(times are all Pacific Standard Time, PST)
It’s a new year with a new set of challenges and some new gifts, talents, and opportunities to meet those challenges. Oh, some old stubborn ones will continue but don’t think for one minute that 2015 is going to be a stale old rerun of 2014. Heads Up!
Thu Jan 01 the Moon enters Gemini. We can make this entire year be the writer’s year. Mercurial energy is going to be present every single day. Use them all. Midday, Mars opposes Jupiter. Thursday is Jupiter’s day of the week, so remember this if you start arguing with yourself or wanting to make needed changes. Work big and look at it later with a fresh pair of eyes.
Fri Jan 02 the Moon is in Gemini all day.You can be as productive as you are sociable. Networking, hobnobbing, and general chatting all qualify as productive activities.
Sat Jan 03 the Moon is void of course in Gemini when Venus changes signs, leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius. People may annoy you less when they interrupt you, but there may be more of them. You can keep them at a friendly, safe distance. In the afternoon, the Sun is conjunct Pluto. Heads up. It could be an intense evening, with intense people. Don’t let anything freak you out. An hour and a half later, the Moon enters Cancer. Or maybe you’d rather just stay home tonight and do something quiet.
Sun Jan 04 the Moon is in Cancer when Mercury changes signs, leaves Capricorn and follows Venus into the sign of Aquarius. Thoughts turn to bigger, more socially conscious, inclusive things. Write longer, with bigger words, too. Why not? About four hours later we have the Full Moon at 14Can. after which the Moon goes void of course. Heads Up for a lunar month that strengthens your connection to your own roots and anchors you in your memories and families (all tremendous themes in literature, are they not?)
Wed Jan 07 the Moon is in Leo all day. Work with extra confidence. Let your work shine in your own eyes and don’t be in a rush to show it to others until it’s polished. That evening, the Moon is conjunct Jupiter. See a stoke of good luck, or have an insight that proves lucky later.
Mon Jan 12 the Moon is in Libra all day. Expect to hear “no” less and “yes” or “maybe” more often. That doesn’t mean much more will be done. In the early hours, Mars changes signs, leaves Aquarius and moves into Pisces. Frustrations may set it but they won’t last for long..
Wed Jan 14 the Moon is in Scorpio all day. It’s a serious work day, so take it seriously. Be satisfied with each new word, no matter how imperfect now. Late that evening, Mars makes a square to Saturn. If you’re pushing the envelope with some project, set it aside for a few days and take up something less controversial until then.
Fri Jan 16 the Moon conjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius. If quantity of work is slightly down, the quality may be up. Don’t discourage yourself about anything. Believe in your work, and in your worth.
Mon Jan 19 the Moon is in Capricorn all day. In the early hours, the Moon is conjunct Pluto then goes void of course. An uneasy dream could give you a provocative image or idea for your work. About three hours later Venus opposes Jupiter. You may not wake up in a great mood but it won’t hold you back, either. That evening, Mars is conjunct Neptune in Pisces. You want magic? Here it is, but be careful what you ask for. Neptune can provide the dream and Mars can make it happen. It’s a dangerous and powerful combination. Heads Up. Today is also the day before the New Moon. Be more safety-conscious and more aware of your surroundings. Travel safe. Heads Up. And, it’s the last day that the Sun spends in Capricorn. Tomorrow the world may seem bigger, more inclusive if not any warmer. Heads Up.
Tue Jan 20 the Moon is void of course in Capricorn when, a couple of hours after midnight, the Sun leaves Capricorn behind and goes forward into Aquarius. Sleep soundly and maybe remember one strong detail from one dream. The Moon enters Aquarius at 4:59 am and fifteen whole minutes later we have the New Moon at 00Aq. Heads Up in a good way. This is a powerful Full Moon that can inspire everybody to think a bit more of others than themselves. Take that into your work and into your opinions about your audience. And Heads Up for tomorrow, in preparation for the start of Mercury’s first retrograde period of the year. Stay calm, keep your wits about you, and you’ll be fine.
Wed Jan 21 the Moon is in Aquarius when Mercury goes stationary retrograde. This can be rough on working with others, doing collaborations, and dealing with associations or other large groups. Take none of this personally; stay cool and gently persistent. Nineteen minutes later, the Moon conjuncts Mercury. There will be no shortage of new ideas. That afternoon, the Moon conjuncts Venus and goes void of course. Settle in, make yourself comfortable, and maybe get a nice drink. Is this not a good day to hole up and write?
Thu Jan 22 the Moon is conjunct Neptune in Pisces in the afternoon. If spirits are sagging, a new inspiration can fix that. Later that evening, the Moon is conjunct Mars. Heads Up. As you’ve noticed by now, Mars does not sit still for long. If the work day is over, take notes and jump in energetically tomorrow.
Sun Jan 25 the Moon is conjunct Uranus in Aries. Work on your own stuff. If out in public or at social gathering, though, listen more and talk less. Think of it as research for your own stuff.
Tue Jan 27 the Moon is in Taurus all day. Be stubborn and stick with your own view of things. You’ll make it all beautiful. In the morning, Venus moves out of Aquarius and into Pisces. Whatever you produce today, it will feel as beautiful as it looks.
Wed Jan 28 the Moon is void of course in Taurus until the afternoon when it enters Gemini. Since the year began with the Moon in Gemini, each time the Moon returns to Gemini we can get a writerly recharge. Make the most of these days and see how much you can do! Surprise yourself!
Thu Jan 29 the Moon is in Gemini all day. Even if you don’t write a single word, your mind may be flitting in and out, over and under any number of ideas and works in progress. Serious brainstorming counts as productive.
Fri Jan 30 the Moon sextiles Jupiter at 1:24 am and then goes void of course in Gemini. A nightowl writer could go to bed feeling very good about something just thought, read, or done. The Sun is conjunct Mercury retrograde later that morning. Work on something looser and more creative today, and later on do the more detailed nuts’n’bolts things. Not till 11:09 pm does the Moon finally leave Gemini and enter Cancer. Sleep well, knowing that you’ve made good use of the whole month.
This may sound like a month of mixed messages, but don’t let a Mercury retrograde throw you off your game. Most artistic work is done internally. There will be months when it’s easier to do the marketing, make the pitches, the promoting, and all those sides of the writer’s life other than pulling words out of the magical but still thin air. Be at your best, do your best, work your magic, and see astounding accomplishments this month! Resolve to feel good about 2015! Heads Up!
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
by Kathy Watts
Welcome to the grand finale month of a busy year! December starts on a Monday (the day of the week dedicated to the Moon). (continue reading…)
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
Nov 01 is a Saturday, Saturn’s day of the week, with the Moon void of course in Aquarius. (continue reading…)
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Happy July, in the heart of summer! (continue reading…)
Happy Sunny June, starting on Sunday with the Moon entering Leo. Make it a golden month and keep it shining. (continue reading…)
Welcome to May! Hopefully spring has found us all and the long blackberry winter is over. (continue reading…)
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