HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Capricorn (12/21 to 1/20) and Aquarius (1/20 to 2/19)
January is a 1 month in an 8 Universal year making January a 9 month (1+2015=9) of Completions, Higher Awareness and Creativity.
Welcome to 2015, an 8 universal year of Abundance, Power and Balance! The energy of 8 is very upbeat and optimistic, as well as ambitious. Very likely we are going to hear a variety of economic news – highs and lows. As well, the voice for balance between the haves and the have-nots gets louder.
We begin the year in the shadow of Mercury going retrograde (I can hear the groans)! The retrograde actually begins January 21, 2015, putting us in the shadow from January 4th. It is usually in the shadow that things really begin to go wonky, so watch out for communication glitches, travel issues, and the inevitable misunderstandings! Mercury moves back to direct motion on February 4, 2015.
This Mercury Rx (retrograde) is in the sign of Aquarius, from 14° back to 1°, making this the first time in a while that Mercury’s retrograde has stayed in the same sign for the full cycle. Last year’s retrogrades started in Water and went backward into Air, and for 2015, all the retrograde cycles of Mercury will be in Air Signs. Air is the realm of the mind and thought, so when Mercury retrogrades in these signs our thinking processes are effected. Rational may turn to irrational, logical to illogical and the normal ability to communicate with clarity can become difficult.
Aquarius rules groups and friends that we associate with, and I suspect that the retrograde will primarily affect us in the group dynamic. Can you imagine the difficulty that the new Congress will encounter this year? Factional, fractional and quirky – and we thought it would be better?
There is a purpose to Mercury in retrograde though, and that is, when used properly, retrogrades give us an opportunity to go within and re-evaluate, re-think, and reflect. When the retrograde is over, then the time for action returns. The opportunities for us while Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius are about aligning ourselves with like-minded people and groups, allowing ourselves to see how we can be free of limited thinking, looking at things in a new way or with a new perspective, and maintaining an almost aloof demeanor in the face of emotional challenges.
The Moon Cycle this Month:
The Full Wolf Moon is January 4 at 14° Capricorn-Cancer at 8:53 pm Pacific time. Remember that the full moon is a time when the Sun and Moon are in opposition to each other.
Meaning of the Sun (14 Capricorn) during this full moon: Focusing our energy on the care of the children who will inherit the Earth. Here is a reminder that we have a responsibility to leave a world behind that our children can thrive in.
Meaning of the Moon (14 Cancer) during this time: The material world and the spiritual world come together in abundance and plenty for all.
The New Moon occurs on January 20 at 0°Aquarius at 5:15 am Pacific time. The New Moon is a time when the Sun and Moon are in a conjunction (at the same degree of the same sign).
Meaning of the Sun-Moon at this time: Bringing ideals into concrete form.
January through the Signs
This month I will be focusing on what Mercury retrograde in Aquarius will bring for each sign.
Remember to read the information for your Sun sign, Moon sign and Rising Sign to get a better idea of what is coming up for you. If you do not know your Moon and Rising sign, ask your astrologer or go to my website (address at the end of this article) and request your information.
Aries – March 20 to April 19
Dream, dream, dream Aries. That is what this month’s Mercury retrograde brings up for you. Since this is not a great time for external action on your part, take the time to re-vision your goals, dreams and aspirations! Spend some time letting inspiration guide you into the infinite possibilities of what 2015 can be for you. I know this may be difficult for you action-oriented Aries, but trust me, the benefits of dreaming vs. doing right now are huge. Take care in communication with friends and associates during this time as well – Mercury retrograde is notorious for misunderstandings.
Taurus – April 20 to May 20
For you Taurus, Mercury retrograde gives you some time to reconsider your career or professional path. Have you been resisting changes to your career or resisting doing what you know you must do in order to claim your real authority in the world? Now would be a great time to make the plan for change in this area of your life. Don’t take action yet, but certainly take a deeper look at where you are now and where you would really love to be. Watch for communication breakdowns as it relates to contracts and such that effect your profession.
Gemini – May 21 to June 20
Time for the usually superficial Gemini mind to take a deeper look at the meaning behind what has been going on in their life. Mercury is your planetary ruler, and because of that, Mercury retrogrades have a greater effect upon you. I believe it’s time for you to position yourself in a bigger way in the world, Gemini. That means that you may have to spend time looking at ways you have been playing small. Who would you benefit by aligning yourself with? Consider building a team to broaden your reach.
Cancer – June 21 to July 22
Mercury will be in your 8th House of Sex, Death-Rebirth and Shared Resources. The planet Uranus rules the house that your Mercury retrograde is occurring in. That means, expect the unexpected concerning finances. Perhaps you forgot to pay a bill, or there is a repair needed on the car, or even better an unexpected windfall of cash coming your way. Whatever it is Cancer it is hard to predict how this will play out, as powerful planet Pluto is involved in this for you. My guess is that in the end, the experience will be of a transformative and empowering nature.
Leo – July 23 to August 22
Mercury is retrograde in your Relationship house Leo. This gives you an awesome opportunity to re-evaluate who is in your life and whether it is better for you to continue with the relationship or to move on. Are you associating with the people that support your growth and are like-minded? Remember to communicate with love in your closest relationships this month as misunderstandings and miscommunication here will affect your marriage or partnerships. Aquarius is your mirror image Leo, as are your relationships. What do you see?
Virgo – August 23 to September 22
Mercury will retrograde in your 6th House of Work, Service and Health. If you have been thinking about doing humanitarian work Virgo, now is the time to start researching what your options are. Aquarius embodies World Service, and Virgo’s love to be of help or service to people in need. Surely this is a match made in heaven for you! Just be careful about the timing of your joining into something as Mercury is retrograde until February 4!
Libra – September 23 to October 22
Mercury goes retrograde in your 5th House of Love, Romance & Creativity, so there is the possibility of misunderstandings between you and a loved one. Libra you are always trying to make things right for everyone, and sometimes – like when Mercury is retrograde – it is impossible to make everyone happy. So, make yourself happy! Do something fun and enjoyable and completely out of the realm of normal for yourself! Treat yourself to a New Year’s gift!
Scorpio – October 23 to November 21
Scorpio, this Mercury retrograde occurs in your 4th House of Home, Family and Foundations, and because Aquarius the sign is square (challenging) to your sign things could be a bit irritating for you. Perhaps there are squabbles and conflicts going on between family members and you get caught up in the frenzy. Just remember to keep your cool – peace and tranquility begin within. Life is easing up as Saturn has moved out of your sign into neighboring Sagittarius.
Sagittarius – November 22 to December 20
Dear Sagittarius, your usual blunt remarks that some people find endearing in you, could become your worst faux pas’ this month with Mercury retrograde in your 3rd House of Communication and The Mind. There are opportunities for you during this coming month, as well, to use the power of words and your arrow of truth, to empower people – including yourself. Maybe just take a moment before you blurt out anything to your friends and associates. Censor yourself, just for this month.
Capricorn – December 21 to January 20
Mercury retrograde falls in your 2nd House of Earned Income, Resources, and Self-Worth. Capricorn, with your ruling planet (Saturn) now in Sagittarius, the search is on for you to express your True, Authentic Self in the world. With Mercury retrograde here you may be revisiting old self-worth or self-confidence issues. The trick is to look deeper within you to the TRUTH of who you really are! Don’t be concerned if opportunities that you thought were a lock get delayed. It is just the retrograde and things will come back around.
Aquarius – January 21 to February 19
Aquarius, you are used to being different and marching to the beat of your own drummer, but you can get stuck in some areas of your life. Aquarius is a “fixed” sign and Mercury retrograde in your 1st House of the Self is putting pressure on you to change, as it is a “mutable” planet. Don’t be afraid to take a deep look at yourself this month and see where you have become locked in to some pattern, way of looking or being, and release yourself, allow change for yourself, be free!
Pisces – February 20 to March 20
This could be quite the interesting month for you Pisces! Mercury is in your 12th House of the Hidden Subconscious Mind, Self-Sabotage and Fears. The 12th House is the natural domain for Pisces, so you’re no stranger to the “monsters” that come up from the deepness of your psyche. The difference this month is that you have a superb opportunity to see the obstacles in your life in a new way, in an empowering way, in a way that allows you to finally “Let Go, Let God”- surrendering to the bigger truth that lies just under the surface.
Janet Hickox is an Astrologer, Human Design Coach, and Host of Living Astrology radio on the EmpowerYOU Radio Network. She specializes in readings that empower individuals to live their authentic lives. Request a free Human Design chart by going to her website at www.living-astrology.com. She can be reached at 360-399-1122.