Nodes change signs: January 18



True North Node enters Taurus. 


January 18



We are here.   The North node and its opposite south node are officially out of Gemini & Sagittarius and now in Taurus and Scorpio.   We are out of theories and now we are focused practical applications for the next eighteen months.  


Taurus North Node wants security.   It wants to feel grounded.  It also wants the security of love and beauty.   How that is defined is always the big question.   We will learn more by the time of the partial eclipse April 30.   Financial matters and issues around power (Scorpio) may come up in the news around Jan 18. 


Astrology of this Week: January 17 – 23

This week is no day in the country.   Put on your seatbelts we have got a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns.  



On the 17t, the sun conjuncts Pluto quickly followed by the launch of the Cancer Full Moon.    Our emotions will be churned up as we find our place in the world and use our authentic feelings.     Manipulators and bullies will be put on notice, practical actions that speak to truth and authentic feelings will be amplified.   On the 18th, Uranus turns direct and a few hours later the nodes change sign.   It is a very stimulated day.    Then on the 19th the Sun moves into Aquarius, shifting us from building our careers and our place into the world and pivoting to finding our groups and bringing our jam to the party and doing big things as a group. 



On the 21st we move out of the full moon and into disseminating phase where we can share the knowledge, we have on staying on point, focused on details.    




Focus on 


The Cancer Full Moon.   How are our emotions reminding us of something important?    What do our feelings motivate in us?   How is family influencing us?  Even if family does not look like the family from our past, who is it influencing us?   




Special focus 



Jan 18: Uranus station direct 10 Taurus 49 (see above) 7:25am


Jan 18: North Node enters Taurus (see above) 



Jan 19: Sun Trine North Node.   Concrete realities are showcased and desired.    


Jan 19: Sun enters Aquarius 






January 21, 2021   


1:41pm PST 





Focus on:  How are you sharing your refinement abilities?  How are you sharing the importance of discretion?  How are you sharing the power of a well-run schedule?   How are you sharing technical and details that other people may be missing?  




Special focus:



Jan 24: Mars enters Capricorn.  Pragmatic actions.  Actions that support greater goals.  Business and moving out into the world actions are highlighted.  



Uranus Station Direct: January 18.


Uranus station Direct 


January 18, 2022 7:25am PST 


10 Taurus 49 



May 3 2021 10 Taurus 49


Aug 19, 2021 14 Taurus 48


Jan 18, 2022 10 Taurus 49


May 5, 2022 14 Taurus 49 



Uranus stations direct just a few days after Mercury stations retrograde.    Two planets changing direction close to one another impacts the energy of a week.  Mercury and Uranus speak to our mental agility with Uranus being the higher octave of Mercury.   Mercury is focused on our conversations and the doings of our personal life.  Errands, calling people, going here and there.  That’s Mercury.  Uranus is the thoughts that impact society.  Big ideas that impact big groups that’s Uranus.   Mercury turns retrograde at 10 Aquarius 20.   Which is close to a perfect square with Uranus at 10 Taurus 49.  It is not exact but had Mercury waited a day later to change direction the two would have been at perfect square.  In this case it is close enough to count and brings an added tension.  Some things could come, from out of the blue that pushes us to find our flexibility.    Perhaps again, we are getting too far out in some thinking that is missing the point.   Something rigid needs new growth.   Finding flexibility starts with willingness first.  Between January 14 and 18th big issues could come up and frustrate us on a level that is totally exhausting.   We may get to a point where we feel like giving up.  Instead, we may just need to take a beat and take some time to process.    Real solutions will slowly unfold and we may need to get past the square that perfects on Feb 24th.  Uranus will continue on its journey until its next retrograde in August.  


Mercury Retrograde: January 14, 2022

Mercury Retrograde 


Jan 14, 2022, 3:41am PST 


10 Aquarius 20 



December 29: Mercury shadow 25 Capricorn 


January 14:  Mercury station retrograde 10 Aquarius 20


January 25:  Mercury re-enters Capricorn 


Feb 3:  Mercury stations direct 24 Capricorn 23


Feb 14: Mercury re-enters Aquarius 


Feb 23:  Mercury exits shadow 



AThis is an interesting year because normally there are three mercury retrogrades in a year but sometimes there are four, usually by a handful of days.  Such is the case when the last week of December there will be the start of a retrograde.  That one will be in Capricorn.  All of the other (three) mercury retrogrades in 2022 will start in air signs and then re-enter earth signs.   Our thinking (air) could hit some snags with practical applications (earth) that go a bit askew.   Mercury in Aquarius is far out thinking.   Creative, visionary, odd, and weird connections are made when Mercury is in progressive Aquarius.  There is an accent on group causes and fellowships along with technological pursuits.   Once Mercury stations we will stress test all our plans and all our communications.  This mercury retrograde will speak to internet and cyber communication.   Blogs will get stuff wrong.   Big time.   Take care with anything you repeat, double check all facts and then double check then again.   Protect all your passwords and back up your data before the station retrograde.    Once Mercury returns to Capricorn we will once again have to think about our thinking.  Had we gone too far out on some subject?  Do we need to reel it back?  Mercury in Capricorn lives for practical thinking that make long term sense.   Watch what comes up in your life that you were sure was filled intrigue and drama and consider that the simple answer may be the most accurate.    It could all be Occam’s Razor.  


Take care of your brain.   If you need to give yourself a mental break, do it.   


Gemini Full Moon – Dec 18. 8:35pm PST

Gemini – Wikipedia (how perfect) Willem Bleau 1602



Gemini Full Moon

27 Gemini 29

December 18, 2021

8:35pm PST

The full moon in Gemini reminds us to mind our mind.   Intellectual Gemini, forever curious, is always on the hunt for ‘What is new?’   ‘What’s going on?’  Gemini seeks knowledge and news.  In the old days, before social media exploded, Gemini could be identified as ‘nosey’.   Asking questions, nosing around, often connecting dots.    Now, in some ways, we all got Gemini game.  Every time we go down a rabbit hole on Wikipedia and the WorldWideWeb, clicking here and there, going deeper and deeper until we are drunk on knowledge way beyond need—we understand Gemini.   All that data can be overwhelming.

Once a year when the Sun is in Sagittarius, we get the full moon in Gemini.  Sagittarius, also knowledge based, is focused more on our beliefs and judgements.  Gemini cares about relevance and keeps Sag on the straight and narrow in the event Sag is basing its big judgements on out-of-date facts.   On the other side, Sagittarius puts the heat on Gemini to make sense of all its facts.    A bunch of data, that does not come to any consensus, can lack meaning and leans into shallow thinking.   The Gemini full moon is when our brains get a chiropractor adjustment.   We need to make sure our shadow Gemini and shadow Sag are not sucking up the energy, so we ask:  Is our thinking accurate?   Is it narrow?  Are we lying or the victim of liars?  All shadow of Gemini.   Are our opinions way off base?  Are our judgements old fashion and narrow?   How many of our judgements are prejudiced in some way? All Sag shadows.   And then there are our values….

Venus and Pluto are in conjunction and within 24 hours of the full moon, Venus turns retrograde.   Curiously, in the chart, Pluto and Venus are also quincunx the Full moon.    There is a rub in a quincunx since the aspect points out a lack of understanding.  In this case the moon in Gemini is getting data, communicating, bopping around, figuring out what is going on in the neighborhood while Venus and Pluto in Capricorn say, “Why?”  What is the value of all that bopping?   Capricorn is prudent and cares about practicality.  It speaks to sensible values.   However, when Capricorn is insecure it can lean into snobbery, looks down its nose and or supreme pessimism.  We may see some of that snobbery and pessimism during this three day phase.

The three-hit conjunction between Venus and Pluto also suggests a deep dive in values.   What we value and how we are valued are under the microscope until late January and has its final punch the first week of March.   Gemini likes to compare.  “You do that?  Interesting, I do this.”   Learning how to be adaptable is a gift with Gemini.  However, over thinking and comparing where you put yourself on the low side of the equation can be dispiriting and miss your value.

Jupiter is in a beautiful trine with the moon in Gemini and sextile with the Sun in Sag.  Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sag and is acting like a coach, guiding us to broaden our viewpoints.  Expand our philosophy.  It speaks to getting a wider perspective.  Jupiter is the bridge planet and brings different worlds together.   A conversation with people you normally don’t engage with could be fruitful for expanding your world and giving you a new perspective.

While the full moon, like all lunar phases is only three day long, this full moon is in the landscape of:

Venus Regtrograde Dec 19

Capricorn/Winter Solstice Dec 21

Saturn square Uranus (final hit for 2021) Dec 23

Venus conjunct Pluto, Dec 25 (2 out of 3)

Jupiter enters Pisces (for one year) Dec 28

See if some knowledge comes to you during this Gemini new moon that is helpful as we navigate these bigger astrological cycles.

One last note—Gemini is a fun, witty cycle —don’t forget to laugh.

Saturn Square Uranus. Round Three. December 23 (PST)




Saturn square Uranus


December 23, 2020 





Saturn is a cold muther and Uranus is a weird cat.   When Saturn went into Aquarius the world went into shut down.  Thanks, Saturn.    Uranus the planet of “let’s pull the carpet out” went into Taurus in March of 2019 then it retrograded from August till January 11, 2020.  Two days before it turned direct, The WHO announced, “Mysterious Coronavirus – Related Pneumonia in Wuhan, China.”     



All year, we experienced push versus pull from political circles to grocery stores to living rooms.  For example, wearing a mask or not wearing one has been tantamount to the first shot at Ft. Sumter.  The tension between Saturn square Uranus has been palpable.  It is not just about Covid, it is in many areas.   Saturn wishes to preserve the old, Uranus wants change. Aquarius stresses the importance of the collected good for the most people and Taurus wants personal security.   Who defines what?   That answer is problematic and part of the issue when dealing with a square aspect.  In world events, the first hit of Saturn square Uranus was Feb 17 which will no doubt, be tied to the January 6 USA capitol attack by astrological historians.  On a personal level, what areas have you had your own tussles that involve other people versus your own personal resources?  Tensions were high around the exact dates of Feb 17 and June 14th.  Dec 23 is the final exact hit of this potent square, but we should take note that in the fall of 2022 the two planets will be close enough to cause friction and we may see some similar themes from this year reappear in 2022.  


Venus Retrograde Dec 19 – January 29. Travels 26 – 11 degrees Cap

Birth of Venus – Botticelli  – Uffizi Museum




Nov 17 Venus shadow 11 Cap 05 Begins 


Dec 19 Venus retrograde 26 Cap 29 


Jan 29 Venus direct 11 Cap 05 


Mar 1 Venus shadow 26 Cap 29 ends 



Approximately every eighteen months Venus has a five-week retrograde.   Our last Venus retrograde was in Gemini during May 13-June 25, 2020.    The current Venus retrograde is between 26 and 11 degrees of Capricorn.   The last time we had a Venus retrograde near these degrees of Cap was Dec 2013-Jan 2014.   Take a moment and consider what was going on for you at that time.    



Venus, like its buddy Mercury, moves through the zodiac lickety-split and benefits by a slow down to catch its breath and consider important revisions or re-dos.  Even if a person has no understanding of astrology, the connection between Venus and love is universally understood.   But in astrology it is not love per se that is Venus it is VALUES.  We value love so we share it and seek it.   Venus also rules money which we value, so we share it and seek it.    Things that we consider valuable are Venus.   Whenever we have a Venus retrograde, we can determine what we value as important, and we also take time to assess how we are valued by others.    



Venus in Capricorn understands one catch phrase more than any other: “Less is more”.    Those people who have Venus in Capricorn will take their time and save their money and spend a lot on one item that they consider important or valuable.   Where others may buy this or that and have no guard rails when sharing their love.  Venus in Capricorn people are not prone to frittering away their money or their love.    Venus in Capricorn is very practical.  It also understands time is money.  Time is a valuable resource, and we take pause when anyone is careless with our time or other people’s time.   



During this Venus in Capricorn retrograde we will assess what we value.  We will relish practicality and what it takes to ‘get the job done’ –whatever is the ‘job’.      While we can look back to the previous retrograde in Dec 2013, we should note that this Venus retrograde has more punch given it is in conjunction with Pluto.   Pluto takes us down to our knees whenever it touches a planet.   Normally Venus conjuncts Pluto once a year but due to the degree of Pluto and the zone of degrees for the retrograde there will be three contacts between Pluto and Venus starting December 11 and ending March 3, 2022.  Pluto is the most intense planet in the zodiac and it’s; black or white, all or nothing, everyone or no one, extreme nature puts the normally light and breezy Venus in a bit of a bind.   Venus who doesn’t seek confrontation and tries to avoid skirmishes is challenged by Pluto.  We should anticipate stories in the news where some person, perhaps someone we respect who majorly screws up.    Or maybe someone or some group is injured or hurt or abused or neglected.  We may see guard rails of protection fail.  It is a long haul from Dec 11 – March 3 and we can see a lot of stories that will speak to love, money, abuse, weakness of characters and flaws in systems.  We may also see stories that speak to love and extreme caring.   Stories that tap the love of power or on the other side, the power of love will be in the news.   On a personal level wherever, transiting Pluto is in our chart it has probably been challenging, having Venus hang there for a few months may bring a new light touch.   A gesture of kindness feels like a mountain of good.