This is a relationship-oriented month for you, Cancer, with implications also for your own self-development. Work, also, continues to take off in new directions. The Full Moon in your sign that begins the month has a powerful partnership component for you, and this is true to an even greater extent by the second week of the month, when you will strongly feel the transformational impact of where you are going in this area. Something in your current or potential partnership, or in the very way that you do relationship, is likely to be dramatically changing. This is ultimately for the best, just as the shedding of the snake’s skin allows room for future growth. The second half of January launches you into further adventures in intimacy; things go best through this difficult and yet exciting time when you strive to pay close attention to your own inner workings, and to the messages that you thereby receive.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
Happy New Year, Cancer! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and that you are feeling renewed and ready for a powerful year ahead. This month gets started with the recent ingress of Saturn into Capricorn, which happened just as we passed through the gateway of the winter solstice a few weeks ago. Whenever a planet changes signs in Sun Sign horoscopy it also changes houses. Saturn has thus entered your seventh house to stay for the next two to three years, where the emphasis will be on your relationships and love life.
Saturn in your seventh house may indicate that you are ready to deepen an existing commitment to someone, that your relationships are maturing, or that you are maturing in the eyes of those you are closest with. When we’re living intentional, spiritual lives, we act as mirrors for one another. We serve each other’s spiritual growth in life by acting as witnesses to each other’s journeys, and if both people in a relationship are committed to doing their homework, then relationships, despite the ups and downs, become transcendent. Saturn entering your seventh house is signaling a period in your life where the hard but truly rewarding growth work is going to take place in and through your relationships to others. Saturn in your seventh may also indicate that your partner is going through a challenging time or that your partner is growing and maturing or even taking on more responsibility.
The first of the month features a Full Moon in Cancer in your first house. The first house is the house of self, and it’s related to you, your health and body, mind and spirit. This is an auspicious Full Moon for you because the Moon is your ruling planet. A Full Moon in your first house might have you feeling especially warm-hearted, nostalgic, romantic, and peaceful. It may also empower you to be more vulnerable and honest about your feelings or needs with others, or it might make you especially demonstrative with your emotions. However, be careful not to be overly indulgent, moody, or irritable with others if you’re NOT feeling good on New Year’s Day.
On January 6th, Mars will conjoin Jupiter in Scorpio in your fifth house, which is the house of children and pregnancy, joy and creativity. Mars and Jupiter together could have you feeling quite competitive, joyous, and playful at this time. It could indicate the news of birth or pregnancy, or it could indicate that your children or other creative “offspring” are standing out, doing something unique and imaginative, or stepping into the spotlight. Mars and Jupiter love to play hard when they’re together and even more when they get together in the fifth house, which was traditionally related to taverns and alehouses, sporting events, and theaters alike!
January 8th, the Last Quarter Moon, is likely to be a major crossroads because what is highlighted in the planet patterning within your opposite sign is a triple conjunction of Sun, Venus, and Pluto. Relationship issues will likely emerge at this time, and carry a darker subtext as hidden issues of one kind or another come more fully into the light of conscious understanding. You have been experiencing deep changes in this area of interpersonal relations and partnership, and your transformation continues.
On January 10th, Mercury will enter Capricorn and immediately conjoin Saturn in your seventh house. This transit will highlight the need for mature communication in relationships. You might be planning or strategizing with a partner, hiring or firing a business partner, or having some no-nonsense heart to hearts with those you love. On the other hand, this is a transit that could indicate important and possibly serious news, announcements or messages coming from someone you known or love. Remember, it’s always important for Cancerians to strike a balance between emotional depth and intimacy and emotional maturity and independence. Partnerships cannot ever meet all of our needs, and yet it is very important that we not neglect each other’s needs, either.
January 16th is the date of the Capricorn New Moon, also taking place in your seventh house, and in conjunction with Venus. Partnering issues will continue to be highlighted, now and through to the end of the month.
On January 17th, Venus will enter Aquarius and move into your eighth house. At this time, you might be feeling like diving deeper into your sexual, physical, and psychological dynamics with others. There is often tremendous beauty and creativity to be found by exploring our shadows and our fears, and that’s exactly what Venus in the eighth house can bring us if we’re willing to be honest with ourselves and to go deeper with others than we might usually be comfortable with. This transit can also indicate that a partner is experiencing financial success or that you’re getting some unexpected income. Venus in the eighth house can also indicate that something good may come from an encounter with something more difficult. Venus is a planet associated with good fortune whereas the eighth house is frequently associated with darkness, fear, and death and rebirth.
On January 26th, Mars will enter Sagittarius and move into your sixth house. Mars in a Jupiter ruled sign often indicates an intense level of philosophical or religious passion and intensity. You may find as the month ends that you are feeling inspired to serve others or to fight for a cause. The sixth house was traditionally called “the joy of Mars,” and it is a house associated with both the injustices, violence, and misfortunes of the world as well as those who are called to fight for underdogs or to serve those who are suffering. Mars in the sixth house could also indicate a certain openness to injuries, accidents, enemies, or illness, so be careful to protect yourself energetically around this time, especially as you feel the passion of Mars rising. As a Cancer you are born a Water sign, so you always have to be just a little more mindful when planets like Mars are moving into fiery signs. Water and heat brings things to a boil unless you’re very much paying attention!
The Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse of the 31st, taking place in your second house of security, values, and resources, fills you with deep feelings of awe at the supernatural power of the universe, and of the magic of interpersonal connection together with the multiple issues and involvements of self and other. This transit, like the Full Moon in your first house to start the month, could be great fun, and yet with Jupiter still involved you will want to beware of overdoing things or being too indulgent at this time. Sometimes people think that the only time we go overboard is when we’re feeling down or depressed, but it’s also easy to go over the top when we’re feeling high and excited. Moon children live and breathe in harmony with emotional currents, and Jupiter prominent in a deep and intense emotional sign like Scorpio, within your house of pleasure, is a sure indication that you’ll be cruising on some big waves this month!
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.