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January 2020

A power-packed and challenging month lies ahead with the heavyweight Saturn Pluto conjunction in Capricorn coming within two days of a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer around mid-month. Saturn is concerned with limits and boundaries, can feel restrictive but has an important function in restoring order, promoting hard-work and self-discipline. Pluto oversees change and transformation though it has an unsavoury control-freak side which wants to dominate and it will attempt to block change that threatens to undercut its power. Saturn Pluto can be repressive though it also fosters grit, perseverance and the ability to endure.

The Capricorn Sun around as usual in January until the 20th brings the usual materialistic slant to life, promotes initiative and ambition and pushes to produce tangible achievements. Though even its determined spirit will labour slightly under Saturn and Pluto’s sombre influence.

Mars in Sagittarius from the 3rd will fire up discussions with a free and frank exchange of opinions and some adventurous plans being floated for a time when there is more elbow room for manoeuvre.

Venus in Aquarius till the 13th will bring moments of friendly sociability; and thereafter in sensitive Pisces will float along a separate track avoiding contact with unpleasantness and difficulties. Gradually the shift over to airy Aquarius after mid-month will lighten the mood with group activities favoured and an optimistic forward-looking mood. Uranus will cast aside any attempt to block free choice on the 23rd and if necessary will cause a minor disruption to ensure everyone can take an independent stance.

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

2: Mercury in Capricorn conjunct Jupiter – enthusiastic, confident communication, promise more than can deliver.

3: Mars into Sagittarius until February 16th – adventurous, impulsive, outspoken, fiery opinions.

7: Sun in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces – kind, dreamy, vague.

8: Mercury sextile Neptune – evasive, can’t focus, sympathetic.

10: Sun conjunct Mercury – in mental overdrive.

Lunar Eclipse, powerful Full Moon in Cancer – heightened anticipation, a need to balance life with the opposites held in equilibrium.

11: Uranus direct in Taurus – innovative practical and financial schemes make more progress.

12: Mercury conjunct Saturn – serious, gloomy chats.

Mercury conjunct Pluto – intense discussions, deep-thinking, negative, stubborn.

Saturn conjunct Pluto – slow-going, feels discouraging though persistence will pay off.

13: Sun conjunct Saturn and Pluto – more of the same, pushing boulders uphill.

Venus into Pisces until February 7th – romantic, emotionally sensitive and self-protective, reluctant to admit feels for fear of rejection.

15: Venus sextile Uranus – sociable, flirtatious.

16: Mercury into Aquarius until February 3rd – chatty, curious, keen to look backwards and forwards, friendly.

18: Mercury square Uranus – bright ideas, bolts from the blue, outspoken.

20: Sun into Aquarius for four weeks – chatty, curious, friendly, good for group activities, stubborn.

23: Sun square Uranus – sudden surprises, no compromise, not co-operative, need freedom.

Venus sextile Jupiter – sociable, affectionate, indulgent.

24: New Moon in Aquarius – need to get head and heart together.

25: mercury sextile Mars – lively discussions

27: Venus square Mars – romance blows hot and cold, passionate but not always sensitive to the other’s needs.

Venus conjunct Neptune – romantic, day-dreamy, unrealistic, disappointing in love.

28: Mars square Neptune – can bring glamour and publicity or go the other way and create panic about plans not working.

OUTER PLANETS

Jupiter in Capricorn from December 2nd 2019 to December 2020. Capricorn is money-minded, ambitious, traditional, practical. In astrology it rules business and governmental systems. Can be creative.

Saturn: In Capricorn from December 20th 2017 till March 2020 and again July to December 2020 – usually coincides with a time of some financial shortages and the need to push ambitions ahead with persistence.

Uranus: From March 2019 for seven years in Taurus – changing attitudes to handling of money, possessions and resources especially in agriculture and our attitude to nature.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

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