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Cosmic Rhythms - January 2018: Building toward a Full Moon Eclipse

Jan 05, 2018 01:43AM ● By Michele Leigh

We will celebrate the New Year with a full moon in Cancer on January 1. The moon is most comfortable in the sign of Cancer, and this thoughtful, introspective energy will be embodied in this first lunation of the year. We should take time to nurture ourselves and others in the light of this full moon.

On January 11, Mercury, our planet of communication, enters Capricorn. We may take on a direct, practical form of speaking and thinking. Use this disciplined energy to take on conversations that require a prudent touch. Be sure to use traditional chains of command when escalating issues because Capricorn the goat has deep respect for traditions and customs.

We have a new moon in Capricorn on January 16, which will connect what we feel with what we say. Mercury, already in Capricorn, will enhance this energy around a new 28-day cycle. This energy is extremely disciplined; use it to start something with a tangible outcome. The Cardinal Earth of Capricorn is determined to achieve something substantial, so shoot high with those new moon intentions.

On January 17, Venus, our planet of relationships, enters revolutionary Aquarius. Use this energy to think outside the box when it comes to partnerships, and not just for romantic relationships but all forms of personal connections. The eccentric energy may draw unconventional companions. 

Sun enters Aquarius on January and will stay here for 30 days, so use this time to try new things and imagine different ways of living.

Mars enters Sagittarius on January 26.. Our warrior planet is back in a fiery sign, lighting a spark under our desire to move forward. Once Mars moves into Sagittarius, it’s a good time to make those plans, especially travel plans.

We end the month with a beautiful full moon and total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31. This full moon will be intensified by the eclipse, so let that inner lion roar. Courage, drama and creativity and are all themes for this full moon.

Michele Leigh is an astrologer, author and podcaster. A practitioner of ancient astrology and planetary magic, she is an active member of OPA, the Organization for Professional Astrology. Connect at

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