January 2019 begins a new energy cycle, and after the latter half of 2018's many retrogrades and re-adjustments, comes not a moment too soon. Uranus stations direct January 6, leaving us with no retrograde planets through early March. It's a running start on the new year—one we'll need to create momentum for, for the next big leap forward.
The Solar Eclipse/New Moon in Capricorn on January 5 initiates manifestation, inviting us to get grounded, get real, and get going. Where exactly are we going? As John Lennon said to his bandmates: "To the toppermost of the poppermost!" Our ascent begins with action-hero Mars entering his home sign of Aries on New Year's Eve, refreshing and reinvigorating us with initiative, inspiration, and vitality. Venus's transit into Sagittarius on January 7 joins Jupiter in his home sign as these two traditional beneficent planets operate in tandem, enhancing and expanding our capacity for beauty, joy, creativity, and camaraderie.
The Lunar Eclipse / Full Moon at zero degrees Leo on January 20 is a Supermoon, and the final eclipse of the Aquarius-Leo eclipse cycle, which dominated the last 19 months. This is the climax of the previous eclipse cycle's emphasis on the dynamic tension between the individual and the collective, the final exam in the Master Class you've been enrolled in, the subject of which has been "Me vs. We."
The Sun and Mercury enter Aquarius on the 20 and 23 respectively, emphasizing friendships, affinity groups, and community. If you're mourning those who became estranged because of political/ideological differences, the good news is that the "New Normal" includes an enhanced ability to tolerate a wider range of views without having to agree on every jot and tittle of some dogmatic credo. Now's the time to reach out and reconnect!