Posted on December 31, 2022 by Henry Seltzer of ASTROGRAPH.COM
This is another month of consequence for you, Libra, when you will be spending a great deal of time in introspective study of your very depths, mulling over where your true values lie, and where in consideration if these you might be heading in 2023. Partners come into this picture also, especially during the last ten days of the month. The new year really gets underway in February after the extremely potent retrograde period of Mercury though your home and family sector. Mercury stations to direct motion on the 18th, and then takes another two weeks to straighten out. Because Mercury turned retrograde on December 29th in close conjunction with Venus, your ruler, this for you a vital time of attempting to resolve miscommunications and revise existing understandings around issues of family patterns and your home base. Inner wounding might additionally come up for healing. You are in essence seeking a better handle on your most fundamental values, and what this could imply for future activities. You can actually come to the moral high ground while still keeping up with your financial and other commitments. With the January 6th Full Moon in Cancer, career, profession, and your private life become even more completely interrelated.
The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge Aubut of Ninth House Astrology
The focus could be on your family and your domestic life as the New Year arrives and as the Mercury Retrograde period extends a thoughtful time of reaching to the inside for your most important truths. Another focus this month is indicted by the recent New Moon from the Christmas weekend that invoked Jupiter, newly arrived in Aries, corresponding to your relationship sector. There are good vibes there that could have been noticeable all through the last ten days of the previous month of December, and that could yet bring some excellent experiences through into this one. Jupiter in Aries could also emphasize existing partnerships of all kinds and it could be that new opportunities are coming through thanks to the people that you are in close connection with. Your work and your passions could also be another key that opens new doors this year beginning with the current month.
With Mercury also retrograde in Capricorn for most of January, you could be busy sorting out things on the home front so that you can eventually expand towards new horizons. Mars still moving retrograde in Gemini may continue to bring restlessness and a desire for new experiences and although Mars is turning direct in January, it will continue to transit through your vision sector for nearly three more months. Learning, teaching, and traveling could be on your radar and you could be compelled by people from other backgrounds or cultures who can open you up to different perspectives.
Your ruling planet Venus enters its fellow Air sign of Aquarius on the evening of the 2nd and forms a sextile to Jupiter in Aries on the 4th which may bring fluidity for romance or creative projects at the beginning of the month.
The Full Moon in Cancer lands on the 6th and could bring a culmination for career-related themes shining a light on your ambitions and your public life. The Sun in this Full Moon conjuncts Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn at the base of your chart, and could highlight a process of revision related to the ways you share your ideas. and others may be interested in what you have to say at this time. You may feel a greater divide than usual between your inner reality and the face you show to the world. Letting your passions speak for themselves at this time could bring you closer to your goals or dispel misunderstandings.
On the 9th and 10th, Venus in Aquarius, your ruler, comes into a supportive trine with Mars in Gemini just before Mars stations direct on the 12th, aligning passion and vision into a coherent whole. This is a nice aspect in January that could be easily missed; and yet Venus and Mars coming together should bring some kind of confirmation that you are heading in the right direction. Mercury is still moving retrograde in Capricorn and may continue to highlight responsibilities or logistical issues at home that are weighing you down.
Mercury turns to direct motion on the 18th and will fully recover from its retrograde cycle after the end of the month. By February therefore, you may be in a better headspace to deal with anything that is slowing you down.
The Sun conjoins Pluto in Capricorn before it enters Aquarius on the 20th which may bring an awareness of more profound changes occurring at this time whether these are internal or external.
The Aquarius New Moon in arrives on the 21st and signals the beginning of a new cycle in the part of your chart that relates to your self-expression, your creativity, and more extensively what brings you pleasure. This New Moon is again supported by Jupiter in Aries transiting in your partnership sector, just like the last one, implying that your relationships with others could continue to be a source of inspiration in the remainder of the month. Venus conjoins Saturn in Aquarius and this might emphasize something that you love that has endured the test of time whether this is a relationship or a personal project. Uranus stationing direct in the New Moon timing could bring unsuspected progress or emphasize important changes currently taking place.
On January 26th, Venus enters Pisces and you may find yourself gradually preoccupied with work and routine in the coming weeks. The transit of Venus in Pisces could also be a good time to focus on your health and bring traction for new habits you would like to implement.
From January 28th to the 30th, the month closes with the Sun in Aquarius forming a grand trine with Mars in Gemini and the new planet, Makemake, in Libra. Mercury in Capricorn is also trining Uranus in Taurus. These significant alignments may allow you to make progress with your work or with the development of a new project, based on your evolving identity, important relationships in your life, and your awareness of deep principle. You benefit from meeting others halfway. This ending to January gives you a basis for renewed progress in the coming February month.