January 6-12 2014 Astrology Forecast: Grand Cross Peaks!

grand cross GIFPrepare for intensity as a powerful Grand Cross incorporating Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars peaks. Challenge and opportunity will both be abundantly available!

A Mars-Jupiter square, part of this Grand Cross, also lines up this week. We also have a Juno-Neptune conjunction, Pallas Athena turning retrograde, and three planets – Mercury, Venus and the Sun – all making the same opportunistic sextile to Saturn.

1/6 (Mon)

Mercury gets a double dose of the same archetypal energy due to its placement in Capricorn and its sextile to Saturn. (Capricorn and Saturn are both part of the 10th letter of the astrology alphabet.) So this aspect is doubly good for mental focus and productivity.

Mercury is the first of three personal planets making this sextile to Saturn from Capricorn this week. Venus and the Sun will be along in a few days!

Pallas Athena begins a three-month retrograde today through 4/8. This is an excellent time to reflect on how you’re handling your feminine assertiveness, strategic cunning and practical creativity.

Her retrograde begins in Virgo and ends in Leo. So you can take your contemplation one level deeper to explore how these themes relate to your service and health (Virgo). Also think about whether you’re receiving an appropriate share of the spotlight and having fun in these areas (Leo)!

1/7 (Tue)

Creative thinking, creative writing and harmonious relating are energized by a Mercury-Venus conjunction. With both planets in Capricorn, these activities are especially supported in the business world and in practical matters.

1/8 (Wed)

Make sure you’re not looking at your committed partnerships through rose-colored glasses as Juno and Neptune conjoin in Pisces. It might be helpful to seek reality checks from others. However, this is a magnificent energy for soul-deep blending with your partner!

Mars square Jupiter

Mutually enriching sexuality, leadership, initiation and positive warriorship are energized by a Mars-Jupiter square. Focusing on these win/win activities will help you avoid this aspect’s less desirable possibilities: anger, uncontrolled sexuality, reckless and impulsive behavior and bullying.

With Mars in Libra, the positive outcomes above can flow naturally into your relationships and creative expression. This aspect is part of the Grand Cross that peaks today!

Grand Cross Peaks: Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto

The Grand Cross that started on 12/28 peaks today before making a quick exit on 1/10.

While a Grand Cross is the most intense and challenging aspect pattern in astrology, it is also an extraordinary time of opportunity. It’s like rocket fuel if you’re ready for big changes, major breakthroughs and quantum leaps!

Rather than repeat the detailed interpretation I’ve already written, I invite you to link over and learn more about this Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Cross.

1/9 (Thu)

Struggling with a thorny issue you just can’t figure out? With Mercury quintile Uranus, ask Spirit for insight and the answer may just pop through! With Mercury in Capricorn, you enjoy special support for practical and business-related matters.

1/10 (Fri)

No major astrological events today.

1/11 (Sat)

Taking an objective and grounded approach to relationship, financial and creative issues is smoothly and energetically supported with Capricornian Venus sextile Saturn. Being a soft aspect, the sextile may also offer new opportunity in these areas.

Venus follows Mercury and precedes the Sun in making this same sextile this week.

The Sun and retrograde Venus cross paths in Capricorn, illuminating practical approaches to relationships, finances and creativity.

It’s three out of three! The Capricornian Sun, following the lead of Mercury and Venus, makes the same sextile to Saturn that they did. Since the Sun’s sextile to Saturn occurs just three hours after Venus’, they create a blended effect.

The Sun’s individual high-side interpretation is personal embodiment of enhanced maturity, responsibility, time management and productivity. These qualities can help you work better with any relational, financial and creative challenges or opportunities that arise.

Mercury transits Aquarius today through 1/31. Challenges that may arise include scattered thinking, crazy thoughts or difficulty focusing. These can be minimized or avoided by focusing on the high side potentials: more flashes of intuitive guidance, breakthrough thinking, and a greater capacity for mental multitasking.

The divine intelligence within you is infinitely smarter than your rational mind could ever be. By opening to its sparks of insight, you can use Mercury’s transit of Aquarius to establish a more consistent partnership with your higher aspect.

1/12 (Sun)

No major astrological events today.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

1/6, 4:45 am – 2:47 pm (Aries)1
1/8, 11:22 am – 9:25 pm (Taurus)
1/11, 5:59 am – 07:27 am (Gemini)
1/12, 4:34 pm – 1/13, 07:26 pm (Cancer)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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