This is a somewhat difficult month for you, Libra, but one with rich rewards if you stay the course of your intentional development. You are coming into a new mandate for outer world success and recognition, while simultaneously delving down into hidden depths that conceal issues of security, family, and nesting that have been there all along but are now coming to a head. Communication with peers is important as you strive to figure out what is going on within you with the advent of this new year. The first two weeks of January are rather intense, punctuated by First Quarter Moon of the 8th that brings the urgent need to transform in these areas of outer commitment and inward struggle. Your intuition is strong, and opens up many possibilities for you, but then something arises to close you off and get you back to the basics of what you are attempting to work out for yourself.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
Happy New Year, Libra! 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 fourth house of home and family to stay for the next two to three years.
Whenever Saturn enters the fourth house it means that we are going to be spending a serious amount of time considering our ancestral and family karma. Saturn in the fourth house can indicate that an elder is passing over, that childhood homes are being sold, or that children are growing up and starting families of their own. It is frequently related to the relocation of home and family, the purchase or sale of homes, or the foundations of home, land, and family. You might find yourself engrossed by subjects from the past, or with history, and don’t be surprised if you’re feeling the need for more privacy or alone time. As a Libra you are generally very social, but Saturn entering your fourth may signal the need for a constructive period of inwardness and privacy.
The first of the month will feature a Full Moon in Cancer in your tenth house. The month begins with the spotlight on the house of career and calling. You may find that things at work are emotionally taxing or demanding right now, and this might be especially challenging given the equal and opposite emphasis being placed on the need to attend to private or domestic issues. As a Libra you’re a creature of balance, but please note that balance is rarely achieved in nature. In fact, nature regularly moves through periods of tension and relaxation, fluctuation constantly through the opposites. Balance is an ideal, and though you’re capable of creating that ideal it’s also normal and natural to feel overwhelmed and to make a decision that tips the scales. If something feels like the bigger priority right now, just let it be the bigger priority!
On January 6th, Mars will conjoin with Jupiter in Scorpio in your second house of money and resources. Mars conjunct Jupiter is an incredibly invigorating and inspiring transit. Be careful of overspending, or gambling with your money or resources right now. You might be feeling generous or you might find yourself in the position to help others with your resources at this time, and it also wouldn’t be surprising if you were in the process of making a large purchase or expanding your resources. Just remember, with Jupiter in your second house for a full year (since October of 2017) it’s a potentially very lucrative as well as a very expensive year.
January 8th is the Last Quarter Moon, highlighting a triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto, and your ruler Venus in Capricorn, corresponding to your fourth house of home and family. This makes for an important crossroads in your life. Relationships might feel more like family, and possess a powerful intuitional component. You have been challenged to make changes on the home front and now these are coming to a head.
On January 10th, Mercury will enter Capricorn and immediately make a conjunction to Saturn in your fourth house. You might receive an important piece of news or an important message from a family member, or perhaps related to your home or property at this time. It’s an auspicious time to begin projects related to your home or family, or to buy or sell property, but remember that with Saturn having just entered your fourth house, whatever comes up at this time will likely take a longer time to play out.
January 16th is the date of the Capricorn New Moon, also taking place in your fourth house, and again in conjunction with Venus. You are finding a focus on home cares, nesting, and familial concerns now and over the following two weeks. There are also implications for renewed understanding regarding your core issues.
On January 17th, Venus will enter Aquarius and move into your fifth house of children, joy, recreation, and creativity. This is a lovely transit for creative projects, romance, enjoying the company of children, and generally taking some extra time for celebration, fun, and spontaneity. Venus in Aquarius may also put a spotlight on exotic art, fashion, and film or literature. Venus in Aquarius loves whatever is just outside the status quo, so don’t be surprised if you start to feel her quirky presence around this time. Enjoy it! It’s a good balancing energy to go along with the weightier presence of Saturn in your fourth house this month.
On January 26th, Mars will enter Sagittarius and move into your third house, which is the house of siblings, communication, writing, media, and the mind. This transit may have you pretty fired up, ready to debate or have it out over differing ideals or beliefs, or ready to stand up for something you believe in. It generally takes a lot to push a Libran into a more aggressive position, but if fairness is on the line you will fight and advocate for things just as passionately as any other sign. Knowing this transit is coming, you may also avoid unnecessary bickering with others over things that truly do not matter. Mars in the third house may also indicate that you are working through your differences with a sibling, or it could also indicate that you are working through challenges with communication or technology in general.
Finally, the Lunar Eclipse of the 31st in Leo, in your eleventh house, brings up issues having to do with your attitude toward future trends, your own and of the society in general. You are looking at how and where to put your shoulder to the wheel of progress, utilizing your creative output for the benefit of all.
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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.