” El Sol II” painting by Sue Cedarholm
As one who studies the patterned language of planetary motion, I have been struck how our recent New Moons are exactly aligned with key planets, which is not always the case. This means the important, transformational shifts and events they indicate will be felt more profoundly by we Earthlings and Earth itself. The last two SolLunar Cycles of were linked with Jupiter — expansiveness — and the New Moon of February 20th will be exactly tied to Saturn — commitment. But this New SolLunar Cycle in astronomical Capricorn promises to be wild with unexpected surprises as it is conjunct evolutionary Pluto and happens as revolutionary Uranus turns direct from its retrograde of August 20 2022. And thankfully after Uranus turns direct, all major planets will be in forward motion through April, helping us launch more enthusiastically into 2023.
During this four-week period another major shift is Saturn finally leaves Capricorn and fully enters sidereal Aquarius until April 2025. This long-range transit will bring major futuristic shifts and astounding innovation to institutions, organizations, businesses and profound reformation regarding how we live in community and as global citizens.
I was in need of color for this post to counterbalance Wyoming’s winter white palette. Thank you my friend, Sue Cedarholm, for sharing these beautiful and impressionistic paintings from your time spent in Baja. You can view more of Sue’s artistic works here.
Sidereal Astrology Mentoring and Readings
My posts are based on the true astronomical alignments of the planets with the constellations, also referred to as the sidereal zodiac. I use the phases of the Moon as the scaffold for my posts because the Moon functions like an energetic portal mediating between the heavens and our wondrous Earth. My entries are based on the aspects occurring each week as they crescendo, crest and dissipate over the course of their influence. As you work with and within the natural flow of time and the supportive cosmic energies that each unique SolLunar Cycle brings, life can flow with more ease, grace and understanding.
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New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Capricorn
At the New Moon, you are sprouting like a seed with new creative inspiration. Receive your unique insights by sitting in meditation or just be open to new possibilities arising within you from the sea of infinite creation.
New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Capricorn: Sun/Moon/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Sat January 21 1:53 pm MT
As one who studies the patterned language of planetary motion, I have been struck how our recent New Moons are exactly aligned with key planets, which is not always the case. This means the important and transformational shifts and events they indicate will be felt more profoundly by we Earthlings and Earth itself. The last two SolLunar Cycles were linked with Jupiter — expansiveness — and the New Moon of February 20th will be exactly tied to Saturn — commitment. But this New SolLunar Cycle in astronomical Capricorn promises to be wild with unexpected surprises as it is conjunct evolutionary Pluto and happens as revolutionary Uranus is turning direct from its retrograde that began on August 20 2022. And after Uranus turns direct, all major planets will be in forward motion through April, helping us launch more enthusiastically into 2023.
The year of 2023 began with major retrogrades still happening which may have led to a feeling of exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm, not the the most dynamic way to start a new year. In contrast, this New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Capricorn, with both the Sun and Moon conjunct Pluto, sets the stage for pressure to move forward even amidst uncertainty, guided by your deeper intuition and knowing — the pitch black bushwhack, as a friend describes it. Pluto brings cathartic shifts, and also expresses as the relief and greater health that comes when we release situations or relationships that no longer serve our vitality. Pluto helps us get in touch with our power, how we are using it, abusing it or how we allow others to interfere with embodying our power. And as all this intensity is seeded at the New Moon, it is exciting that radical, risk-loving Uranus turns direct on January 22, promising to make this a dynamic four-week portal!
This crescendos Fri January 20, crests Sat January 21, dissipates Mon January 23.
Uranus in Aries turns direct: Sun January 22
With this forward turning of wild Uranus, all major planets will be in direct motion through much of April, signaling we are ready, even pressured, to launch into this new year. With Uranus’s turning we can feel energetically more alive, awake, intuitive, ready to take a risk. Uranus can manifest as a shocking event or accident. It sparks the desire to bolt or take swift action without too much overthinking. Uranus guides us to live truly authentic lives, appreciating our diversity, quirkiness, curiosity. Yay, Uranus!
This builds Fri January 20, crests Sun January 22, dissipates Tue January 24.
Jupiter/Juno conjunction in Pisces: Sun January 22
This longer range meet-up brings expansive alliances into our lives. It helps us celebrate and honor the powerful elders we love who have passed in recent months, as these completions of life have been part of Jupiter’s year-long transit through letting-go Pisces, still in effect through mid-April. More elders may choose to leave under this spiritual transit.
This crescendos Sun January 15, crests Sun January 22, dissipates Friday January 27.
Venus/Saturn annual conjunction in Capricorn: Sun January 22
This serious-toned annual conjunction encourages decision-making about love, creative goals, financial decisions. With Saturn, it can feel hard to let something go but you know the time has come to face reality head on. Or it is time to commit and sign up for something new. Use this artistic aspect to create something beautiful or purchase art or objects that appeal to your more formal, professional side.
This builds Fri January 20, crests Sun January 22, dissolves Tue January 24.
Saturn re-enters sidereal Aquarius: Tue January 24
Saturn briefly entered astronomical Aquarius at the end of May 2022 and now returns until April 2025. There’s an innate tension with this transit as Saturn often prefers the status-quo or values of the past while Aquarius is all about evolution and revolutions of the future. This transit can be polarizing in society for some but for those who choose to use Saturn to give birth to new conditions — its higher purpose — it will also bring futuristic shifts and astounding innovation to institutions, organizations, businesses as well as profound reformation regarding how we live in community and as global citizens.
Sun in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Pisces: Tue January 24
This upbeat aspect brings new opportunities or good news and honors emotional intelligence alongside mental rationality.
This builds Mon January 23, crests Tue January 24, dissipates Wed January 25.
Sun in Capricorn sextile Juno in Pisces: Thu January 26
This excitation sextile creates harmony in relationships or key partners and encourages taking next steps in those relationships.
This builds Wed January 25, crests Thu January 26, dissipates Fri January 27.
Mercury in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces opposite Pallas Athene in Gemini: Fri January 27
Square aspects in astrology pressure us to make decisions or confront situations, time to make a choice. Mercury in Sagittarius is philosophical and sees the bigger picture from above while Chiron in Pisces feels the situation from within and is intuitive. And Pallas Athene — the strategist — in Gemini is excellent for multi-tasking and coordinating many details. It is a good day for a therapy session or a helpful conversation with a friend. It helps you get in touch with the full range or what you think and feel is happening regarding a situation. And it is excellent for making plans or planning an event.
This crescendos Wed January 25, crests Fri January 27, dissipates Sun January 29.
Moon/Saturn/Venus conjunction: Mon January 23
The newly-hatched crescent Moon can be seen close to bright Venus, merging what we need and want into one package of intentionality. Saturn brings strong focus to the mix.
Moon/Neptune/Jupiter/Juno conjunction in Pisces: Wed January 25
The Moon rules our emotions and when it makes its monthly transit through deep-feeling, grieving, Pisces, and with Jupiter’s amplifying energy, it may be time to let your feelings and intuitions guide you. Restore yourself through relaxing water activities, like a ritual bath or visit the hot springs. Neptune’s influence activates your imagination and creative side via day-dreaming and quiet listening.
First Quarter Moon
At the First Quarter Moon, you are called to action. The need to move forward with your recent insights can come via making a conscious choice or by challenging circumstances that require you make a move.
First Quarter Moon: Sun in Capricorn square Moon/Uranus/North Node in Aries: Sat January 28
This will be a more-than-usual catalytic First Quarter Moon given the influence of risk-seeking, experimental Uranus and the alignment with the futuristic North Node. Set your future in motion with intention, taking a key step. Consciously move out of your comfort zone and good surprises await you.
This builds Fri January 27, crests Sat January 28, dissipates Sun January 29.
Sun in Capricorn trine Mars in Taurus: Sun January 29
This grounding, productive, steady energy trine supports you in all your tasks. Appreciate the vitality and health of your body as you feel your strength in any athletic pursuits. Take note of your improved health if you have recently set in motion new routines and choices.
This builds Fri January 27, crests Sun January 29, dissipates Tue January 31.
Mercury in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries: Sun January 29
This lovely aspects sparks ideas, brings mental inspiration, seeing things in a new light, and a willingness to expand your point of view.
This crescendos Sat January 28, crests Sun January 29, dissipates Mon January 30.
Imbolc/Candelmas: Wed February 1 – Thu February 2
I joyfully celebrate this day each year as it feels like the first day of spring as the Sun reaches its halfway point traveling north between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Blessed be.
Sun in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries: Fri February 3
This square often brings rerouting opportunities or a sudden change of plans possibly due to an accident or piece of news. It can amplify anxiety or erratic behavior in some. Move, drive, speak with some level of caution today. Make some freedom in your schedule, or take the day off for no reason at all.
This crescendos Wed February 1, crests Fri February 3, dissipates Sun February 5.
Moon/Mars conjunction in Taurus: Mon January 30
This tends to pressure us to take action and strong emotions can arise. Make it a day of doing and follow-through.
Moon/Pallas Athene in Gemini opposite Mercury in Sagittarius: Thu February 2
This busy, multi-tasking aspect is also good for planning, problem solving, planning a trip, reading and learning.
Moon in Cancer square Lunar Nodes: Sat February 4
“Moon wobble” is the term used when the Moon squares the Lunar Nodes. The Moon in Cancer can be moody, interior, and super-sensitive to criticism so this can make for an extra emotional day. You might experience a brief moment of confusion or unsurely about a choice. But this also helps us release the comfort of the past and willingingly embrace the uncertainty of the future.
Full Moon in sidereal Cancer/Capricorn
The Full Moon is the birth point of the current SolLunar Cycle. This can be a time of celebration or crisis, depending on your life circumstance. Feel the joy and relax into new discoveries and directions.
Full Moon in sidereal Cancer/Capricorn: Moon in Cancer opposite Sun in Capricorn: Sun February 5 11:28 am MT
The signs involving this Full Moon rule our family relations and our commitments to society so those areas of life might experience either turmoil or require attention. It is more serious and private in tone and supports spending time with your closer, inner circle of family and friends.
This crescendos Fri February 3, crests Sun February 5, dissipates Tue February 7.
Mercury in Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius: Mon February 6
This positive sextile enhances the imagination and stimulates creative thinking and writing.
This builds Sun February 5, crests Mon February 6, dissolves Tue February 7.
Juno/Chiron conjunction in Pisces: Wed February 8
You might feel extra sensitive about something a beloved or colleague says or does so best to talk about things up front if need be. It also brings tenderness and compassion toward others. Great day to adopt a pet if that’s been on your list or head to a healing spa with a friend.
This builds Fri February 3, crests Wed February 8, dissolves Sat February 11.
Mercury/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Fri February 10
This inquisitive, probing pairing likes to do research about a topic or someone but it can be overly obsessive, having a hard time letting go of hurt feelings. It can be hard to stop repetitive thoughts so harness the power of your mind via meditation so the mind doesn’t run you ragged.
This crescendos Wed February 8, crests Fri February 10, dissipates Sun February 12.
Moon in Leo opposite Saturn in Aquarius: Mon February 6
This helps us focus — Saturn — on creative projects — Leo. It brings a seriousness or even being critical of others or self to dates, social gatherings, and meetings.
Moon in Leo opposite Venus in Aquarius: Tue February 7
These two planets help you connect with your true needs and desires but the opposition aspect points out a conflict you may feel between what you want versus what you need. Happening in these signs, the focus may involve relationships, artistic endeavors or community goals.
Moon/Ceres conjunction in Virgo opposite Jupiter/Chiron/Juno in Pisces: Thu February 9
This aspect encourages random acts of kindness. Virgo is all about authentic service, often leading from behind the scenes, no need to take credit. The link with Ceres highlights our caregiving roles or a focus on leading a healthier life. Some might hire a nutritional counselor, sign up for a prepared meal service, decide to volunteer somewhere.
Moon/South Node conjunction in Libra: Sat February 11
This monthly alignment magnetizes people/situations from the past that we may need to revisit in order to move on or to re-enter a relationship with new intentions.
Last Quarter Moon
With the Last Quarter Moon, you release what has been and simultaneously prepare for what will be as new desires perpetually arise in the next SolLunar Cycle.
Last Quarter Moon: Moon in Libra square Sun in Capricorn: Mon February 13
As this turning-point aspect is also linked to Saturn, important decisions might need to be made or you might feel heavy in energy or heart as you move through your day. It can exacerbate procrastination or help you just get it done.
This builds Sun February 12, crests Mon February 13, dissolves Tue February 14.
Venus/Neptune annual conjunction in Aquarius: Wed February 15
This is an other-worldly portal of magic, imagination, beauty, dreaming. It is highly romantic. Some may not want to face a painful reality, choosing denial versus acceptance of what’s happening around them.
This builds Mon February 13, crests Wed February 15, dissolves Fri February 17.
Sun/Saturn annual conjunction in Aquarius: Thu February 16
This serious alignment can mark new beginnings or solid completions when it comes around each year. In the sign of Aquarius, you might have a challenging conversation with a friend or community member. Some will commit to serving on a Board to better support and serve their community. Make actual plans for events you want to manifest in your future timeline.
This crescendos Tue February 14, crests Thu February 16, dissipates Sat February 18.
Mercury in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Pisces: Fri February 17
This brings an optimistic mind-set and good news. At work, make time for emotionally touching base with your colleagues which will naturally improve the work environment.
This builds Thu February 16, crests Fri February 17, dissolves Sat February 18.
Moon in Scorpio opposite Mars in Taurus trine Jupiter/Chiron in Pisces: Tue February 14
This aspect enhances intimacy, deep caring, and brings a desire for shared physical nurturing. For some of you there might initially be a conflict or contrasting viewpoint to be confronted, but it is likely you can find your way back to connection.
Moon/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Fri February 17
As we are nearing the completion of our current SolLunar Cycle, cleansing Pluto always helps us release aspects of the past so we have more space to embrace what is coming. Plans can change so go with the flow.
Blessed New Moon ~ Mon February 20 12:05 am MT
RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL AND PLANETARY WELL-BEING
ENDEAVORS TO NURTURE
My dear friend, Julia Heemstra, has launched her cutting-edge humanitarian organization, AMANZI:WatertoSchools bringing water and opportunities to the schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, her childhood home where she grew up. Julia is one of the most focused, passionate, optimistic beings I know, as an elite athlete, as a bringer of wellness and mindfulness to all ages, and now with her collaborative organization, Julia continues to expand her lifelong commitment to humanitarian service.
PLANT BASED DIET
The reality and urgency of our current planetary crises is real, as our youngest citizens know in their bones. Please educate yourself about how plant-based eating is a central component in how you can help personally restore ecological balance as well as create greater health and vitality for you and your beloveds.
The Game Changers: This inspiring movie and storytelling about vegan super-athletes and warriors educates us about the many benefits of a vegan diet and addresses the ‘meat protein myth’.
COWSPIRACY, What the Health and now SEASPIRACY are must-see movies for all humans who care about personal health, animal well-being, social justice, climate change, the health of our Earth. Become educated about the important information shared by these courageous and visionary filmmakers and activists and considering eating mostly plant-based, if not becoming fully vegan in your consumer choices.
JIN SHIN JYUTSU
Health is in your Hands. Here’s a helpful tool to help you maintain health, calm, balance during these stressful but extraordinary times. I am a proponent of Jin Shin Jyutsu and have been a practitioner since 1983. This beautiful, easy-to-use book and card set teaches you the ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Self Healing. JSJ’s premise is that by applying the jumper-cable of your hands to various points on the body, you can clear your own stress on a daily basis, freeing up stuck energy that leads to patterns of dis-ease, while activating the renewed flow of qi and vigor on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Explore JSJ and teach yourself and those you love this simple tool for centering and radiant vitality.