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January’s New Moon Cycle & Lunar Eclipse:

January 16,2018- New Moon 2 deg Capricorn, Uttara Ashadha  

January 31, 2018- Full Moon eclipse 17 Cancer, Ashlesha Nakshatra


According to the ancients the Moon symbolizes the mind, that part of us that must reconcile all experiences had, lessons learned and wisdom gained. Simply put, the Moon is the sum of our existence up to this exact moment. The Moon is said to be the most personal planet in the birth chart. Which is why its sign, house placement, phase and aspects tell the story of one’s psychological make-up and mood. The Sun on the other hand is our truth, or higher self, whose essence must be reflected through our natal moon easily or with effort to manifest. When these two luminaries join in the sky they create a opportunity in time that is akin to a rebirth of our truth coming to light. The position of the transiting luminaries in relation to our birth chart reveals the key to the evolutionary cycle of the new moon.


Following the phases of the New and Full Moon cycles in a birth chart is one way to track your personal evolution. This will alert you to which years the Moon cycles located in your chart and whether or not an eclipse will impact your life. Astrologically, an eclipse can signify the transformational shift in one’s psychology, if the eclipse takes place near a natal planet. When an eclipse occurs within a few degrees of any natal planets in your birth chart, it will effect that planet and everything it symbolizes in your chart. Will it be a dramatic turn of events or a subtle insight? Anticipated or unknown? How can we prepare for such transformations and shifts? Herein lies the gift of Astrology, once you’re aware of something, you can align with the flow of current Universal energies.


The January 31st, lunar eclipse falls in the sign of 17 deg Cancer, in Ashlesha Nakshatra. The Sun is in the opposite sign 17 deg Capricorn, in the nakshatra of Shravana. It’s important to note where the New Moon occured to understand the current cycle of the upcoming eclipse. Because this eclipse is a lunar eclipse, the emphasis is on where the Moon falls in your chart, but equally important is to note the house that Capricorn rules, which is where the New Moon occured on January 16, 2018, in the star sign of Uttara Ashadha. In essence, this eclipse will activate an astrological house axis, that will be lit up for the following six months.


This eclipse takes place within the sign of Cancer and in the nakshatra or star sign named “Ashlesha” it is a star that has the power to poison. It is falls in the constellation of Hydra, the female water snake, thus it carries the serpent energy of transformation. It is a penetrating star that can embrace mystical depths, transform and overcome weaknesses and obstacles. Harness its courage to release any poisons or toxins affecting you psychologically or physically.



  1. January 16-18 pay attention to any subconscious thoughts that bubble up or anything or anyone that triggers you. These are good indicators of what needs to be released during this time and what the eclipse will bring to light on the Full Moon.


  1. Eclipses occur in pairs, this eclipse is connected to the August 7th Lunar eclipse, that occured in the same Moon sign, 21 deg Cancer. What issues or events happened then? They may reappear for adjustment  or give closure now.


  1. January 30-31 what realizations are you having now? Usually a Full Moon will produce an event or at least an insight about whatever was lit up for you during this half of the cycle.


Read your Sidereal Rising & Moon sign for January’s New Moon and eclipse cycle:

Aries: The new Moon cycle begins in Capricorn in your 10th house, the house of doing your dharma or career. This could signify letting go of a career, completing a project, as well as ushering in a change in jobs or new interest in this area. The lunar eclipse reaches fullness in the emotional 4th house. You may find yourself with more time to enjoy your personal life. Matters of home and heart bring joy.  Take the time to reflect on your heart’s desires on how you want to show up in the world.


Taurus: The New Moon occurs in the sign of Capricorn in your 9th house of beliefs, religion, and philosophy. This can signify more interest in traveling and you may fall in love with a newly discovered philosophy that brings structure and long term vision to your beliefs. Let go of outdated views and open yourself to new teachings or teachers; they may have a message uniquely for you. The Lunar eclipse occurs in the 3rd house of skills, siblings and self efforts. You may may need to let go of reason and the facts and have faith that you’re moving in the right direction.


Gemini: The New Moon occurs in the sign of Capricorn in your 8th house house of other’s values and shared resources. This could signify a time when you need to ask yourself if you’re truly aligned with your partner’s values and or what are you taking and giving. Are you compromising too much of your own values to satisfy others? The Lunar eclipse occurs in the house of speech, income, family and values. It’s time to pay attention to what you say to others as well as your self-talk. It may be time for you to listen to your own values and listen less to others. This is a balancing act that needs attention. Income/money sources could come or go.


Cancer: The New Moon cycle begins in the 7th house of others~ one on one relationships. The Full Moon in your first house is like a mirror, whatever you are putting out there, will be reflected back to you through partners during this eclipse. It may be time to consider your communication style with others, are you being heard, are you listening to others? You may find yourself sitting with a lot of big emotions concerning a partner at this time. Open and honest communication is your best bet, it’s time to connect and share your deepest feelings. Passions run deep; don’t compromise if it doesn’t feel right.


Leo: The New Moon cycle begins in the sign of Capricorn in the 6th house of health, routine and work. It may be time to let go of a habit that is no longer serving you. A new project may be in the works, be advised that overwork could bring a victory but may take a toll on your physical or mental health. The Full Moon eclipse happens in the 12th house, take time out for some R & R~ Try letting go of the small stuff and pushing your agenda on others.  Arguments and losses may occur amongst coworkers; beware of secret alliances and enemies.

Virgo: The eclipse is happening in your 5th and 11th house axis. The 5th concerns children, romance, self-expression and creativity and the 11th house is ambitions, large group affiliations, and peers. This is a good time for you to remember who you are and to shine and share your creations with others. Perhaps it’s time to get organized and market some idea you’ve had brewing, this eclipse can help you materialize your creations. Get the word out through friends, family, women and large groups. Take a chance and pitch your ideas now; don’t tell yourself it must be perfect, just get it out there. Follow your insight and intuition and you will be rewarded.


Libra: The New Moon occurred in the sign of Capricorn in your 4th house of home and heart, the Lunar eclipse will occur in the 10th house of dharma, and career. You are seeking security both in your personal life and in your public life. Release any unwanted feelings and baggage about your self-image and hold to your true desires for personal growth in career and public life. Confidence is key.


Scorpio: The New Moon occurred in the sign of Capricorn in your 3rd house, the house of self-efforts and new skills. The Lunar eclipse will occur 7 houses away in the 9th house of philosophical outlook, beliefs, travel and teachers. Take classes, travel to expand your knowledge, and work towards self-promotion; use these energies to manifest your true desires. Do the hard work now, mind the details of your vision for your future self. Let go of the miscellaneous and focus your efforts. Do not waste time.


Sagittarius: The New Moon occurs in the sign of Capricorn in your 2nd house of speech, income, family and values. It’s time to pay attention to what you are putting out there in terms of speech as well as what you are putting into your mouth. It may be time for you to listen to your own values and listen less to others’. The Full Moon eclipse takes place in the 8th house of other’s values and shared resources. Beware of getting roped into some else’s drama, you may find yourself regretting a choice.



The New Moon occurs in your 1st house of yourself, health and outlook. Focus on how your personality and appearance comes across to others. You will be letting go of characteristics in yourself that you no longer need and thus you will have a new, refreshed way of showing yourself to the world. Directly across from the 1st house is the 7th house, where the full moon Lunar Eclipse will be taking place. This is the house of all types of partnerships. You will have heightened passion and feelings towards a significant other or any significant 1 on 1 relationship that will need to be expressed. Now is the time to really nurture these important relationships.


Aquarius: The New Moon occurs in the sign of Capricorn in the 12th house of travel, expenses, spirituality and loss. An unexpected expense may appear near the Full Moon eclipse. If you have been putting off that trip this may be the right time to travel to a foreign place or take a pause at a meditation retreat. The Full Moon occurs in the 6th house, of routine, work and health which could bring a lot of busyness for the next six months; avoid slacking off and be sure to prioritize. Make sure to take time for yourself and stay committed to your health regimine, something may need your undivided attention.


Pisces: The New Moon occurs in the 11th house of ambitions and gains, dreams, friends and big projects. Although you may be letting go of a dream or ambition that has failed to materialize; it’s a great time to usher in new goals and ways to turn a profit. The lunar eclipse falls in your 5th house of creativity, children and romance.  If you have children, they may surprise you with their creativity. Take some time to share and enjoy others, teamwork can make your dream come true. Be creative!

Kristy Cohen, E-CYT, E-CKYT, CVA has studied Vedic Astrology, Yoga and Healing arts passionately for the past 15 years. She is a certified Vedic astrologer from AstroVed University, class of 2010, led by Sam Geppi. She continues her studies through Jyotish conferences at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulum Ashram with Penny Farrow, of the Hart De Fouw lineage. She has an M.S. Ed, and is a certified Yoga & Mindfulness instructor for both adults and children since 2000. She is committed to continuing her education in the Vedic sciences through a personal practice as well as annual workshops and trainings.
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