s malefic, Mars, in applying square to the Sun and Mercury. Likewise, the waning Cancerian Moon (in domicile) opposes Pluto. The malefic contrary to sect (Saturn), although in his domicile, is angular in the fourth place. In electional astrology, a foundational principle is to avoid placing malefics in angular houses, especially if contrary to sect. Although Saturn is dignified and slightly mitigating Mars via sextile, in a night chart, angular Saturn, coupled with challenging aspects (in this case, applicable to both Saturn and Mars) are fundamental themes to avoid. While there are positive features to this chart, the benefits of Cazimi do not necessarily override its challenges.

The King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. Considering all three variations, I choose to focus and work within the 16′ range. 


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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New Moon in Scorpio

Leonor Fini, The Parasol, 1947

New Moon in Scorpio: A Photochemical Exchange

The New Moon in Scorpio embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant energy. Via photochemical exchange, the consequential chemical and physical properties of molecules in response to light absorption differ greatly from their structural origin. As such, Luna and Jupiter have filtered their effulgence through the venomous canals of Scorpio, laboriously transmuting poison into panacea. Invisibly, in the same ecliptic longitude with the Sun, Luna surrenders her brilliance in service to Earth: the Moon’s reflective void determines Earth’s albedo, or the level of sunlight reflected by Earth. In turn, this offering enables the survey of climate: the cloudier the Earth, the brighter the ‘earthshine’. Here, the photochemical exchange of light is the New Moon’s final homage to Earth: guided by Jupiter, Luna soon vanishes from Scorpio’s interminably clenched claw.

Scorpio Decan II: The Sea-Crossing of Sun and Jupiter

At 15°11’ Scorpio, this lunation illuminates the second decan, governed by the Sun and Jupiter. In her depression or fall, Luna’s second decan in Scorpio heralds themes of conflict, vulnerability, and transitional surrender. As Agrippa’s imagery illustrates, “In the second face ascendeth a man naked, and a woman naked, and a man sitting on the earth, and before him two dogs biting one another…” While Agrippa proceeds to elaborate on deception, impudent operations, and strife amongst men, both figures remain exposed. While all three decans reiterate violence in Agrippa’s descriptions, the second face of Scorpio subtly alludes to vulnerability, since man and woman are unprotected by either garments or weaponry.

Ibn Ezra echoes Agrippa by depicting Scorpio’s second face as the ascension of ‘a naked man, and the middle of a horse, and the middle of an ox’, followed by ‘a woman who has left her house; she is naked and has nothing on and she is entering the sea.’ Again, both figures are unadorned by clothing, but in Ezra’s second description, it is suggested that, void of possessions, the female relinquishes her shelter, journeying into the sea. While sea-crossing affords a plethora of mythological diversities, in Eastern and Greek cultures, it is an intermediary between life and death. As an agent of destruction and renewal, it is equally a medium of communion between humans and gods. Essentially, the sea integrates the elements it separates, such as fertility and barrenness, or a deathly directionless odyssey in its immortal passage. It is possible, then, that Ezra’s female embarks upon a sea-crossing of bare surrender, between the visible and invisible worlds of humans, gods, and the departed.

Leonor Fini, Ophelia

Zuben Elgenubi: The Insufficient Price

During the Greek and Roman empires, the Claws of the Scorpion became known as the Scales, and this portion of the sky was viewed as a lamp symbolizing the Assyrian god of fire, Bir. [4] At 15°19′ Scorpio, fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, Libra’s brightest star, conjoins the Moon (and Sun) within an 8′ orb. According to Ptolemy, ‘of those stars in the Claws of the Scorpion… those in the middle parts the same as do Saturn and, to a less degree, Mars.’ [Ptolemy, p.51] Zuben Elgenubi traditionally corresponds to the nature of Saturn followed, to a lesser extent, by that of Mars. However, as the New Moon’s traditional dispositor, the Martial influence is likely applicable.

Early interpretations of Zuben Elgenubi are forthright in their subjectively negative descriptions. Robson, symbolically terming Elgenubi as ‘The Insufficient Price’, describes this star as ‘causing malevolence, violence, disease, lying, and dangers from poison.’ Ebertin punctuates Zuben Elgenubi’s negative connotations to nocturnal charts (this lunation occurs during a diurnal chart), alongside attributions to poor health. However, along with its northern counterpart, Zuben Eschamali, Ebertin interprets this combination as bestowing ‘immortality to one’s name.’ However, Brady notes Zuben Elgenubi as having higher ideals regarding social reform than its counterpart, citing Martin Luther King, John Lennon, and Abraham Lincoln as examples of reformers with the culminating star. Here, it is suggested that Zuben Elgenubi differs via motivational source. Essentially, it marks individuals involved in reform while simultaneously dismissing personal gain or power. [4]

Odilon Redon, The Red Sphinx, 1912

New Moon in Scorpio Aspects

The New Moon in Scorpio trines Neptune and sextiles Pluto. The Moon-Neptune trine is empathic, which, to an extent, ameliorates some of the challenging themes of this lunation. In harmony, Luna and Neptune are service-oriented, particularly to those deemed less fortunate. Equally, the imaginative realm is heightened, alluding to the forthcoming Mercury retrograde, which will challenge perceptual clarity. However, in the context of this lunation, this energy is favorable for artistic endeavors, the dream-state, and heightened sensitivity. Of course, Luna’s dialogue with Neptune can stir oscillating moods, often mirroring our environment, so it is recommended that our company is agreeable.

The Moon-Pluto sextile readily dismisses triviality in favor all-encompassing, experiential depth. This intensity extends to relationships, an interest in investigating all forms of inaccessible subject matter (inclusive to subterranean energies in the psyche), and the impetus to adjust unfavorable conditions within the intimate setting. The general caution with this aspect is the tendency towards unproductive or unyielding obsessiveness in the pursuit of singular knowledge or a compulsory idea.

Odilon Redon, Red Thorns

Venus Retrograde trines the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, ushering equilibrium between assertiveness and equality. Harmoniously integrating the ying and yang, or the emerald and scarlet tinctures of Mars and Venus, confidence is punctuated without the interjection of abrasiveness. While this aspect begins to stimulate the long-term, fiery quest for liberation that heralds Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, Venus-Mars oversees a balance between individuality and cooperative efforts. Because of the crystalline properties of this fixed Scorpio decan, established relationships (of ample varieties) are potentially solidified, while favorable, newly formed partnerships are likely void of exploitation. Furthermore, note Mars’ ingress into Pisces on November 15th, followed by Venus’ direct station at 25º14′ Libra on November 16th. Fifteen hours later, Mercury stations retrograde at 13º29′ Sagittarius. Needless to mention, this month ushers illimitable activity.

Saturn’s Backdrop

Because the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, is currently in Saturn’s domain (prior to its Jupitarian ingress in Pisces), the Time Keeper imparts lessons through detached discipline. Instead, Saturn rewards laborious diligence, maturation, stoicism, and the stability of our life’s structures. The subtle, Saturnian sway of this lunation can be used to re-structure areas of life that no longer concretize purpose and potential, a task best embarked in unison with the fulfillment of honorable work.

Water and Fire: The Corpuscles of Unity andDispersal

The New Moon in Scorpio is followed by Jupiter’s ingress into his Sagittarian domicile the following day, on November 8th. The elements, too, are flaring from water to fire, a challenging transmutation between polarizing elements. This inherent volatility requires a stable structure, since the movement from water to fire requires the conversion from cold unification (moist) to hot separation (dry). Where water is cool becoming moist, simultaneously fixed and fluid, it serves the basic human necessity for emotive depth. In contrast, the nature of fire is to rise and disperse, answering the primal call for individuality, spiritedness, and instinctive knowledge. Therefore, as the planetary ingresses shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius, there is a surge for individualized exploration and creative expression.

Image taken from Friedländer, Plato, vol. 1, An Introduction.

In Timaeus, Plato uses the geometrical shape of each element to explain its appearance and behavior. The fiery corpuscle is a regular tetrahedron, or four-sided geometrical solid. In this diagram, the central fire-particle contains 6 scalene triangles composing each equilateral face of the tetrahedron. On the left is a basic isotope with 2 scalene triangles per face, and, on the right, a more complex isotope with 8 scalene triangles per face.Therefore, the sharpness of the four triangles that compose fire reflects the element’s divisive and protruding nature. Beyond any other form, its splicing ability heats and pulverizes into multiples.

New Moon in Scorpio

Before the dispersal of the fiery Archer, the New Moon in Scorpio offers a mediating intermission between destruction and renewal. Like Ezra’s sea-crossing figure, this excursion explores the raw surrender between visible and invisible worlds. Coupled with the selfless potential of Zuben Elgenubi and Luna’s depth-riddled aspects, the New Moon embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant light energy. On the day of Jupiter (November 8th), the Scorpion releases a newly forged Jove into the Archer’s arms.

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The New Moon at 15°11’ Scorpio occurs on the day of Mercury, November 7th, 2018, at 11:02:03 PM ET.


References:

1. Agrippa, Henry, Three Books of Occult Philosophy.

2. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos.

3. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom.

4. Brady, Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.

5. Robson, Vivian, The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

6. Plato, Timaeus.

7. Cohen, Marc, Washington.edu

Oil paintings are by Leonor Fini and Odilon Redon.


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Full Moon in Aries 2018

Saturn and the Sun ASTROLOGY

Glossolalia, 2004, oil on masonite, R. Puchol

How do you maintain grace when confronted by the necessary impetus of severance? This intricate equilibrium is at the heart of the Warrior’s full Moon.

Tempering the Black Flame: Full Moon at 1°59′ Aries

Noted by Ptolemy, the stars poised in the crown of Aries hold the mingled potency of Mars and Saturn. Such is the raw force of the Full Moon in Aries, a cautionary tale of polarities that ushers clean slates with destructive denouements.

Aries Decan I

Aries Decan I

The ferocious apparition of The Ram, as a Mars-fueled blaze of willful expression, is benumbed by Saturn’s glacial penumbra in this full Moon’s blackened backdrop. At 1°59′ Aries, the first decan of The Ram is ignited by Mars. Here, Luna spawns the shears grappled by the incandescent fury of the red planet. The Warrior’s natural orders of separation, however, are wrapped in Saturn’s gelid lead.

Moon square Saturn

Full Moon Configurations

The Moon-Saturn square, one of the central configurations of this lunation, poises Saturn, in his domicile, at the precipice of this chart. The Gatekeeper sits upon the tenth (relative to the Moon), in Hellenistic epidekateia, wielding a superior sign-based square. The battle between the Mars-flared Moon and Saturn’s pulverizing rays can spark relational and emotive paralysis, tarnished by Saturnian fear and restraint. Similarly, communication becomes challenging as the recently Cazimi Messenger is now hupaugos, ‘under the beams’ of the Libran Sun (while squaring Saturn). The Mercury-Saturn square halts verbal reconciliation, as Saturn’s dry rings barricade the binding of words. Blinded by the solar rays, Mercury’s rhythmic pace is hastened, as his opposition to Luna blurs cognitive discernment. Challenging Moon-Mercury configurations often oscillate between polar modes of emotion and logic. In this case, Mercury’s combust rationale is filtered through Luna’s emotive lens.

However, for encouragement, we turn to the applying Moon-Mars sextile, coupled with the flexibility fostered by the Saturn-Uranus trine. The Moon-Mars configuration encourages independence, fueling the Mars-driven Moon with courage and initiatory progress that is, essentially, an act in stoic solitude.

Therein is the secret of cheerfulness, of depending on no help from without and needing to crave from no man the boon of tranquility. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Lunar Mansion:

Al-Sharatain, the Arabic name for the first lunar mansion, is forged in the tropical boundaries from 0-12°51’ Aries. In Mansions of the Moon, Warnock suggests that Al-Sharatain is attributed to the primal transmission and the power of “creation/ destruction, active energy, and dynamic force.” [Warnock, p.40] This mansion cautions against overt force and momentum in personal relationships and friendships.

Fixed Star Deneb Kaitos Conjuct Luna

The Full Moon in Aries conjoins Deneb Kaitos, a fixed star which, according to Ptolemy, is inoculated by the temperament of Saturn. Perched in the tail of the Sea Monster (or whale), Deneb Kaitos, although pioneering, is liable to stir recklessness, violent tempers, and many quarrels when joined by Luna. (Robson, p.162) This second magnitude star, outshining Menkar’s brilliance in the 19th century, is noted by Ebertin to induce “inhibitions and restraints”, both psychologically and physically. Because this lunation finds the Moon squaring Saturn and opposing Mercury (currently under the beams), and, given the significance of Deneb Kaitos, 0-5 degrees of the cardinal luminaries and Acendant (considering sect, as applicable) should remain particularly alert of mental wellness, especially if an imbalance is currently present.

On the day of Luna, September 24, 2018, The full Moon at 1°59′ Aries is exact at 10:51 PM EDT.

References:

1. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

2. Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon

3. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

4. Robson, Vivian E., Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

5. Ebertin, Elsbeth, Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation.

6. Brady, Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.

7. Brady, Bernadette, Star and Planet Combinations.

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The Warrior and the Gatekeeper: Understanding Hard Aspects Between Mars and Saturn

Because of their inherently incompatible natures and in order to properly harness their respective energies, one must learn to understand the relation between the malefic planets of Western astrology. For the purpose of this entry, the discussion will pertain, specifically, to the correlation and hard aspects that occur between Saturn and Mars.

In general, aspects between Saturn and Mars imply the necessity to align antithetical energies, namely, discipline with impulse, fear with courage, and control with assertion. Individuals with strong Saturn-Mars aspects will naturally gravitate towards scenarios where their proportion for strength, stamina, and overall endurance will be examined and extended, often to extremities involving near-shattering depths. Situations requiring endurance may manifest as emotional, physical, or mental, relative to other chart factors such as house placement, other corresponding planets, sign, and even degrees.

Conjunctions and hard aspects between Saturn and Mars are often associated with conflicting forces, often vacillating between two extremes: use of irrevocable self-will, determination, and aggressive domination versus paralyzing inability. Furthermore, the more pugnacious presentations of Saturn-Mars occur when, in an individual’s chart, Venus appears debilitated, weakly positioned or in harsh aspect(s), and overall, difficult to access.

Individuals with Saturn-Mars aspects will often find themselves in positions where they need to exert a certain level of discipline and/ or control over a situation. Furthermore, they may find themselves in situations where they are either being dominated or are themselves exerting a sense of domination over others. Ultimately, this merging signals a lesson in authoritative equilibrium: contacting one’s source of inner authority without the need to seek supremacy or resignation from others.

At best, Saturn-Mars delineates a sense of vigilant bravery and the inclination to master the will in order to achieve and overcome obstacles. This aspect is suitable for situations that require courage, resilience, endurance, order, and control. The Saturn-Mars can take advantage of every moment in the implementation of a task.

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