Last Quarter Moon on Friday, January 4th, 2013, at 10:58 PM EST.
Early Friday, , the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Capricorn squares the Moon in Libra. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week’s Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us–and what doesn’t–in preparation for next week’s New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon on December 13th. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?
This phase of the Moon occurs at 14 degrees and 58 minutes of Libra square the Sun at 14 degrees and 58 minutes of Capricorn, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 13 to 17 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) most significantly.
Dec 13, 2012 3:42 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Dec 20, 2012 12:19 AM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Dec 28, 2012 5:21 AM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Jan 4, 2013 10:58 PM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Jan 11, 2013 2:44 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern Time)
The Sun is in Capricorn; Mercury is in Sagittarius until it enters Capricorn on December 31st; Venus is in Sagittarius; Mars is in Aquarius.
The Sun is in Capricorn from December 21-January 19. We are motivated by feelings of responsibility, ambition, and respect for law and order. Capricorn derives much satisfaction in completion and accomplishment. Standards, structures, and an appreciation for order are Capricorn themes. Capricorn wants tangible results, knows what is feasible and what is not, and is most comfortable working within an established framework and known boundaries or limits. Working towards a long-term goal is most satisfying with this influence.
Mercury is in Sagittarius from December 10-31. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now.
Mercury is in Capricorn from December 31-January 19. When Mercury is in Capricorn, our thinking is methodical and our focus is sober and practical. It is easier to concentrate on the task at hand under this influence. Our conversations may be quite realistic or focused on business/practical matters. Our thought patterns and communication styles become more logical, orderly, and organized. We are more able to sort out what is relevant and essential. Realism enters the picture, our speech is no-nonsense, and precision becomes important to us. We need to be wary of becoming too rigid in our thinking. We may come across as cold or harsh. For some, there is fine line between realism and pessimism.
Venus is in Sagittarius from December 15-January 8. Moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, romantic energy shifts from intense to buoyant. Sagittarius, of course, has its intense moments, considering it is a fire sign. However, its energy is considerably less focused; and, while Scorpio is most concerned with intimacy with a specific person, Sagittarius’ love is of a more universal kind. Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward–even blunt–approach to love, are on the agenda. Gone are the intricacy and complexity of Venus in Scorpio. Truth and higher meaning are things that take priority with Sagittarius.
Mars is in Aquarius from December 25-February 1. Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. We are team players–cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods, and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective.
Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, 2012 and will transit the sign until 2015. Read about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio here.
Jupiter is in Gemini from June 11th, 2012 to June 25, 2013. Read about Jupiter’s transit through Gemini here.
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.
Romance & Relationships
Venus is in Sagittarius from December 15-January 8. Moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, romantic energy changes from intense to buoyant. Sagittarius, of course, has its intense moments, considering it is a fire sign. However, its energy is considerably less focused; and, while Scorpio is most concerned with intimacy with a specific person, Sagittarius’ love is of a more universal kind. Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward–even blunt–approach to love, are on the agenda. Gone are the intricacy and complexity of Venus in Scorpio. Truth and higher meaning are focal points for Sagittarius. Venus in Sagittarius is forward-looking, not very specific, outgoing, and energetic. Freedom is most important in our love relationships now. We take a happy and enthusiastic approach to love, and we might find too much intensity or seriousness depressing. We have a taste for the exotic as well as for adventure with Venus in Sagittarius. The shadow side of this position is restlessness, the inability to “settle down”, and endlessly searching for something bigger and “better”.
This week: On Sunday and Monday, interactions are stimulating, challenging, and competitive. Thursday and Friday are strong for relationships. We take pride in our affectionate nature and our abilities to maintain or contribute to harmony. However, on Friday, there may be some subtle tensions in our interactions, as we may be unsure about our feelings, ourselves, and of others’ feelings. We might be negative, withholding, or withdrawn as a result.
Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:
Venus in Sagittarius December 15-January 8. A yearning for adventure and far horizons stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before – these things are deep and powerful longings. A time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.
Venus semi-square Mars December 30-31. Tensions in relationships. Attempting to satisfy romantic needs and assertive/sexual needs simultaneously can be challenging.
Venus parallel Sun January 3-4. A strong desire for harmony, the expression of affection, and comfort fill us now.
Venus semi-square Saturn January 4. Feelings of isolation, of not getting what we really want, and of not being loved the way we want to be loved can get in the way of pleasant relations with our partners.
Venus sextile Neptune January 9-10. Unusual attractions that add imagination, inspiration, and emotional “color” to our lives may occur now. We are attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and we are more inclined to naturally cooperate with others. An imaginative, romantic time.
The Moon & Timing
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:
Void-of-course Moon on Friday, December 28th, from 9:44 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Saturn), until the Moon enters Leo on Sunday, December 30th, at 2:47 AM EST.
VOC Moon on Monday, December 31st, from 4:53 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Virgo on Tuesday, January 1st, at 12:36 PM EST.
VOC Moon on Thursday, January 3rd, from 7:16 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Venus), until the Moon enters Libra at 8:12 PM EST.
VOC Moon on Saturday, January 5th, from 6:14 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Venus), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Sunday, January 6th, at 1:10 AM EST.
Void of Course Moon Table for December 2012:
Void of Course Moon Table for January 2013:
Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives
The Moon is waning this week — a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with some exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).
According to the principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurring occurs this week from Sunday, December 30th, at approximately 10:15 PM EST, until Monday, December 31st, at approximately 12:30 PM EST, while the Moon is in Leo.
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:
Dec 13th: Uranus Direct 7:02 AM
Dec 15th: Venus enters Sagittarius 11:38 PM
Dec 21st: Sun enters Capricorn 6:12 AM
Dec 25th: Mars enters Aquarius 7:49 PM
Dec 31st: Mercury enters Capricorn 9:03 AM
Jan 8th: Venus enters Capricorn 11:11 PM
Jan 19th: Mercury enters Aquarius 2:25 AM
Jan 19th: Sun enters Aquarius 4:52 PM
Jan 30th: Jupiter Direct 6:37 AM
Feb 1st: Mars enters Pisces 8:54 PM
Feb 1st: Venus enters Aquarius 9:47 PM
Feb 5th: Mercury enters Pisces 9:55 AM
Feb 18th: Sun enters Pisces 7:02 AM
Feb 18th: Saturn Retrograde 12:02 PM
Feb 23rd: Mercury Retrograde 4:41 AM
Feb 25th: Venus enters Pisces 9:03 PM
See also: The Astrology of 2013 – Overview.
Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).
This Week’s Calendar
Sun conjunct Pluto. We are strong-willed and focused under this influence. The need to gain more control over our lives motivates us. We benefit now from strategy and keeping things to ourselves for the time being.
Sun sextile Saturn. We feel grounded and stable. It’s easy to stick to a specific task and make headway. Productivity may be slow, but it’s steady. We are taking into account practical considerations and we are especially aware of the element of time. We are more able to discipline ourselves and put our egos aside in order to get the job done.
Venus semi-square Mars. Potential tensions in relationships. Attempting to satisfy romantic needs and assertive/sexual needs simultaneously can be challenging. Be wary of making impulse purchases. There is an air of competitiveness under this influence, which need not be difficult. It can be stimulating and invigorating.
Mars sextile Uranus. This is a period in which we are more willing than usual to take risks and to make necessary changes in our lives. We are naturally bold and assertive, willing to experiment, and conscious of a need to act independently. Our ideas may be ground-breaking, and at the very least progressive. A strong desire to make things happen is with us now.
Mercury sextile Neptune. Intuition runs high; we are more sensitive artistically; imagination is stirred; and we have an increased appreciation for subtleties. We are inspired and we are able to inspire others with our words.
Mercury square Uranus. Our senses are stimulated, and we could have sudden flashes of insight or fresh new ideas. However, our ideas are not always received well by others and we can be scatter-brained. It’s a challenge to deal with routine matters or monotonous tasks under this influence. Tasks may be left undone or interrupted. This is not a good time to be understood, so we may want to hold off presenting our ideas for the time being. New information can surface now that upsets the status quo, but can also act to stimulate our minds into new ways of thinking.
Mars trine Jupiter. Decisive action comes naturally now. We possess willpower, verve, and energy that we can direct toward achieving our goals. Success in contracts, negotiations, and business deals comes easily. We want to branch out and take on more challenges. A good time for making new goals or to initiate new projects (all things equal). Optimism and enthusiasm; adventurous spirit. Positive attitudes create winning situations now. Friendly competition. Taking action to better our lives.
Mercury sextile Chiron. This is an excellent period for opening up communications with others, as we are more sensitive than usual and more willing to listen. Getting our point across is easier, as it’s not only about which words we choose to communicate, we intuitively express the meaning and intention behind the words. We can effectively use words to heal and comfort just now. We are also more open to new ways of looking at problems or at life in general.
Venus semi-square Saturn. There may be difficulties relating to others under this influence. People may be cool with their affections and emotionally distant. Avoid new financial undertakings, as they may prove to be “money pits” as time passes. There may be anxiety or troubles with regards to matters concerned with the feelings. Romantic disappointments, unrequited love, separations, and broken engagements are the more negative manifestations. We tend to lack social confidence at this time and adopt a shy, formal, or reserved social manner. This transit is best used for reflection.
Mercury quincunx (inconjunct) Jupiter. We may have big ideas under this influence, but we may also overestimate our abilities or underestimate the situation. Avoid jumping into something without planning ahead, as important details are too easy to overlook. Also, avoid making promises you may not be able to fulfill, and read the fine print!
Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).
See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs.
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
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The Moon enters Leo at 2:47 AM EST, ending a lengthy void period of the Moon. The Sun aligns with Pluto and sextiles Saturn today, and we can feel dedicated and directed. We derive satisfaction from a job well done, especially if we can readily attach meaning to it. We can be strong-willed, and the need to gain more control over our lives motivates us. It’s easy to stick to a specific task and make headway. Productivity may be slow, but it’s steady. We are taking into account practical considerations and we are especially aware of the element of time. Discoveries made today can be profound. Some of our fears and insecurities can be illuminated now.
The Moon ends its lengthy void period today when it enters Leo at 2:47 AM EST.
Mercury enters Capricorn today, where it will transit until January 19th. When Mercury is in Capricorn, our thinking is methodical and our focus is sober and practical. It is easier to concentrate on the task at hand under this influence. Our conversations may be quite realistic or focused on business/practical matters. Venus semi-square Mars this afternoon can introduce some competitiveness into our interactions, which need not be difficult. It can be stimulating and invigorating. However, we can be quite impulsive under this influence. We end the year with a good attitude towards making change with Mars sextile Uranus tonight. This is a period in which we are more willing than usual to take risks and to make necessary changes in our lives. We are naturally bold and assertive, willing to experiment, and conscious of a need to act independently. Our ideas may be ground-breaking, and at the very least progressive. A strong desire to make things happen is with us now. The Moon is in theatrical, generous, affectionate Leo all day.
A void of course Moon occurs from 4:53 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Virgo tomorrow, January 1st, at 12:36 PM EST.
We begin the New Year with spirit and imagination. We are willing to take a few risks, and with Mercury sextile Neptune early today, we are more willing to fantasize, play with ideas, and to take trips with our imagination. Intuition runs high, we are more sensitive artistically, and we have an increased appreciation for subtleties. We are inspired and we are able to inspire others with our words. The Moon is in playful Leo until 12:36 PM EST, when it enters Virgo and there is a greater need to tend to practical details.
The Moon ends its void period when it enters Virgo at 12:36 PM EST.
This can be a pleasingly productive day with the Moon in resourceful Virgo all day, forming harmonious aspects to Saturn and Pluto in the morning and to the Capricorn Sun midday. If we feel a sense of mission or purpose, all the better. People tend to be quiet yet cooperative today. We instinctually gravitate towards practical activities, and we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We might be a little more reserved or self-contained than usual, and we pay special attention to details.
The Moon is in Virgo most of the day (until 8:12 PM EST), but unlike yesterday, we may have a difficult time focusing and straightening out our lives today. Virgo’s ruler, Mercury, squares Uranus today, which can aggravate existing frustrations. Our senses are stimulated, and we could have sudden flashes of insight or fresh new ideas, but they may not be understood, accepted, or even communicated effectively. While we are emotionally oriented towards fixing problems and dealing with details with the Virgo Moon, it can be a real challenge dealing with routine matters or monotonous tasks under this Mercury-Uranus influence. Tasks may be left undone or interrupted. New information can surface now that upsets the status quo, but can also act to stimulate our minds into new ways of thinking. The Moon enters balance-minded Libra at 8:12 PM EST.
A void of course Moon occurs from 7:16 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Venus), until the Moon enters Libra at 8:12 PM EST.
A void of course Moon occurs from 6:14 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Venus), until the Moon enters Scorpio tomorrow, Sunday, January 6th, at 1:10 AM EST.
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Moon Signs This Week:
When the Moon is in Cancer
The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. A feeling of belonging and safety is what motivates us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.
The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.
When the Moon is in Leo
The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.
The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.
When the Moon is in Virgo
We instinctually gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.
The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.
When the Moon is in Libra
Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
Mercury in Sagittarius A time of expanding your mental horizons is at hand. Religion, philosophy, law, and education are some of the things that may have special importance for you now. Being in touch with faraway people and places satisfies an intellectual yearning – curiosity will take you anywhere and maybe everywhere.
Mercury in Capricorn Figuring out how to organize projects and people is apt to become a topic of special interest – and a challenge – at a time like this. Opinions are not enough for you now: they must be backed by authority or evidence, and above all they must have practical worth and application. A period of intense study and thought.
Venus in Sagittarius A yearning for adventure and far horizons stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before – these things are deep and powerful longings. A time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.
Mars in Aquarius The reformer, the inventor, the engineer, the revolutionary – these are important archetypes for you as a new cycle gets underway in your life. They are icons of the ambitions that stir you at a time like this. Independence, freedom from past patterns, and a daring readiness to innovate: such are the paths of achievement for you now.
Jupiter in Gemini Facilitating the transfer of ideas and information takes on a special priority for you now. Writing, studying, and communicating play a bigger role in your life as a result. The belief that well-informed people will make the right decisions becomes an article of faith. Just remember: sometimes people know the right thing to do and STILL do something different!
Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.
Uranus in Aries A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.
Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?
Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable – and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you’d think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place…
The interpretations in this box are from the Day Watch software.