Already in the first half of the month, wonderful opportunities open up for us through this: Sun, Venus, Mars and Jupiter join in a harmonious constellation with Pluto. This imparts a special intensity to everything we do, and also a special radiance, says Sitara.
|Sun||11° Capricorn – 12° Aquarius|
|Moon||25°Gemini – 3° Leo|
|Mercury||18° Sagittarius – 30° Capricorn|
|Venus||9° Capricorn – 17° Aquarius|
|Mars||14° Scorpio – 3° Sagittarius|
|Jupiter||17° – 21° Scorpio|
|Saturn||1°– 5° Capricorn|
|Chiron||25°- 26° Pisces|
|Uranus, direct from 2nd||25° Aries|
|Neptune||12° – 13° Pisces|
|Pluto||19° – 20° Capricorn|
|North Node||17° – 15° Leo|
|Lilith||6° – 9° Capricorn|
|Full Moon, 2nd 2.25 h GMT||12° Capricorn|
|New Moon, 17th, 2.18 h GMT||27° Cancer|
|Full Moon, 31st 13.28 h GMT||12° Leo|
Mood of the Moment
This January gives a pretty good idea of this year’s mood during which Pluto plays a paramount part. Right away in the first half of the month it becomes clear what wonderful opportunities open up for us through this: Sun, Venus, Mars and Jupiter join in a harmonious constellation with Pluto. This imparts a special intensity to everything we do, and also a special radiance. Pluto always demands full commitment and the willingness to engage in profound transformation processes. And that is exactly what is easily done under the current constellation than at other times. We are ready to make a truly new beginning. Outwardly, everything may remain the same, but internally we can already let go of everything that could interfere with a creative renewal.
The Capricorn principle also gives us the strength, self-discipline and perseverance we need to remain faithful to the insights we have now gained, even if the plutonic element becomes a little weaker from the second half of January onwards. Saturn insists on creating facts, but also has a lot of staying power. No need to rush anything now. From the end of the month on, Sagittarius and Aquarius are in the starting blocks to put into effect their liberal values in a dynamic and inventive way.
Aries: Now things are moving forward again and you’re getting a tail wind for your undertakings. This allows you to start this year under full sails. In this, be guided by your ideals and values, not just by short-term goals. Always make sure that the interplay must hold true and that you allow yourself rest and retreat in between. In the second half of the month, shift into lower gear and think more modestly. Your ideas keep on bubbling, but it takes more effort to inspire and convince others.
Taurus: A pleasant start to the year but it also demands quite a lot from you. Half-hearted measures are now not called for. Rather, put your foot down, no matter in which area. In the second half of the month, you may have doubts about whether your involvement puts your independence at risk. Of course, to a certain extent you are more involved when you stand up for something. But if your activities come from the heart, they will be enriching and fulfilling and won’t muzzle you. Search for your heart’s purpose!
Gemini: You will master the first week of January with verve and creativity. After that, the pace slows down. Like the Tauruses, you are required to dedicate yourself to what you do. The best way to do this is to use all your energy, but always make sure that your mind and senses open up by aiming towards something bigger. Meditation and relaxation exercises, but also a visit to a spa or sauna will be helpful. If that’s too quiet for you, climb up a mountain and look into the vast open space!
Cancer: Right at the beginning of January, the Cancer full moon gives you energy and, with a beneficial influence by Neptune, spiritual inspirations and expansiveness. A silent retreat at the beginning of the year, meditation or quiet winter walks are just the right thing for the first week! For a change, start the year without goals and desires, stay totally here-now and enjoy yourself. If the year starts on January 8th for you, that’s soon enough. You can then move vigorously towards the new beginning at the middle of the month.
Leo: In the first week of January, you’ll have to find your very own way, regardless of what your friends or society want. Yet also your own desires and demands can drive you relentlessly ahead. Feel inside yourself what you really need, take your time and let yourself be pampered. Cultivate your receptive side. Again and again you feel pushed to become active, maybe even turn your life upside down. Leave it alone – above all you need peace and quiet, and small, unpretentious activities.
Virgo: A quiet January. Move necessary actions to the second half of the month. Apart from that, it is all about simple friendly cooperation and meditative or artistic relaxation. Your body also needs attention – in the form of anything that gives you peacefulness. For peace is healing. Often, however, the enemies of inward peace are standing by in your own thought and feeling patterns, which repeatedly send you into a battle with the circumstances. Pass on that which bothers you to something greater! Time and again.
Libra: The month begins quite harmoniously, but then becomes more demanding: it is not easy to find or keep the golden mean. Emotions gain enormous power and you have to be very aware to deal with this intensity. Physical exercise helps you release tension. But don’t be driven by ambition in this respect either. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, nor do you have to start any major liberation campaigns. In the second half of the month everything will become easy again by itself.
Scorpio: For the intensity-loving Scorpios, this first half of January is a real highlight. Whatever you do gains enormously in depth, brilliance and energy. The more you focus on worthwhile goals, the easier it is to implement them. Since Jupiter is involved in the game, the goals must be flawlessly ethical. And since Venus is involved in the game, others are also to benefit from their implementation and / or be involved in it. The second half of January remains positive and – especially at the end of January – inspiring.
Sagittarius: With zest into the new year! Of course, there are always minor impairments; take care of them, but don’t let them determine your life. Take a chance! You have good ideas, optimism, drive and the desire to achieve something positive – the best conditions for success. Adjusting yourself to the limitations of others is the only challenge. Instead of overrunning them with your enthusiasm, show them how they can benefit from your goals, so that they will be happy to pull along with you.
Capricorn: January is the classic Capricorn month – this year with a hugely productive potential. Pluto imparts enormous intensity to the first half of the month by contributing willingness to change even fundamental values. This amounts to the ability to radically question one’s own identifications, so something better gets a chance. Together with Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Lilith you are in a position to act clearheaded, practical, responsible and consistent.
Aquarius: Right at the beginning of the year your planet, Uranus, is moving forward again. Accordingly, ideas begin to bubble anew. However, the question of successful human coexistence becomes also more pressing. But already from the second half of the month, solutions and openings present themselves. On the one hand, community spirit has always been important to you, on the other hand, you realize that you should take more responsibility for your desire to be important and meaningful yourself. In 2018, dare to step on the stage of your life.
Pisces: A beautiful start to the year that will call for you in your tenderness and kindness towards humanity without preventing your capacity for action. In the first half of January, however, there’s time and again a lack of clear orientation. Setting priorities requires that you allow yourself for once to put your feelings behind and switch on your mind. Don’t worry, you won’t mutate into an ice-cold robot! But the disdain for your mind deprives you of the opportunity to think and act pragmatically.
Sitara became a disciple of Osho’s in 1979. She lives in Germany and has been writing the horoscopes of the German Osho Times since 1998. Passionate about astrology since childhood, she has published several books on the subject. She gives personal sessions, also over phone or Skype, focusing on spiritual development. Moreover, Sitara offers end-of-life care counselling (free of charge). She is currently teaching and writing about traditional advaita vedanta for Western seekers. www.astro-sitara.de