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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Roaring Umbra: Partial Solar Eclipse at 18°41’ Leo

In moments of personal victory, is one’s energy guided by the blaze of creative wisdom, or is it, instead, scorched by e-motive annihilation? When “in the grip of the lion’s paw”, the process prior to triumph not only defines strength of character, but is equally symbolic of moral courage and self-restraint.

Leo, Latin for lion, is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion. [Carey, p.130] Leo synthesizes with the fifth division of the human body via motion, energy manifesting in action, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives from the inner sun in Aries the ‘divine fire’ [Carey, p.131] in order to generate both tangible and invisible activities. Therefore, in order to harmoniously labor with The Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively wielded by The Lion.


At 18°41’ Leo, lavished via Jupitarian rulership, ample triumph spawns in The Lion’s second face. In the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa notes “…a man on whose head is a Crown; he hath the appearance of an angry man, and one that threatneth, having in his right hand a Sword drawn out…” It emphasizes “hidden contentions, unknown victories, base men… quarrels and battels [battles]” Furthermore, multiple figures adorned with laurels emerge violently victorious, illustrated by Ezra as a man wearing “…a crown of white myrtle, and a bow in hand [who] is fierce like a lion in his anger.” This imagery is echoed in (both the Arabic and Latin) Picatrix, alongside Birhat Jakata, whose “man… with white garlands [is] fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand…” Noted is the annihilatory nature of The Lion, now lacking harmony with the inner Sun or divine spark of Aries, and, as a result, unable to constructively wield the embers of motion (versus e-motion) and creative action.

As Luna’s penumbra pierces Augustus’ solar rays, this year’s final eclipse conjoins Pallas Athena and Mercury retrograde (at 17°06’ and 14°41’ Leo, respectively). Its potent focus, propelled by the wayward waltz of Hermes’ inferior conjunction (retrograde), finalizes this year’s ecliptic impetus in the axis of The Lion and Water Bearer (until 1/20/19). In essence, the partial solar eclipse merges the necessity of mental agility in alignment with purity of creative (life-bestowing) intent.

The heightened potential of Mercury’s fiery flight through Leo’s lunar umbrage blazes thought, opinion, and events which not only digress from the main current, but merge the above and below (i.e., the conscious and unconscious/ rational and irrational vigour of the mind). This cerebral voyage molds an interface between the establishment and the more progressive social factions, while merging the spiritual and soulful modes of consciousness. The unification of this mental excursion offers cultural diversity through new options and previously unimagined perspectives. However, these benefits request mental magnification, fortitude and cerebral flexibility beyond The Greater Benefic’s (Jupiter) currently opaque lens, in order to adjust and reform antiquated views. Mercury’s square to Jupiter, the most potent aspect apart from the actual eclipse, offers a macro-perspective, encompassing broad themes, structures, and abstract thought. However, its idealism and overt generalization can dismiss important details that significantly impede the fruition of visionary goals. Fortunately, Pallas Athena (Jupiter’s parthenogenetic daughter) in Leo, functioning as one’s capacity for realization and accomplishment, invokes the wisdom of creative spontaneity that spawns new modes of unique visionary expression. Conjoining the eclipse, Pallas Athena coalesces the mental-creative principle with the emotive realm in lucidity of the feminine expression.

While Jupiter challenges our levels of realism throughout this eclipse, its harmony with Neptune bestows much-needed humanitarian and empathic qualities. Participation in altruistic work is both likely and beneficial. The Jupiter-Neptune dialogue, stimulating the esoteric realm of our personalities, potentially ushers professors, mentors, or suitable guides that foster progress in spiritual endeavors or other meaningful journies.

At 19°41’ Leo, fixed Star Merak, a pale-green star in the flank of the Great Bear, conjoins the eclipse, and is said to bestow “a love of command and domination”. According to Ebertin, it fortifies perseverance and is influenced by the potency of Mars. [Ebertin, p.49] Additionally, the eclipse finds fixed stars Acubens and Dubhe conjunct Mercury. Of Mercury-Saturn influence, Acubens is stationed on the southern claw of The Crab near the head of the Hydra constellation. Popularly termed “the sheltering of hiding place,” fixed star Acubens is said to beget “activity, malevolence and poison, making its natives liars and criminals.’ [Robson, p.116] According to Dr. Morse, Acuben’s more positive quality stems from a “sharp intellect” and seamless problem-solving capabilities, “for which one might earn public renown.” However, Dr. Morse notes the latter as resulting from covert influence of external factors. [Dr. Eric Morse, p.50] Additionally, fixed star Dubhe, a yellow star perched on the back of the Great Bear (via Ptolemy’s location) is associated with the destructive nature of Mars [Ebertin, p.43]. However, it is likewise concerned with insight, persistence, and passive strength [Brady, p. 160] Dubhe’s constructive fortitude involves the ability to apply time to problem-solving strategies, alongside its faith in life’s rhythmic patterns.

Leo’s second face is attributed to the Six of Wands, yet another affluent emblem of victory (as per the RWS tarot), mirroring the optimism of its Jupitarian rulership, and paralleling the images of conquest previously excavated (in Leo’s second decanate). A young man on a white horse, adorned by a crowning wreath (on both the head and wand), proudly greets a jovial crowd in regal triumph. The traditional meaning of this card denotes victory following prolonged perseverance, labor, and the tenacity echoed by the The Lion’s strength.

In the Epinomis and Chaldean Oracles, Leo’s second face corresponds to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of protection and magical prowess. Isis, Egyptian Aset or Eset, is considered one of the most prominent goddesses of ancient Egypt. In resonance with the regal prestige of Leo II, her name is the Greek form of an ancient Egyptian word for ‘throne’. However, in the second face of Leo, she emerges as a merciful expression invoking the potency of creative, life-bestowing action and progress.

 Eclipse Visibility 

The maximal phase of the partial eclipse will be recorded in the East Siberian Sea, near the Wrangel Island.

The Partial Solar eclipse, whose maximal phase will register in the east Siberian Sea near the Wrangel Island, retains visibility in Canada, Greenland, Scotland, most of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Estonia, Latvia, Russia (excluding southwest of Pskov), Moscow, Penza, eastern points of the Far East, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. During sunset, the eclipse is observable in North and South Korea.

Possible Social Effects

Solar eclipses in Leo are generally intense, as its fixed mode denotes lasting duration. However, because this is a partial eclipse, it can, to a lesser extent, influence matters related to governments, rulerships, management, nuclear power, expenditure, gold, vacation and recreation industries. Leaders may either rise or fall to power, and the economy can be impacted via banking (resulting from the influence of fellow fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio). Stocks may erratically oscillate within a period of 30 days to a year of this eclipse. Finally, broad events including political demonstrations upon groups and their governments/ leaders can be expected. Again, please note that because this is a partial eclipse, these effects are both lessened and relative to the visibility in one’s location (see eclipse visibility).

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* The eclipse is exact on the day of Saturn, August 11th, at 5:57 AM ET.

Castor and the Phoenix: Partial Solar Eclipse at 20° 41′ Cancer

What is luxury? As defined by the third decanate of The Mother archetype, it is ‘having more than we need’ [Coppock]. At 20° 41′, The Crab’s third face grapples the dynamics of earthly excess and scarcity in earnest inquiry, as this decanate juxtaposes the advantage and precariousness of both extremes.

In the Rider Waite’s Four of Cups, the tarot card coalesced with this decan, a levitating hand offers a cup to a man perched beneath a tree (already in possession of three cups). The adept’s crossed arms imply the refusal to claim more than he requires, and this card’s ascetic interpretation echoes the ethics of Victorian esotericists accountable for its creation.

Paralleling this decan’s Jupitarian rulership (via triplicity/ parasara), multiple images unravel excursion in search for affluence. In Ibn Ezra, Cancer III depicts “a man… (who) intends to go to sea and bring gold and silver to make rings for his wives.” Not only is this search pertinent to luxurious commodities (in the form of gold and silver), but the concept of excess extends to partner multiplicity. Again, in the Birhat Jakarta, we encounter “a man with serpents… crossing the ocean in search of wife’s jewels.” Both men navigate the sea (Pisces/ Neptune in modern rulership) in search of abundance (Jupiter).

At 20° 14′, fixed star Castor, in the head of the Northern Twin, precisely conjoins the Sun and Luna. Castor, illuminated beside its counterpart Pollux, is a binary star associated with “skill in taming and managing horses.” [Robson p.154] In the Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology, Castor is associated with “guile and duplicity.” According to Brady, Castor conjunct Luna fosters therapeutic use of humor and the involvement in education. In paran with the Sun, Castor promotes “skilled language and professions linked with writing and communication”. [Brady p.146]

Luna-ruled Cancer, beyond its correspondence to the foundational roots of physical home and family (including the maternal womb), refers to the body as habitat for spirit. Therefore, the physical vessel must be honored in the pursuit of earthly work. As the interminable escapade for security unfurls through this decan’s imagery (summoning visions of jewels, luxuries, and excess), we realize that the only authentic source of security stems from within.

Favorably, an earthy grand trine between Capricornian Saturn, Taurean Uranus and Juno, and Virgoan Venus and Ceres fosters the solidity necessary to ground our higher self in the physical sphere. Further support is offered by the continuing Jupiter-Neptune trine, activating all three water signs via eclipse energy, and harnessing the fortitude of our imaginations and sense of initiative.

As eclipses become potent accelerators of transformation and growth via endings and renewals, the Cancerian lunation emotively dismantles, albeit uncomfortably, facets of our lives that neither nurture nor support our core progression. Despite this lunation’s tenebrous facade, eclipse energy illuminates the obscured stagnancy that, under Cancerian influence, beckons intuitive and emotive release.

The exact solar and lunar opposition to Pluto intensifies the transformative potency of this lunation. Pluto stirs an impenetrable force that incessantly functions within the depths of our unconsciousness, as its energies govern both our undercurrents and elevation. Arriving as inconspicuously as a new day’s dawn, its energy transforms from a core, visceral foundation, and alters the self with impervious permanence. As a vehicle for transformative transcendence, Pluto molds the self as a silhouette salvaged from the depths of putridity. In evolutionary essence, its planetary vestige is one of grace and regeneration.

*Note: In our charts, the house near 20 degrees Cancer is the focal point for potential rebirth. Prominent planets on or in close proximity to the eclipse’s degree will manifest change more rapidly. As always, for further insight, we refer to the previous two eclipses (namely, the 1/31/18 Leo lunar eclipse and the 2/15/18 Aquarius solar eclipse, respectively).

The New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse occurs on July 12, 2018, at 10:47 PM EDT.

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