January, 2008

First off, let me say Happy Birthday to you, Capricorn! The Sun moved into Capricorn in your 1st House on December 23, 2007, and will remain there until January 20, 2008. This is your time to be a star! The Sun's energy in this sector lasts until January 20th, but Jupiter's energy lasts until 2009! Lets' have a closer look:

Having the Sun in your sign of Capricorn shining in your 1st House signifies time for an unemotional assessment of your willpower and ego -- a period to renew your inner vitality and energy. How determined are you? What is your purpose in life? How much personal influence do you wield? You can be more forceful and dynamic under this influence, but you may have to avoid the negative potential, which is a tendency for unnecessary arrogance. Too much self-assertion makes it difficult to ask for or accept the advice and opinions of others. The positive potential of this month-long transit includes the urge to develop and improve your personality, appearance, and personal skills, a greater need to be more successful and independent. A strong, healthy self-image helps make you more productive as an individual, which in turn encourages you to treat others with greater generosity and sensitivity. This month, take care of things personally. Avoid allowing others to speak or act for you. It is your personality, behaviour, and even your attractive physical appearance that can make the difference between success and failure in many situations during this period.

Jupiter, the good luck planet, has been in your 1st House since December 19, 2007, and will remain there until January 5, 2009. One of the main sources of pleasure during this transit is your own Self! This should be a time to appreciate your uniqueness as an individual, your physical appearance, and the various facets of your personality. Under this influence, you may have more of a tendency to make grand gestures to try to impress others -- perhaps what you are really trying to do is impress yourself. Even if you do not engage in grandiose actions, people may get the impression you have a higher status or importance than may really be the case. This can and should be a time to gain a much better understanding of yourself and to explore the ways in which you can become even better. One potential of this otherwise fortunate influence is a tendency for overindulgence and to put on weight. If you can resist the temptation to go overboard, your efforts will result in a much healthier self-image. It should also be noted that your male parent or his status may have a more prominent role to play than usual this month.

Saturn, the planet of Karma, went retrograde in your travel sector on December 20th. Saturn will remain here until May 3, 2008. Because this is a relatively long-term period, many other influences will occur that may either emphasize its effect or perhaps mask it temporarily. Other significant factors that will contribute to the way you react, and ultimately to the way things turn out, include your age, maturity, and your past experiences. This influence has as much to do with the past as it does to the present. It will force you to throw out what is wasteful and to abandon unsuccessful situations, replacing them with something more solid and useful. In the case of this particular period, the emphasis is on broadening your intellectual horizons and reaching out for new experiences. You may be required to confront past disappointment, failure, or neglect in these areas. However it can also mean you will get a second chance at something. If choice or circumstances prevented you at an earlier time from receiving an education or specialized training, engaging in cultural pursuits, or having a more active interest in religion or politics, this period may allow you to do so. A second marriage, in-laws, or a court decision may also have an important role to play in what happens now. Long-distance travel plans may be delayed or circumstances surrounding such travel may become more serious in one way or another. Under this influence, your responsibilities may increase, especially if your work is in education, computers, publishing, broadcasting, promotion, advertising and direct-mail. You may also be concerned with the job or health of a parent or another family member.

Retrograde Mars will enter your work and health sector on January 2nd. This retrograde lasts until the end of January. The energetic influence that accompanies this transit is likely to mean there will be plenty of things for you to do in the way of physical exercise and work -- on the job as well as around the house. Circumstances may put you in a position to hire others. The flow of physical energy during this transit can make you more aggressive or competitive concerning work, co-workers, or employees. If there are problems, you either enthusiastically confront them and seek a solution or give in to angry outbursts or rash actions. Which will you choose? Another likely focus for you during this period involves health and/or physical fitness. You may be required to get a medical and dental check up if you have not recently had one. There is potential to experience headache, fever, inflammation, or a flare-up of chronic illness. The positive potential of this transit, however, can mean that you are inspired to begin a program of physical fitness. Be sure to consult a physician and other health experts before you start. Under this influence, enthusiasm can easily get out of hand. If your body is not used to regular or vigorous exercise, be careful not to overexert yourself.

The New Moon on January 8th shows a struggle between your Self and your relationship partner. You may be feeling lonely and wanting to really connect with your mate and/or your friends. This neediness can make you a bit emotionally sensitive to the feelings of your mate and your friends. This can either manifest as you being there and helping out, or as your being too needy and demanding of others' time. This transit only lasts a couple of days, but however you react at this time comes back around at the Full Moon on January 22nd.

Mercury, the planet of communication, will move into your 2nd House on January 9th. The 2nd House is the House of money and possessions. The majority of paperwork, writing, meetings, and discussions during this period is likely to involve finances. Transacting business, increasing income, conserving monetary assets, monitoring expenditures, and comparison shopping should be on your agenda at this time. Under this influence, circumstances you encounter may require that you discuss, or perhaps even defend or reassess your financial priorities and values. To make things more frustrating if you don't already like talking money, Mercury is set to go retrograde by the end of the month, on January 29th. This is sure to cause all sorts of communications upsets between you and your mate or business partner, so be sure that everything is in writing and signed by January 20th, well ahead of the Mercury retrograde.

The Moon will be full on January 22nd, and anything you started back at the beginning of January has great potential to come to fruition now. The Full Moon occurs on the cusp of your 7th and 8th Houses - that is, the seeds sown in your House of Self now pay off in your House of relationship, marriage and business partnerships, and your House of sex and joint finances.

Venus also enters your 1st House on January 25th, and stays until February 17th. This is a period when it pays to make an effort to exert your personal influence. The charm of your personality, willingness to cooperate with others, and sense of humor can make a big difference in the way things turn out. The old cliche about being able to catch more flies with honey than with vinegar is what this influence is all about. It is a time to indulge in a new hair style, beauty treatment, or other ways to enhance your appearance. It is important to look as neat and attractive as possible, since your physical appearance will have as big an impact as your personality.

Pluto makes his debut in your 1st House on January 26th and will stay for five months, until June 14th. Pluto is the planet of change, so expect some big changes, starting during the first half of this year. That said, Pluto's influence now will last over a period of many years. It carries much depth and power of transformation but because of the length of this period's duration, you will only witness evidence of it at certain times, usually during the months when it begins (starting this month), and at various times over the next several months when other circumstances and influences occur to trigger it. Much of what takes place will depend upon the appropriateness of your age, level of maturity, and past experiences. Naturally, the more you are aware of this powerful influence and its potential, the more you will understand and be able to use it to attain personal growth and other positive goals. The nature of this influence is an increased urge to seek ultimate control and a position of greater power in specific areas of your life. The target areas during this particular period include your personality, self-image, physical appearance, and from time to time, your physical health. Under this influence you seek a more powerful self-image. Though it does not exclude wanting to attain a more powerful or important public position, it has more to do with gaining inner control. Your needs and goals have very little to do with anyone else, your family or others close to you. Not that you will necessarily neglect others along the way, but for the most part, it is your personal ambitions that are most important, now. You are likely to take unprecedented steps to improve yourself as an individual. The type of self-improvement you undertake during this period will depend on many factors, but it will probably be in directions where your background history and experiences have caused you to feel the weakest and most vulnerable. It may mean obtaining higher education, advanced training, learning how to project a stronger self-image, physical fitness, or undergoing cosmetic surgery and other treatments that enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. Events during this long period are apt to be sobering. Since you are consciously or subconsciously seeking to control yourself, it is not surprising if your reaction to some of these events is to retreat more and more within yourself, sometimes to the point of isolation, feeling that no one else is capable of helping. You feel that you are your own best resource, and finding it difficult to accept advice or be led by others, you will end up handling things alone or doing it your way. What you are unable to control, you are likely to ignore. Remarkable personal accomplishments can result from the intense physical energy and focus you can generate during this period.

Lastly, if you find yourself wondering why there's so many computer outages and glitches, and wondering if the world has hit an early Mercury retrograde, check it out: as of January 3, 2008, we've entered an eleven-year solar storm caused by erupting spots on the Sun. Giant blasts of solar energy will be bathing the Earth in its wake between 2008 and 2019, with peak activity in 2011 or 2012 according to's website.
These solar blasts are so strong that they can take down entire power grids, not to mention your cell phone connectivity. The plus side to such an event is that the aurora will be absolutely beautiful for those living far enough north to see the Northern Lights.

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