The New Year begins with a full super Moon in Gemini. This is the biggest full Moon of the year and hopefully you have the opportunity to go out and see it. It is a good time to make New Year's resolutions and commitments on this first day of the year. The full moon takes place in the Ardra Nakshatra and the special shakti (power) of Ardra is the power of effort. Saturn aspects the Moon by opposition and Saturn is a planet that can follow through on serious commitments. Both Venus and Jupiter are also influencing the Moon making this a rather pleasant day.
Mercury moves from Scorpio and into Sagittarius on January 6th and is in Gandanta during this day. Mercury joins the many planets in Sagittarius: Sun, Saturn, Venus and Pluto. With such a number of planets in Sagittarius, and a conjunction between Mars and Jupiter at 23 degrees in Libra, we may see legal and ethical issues playing a major role during this time. On a personal level you may want to take action and enroll in a study program. Sagittarius often makes us want to expand our knowledge.
We have been experiencing the Kala Sarpa Yoga on and off since September 17, 2017. This Yoga occurs when all planets are hemmed in between the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu. The planets have all been transiting between Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn and it is only the Moon that has intermittently broken the Kala Sarpa Yoga. This yoga will often manifest a divisiveness and imbalance.
Venus moves into Capricorn and joins Ketu on January 13th. This ends the Kala Sarpa Yoga for this year and will hopefully help to manifest less divisiveness and more balance.
Mars moves into Scorpio, its sign of rulership, between January 16th and March 7th.
On the same day, January 16th, there is a new moon in Capricorn. Mars in Scorpio expresses energy, determination and will not back away from conflict. This planet can go to great length in order to examine hidden realities and will express great stamina in this sign.
Mars will be powerful most of this year. Between May 2nd and November 6th Mars will be in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. Mars is a fighter and its qualities of courage, energy, and desire will be evident in these signs.
On the last day of January there will be another full super Moon. There will also be a total lunar eclipse taking place on January 31st.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth's shadow, blocking the light that the sun normally reflects off the moon's surface — the light that makes the moon appear to glow. Eclipses have an impact on the masses sometimes foretelling world events. It is not the right time to begin something new during an eclipse. The Moon will be in Cancer, its sign of rulership. The Sun, Venus and Ketu are in Shravana, a nakshatra that is ruled by the Moon. This is a very mental and emotional time. Some people are affected by dark emotions and act irrationally. Try to stay in a calm and uplifting environment.
Jan 1st Full Moon in Gemini
Jan 6th Mercury in Sagittarius
Jan 6th Jupiter and Mars conjunction in Libra
Jan 6th Sun and Venus conjunction in Sagittarius
Jan 13th Venus in Capricorn
Jan 14th Sun in Capricorn
Jan 16th Mars in Scorpio
Jan 16th New Moon in Capricorn
Jan 31st Total Lunar Eclipse in Cancer
Many blessings for 2018,
March begins with a planetary war between Venus and Jupiter.