Cosmic Calendar Highlights - January 2015

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Highlights of the January 2015 Cosmic Calendar

By Mark Lerner

If last year – 2014 – began for you, dear ones, friends and colleagues with a considerable under-worldly bang, then you were in synch with the very, extra-rare Sun-Pluto conjunction on New Year’s Day, happening with a New Moon in Capricorn. Just prior to last year’s extremist, death-rebirth oriented, mysterious-secretive, and hopefully-regenerating New Moon with Pluto beginning of a 12-month cycle, the Sun had also squared shock-inducer, radical-change agent Uranus while on January 2, 2014 the Sun moved into a highly-contentious square to the volatile, inflammatory, red planet Mars.

Is it any wonder then that 2014 saw the early rise of the plague of Ebola – turning out of control in West Africa and then leap-frogging to Europe, North America, and elsewhere? In addition, while airplane crashes always unfortunately occur – in a small percentage of the total number of flights – the two Malaysian and one AirAsia Indonesian flights were filled with extra horror, intrigue, and baffling circumstances completely out of human control (in terrible keeping with how 2014 began, as well as two Uranus-Pluto squares in the course of the year, being the 5th and 6th of 7 total 90-degree confrontations by these two, difficult-to-handle outer planets, occurring from June 2012 to March 2015).

Now, as January 2015 begins in earnest, carefully over-lighted by its two-faced deity Janus (one face looking backward and the other looking forward), our new 12-month cycle starts less tumultuously than last year with merely two oppositions creating question marks on the relationship front (the Moon in Gemini in polarity to Saturn in Sagittarius, and Mars in Aquarius throwing barbs across the Earth at Jupiter in Leo). The real blitzkrieg occurs this weekend – Saturday January 3 and Sunday January 4 – as the Sun squares Uranus, conjuncts Pluto, and then opposes the Moon, creating the monthly solar-lunar crescendo, while many light years away and yet in resonance with this Full Moon, three of the brightest five stars in the heavens – Sirius, Canopus, and Vega – send celestial fireworks to one another via the zodiacal signs of Cancer and Capricorn.

The time-period including January 19 – 21 is a definite powerhouse as Venus makes its annual opposition to Jupiter while Mars merges with Neptune on January 19 during the extreme, dark-of-the-moon Balsamic Phase of Sun and Moon. Then, just after the Sun enters the universal air sign of Aquarius on January 20, there is an almost immediate New Moon, providing a major momentum-building force for the next 29.5-day solar-lunar dance through the zodiac. Not to be outdone in this short trinity of days, January 21 brings the next three-week Mercury retrograde cycle into human consciousness – with our beleaguered species being offered a burst of intuitive genius (via its Aquarius placement), even if Mercury in reverse motion also points to 21+ days of periodic uncertainty regarding mercurial themes like communication, transportation, health and nutrition, primary education, reading and writing, paperwork, business and trade.

As January 2015 sounds forth its swan song on January 30 and 31, Venus and Saturn square off on January 30 to rattle the realms of the arts, social activities, and financial matters while the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury energizes 11 degrees of Aquarius – with the latter convergence really being a line-up in the solar system of the Earth, Mercury retrograde, and the Sun. The eminent astrologers Dane Rudhyar, along with his teacher and colleague Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, referred to such a union as a New Mercury, wherein cosmic seed-ideas were being generated to enter the minds of hungry-for-illumination human souls.

Meanwhile, the last day of the month contains a Mercury-Juno polarity from Aquarius to Leo, an off-kilter and adjustment-needing, 150-degree liaison from Ceres to Juno, and a Mars-Chiron conjunction in Pisces. This trio of somewhat uncomfortable aspects points toward the need for emotional empowerment, respect and nurturing sensitivity in key relationships while putting an emphasis on utilizing healing forces to transform egocentricity into the selfless urge to spread the message of goodwill throughout humanity and the kingdoms of nature.

Copyright 2015 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises. All rights reserved.

Mark Lerner has been a professional astrologer since 1972.
He publishes Earth Aquarius News, an online astrology journal
with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
writing the Daily Cosmic Calendar since 1981. More about Mark.

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