Astrology

Happy Chinese New Year, the Year of the Metal Rat

Published on January 20, 2020

Article by Cathy Coleman for Bodhi Tree

Your Weekly Astrology Forecast January 20-26, 2020

The Sun moves into Aquarius tropically this week on Monday, forming a New Moon on Friday and marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. The Rat symbolizes wealth and ingenuity. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius that perfects at the end of the year aligns with the great restructuring dynamic of the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter conjunction that occurred the past week. As Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, we are invited to open to new ideas, solutions, and possibilities.

a yearning for exploration and adventure to start the week

The Sun ingresses into Aquarius on Monday, lifting some of the heavy Capricorn energy to broader vistas. A Moon-Mars conjunction stirs emotions and triggers a yearning to explore. However, a Moon-Neptune square makes it unclear where to go. Consider travel possibilities in the coming year.

Tuesday is a day to pause. The Moon is void of course all day until 8:59 p.m. when it moves into Capricorn. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks. Planetary activity is light. The Sag Moon loves adventure and exploration. If you can get away, take a hike on a new trail.

Winds of change begin to blow on Wednesday when the Sun squares Uranus. The Moon also aspects Uranus, forming a benefic trine. Expect the unexpected. Jupiter conjuncts the Moon, lifting spirits, and giving optimism. Goals may be realized.

the winds of change crescendo with a new moon and the chinese new year

The change winds continue to blow on Thursday and Friday as the Moon darkens toward a New Moon on Friday. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts the power planets Saturn and Pluto. Thursday calls for hard work, yet the day is sweet and bountiful, full of gifts from a Venus-Jupiter sextile. Take some solitude for yourself, be productive, and make this day count.

Friday’s New Moon ushers in an unpredictable new lunar month, as Uranus forms a tense, dynamic square to the Sun and Moon. The winds of change that began to blow on Wednesday come to a crescendo. Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, so open yourself to new possibilities in your life that you may never have considered. This Aquarius New Moon ushers in the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat which begins a new 12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac. Contrary to the past year of the Pig, the upcoming Rat year is one to take care of yourself before others. Calculate and minimize risk, and garner wealth.

a weekend of service work and self-care

We are charged up and ready to fight for a good cause on Saturday. Make a commitment to do some service work in the coming month or year. The Moon is void of course at 11:06 a.m. PST for the rest of the day. Focus on routine tasks such as cleaning up your email “in” box. Enjoy Saturday evening dinner with friends.

Powerful Pluto stirs up trouble Sunday as it squares Eris exactly. Venus and Mars add to the agitation as they make an exact tense square. The Moon continues to be void of course almost all day until 3:44 p.m. PST. Take it easy; stick to routine tasks, and employ the detached energy of the Aquarius Sun and Moon to mind your own business and stay cool. End the day with a hot bath; get to bed early and give yourself a long sleep.

The Week in Short:

Monday: Energy shifts and lightens. Consider this year’s travel dreams.

Tuesday: Moon is VoC all day, and there is little planetary activity. Push the pause button.

Wednesday: Winds of change blow hard. Lean in and work hard.

Thursday: Take some solitude, be productive, and make this day count.

Friday: New Moon in Aquarius. Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. Open to new ideas.

Saturday: Commit to serve a social cause close to your heart. Dine with friends in the evening.

Sunday: Trouble stirs. Stick to routine tasks. Be detached and observant, rather than engaging in debate.

Published on: January 20, 2020

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