NORTHERN HEMISPHERE JOURNAL
Witchcraft … is a spiritual path. You walk it for nourishment of the soul, to commune with the life force of the universe, and to thereby better know your own life.
Current Planetary Positions
January 02, 2019
Moon: 02 Sagittarius 15
Mercury: 26 Sagittarius 08
Venus: 25 Scorpio 02
Mars: 00 Aries 59
Jupiter: 12 Sagittarius 06
Saturn: 11 Capricorn 34
Uranus: 28 Aries 36 Rx
Neptune: 14 Pisces 07
Pluto: 20 Capricorn 39
Planetary aspects for the Month of January
04 January 00:12 am – Mercury trine Uranus
04 January 02:56 pm – Sun sextile Neptune
05 January 08:28 pm – Solar Eclipse at 15 25
05 January 09:27 pm – Venus quincunx Uranus
06 January 03:26 pm – Uranus Direct 28 35
08 January 05:04 am – Mercury square Mars
11 January 06:38 am – Sun conjunct Pluto 20 56
13 January 08:30 am – Mercury conjunct Saturn 12 51
13 January 01:58 pm – Jupiter square Neptune
14 January 01:45 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 47
14 January 08:13 am – Mercury sextile Neptune
18 January 11:49 am – Venus trine Mars
18 January 03:03 pm – Mercury conjunct Pluto 21 11
18 January 08:30 pm – Sun square Uranus
20 January 11:41 pm – Venus square Neptune
21 January 00:15 am – Lunar Eclipse at 00 51
21 January 06:47 am – Mars square Saturn
22 January 07:25 am – Venus conjunct Jupiter 16 03
23 January 06:13 am – Mercury square Uranus
25 January 12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter
27 January 04:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38
29 January 09:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 09 54
31 January 09:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune
A Look At The Stars for January 2 thru January 7
Wednesday January 2
0:49 am – Sun conjunct Saturn at 11 31 means you must stand up and be counted. So hard work, discipline and patience are needed this weekly horoscope to attend to your duties and obligations. You may also have to take on extra responsibility or act as a mentor or guide. This can be a time of great satisfaction, with achievements, recognition and promotion. However, it can also be a time of privation, insecurity and hardship. Much will depend on how diligent and responsible you have been over the last year. So if things start to fall apart then it is a signal to change course and set new goals.
3:58 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
Friday January 4
0:12 am – Mercury trine Uranus opens your mind to new possibilities. There may be some exciting news coming your way, or chance encounters with eccentric, or in some other way stimulating people. This also has a very stimulating, electrifying effect on your thinking and communications. Keeping an open mind comes naturally and this increases your chance of making new discoveries and making new friends. All of your senses are also stimulated and your intuition should be strong and correct.
1:54 pm – Moon enters Capricorn
2:56 pm – Sun sextile Neptune heightens your sensitivity and ability to read people and situations. Any intuitive or psychic abilities are also enhanced during this spiritual weekly horoscope. Greater empathy and receptivity by both you and others, means that all of your relationships will benefit from a shared understanding that may be non-verbal. So this would be an ideal time express your more caring and sensitive side by serving others, and by doing so you will feel a boost to your self-esteem and personal satisfaction.
10:39 pm – Mercury enters Capricorn
Saturday January 5
8:28 pm – Solar Eclipse at 15 25 is generally positive thanks to a close alignment with the harmonious fixed star Vega. This massive pale sapphire star in Lyra Constellation, the Harp, has an optimistic, generous, creative and poetic influence. This weekly horoscope solar eclipse conjunct Saturn also gives a serious and conservative influence but a helpful aspect to Neptune lightens the mood. So this is an excellent solar eclipse for starting or growing a business.
9:27 pm – Venus quincunx Uranus increases your need for change and excitement in your love life. If you have a partner you may want to get kinky in the bedroom. So if you feel smothered by your partner of they are the conservative type, you will probably feel a sudden urge to do your own thing. You may also seek stimulation through entertainment or amusements or even an affair.
Sunday January 6
3:26 pm – Uranus Direct at 28 35 brings to an end the 155 days of Uranus retrograde inner change in response to external changes in your life.
Solar Eclipse 5 January 2019 – Big Business
Solar Eclipse 5 January 2019 – Big Business
The New Moon on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 15° Capricorn is a partial solar eclipse. The Solar Eclipse January 2019 astrology is generally positive thanks to a close alignment with the harmonious fixed star Vega. This massive pale sapphire star in Lyra Constellation, the Harp, has an optimistic, generous, creative and poetic influence.
The January 2019 Solar Eclipse conjunct Saturn gives a serious and conservative influence but a helpful aspect to Neptune lightens the mood. This is an excellent solar eclipse for starting or growing a business. It is ideal for creative, musical and artistic projects and encourages acts of kindness and charity. With integrity and good intentions, it is possible to build your little project into a big business.
Solar Eclipse Meaning
A solar eclipse is just like a regular new moon where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However, a solar eclipse is more powerful because the Moon darkens the Sun. Solar Eclipse January 2019 is a partial solar eclipse so most of the Sun will still be visible. The new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. A new moon influence lasts for four weeks but a solar eclipse lasts about six months.
The strongest and most important aspect in astrology is Sun conjunct Moon. It means all possibilities are on the table and you can rightly put yourself in the forefront of new plans for the future. It is time to question your old habits and behaviors as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress. This is the ideal time to make a fresh start, so write your new goals on paper. The Solar Eclipse January 2019 astrology will compliment themes found in the January 21 Lunar Eclipse. Together, they make up an eclipse phase which lasts until the July 2, 2019 solar eclipse.
Solar Eclipse January 2019 Astrology
At 15°25′ Capricorn the solar eclipse on January 5, 2019 lies between Saturn and Pluto. The Saturn-Pluto midpoint at 16°21′ Capricorn gives a very serious, dark feel to the solar eclipse. However, the strongest aspect to the eclipse is a sextile to Neptune which lightens the mood. But the strongest single influence on the solar eclipse comes from a very close alignment to one of the brightest stars in the heavens, the massive fixed star Vega.
Fixed Star Vega
At 15°33′ Capricorn Sign is the fixed star Vega, the brightest star in the Harp, Lyra Constellation, and the brightest fixed star of the northern sky. It is a positive influence and a particularly good omen when conjunct the Sun and above horizon as it is for this eclipse. It gives a poetical and harmonious nature, charity, kindness, ideality, hopefulness and refinement. But Robson says it also makes people grave and sober, causes changeableness and makes people outwardly pretentious and usually lascivious.
Ebertin said “Vega is supposed to give artistic talents, especially for music and acting, but also a liking for good living. With eccentric artists, this may lead to a debauched life”.  Vega rules the back of the right knee in the human body. It is associated with the ego. It creates fulfillment through the ego and can be considered as masculine pride brought forward from a former life into this incarnation.
So Vega is a positive star but it also has some harmful effects. According to Robson, when the Sun and Moon join Vega it can make people critical, abrupt, reserved and unpopular. It gives fleeting honors, insincere friends, public disgrace, probably through forgery, loss through writings, some ill-health, but also success in business, an influential position and gain through an annuity or pension.
Solar Eclipse Aspects
Solar eclipse conjunct Saturn does give this eclipse more serious overtones. It reinforces the grave and sober influence of Vega in general, and the critical, abrupt, reserved and unpopular influence from Vega. However, Neptune eases the cold and restrictive nature of Saturn. Saturn gives the discipline and patience to fulfill your duties and obligations. You may have to take on extra responsibility or act as a mentor or guide.
This can be a time of great satisfaction, with achievements, recognition and promotion. You could act as a rock for someone, or be looked up to because of your stability and wisdom. Structures in your life may need attending to. This can range from your physical home to how you organize your daily routine. This is a good solar eclipse to simplify and bring efficiency to your life. clutter your life and remove the dead wood to make your goals less complicated and easier to achieve.
Solar eclipse sextile Neptune amplifies the harmonious and poetical influence of Vega. It makes this an excellent eclipse for musicians, artists and actors. Neptune will also heighten your sensitivity and ability to read people and situations. It brings vivid dreams and enhances your intuitive and psychic abilities.
Greater empathy and receptivity in your relationships will bring shared non-verbal understanding. This is a good eclipse to express your more caring and sensitive side by serving others. Doing so will boost your self-esteem and personal satisfaction. Group activities and spiritual work like meditation will bring inspiring insights, greater self understanding and contentment.
Saturn sextile Neptune brings material gain from spiritual pursuits. With hard work and a sensible, realistic approach, your dream can come true. You will understand your own limitations but will be optimistic at the same time. This is a solar eclipse to gain a deeper understanding of your spiritual goals and how they fit into the bigger picture.
You will show patience and self discipline without denying yourself or making sacrifices. You can also help make other people’s dream come true now through practical help and through spiritual support and encouragement. Devotion and service to others will increase your spiritual awareness and understanding. This aspect is also associated with finding or building your dream home.
The January 5 solar eclipse has a generally positive influence because of a close alignment with the bright star Vega. A positive aspect to Neptune enhances the harmonious and optimistic influence of this star. So solar eclipse January 2018 is ideal for starting creative, artistic and musical projects.
The solar eclipse conjunct fixed star Vega is also a good omen for starting or expanding a business. Most new business ventures fail within the first year but Saturn conjunct the solar eclipse with Vega improves your chances of long-term success. Great satisfaction and fulfillment, as well as financial independence are the likely results if you take a serious, ethical and moral approach to any new venture.
The solar eclipse sitting between Saturn and Pluto means serious business but also big business. Saturn sextile Neptune encourages this idealistic approach and makes it easier to turn your dreams into reality.
Solar Eclipse January 2019 Times and Dates
Los Angeles, January 5 at 5:28 pm
New York, January 5 at 8:28 pm
London, January 6 at 1:28 am
Delhi, January 6 at 6:58 am
Sydney, January 6 at 12:28 pm
The Solar Almanac for Wednesday, January 2nd
Sun Direction:122.75° ESE↑
Sun Distance:91.404 million mi
Next Equinox:Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today:7:08 am↑ 118° Southeast
Sunset Today:4:48 pm↑ 242° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 40 minutes
The Lunar Almanac for Wednesday, January 2nd
Moon Direction:153.58° SSE↑
Moon Distance:244162 mi
Next New Moon:Jan 5, 20197:28 pm
Next Full Moon:Jan 20, 201911:16 pm
Next Moonset:Today2:30 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Illumination: 11.5%
The Sky This Week from January 2 to January 6
Brilliant Venus climbs highest before dawn, while one of the year’s top meteor showers peaks under a New Moon.
Earth reaches perihelion, the closest point to the Sun during its year-long orbit, at midnight EST. The two then lie 91.4 million miles (147.1 million kilometers) apart. It surprises many people to learn that Earth comes closest to the Sun in the dead of winter, but the cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year arises because the Sun lies low in the sky.
Saturn passes behind the Sun from our perspective, a configuration astronomers call solar conjunction, at 1 a.m. EST. Needless to say, our star’s glare makes it impossible to see the planet. Saturn will return to view before dawn in the second half of January.
The Quadrantid meteor shower reaches its peak tonight. And with New Moon arriving in just two days, observers with clear weather will have ideal conditions. Astronomers expect the shower to peak around 9 p.m. EST. Unfortunately, the radiant — the point in the northern part of the constellation Boötes from which the meteors appear to originate — doesn’t climb high until the early morning hours. And rates drop dramatically from the peak. The Quadrantids can produce up to 120 meteors per hour at maximum, but that number drops to 30 just eight hours on either side. North American observers should see a good display, but the best views likely will come from Europe.
The waning crescent Moon appears 4° to the left of Jupiter this morning. Both objects rise shortly after 5 a.m. local time and climb about 10° high an hour before sunup. A telescope shows Jupiter’s 32″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see much detail because the light has to travel through thick layers of turbulent air near the horizon.
Friday, January 4
Although people in the Northern Hemisphere experienced the shortest day of the year two weeks ago (at the winter solstice December 21), the Sun has continued to rise slightly later with each passing day. That trend stops this morning for those at 40° north latitude. Tomorrow’s sunrise will arrive at the same time as today’s, but the Sun will come up two seconds earlier Sunday morning. This turnover point depends on latitude. If you live farther north, the switch occurred a few days ago; closer to the equator, the change won’t happen until later in January.
Saturday, January 5
New Moon occurs at 8:28 p.m. EST. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare. At least, it typically does. But if you live in the right area, you can watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun and cause a partial solar eclipse. Observers in southwestern Alaska, Japan, and eastern Asia can see the Moon partially eclipse the Sun. Maximum eclipse occurs in eastern Siberia, where our satellite covers 71 percent of the Sun’s disk. Remember that when viewing the Sun during a partial eclipse, protect your eyes by using a safe solar filter.
Sunday, January 6
Venus appears brilliant in the southeast before dawn. It reached greatest elongation late yesterday evening, when it was 47° west of the Sun, so it stands highest in this morning’s sky. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.6, more than 10 times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises nearly four hours before the Sun and stands 20° high in the southeast when twilight begins. The planet lies among the background stars of Libra, but it will move into Scorpius this coming week. If you point a telescope at Venus, you’ll see a disk that spans 25″ and appears halflit.
Moon Phase Calendar for January 2
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon currently in the sign of Sagittarius
Current Moon is in Sagittarius:
The greatest need is to always search for something. In order to feel safe you might find that you need to have a goal, mission or philosophy that gives your life meaning. With Moon in Sagittarius you have an optimistic approach to life and you believe that things will get better even if you get into trouble.
Organs influenced by the current Sagittarius Moon Sign:
Organs: Liver, sacrum, thigh bone, tail bone, hip muscles, hip joint, lumbar vertebra, lumbar muscle.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.
Today is Wednesday, January 2
Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury
Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo
Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx
Animal: Raven & Cat
Color: Red & Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)
The Runic Half Month of Eoh (December 28 – January 12)
Goddess of the Month of Freya
—The Pagan Book of Days
The Goddess Book of Days for January 2nd
Nativity of Inanna, Sumerian Queen of Heaven and Earth. She is also Demeter, Venus, Cybele, Astarte, Isis, Ishtar, Rhiannon and Aphrodite. In Egypt, the Advent of Isis from Phoenecia, the Isis/ Osiris cycle (Venus/Adonis, Inanna/Tammuz, Cybele/ Attis, Ata Bey/Yoko-Hoo). Earth is at perihelion to the Sun, closest to the Sun of any time in the year.
Goddesses Associated with Wednesday
For Woden: Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette
—The Goddess Book of Days
~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~
Days 4-6 Ruled by Artemis/Diana, the independent one of the wilderness, the impetus behind the newly planted seed
Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood
Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration
Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these
Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess
Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family
Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin
Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.
The Wicca Book of Days for Wednesday, January 2nd
The birth of the Pagan goddess Inanna has been celebrated annually on this date since ancient times. Inanna is the Sumerian queen of heaven and earth, and a deity who presides over both love and war.
Every year on this date, the Perihelion of the Earth takes place. When this occurs, the planet Earth reaches the point in its orbit closest to the Sun. Many astrologers consider this to be a highly significant event. In ancient Egypt, a religious ceremony known as the Advent of Isis from Phoenecia was performed yearly on this date in honor of the goddess Isis.
–The Wicca Book of Days
On Wednesday, January 2, We Celebrate….
Shigoto Hajime (Japan)
BENTEN Themes: Luck; Wealth; Beauty
Symbols: Boats; Dragons; Guitars; Snakes; Saltwater
About Benten: As the Japanese goddess steering the New Year’s Treasure Ship, Benten is a perfect figure to call on for financial improvements this year. She is the only goddess of luck in Japan and is referred to as queen of the seas and patroness of gamblers. Japanese women invoke her to bring beauty and fortune into their lives. Benten is depicted as riding a gold dragon, playing a biwa(guitar), and sending out white snakes with her missives. Her robe bears a jewel that grants wishes.
To Do Today: To welcome Benten’s prosperity into your home, sprinkle a little saltwater on the threshold today. Or, to generate beauty within and without, soak in a bath of Epsom salts while listening to guitar music. The Shigoto Hajime festival honors the beginning of the work week in Japan, where it is believed that good omens for work begin today. If you want to get a peek at how your employment will fare this year, try divination by dice (a traditional gambler’s tool). Hold one die in your hand, ask for Benten to provide a sign, then roll it. The results can be interpreted as follows: (1) a negative omen; (2) feeling torn between two good options; (3) a good omen; (4) financial security; (5) not much material change, but improvements in interoffice relationships; (6) an excellent omen; roll again. If you get two more sixes, Benten’s treasures will be yours!
365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Metal: Mercury (Quicksilver)
Deities: Odin, Hermes, Lugh
Gemstones: Mercury, Athena
Crystals: Adventurine, Agate
Herbs: Aspen trees, lilies, Lavender, Ferns
Associations: Business, Communication, Loss and Debt, Travel.
The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, January 2
First Writing Day (Japanese)
Moon phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Scorpio
Moon enters Sagittarius 3:58 am
The Witches Magick for Wednesday, January 2
MONEY RITUAL FOR PROSPERITY IN LIFE
This isn’t some “get-rich-quick” spell.
You will need:
Plain white piece of paper
I usually have some other candles around and sometimes will also use some of the essential oils that I know draw in money. Think of the amount of money that is needed, not what is wanted. Asking for a million dollars is absolutely ridiculous to say the least. Write down the amount that you know you need to help you achieve your goals (paying bills, paying for college, camp fees, whatever) on the plain, white piece of paper. Fold the paper in half three times.
After getting a connection with your goddess, light your green candle. Use your own incantation to ask the
Goddess for her help and guidance to find the money that you need. Place the paper under the candle. Now close your eyes and see money coming to you. Don’t think of how it comes, just see it come. See it appear in your hand or maybe imagine it flying around you like in those money booth games and see yourself snatching it out of the air. While doing this, I burn a bay leaf in the candles flame. Inhale the fragrance emitted by the bay leaf. If you have money-drawing oils, then a few drops on the sides of the candle can be placed as you give thanks to the Goddess for listening to you.
Close as you feel appropriate. Leave it all set up when you finish if you are able and repeat. Start it on the new moon and repeat several times until the full moon. At this point, burn the paper and spread it’s ashes to the wind.
Witch Tip #140 for January 2
If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to burn herbs or candles, use essential oils as a substitute.
Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
Daily Incantations & Enchantments for January 2
This is to dispel negative attitudes and provide protection from dark influences. Repeat it as needed throughout the day, or if you feel you are coming under attack from a particular person or circumstance.
A white light surrounds me, and all that I see.
I ask for protection and security.
All that is negative I now erase, I have serenity and peace in it’s place.
–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days . Garden Summerland
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