“Too Cold for Color” painting by Lee Carlman Riddell
Overview of 2022
The year 2022 has an appealing feeling, consisting of numerous 2’s which mirror a sense of masterful manifestation in collaboration with partners of all kinds. So much good will happen when we team up with others and co-create from our wisest, most loving instincts to manifest a world left in better shape than was handed to us.
Here’s a preview of few of the major astrological events in the upcoming year which I will be elaborating on in future posts. Most notably, we have a once-every-thirteen-year conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in the final degrees of sidereal Aquarius. This conjunction aligns with the star of Markab of Pegasus, synonymous with great accomplishment and mastery of one’s medium. This will be a one-time conjunction happening on April 12, opening a cosmic portal that will influence us through 2035. WOW, imagine what the world will look like then! I find a sense of relief that the outer planet of Neptune will take the planetary baton from Pluto who has overseen the great dismantling of the past two years. Neptune rules the imagination and the cosmic laws that apply to magic and manifestation. Neptune also governs any addictions or illusions humans suffer under, but also brings the desire for sobriety so one can truly discern what is real and true, what is required for one’s genuine happiness and health. As Jupiter always amplifies whatever it comes in contact with, for some addictions—being controlled by physical, mental or spiritual unconscious habits or by others—may worsen yet hopefully many more will chose to live with more conscious clarity, following one’s inner compass. This era will further bring an end to the notion of guru, or any leader, as god. It supports aligning with true guides that help you strengthen access to your innate wisdom and mastery. It will be an era of rapid spiritual evolution and entirely new artistic visions emerging from we humans.
Saturn follows Jupiter and enters sidereal Aquarius from May 19 2022 – April 6 2025. Saturn’s ability to concretize our dreams will further ground the creative innovations and new social movements of these past years. There is both an erratic instability but also futuristic creativity accompanying this once-every-28-year transit.
And just in time for the election cycle of 2022—gasp—Mars in Gemini makes its once-every-two-years retrograde from Oct 30 2022 – Jan 11 2023. This transit always brings brewing conflicts to the surface and leads to delays moving forward as we re-evaluate where to put our energy next. Sometimes delays in construction can save you a lot of money or headaches in the end, right? But frustrating in the moment when plans fly out the window. Because Mars rules the instinct to fight or defend oneself, this can be a combative time where many take a defiant stand.
Those are just a few of the magnificent events that lie ahead in this upcoming year.
Overview for New SolLunar Cycle
The upbeat nature of this first New Moon of 2022 in optimistic, visionary Sagittarius linked to a helpful trine to experimental, breakthrough Uranus in pioneering, courageous Aries feels welcoming and welcomed as we begin our New Year. This sky geometry supports us breaking the bonds of old conditioning to step into fresh new spaces of possibility and experimentation. As we plant the seeds of new intention, this is also happening: Jupiter is square the Lunar Nodes which assists us personally and collectively to transition from the past—South Node—to the future—North Node.
On January 8, the Sun and Venus will cross paths and mark the moment when Venus leaves her phase as the Evening Star to rise eventually as the Morning Star. As Venus remains in retrograde until January 29, continue to listen to what your heart and mind desire, calling in love, support, prosperity, creativity, all domains ruled by beloved Venus.
Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde from Thu January 14 – February 3. This first of the three Mercury retrograde cycles of 2022 will be excellent for organizing your life, launching professional projects, attending to business in general.
And because the Full Moon of January 17 at 4:48 pm MT is exactly aligned with Pluto, it promises to be equal parts tense and creative, demanding change and supporting what brings us to greater health. And then BOOM: Uranus turns direct Tue January 18!
Thank you again my friend, Lee Carlman Riddell, for the use of your calm winter paintings, providing visual imagery which exquisitely matches the quiet, depth and peace of winter. May you enjoy the vibrant stillness of Lee’s paintings, and of January. View more of Lee’s paintings 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 Sagittarius
At the New Moon, you are sprouting like a seed with new creative inspiration. Receive your unique insights by sitting in mediation or just be open to new possibilities arising within you from the sea of infinite creation.
New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Sagittarius: Sun/Moon in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries: January 2 11:33 am MT
The upbeat nature of this first New Moon of 2022 in optimistic, visionary Sagittarius linked to a helpful trine to experimental, breakthrough Uranus in pioneering, courageous Aries feels welcoming and welcomed as we begin our New Year. This sky geometry supports us breaking the bonds of old conditioning to step into fresh new spaces of possibility and experimentation. As we plant the seeds of new intention, this is also happening: Jupiter is square the Lunar Nodes which assists us personally and collectively to transition from the past—South Node—to the future—North Node. Even though Venus, and soon, Mercury, will be in retrograde—helping us move slowly and refine our desires—this promises to be a very, dynamic four-week period.
This aspect crescendos on Sat January 1, births on January 2 at 11:33 am MT, dissipates Tue January 4.
Jupiter in Aquarius squares Lunar Nodes: Mon January 3
This major aspect marks a turning point in how to live life going forward, activating new personal choices as well as sparking collective events that will shape our culture. The square symbolizes creative tension forcing us to make decisions or be pressured by outside circumstances to move forward. This can be a tough time for many given the level of challenges many are facing. Having faith and trust in a benevolent Universe are attributes of Jupiter. May you tap into Jupiter’s innate optimism as you navigate the big decisions in your life.
This aspect has been building since the last week of 2021, crests on Mon January 3, dissipates slowly through mid-January.
Venus retrograde in Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius: Wed January 5
Thankfully Venus takes a temporary reprieve from the recent intensity of its conjunction with cathartic Pluto and makes this stimulating, imaginative sextile to Neptune which carries the vibration of love, mystery and majesty. You can get a first glimpse into what is coming for you versus focusing on what is done, what has died. Thank you, star-sight, for this gift.
This crescendos Mon January 3, crests Wed January 5, dissipates Fri January 7.
Venus retrograde conjunct Juno in Sagittarius: Thu January 6
Linked to yesterday’s positive events, this aspect helps you reconnect with people from your past, initiate important partnerships or just make a date with someone who brings out your joy and optimism or shares a similar sense of adventure—Sagittarius.
This begins Tue January 4, crests Thu January 6, dissipates Sat January 8.
Sun/Venus retrograde conjunction in sidereal Sagittarius sextile Pallas Athene in Aquarius: Sat January 8
This is the moment when Venus shifts from being the Evening Star and becomes the Morning Star. You won’t be able to see Venus for a few weeks as Venus melds with the illumination of the Sun in cyclical renewal and rebirth. Venus is linked to love and creativity and strongly influences the heart chakra. Under Venus transits, sometimes heart palpitations can occur as we open to new dimensions of desires. (To ease heart anxiety or fear, here are Jin Shin Jyutsu self helps: Hold your little fingers while taking long slow breathes or hold the outside of your wrist bones.) The motivating sextile to Pallas Athene—creative wisdom, understanding patterns, strategizing—helps you revision your life or initiate creative projects you hope to manifest in 2022.
This begins on Fri January 7, crests around sunset on Sat January 8, dissolves Mon January 10.
Moon/Venus retrograde/Pluto/Mercury conjunction in Capricorn: Mon January 3
This quad-union makes for a very busy beginning to the week offering excellent focus, drive and energy to launch into the New Year!
Moon/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn: Tue January 4
This serious aspect helps you stay focused and on-task but perhaps feeling a bit burdened by all your current responsibilities.
Moon/Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius: Wed January 5
Time to take a mini-break to ease some tension with this social aspect. Enjoy a walk or lunch with a friend, connect with others via classes or community events.
Moon/Neptune/Pallas Athene conjunction in Aquarius: Thu January 6 – Fri January 7
This creative portal assists planning events or projects. It is fun-loving and magical so engage with the others in theatrical or social events. Dress in costume today just for fun and to entertain your friends.
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: Moon in Pisces square Sun/Juno in Sagittarius: Sun January 9
Given the alliance of the Sun with Juno—partnerships, relationships—during this take-action phase of the Moon, the theme of supportive partners and companions entering our lives continues. You can feel tension around making a decision, vacillating between being fired up to move forward—Sagittarius—or feeling more reflective and pondering—Pisces—about how to proceed.
This crescendos Sat January 8, crests Sun January 9, dissipates Mon January 10.
Mercury in Capricorn sextile Chiron in Pisces: Sun January 9, Tue January 18, Wed February 23
This aspect supports taking care of one’s mental health and mirrors our growing societal attitude toward creating programs and offering tools to help everyone with the health of the mind. Pay attention to key conversations that address vulnerabilities or how your communications are being received by others. As this aspect will happen twice more during the upcoming Mercury retrograde cycle, it’s a good time to improve communication skills or learn to speak up for your needs. In general it is positive and heart-opening and supports problem-solving during a dispute, divorce or distributing an estate.
This crescendos Sat January 8, crests Sunday January 9, completes Mon January 10. But it comes round again on Tue January 18 (while Mercury is retrograde) and completes on Feb 23 (after Mercury has turned direct).
Sun in Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius: Mon January 10
This aspect brings sunshine and joy to friendships and collaborations with others including starting a support group or helping someone with a creative project.
This crescendos Sat January 8, crests Mon January 10, dissipates Wed January 12.
Mars in Scorpio square Neptune in Aquarius: Tue January 11
This challenging, tension-filled square can manifest as confusion or even deception—Neptune—regarding a situation and counsels you to listen to your intuition before taking action—Mars. Squares are also very creative and this one helps you work out the kinks or reimagine the path ahead. Scorpio often involves issues linked to money, intimate relationships and power dynamics.
This crescendos Sat January 8, crests Tue January 11, dissolves Thu January 13.
Sun/Juno conjunction in Sagittarius: Tue January 11
Juno magnetizes partnerships into our lives so today’s annual meet up with the Sun is sure to bring some interesting people, pets or projects to you who might become important players and explorers in your future—Sagittarius.
This aspect builds Sun January 9, crests on Tue January 11, dissolves Thu January 13.
Ceres in Taurus turns direct: Fri January 14
As Ceres is considered to be a dwarf planet, like Pluto, it is important to note its retrograde cycle which can mark huge shifts in our lives. This turning is particularly important as Ceres has been closely conjunct the North Lunar Node, the place where we encounter our future selves. One manifestation is that more people are becoming hyper-aware of the quality of the food they ingest under the ongoing Ceres/North Node in Taurus. This alignment also helps us manifest a stability in our housing, in our financial lives, in our food supplies and dietary choices, and regarding the caregiving to others. May you make solid progress this year in these realms.
Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde square Uranus in Aries: Fri January 14 – February 3
The first of three Mercury retrograde cycles of 2022 begins today. Under the auspices of Capricorn, this one helps us focus on business tasks and decisions and getting organized in general. The best use of the retrograde period is to research options, consider your choices, perhaps waiting till it turns direct on February 3 to actually sign a contract or launch a new endeavor. This Mercury retrograde triggers the ongoing revolutionary square of Saturn to Uranus which has manifested as open combat between opposing sides. Much will be revealed during this time.
The square to Uranus begins Mon January 10, is closest Fri January 14 and dissipates Mon January 17, then returns Thu February 24.
Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Sun January 16
This annual meet up of the portal of our bright burning Sun, to cathartic, life or death Pluto, is always marked by intensity, at times sparking unforeseen challenges or finales. Do your best to roll with the changes being asked of you. You may feel “off” today as Pluto naturally purges us, like a deluge of energy clearing out backed-up debris. This alignment can trigger earthquakes or mega weather events. It’s excellent for an extreme adventure or athletic event.
This aspect crescendos Fri January 14, crests Sun January 16 and with the Full Moon of Mon January 17, dissipates Wed January 19.
Moon/Uranus conjunction in Aries: Tue January 11
Always an aspect that brings shifts and sudden change, be more spontaneous and willing to take a new tack or make a different choice today. Experiment, be courageous, be and do YOU!
Moon/Ceres/North Node conjunction in Taurus: Wed January 12
Decisions can be made today about future directions involving home, caregiving roles, self-care, the Earth around you. As the Moon is aligned with the star of Algol, you may temporarily feel overwhelmed by fear but it is fear clearing out of your system if you will let it go. Consciously call in your faith and trust in your self and the compassionate Universe supporting you.
Moon in Taurus opposite Mars in Scorpio: Fri January 14
This bold and fierce opposition can lead to important financial negotiations or decisions. Tensions can arise in relationships about how to proceed.
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: Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn opposite Moon in Cancer: Mon January 17 4:48 pm MT
This dynamic Full Moon can bring big changes—Pluto—regarding your home life—Cancer—or your professional sphere—Capricorn. Changes can be those things you are manifesting by choice, like buying a new home, or changes that come via outside circumstances, like a weather event or earthquake. You might be stressed by all the uncertainty life is presenting you with and explode in a volcanic a meltdown to relieve some of that tension. All good. Don’t have expectations to be light of heart but feel your depth and determination to succeed.
This event crescendos Sat January 15, crests Mon January 17 at 4:48 pm MT, dissipates Wed January 19.
Mars enters sidereal Sagittarius: Mon January 17 – Sat February 26
I note this event mainly because I am thankful Mars is done with its transit through Scorpio for the next two years…never an easy transit. As Mars moves through Sagittarius, we can rebuild after experiencing loss or death, challenging initiations as we let go of our old life in general. Time to launch ourselves anew, like the arrows of Sagittarius.
Uranus in Aries turns direct: Tue January 18
The energetic of this major annual event often brings surprises or shocks, is charged with electricity or explosiveness, and can bring breakthroughs where there have been blockages. Move with caution and consciousness today or when driving or handling equipment. Get some energy work like Reiki or Acupuncture to calm your nervous system.
This crescendos Sun January 16, crests Tue January 18, dissolves Thu January 20.
Neptune/Pallas Athene conjunction in Aquarius: Mon January 17
This magical event of has been working on us for many weeks and will continue for the month ahead. It has super-charged our imaginations to dream bigger than ever, and inspired visionary strategies to solve the big problems we face. Today marks the exact conjunction so reach out to others and take advantage of its creative juices and spiritual compassion. It is truly a gift at this time when we are in need of finding common ground.
Vesta in Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Aquarius: Wed January 19
This brings cheerful focus to your endeavors, projects and relationships. It brings a positive attitude to team efforts and helps determine which future path to follow out of the many options available.
This builds Sat January 15, crests Wed January 19, dissolves Sun January 23.
Sun in Capricorn trine Ceres/ North Node in Taurus: Wed January 19
This positive aspect galvanizes your next step regarding changes in your home situation, like a move, remodel or purchases, or regarding care-giving to others. It has been a celestial gift for Earth that more people are becoming hyper-aware of the quality of the food they ingest under the ongoing Ceres/North Node in Taurus. Investigate and discover new nutritional choices today.
This builds Mon January 17, crests Wed January 19, dissipates Friday January 21.
Mercury retrograde conjunct Sun in Capricorn: Sun January 23
This laser conjunction focuses the mind and sharpens your ability to understand more clearly what is going on with a situation. Given Mercury is still in retrograde through February 3, you may not yet act on the insights you glean, or you might suddenly take action given a flash of insight. Continue to be extra discerning in signing any contracts.
This aspect builds Sat January 22, crests Sun January 23, dissipates Tue January 25.
Pluto/Juno conjunction in Capricorn: Mon January 24
This is a great aspect for raw and honest therapy sessions or discussions with your key partners—Juno—possibly leading to decisions to leave or stay engaged. Pluto’s influence will purge the past, make space for the new, and often does so in cathartic even challenging ways. Pluto as an agent of evolution will help you keep things fresh and adventurous and this aspect brings a wild aliveness to your core relationships.
This crescendos Monday January 17, crests Mon January 24, completes Sat January 29.
Moon in Cancer square Uranus in Aries/Mercury retrograde/Saturn in Capricorn: Tue January 18
The Cancer Moon oversees both the physical domain and relationships of our home life. Things may break or need to be replaced. This intense T-square can lead to conflicts, negotiations or decision-making involving real estate or family members.
Moon in Leo opposite Jupiter in Aquarius: Thu January 20
Take some time to play, relax and socialize under the Leo Moon, especially linked to joyful Jupiter. Gift yourself or another and make purchases that make you happy. Explore wearing a new color.
Grand Trine in earth signs: Moon in Virgo – Ceres/North Node in Taurus – Sun/Mercury retrograde in Capricorn: Sat January 22
This sky-gift of a flowing and easy trine brings extraordinary grounded-ness, productivity and success to all your physical endeavors, from a physical work out, a financial windfall, a nurturing massage. Court what brings you earthly pleasure.
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: Tue January 25
This completion phase of the Moon is in a harmonious aspect to Jupiter in Aquarius and so inspires positive change. The signs of Libra and Capricorn address our relationships and our adult responsibilities so today’s aspect can help you decide what to do next. New doors of opportunity open.
This begins Mon January 24, crests Tue January 25, completes during the final week of this SolLunar Cycle.
Mercury retrograde/Juno conjunction in Capricorn: Thu January 27
You might be going over a contract with a discerning eye as you prepare to sign soon. Finale negotiations are being made. Spend cherished time with a partner, colleague or friend and sharing your truths or frustrations and brain-storm solutions together.
This crescendos Wed January 26, crests The January 27, dissolves Fri January 28.
Mercury retrograde conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Sat January 29
Things can be disclosed or discovered under this investigative probing sky eye that doesn’t miss a thing. Your mind may be unable to stop the mental loops and hula hoops so have your meditation tools ready to use if need be.
This builds The January 27, crests Sat January 29, completes Mon January 31.
Venus in Sagittarius turns direct: Sat January 29
This exciting and life-changing event completes a phase of inner work, research and reevaluation about our lives that started mid-November 2021 and will fully complete on March 3 2022. Time to set in motion the new directives and directions you discovered. Paired with today’s Moon/Mars conjunction, it is sure to be a day of action. Leap in faith!
This turning point crescendos Thu January 27, crests Sat January 29, will integrate lessons learned and facilitate goals launched throughout February.
Sun in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries: Sun January 30
It’s the last day of our SolLunar Cycle which always makes it a good time to wind down, rest, go with the flow. In addition, this annual square of the Sun to eccentric Uranus can lead to a surprising turn of events, a breakdown or breakthrough in communications, or accidents if you aren’t paying attention. Uranus likes to be spontaneous so let go of scheduled events if it seems appropriate and see where the winds of change are guiding you.
This crescendos Sat January 29, crests Sun January 30, dissipates Tue February 1.
Moon/South Node in Scorpio opposite Ceres/North Node in Taurus: Wed January 26
This monthly transit brings release of aspects of our past and pressures us to move forward and expand. Physically cleansing your body or physical spaces is a perfect thing to do toward the end of a SolLunar Cycle, especially with this aspect.
Moon/Mars conjunction in Sagittarius: Sat January 29
This amped-up, enthusiastic aspect is great for athletic adventures, intellectual pursuits and dialogue (including sparring conversations) and energetic movement in general. Feel and move with its fire.
Moon/Mercury retrograde/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Sun January 30
Important messages—Mercury—and intuitions—Moon—come regarding change or challenge—Pluto—on this last day of our current SolLunar Cycle. This trio is probing, obsessive and relentless in the need to get to the root of things.
Blessed New Moon tomorrow~
RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL AND PLANETARY WELL-BEING
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.
I will be expanding this section in 2022!