January, 2008

January promises to be busy for you, Scorpio! Your 3rd House, the House of communication and short-distance travel is crammed with planets this month. Let's take a look:

Jupiter, the good luck planet, has been in your 3rd House since December 19, 2007, and will remain there until January 5, 2009. This is an excellent time to develop your knowledge and skills with computers or any type of machinery and mechanical equipment. Communications as well as travel increase at this time - widening your circle of contacts with others and encouraging the exchange of ideas and information. Under this influence you may want to expand your artistic and design talent or writing ability. Other potentials include greater interest in neighbors or community activities as well as increased contacts with siblings. Your status with neighbors may increase in some way, and there is also the possibility that you may actually seek to relocate to a more influential neighborhood. As a secondary potential of this period, your neighbors or siblings may become more prosperous. Participation in meetings and discussion groups may demand more of your time and attention. Reading much? You're apt to do a lot of reading this month for sure. A growing pile of magazines, newspapers, and mail may clutter your environment. If such equipment happens to fit your needs and interests at this time, the possibility increases that you will acquire telephones, computers, answering machines, and other communication devises.

Saturn, the planet of Karma, went retrograde in your friendship and networking sector on December 20th. Saturn will remain here until May 3, 2008. During this transit, you will increasingly become concerned with your own happiness. 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, you begin to assess your satisfaction with regards to your career, efforts involving other long-range goals, and the role you play in the lives of other people. Perhaps more than anything else, you must now confront the status of what you actually derive from being someone's child, lover, spouse, parent, friend, business associate, or social club member. As your analysis of these various roles comes under increasing scrutiny, a strain is to be expected in the relationships and activities that are not making you happy. You may also find that your talents and skills must not be directed totally inward but also used for the benefit for and satisfaction of others. The concept of sharing is important. A lack of friends in the past can engender desire to establish friendships now. If it's a case of having had many friends, you may realize that these associations lack the quality of affection and commitment that accompanies fewer but more meaningful friendships. Friendship is only one example. The same circumstances may attach themselves to any of your relationships. You may have to take responsibility for a child that is not biologically yours, or become more responsible as a member of an organization or group effort. Under this influence, the answers you need are not found within yourself, but by reaching beyond yourself and understanding your place in the outer environment.

The Sun moved into Capricorn in your 3rd House on December 23, 2007, and will remain there until January 20, 2008. Under this influence your mental processes are energized. Filled with many new ideas, you have an increased urge to read more, gather all kinds of information, and to learn new things. A greater need to communicate with others can enhance your effectiveness in speaking and communicating. During this transit, you may become extremely busy; planning projects, attending meetings, running errands, and taking short trips. Buying a computer, a new car, or communications equipment, or upgrading your present systems and machines may be on the agenda. Interactions and social activities with siblings as well as neighbors are likely to increase, and you may be asked to assume a position of leadership in community affairs. You may be more assertive in expressing yourself this month, but you must avoid the negative potential, which is to think that your own ideas and opinions are the only ones worth listening to. Whether or not the people and circumstances you encounter during this period are enjoyable and pleasant, it is in your best interest to turn every situation into a positive learning experience.

Retrograde Mars will enter your 8th House, the House of sex, rebirth and joint finances, on January 2nd. This retrograde lasts until the end of January. The aggressive energy from Mars can be intense during this transit. Under this influence, a partner's income or jointly-held property may require more attention than usual. Spending recklessly is a danger when Mars is in the 8th House, and this of course leads to relationship arguments. By choice or circumstance you may be forced to collect debts and favors owed to you, or make arrangements for repayment of your own debts. Issues concerning insurance, taxes, inheritance, or money that you manage for others may also demand more of your time and attention now.
Because the 8th House is also the House of sex and rebirth, Mars transiting this House also has a huge influence on your sexual impulses. You may be seeking a transformative change through sex - something that puts you into a whole new plane of existence - becoming one with your partner spiritually through climax for example. You may become quite interested in tantric sex to achieve ecstasy on a conscious level, or to achieve an increased spiritual awareness. Too, this would be an excellent time for you to seek counseling if you are uncomfortable with sex or your sexuality. Anything to open the channels so to speak, to allow you to feel comfortable and spiritual about sex, is highly recommended, and is likely to result in positive changes in your personality as well.

The New Moon on January 8th shows a struggle between what you communicate to others and what you are actually thinking (3rd vs. 9th House). Things you relay to others are more likely to be subjective in matter, rather than factually-based. Remember to think before you speak during this transit, as it will directly affect your career, reputation and long-distance travel sectors come the Full Moon on January 22nd. This warning also and especially applies to written communication, such as email.

Mercury, the planet of communication, will move into your 4th House on January 9th. The 4th House is the House of home and family. The focus of your attention during this period is likely to be directed to such things as real estate transactions, repairs or other matters related to your home or property, family discussions, family business transactions, and correspondence with or short trips to visit relatives. You may also be inspired under this influence to collect and restore family heirlooms, gather information on your family's genealogy and other aspects of family history, or visit your childhood home.
Don't get too comfy with this placement, however, because Mercury will go retrograde by the end of the month, on January 29th. This is sure to cause all sorts of breakdowns in communication between you and your family members. Be aware of any cycles you have with your family, and try not to engage if you know it to be to your or your family members' detriment. In short, if you have a history of button pushing, just walk away from temptation. If it's your buttons that get pushed, resist the urge to engage. Remember to breathe, and take a break if you need to.
Remember too that if there are any contracts or other types of legal paperwork that needs signing, you would do well to get this out of the way before January 20th, well ahead of the 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 9th and 10th Houses - that is, the seeds sown in your communication sector (3rd House) now pay off in your career, reputation and long-distance travel sectors. Mark the calendar around the time of January 22 as a date that stands out, career- and reputation-wise or travel-wise.

Venus enters your 3rd House on January 25th, and stays until February 17th. The use of flattery, charm, and a sense of humor on your part can be very persuasive during this period. Unless negative circumstances definitely point to the contrary, you should have no trouble in gaining favors from others. You'll have pleasant relations with neighbors and people with whom you come into daily contact. If these contacts have been troubling in the past, this would be a good time to improve your relationships. Under this influence you may also have a greater urge or perhaps an opportunity to meet new people, or to improve relationships with brothers, sisters, cousins, and in-laws. You may visit or contact nieces or nephews away at college. You'll find that some of your best social opportunities during this transit are right in your immediate environment.

Pluto makes his debut in your 3rd House on January 26th and will stay for five months, until June 14th. Pluto is the planet of change, so expect some big changes during the first half of this year, especially with regards to how you communicate with others, and the short trips you will take.
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 thoughts, ideas, methods, and communications.
Your thinking, self-expression, and the need to communicate becomes more serious and intense. You want others to accept your ideas and information or perhaps some product that you create or control. You may learn a new language; or learn how to operate computers, machinery, and communications equipment; or develop other mechanical or design skills. There may be a more urgent need to control events and people in your immediate environment, and it may extend to developing a much greater interest and participation in community affairs. Your increased desire to know about others can become obsessive and may prompt you to invade their privacy. Such actions may satisfy your need for information, but will have devastating impact on your relationships. Circulating-- getting around mentally as well as physically-- holds the key to gaining the ultimate control you seek and the karmic lessons you need to learn.

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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