By The Old Farmer’s Almanac


by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac

  • The year begins with a predawn string of pearls: Some 40 minutes before sunrise on January 1, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury hover from upper right to lower left, low in the eastern sky. Venus is now at its brightest of the year.
  • The alignment on the 2nd finds the Moon between Venus and Jupiter. On the 3rd, the Moon is to the left of Jupiter.
  • Through January, Venus sinks lower at first light but Jupiter is higher; their opposing motions cause them to meet from the 20th to the 26th. At nightfall all month, Mars in Pisces is due south at a bright magnitude 0.


  • A total lunar eclipse on January 20, visible from the entire United States and Canada, begins at 10:34 p.m., with totality starting at 11:41 p.m. Unlike a solar eclipse, which follows a narrow path (and may not be visible to most people), a total eclipse of the Moon can often be observed from anywhere on Earth where it’s nighttime!
  • Lunar eclipses only happen during full Moons; this January 2019 total eclipse of the Moon will appear bigger and brighter than average making it a so-called Supermoon.
  • The Earth’s dark shadow will move over the bright disk of the Moon; our planet will block the Sun’s light while it is between the Sun and Moon, causing the Moon to turn an orangish-red hue. In popular culture, this has been nicknamed the “Blood Moon.”
  • So, I guess you’re going to hear it called a “Supermoon Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse”? Or, perhaps it will be nicknamed a “Super Blood Moon Eclipse”? No matter!  This will be the last total lunar eclipse until May 26, 2021 so take time to look up at this celestial phenomenon.


Your Lucky Ancient Symbol Card for for January 2 (N.H.) and January 3 (S.H.)

Your Lucky Ancient Symbol Card for for January 2


Sadly sometimes our desires lead us down paths which have no end and offer us no chance of achieving the results we want. If we persist we end up like Sisyphus: forever rolling a boulder uphill only to have it roll back downhill before we ever get to the top. Futility suggest the existence of just such a situation–we are chasing a prize that will never be ours. Futility indicates a need to rethink our ambitions and direct our energies towards a goal or goals that can be attained.




Your Lucky Ancient Symbol Card for for January 3


The Chance card denotes a period in which taking risks may produce positive results. This doesn’t mean head off to a casino with your life’s savings! What is suggested is that you should make gains by taking a well calculated risk. For the power of Chance to be fully realized it is essential that you pick your risk carefully, move forward with conviction, and above all else don’t get greedy!

Shuffling the Cards Again, Your Spiritual Influence for January 2 (N.H.) and January 3 (S.H.)

Your Spiritual Influence for January 2

Spiritual influences effecting your life

Five of Swords

Failure and defeat are possible. Injustice and cowardliness may appear.










Your Spiritual Influence for January 3

Spiritual influences effecting your life

Eight of Pentacles Reversed

Possible failure. Vanity and underhandedness must be watched for. Skills may be misused.

Your Weekly Influences for January 2 for (N.H.) and (S.H.)

Your Weekly Influences


Tarot Influence

Ten of Swords Reversed

Evil will be defeated. Courage is needed to face challenges. Develop your spiritual self.











Astrological Influence


While Gemini always has its duality to keep under control, it does manage to bring both humor and intelligence into any situation.











Element Influence

Water Reversed

Water reversed denotes secrets to which you are not privy. Approach all ventures with caution.

Your Daily Tarot Card for January 2 (N.H.) and January 3 (S.H.)

Your Daily Tarot Card for January 2

The Empress

Keywords: ideas, creative impulses, intellect!

Astrological Correspondence: Venus

The Empress signifies the queen of life, the ideal woman, the archetypal mother. She represents the matriarchal goddess, being part of nature, fertility, sexuality, and the generative forces. As the life-giving mother she is connected to the Earth and the natural rhythms, the appreciation of the senses. As a card of good fortune she signifies that if we are gentle and caring, as well as patient, we can bring anything to fruition; we have to be able to wait until the time is right for action so that we can reap the rewards; as a result, hard work pays off and relationships become satisfying. The Empress can, in negative situations, also depict vanity, undeveloped creativity, stagnation, and apathy.



Your Daily Tarot Card for January 3

The Magician

Keywords: work, new beginnings, activity, overwork!

Astrological Correspondence: Mercury

As the archetype of the masculine principle, the Magician represents someone who is able to achieve goals through his creative abilities and his skills in using the tools available to him. The Magician symbolizes the beginning of something new, when everything is possible. It can be a start of a new relationship, the birth of a new idea or creative project, or a financial strategy. The Magician is a confident person realizing his full potential by taking positive action and focusing his attention and energies on the task at hand. This includes employing magic. On the negative side, the Magician represents egotism, treachery, and overconfidence, thereby misleading others into making wrong choices.

How Magical Are You According to Your Sun Sign?

How Magical Are You According to Your Sun Sign?


Do you believe in real magic? And by magic we mean serendipity, messages, signs, odd happenings, mysterious manifestations, and getting what you want with the power of your mind. We’re all magical to some degree but how magical are you according to your sun sign?


  • Fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are really good at candle and sex magic.
  • Air signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are excellent at mind magic and communication.
  • Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces have really well-developed intuitive/feeling skills.
  • Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are very good at using the power of the earth.

Aries March 21 – April 19

Aries, your strongest abilities lie in your adventurousness and courage. Therefore, your magical abilities lie in these areas too. How many times do things work for you when they would not work out for anyone else? Your sheer willpower carries you through. Tip: when you really want something to manifest for you, think about it at that magical moment before orgasm. All that power will be focused on your desire. Have fun with that.


Taurus April 20 – May 20

Taurus, you are so connected to the earth that your power seeps up from the very ground. Earth magic is a powerful force. Draw upon it to create security, stability, and refuge. Love and money spells work well for you because you are already tuned into abundance and certainty. Tip: next time you are thinking of bringing something new into your life, imagine the energy pulsing up through your feet. Like a magnet it attracts exactly what you need.

Gemini May 21 – June 20

Gemini, your magical talent is in your ability to free up your mind. You are like an antenna, tuning into the wild network of thought and communication which surrounds us. You have a skill for picking out the important details, for anticipating what a person will say. This sensitivity can help you in all walks of life. Tip: This is a skill you can develop, don’t ignore it.

Cancer June 21 – July 22

Cancer, you are empathic and emotional. You know how someone feels instinctively. You can feel moods and tune into the atmosphere in a room. Therefore, you would be very good at tarot reading or other divinatory skill. Your ability to counsel someone through a difficult time is also part of your magical repertoire. Tip: Don’t underestimate your own abilities, you have magical skills that can help others.

Leo July 23 – August 22

Leo, your magical abilities lie in the realm of inspiration. You somehow always know what your next move is. It is as if you are guided by an invisible hand. Your personal charisma can be so magical that you always get your way. People always turn up when you need them. Tip: think about how you can use your magical abilities for good things. Giving leads to increased satisfaction.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

Virgo, you have a natural ability for healing. People calm down in your presence. You can call on that earth energy to give you all the strength you need to bring peace to any situation. You are the negotiator, the mediator, and the conciliator. Tip: if you haven’t already, explore the possibilities of becoming a professional healer. You will excel.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Libra, your magical skills lie in your ability to bring beauty, harmony, and balance. As an air sign, you are excellent at communication and you are able to see situations from both sides, including beyond the veil of life and death. You can even tune into messages from the past. Tip: Give yourself permission to listen to those soft, whispering voices.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

Scorpio, you have a range of magical abilities. From knowing what other people’s true motives are, to communicating with the dead. The main downside is that you are drawn to the black arts as well as using your power for good. Tip: Stop, breathe, and think before you cast that curse. You are more powerful than you know.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Sagittarius, your positive attitude brings what you want, even things you didn’t know you wanted. Your optimism means you are constantly pleased and surprised by these magical, spontaneous deliveries. Tip: If you set your mind to it, your manifestations could be even more deliberate and satisfying. Take time to learn how to manipulate energy.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

Capricorn, abundance and manifesting your desire are your top skills. However, you have others. That strong pulsing earth energy means you are far more spiritual and magical than you ever thought. You just need to keep an open mind and be prepared to try new things. Tip: buy yourself a book on witchcraft and see what you can do.


Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Aquarius, you are probably among the most magical people on the planet. You have the ability to communicate with faery folk and entities hidden from the rest of us. You can see and hear beyond the normal realm. Aquarius, you can create anything you want when you focus your power. Tip: the magical world is your oyster, explore everything.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

Pisces, your abilities lie in the realm of imagination. If you can imagine it, you can create it. Like the other water signs you are also a healer, a visionary, and can empathize with any living soul. Tip: Your special skills are in your dreamworld. Study the language of dreams and develop the ability to lucid dream. A whole new universe of magical possibilities will open up for you.



–Lunar Cafe

The Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, January 3

The Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, January 3


Moon Alert

We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Sudden opportunities to travel somewhere might fall in your lap today. Plonk! However, if you have a planned itinerary for travel, it might suddenly be cancelled, changed or delayed. Aaggh! However, you might have an unexpected chance to learn something new through a course or a school. Bonus!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Keep an eye on your banking matters and anything to do with inheritances and shared property because something unexpected could impact these areas. In fact, this is very likely. Therefore, don’t be waiting at the train station when your ship comes in!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

A friend or a partner might say or do something that you least expect today. Right out of the blue! It could be a surprise suggestion. Or perhaps they will introduce you to someone who is unusual or different? Something will keep you on your toes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Your work routine will be interrupted today by computer crashes, fire drills, power outages, weather conditions, staff shortages or goofy mistakes. Something unexpected will change things for you. Make sure your schedule is flexible so you can handle this.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is an accident-prone day for your kids so if you are a parent – be extra vigilant. Know where they are at all times and remove any potential hazards, especially related to electricity. Meanwhile, social occasions might be suddenly cancelled. Or perhaps you get an unexpected invitation?

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your home routine will be interrupted today. Small appliances might break down or minor breakages could occur. Perhaps someone surprising knocks on your door? Could be anything. For starters, do get dressed. When you encounter the unexpected, look like you floss and wear deodorant. It helps.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a mildly accident-prone day so pay attention to everything you say and do. Keep your eyes open. The good news is that you might have clever, genius -like ideas because you can think outside of the box today! Stay flexible and go with the flow today.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Keep an eye on your money and possessions because something unusual might occur today. You might find money; you might lose money. Protect what you own against damage, theft or loss. You might also spontaneously buy something you can’t resist!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today Mercury is in your sign dancing with wild Uranus. This makes you feel alive and mentally awake! Everything has an exciting quality to it. New ideas and new things will appeal. “Look! A bright, shiny object!” Make sure you have wiggle room to cope with the unexpected.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You feel restless today. You have that feeling you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. And indeed, you are. Don’t hold your breath because it is invariably ugly and in the wrong size – we both know this. But with three planets in your sign right now – do you care? Not really.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You might meet someone younger who is a bit bizarre or unusual. This person might intrigue you and yet, they might also trigger new ideas within you. You might consider doing something new and different or perhaps changing your goals?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

A discussion with a parent or boss today will surprise you or catch you off guard. This same kind of exchange might occur with a police person – be aware of this. Do not assume you know how your day will unfold because today holds some surprises!

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Mel Gibson (1956) shares your birthday today. You are restless and impulsive but you are also dogged, hard-working and you never quit. This is the perfect year to explore meditation, yoga or any discipline that will help you to get a better understanding of who you are. This is also a year of teaching and learning. What you learn this year will be crucial for your success next year.


–Georigia Nichols

Took a Nap, Sorry, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, January 2nd (N.H.)

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, January 2nd


Moon Alert

We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today you have a strong urge “to get away from all this.” You feel restless because you are seeking something. Travel would be an excellent choice. Even a mental journey through study, books or films will be rewarding. It’s a good day to meet new friends from foreign countries and other cultures.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today your emotional experiences are more intense than usual. You might feel possessive about a piece of property or something that is familiar and important to you. You might want something that belongs to someone else. “My precious!”

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today the Moon is opposite your sign, which draws your attention to your most personal relationships. This is why loved ones and partners will be more important to you than usual; and if you have conflict with someone, you will be more emotional! Guard against knee-jerk reactions. Stay chill.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It will make you happy to do something to get better organized today. Anything. You might also find that you have to put your own emotional considerations second to the needs or wants of someone else today. (You can do this.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today the Moon is in a fellow Fire sign, which is good news for you. Nice fit! In romance, you will experience greater emotional depth. (Be still me beating heart.) Relations with female friends will improve. Because your nurturing instincts are aroused, you will feel protective to others. You need to be free to be yourself!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is a good day to cocoon at home or be by yourself in a private place because you need refuge and comfort from the demands of your busy world. Memories of your childhood might bubble to the surface of your mind. “I won’t put my tongue on my sled again.”

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today you trust your heart over your brain. This is why you will have a gut level of communication with others. This is also why you want to talk about something real and not superficial details about the weather or idle chitchat.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

It’s easy to emotionally identify with something that you own today, which is why you won’t give it away or lend it to anyone. In discussions with someone, you might have to defend yourself about something perhaps your opinions or tastes. (Like what’s with that?)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today the Moon is in your sign, which increases your need to belong to friends and loved ones. You want to feel there are special people in your world. However, you might also be more demanding than usual. (It happens.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today you are tempted to withdraw and keep to yourself because it feels more comfortable. Relations with others, especially females, might be challenging. Plus, you don’t feel much like socializing. (We all have days like this.) No biggie.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your emotional contact with others is important to you today. You might feel protective to a friend or you might attract someone who needs this support. Because your focus is so strongly on friendships today, you might even be jealous if a friend pays more attention to someone else.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your private and personal life seem to be on public display for some reason today. Let’s hope the posse isn’t after you. Avoid public arguments in elevators! A discussion with a boss will be important; however, do not blur the lines between personal and professional.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Kate Bosworth (1983) shares your birthday today. You enjoy group activities and are cooperative and competitive. You are hard-working and you have a strong sense of justice. Service to others is your theme this year. Focus on your personal responsibilities to family as well as yourself. Take care of yourself so you are a strong resource. Nurture relationships you value. Explore the arts, enroll in a class.


–Georigia Nichols


Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of January 1

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of January 1

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

In astrological terms, the year doesn’t begin on the 1st January, but of course this date is ingrained in our Western psyche. So much so, in fact, that we cannot but join in the celebrations, reminisce, regret or rejoice for what has been, and then get jolly and plan a new year of promises and resolutions about this and that.

Yet, as the sun begins to lighten our days little by little (in the northern hemisphere) this naturally is a turning point in nature too, a time when not all is dormant, but is part of an never-ending cycle.  As the poet, Shelley wrote, ‘O wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?’ So enjoy planning love’s future, for it won’t be long before it will become your present.



As the new year comes and goes, you begin to find a way to enjoy yourself without relying on anyone else. If attached, you have new plans, adventurous joint projects and a chance to build a grand future together, so take advantage of innovative ideas that come to you throughout this week.




The worst thing for you is to feel tied up in emotional knots. But this week, you’re thinking straight and feeling good, so if you’re more excited about saving money than listening you to partner’s crazy ideas, well, why not?  It doesn’t mean you adore money more than you adore your partner, but it does mean it’s time to respect your independent spirit too.




If single, you may be thinking, ‘well, I’m attracting a load of contenders, but why are they always the wrong types that I find so disappointing or just unavailable?’ Yet, as the planets start to change for the better in your chart, the ‘wrong type’ will begin to change to the ‘right type’, and the desire to get on with life and love will be far more enticing.




Although most of your friends believe that love is about settling down, you’re wondering how to do in a way that will also maintain your autonomy. So are you really going to conform to the expectations of others, or follow your true desires? Make a decision based on what you truly want, not what others want you to be.




This week, you feel like love personified and someone is certainly getting heated under the collar about you. But, there’s something stopping you from getting close, and that’s the fear of committing yourself too soon. Radiating charisma, you can now truly realise those love goals.




Sometimes we feel ‘at one’ with the universe. This usually happens when we fall in love and that’s when everything else becomes meaningless.  If single, you may experience those moments again this week, and if attached, it’s timely to rekindle your passion. You will be at one, not only with another, but with yourself and life too.




Commit yourself to a current quest so that you can really engage with love. This week, the romantic soul within is calling you on to adventure forth and navigate the chilly waters of feeling, and head for warmer shores. Don’t rock your love boat. Jump in, take the helm, and honour your quest.




You want to escape, to where, you’re not sure. But it does feel as if you need to get out and do something new and exciting. This week, lovers or partners are at last ready to join you on a new mission for the new year. The change you seek is on its way, and the freedom you need is exciting everyone.




A few weeks ago, you might remember, the change of planetary energy was supposed to augur the bright, enchanting new you that everyone would love and desire? Well, funnily enough through all the melodrama, it will now begin to work its magic. Get ready to show how loveable and loving you are.




At this time of year, birthday or not, you’re also very realistic and organised about what you want to happen next year. In fact, this is one of those weeks when things begin to fall into place, and any love issues seem less fraught, fragile or frivolous. Whether you’re in the party spirit or saying humbug, you know that something beautiful is going to manifest, but it’s up to you to work on it.




Think of the present as an adventure. Embrace adventure. Let adventure love you back, and you can continue through the coming weeks with a smile on your face. Enjoy the unexpected rather than retreat from it or try to control it. You never know what might happen on the way to love’s open door.




Over these festive celebrations, sad, good or joyful memories have been hard to shake off, but don’t feel you have to run away from feeling anything. Yet with the new year comes new contacts, a fresh perspective on yourself, and a glimpse of a creative love relationship just round the corner. All this will inspire you to be determined to enjoy the coming months ahead. So your catchphrase this new year has to be,  ‘vive la difference.’

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Your Monthly Horoscopes for January 2019

Your Monthly Horoscopes for January 2019

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

You know Aries, we fall forward to succeed. Remember this. I know the events from the end of last year are still playing heavily on your mind. However, you’re about to discover what good can come from tearing off that metaphorical plaster which was the emotional scar you have been carrying around. You’ve waited long enough and this year is all about you discovering the best version of you. January is also the perfect time for you rams to give up any bad habits you’ve failed to quit before.


TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen, right? There was a time when you could have believed this, but the last year’s events have seen you having to grow a thicker skin. Luckily for you, the stars are about to reward you for your efforts by bringing come uppance to those who did you wrong. Keep your ears open as you’ll be hearing why you were right to move on from those who only ever brought stress into your life. Family prove demanding between the 12th and 18th for reasons you’ll discover are actually worth giving into.


GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind. Don’t forget what sign you are Gemini. Work instead on bringing those determined and focused traits to the fore. Finishing what others can’t is your talent and you’re about to turn an awkward situation into a lucky one. The home comes under the spotlight from the 12th when you may find yourself having to sign detailed documents.


CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Being nice to those you do business with this month can make all the difference as to whether you end January in the red or the black. For too long now you have been allowing someone else to dictate what you think and how you feel and it’s time for you to take back control. An ex is on your mind for all the wrong reasons and it would be to your advantage to sit down and deal with it. Why? So you can move on, as there’s a reason you have been able to live without them, isn’t there?


LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Put yourself forward this month Leo. Oh, I know you’re still licking your wounds from all that occurred over the last six weeks but, if you open your eyes and take those blinkers off, then you’ll see that you’re still here and life is still being lived. Use this very reflective month to think about what you really want from your long term future. I think you’ll find the goalposts have moved. New faces you mix with from the 19th onwards help you see what new things are possible for your future.


VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Why are you worrying so much what other people think of you? Surely it would be far cleverer to make up your own mind about what you want from the future. For the last two years Virgo, you have been trying to merge with the crowds rather than standing out independently. Luckily for you, that phase is about to come to an end. Get ready to feel the thirst for success again and don’t be afraid to go out on a limb.


LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

If the decision you made was wrong, then make it right! I see from your stars that a reflective mood has left you open to emotional manipulation. Remember who you are, where you are going, and what you want from your life. You begin this new year meeting with like minded people who can help you beat the competition. Short cuts will be available to you which have previously not been a possibility.


SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Business matters come to the fore, as does the need to get your house of finances in order. Be careful of telling others’ secrets this month. What you think to be public knowledge could well have only been news which a handful of people were privy to. You spend much of the next few weeks building up the trust which others will put into you. So, think before you act and try not to repeat information you have not heard first hand. 


SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

It must feel as if there are not enough hours in the day. Why don’t you try asking for help though Sagittarius? Or are you still being affected by that stubborn streak which took root just before Christmas. News on family matters may make you feel as if you need to make changes to your own life but, if you all work as a team, then your life can actually become a more manageable place to be. Help works both ways in January.


CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Live boldly, push yourself and don’t settle Capricorn. You should have learnt by now that it’s only by being true to who you are, that your close ones will give you complete acceptance. The way that you do your job is likely to be changing. Don’t be opposed to change, but be open to it instead. It’s the key to you making your new responsibilities ones you’ll enjoy. Careful with money after the 23rd when you’re going to be asked to pay out for something you didn’t expect.


AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

It has not been easy for you to be honest about what you want lately. However, this month you have no choice, as what you want can’t stay around waiting for answers after the 17th. Do what needs to be done and be bold about your emotions. If you are willing to speak from the heart before the 10th then the impossible can become possible. Don’t get involved in game playing at work midmonth. You and I know you are better than that.


PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Accept the challenges, so you can enjoy the victory! Last year was a lot of hard work and not a lot of fun. This year that has to change and it’s only if you can make a conscious effort to balance your personal and professional life that this will happen. When you put your mind to something Pisces, then anything is possible. Use the determined mind your sign possesses to take steps towards your dreams. The stars are behind you. Watch out for a so called friend trying to use your money for their own. Ring now to hear how this month tells you who your real allies are!


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Welcome to 2019! Cosmic Weather Horoscopes for 2019

Welcome to 2019!

by Jane Lyle, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


Welcome to 2019! We’re still crossing the bridge, still very much in transition. 2019’s astrology brings us some beautiful spiritual and creative possibilities too. Focusing on these can help us negotiate what lies ahead. It promises to be a transformational year in many ways, with powerful Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, asking us to clear out what’s negative and reform what’s outlived its purpose. This can be exhilarating, but scary too. Eventually, Pluto offers us treasures and energy. So when the going gets tough, remember there’s a bright light at the end of the tunnel and keep moving towards it. It’s not the light of an approaching train…..


A Thought I Like for 2019:

“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.

The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.”

― Swami Prabhavananda, The Upanishads: Breath from the Eternal


The big cosmic patterns in 2019’s astrology involve optimistic Jupiter, dreamy Neptune, and practical Saturn and Pluto. The zodiac signs involved are Sagittarius, Pisces, and Capricorn – so planets in these signs in your chart are highlighted this coming year.


If you have planets or points in your own personal birth chart at around 14 – 18 degrees of any sign, this year’s astrology patterns energise your chart.


Special Sun Sign birthdays for 2019 are:


Aries:  3rd April – 8th April


Taurus: 4th May – 9th May


And if you’re an April Taurus, born between 20th – 27th April – exciting, eccentric Uranus is heading your way. This could be an outstanding year of reinvention for you!


Gemini: 4th June – 9th June


Cancer: 5th July – 11th July


Leo: 6th August – 11th August


Virgo: 6th September – 11th September


Libra: 6th October – 12th October


Scorpio: 5th November – 11th November


Sagittarius: 5th December – 11th December


All Sagittarians have a year with huge potential. Jupiter, your energy source, is in Sagittarius. Your sense of adventure thrives, just be cautious with your cash.


Capricorn: 3rd January – 11th January


Aquarius: 2nd February – 8th February


Pisces: 2nd March – 8th March


January 2019 shows us much of the flavour of the year ahead. Two of the big cosmic patterns for the year begin this month, repeating exactly in June, September and November this year. These themes are ongoing – with creative, spiritual dreams and adventures at their heart. Yet there’s a great deal of work to do to make things solid, and some seductive pitfalls to avoid along the way.


Faith, Hope and Charity: Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces 2019


Jupiter in Sagittarius squares up to Neptune in Pisces this year. Both planets are in spiritual, philosophical signs, and in the signs they rule. Each planet will express itself strongly this year. You’ll likely be extra aware of this if you have your Sun, or other planets, in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.


Jupiter and Neptune are fluid, flexible, and dreamy in 2019. So there are big, beautiful dreams buoying us up. These expanded feelings favour travel, exploration, charity, imagination and vision. Helping others, and exploring our own imaginations, spirituality and intuition bring many of us fulfilment this year. It could be an important year for the major world religions, for migration issues, and for sport too.


The downside of Jupiter and Neptune is inflation – from gaining weight, to hosting delusional ideas about ourselves and the world around us. We’re looking at gorgeous, pearly bubbles with no substance, and more than a few huge scandals.


Specifically, we must be very wary of:


*Smooth-talking snake oil salesmen


*Greedy gurus


*Get rich quick schemes and gambling


*Our personal boundaries – its easier than usual to let the wrong one in, whether in love, business, or friendship. What’s right will eventually become clear, so please do take your time.


*Announcing things on social media without thinking it through – Jupiter and Neptune have few filters or fact checkers on board.


Jupiter squares Neptune exactly on these dates:


13th January 2019 at 14 degrees

16th June 2019 at 18 degrees

21st September at 17 degrees


However, the themes of this glamorous pair will ebb and flow until the autumn.


Rock and Soul – Saturn in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces, 2019


Our big dreams can remain just that, and never materialise. But Saturn, strong in its home sign of practical Capricorn, is here to help us manifest our ideas and visions by making a productive aspect to foggy old Neptune. Each aspect follows that expansive Jupiter and Neptune party almost straight away, encouraging many of us to not only keep it real, but to take patient steps towards tangible outcomes.


Saturn is known for restraint and boundaries, and can act to limit wild excess. Making a dream real can be quite a struggle, but Saturn builds to last. What we create may not be quite as amazing as what we can imagine, yet with Saturn there we can be sure it will be a solid piece of work, or a lasting relationship.


This year Jupiter, Neptune, and Saturn are all expressing their essence from the signs they rule. So I think they should be able to work together to produce something truly worthwhile in the end. Optimism, fairy dust, and hardworking patience – what else could we need?!


Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean about this astrological theme:


‘When I came to Dungeness….I had no thought of building a garden. It looked impossible: shingle with no soil supported a sparse vegetation. Outside the front door a bed had been built – a rockery of broken bricks and concrete: it fitted in well. One day, walking on the beach at low tide, I noticed a magnificent flint. I brought it back and pulled out one of the bricks. Soon I had replaced all the rubble with flints. They were hard to find, but after a storm a few more would appear. The bed looked great, like dragon’s teeth – white and grey. My journey to the sea each morning had purpose.’


– Derek Jarman ‘Derek Jarman’s Garden’ (1995)


Derek Jarman (31st January,1942) was a film director, set designer, artist, gardener, author and gay rights activist.


Born with Sun in innovative Aquarius, Jarman had Saturn in gardener’s Taurus aligned with eccentric Uranus also in Taurus – where Uranus is now. Their practical magic combined with Neptune in meticulous Virgo. Virgo is opposite seawater Pisces, where Neptune now rules supreme.


You can see how the painstaking creation of a beautiful, unconventional garden in a bleak, stony coastal setting echoes these planetary patterns. These patterns, in turn, echo some of 2019’s Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter possibilities.


Derek Jarman died of AIDS in 1994. ‘Derek Jarman’s Garden’ was the last book he wrote.


Saturn in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces exactly on these dates:


31st January 2019 at 14 degrees

18th June 2019 at 18 degrees

9th November 2019 at 16 degrees


If you have planets or points around these degrees of any sign in your own personal horoscope, your chart is energised by 2019’s Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune story.


Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf ?


Some deeply serious astrological themes are building up throughout 2019.


Saturn in Capricorn joins Pluto in Capricorn in January 2020, but these heavyweight planets draw close to one another all year. As they do, the circumstances and actions they represent will become more and more obvious. This is an important cycle for the world around us, and for our development and security of every kind here on Earth – including privacy, financial security, and vital resources.


In our personal lives, Saturn and Pluto can symbolise power and powerful people in our worlds – our parents, bosses, the forces of law and order, and our own sense of security and safety.


Above all, this pair flag up the deep need for a change in our collective habits, and perhaps even some of our laws. Pluto can be the great regenerator, and one result of this astrological era will be new ways to care for our environment. We may have to endure some very dramatic weather, or other shocks to the global system to push us forwards. But sticking to what’s old and refuses to change will not work. A tipping point has arrived. Saturn the Time Lord often ends things, Pluto will eventually demolish what’s not working and aim to recycle what’s useless.


However, if we can work with them, we can reorganise and rethink the structures we often take for granted. When we fail to co-operate at such times, we get turmoil. We do have a clear choice, and I’m certainly not forecasting the end of the world. We have a powerful opportunity to rebuild in new ways in the next few years, so lets take it.


The astrology:


Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn is exact for the first time on 12th January 2020, at 22 degrees Capricorn.


However, we’ll feel its approach throughout 2019.

During December 2019 Saturn travels from 18 degrees Capricorn to 21 degrees. Pluto begins December at 21 Capricorn, reaching 22 degrees by 20th December.


Moon Diary Overview: The Eclipses of 2019


Eclipses are, basically, supercharged new and full Moons. They occur when the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up – with the Earth between the Sun and Moon at a lunar eclipse (full Moon), and Moon between the Earth and Sun at a solar eclipse (new Moon). Often, this intense cosmic energy seems to be reflected in our weather, with an eclipse bringing storms or other natural upheavals.


Each time, something is obscured or eclipsed. And this is part of the meaning of an eclipse – something is hidden in ourselves or our lives, information may not be fully revealed or understood until later on.


When an eclipse lines up with a planet in your horoscope, or the horoscope of a nation, company, or other organisation, it acts like a wild card. Its effects can linger for months, or even kick in some weeks beforehand. The planets it has touched remain sensitive, they have a message for us. Energy flows, either as a dynamic beginning or as some kind of release or paying back of debts on many levels.


This year’s eclipses (apart from one) are all in Cancer the Crab or Capricorn the Sea Goat. They highlight security, money, family issues, ancestry, government, and ambition. And while none of them may connect with your own chart, their effects in various locations on Earth can affect all our lives in ways great and small.


6th January: New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 15 Capricorn


A deep and earthy solar eclipse in dynamic Capricorn opens 2019. It’s focused on money, banking, power and – eventually – the transformation and release of old patterns and karma.  Anything fixed or rigid (rules, boundaries, foundations, rocks, bones….) will need to be assessed – is it useful or appropriate any more? Are the foundations strong enough?


This solar eclipse sits between brooding Pluto and serious Saturn. Are there blockages? Are there secret schemes, power ploys, or hidden motives?  This eclipse says that we will all have to be very practical, responsible, and realistic about resources, cash, and the earth itself. Big corporate organisations have enormous power in our world. Can they learn to use it wisely? We can always hope…..


It’s vital we pay close attention to what crops up now in our own lives, and out there in the big, bad world. It’s a stark message from those ultimate grown-ups, Saturn and Pluto. They draw ever closer to each other this year, until they align exactly in January 2020.


There’s not much wiggle room. What flexibility there is may come from a deep understanding of the connectedness of all things, for the eclipse aligns with a mystical, musical fixed star, Vega, in the constellation Lyra, the Lyre. Neptune’s presence, aspecting both Sun and Moon, offers spiritual possibilities on the one hand, misty delusions and scandals on the other. We must stay awake.


This eclipse is an important one for Russia, and many countries that were once part of the former Soviet Union.


The eclipse has a message about government, finances, and leadership for the UK, and the EU with their Capricorn Suns.


The USA with its 4th July Sun exactly opposite this eclipse in Cancer, the Crab will also have much to consider this January. Serious business is afoot, but some information will remain hidden for a while yet.


This is a South Node eclipse, with a karmic message and a need for release, giving back, and caution. Something in our news or in our lives is ‘eclipsed’ at this time. Making big decisions or judgments is best delayed for a week or two – wait until things settle, or new facts emerge.


The astrology: The Sun and Moon at 15 Capricorn are conjunct Saturn at 12 Capricorn, and Pluto at 20 Capricorn. Sun and Moon are sextile Neptune at 14 Pisces.


Mars in Cancer switches this eclipse on again between 7th – 10th June. Events and themes related to the eclipse emerge strongly again at that time.



21st January: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 0 Leo


This is a North Node eclipse, stirring up plenty of energy and scattering surprises around us, with a challenging aspect to Uranus (28 Aries) heralding what’s unusual, unexpected or even disruptive. Look out for new inventions and original ideas too.


And it’s the final eclipse in Leo for a while. We’ve had a series of them, all generally highlighting leadership, royalty, family, celebrities, creativity and children. There could be big news about those subjects in the days around this eclipse as certain situations come to a head.


This lunar eclipse highlights news and events in many locations now and over the next six months. These include the UK; Russia; Greece; Spain; France; Israel and North Korea.


It’s worth watching, too, when Mars in Leo vitalises this eclipse again on 1st – 2nd July. There’s another eclipse to think about then as well – expect a bit of a shake up around these dates. It’s a hotspot.



2nd July: New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 10 Cancer


This solar eclipse in security loving Cancer is one of a challenging eclipse family called Saros 127. This eclipse family repeats every eighteen years. It can herald difficult financial conditions or unstable markets. Some previous eclipses in this series coincided with these notable financial events:


1857: The Panic of 1857 – Crash – USA, Europe

1893: The Panic of 1893 – Crash and depression – USA, Australia, UK

1929: Wall Street Crash

2001: 9/11 and financial crash, notably in Argentina


This eclipse opposes the Capricorn Sun in the charts for the EU, UK, and numerous other locations where the natal national chart is set for 1st January. Security and finances are in the news more than usual now.


The Sun and Moon align with the Cancer Sun in Italy’s 2nd July, 1871 chart, and are close to the USA’s Cancer Sun on its 4th July founding horoscope. Watch out for turning point news from both locations this summer.


There are, of course, many other locations where this eclipse, and 2019’s Saturn “reality bites” effect, will be felt around the world.


This is a North Node eclipse – we can expect a lot of discussion, energy, and important world news this summer. This pivotal eclipse marks beginnings that may be hard to see straight away.



16th July: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 24 Capricorn conjunct Pluto


This is a South Node eclipse, highlighting destiny and release. With powerful Pluto there, this eclipse brings deep feelings and subconscious forces to the surface. This eclipse could herald news of secret corruption, espionage, or yet more information about banking and finance. The desire to clear and clean our world, homes, or thoughts will be strong, even intense.


This eclipse could be meaningful between now and December for Saudi Arabia; Australia; Nigeria and Lebanon.


26th December: New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 4 Capricorn


This Boxing Day eclipse promises to be very fortunate for some of us. Sometimes what goes around comes around in a good way – and a renewed sense of freedom and freshness may be one of fate’s gifts to us all. A different, innovative approach to finances can be one of the changes highlighted by this eclipse.


This is a South Node eclipse, conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn, trine Uranus in Taurus.


It’s lively energies are active now, and in the coming months, in the national horoscopes for Greece; Brazil; Germany; Indonesia and Tibet.