*Any times indicated are for the Pacific Time Zone.
*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.
*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.
01/01/17 – 8:23 am – Moon sextile Uranus
This is the first exact aspect of 2017. Expect the unexpected might turn out to be the under-lying theme for the New Year. What might one do to minimize the effect of unexpected events? Consider the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared.” While you may still be surprised when the unexpected happens; if you are prepared, you should be in a better to position to take advantage of it or deal with any possibly negative effects.
01/01/17 – 11:59 pm – Moon conjunct Venus
Following this, both go void-of-course. The Moon will only be void-of-course for two hours but Venus will be void-of-course for 24 hours. Avoid starting a new relationship or buying that “shiny, got to have” new thingy. It is better to wait until January 3, after Venus enters Pisces if you can.
01/02/17 – 7:57 pm – Moon occults Neptune
This is the first of two occultations by the Moon today. An occultation is when the Moon passes if front of a planet or star blocking it from the view of parts of the earth. This occultation will only be visible in the west coast of North America, Hawaii, Micronesia and most of southeastern Asia. You will also need a telescope to see it.
01/02/17 – 10:36 pm – Moon occults Mars
This occultation will only be visible from the southern tip of India, most of southeastern Asia and Micronesia. Since Mars is visible to the naked eye, a telescope will not be necessary to observe this if you are in an area where it can be seen.
While this won’t be visible from the US, if you look to the west after sunset you should be able to see the Moon and Mars in close proximity to each other as the Moon races to catch up to Mars. The occultation occurs shortly after the Moon and Mars set in the west.
What might be the significance of these two occultations in one day? Reflect back to New Year’s Eve day, December 31, when Mars and Neptune were conjunct for the last exact aspect of 2016. What transpired that day? What dreams did you have? Did you have an “a-ha” moment or sudden insight?
01/02/17 – 11:47 pm – Venus enters Pisces
The Venus void-of-course is over. Pisces is like Venus’ third home as She is considered exalted here. Pisces is about seeking our highest, greatest or biggest dreams. This may be when you meet your “dream” mate or find that dream car or something you’ve always wanted; but keep your eyes open and trust your intuition in case your dream turns out to be a nightmare.
01/03/17 – 11:41 am – Venus sextile retrograde Mercury
This is one of only two of the five Ptolemaic aspects, conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition; that Mercury and Venus can make with each other. A sextile is generally considered an easy flowing aspect. Words of love, appreciation or affection may flow more freely now. With Mercury retrograde be careful so these words don’t go to someone unintended. Like Santa Claus; check your messages, be they email or text, at least twice to be sure it is saying what you want to say and that it goes to the person or persons it is intended for and not someone else.
Just to add to the energy soup, following this Mercury goes void-of-course for over 18 hours. Check all communications before sending. When talking with people be sure you are clear, that they understand you and that you understand them.
01/04/17 – 6:17 am – Retrograde Mercury enters Sagittarius
Mercury’s void-of-course is over as it retreats from Capricorn into Sagittarius. This will be Mercury’s second trip over the last two degrees of Sagittarius. What unfinished business, misunderstandings or miscommunications may come up now?
01/05/17 – 11:47 am – Moon square Sun
This is the first of five exact aspect today all involving the Moon. Do you have enough tissue? This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square. It is sometimes said that “actions speak louder than words.” With Mercury retrograde, be sure of the possible outcomes or consequences of any action before you take it.
Following this the Moon will square Pluto, conjunct Uranus and then oppose Jupiter for the second, third and fourth exact aspects today. Don’t be surprised if your day seems to be “amping” up as the day winds down.
01/05/17 – 10:37 pm – Moon trine Saturn
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Follow the rules, cross your “t’s” and dot your “i’s.”
01/06/17 – 10:41 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
This will be a relatively short void-of-course lasting less than two hours. It should be easy enough to set aside any new tasks or projects until after lunch.
01/06/17 – 12:18 pm – Moon enters Taurus
It’s Friday afternoon and the Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to tackle any new tasks or projects at this time allowing you to get a head start on next week if you like.
01/06/17 – 10:41 pm – Sun conjunct Pluto
Shine a light on your true self; the who you are meant to be, not the who you or others think or say you are or should be. You can’t live your life through others any more than they can live their life through you. Find and follow your bliss.
01/07/17 – 6:23 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Saturday evening and this void-of-course will last almost twenty hours taking you into Sunday afternoon. This could be a good time to relax and enjoy what you have and not worry about what you don’t or what you want. Put aside any new tasks at least until Sunday afternoon after the Moon enters Gemini.
01/08/17 – 1:43 am – Mercury stations Direct
With Mercury going direct there are now no planets in apparent retrograde motion. This happens about 1/12 of the time. Among other things, retrograde planets also symbolize periods of possible delays. When all the planets are in direct forward motion things that may have been delayed or stuck may now break loose and start to move forward. This may be particularly true for any writing projects, contracts or important communications as Mercury was the last to go direct.
01/08/17 – 2:06 pm – Moon enters Gemini
The void-of-course is over. You should be good to tackle any new projects or tasks now if you want to.
01/09/17 – 12:30 am – Moon square Venus
This is the first of three exact square aspects by the Moon today. Following this the Moon will square Neptune and then square Mars. These will all be first quarter, waxing crisis of action squares. The Moon is also moving very fast today so you may need to “be on your toes” as emotions may ebb and flow quickly. All of this seems to be in preparation for what could be a very busy, roller-coaster next three days. You may want to get a fresh box of tissue as the next three days all have at least five exact aspects or astrological events which can test even the stoutest of hearts. Consider your actions carefully, keeping others in mind. For each action there is an opposite and equal “re-action.”
This day finishes with a late Moon sextile Uranus aspect so be prepared for surprises and the unexpected as the night flows into Tuesday.
01/10/17 – 1:53 am – Moon trine Jupiter
This is the first of five exact aspects today; three involving the Moon, and two void-of-courses. This is the waning or closing trine and things from the opposition begin to stabilize and results become clearer; however, never forget that Jupiter does like to make something out of nothing so little things to you may seem much bigger or more important to others.
Following this the Moon will oppose Saturn for the second exact aspect of the day. You may find yourself or someone else questioning something you thought you knew or thought was true that just might not be so.
01/10/17 – 8:21 am – Sun square Uranus
This is the third exact aspect of the day and the third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square in their annual cycle. Time to start sorting out what works and what doesn’t work; what serves you and what no longer serves you. A new Sun Uranus cycle will begin in three months so you do have some time; but with Uranus there will always be the unexpected.
01/10/17 – 1:38 pm – Moon opposite Mercury
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day. Following this, both the Moon and Mercury will go void-of-course. The Moon’s will only last just over one hour but Mercury’s will last over forty hours. A Mercury void-of-course is not unlike Mercury retrograde so mind what you say, how you say it and who you say it too. It will come back to you.
01/10/17 – 2:49 pm – Moon enters Cancer
The Moon void-of-course is over. Choose wisely any new tasks or projects to start now as Mercury is void-of-course.
01/10/17 – 11:11 pm – Mars sextile Pluto
This is fifth and final exact aspect for today but there will be five more tomorrow. This is the waxing or opening sextile in the Mars Pluto cycle. Any new “seeds” that may have been planted, intentionally or not, may start to come to light at this time. You may get a sudden burst of energy, insight or a feeling of a need to prepare for something. Keep a journal close at hand to record any “a-ha” moments, dreams or insights that may come to you.
01/11/17 – 4:51 am – Moon trine Venus
This is the second day in a row with five exact aspects with the first four involving the Moon. While the Moon is starting to slow down, She is still moving fast so emotions may seem to come out of nowhere.
Following this the Moon will trine Neptune, oppose Pluto and then trine Mars for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day. Allow yourself time to feel them and do your best to not over-react.
01/11/17 – 8:43 pm – Sun square Jupiter
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Tomorrow there will be five more. This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the thirteen month Sun Jupiter cycle. The current cycle began September 25, 2016 with their conjunction at 3 Libra. What new “seeds” might you have planted around that time? Which are starting to “sprout?” Consider carefully what actions you might or should take to “nurture” those seeds. Jupiter may want you to go “all in” but patience is a virtue and the next aspect may throw an unexpected “wrinkle” into the equation.
01/12/17 – 12:34 am – Moon square Uranus
This is the third day in a row with five exact events and a void-of-course and is the first of three involving the Moon. The Moon continues to slow down so emotional swings may last longer. Sudden insight or an “a-ha” moment is quite possible. It may come in a dream or wake you from one. This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square and may be about something you should have done, forgot to do, did or want to do. Write it down so you won’t forget it. Consider the possible consequences of whatever action you are contemplating. Sometimes the best action is to decide not to act, but to watch and wait.
Following this the Moon will make a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Jupiter. Allow yourself to “expand” on any contemplated actions from the previous aspect but consider all possible outcomes before acting.
01/12/17 – 3:34 am – Full Moon opposite Sun
The Moon is in Her home sign of Cancer and concerns about family, your foundation (where you stand or live) may take center stage. You can’t take care of or do for others if you don’t take care of or do for yourself as well. The Moon is at 22 Cancer. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Meeting of a literary society.” Don’t believe everything you read. Just because you “read it on the internet” doesn’t mean it is true; and it doesn’t mean it isn’t. Do your own fact checking. Talk with others whose opinions you value and trust. “Based on …” means it isn’t a true and accurate re-telling of something, only that some of it may be true.
Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for over twelve hours. Today would be a good day to focus on on-going projects or tasks. See what you can finish or at least move forward to the next stage or step.
01/12/17 – 6:04 am – Mercury re-enters Capricorn
This is the fourth exact event of the day. The Mercury void-of-course is over; however, it is still retracing its steps from the retrograde. In this, the third “leg” of Mercury’s journey from 28 Sagittarius to 15 Capricorn, issues that came back up should now be ready to be “put to rest.” Make amends if necessary. Complete re-views, repairs and re-writes as necessary. Come January 27, Mercury will move into “new territory.”
01/12/17 – 1:54 pm – Venus conjunct Neptune
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. It’s Thursday, named in honor of the Norse God of Thunder, Thor and ruled by the planet Jupiter, ancient ruler of Pisces.
This conjunction at 10 Pisces 02 and 47 degrees ahead of the Sun also marks Venus greatest zodiacal distance (maximum elongation) from the Sun. Venus as the evening star will be highest in the western sky as the Sun sets which will allow for the most time to observe Her before She sets. Mars, which is only 8 degrees ahead of Venus, will also be visible. Trace an arc up from Venus to find Mars in all His reddish glory. While Neptune will also be there, you will need a telescope to see Him.
At 47 degrees from the Sun Venus is making a semi-square or half-square. This aspect can produce some stress or anxiety so remember to breathe. What is your ideal “love” or desire for yourself? Plant your “seeds” to achieve this goal. With Neptune involved, be realistic. With Mars in the picture you should have more than enough energy to achieve your goals. Once you’ve set your goal, break it down into smaller do-able steps. Track your progress and don’t be discouraged if you “step off the path” at some time. Just step back on and continue your journey.
01/12/17 – 4:08 pm – Moon enters Leo
The void-of-course is over. It’s Thursday afternoon. There will be no exact aspects or void-of-course tomorrow and you should have a “green light” to tackle any new tasks or issues from now through Friday.
01/13/17 – No exact aspects Today
Catch your breath. Reflect on your week and what you have learned or accomplished. This is a good day for finishing things or starting new things. Your choice.
01/14/17 – 7:17 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Saturday and this void-of-course will last over twelve hours. It’s a good day for “just chill ‘in” with family and or friends or for working or and finishing projects you previously started.
01/14/17 – 7:52 pm – Moon enters Virgo
The void-of-course is over. With the Moon in practical Virgo you probably shouldn’t plan on a “wild Saturday night.” Tomorrow is another day and you can start something new or work on something in progress.
01/16/17 – 10:09 pm – Moon trine Sun
This is the waning or closing trine in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries. This can be an opportune time to step back and look at the “big picture,” to see if and how the pieces fit. If there is a piece that doesn’t seem to fit, it may be time to consider setting it aside for later or for letting it go.
Following this, both the Sun and the Moon go void-of-course. The Moon will be void for just over five hours while the Sun will be void until Thursday; that’s over 63 hours. It’s Monday evening and with the Moon void-of-course this could be a good time to reflect on your day. What you accomplished and what you didn’t. What you need to, should or want to work on tomorrow can also be on your to-do list. Just avoid starting anything new.
With the Sun void-of-course for over two and a half days avoid starting any new self-improvement programs at this time; unless you’ve already committed to it or laid the groundwork for it. Starting something new means a new idea, project or task that you haven’t planned on or scheduled. Use the time to reflect on what you have been working on or at least what you said you would work on. Do you really want to do it? There is an old British saying, “In for a penny, in for a pound.” Either you are all in or you probably shouldn’t be in at all.
01/17/17 – 3:16 am – Moon enters Libra
The Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to go to tackle any new tasks or projects at work or around the home, just not something that is self oriented, that is just for you. It is OK to think about or research some possible new self oriented improvement programs for yourself, just don’t commit to or start them yet. Wait until the Sun enters Aquarius and you’ve taken time to reflect on them.
The next couple of days should be relatively quiet allowing for clearer focus and with all planets in direct or forward motion, getting things done.
01/19/17 – 12:55 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a sextile to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 13 hours. Best to spend your morning working on any on-going tasks or projects and wait until after the Moon enters Scorpio to start something new.
01/19/17 – 1:15 am – Mars square Saturn
This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in this cycle of the two ancient malefics. What makes them “malefic” is if we don’t follow the rules and contain our energies, we may not get the results we hoped for. Saturn is about following the rules so avoid taking short-cuts or risks. Mars is our expression of energy, our ability to get things moving. Make sure you have “traction” so you don’t “spin-out” or lose control. Any rash actions or failure to “read the rules” at this time could result in an accident or unpleasant or unforeseen outcome.
01/19/17 – 1:24 pm – Sun enters Aquarius
The Sun void-of-course is now over. Can you feel the shift as the Sun moves from cardinal earth practical ambitious Capricorn to fixed air abstract humanitarian Aquarius? As we leave the grounded earthy reality of Capricorn behind our thoughts and ideas may take on greater importance. Conceive it, believe it, and achieve it. If you can conceive it in your mind and if you believe it then you can achieve it.
01/19/17 – 2:09 pm – Moon enters Scorpio
The Moon void-of-course is now over.
01/19/17 – 2:13 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries. Now that you’ve had time to consider the “big picture,” it’s time to do something about it. This can be an opportune time to make a list of “Pros” and “Cons” for whatever you may be working on. If something doesn’t serve the bigger picture; if it doesn’t help you to achieve your goal, then perhaps it is time to put it aside or let it go. This is a time ripe for making choices in your life or work.
01/20/17 – 5:53 am – Venus sextile Pluto
This is the waxing sextile. Things begun around November 25, 2016, at their conjunction should start to materialize and become clearer. Is it something or someone you desire? Obsessing about it or them is probably not healthy and won’t help you to achieve your goal. This is the time to nurture the seed and to pull the weed.
01/21/17 – 5:24 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waning trine to Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for the next nine plus hours. It’s Saturday evening. Rather than making new plans, stay with something tried and true. Any “new plans” for this evening may not turn out as you might hope so it may be best to save them for another time.
01/22/17 – 2:45 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s the wee hours of Sunday morning. Make note of any dreams or insights you may have. Record as much detail as quickly as you can be they a word an image or a thought. You could start working on some new project or idea or do something spontaneous, something new or unplanned. You could also spend the time relaxing with family and friends; perhaps making plans for a new family adventure, project or trip with friends.
01/23/17 – 1:29 pm – Mercury sextile Neptune
Mercury is still in its Shadow, the space that it covers three times during a retrograde phase. The sextile is generally an easy flowing aspect; however, there can be times when the energy is such that one may feel compelled to do something or as if they are stuck or caught. It can be a comfortable feeling like being warm and comfy in your bed and not wanting to get up or it can feel constricting, creating anxiety or frustration. Neptune seems to like to try to confuse us, to trick or hide things from us. Now is the time to “speak or forever hold your tongue.” If you must speak, then only the truth will do. Remember though, any “truth” you speak will be your truth and not necessarily someone else’s truth. Choose your words carefully and wisely. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”
01/24/17 – 9:33 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Tuesday morning and the Moon will be void-of-course for just over five hours. Best to focus on any on-going projects or tasks or to finish re-viewing, re-writing or re-considering things and to set aside any new project or task until after the Moon enters Capricorn.
01/24/17 – 2:43 pm – Moon enters Capricorn
The void-of-course is over. You should be good to go and can tackle any new projects or tasks that you’ve set aside.
01/26/17 – 1:22 am – Moon conjunct Pluto
This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today. They all have the potential for producing stress or anxiety so “gird your loins” and prepare yourself to “get down to business” today. Note any dreams, a-ha moments, insights, feelings, sights, sounds or smells on waking. Just “jot” them down. Don’t concern yourself with analyzing or making sense of them right away. Now it’s more important to note them, like little memory joggers. You can make time for analyzing them later.
Following this the Moon will square Uranus, square Jupiter and then sextile Venus for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day. Expect the unexpected. Don’t make something to be more than it actually is; but don’t be surprised if someone else tries to “make a mountain out of a mole hill.”
01/26/17 – 11:26 pm – Moon sextile Mars
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Following this, both the Moon and Mars go void-of-course. If you are awake, you might use this time to reflect on your day and your notes from the morning. Do your dreams or other insights make sense now? The Moon will only be void-of-course for just over one hour; however, Mars will be void-of-course for over 22 hours so channel your energy wisely.
01/27/17 – 12:37 am – Moon enters Aquarius
The Moon void-of-course is over but not Mars. Be extra cautious today and don’t over-exert yourself. One may be more prone to accidents or physical injuries during a Mars void-of-course so behave accordingly.
01/27/17 – 9:50 am – Venus square Saturn
This is the first quarter, waxing crisis of action square in the annual Venus Saturn cycle. Time to “get real” in matters of love, desire and what you want. If you want something that might be out of your price range, consider making a budget or savings plan to achieve it. Set realistic goals and then create a timeline for achieving them. Break your timeline down into doable steps, it will make the “journey” easier to complete.
With the New Moon just a few hours away, now is a good time to finish any preparations for it. Let go of or set aside things that no longer serve you or that you don’t need. Prepare yourself for the planting of new “seeds.” Consider doing or attending a New Moon ceremony this evening. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It’s about setting your intentions for the coming cycle.
01/27/17 – 4:07 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun
Time to commit to whatever new “seeds” one wants to plant for the next cycle. The short cycle allows about 15 days from planting to harvest while the longer cycle allows up to 18 months. If you have a long term project, break it down into smaller, shorter doable steps. Being able to see your progress through short or small steps will help to keep one motivated and moving toward the long term goal.
Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Red Fire Rooster. If your birthday is after this date and your age will be a number evenly divisible by 12 (24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc.), then you are most likely a Rooster. If you will be 60 then you are a Red Fire Rooster as the Chinese animal and element repeat every 60 years. Expect this year to be more important and possibly challenging for you.
01/27/17 – 9:30 am – Mercury leaves its Shadow
The “shadow” is that space in the zodiac that a planet goes over three times during a retrograde cycle. It is marked by the point at which the planet stations retrograde (15 Capricorn 08 for Mercury this time) and then subsequently stations direct (28 Sagittarius 51 this time). This first time the planet is direct and during this passage any issues that may need to be “re-visited” should come up. The second pass is when the planet is retrograde and this symbolizes the time when the issue may be “in your face.” The third phase is after the planet goes direct and symbolizes the time for dealing with the issues of the retrograde.
When a planet leaves its shadow and moves into “new territory;” that is a new area of the zodiac not previously transited during the current orbit, it symbolizes a time for new beginnings and forward progress. What do you want to begin at this time?
01/27/17 – 9:39 pm – Mars enters Aries
The Mars void-of-course ends as He returns to His primary home sign of Aries. This could seem like “energizer bunny” time; that is one may feel as if they have boundless energy. Know your limits. Don’t overdo or you may find yourself undone.
01/28/17 – 9:52 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Saturday night and this void-of-course will last over ten hours. Give yourself a break and take time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family.
01/29/17 – 8:10 am – Moon enters Pisces
It’s Sunday morning and the void-of-course is over. Do you want to tackle something new or just take it easy today or perhaps do something in support of family or friends? It can be your choice.
01/29/17 – 12:18 pm – Mercury conjunct Pluto
This is their only exact conjunction and like a new Moon, marks the beginning of a new Mercury Pluto cycle and the end of the previous cycle. The ending cycle began with the triple conjunction of these two planets in December 2015 and January 2016. This new cycle begins with this single conjunction at 17 Capricorn 55. This can be an opportune time to “get down to earth” and consider who it is you are and who is it you want to be or what is it you want to achieve in the next twelve months. Plan your work and then work your plan.
01/30/17 – 3:18 am – Moon occults Neptune
This occultation occurs at 10 Pisces 35. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “People traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination.” To see this, you will need a telescope and you will need to be in Central Africa, southern Arabia, India, western China or Thailand. Even if you can’t see it, you may feel it. Will the Moon help to illuminate and clear your path for you as She blocks Neptune’s fog and illusions? Pay attention to your dreams and insights tonight. Record as much detail as you can recall when you wake. After that you can set aside time to make sense of your notes.
01/31/17 – 9:36 am – Moon conjunct Venus
Following this both the Moon and Venus go void-of-course. The Moon will only be void-of-course for just over four hours but it is a normal workday and so best to avoid tackling any new projects or issues until after the Moon enters Aries. The Venus void-of-course will last over 70 hours that is until Friday February 3. Avoid starting a new relationship or any major purchases during this time.
01/31/17 – 1:47 pm – Moon enters Aries
The Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to tackle any new issues or projects you set aside this morning.
01/31/17 – 7:31 pm – Mercury square Uranus
This is the final exact aspect of January. What might this symbolize as we move into February? This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual Mercury Uranus cycle. The current cycle began with their conjunction March 31, 2016 at 19 Aries 56 and will end March 26, 2017 with their conjunction at 23 Aries 24. The third quarter of a cycle symbolizes a time to re-evaluate and re-consider what one has and what one wants. Consider what you started around March or April of 2016. Has it developed as you had expected? Is it ready for the “finishing touches?” Plan your “final push” to finish these projects and to allow yourself time to prepare for the new. This can also be thought of as being like “spring cleaning” or a time to sort through “stuff” and let go of what no longer serves you and the time to begin preparation for the next new cycle. This can be likened to the time when the farmer begins to “till the field” to prepare it for planting the new crop.
Looking ahead into February we have the end of “no planets retrograde” as Jupiter goes retrograde and the first two eclipses of 2017. These eclipses will set the stage for the big summer event, the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21 which will be visible in most of the continental US. The line of totality will run from the Oregon coast, west of Portland down and across the US to the mid-coast of South Carolina.