Australian Tennis Open 2019

Andy Murray, b. May 15, 1997, 2:10pm, Glasgow, UK – Sun Taurus

The run-up to the Australian Open turned out to be a tearful affair for Andy Murray as he announced his likely retirement in 2019. The Moon was heading to Neptune when he broke down in tears.

There are some major transits which have been difficult for Andy since his last Grand Slam win at Wimbledon in 2016. Later that year, Andy had his Saturn Return which can often coincide with a major turning point in your life. Andy’s Saturn is in Sagittarius, the sign that rules the hips, and his right hip has been an ongoing issue for him since early 2017.

Also, Neptune, the planet of dissolution, has been going back and forth over Andy’s Descendant, since May 2017. Neptune is exactly conjunct his Descendant this month, January 2019. The Descendant is the relationship point in astrology and sits opposite the Ascendant, the point in the horoscope which rules you, your physical body. Neptune can bring sadness, a feeling of dissolution that things are falling away.

Andy’s Saturn is at 19 Sagittarius and lucky Jupiter will go back and forth over his natal Saturn this year. Yet, Jupiter rules liberation as well as opportunity. Neptune tries to hide you from the truth whereas Jupiter can release you. Playing tennis at the highest level may elude Andy this year but he has every reason to be proud of his incredible career. Check out this article on why Andy Murray may be Britan’s greatest sportsman: Andy Murray.

Australian Open Chart 2019

The tournament chart is printed above. Two planets stand out – Jupiter at 14 degrees Sagittarius, which rules the Pisces Ascendant and the Sagittarius Midheaven. It’s the ruling planet and the planet linked to success. Jupiter is exceptionally strong right now so any player who has key planets/angles linking in to Jupiter could do well. On its own, it’s a strong showing for the favourite to perform well.

The only proviso is Jupiter’s recent square aspect to Neptune, which is close to the Ascendant of the horoscope. This symbolises big dreams which aren’t grounded in reality. This planetary combination is full of hope but success can elude you – just ask Andy, as this square aspect will dominate his natal chart until September 2019.

The planet representing women, Venus at 6 Sagittarius, is heading towards Jupiter. The two benefics, i.e. best planets, are side by side on January 22nd at 16 Sagittarius. Also, Mars is in competitive Aries all competition – strong – and there’s a Lunar Eclipse on January 21st at 0 degrees Leo – who will be eclipsed?

The Moon at 20 Aries is heading towards a conjunction with Uranus at 28 Aries, although it has to encounter the Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn first. Uranus is another planet that can trigger a win. Uranus represents life’s highs and lows, both ends of the success axis, so it’s more difficult to predict with Uranus. Uranus proved pivotal for Alexander Zverev at the end of 2018 – see below – also look for planetary connections at 28 Aries.

Uranus is the theme of the new, the non-favourite. Slightly conflicting messages then for the tournament chart, which doesn’t make for an easy prediction. Any thoughts you may have on the astrology, please add them in the comments below.

Here’s the astrology for the top seeds. As usual, the GOATs dominate the top 3 places. I read in an article recently that the combined age of Djokovic, Nadal & Federer is 100 – go figure!

1. Novak Djokovic, b. May 22, 1987, 11:25 pm, Belgrade, Yugoslavia – Sun Gemini

Djokovic is the no. 1 seed and has won the last two Grand Slams. This coincided with the Sun progressed to Mars, his career planet, exact in August 2018. He’s born exactly one week after Andy Murray but they are different star signs. Plus, Neptune by transit is currently trine Novak’s Midheaven, i.e. helpful for him.

Also, Novak starts the competition with a strong Mars conjunct his north node at 8 Aries, the destiny point in astrology. By the day of the final, Mars is one degree away from his natal Jupiter, promising good fortune. Add to this the fact that the tournament chart’s Midheaven is 19 Sagittarius 05 and Novak’s ruling planet, Saturn, is 19 Sagittarius 07 and the astrology is compelling. If anyone can see anything worrying about Novak’s stars, please tell.

2.Rafael Nadal, b. June 3, 1986, 7:10 pm, Manacor, Spain – Sun Gemini

The last time Rafa won at the Australian Open was 10 years ago, 2009. He comes into this tournament with injury worries. Therefore, he needs some pretty amazing astrology to predict a win. Rafa’s natal Uranus is at 20 Sagittarius so it’s not far off the tournament Midheaven, success point, and lucky Jupiter will reach his natal Uranus in February 2019.

However, other than that, I’m struggling to find great astrology for Rafa. Also, I did note that the eclipse at 0 Leo is exactly square his natal Moon at 0 Taurus in his 6th house, which I don’t like personally for staying injury free. Let me know if you see otherwise.

3.Roger Feder, b. August 8, 1981, 8:40 am, Basel, Switzerland – Sun Leo

Roger is a fire sign, Leo, and there’s strong fire sign energy during this tournament. The other two fire signs being Aries & Sagittarius. Lucky Jupiter will trine his natal Sun during the tournament, exact on January 19th.

The Leo eclipse on January 21st is a question mark for him as it falls exactly on his natal north node at 0 degrees Leo. We have seen eclipses bring success. Like Uranus, they are another factor that is linked to wins or losses. On its own, that could signify a win but Roger has a Saturn transit exactly opposite his Mars on January 22nd. So, Jupiter glory; Saturn gloom. A mixed bag for Federer.

Other players to note:

4.Alexander Zverev b. April 20, 1997, 3:00m, Hamburg, Germany – Sun Aries

Alexander had a stonking November at the ATP finals 2018 when he beat Federer and Djokovic to win the title. On the day of his success, Uranus was exactly conjunct his natal Sun at 29 Aries. Back in May 2018, when Uranus was first at 29 Aries, he won the 2018 Madrid Open.

Uranus transits are often date-specific and his final transit is in March 2019. However, the 3am time gives him a Capricorn Ascendant and tricky Saturn will be exactly conjunct his Ascendant, ruling self/physical body at the same time. I note he goes into this tournament with some injury concerns.

8.Kei Nishikori: December 29, 1989, 5:30am?, Matsue, Japan – Sun Capricorn

A birth time of 5-6 am has been suggested for Nishikori, which would mean lucky Jupiter is close to his Sagittarius Ascendant. With strong Capricorn planets, he may have the potential of turning the Jupiter-Neptune dream into reality.

20.Grigor Dimitrov: May 16, 1991, 5:30 am or 11:30 am, Haskovo, Bulgaria – Sun Taurus

Dimitrov has his natal Mercury at 29 Aries so he has an exact Uranus transit in February 2019. As the tournament begins, transiting Mercury is exactly conjunct his natal Uranus at 13 Capricorn. It’s weird astrology. However, if the 11:30am birth time is correct, his Midheaven, success point, is 28 Aries 38 and definitely one to watch!

22.David Goffin: December 7, 1990, time unknown, Liege, Belgium – Sun Sagittarius

Goffin was born with the Sun at 15 Sagittarius and lucky Jupiter is conjunct his natal Sun during the tournament.

51.Nick Kyrgios: April 27, 1995, time unknown, Canberra, Australia – Sun Taurus

One of the home favourites, Kyrgios is having his lucky Jupiter Return as the tournament begins. Without a birth time, we don’t know where it falls in his birth chart but his natal Jupiter is 14 Sagittarius.

59.Stan Wawrinka: March 28, 1985, 11:05 am, Lausanne, Switzerland – Sun Aries

I’ll be interested to see how the Sun Aries’ players do with their planets Mars strong this tournament. It certainly boosts Wawrinka’s birth chart but he’s another player who’s had a significant injury recently.

The astrology says: Djokovic is once again the player to beat.

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year! Please play nicely in the comments and let me know your thoughts on the astrology or any other information that will make our tournament viewing a happy one.

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Jupiter Square Neptune: Follow Your Dreams

Jupiter 14 Sagittarius square Neptune 14 Pisces – Jan 13 2019
Jupiter 18 Sagittarius square Neptune 18 Pisces – June 16 2019
Jupiter 17 Sagittarius square Neptune 17 Pisces – Sept 21 2019

One of the major planetary aspects of 2019 gets underway this weekend – the dates/degrees are above. This combines expansive Jupiter with boundless Neptune, co-rulers of star sign Pisces. Jupiter is God of the Sky and represents expansion, opportunity and foreign connections, while Neptune is God of the Sea, a cosmic, illusionary and dreamlike planet.

Jupiter Sagittarius

The fact that both planets are in their signs of rulership is important as they are currently a strong influence. Jupiter in Sagittarius is the traveller, the explorer and can channel its expansive nature into beliefs, learning and wide open spaces. This is an ideal planet/sign placing for big-picture thinking, vision and quests. Fire signs, like Sagittarius, bring passion and joy into the world. They are spontaneous and optimistic.

Neptune Pisces

Neptune’s domain is the world of escapism which includes poetry, music and art; love; drink and drugs; spirituality and mysticism. Pisces is a sensitive, empathic, dreamer star sign, sometimes impractical and gullible. Neptune’s world is glamour and inspiration, based on fantasy rather than reality.

Boundless Enthusiasm

Put the two together and this combination sweeps you along on a wave of euphoria, it’s boundless enthusiasm. Anything is possible when Jupiter and Neptune combine forces. At its best, you have a vision to go beyond what’s possible and/or a huge capacity to care for others and that includes everyone, whatever their creed, race or background. You want to see the world, save the world or sail across the seven seas. The bigger the dream, the better.

Obviously, there is a flip side to the square aspect because this combination can also be overblown, out of control, unrealistic and away with the fairies. As Neptune rules the dream world, expect your night-time dreams to be weird and wonderful.

The Saturn Factor

Thankfully, there are mitigating factors which rein in this gorgeous yet boundless wave of enthusiasm and optimism throughout 2019. Firstly, another planet in its sign of rulership, Saturn in Capricorn, connects with both planets. Here’s the pattern:

  • Jupiter 11 Sagittarius semi-sextile Saturn 11 Capricorn – December 27, 2018
  • Jupiter 19 Sagittarius semi-sextile Saturn 19 Capricorn – June 14, 2019
  • Jupiter 14 Sagittarius semi-sextile Saturn 14 Capricorn – August 19, 2019
  • Saturn 15 Capricorn sextile Neptune 15 Pisces – January 31 2019
  • Saturn 19 Capricorn sextile Neptune 19 Pisces – June 18 2019
  • Saturn 16 Capricorn sextile Neptune 16 Pisces – November 9 2019

Saturn in Capricorn is the practical realist, who works out what it takes to climb the mountain in front of you. Big journeys require food and minimalist packing alongside trust, hope and faith. Saturn’s already on the case. He’s working out the budget in advance, setting up the safe base & strengthening those foundations.

Love & Venus

Secondly, lovely Venus is chasing after Jupiter, wafting some wonderful scents and bringing joy, love, happiness and kindness. Venus catches up with Jupiter on January 22nd, one of the loveliest planetary aspects of the whole year.

Venus also squares Neptune on January 21st, the day of the Lunar/Full Moon eclipse. Venus and Neptune are the lower and higher octave of one another, sharing their twin loves of romance, art & bliss. Therefore, love & Love are in the mix.

If you have planets or angles at 14-19 degrees of the mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces, you are currently in the flow and can pick up on this inspirational and dream-like combination.

It spells good news too for the earth and water signs, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn & Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. If you’re an artist, a visionary, an influencer, an actor, a saviour, a liberator, a priest, this is your time.

Be Cautious Of…

There are some cautionary factors: be wary of ideologies, don’t fall for lies or fake news; keep your sanity and common sense intact; put in the work to back up the vision.

Follow Your Dreams…

This Jupiter-Neptune connection feels blissful, transcendent and takes you away from yourself and beyond the mundane. Make the most of this magical planetary combination, whether you seek the divine, act out of devotion, find your muse or use your creative source to inspire yourself or others. Go beyond the everyday and the practical, hear what’s calling you, follow your dreams.

Jupiter square Neptune, dreams

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Solar Eclipse Capricorn: Commit Or Quit?

milky way, Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse [15 Capricorn 25]

– January 6 2019 (01:43 GMT)

We are on the verge of the first Solar Eclipse of 2019. It takes place on January 6th and is only the second eclipse in the Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycle, which began last July 2018. Here’s a reminder of the sequence:

  • Solar Eclipse [20 Cancer 41] – July 13 2018
  • Solar Eclipse [15 Capricorn 25] – January 6 2019
  • Solar Eclipse [10 Cancer 38] – July 2 2019
  • Lunar Eclipse [24 Capricorn 04] – July 16 2019
  • Solar Eclipse [4 Capricorn 07] – December 26 2019
  • Lunar Eclipse [20 Cancer 00] – January 10 2020 
  • Solar Eclipse [0 Cancer 21] – June 21 2020
  • Lunar Eclipse [13 Capricorn 38] – July 5 2020

This is a partial rather than a total Solar Eclipse. Therefore, not as spectacular in the sky. Yet, it is a powerful eclipse because the Sun and Moon are sandwiched between Saturn and Pluto (you can see the eclipse chart below). Pluto, the planet linked to power, loss & transformation entered Capricorn in 2008 and Saturn, the planet linked to responsibility, time & hard work entered Capricorn late 2017.

Theoretically, Saturn is coming up behind Pluto to clear up its mess. Saturn in Capricorn is in its sign of rulership but is still a formidable ruler, stern and diligent, a stickler for the rules.

Also, these two planets are working together. This is tough leadership that has little room for compassion or heart-felt encounters. It can play out as an obsession with power and this combination can be drawn towards brutality and corruption.

Commit or Quit?

What we can expect from this eclipse? Eclipses are about endings and beginnings; they show you the door or open a new gateway, one that often means letting go of the past. For some of you, this eclipse is a reminder that you can’t give up even when the going gets tough. Real change requires discipline and commitment and the bravery to step past fear and doubt. If you’re currently under the cosh of Saturn or Pluto, dig in deep for another two weeks.

For others, this eclipse will be the end of the road, the final nail in the coffin. ‘Enough already, I’m not putting up with this situation a moment longer’. Slam the door shut and don’t look back as you move on.

An eclipse tragedy

There’s been a heartbreaking story in the news today about a father who was murdered on a train in broad daylight. It followed a short altercation, the man was stabbed and subsequently died. The station where the two men boarded the train is just round the corner from where I live. As you can imagine, I’ve been drawn into this tragic event, trying to comprehend how everyone caught up in it must be feeling.

Also, today would have been the victim’s birthday. A senseless tragedy and what a brutal showing for the Solar Eclipse falling on the anniversary of the day a father was born and whose life was cut short.

Now, I’m not wanting to suggest that this is going to be the outcome for everyone during this eclipse. Of course it’s not and yet, I was struck by the extreme symbolism, a decisive action that was both final and cruel. The wrong kind of action.

Step Up or Step Down?

Solar Eclipses do give you an opportunity to take action, to choose what you’ll stand up against, to be firm or back down. This is the first New Moon of 2019 so set your intentions for the coming year. Refuse to let the difficult side of life dictate how you’re going to live and be a beacon of light against dark forces.

Challenges lie ahead this year both in our world and, no doubt, on a personal level. A life without challenge is rare. Use this portal, this opportunity to get real about the events that are unfolding. Play your part in a small way or a big way, whichever you choose.

The question is how will you respond and what decisions will you make on the back of this powerful Solar Eclipse. Is it time to commit or quit? Are you ready to step up to a new role or responsibility or is time for you to back down?

Here are the areas of your life highlighted by this weekend’s Solar Eclipse. Read both your Sun sign and Ascendant sign:

  • Capricorn: Self, image, name, your identity
  • Aquarius: Retreat, quiet time, seclusion, service to others, introspection 
  • Pisces: Friends, groups, social networks, political agendas, hopes & wishes
  • Aries: Career, vocation, status, your role in the public eye
  • Taurus: Travel, education, learning, your philosophy on life
  • Gemini: Joint finances, sex, life’s mysteries
  • Cancer: Relationships, your 1-to-1’s, both personal & professional
  • Leo: Health, work, your everyday lifestyle & routine
  • Virgo: Children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs, luck
  • Libra: Home, family, your past, where you come from
  • Scorpio: Communication, siblings, neighbours, your local community
  • Sagittarius: Money, resources, your personal values

Remember eclipses have a shadowy theme and they often bring what’s hidden to light. Therefore, it’s wise to wait a few days after the eclipse before taking action or making a final decision.

Solar Eclipse Capricorn

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Pisces January 2019

2019, Pisces

Pisces (19 February – 20 March)

There’s a certain amount of mess and muddle in January. Or alternatively, you could say that you’re enjoying going with the flow and following life’s diversions, wherever they lead you.

One reason why life might be dramatic now or a time of change is because there are two eclipses taking place. Eclipses often bring what’s hidden to light and they’re linked to secrets and the unexpected.

There’s a Solar or New Moon eclipse on the 6th in Capricorn and a Lunar or Full Moon eclipse cutting across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac on the 21st. The Solar Eclipse highlights your allies and alliances; your friends, group activities and your place in the wider world. This might be through a social, political, environmental or activist role. 

This Solar Eclipse ramps up the action. You may be in the limelight and have to make a tough decision about one of the areas mentioned above. As the Sun and Moon are wedged between Saturn and Pluto during the eclipse, two of the tougher planets, you might have reached a dead end with a certain group or affiliation in your life.

Either that or you’re suspicious about other people’s behaviour, especially the people at the top. This may be an issue around power and control or corrupt leadership. You may need to consider whether you want to step up and take on a new responsibility. Don’t make any decisions on the eclipse itself but do consider your options carefully.

Traditionally, you’re wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before making a big decision or taking action. At times, events this month might prove frustrating for you and bring out the impatient side of your character. Yet, there’s no point rushing until all the information has come to light.

The second eclipse is a Lunar or Full Moon eclipse on the 21st. It cuts across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac and is the final eclipse in a cycle which began in August 2016. This is about your work and routine, your lifestyle and health and service to others.

This too suggests you could be ending a role this month or decide to move on. Sometimes, during eclipses, life steps in to speed up the process. Aquarius rules the hidden sector of your horoscope so this is an indication to take some time out towards the end of the month. Or, at the very least, prioritise rest and relaxation, especially if your schedule is super busy. 

The Lunar eclipse may provide you with an important lesson in letting go, surrender and giving in to life as it is.

You’re wise to focus on the future this month too as there’s a real promise of success. This has a lot to do with what’s happening with your traditional ruler, Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet of opportunity and growth and is currently in Sagittarius and your career and vocation sector. 

Jupiter moved here in November 2018 and remains in this important sector of your horoscope until December 2019. Jupiter is linked to foreign connections, gaining new qualifications, publishing and the media. It’s hard to play small when Jupiter is in this sector of your horoscope. 

Plus, on the 7th, lovely Venus joins Jupiter in Sagittarius and you have the two best planets in your career and vocation sector. You might hear news of a job or promotion this month or perhaps you want to expand your own business or seek work elsewhere.

It’s not just about your career either. This can be about your status, being asked to lead a group of people, becoming a governor, adviser or coach. One way or another, stepping up to a new role.

On the 22nd, there’s a stunning Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius and this is one of the best dates of the year. You can’t stay hidden and not take advantage of the new opportunities coming your way. If one door closes, trust that new beginnings are just around the corner. This is the start of a potentially successful and stunning year ahead.

Also, this month, your co-rulers, Jupiter and Neptune, align. They are square to each other on the 13th and this is a dominant planetary aspect in 2019. Square aspects suggest disorientation or challenge. Yet, your two rulers are working together. This whole combination feels boundless, charitable, meaningful. Explore wherever life takes you now and be open to cosmic forces and follow wherever destiny leads.

You may feel pulled between your personal and professional lives and at times this could prove emotional. Yet, be open to life’s calling and have faith that you’re on the right path.

When it comes to love, you’re most likely to meet someone new through your place of work. With Venus in Sagittarius, look out for people who can help you or who are attracted to you.

If you’re in a relationship or married, it’s an important time to be supportive of each other. Be encouraging, guide your partner forward, help them fulfil their dreams and ask for the same in return. Make time for love especially if one or both of you is busy.

Freedom is a key word in your close relationships and it is important that any relationship doesn’t stop you fulfilling your own goals, your destiny. As a Sun Pisces, you like to merge with another but the challenge this month is to follow your guiding star and fall in love with your purpose in life, to find a deeper sense of meaning. 

You might do this on a spiritual path, by teaching others or by stepping into the role that you were born for. Watch closely which doors open as you move through the first month in a brand new year.

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Aquarius January 2019

Aquarius, 2019

Aquarius (21 January – 18 February)

There are two powerful eclipses taking place this month. Eclipses often bring what’s hidden to light. Secrets or confidences might emerge now and you could be dealing with sensitive information. 

Only take on what you can handle and, if you’re feeling especially sensitive, stay away from tragedy or news that makes you despair. Create an invisible boundary if necessary around you and nurture your spirit.

As January begins, the emphasis is on the star sign, Capricorn, and the most hidden sector of your horoscope. Other people might be charging into the new year at full pelt. Don’t worry if you want to take a more leisurely approach or deal primarily with the past before you focus on the future and what lies ahead.

The Solar or New Moon eclipse takes place in Capricorn on the 6th. This is an indication that it’s important to to look after yourself and prioritise your well-being. This is the theme of the new eclipse cycle which began in July 2018 and completes in July 2020. 

This cuts across the Cancer/Capricorn axis of the zodiac. It’s about service to others on the one hand, but also taking good care of yourself. Ensure you have plenty of sleep, eat well, rest and relax this month. If you find your mind running away with you or your emotions overwhelming, be in nature to ground yourself and bring you back down to earth.

This is an important month for you because it’s a time of endings and new beginnings. This in itself can prove unsettling especially if you feel that your foundations aren’t currently strong. This might be a month when you’re shedding what’s difficult or letting go of what’s no longer needed.

This may be linked to your work and routine, your lifestyle or your health. Most importantly, look at ways to eliminate stress. It won’t be easy if a job comes to an end now. With hindsight, however, you may see this is the turning point you need and a chance to start afresh.

Money is also under the cosmic spotlight this month, thanks to Neptune in Pisces. Neptune is strong on the 13th when it’s square to Jupiter and on the 31st when it is sextile to your ruling planet Saturn. Neptune is the planet of dreams but also confusion and illusion. 

Pay close attention to money this month and consider more deeply what money means to you. Jupiter and Neptune are a boundless combination and both major planetary aspects dominate this year’s astrology. 

You may choose to get involved in a charitable organisation and look at ways to use money to good effect. The more you give, the more you receive in return and it’s here where emotional fulfilment can be found. Be aware, however, that Neptune can be a seductive influence. Don’t let someone else take over your finances and only trust people you know well.

The Sun’s move into your star sign, Aquarius, on the 20th brings a sea-change. You’re out of the fog and into the light but, almost immediately, there’s a Lunar Eclipse cutting across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac.

This completes an eclipse cycle which began in August 2016. For you, this has been about love and relationships, partnership and connections. Some relationships may have fallen by the wayside and others may have transformed completely. You may even have met someone, fallen in love and got married within the last two and a half years.

This is an emotional Lunar Eclipse but ultimately it’s about freedom and breaking free from restriction. Your co-ruler Uranus is involved during both eclipses this month, which means you have the chance to speak up and embrace change. 

The theme of this eclipse is ‘if you love someone, set them free’. Decide what this means in your own life and trust your natural instincts. Eclipses can coincide with an ultimatum, to commit or quit.

Other people are there for you throughout January and this is especially true of your friends, group interactions, your team or tribe. The planet of relating, Venus, is in Sagittarius and your friendship sector from the 7th where it joins expansive Jupiter. This planetary combination links friendship and love. If you’re looking to meet someone new, ask for an introduction or catch up with old friends.

The focus on the star sign, Sagittarius, is a reminder that being social, networking and making connections is where opportunity and growth lie. Whether you’re looking for people of like minds, you want to be more sociable or you need people in your life to lean on or ask for help and support, make strong connections.

The 22nd is an especially powerful date when Venus and Jupiter unite in Sagittarius. This feels lucky so use your friends to boost your influence and your good fortune. As this conjunction falls the day after an eclipse in your opposite star sign, Leo, a new relationship could start swiftly and light up your life.

A lot depends on how ready you are to get out in the world and meet new people. Action planet Mars leaps into Aries and your communication sector on the 1st, New Year’s Day where it remains for the next six weeks. 

It’s here where there’s excitement and enthusiasm. Get out and about in your local neighbourhood, join in with community and collaborative ventures. Play your part in social, political or world events. Make a difference.

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Sagittarius January 2019

2019

Sagittarius (23 November – 21 December)

The first month of the year brings a lot of lively planetary activity your way, even if it is eclipse month. The main reason why your stars look positive is because of what’s happening with your ruling planet, Jupiter.

Jupiter entered your star sign, Sagittarius, in November 2018 and it remains here until December 2019. Plus, this month, Jupiter is especially busy and makes some key planetary aspects.

Jupiter represents opportunity and growth. It’s linked to travel and study and, most importantly for you, it’s the planet of freedom. Now’s the time to spread your wings, move away from the past and embrace a bright new future. You might be heading off on your own or with someone close by your side. Either way, see this month as a chance to close a door, cut ties and be free.

Love is strong now too. This is because the planet of love and relating, Venus, joins Jupiter in your star sign, Sagittarius, on the 7th. Venus is the planet of love and money and represents the good things in life. When Venus is in your star  sign, this is the time to treat yourself. Turn your attention to your image and profile, as Venus is the planet of beauty.

You’re more attractive to others when you have Venus in your star sign. Therefore, if you’re looking for love, make new connections, ask for introductions and reach out to other people. Passion planet Mars is working for you this January too, as it enters Aries and your romance sector on the 1st, New Year’s Day.

This is gorgeous astrology for falling head-over-heels in love or reviving your sex life. Prioritise your close relationships this month and express yourself through your romantic encounters. Fire signs are enthusiastic and full of lust for life. The happier you are, the more you attract other people into your orbit.

As Mars in Aries is strong and dynamic, you might meet someone who’s daring and direct. If you’re in a relationship or married, encourage your other half to take a leading role. Mars teams up with your planet Jupiter on the 25th, a top date for love and Venus unites with Jupiter on the 22nd.

Both these dates feel fortunate and lucky for you. Love is the theme but this is also playful and celebratory astrology. In particular, Mars in Aries lights up the sector of your horoscope linked to children and pregnancy, creative projects, entertainment and fun. 

So, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourself in the month ahead. Be around people who inspire you and let others take the lead. Do what feels right for you and if you need support, ask for it.

One area where you do need to be cautious this month is money. This is because of the current emphasis in the star sign, Capricorn, ruling your personal money sector. This is about your possessions, your earnings, also your money values.

The key event is the Solar or New Moon eclipse which takes place in Capricorn on the 6th. There’s a hidden theme when eclipses take place. They often coincide with dramatic events or the unexpected, i.e things you didn’t see coming.

It’s in your money sector where change is likely, whether you’re in the process of negotiating a settlement, you’re reviewing your finances or your earnings or outgoings are about to change significantly. 

It’s a tough planetary line-up during the eclipse as the Sun and Moon are squashed between Saturn and Pluto, two of the tougher planets. This could mean you run in to the authorities or a dead end with regard to money or finances. It’s important to be realistic about what you can and can’t afford and your money situation, without giving in to fear.

If you need to put clear boundaries in place with regard to money or spending, this is the time to consider how you go about it. So, even though this is a lovely month to enjoy yourself, don’t spend a fortune doing so. Make the most of life without running up debt and avoid overly expensive activities. Sometimes, eclipses act as a wake-up call.

The second eclipse in January is a Lunar or Full Moon eclipse which takes place on the 21st. This completes the eclipse cycle which began in August 2016 and cuts across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac.

For you, this is about travel and study, learning and discovery. It’s an easier vibe than the restrictive astrology in Capricorn and Aquarius rules your communication sector. In fact, this eclipse could open up new opportunities for you or a conversation you have could be awakening or a revelation. 

This is because of the Venus-Jupiter alliance on the 22nd. This positive planetary influence the day after the eclipse could hand you a winning ticket. Any changes in your life could bring something better your way.

Finally, this month, there’s the start of a major planetary aspect between your ruler Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces. This is exact on the 13th and is a significant influence throughout 2019. It’s a square aspect but Jupiter and Neptune are friends, boundless and giving.

You might feel more emotional or sentimental during the Jupiter-Neptune vibe. Perhaps you’re taking a trip down memory lane or you’re reminiscing about the past. There’s a rootless feel to this combination in your horoscope, not wanting to put down roots or not wanting to lose what’s of value from your past. 

Go with the flow and see where this leads you. Live on a boat, move to the sea, spend time looking through old photos. Do whatever feels right for you personally.

Know that even though this month might bring things you don’t want or you’re not looking forward to, this is the start of a positive year for you. Jupiter in your star sign might take a while to bestow its blessings but start by expanding your horizons, spreading your wings and saying Yes to life. 

Trust and have faith. The 22nd, when Venus and Jupiter align in Sagittarius, could prove to be one of the best days this year.

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Scorpio January 2019

New Year, Scorpio

Scorpio (24 October – 22 November)

It’s not every year that your ruling planet Mars enters the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, on New Year’s Day. This is what happens in 2019 which suggests that you could hit the ground running.

Mars in Aries is a physical energy and the spotlight is turned towards your body and your level of fitness. If you’re considering New Year Resolutions that boost your health & well-being and your energy levels, you’re on the right track.

Mars is bold and daring and it’s an important influence in your life this month. Other people might disagree with some of your actions or try and talk you out of your New Year resolutions or health/fitness regime.

If you’re going to achieve what you want, harness Mars’ strength and determination in Aries to push through your own or other peoples’ limitations or fear. If you’re around people in your life who are nay-sayers or negative, this could escalate in January and you’ll start to realise the effect it has on your health and well-being.

This may become evident during the Solar or New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn on the 6th and again on the 21st, the day of the Lunar or Full Moon Eclipse. More importantly for you, this is also the day when your planet Mars runs into Saturn.

This month, it’s important to distinguish between real obstacles and limitations that can be overcome. Don’t give up easily on your goals this month but, at the same time, be realistic about what can and can’t be achieved.

The Solar Eclipse on the 6th falls in your communication sector. It’s a tough planetary line-up as the Sun and Moon fall between Saturn and your co-ruler Pluto. This may bring a disappointment or a result that you don’t want. This could be linked to education or waiting for the verdict of someone in a position of authority.

Note that with your ruler Pluto involved, you might be the one who decides to say No as you realise what’s possible and what’s not.

This eclipse is part of a cycle that began in July 2018 and continues until July 2020. The eclipses pick up your education sectors, your desire to travel and experience life to the full. If you are on the move this month, double check travel documentation and allow yourself extra time to get from A to B.

You might be studying to retake exams or feel unsure about what next. This could be a month when you spend a lot of time lost in your thoughts, perhaps feeling disillusioned with your lot or unusually unsettled. If this is true for you, then express your thoughts, write them down or talk to people you trust.

You might find that your plans have to change suddenly so be ready to go with the flow and follow wherever life leads. The Lunar Eclipse on the 21st highlights the foundations of your horoscope and flags up the work/life balance.

The eclipse takes place in Leo and your career and vocation sector. This completes an eclipse cycle which began in August 2016 and this particular eclipse falls at 0 degrees of Leo. The theme of new beginnings is strong, although first you have to let go of what’s not working out. This is eclipse lore; sweep out the old to allow fresh energy in.

Plus, both eclipses take place when the planet of change, Uranus, is active in Aries and your work and lifestyle sector. It’s here where you’re wise to turn your attention and to look at what you need to do in order to create more freedom and space in your life. Prioritise your health and lower your stress levels. 

As one of the fixed star signs, you don’t find change easy but this isn’t the time to hold on to what’s not working. Instead, be bold and create some new beginnings in your life. When you start to trust that you can let go of rigidity in your life and create an easier flow, everything changes.

Plus, this is a top month for work and money matters, even if it comes about in an unexpected way.  Look for the silver lining in a cloud or find the blessings in a sudden change of direction. 

Mars is powerful for you this month. Plus, the two best planets, Venus and Jupiter, align in Sagittarius and your personal money sector. This is a reminder to treat yourself and the ones you love. It’s helpful for seeking out a new income stream or exploring ways to make your money go further.

It also offers you a chance to learn about money, have faith, go with the flow and not get hooked up on fear or scarcity around money. You may be of the mind that experiences mould you rather than possessions and material goals. You can learn a lot about freedom now, how to live the life you choose and move away from restriction and limitation. Yes, it’s a big ask but the potential is definitely there.

The end of the month is when you have some lovely astrology that links your work and money sectors and pulls in your home and family sector too. The 22nd is a gorgeous date when Venus and Jupiter align in Sagittarius and your personal money sector. This promises good fortune, so have a flutter and trust your luck.

The 25th is another lively date when your ruler Mars teams up with Jupiter. This is a good date to be spontaneous and take a risk. There might be an opportunity to win a contract or find a new job. Do whatever’s right for you to return to a place of confidence where money and work are concerned.

Finally, when it comes to love, the planet Venus completes its journey through your star sign Scorpio on the 7th. This is a chance to let go, heal a rift or resolve a personal situation that’s taken you in to deep or unexplored territory since early September 2018.

The focus isn’t on love and relationships this month for you. Instead, it’s about getting your own life straight. This is where the emphasis lies. That’s not to say you won’t feel romantic but it’s not where the action’s at.

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Capricorn January 2019

2019, Capricorn

Capricorn (22 December – 20 January)

This is likely to be a big month for you because so much of the planetary activity is taking place in your own star sign. It’s not a straightforward picture, however, for a couple of reasons and you might find that secrets or hidden confidences come to light.

This is because January is eclipse month and the Solar Eclipse on the 6th falls in your star sign Capricorn. Eclipses are game-changers, they offer a new dimension and a fresh perspective. Sometimes, they bring drama or the unexpected. Other times they are a step up, a gateway to a new stage in your life.

The eclipse on the 6th is part of an eclipse cycle which began in July 2018 and completes in July 2020. These eclipses cut across the Cancer/Capricorn axis of the zodiac, bringing change to you and your close relationships. 

Yet, this month, the Solar Eclipse is in Capricorn. Therefore, it’s about you. What a powerful way to celebrate your birthday month. Look out for new beginnings and put yourself first, ready or not.

In fact, you may have to step up and take on a new responsibility or role in your life. This is because, during the Solar Eclipse, the Sun and Moon are wedged between your planet, Saturn, and the planet of power and transformation, Pluto. This isn’t an easy planetary line-up by any means. In fact, Saturn and Pluto are two of the tougher planets.

You may need to confront a situation in your life that’s about power and control or put new rules and boundaries in place that support you. 

Duty and responsibility are twin themes during the eclipse period, whether you’re caring for someone older, you’re a single parent or you have other duties or responsibilities in your life. As your planet Saturn is one of the key players, it’s hard to avoid being involved.

You could also decide to get strict with yourself when it comes to your health and fitness, your personal routine. You might have personal goals and ambitions lined up that are going to require grit and determination to see them through to completion.

This is a good way to channel the eclipse energy. Take care, however, that you’re not an overly harsh taskmaster. Ask yourself whether some of the commitments you’re making or the mountain you’re about to climb are going to be worth the effort. If you have your sights set on a goal that will bloom and flourish in 2020, then you’re right on cue.

There may be times this month, when you find yourself up against opposition. Other people could interfere with what you want, so notice where you’re being held back. Know too that taking action can help in certain areas and you might have to be daring and courageous in order to get things moving. 

Close relationships are an obvious contender, thanks to the ongoing eclipse cycle. The other area is home and family as action planet Mars storms into Aries and this sector of your horoscope on the 1st, New Year’s Day, where it remains for six weeks.

This is a motivated, potentially angry Mars. If you step up and face any difficulties head on, you can get things moving in the right direction. This might be with regard to a house move, renovations, family issues. Do what’s right for you and take charge. Step into your power and be bold.

At the same time, you could find it’s at home and within your family or with regard to your past, where significant changes have a knock-on effect in your life. Planets in Capricorn and Aries clash throughout January, most significantly on the 21st, the day of the Lunar Eclipse. 

It’s in these areas where you need to ensure firm boundaries are in place and not let other people get away with behaviour or actions that have a negative impact on your own life. Don’t get stuck in a situation where you feel trapped and find a place of willingness if you have to be there for other people.

The second eclipse in January is a Lunar or Full Moon eclipse. This completes the cycle which began in August 2016 and cuts across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac. For you, this is about money and personal transformation.

There’s more chance of negotiation during this eclipse but wait until the 24th, when talk planet Mercury joins the Sun in Aquarius. Once this is in place, sort things out so you can cut any ties that bind and aim for freedom in money and financial matters.

Finally, this month, there’s some lovely planetary activity in Sagittarius and the most hidden sector of your horoscope. This indicates that inner work will be important to you this month and you might be working behind the scenes. 

This is an important year of preparation, getting yourself ready for Jupiter’s epic move into Capricorn at the end of 2019. Opportunities that come your way this month could help you see what else is on the horizon.

Venus joins Jupiter in Sagittarius on the 7th, so this sector of your horoscope is prominent. You might decide to walk a spiritual path or tap into your desire to help transform the world, even in a small way. You might work towards peace or retreat from everyday life for a while to lead a more harmonious existence and find peace within yourself.

For some Capricorn individuals, it’s a love affair or private emotions which will bring excitement but also potentially confusion. If this is true for you, talk to someone you trust or write down your feelings, especially if you’re experiencing any fear or self doubt. This month’s astrology suggests that life is calling you forth, asking you to step up to a new role, a new chapter.

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Libra January 2019

2019, Libra

Libra (23 September – 23 October)

This is likely to be a month of highs and lows and you may find you’re constantly having to realign your Libra scales. This is par for the course when you enter the New Year and it’s eclipse month. This is because eclipses are game-changers and often bring what’s hidden to light.

On the 6th, there’s a Solar or New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn. Then, on the 21st, there’s a Lunar or Full Moon Eclipse cutting across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac. 

Therefore, in the first week of the month, the spotlight turns to home and family affairs, potentially bringing dramatic activity or a turn of events. It’s important not to jump to conclusions, especially close to the Solar Eclipse date. 

Be aware, however, that other people won’t necessarily do what you want or unexpected events will have a knock-on effect in your own life. Be there for family but don’t let family take control of you.

It’s a tough line up of planets during the Solar Eclipse as the Sun and Moon are wedged between Saturn and Pluto. This might flag up a situation that you can’t change or perhaps duty and responsibility weigh heavy upon you. This could bring a property move to a halt or caring for family members takes a lot of your time, energy and patience.

It’s important to realise your limitations, accept what you can’t change and be committed to how or where you can be of service and create strong foundations for you and your family. This is a new eclipse cycle that began in July 2018 and completes in July 2020. 

It’s about home and family and your past but also your career and vocation and where you’re heading in life. The emphasis in January, however, is on the past and dealing with home and family issues. You need to create a safe base or get the foundations of your life sorted before you leap into anything new.

Both eclipses in January could flag up issues around close relationships. The Lunar or Full Moon eclipse on the 21st takes place once the Sun has moved into Aquarius and your romance sector on the 20th. Plus, both eclipses take place when Uranus, the planet of change, is active.

Uranus returned to Aries and your relationship sector on November 6th 2018 where it remains until March 6th 2019. On January 6th, Uranus turns direct in Aries, the same day as the Solar Eclipse. This combination feels volatile and could reveal a split in the family or create some kind of divide.

Your family and partner may not get on well or you’re pulled between an ex and a current partner. It’s a similar vibe to the Lunar Eclipse on the 21st, because the Sun and Moon are square to Uranus on this date. 

Relationships have the potential to be exciting as the new year gets underway but they’re complex too. Be aware that it will be hard for you to keep everyone happy, as much as you like to avoid conflict and please others. That is, if you’re typical of your Sun sign Libra.

Relationships are definitely big news this month and one possibility is that romance could sweep you off your feet and change everything. This is because, on the 1st, New Year’s Day, action planet Mars enters your opposite star sign Aries and Mars is your partner planet.

Mars adds passion to life and love although it can bring more arguments too. If you’re caught up in a love triangle, this brings added drama to events in January. This is where your skills of diplomacy and negotiation are going to be much needed in the month ahead. It may be your own relationship situation that you need to sort out or perhaps you’re stepping in to mediate for other people.

Your ruling planet Venus is on hand in this respect as it changes star sign on the 7th. In the first week of January, Venus completes its long journey through Scorpio and your personal money sector. Whatever you’ve been dealing with since early September 2018, this brings completion. It’s an ideal time to find a resolution to an ongoing financial issue or pay off a debt or cut any ties that bind.

Venus moves into Sagittarius on the 7th and your communication sector. Loving words will benefit you and the people close to you. Be kind, caring and generous. This is another cosmic hint that you’re the one who needs to offer the olive branch of peace or reach out to others to heal a rift, to calm or inspire.

Venus joins Jupiter, the biggest planet, in Sagittarius and this is special to have the two best planets in the same sector of the horoscope. This is where opportunity lies.

Venus and Jupiter working together in Sagittarius are gorgeous for networking, all forms of communication and reaching out to other people. It’s a sign that connections are going to play a powerful role in your life not only this month but throughout 2019. 

Whether you become a whizz on social media or you become an influencer out in the world or in your local community, team up with other people. You can be both a student and a teacher under this planetary influence.

One of the best dates of the year for you is the 22nd of this month, when your ruler Venus sits side-by-side with Jupiter. This is brilliant for all forms of networking, presenting, speaking and writing. It spells good news for your relationship with siblings and neighbours too. 

If you want to take a leap of faith, this is the date to do so. Shoot your arrows high into the sky and see where they land. Jupiter is linked to travel, foreign connections, education and study, publishing and the media. It’s a powerful date for you to take a risk and win.

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Leo January 2019

New Year, Leo

Leo (23 July – 22 August)

January could prove to be a confusing month at times as the astrology paints a complex picture. Your ruler, the Sun, is in the earth sign Capricorn until the 20th. This highlights your work and routine, your lifestyle and health. These are the main areas where you’re wise to take the pace slow.

The reason why this month could add more drama than some is because of the eclipses. They often coincide with ups and downs which could unsettle your routine. The Solar or New Moon eclipse takes place on the 6th in Capricorn and the Lunar or Full Moon eclipse takes place on the 21st cutting across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac. 

Eclipses are game changers. They bring a new dimension, a fresh perspective to life and they’re often linked to dramatic events. If you’re looking for work use the Solar Eclipse energy to take advantage of changes in your department or seek out a new job. Often, during eclipses someone wins and someone loses. The trick is to act fast so you end up on the winning team.

Yet, with eclipses there’s a sense that you need to close a door on the past before you can start afresh. The Solar Eclipse could coincide with a job change or unexpected events at work. This is unsettled territory and it’s important to monitor your stress levels closely. With regard to your health, keep an open mind. Switch your routine, try a new diet, explore different remedies. If you’re feeling under the weather, take life gently and hold on to the mantra, ‘one day at a time’.

The Sun and Moon are wedged between Saturn and Pluto at the Solar Eclipse, which is an extreme planetary energy. If you don’t get on with your work colleagues, events in January could be the final straw.

You might experience periods this month when you’re in touch with the whole range of your emotions, fear, sadness or anxiety, but especially close to the eclipse date. If so, listen to your body, accept your limitations and go back to basics. Tapping into your creative or spiritual source will help too. Plus, if you feel bored or unmotivated, seek a fresh perspective.

Even though this month’s astrology is potentially unsettling, this could be the catalyst you need to set off on a new journey. This is because action planet Mars enters your fellow fire sign Aries on the 1st, New Year’s Day. Aries rules travel and study in your horoscope, the bigger picture.

If everyday matters aren’t working out, you have a chance this month to say Yes to life, embrace new experiences and do life your way. Use this an excuse to do something different and exciting in the month ahead. If you can distinguish between work and career, what you do for a living and your true vocation, choose the higher calling. 

The Lunar Eclipse on the 21st highlights your 1-to-1 encounters and this is a peak time for love and close relationships. You often see your situation clearly during Full Moon energy when the Moon is at its brightest. This is not the time to avoid or hide your feelings or brush anything under the carpet.

Instead, trust your emotions because this is your Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon as it falls in your star sign, Leo. Look honestly at what you want when it comes to love and commit or quit. Note that this eclipse ends the Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle which began in August 2016. It’s the end of a chapter.

It depends on your personal situation what this means for you but aim to take control, whether other people do what you want or not. 

There is an added planetary factor which hints at this eclipse being special for you. Or at least, ending one chapter of your life so you can move on and embrace something new and exciting.

Firstly, the planet of love, Venus, enters Sagittarius and your romance sector on the 7th. This is a gorgeous placing for Venus, a time to be open to love and allow love in. Open your heart, be compassionate and giving and seek out people in your life who are kind and caring. Move away from love that’s dispiriting or damages your soul.

Jupiter is also in Sagittarius and is boosted by Venus’ arrival in its star sign. This suggests that you’re at the start of a period when love can flourish. The 22nd is the date to note when Venus and Jupiter sit side-by-side and shine bright together. This is one of the best dates of the year and it falls the day after the Lunar Eclipse in Leo. This could be spectacular.

Sagittarius doesn’t only rule love and romance in your life. It’s linked to children and pregnancy, creative projects, entertainment, luck and fun. It’s basically all the good things in life, what you create and give birth to.

As January continues and the focus towards play rather than work, aim for an easy life rather than a hard slog. If the eclipses bring change to your current work situation, see whether you can use this opportunity to sweep out what’s old and allow new energy in.

This is the plus side of eclipses, although this often comes with hindsight. When you’re in the midst of turmoil or uncertainty, it’s hard to see the benefits. Look to your own happiness and what you want more of in your life. 

This month’s astrology requires a leap of faith if you’re to follow your heart and do what feels right rather than what you’re told to do or what you think you should be doing. Events towards the end of January will reveal more and show you where fun, enjoyment and love reside.

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