January 2018

Happy New Year. This year is going to bring memorable changes and choices to your life. It already started during the 4th quarter of 2017 when Jupiter moved into Scorpio and Saturn recently moved into Capricorn. Jupiter expands your belief system to open to something larger. Scorpio helps you cleanse, release and heal on an emotional level. Saturn in Capricorn help you renovate the very structure of your life. Over the past three weeks, Mars and Jupiter have been moving closer together towards their exact conjunction on January 6. If you are passionate about your dreams and goals, you can take action to bring them into manifestation. Others are working more on the emotional plane. On the 17th, Venus moves through Aquarius until February 10. This is an excellent opportunity to reach out to meet new friends and explore new groups and organizations. Finally, and building energy up all month, there is a lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31, at almost the exact opposite degree as the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse. Compare the issues and stories of your life now compared to last summer to get a perspective- especially where your heart is engaged or disconnected.

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January 1-6:

The New Year begins with a Full Moon on the 1st, another super moon. (12 degrees Cancer/ Capricorn, 6:24 PM PST). This creates a pattern in the sky called a kite, a diamond-shaped pattern that gives you abundant talents with some added pressure to make certain you use them. There is great harmony in the feeling-oriented water elements of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. You receive a lot of help if you work from the divine feminine perspective, yet the challenge is to bring emotions into a practical and workable form. The sun in Capricorn wants you to deal with the mundane aspects of the world, and Neptune in Pisces wants you to astral project beyond the veils that separate this material world from the great beyond. Put the two together and you can bring insightful and intuitive vision into a pragmatic form.

On Tuesday, innovative Uranus ends his retrograde cycle since last August and slowly begins to move forward. Inventive ideas that were put on hold last summer will start to move forward in the coming weeks. Because Uranus is at the end of Aries and will move into Taurus in the spring, this change of directions will be more noticeable. Uranus demands a revolution. Go slow on Wednesday morning under a gentle combination of Venus and Neptune. Relationships and dreams deserve extra attention. The moon is in Virgo for the weekend, so great for new year diets and working around the house or office. On Saturday, Mars and Jupiter align in Scorpio. This is a passionate combination, be it for sexuality or ambition. This is an “I’m ready for more” combination.

Portland, OR friends: Mark provides his “Planetary Shifts of 2018” talk at New Renaissance Books, Fri. Jan. 12 at 6:30 PM (and it will be recorded for out of town friends)

January 7-13:

The week begins with the moon in diplomatic Libra and the life-giving sun aligned with romance planet Venus. This is a great combination for relationships and/or challenging conversations. Be aware that these same “nice” planets align with intense Pluto by Tuesday, so you need to be the velvet covered hammer early in the week. Be kind but do not be a wimp. On Wednesday, mental Mercury moves into Capricorn for the rest of January. Structured thinking is supported, like an architect bringing an idea into form. Make a plan, work the plan. There is a mixed tone for the coming weekend. A Sagittarius moon wants to party or head out into nature. Friday is more practical and down-to-earth focused. Saturday has mixed results such as those times in a relationship where you can’t decide if you want to be friends or lovers. Approach Saturday without expectations or a rigid agenda, and it will be a more fun day.

Puget Sound friends: Mark provides his “Planetary Shifts of 2018” talk on Thurs. Jan. 18 in Tacoma and Fri. Jan 19 in Bellevue. Consultations are also available, schedule ahead as spaces are filling up. mark@astromark.us

January 14-20:

Expect the unexpected on Sunday morning when eccentric Uranus challenges your self-identity sun. Adjust to changes and don’t make a lot of promises before Sunday evening, and you will be fine.

The Capricorn New Moon is on January 16 (6:17 PM PST, 27 degrees). All of the planets are bunched up on one-half of the zodiac stretching from Scorpio to Aries. Think of a bowl; everything is contained within it. On a personal level, you take a look at what is filling your bowl, but also get a good look at what is missing in your life. Take a good look within to determine how you can shift the structure of your life to bring forth some of those missing pieces. A sacred Sabian Symbol for this new moon is “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” Meditate on this symbol to find personal meaning to your life. Perhaps it is time to raise your consciousness above and beyond the din of your busy world to seek greater meaning and higher service in your life. Six of the ten planets we use in astrology are in Capricorn now, so you have an opportunity to bring your higher ideals you discover at the mountaintop into the mundane world.

On Wednesday, Venus enters Aquarius until February 10th, and the Sun moves into Aquarius on Friday for a month. This is a friendly, networking combination. Explore new groups, friends and organizations to determine if their ideas are in harmony with your needs. The moon is in Pisces for the weekend. This supports romance, movies, meditation and paying attention to your dreams.


January 21-27:

The workweek begins under an Aries moon. Get ambitious in pioneering new projects. Exercise. During Wednesday”s lunch hour, Mercury aligns with Pluto in businesslike Capricorn. Communicate with power. Make a concrete plan of action. Do research or detective work that requires mental focus. However, it would also be good to give a wide berth to obsessive-compulsive or controlling people who think they know what is best for you.

The moon will be in Gemini for the weekend. Keep projects and communications short and sweet. Ambitious Mars moves into adventurous Sagittarius on Friday until St. Patrick’s Day. This is a fun combination and it supports putting action to your big ideas. On Saturday evening, don’t force your ideas on people as talkative Mercury is challenging rebellious Uranus, which can be a bit rude.


January 28-31:

The workweek begins under a feeling-oriented cancer moon. Cancer is associated with food, nutrition, and family, so do activities with that in mind Sunday afternoon through early Tuesday morning.

The full moon on January 31 is both a lunar eclipse, a blue moon, and a super moon (12 degrees Leo/Aquarius at 5:27 AM PST). Watch your emotions to see if you are more activated than normal. Early risers in the western USA and Hawaii get to see the total eclipse of the moon. Think back to last August 7 when we had another lunar eclipse almost opposite this eclipse. Over this past six-month period, you are being pulled apart to gain perspective and make choices, so you can be re-integrated into a better whole. Leo asks you to open your heart and express your passions and creativity. It wants you to step into leadership in some area of your life. Aquarius steps back to see the bigger picture and then hold the higher ideal for all to see. Aquarius creates win-win environments and urges people to play nicely together for the greater good in spite of different philosophies (politics, religion, race, etc.). Also on the same day as this eclipse and going to February 17, communications planet Mercury travels through Aquarius. This is excellent energy for reaching out to meet new friends, explore new groups and organizations, or considering how you can bring your invention to market. Because ambitious Mars recently moved into Sagittarius until the middle of March, you must assert your ambition to bring expansive ideas and dreams into reality.


February Preview:

There is a solar eclipse that ties into Valentine’s Day. It is in Aquarius at the exact opposite position as the total solar eclipse last August. Have you felt pulled apart since last summer? The universe is giving you perspective on your life, and choices will come out of that in the months to come. Check back for details.


Following is a new column I am writing for New Consciousness Review:

Quarterly Astrology Forecast: December 2017-February 2018

Your world is going to change in the coming year. Perhaps you can say that every year, but 2018 will be a year that sticks in your memory as a shift in attitude, beliefs and the very structure of your life in transition. Expansive Jupiter started stirring the pot of your deepest emotions, desires and fears in October, bringing an emotional Scorpio energy that has not been around for 12 years (fall 2005 through most of 2006). On December 19, foundation-changing Saturn moves into structural Capricorn after being in philosophical Sagittarius for over two years. While Sagittarius has talked about big ideas in a not so grounded way, Saturn in Capricorn through 2020 installs the groundwork for the changes you are committed to making in your life. Early January has ambitious Mars pushing hard to bring expansive Jupiter ideas into reality. Late January and February brings eclipses to give you perspective on your life since eclipses occurred in the opposite signs last August. Be prepared to be pulled apart to be re-integrated in a new and innovative way,


Two important planetary shifts provide the theme of December. The first event is mental Mercury turning retrograde in high-minded Sagittarius from December 2/3 until the 22nd. The other is a more long-lasting shift as restructuring Saturn moves into long term planner Capricorn through 2020. As an added bonus, both of these planets are passing over the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Although Galactic Center was very important to ancient cultures such as the Mayan’s, its importance has become somewhat abstract in modern times. Tune in this month to find your own personal meaning to this important alignment. One suggestion is that your higher mind and bigger projects for humanity are being brought down into the lower mind where they can manifest in the mundane world. Think of yourself like an architect who turns an idea into a model, and then goes out and builds the idea in the physical world. On a more day-to-day level, double check your upcoming holiday travel plans and practice adaptability during Mercury retrograde. Rather than hiding under covers when the communications planet breaks down, be willing to re-vision big projects for the New Year. This Mercury retrograde cycle is aligned with boundary-setting Saturn before the 19th, suggesting you communicate healthy boundaries to the people in your life. It also supports learning new methods to manifest your goals. Research or learn a new software or new a technique that will help your next big project.


January 1st begins with a full moon in nurturing Cancer and responsible Capricorn. Create a better balance between your personal life and your work in the world as the New Year begins. But do not carve your plans in stone because “expect the unexpected” Uranus is ending his retrograde cycle on the 2nd. Think back to August when the revolutionizing planet turned retrograde. The world saw many problems then, such as massive fires and warrior words with North Korea. If you had innovative projects or some needed changes that got stuck on hold, the coming weeks gets you moving again. January’s biggest event is the lunar eclipse on January 31 in Leo. It is best seen in Hawaii, but also available to early risers in the Pacific Time Zone. Lunar eclipses tend to pull you apart emotionally so you can re-balance opposites. In this case, the lunar eclipse is in the opposite sign of the previous one back on August 7th in independent Aquarius. You now receive the bookend opposite energy in heart-opening Leo. It is time to improve your sharing, fun and creativity time. Look at where your heart is engaged to decide which activities and/or people stay or go. If your heart isn’t in it, why are you doing it?


Valentine’s Day is the day before a solar eclipse in friendly Aquarius. The general rule of thumb in astrology is to not initiate important new projects in the days just before a solar eclipse. They are thought to have an unknown or karmic energy implication to them. So it isn’t really the best day for marriage or marriage proposals. The moon is in Aquarius on Valentine’s Day, and that is better for friendships and sharing your idealistic vision for your life. Be certain you are looking at your relationships (plus the rest of your life) for where they are now rather than getting caught up in fantasy thinking. Venus will be traveling through Pisces, February 10- March 6, so it would be easy to get lost in illusion. The positive side of this combination is to open your imagination to new possibilities and practice compassion in your world. A final note on the solar eclipse is that it is positioned exactly opposite the total solar eclipse in Leo last August. Consider where you are now relative to the issues of August 2017. An example is that issues with North Korea were in fiery, dramatic Leo then. Hopefully cool and detached Aquarius will bring level heads to the interaction there. On the personal level, keep your heart open but stay detached from the drama.

Mark Dodich has provided astrology and intuitive consultations internationally since 1980. In addition to natal astrology, Mark specializes in ACG Relocation Astrology Maps and Seven Ray Esoteric Astrology. Check out at astromark.us or contact him at (503) 252-1558 (land line).