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January 2021

Wherever you are in the world, I am sure that when the clocked ticked over at midnight on New Year’s Eve or when you woke on New Year’s Day there was a sigh of relief. 2020 was one year that almost everyone on the planet is happy to put behind them and I think in hindsight that is the gift that this game changing year brought. I can’t remember a time in my life and definitely not during my working life as an Astrologer that I have been able to say that everyone on the planet has had a collective or shared experience.

There isn’t anywhere on the planet that you could hear a person say that it has been a challenging year and a person on the other side of the world know exactly what they mean. As we move into a year that is dominated by Saturn and Jupiter’s return to Aquarius, a sign that is about humanity, community, brother and sisterhood there is already a sense that we are in this together. 2020 united us in a year that no other year has and while it has also revealed divisions, this Aquarius dominated year can help to unite us.

In January, I see this as a month of two parts and the first of those parts is the first week of 2021.

I see the first week of the as a tradition period where there is a chance to adjust to no longer being in 2020 but not yet fully into 2021 – this is almost a halfway state, a state of limbo but also a chance to get our bearings. The planets are all where they were until just before Christmas, Jupiter and Saturn are still in their early weeks in Aquarius and the planetary shifts that will give 2021 a different feel to 2020 haven’t happened yet. Not in the first week of the year but a week into the year that will change and strings holding us onto 2020 will start to fall away.

It begins when, on 7th January, Mars will finally leave Aries and return to Taurus. I say finally, for Mars returned for what should have been a six week visit to his home sign Aries in June but a retrograde phase kept him here for the whole second half of 2020. Mars is not a planet that likes to sit still and even in his home sign the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos is ready for a change. Mars should have returned months ago but returning when he does, he is the first planet in 2021 with no association with 2020.

Mars didn’t spend a single moment of 2020 in Taurus and from 7th January, he is the only planet that can say that. While Taurus is a more stable sign than Aries it is also more grounded. However, as Mars will align with Uranus here this month for the first time since 1942 when the warrior planet of the cosmos and the planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected come together this can create some exciting change. There could be some sudden shifts and globally there could be some unexpected developments or even conflicts around 20th/21st January, personally, this is more likely to create unexpected developments that we can seize.

It is two days after Mars’ return to Taurus that Venus will return to Capricorn on 9th January. Like Mars, Venus was held back by a retrograde phase last year and didn’t return to Capricorn in 2020. Like Mars, Venus didn’t spend a moment of 2020 in Capricorn and last here in 2019, her time here is not linked to last year. Taurus and Capricorn are both Earth signs and this will put Venus and Mars at a friendly aspect during their early days here, both working to exploit the potential from Saturn and Jupiter’s time in Capricorn.

On the same day that Venus returns to Capricorn, Mercury will return to Aquarius and on 9th January will become the first of the faster planets to encounter Jupiter here in 12 years, Saturn in three decades and both at the same time here in six decades. Normally here for just 14 to 15 days, sensing the importance of these new times Mercury will return but won’t leave. On 31st January Mercury will turn retrograde, with the first Mercury retrograde of 2021 keeping him here until March. This will give us plenty of time to get our heads around the Aquarian influence that will not only dominate 2021 but will make this a very different year to 2020.

Mercury’s retrograde turn will also close a short and important window, where for the first time since April 2020 there will be no planets in retrograde motion. It begins with Uranus’ direct turn on 14th January and will end with Mercury’s retrograde turn just over two weeks later on 31st January. At one point last year there were only two planets in the whole solar system in direct motion, with every planet that could turn retrograde turning retrograde. This included Venus and Mars, who only turn retrograde every other year.

When there are no planets in retrograde motion life speeds up and there is nothing slowing things down. The last time there were no planets in retrograde motion was in April 2020 so it will be amazing to feel movement again. While Mercury’s retrograde turn on 31st January will put the brakes on, just one set and only for a few weeks, with Mercury back in direct motion again on 17th February and then no more planets turning retrograde until April.

Mercury’s retrograde turn, right at the end of the month will be more a chance to slow things down mentally, giving us time to hear ourselves think and to reflect back on and process the first month of 2021 while everything else continues to move forward at pace.

One exciting feature that I see this month and also an outlier is the Moon’s time spent in Leo. There are no planets in this fun, fiery, playful and creative sign but the Moon not only begins the month here but will return from 28th January to 30th January to create the first Full Moon of 2021 on 29th January. As well as bringing some of its fun energy into play, Leo is the opposing sign of Aquarius, so each time the Moon moves through it will clash with Saturn and Jupiter.

This might create some tension and even more with Mercury in Aquarius from 9th January and the Sun from 20th January but any clash is brief but the message is more enduring. When either the Moon or the planets themselves clash with each other they not only move into opposition and therefore put pressure on each other, their competing agendas expose any balance issues. For example, for Cancer and Capricorn, this might expose any balance issues between money coming in and money going out, for Leo and Aquarius it might expose any balance issues between your personal and relationship needs and for Scorpio and Taurus, any balance issues between your home and professional lives.

The Moon or the planets themselves aren’t just in opposition but the area of your life they are representing at the time, so this is always a chance to expose any balance issues, knowing that you can’t change what you can’t see. Because the Moon is only passing through any conflict will be brief but in a year dominated by Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, it is important to be aware of any balance issues this might create. When you have an area of your life drawing all the attention, it is important not to let other areas of your life suffer.

This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.

This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you. The 2021 Personal Chart special is also open again from 1st January.

All the very best for the coming month and 2021 - we made it! 

Anne Macnaughtan

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