Cold temperatures are tolerable in the face of already lengthening days

The week ahead is a significant one. The Sun exits the serious cardinal earth sign of Capricorn and enters the equally serious fixed air sign of Aquarius. It is important to understand that in traditional astrology both sober and determined signs that are ruled by Saturn. Capricorn deals primarily with practical conservative reality-based issues while Aquarius deals with future-oriented intellectual, social and humanitarian issues.

Shortly after this, we come to the Aquarius New Moon, allowing us a new start in innovative thinking. On January 22 our final retrograde comes to an end, giving us a free flow of energy until the next Mercury retrograde in late April.

Here on the coast of Maine, I am happily aware of the already lengthening days and the change in the angle of the sun. The cold does not bother me like it did when I was younger and the endurance of the cold is tolerable in the face of lengthening days.

Cold rushing waters


Monday, January 16, 2023

The week begins with emotional intensity, courtesy of the Scorpio Moon. Emotional depth and a desire for privacy are a few of the hallmarks of this Fixed Water sign. Keep this in mind as you interact with others today.

Don’t shy away from hidden or powerful mysteries. Perhaps it may be time to find what is beneath the surface. When the Moon is in Scorpio we are able to dig deep to find hidden truths even if they are overwhelming to encounter.

You are not interested in small talk and yet the opposition to Uranus may bring things to the surface that must be managed today. Be prepared to grapple with topics previously avoided. When the Moon forms a challenging square aspect to Venus at 2:10 PM the emotional intensity is evident. This depth of emotion will play out within the context of relationships of all kinds.

You may need time alone to understand and accept the value of your deeply private perspective.


Kairos loves wool blankets


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

The Moon remains in sultry mysterious Scorpio this morning. Deep emotions require truth and honesty with yourself and others. Clarify your deepest desires and do your best to allow vulnerability in yourself and honor it in others. The Scorpio Moon favors intensity and depth of emotional connection.

At 12:33 PM ET, the Moon enters Sagittarius lightening the mood considerably. When the Moon is in Sagittarius we look for inspiration, growth, and adventure. We long to learn something new, travel, expand our horizons, and explore new vistas.

We don’t want to be held back or restricted by responsibilities or expectations. This is a day when we all want to play hooky without having to explain our actions or choices.

This mutable fire sign offers adaptability, ease, and optimism. Share your visions and insights with others over the next few days.



The first of many tulips in my coastal apartment


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Moon remains in the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius continuing the expansion of our understanding of the world we live in. The Moon steps into the background as several significant transiting aspects take precedence.

Mercury stations direct at 8:12 AM ET. This does not mean it is time to let go of all caution and blast forward. It takes time for Mercury’s forward path to get underway. However, this is worth celebrating! With Mars now direct in Gemini (ruled by Mercury), Mercury’s direct motion ends the sense of restraint we have been under since late October. The light will turn fully green over the next few days.

At 9:44 AM ET, the Sun joins with Pluto at 28 degrees Capricorn. This is a dance of power and control. This ends a cycle that began in January 2022 and begins a new year-long cycle. The old cycle must be reduced to rubble in order for the new to begin. Your focus will be on either breaking down a previous structure or building the new one.

Consider the area of your personal life where you are dealing with dynamics of power and control. You may feel great internal strength and self-determination today.

Spend time on your own as you will not be terribly tolerant of others, nor they of you, under this influence. Keep your temper in check and your actions geared toward improvement or reform. Make sure your heart is in the right place and you are functioning out of a place of kindness and integrity.

This beach was clear before the most recent storm


Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Moon spends this morning in Sagittarius, entering Capricorn at 2:12 PM ET. Enjoy a sense of expansion, freedom, and optimism this morning. Later this afternoon your mind will turn to more serious endeavors. Keep in mind that we are also in the very darkest phase of the Moon as Saturday brings us to the New Moon and we begin the next lunar cycle.

Once the Moon is in Capricorn turn your attention to organizing, deploying resources, and making things happen. Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth sign and the most serious sign of the zodiac. It is ruled by Saturn, the authoritative teacher within the system of astrology.

Make plans for the future today. Determine and work toward making those plans a reality. Don’t scatter your efforts. Use them to move you toward a specific significant long-term goal.

As you push toward concrete goals, it may be easy to lose sight of others. Make it a serious goal to acknowledge the people who support your efforts. It may not come easily today, but affirming your loved ones will pay great benefits in the long run.


debris left by the storm


Friday, January 20, 2023

At 3:29 AM ET, the Sun shakes itself free from recent restrictions and difficulties as it begins Aquarius Season 2023. This shift may feel like an escape into freedom accompanied by a sense of relief. What has recently felt like safety, in retrospect, may feel like imprisonment. Over the coming month, strive for a new perspective and unique ways of getting things done.

While the Sun moves through this Fixed Air sign look for motivation through innovation and intellect. This is a time when individual freedom and human diversity take on greater meaning and focus.

Light and warmth come to the area of your chart that holds Aquarius. If you feel stuck in some area of your life you may find that you are willing to look for more unusual or technological solutions. Look beyond outdated ideals and seek personal freedom of expression as you champion the rights of others. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign which enables you to understand the connection between all who live on Planet Earth. The Sun remains in Aquarius until entering Pisces on February 18th.

While the Sun is in Aquarius:

  • volunteer for a humanitarian cause that is important to you
  • notice and acknowledge the unique contribution each human makes to the whole
  • join an organization that helps your community
  • show your most unique quirky style
  • expand your social circle by making new friends

Jennie and Laurie’s video about this powerful shift will be in your email box on January 18th




Saturday, January 21, 2023

In the Eastern Time Zone, the Moon enters Aquarius at 1:29 PM ET and we reach the New Moon at 3:54 PM ET. If you get Astrolore’s blog delivered to your email you will receive the video about Aquarius Season and this powerful New Moon on January 18th. If not, find your way to. Astrolore’s channel on YouTube

Do your New Moon Ritual this evening or tomorrow. See instructions for a simple ritual below. Also, find the statements on how this New Moon impacts your personal Rising Sign. As we begin to move forward with the waxing lunar cycle, the Moon remains in Aquarius all day. A good question to ask yourself today is: are you being as authentic as you can be?

When the Moon is in Aquarius we are able to see and experience ourselves and others with a new perspective and awareness. We may find ourselves ready to rebel against the ways that others expect us to toe the line of social expectations. The energy of Aquarius allows us to move toward more freedom in our lives and we are likely to allow others more freedom as well. Join like-minded folks to consider the forward motion of humanitarian efforts.


Where is the Aquarius New Moon Impacting You?

The exact New Moon is at 1° Aquarius on February 1, 2023, at 3:53 PM ET. Aquarius is the fixed earth sign bringing your attention to issues of innovation, authenticity, originality, and objectivity. If you do not know your rising sign, read for your sun sign or simply go on instinct. Where in your life do you need to begin a new innovative and objective path forward?

  • If you have Aries Rising this New Moon falls in your 11th house of community and love received. Plant a metaphorical seed to grow a community to support your humanitarian desires.
  • If you have Taurus Rising this New Moon falls in your 10th house of career and reputation. Plant a metaphorical seed to invigorate innovation along your vocational path.
  • If you have Gemini Rising this New Moon falls in your 9th house of higher understanding, worldview, and education. Plant a metaphorical seed to increase objectivity regarding of other belief systems and cultures.
  • If you have Cancer Rising this New Moon falls in your 8th house of other people’s values and shared resources. Plant a metaphorical seed to manage the uniquely profound differences between your values and others.
  • If you have Leo Rising this New Moon falls in your 7th house of equal partnerships. Plant a metaphorical seed to develop unique authentic partnerships.
  • If you have Virgo Rising this New Moon falls in your 6th house of habitual health, and life routines. Plant a metaphorical seed of unique innovative self-care habits.
  • If you have Libra Rising this New Moon falls in your 5th house of creativity and Love given. Plant a metaphorical seed of authentic innovation in giving love or on your creative path.
  • If you have Scorpio Rising this New Moon falls in your 4th house of home and family. Plant a metaphorical seed of objective and authentic connection to your home and family.
  • If you have Sagittarius Rising this New Moon falls in your 3rd house of communication. Plant a metaphorical seed to express innovative and unusual ideas.
  • If you have Aquarius Rising this New Moon falls in your 2nd house of self-worth, money, and resources. Plant a metaphorical seed of originality regarding the use of money and personal resources.
  • If you have Capricorn Rising the Aquarius New Moon falls in your 1st house of Self and personal expression. Plant a metaphorical seed to express yourself with the utmost authenticity regardless of what others think.
  • If you have Pisces Rising the Aquarius New Moon falls in your 12th house of hidden affairs, intuition, and symbolic understanding. Plant a metaphorical seed to allow deeply unusual unconscious understanding to surface.


Aquarius New Moon Ritual – Innovative, Subjective, Avant-Garde & Original

Perform your ritual within 24 hours of the New Moon.  First, determine where this New Moon falls in your personal astrology chart. This is determined by your rising sign or ascendant. With that information, you can determine the house where you want to plant a seed for new growth in your life.   If you do not know your rising sign, read for your Sun Sign or simply go on instinct.

Consider where in your life you feel the need to take serious innovative action to move your life forward.

Write down where you would like to see a growth of serious integrity over the next 2 weeks. Extend that desired growth to the next 6 months.

This Aquarius New Moon suggests this is the time to plant a seed of innovation and cutting-edge growth. Bring the qualities of Aquarius to your individual path now.

Plant this metaphorical seed in the area of your life indicated by the house that holds Aquarius in your chart.

Have two candles available. Light the first to represent yourself, as you are right now. Light the second candle as inspiration for the change you want to create during this cycle.

Take a moment to focus on your intention as you light each candle.

Imagine drawing the change you desire toward you as you physically bring the two candles just a bit closer together. When you are done with the ritual blow out the candles, and you will come back to them to perform the same ritual each day for two weeks.

At the Leo Full Moon on February 5th, you will bring the candles together and they will touch for the first time. Now you will see clearly and acknowledge what you have created. The energy you infuse into this cycle also begins the full-year cycle which reaches full illumination at the Aquarius Full Moon on August 1, 2023.


A different perspective on the harbor


Sunday, January 22, 2023

The week comes to a close with the Moon still in Aquarius. This keeps our emotions functioning with objectivity and intellectual awareness. Immerse yourself in social gatherings, brainstorm unusual new ideas, and develop humanitarian goals.

As you move through the day you may feel a sense of dissatisfaction growing. At 5:12 PM ET Venus forms a conjunction with Saturn. Venus reflects personal values and Saturn points to serious responsibilities and restrictions. Be aware of the responsibilities and growth that come with love and intimate connections.

Your most significant relationships and your elders will have much to teach you over the next few days. If you are the elder in an interaction, understand your responsibility to those you have influence over.

Consider the importance of becoming a mentor or finding a mentor. Responsibilities provide powerful learning opportunities.

At 5:58 PM ET Uranus stations direct at 14° Taurus. This retrograde began on August 24, 2024, at 18° Taurus. Uranus exposes places of instability that we must pay attention to. Pay attention to unexpected changes and awareness that are primed for forward motion.

If you have personal planets or points between 13° – 15° of any fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) these dramatic changes will be quite personal. A professional astrology consultation would be of great benefit.

The best thing about Uranus’ direct motion is that now all planets are moving forward. The next retrograde will be Mercury which will station retrograde on April 21st. This gives us three months when we are in a state of readiness for immediate action! All systems go!


stones on the beach



In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. The aspects under consideration are conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions. The planets I work with are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.