Astrological Report for January 2021

Astrology is a tool of time and space.  As the Solar System runs through its cycles, astrologers follow the patterns the same way a meteorologist follows the weather.  Each month different points in the sky form important relationships, which we call aspects, that indicate emerging, changing, and enduring patterns.

This monthly blog will look at the month ahead and discuss the most prominent and powerful aspects and how they impact life on earth.  These impacts will be connected to both personal and current events to show how the astrological weather report can help you “weather” your life and navigate each month successfully.

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What is Ongoing?  Transits, Ingresses, and Retrogrades

Transits occur when two points form a certain type of angular relationship with one another.  The most powerful among the transits are the conjunction, square, and opposition.  Points that conjunct merge together by sharing the same sign and degree.  Points that square align by the degree in signs that are 90 degrees (or four signs apart – Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn – Libra and Capricorn square one another).  And points oppose one another when they are 180 degrees apart.

Conjunct points merge energy.  Points squaring challenge one another.  And Points opposing one another try to harmonize and attain balance.

Ingress occurs when a point changes signs, causing the point to change its tone. If a point is in Aries, the tone is active, aggressive, and ready for action.  But when the point ingresses into Taurus, the tone is slow, steady, and settling.

Retrograde describes forward motion that “appears” as backward motion.  Since astrology views the Solar System from an earth-centric rather than a sun-centric point of reference, there are times of the year when points in the sky “look” like they are going backward.  The effect is known as retrograde motion, which occurs when a faster-moving body passes a slower moving body, and the observer is on the faster moving body watching the slower moving body “go backward” as they pass each other.

Ingresses

The Sun

The Sun will leave Capricorn and enter Aquarius on January 19th.  In Aquarius, the Sun shines a light on community, society, and nations.  The keynote becomes, “the power of individuality manifests through one’s role in society” and the symbol is “a garbage truck picks up the delivery boxes at a restaurant”.  There will be a focus on the ideals of society, especially with the inauguration just two days later.

Mercury

Mercury will change signs once this month, from Capricorn to Aquarius on January 8th.  From 01/01 to 01/08 Mercury will be in Capricorn and the keynote is “thoughts are disciplined and restrained” and the symbol is “an elegantly attired older woman studies her family genealogy”. From 01/08 to 01/31 Mercury will be in Aquarius and the keynote is “thoughts regard issues affecting the community” and the symbol is “a new non-profit looks for volunteers to serve meals to the homeless.”

This month will begin with focused goals (Capricorn) for the direction of the economy for the new year, which will shift to concerns about how society will hold together and thrive (Aquarius) as the pandemic wears on.

Venus

Venus will ingress once this month, going into Capricorn on January 8th.  The tone will change from mutable fire to cardinal earth.  The keynote becomes “affections are guided by goals and ambitions” and the symbol is “A business owner takes a potential client to dinner”.  Venus will be more concerned with the potential gain in any and all relationships.

Mars

Mars will finally ingress from Aries, where it has been since June 2020, into Taurus on January 6th.  The tone will change from cardinal fire to fixed earth.  The keynote becomes “desire and force find steady direction” and the symbol is “a rocket engine propels a ship into space”. The volatility and aggression so active while Mars was in Aries will be subdued by Taurus’ need for stability and security.

Retrogrades

At the beginning of the month, Uranus will be retrograde in Taurus.  Uranus will go direct on January 14th. Retrograde Uranus will bring more and deeper shocks to our foundations (Taurus).   The shift to direct motion will invite sudden progress that was limited or frustrated by the retrograde motion.

At the very end of the month, on January 30th, Mercury will go retrograde near the last degree of Aquarius, which means it will stay in Aquarius for almost 9 weeks.  There will be continuous thoughts and discussion about the nature and construction of all societies, nations, and the global economy, with new ideas and innovative thinking, needed to tackle ongoing problems.

Week to Week Transits

January 1 to January 7

Jupiter and Saturn (merged) in Aquarius (separating)

This combination has been “in play” since 12/21/2020.  What began at the end of December will now start taking shape (Saturn) and begin to grow into new beliefs and actions (Jupiter).  Saturn in Aquarius wants “structures to be idealistic and serve the needs of the many”.  The symbol for this energy is “two opposing political parties find common ground and pass legislation that helps the majority of people”. Jupiter in Aquarius wants “beliefs to be exciting and inclusive”.  The symbol for this energy is “a breakthrough in medicine is made available to all free of charge”.

Mars in Taurus squares (conflicts with) Saturn in Aquarius

From January 6th to January 18th, Mars in Taurus, which expresses “desire and force find steady direction”, will conflict with Saturn in Aquarius, which wants “structures to support the common good”.  While volatility will diminish with Mars and Saturn moving out of cardinal signs and into fixed ones, forward progress will be hampered by the squaring energy between these two points.

Jupiter in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus retrograde in Taurus

From January 7th to January 24th, Jupiter in Aquarius, which expresses “beliefs that strive to be idealistic”, will conflict with Uranus in Taurus, which wants “breakthroughs in traditions and disruptions to the norms”.  This square is not as limiting as the one between Mars and Saturn.  Change is very much in the air and still restricted, but the feeling with this aspect is two steps forward and one step back.

January 8 to January 14

Mars in Taurus squares (conflicts with) Saturn in Aquarius continues
Jupiter in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues
Venus in Capricorn squares (conflicts with) Chiron in Aries

From January 10th to January 14th, Venus in Capricorn, which expresses “affections are guided by goals and ambitions”, will conflict with Chiron in Aries, which seeks “healing through maverick action”.  There will continue to be struggles about how to manage the need for a comprehensive social agreement regarding the virus/vaccines and individual choice as a fundamental precept in US society. 

January 15 to January 21

Mars in Taurus squares (conflicts with) Saturn in Aquarius continues
Jupiter in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues
Mars in Taurus conjunct (merges with) Uranus in Taurus

From January 17th to the 23rd, Mars in Taurus, which expresses “desire and force find steady direction”, merges with Uranus in Taurus, which wants “breakthroughs in traditions and disruption of norms”.  Unsurprisingly, this conjunction will be exact on the day of the inauguration.  Such a powerful merging on such an auspicious day will have dramatic repercussions for the way forward for the United States.  It can be as negatively dramatic as an assassination or remarkably monumental as the beginning of a new vision of the country that will change all structures and the way of life through positive advances in technology and social engineering.

Mars in Taurus squares (conflicts with) Jupiter in Aquarius

From January 17th to the 28th, Mars in Taurus, which expresses “desire and force find steady direction”, will conflict with Jupiter in Aquarius, which wants “beliefs to be exciting and inclusive”.  New ideas and suggestions will be presented, but the action to implement them will be cautious and reserved.  Still, forward progress will be possible, just not as fast as most people would like.

Saturn in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus

From January 20th until the end of the month, Saturn in Aquarius, which wants “structures to support the common good”, will conflict with Uranus in Taurus, which wants “breakthroughs in traditions”.  Once again energy is striving to make progress and bring about change, but it is attempting to do so in signs that resist change or act with caution.  On the plus side, anything that does get established under these energies will be able to persist for years, even decades, to come.

January 22 to January 31

The last week of the month will carry over all the pervious transits.

Mars in Taurus squares (conflicts with) Saturn in Aquarius continues
Jupiter in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues
Saturn in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues
Mars in Taurus conjunct (merges with) Uranus in Taurus continues

The Month Reviewed

The first month of the new year is going to be filled with as much dramatic energy as the first month of last year.  However, the tone will be entirely different since 2020, which started with numerous points in cardinal energy; specifically, Capricorn.  With this new year, most of the energy starts out in fixed signs, namely Aquarius and Taurus.  These signs can bring stable energy to the chaos of last year, but the energy will not be without some disruptors, namely Uranus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn.  And Neptune remains in Pisces.  The wild ride is hardly over.

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website: https://www.blackunykorn.com.

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