Prediction: The Astrology of January 2016

Michael Conneely
Michael Conneely

This is the western astrology prediction for January 2016.

The chart for 1.1.2016 is at the foot of this report, and also there is a Vedic Astrology Footnote, below.

The Planets in January 2016:

Sun moves from 9 Capricorn to 11 Aquarius
Mercury moves from 29 to 17 Capricorn. Mercury is retrograde from January 5th to 25th
Venus moves from 2 Sagittarius to 10 Capricorn
Mars moves from 28 Libra to 14 Scorpio
Jupiter moves from 23 to 22 Virgo. Jupiter is Retrograde from January 7th for 123 days until May 9th.
Saturn moves from 11 to 14 Sagittarius
Uranus moves from 16 to 17 Aries
Neptune moves from 7 to 8 Pisces
Pluto moves from 15 to 16 Capricorn
North Node moves from 25 to 23 Virgo
Chiron moves from 18 to 19 Pisces


To simplify, the following five factors are the major factors we will all generally need to be aware of in January 2016.
We will need to develop perception around them, and if needed take steps of healing or empowerment, meditation or mantra.

  1. The Transiting Saturn – Neptune Square:

This Saturn-Neptune square has already been within 90 degree orb, but not yet exact, in December 2014 through to early May of 2015. And Saturn and Neptune then came back into orb from late September of 2015 and will continue thus to mid-November of 2016.

The square will actually be exact on 17th June 2016 (Goodness, when Neptune will be at 12 Pisces opposition Jupiter at 15 Virgo on the Nodal axis, T-square Saturn at 12 Sagittarius) and on 10th September 2016 (Goodness, when Neptune will be at 10 Pisces opposite Sun on the Nodal axis, T-Square Saturn at 10 Sagittarius).

Neptune energy represents vision/sensitivity or illusion/delusion, depending where your level of awareness it at.

Saturn energy represents blocks and hard lessons calling for patience and responsibility to hard-earned golden reaping.

So the combination of Saturn and Neptune can bring us a painful feeling that our life-reality is far removed from our dreams and inspiration. It can be felt as suffering, renunciation, and asceticism.

In this month of January 2016, You will feel this most if you have planets where Saturn is now transiting (currently 11 to 14 Sagittarius, or opposite in those degrees in Gemini) or where Neptune is now transiting (currently 7 to 8 Pisces, or opposite this in those degrees in Virgo).

So the key question this transit energy is raising for you is; what are you going to do to manifest your dreams and inspiration? How will you give them realistic form? How will you lift or circumnavigate or smash the blocks? Relevant here are definition of strategies, spiritual practices and appropriate healing and empowerment techniques. I feel that EFT could be good here. Vision journeying would be good for those who have abilities in that direction.

  1. The Transiting Conjunction of North Node of the Moon (Rahu) and Jupiter

North Node moves from 25 to 23 Virgo this month and Jupiter is retrograding around 23 Virgo. This means that we will all need to watch the purity of our minds, consciousness and our spiritual path. Rahu the North Node is an obsessional and driven energy that can be associated with compulsion, darkness or mass movements, and it can tend to sully the purity of Jupiter, thus taking our minds down dark pathways unless we are careful and take steps to keep our mind stable. This tendency gets worse over coming months and lasts until August 2016. It can especially be associated with dark, manipulative spiritual teachers and you need to be careful to have nothing to do with these, especially if you have planets around 23 Virgo or opposite in Pisces.
Note that Jupiter is Retrograde from January 7th for 123 days until May 9th.

  1. The Transiting Uranus – Pluto Square:

Uranus is at 16 Aries squares Pluto at 15 Capricorn. And Sun reaches 15 Capricorn by 14th January, when he will be conjunct Pluto!

This is the last throes of the long-running Uranus-Pluto square (running on and off through seven peaks since 2012).
Uranus is the awakener and the Liberator. With Uranus in Aries, people with planets in Aries and Libra have been pushed to reinvent themselves and face sudden changes. They need the courage to accept their old selves don’t fit any more and make the needed change or face unpleasant consequences.
With Pluto in Capricorn, Capricorns are breaking out of their traditional caution and are being offered pretty heavy duty transformation.
To varying levels all of us may feel edgy, jittery, or impatient, and you likely are picking up on these looming shifts you need to achieve. Uranus frees us from old baggage and the dead husks of what we no longer want. Pluto empowers us to make our own choices and live by our souls’ desires and needs.

  1. Mercury Retrograde from 5th to 25th January:

Be careful of internet usage. Double check posts and communications. Try to speak the sweet pure truth.

  1. Venus is conjunct Saturn

Transiting Venus is conjunct Transiting Saturn around 11 to 14 Sagittarius and this will be felt all January, and the aspect is especially close from 2nd to 15th January. This could give quite painful blocks in love, feeling loved and the expression of love, so if you feel this is the case, take extra special care of your loved one at this time.

And always be aware of the movement of Saturn in your birth chart. If Saturn is in your 12th House (behind your Ascendant) you will feel reclusive and lacking in confidence and things will die in your life, so you need to learn the spiritual lessons of these feelings, losses and deaths and separations. I your natal Moon is in Sagittarius or Capricorn in western astrology, you need to know about the powerful and accurate Vedic Astrology phenomenon of Sade Sate, the seven and a half-year period when Saturn transits through the vedic Sign before your Moon, through the sign occupied by your Moon and through the sign following your Moon. Get a reading from me if you think this applies to you. Another key transit from Vedic Astrology is when Saturn transits through the 8th House from your natal Moon. This is big and painful with key spiritual lessons to learn and big effects in areas of spouse, children, health and morale, so again, if you think this applies to you, get a reading from me.

Footnote: Vedic Astrology Signs : Transits: January 2016:

Sun goes from 16 Sagittarius to 18 Capricorn
Mercury goes from 5 Capricorn to 23 Sagittarius and is retrograde from 5th to 25th January
Venus goes from 8 Scorpio to 16 Sagittarius
Mars goes from 4 to 21 Libra
Jupiter goes from 29 to 28 Leo and is retrograde from 7th January onwards
Saturn goes from 17 to 20 Scorpio
Rahu goes from 1 Virgo to 29 Leo
Ketu goes from 1 Pisces to 29 Aquarius

Note that the shift in the Vedic sign through which the Nodes of the Moon are transiting. Rahu moves into Leo for the rest of 2016. Ketu moves into Aquarius. This will mean a major  shift in worldwide consciousness towards expression of power and creativity, with dangers of torsion or tension, driven behaviour or even link to fear or darkness in this, if you are not aware.
Check out the House in your Vedic birth chart to understand where especially this pressure (and potential) will especially manifest in your life.

Note also that transiting Mars is closing on transiting Saturn, and when those two are conjunct for several months from February onwards, this will be an energy of very hard work and of death of what is no longer relevant and simply out of your Saturn-Mars focus.  If you cooperate with this death and redefinition process, you will have success. Again, to understand where this will manifest exactly in your life, check the House that Vedic Scorpio occupies in your Vedic birth Chart.

And note that the combination of Rahu (North Node)-Jupiter plus Mars-Saturn in the heavens, could mean great driven achievement – plus fear and terrorism in the world.

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And, lastly, here is the Western Astrology Chart for 1.1.2016:

Chart 1.1.2016
Chart 1.1.2016