January 8th: Mercury Direct
January 12th: Full Moon in Gemini and Punarvasu Nakshatra
January 13th: Sun in Capricorn
January 14th: Makar Sankranti
January 20th: Mars to Pisces
January 26th: Saturn to Sagittarius
January 27th: Venus to Pisces, it's exaltation sign + New Moon in Capricorn and Sravana nakshatra
Mercury Direct in Sagittarius
Mercury goes direct in Sagittarius on January 8th. Mercury transits Sagittarius for an extended stay, starting on November 28th. The entire transit will last until February 3rd, an unusually lengthy dance of forward and backwards for this swift moving planet. Mercury will retrograde on December 19th for roughly three weeks, until January 8th.
Full Moon in Gemini
The January Purnima (full Moon) day is on Thursday, January 12th as the Moon travels through Punarvasu nakshatra, but at the edge of Gemini. Sun and Mercury give their direct gaze to the Moon at this time. The full Moon is at 04:34 am MST with Saturn and Scorpio on the Eastern horizon at this time.
Sun in Capricorn
Sun shifts to Capricorn on January 13th at 18:46 MST, beginning a new cycle of increased light and brightness- inside and out. As Sun arrives in Makara, an Earth sign, a steadiness and work oriented dynamic is enlivened.
January 14th is the auspicious Vedic celebration of Makar Sankranti. This marks an important movement towards a more auspicious time of year (spring and a time of growth) in the Vedic calendar. This day of the Sun's movement into Capricorn is named Makar Sankranti.
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Mars in Pisces
Mars moves to Pisces on January 20th just as the day begins. He shifts out of conjunction with the Ketu- who has brought sudden and sharp changes over the past few months. Mars in Pisces supports passion, creative and relational potency, as well as clarity with liberation.
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