- The Moon is in Scorpio.
- The Moon is void from 5:26 PM forward (until tomorrow at 3:58 AM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase until 9:06 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Crescent phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 29th, and the New Moon (Solar Eclipse) will occur on January 5th.
- Current retrogrades: Uranus Rx (until January 6th).
- Mars spends its first full day in the sign of Aries (Mars transits Aries from December 31, 2018, to February 14, 2019).
**Times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
With Mars newly in your sign, you can feel raring to go as you greet the new year, dear Aries. Even so, the Sun and Saturn are heading into their yearly alignment, and you may feel the weight of extra responsibilities. You can have a real sense that you need to tighten your belt, work a little harder, and make improvements, particularly with your work or responsibilities. This can feel motivating or temporarily disappointing, but either way, it’s a reminder of your priorities. You may appreciate the clarity that comes with seeing the reality of a situation. People may be recognizing your accomplishments, or they may be seeing flaws. Others could turn to you as an authority on a matter. The Moon in your solar eighth house inclines you to take things a little more seriously today, too, and you may be seeking out a project or activity that you can really sink your teeth into now. You’re likely to work harder and more purposefully today, so be sure to identify priorities so that you can take advantage of both practical and spiritual energies to improve your life.
People help you, and you help them today, dear Taurus. Relationships are particularly fortunate right now. As the day progresses, the Sun approaches alignment with Saturn, and you can feel the desire to be productive, especially regarding learning endeavors. Generally these days, you are less interested in topics that seem frivolous or that won’t help you in the real world, on a practical level, and this is especially the case today. It’s a strong time for boosting your practical skills, and it may be time for a serious discussion or the consideration of a new path. You are reminded of your obligations as these two bodies come together in your solar ninth house. There can be a dose of reality to deal with, and you come to an important juncture for recognizing your priorities, or you might recognize the need to concentrate, focus, and specialize.
You find much to enjoy with your routines today, dear Gemini, but you’re also open to socializing. As the day advances and the Sun approaches Saturn, there can be a reminder of a financial obligation or responsibility, or there can be a reality to face in an intimate relationship. This yearly alignment can shine a light on problem areas, particularly related to support, finances, dependencies, or power dynamics. Keep in mind that seeing things for both their strengths and weaknesses helps you make the right decisions and that this aspect has a tendency to emphasize the negative side of things. You could be feeling a little vulnerable initially, and financial or emotional obligations can emerge that cause you some worry or that feel burdensome. Helping out others in the areas where you feel lacking or concerned might help you on some level now.
Today is favorable for communications, studies, commuting, transit, and learning, dear Cancer. There can be opportunities to learn valuable new skills now. The Sun and Saturn head towards alignment in your opposite sign today, and this transit can remind you of your responsibilities to someone important in your life, such as a partner. Alternatively, you could feel a sense of weight if you don’t have someone you can genuinely say is in your corner. Circumstances may be revealing the less flattering side of others or even of yourself through partnership. You may find reasons to take stock of your commitments and debts to others, or you may need to draw some boundaries if too much is being asked of you. While flaws can appear bigger than they objectively are, seeing them now can help you get to the point of clarity. Decisions are easier when you can see people and things for both their strengths and weaknesses, so aim for this sweet spot.
This is a good time for identifying practical priorities, dear Leo. There can be warm feelings for family and home life today, and as the day advances, a mature or critical look at your health and work goals. Obligations to others can be magnified, and responsibilities to your work or your daily chores can feel overwhelming at first glance, after which you get to a more realistic place. A Sun-Saturn meeting is a yearly call to action, and it’s a good time to look for ways to simplify and streamline for your better health. Aim to become more efficient and organized, as well as to work hard and do what you can, without pushing yourself too hard! Keep in mind, too, that this is a better time to recognize and follow some rules. It’s not the time to cut corners. As you face realities, you can feel more confident about moving forward with realistic expectations.
With the Moon and Venus coming together in your solar third house today, this can be a good time for favorable reviews, new and exciting interests, and practical courses or studies, dear Virgo. As the day advances, the energies of a Sun-Saturn alignment in your creativity sector come into play, and this can put some pressure on. Reality has a way of making itself known, although this can be a particularly heavy or negatively skewed “reality” that can be sobering but not necessarily accurate if you’re also ignoring the spiritual or imaginative elements. This process can help you get to a more realistic position, which in turn motivates you to make necessary improvements, mainly related to structure and self-discipline, making it an excellent time to apply yourself to your work or craft. You’re likely to see a more serious side of your relationships, projects, and undertakings now. After giving things some thought, you may be recommitting to a plan or craft with the goal of being more self-disciplined.
While there can be a reminder of your responsibilities now, dear Libra, you’re likely to feel very much in charge and stronger if you aim to meet your obligations and get organized. This is due to the yearly alignment of the Sun and Saturn, and this year, it’s happening in your family and home sector. Your home, domestic life, and family come into sharp focus now, and if there are problems in these areas of life, they may feel bigger than life now. Instead of allowing this to overwhelm you, aim to start small and go from there. It makes sense to deal with pressures instead of putting them off. There can be an answer that you’ve been waiting for or more clarity about a situation now that helps you to move forward with a new or improved game plan. Coming out of a mental or emotional fog can be welcome, and you might decide to recommit to a domestic project or family-related pursuit.
The Moon spends the day in your sign and aligns with Venus, dear Scorpio, and it’s an elegant way to begin the new year! Favorable energy is with you for self-expression, physical vitality, and a positive self-image. As the day advances, you may be taking things quite seriously with the Sun and Saturn coming together in your communications sector. Responsibilities make themselves known, or concerns or deadlines can take over your thoughts, but if you take the time to tackle matters one at a time, step by step, this can be an excellent time for getting things done. You might see a project or endeavor in an entirely new, and likely more realistic, light. Mind you, this can temporarily skew towards the overly negative or practical, so wait until you’ve balanced your view before making important decisions. Once there, you could be quite happy to discover where you stand on a matter as it helps clarify your next step.
With the Moon in the sign just behind yours all day, dear Sagittarius, you’re inclined to retreat a little from the demands of regular life, but you can very much enjoy this as the Moon connects to lovely Venus already in this area of your solar chart. It’s a good time to take a break or healthy escape from the routine. We’re heading towards a Sun-Saturn alignment, which tends to serve as a yearly reality check or turning point. Happening in your solar second house, this can revolve around money, resources, and your sense of self-worth. Handling events with maturity is essential now with Saturn prominent. This transit may seem to shine the light on problem areas, in turn affording you the opportunity to see what should be done to improve and strengthen your life. There can be a reality to face or responsibility to meet in business or with money. Aim to take an honest look at a plan, project, or area of your life that has been holding you back. Keep in mind that most good, long-lasting programs are slow and steady ones. Work on one problem at a time, step by step, and you’ll be in great shape.
With the Moon and Venus coming together in your social sector today, dear Capricorn, you greet the new year with good feelings and warm hopes. As the day advances, the Sun moves into alignment with Saturn in your sign, which is different energy altogether, but still useful. You are taking yourself seriously, and perhaps a little too much so! However, this can help balance your view as it eventually leads to more clarity and a balanced viewpoint. You are maturing in many ways recently with wise and practical Saturn in your sign, and today there is a spotlight on your responsibilities and possibly the problem areas in your life. Aim to take an honest look at what needs improving. As you become more aware of a limitation or responsibility, you gain the motivation to clean up a matter that is best left behind you. It may be time to reconsider some details of a plan. This is a time for seeing weak or vulnerable areas of your life so that you know precisely what needs strengthening going forward.
The Moon and Venus coming together at the top of your chart today suggests a positive focus on your long-term goals, dear Aquarius. Even so, you’ve recently entered a cycle in which a retreat of sorts is in order–you need more downtime, privacy, or personal space, and these things are good for you at this point in the solar cycle. Later today, the Sun and Saturn form their yearly alignment, and there can be the illumination of a personal matter or responsibility. You may be called upon to help someone out or face reality about putting a particular project, situation, or habit behind you. Something from the past that was left unresolved reappears and demands your attention. This can, in fact, be spiritually rewarding and can contribute to a stronger feeling of meaning and purpose. Going forward with less emotional baggage is the goal now.
Today is strong for focusing on positive goals, dear Pisces, as the Moon and Venus come together in your solar ninth house. We’re also heading towards the yearly alignment of the Sun and Saturn, which can introduce some serious thought or concerns. If you receive or seek some advice now, it might be mature, although not necessarily what you want to hear! Alternatively, an old obligation comes up now, likely involving a friend, or if you’ve been feeling alone or without an anchor socially, you can feel the need to make improvements. For some, this is about a strategy or plan to work towards a long-term goal. Fortunately, your resolve to improve your life, particularly to add more structure and discipline, is building, and seeing things clearly now can help this further. Aim to focus on what you know you can control and take things one step at a time. This can be a time for further determination to pursue your goals, even if it comes after a small disappointment.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.