It is not just January that will have a very different feel on the personal front, but 2018 itself. For what you have left behind is the pressure on both you and your relationships that have defined much of the last two years and 2017 in particular. Yet this is also when you get to enjoy the benefits. The 13 months that Jupiter spent in your relationship sector, from September 2016 to October 2017 were fraught with relationship tension, due to the fact that this giant planet moved into and out of both planets in Aries multiple times.
It wasn't until Mars left your relationship sector last month, ending 16 months of planetary activity that the pressure dropped back. Yet while the relationship tension is gone, you've been left with a more authentic sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, along with a huge amount of momentum. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, this is a chance to draw a new line in the sand. The Moon's first visit to your relationship sector for the year, from the 8th January to the 10th January, will bring a chance to get your bearings and regroup.
In the meantime, while the relationship gods have stepped back the love gods have stepped forward. The North Node has been in your romantic sector since last May and there has been planetary activity there since last July. However, this has been drowned up by so much focus on your relationships. The spirit of romance was always going to bloom this month, with Ceres' first full month in retrograde motion a chance to make up for lost time. There is something fateful developing in the final days of the month.
For the first time in 37 years, you start the year with Mars and Jupiter in your relationship sector, getting the year off to an auspicious start when it comes to relationship matters. And this is anything but a false start, with the support for your relationships and relationship building this year off the chart. With no roadblocks, whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, there is every reason to move into the year with your expectations high and expect to have them met.
While Jupiter and Mars will work closely together until Mars leaves on the 27th January, their alignment from the 6th January to the 9th January will be especially auspicious. With the Moon making its first visit to your relationship sector for the year from the 10th January to the 12th January, there will be a chance to quickly capitalise on this. Once Mars leaves Jupiter will be on his own, with only the Moon's monthly visits until Venus returns in August.
This makes both Mars' final weeks here and the Moon's first visit for the year important. This gives you a chance to create a connection with your emotional responses and to start fighting for what you want from the get go. With Jupiter not leaving until November, this is your luckiest and most expansive relationship year in over a decade. The focus is all on your relationships this month, which makes the Moon's first visit to your romantic sector for the year, from the 5th January to the 8th January especially important. Dive into these romantically charged lunar vibes, for this is the only real focus on retrograde motion matters this month. However, things will become more fateful when Venus, planet of love returns to a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 18th January.
As important as what is happening on the romantic and relationship fronts this month is what is not happening and on both fronts, with the contrast to just last month, let alone last year, extreme. While Jupiter wrapped up his 13 month visit to your romantic sector in October, as Mars didn't leave until last month, this kept the romantic influence fuelled all year. Yet as you move into January it is with no planetary activity on the romantic front and the last time that happened was in August 2016. This makes the Moon's first visit to your romantic sector for the year, from the 8th January to the 10th January a lot more important.
Apart from bringing some romantically charged lunar vibes into play for the first time this year, this is a message from the love gods that you're not on your own. Over 16 months of planetary activity on the romantic front only ended last month, leaving you with a huge amount of momentum, a clear sense of what you're fighting for and the means to make it happen. The love gods have taken off the trainer wheels because you no longer need them.
Yet even more stark is what isn't happening on the relationship front. While there is still planetary activity on the relationship front, Saturn's departure just before Christmas brought a three year relationship boot camp to a close. The Sun's departure two days later and Venus' Christmas Day, took a huge amount of focus off your relationships. Yet you start the year with Mercury, planet of communication still on board and until leaving on the 11th January will be on hand to ensure the communication lines are open. Things then have a chance to settle for 16 days, until Mars' return on the 27th January gives you a chance to take your relationships into a new future.
There is a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary this month, making January 2018 a major turning point on both the romantic and relationship fronts. The ordinary is that you will always start the year with the Sun in your relationship sector. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of every year in your relationship sector and until leaving on the 20th January will keep the solar spotlight on your relationships. Even starting the year with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships on board until the 18th January and Mercury, planet of communication returning on the 11th January is par for the course.
This is exactly what you expect to see at this time of year. That is where the ordinary ends and the extraordinary begins, because for the first time in 26 years you also start the year with Saturn in your relationship sector, bringing you to the start of a new three year relationship boot camp. The Sun, Venus and Mercury will not all be gone by the time you move into February, but Saturn won't leave until December 2020. An ordinary time of year for relationship matters is the start of an extraordinary new journey.
Yet at the same time, for the first time in 37 years you start the year with Mars and Jupiter not only in your romantic sector together, but aligned from the 6th January to the 9th January. There are major forces in play on the romantic and relationship fronts and they are forces that will dominate the coming year. This makes the Moon's first visit to your romantic sector for the year from the 10th January to the 12th January and to your relationship sector from the 15th January to the 17th January especially important. It is the later that will create a New Moon on the 17th January, giving you a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead.
From the get go there will be a very different feel to things on both the romantic and relationships fronts. This is from a mix of both what is and what isn't happening. By far the biggest impact is on the romantic front, where for the first time in four years you start the year without Saturn, hard taskmaster of the cosmos in your romantic sector. Saturn only left just five days before Christmas, so this is something that you are still adjusting to. With the Sun having left two days later and Venus, planet of love on Christmas Day, this is a very quiet start to the year on the romantic front.
You begin the year with only Mercury, planet of communication still in your romantic sector and until he leaves on the 11th January he will continue to work to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. Yet after that, for the first time in three years, you'll have no planetary activity on the romantic front and this is the point where it might look like things have run their course. In reality, this is just the start of a 16 day firebreak, one that allows you to put some distance between the past and the future and in particular, on Saturn's more demanding period.
For it is on the 27th January that Mars' return will fire things up, kicking off the start of an exciting and passionate seven weeks on the romantic front. This is the love gods' last push, but it will come just as things are starting to move on the relationship front. It begins with Venus' return to your relationship sector on the 18th January and the Sun's return two days later on the 20th January. With Mercury returning in the early hours of February and a solar eclipse here next month, this is the start of some exciting months on the relationship front.
The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in your romantic sector, so this is always going to be a point in any year when the solar spotlight is on matters of the heart. And starting the month with Venus, planet of love on board also ensures that the most romantically charged weeks of the year are also underway from the get go. Once Venus leaves on the 18th January she won't return until 2019, making it important to make matters of the heart and all things romantic a priority from the get go.
However, for the first time in 26 years, you also start the month with Saturn in your romantic sector, with his return just five days before Christmas a game changer. While Venus will leave your romantic sector on the 18th January, the Sun on the 20th January and Mercury, who doesn't return until the 11th January will leave in the early hours of February, Saturn his here for the next three years. While Saturn is the hard taskmaster of the cosmos and he will ask you to take responsibility for matters of the heart, in return he gives you the power to move mountains if you have to.
The year starts with a mix of the very ordinary and the extraordinary, with the extraordinary prevailing throughout the coming year. The year also gets off to an extraordinary start for relationship matters as well. While starting the year with Neptune and Chiron in your relationship sector has been the norm for the last six years, also starting the year with Mars and Jupiter in your communication sector is giving your relationships a boost from the get go. That support between communication and relationship forces will remain strong for the rest of the year.
You have reached an important month for both romantic and relationship matters and for once this is for all the right reasons. On the romantic front, there is a slow and steady rise in confidence that began building last month. While there has been something fateful in play on the romantic front since last May, this was buried under a lot of relationship pressure throughout 2017. It was in December that two things happened to give romantic matters a boost. The first was that Mars' departure from Libra finally took the pressure off your relationships. The second was Juno's return to your romantic sector.
As the queen of commitment, Juno has helped you to rebuild your sense of resolve, allowing you to start the year with new romantic commitments. This will prove its worth when Venus, planet of love returns to your romantic sector on the 18th January and the Sun on the 20th January. With a solar eclipse in your romantic sector next month, this is the start of some extraordinary months on the romantic front. With the Moon passing through from the 17th January to the 20th January, romantically charged lunar vibes will be in play when Venus, planet of love returns on the 18th January.
In the meantime, just having the pressure off your relationships is huge, but in the early part of the month, the tide will start to turn. It begins with Uranus' direct turn in your relationship sector on the 3rd January and continues with Eris' direct turn a week later, on the 10th January. Without the pressure that was on your relationships last year, this is a chance to learn from the past but put it behind you. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, this is a new starting point.
On face value this is a low key month for both romantic and relationship matters, there is either support or plenty to be excited about on both fronts. On the relationship front, this is more a mix of outside support and a sense of anticipation, with 2018 destined to be a major year for relationship matters. To start with though, apart from a sense of anticipation, the focus is more on the support that is coming from communication forces. That the year starts with the communication gods fielding their most powerful team in decades, is a clue to the magnitude of the relationship developments ahead.
For the same year that begins with Venus, planet of love in your communication sector and has Saturn spending his first full month here in decades, is also the year that will host the biggest relationship developments in eight decades. While these are still a few months away, already this is something that the communication gods are preparing for. You even have Mercury, planet of communication in your communication sector from the 11th January.
On the romantic front, there is something to get excited about now, with Neptune and Chiron both starting the year in direct motion in your romantic sector. There is nothing unusual about that, in that this has been your reality for the last six years. The difference this year is that they are being backed by Mars and Jupiter, with the planets of passion and luck starting the year aligned in Scorpio. This is helping to fuel your romantic dreams and passions from the get go. That romantic support will remain strong all year.
To start with your heart's focus is less on what lies ahead and is still on what lies behind. You may have moved into 2018, but in the early days of the month, in particular, the focus is still on the past. That is because you start the year with Uranus and Eris still in retrograde motion in your romantic sector. While Venus was looking to the future as she moved through Sagittarius, when the planet of love left on Christmas Day this saw a sense of romantic nostalgia take hold. That sense of romantic nostalgia is likely to have deepened over the holiday period and is still strong as you move into the new month.
However, it will not only start to lift in the early days of the week but when it does the result is likely to be game changing. The change comes with Uranus' direct turn in your romantic sector on the 3rd January, with the planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected turning his focus onto the road ahead for the first time in five months. This is when your heart will get its first surprise. Since arriving in 2010, Uranus has spent five months in retrograde motion in the second half of the year, but has always turned direct before the end of the year.
Uranus wakes up, turns around and your heart will suddenly realise it is now in 2018 and not in 2017. That's when the second surprise will hit, for with Uranus finally leaving in May, he will turn direct and ahead will see the finishing line. All of a sudden there will be a new sense of romantic anticipation and urgency. This is something the Moon's first visit for the year will be able to tap into, from the 27th January to the 29th January. Another surprise is likely to be on the relationship front. For while you start the year with the Moon in your relationship sector, missing is the relationship tension every visit over the last three years has created.
The Moon's return to your relationship sector on New Year's Day is going to put relationship matters front and centre from the get go, especially by the time that this turns into the first Full Moon of 2018 on the 2nd January. With the Sun, Venus and Saturn all in their early days in Capricorn by then, the Moon's opposition could see relationship tensions run high at the start of the month. Yet it is less the emotional responses that a Full Moon in your relationship sector will always trigger that will strike you, but your response to them.
With Saturn having returned to Capricorn just before Christmas for the first time in three decades, you're still in the early days of taking your power back. You might have a Full Moon in your relationship sector at some point during your birthday month each year, but you don't usually have Saturn on a mission to see you take your power back. Anything that your relationships demand from you that compromises your own needs or truth, will face an immediate backlash.
Despite how it feels this is a good thing, especially as you have Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships on board helping you to moderate things. This is the first time of a new mission to take your power back and it sets some very clear parameters from the get go, that this is a year where there has to be a balance between your personal and relationship needs. You'll have a chance to revisit this with a lot less hype when the Moon returns from the 29th January to the 31st January. In the meantime, until she leaves Capricorn on the 18th January, Venus is on a mission to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year.
With Venus, planet of love in a nostalgic part of your chart until the 18th January, she'll contribute to a general boost in romantic confidence that could take you by surprise. It began with the Moon's return to your romantic sector in the final days of December and not leaving until the 1st January, this means the year starts on a romantic note. This is the first time that you have moved into the New Year with romantically charged lunar vibes in play since 2007 and while the Moon will leave on New Year's Day, this is a bell that can't be unrung.
However, that is just one reason for a sense of romantic confidence from the get go. Having Venus in a nostalgic part of your chart is another, for these romantically charged lunar vibes will fuse with a sense of romantic nostalgia to create a potent mix of romantic confidence, nostalgia and anticipation from the get go. Yet the main reason for a surge in romantic confidence at the critical moment that you move into the New Year is what isn't there. This is the Moon's first visit in three years where Saturn is not in opposition and there are no roadblocks.
By the time the Moon comes full circle, returning to your romantic sector from the 27th January to the 29th January, the romantic nostalgia will be gone and there will be nothing but anticipation and open doors. For on the 18th January Venus, planet of love will return to Aquarius, opening new doors and bringing a chance to turn the high hopes you began the year with into reality. The year will also start with a sense of nostalgia on the relationship front as well, with Ceres spending her first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector in 22 years. Here there is nothing but confidence, hope and the element of fate in play. 2018 is off to a good start on both fronts.
Having the Moon return to your romantic sector on New Year's Day is a lot more fortuitous than it would have been had the Moon returned on the 1st December, rather than the 1st January. A month can make a huge difference and that is because the professional climate is now a lot more love friendly. Even the Moon's last visit to your romantic sector for 2017 had to shout to be heard over the professional maelstrom, which only just began to ease back just before Christmas. This is barely at a whisper at the start of the month and while it will pick up again later in the month, the love gods are more than ready to seize this window of opportunity.
And seize it they do, for the Moon not only returns to your romantic sector on New Year's Day, putting romantically charged lunar vibes in play at the start of the month, but will create the first Full Moon of 2018 here, on the 2nd January. With no planetary activity in your romantic sector, this is a chance for the spirit of romance to get your attention from the get go, with these lunar vibes having a megaphone. The love gods are used to having to shout to be heard and as Saturn only wrapped up a three year visit to your career sector in late December, they might think they still need to. This time the love gods will be shouting in a still and quiet room, making it all but impossible to miss what this Lover's Moon is telling you.
If how a year begins is going to have an impact on what is to follow, then this is a good omen for what is to follow. The Moon's return to your romantic sector on the 29th January will give these romantically charged lunar vibes a chance to tap back into the Full Moon energy from the early days of the month. This might also see anything triggered at the start of the coming month come to fruition when the Moon comes full circle, in the final days of the months. By then there will be a new sense of romantic nostalgia in play with Venus, who starts the year in a social and serendipitous part of your chart, returning to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 18th January.