Astro-Notes on January 19, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mars in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Sun ingress to Aquarius at 1:23 pm PST
– Moon ingress to Scorpio at 2:09 pm PST
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:02 Scorpio/Aquarius at 2:13 pm PST

Last Quarter Moon on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration:

The waning last quarter Moon in Scorpio’s square to the Aquarius Sun with both luminaries newly entered into their respective signs is accompanied by another square cast from Mars in Pisces to Saturn in Sagittarius (this one is a waxing square that indicates ‘a crisis in action’).

Consequently, the ‘crisis in consciousness’, which is marking this stage in the lunation cycle, comes with an increased sense of responsibility, greater guard and more ‘dread’, forcing individuals into ‘unified co-ordinated action’ that is divided though by group association in which people are rallying together in order to protest or support the inauguration of the next president of the United States, who is not only a contentious figure, but also embodies the collective shadow.

Therefore, and because he didn’t win the majority of the votes, the more progressive and liberal-minded folks in the U.S. refuse to accept him as their leader and reel at the prospects of this presidency, whereas the ones who put him in this position are excited about the future and the ‘new’ way of governing or the changes in government affairs they expect to see.

Put into context in regard to the Capricorn lunation cycle, we can readily recognize that ‘a shadow has fallen’ (Scorpio) over ‘the sun-lit home in which domestic birds sing happily’, turning the ‘enjoyment or wholesome happiness’ into trepidation and ‘a refusal to sing’ (Aquarius). Many A-list celebrities turned down propositions to perform at the inauguration or to dress the future First Lady.

The Sun’s yearly transit through Aquarius corresponds to a period when we are more inclined to be non-conforming, rebellious, different and controversial, while seeking to express our individuality and uniqueness or demonstrating what sets us apart from others, whereby we strive to advance our personal cause and to become more independent and individualized in the process. In fact, we might even reinvent ourselves. However, since Aquarius symbolizes both – the individual and the collective – we will moreover tend to self-realize or affirm our Beingness through our group purpose and contribution or involvement with our social circle, associates and peers, especially through networking and collaborating.


Thus, on a more personal level, we could refuse to give in to a proposal by someone in authority, because it contradicts our values or we feel this is unacceptable. . Unsurprisingly, I got called in to work once again. Although it’s only for a short shift, it interferes with my plans for the day.

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Pentacles”, which calls for flexibility and indicates movement and change in the natural progress of a project or business. We might have to decide between 2 alternatives and travel beyond the conventional, seeking combination and unification. Some kind of balancing act is signified that requires from us to juggle our various duties, responsibilities and resources.


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