Heavenly Headlines

January 2021

The New Year starts as it always does with the two-faced Capricorn Sun in place – not deceitful but with a capacity and tendency to look backwards to the old year and forwards to the new. So there will be a sense of standing on the threshold, testing out new ideas, reaching for inspiration and planning ahead.

Mars which has been causing havoc in fiery Aries for several months moves out finally on the 6th which will bring a degree of relief. But it won’t have an easy ride since it will be colliding with restrictive Saturn and then disruptive Uranus up until the 20th. Along the way the earthy Capricorn Sun meets determined but often blocked Pluto mid month.

Lurking in the background will be a hint of better times to come with Jupiter and Saturn both finding their feet in Aquarius, having moved in late last month. In the last week the Sun joins them with a promise of better news and rising confidence.  The combination of Jupiter Saturn always suggests that neither over-optimism nor pessimism is the answer. Aiming for steady progress and cautious expectations is the way to go. Jupiter thinks big with high enthusiasm and vision while Saturn is rigorously sensible, down-to-earth and realistic so there will be a sense of expanding and shrinking at the same time.


1: Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces – kind, vague, evasive.

5: mercury conjunct Pluto in Capricorn – intense discussions, obstinacy, tendency to look at the negative.

6: Mars into Taurus till March 4th – practical earthy, relentlessly determined, stubborn, slow to anger, possessive.

8: Mercury into Aquarius until 15th March – sharp-witted, observant, outspoken.

Venus into Capricorn until February 1st – socially ambitious, cool sophistication, business-like charm.

Sun sextile Neptune – sympathetic, intuitive, dreamy.

9: Mercury square Mars – argumentative.

Venus trine Mars – passionately enthusiastic, sociable.

10: Mercury conjunct Saturn in Aquarius – serious chats, critical.

11: Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius – confident, upbeat, optimistic conversations.

12: Mercury square Uranus – bright ideas, outspoken, overly truthful, low boredom threshold.

13: New Moon in Capricorn – new beginnings.

Mars square Saturn – setbacks, delays, accident-prone, irritable.

14: Venus trine Uranus – flirtatious, sociable.

Sun conjunct Pluto – requires perseverance to overcome obstacles, stubborn, stuck.

Uranus direct in Taurus – new ideas get go-ahead.

17: Jupiter square Uranus – lucky breaks, new opportunities, sudden good fortune, relief of tension.

19: Sun into Aquarius for four weeks – communicative, curious, emotionally detached.

20: Mars conjunct Uranus – no compromise, can be explosive, overly excitable.

23: Mars square Jupiter – adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic.

Venus sextile Neptune – romantic, dreamy, unrealistic.

24: Sun conjunct Saturn – serious, sensible, practical, can be critical.

26: Sun square Uranus – surprise turn of events, lively, unsettled.

28: Venus conjunct Pluto – seductive, persuasive, possessive, jealous, socially charming.

Full Moon in Leo – pulled in two direction.

29: Sun conjunct Jupiter – good news, rising confidence.

30: Mercury retrograde in Aquarius until February 22nd – hitches and glitches in communications.


Jupiter in Aquarius late December 2020 until May 14 2021, and again late July to late December 2021 – tolerant of difference, enthusiastic, accent on friendships and group activities, humanitarian.

Saturn: In Aquarius from December 17th 2020 till early 2023 – cool emotionally, curious, good for scientific advances.

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.