Exactly a year ago, 2014 began with a Capricorn New Moon conjunct underworld-ruler Pluto. Sun-Pluto unions happen annually, but the last time this rendezvous of the source of all life in our solar system with the planet of extremes, death-rebirth, and metamorphosis occurred when billions of human souls on Planet Earth were sending out fervent hopes and prayers for a positive start to a New Year would have been 247 years before. Plus, for the universe to toss in our midst a New Moon (with Mercury close by, and Mars, Jupiter and Uranus making the configuration into an intense Grand Cross in the heavens) was pretty much adding insult to injury. The net result of 2014 beginning with the cosmic bang described above was that world-wide terrorism, the virulent plague of Ebola, an increasing monstrosity of global warming and weird weather gyrations, as well as a higher-than-usual assortment of social-political-business-educational ills seemed to engulf our world.
Right now the Chicken Littles of Spaceship Earth should take a back seat as the celestial dice are being thrown more haphazardly. There is actually a modicum of happy tidings passing through the material plane — courtesy of the Moon exalted in Taurus forming a harmonious trine of 120-degrees to Venus in career-oriented Capricorn (4:20AM). The hours beforehand can signify a creative-artistic whirlwind taking place, although this Moon-Venus liaison also begins a void lunar uncertainty zone that lasts until 9:10AM when the Moon enters airy Gemini. One rule of thumb during a void-of-course Moon cycle is to finish old business on a high not while steering clear of launching bold, new plans.
Once the Moon escapes its void condition and energizes Gemini, pursue your favorite crafts and hobbies with a vengeance. The main potential obstacle to contentment on the relationship front arrives at 11:50AM when Mars in Aquarius makes a somewhat infrequent opposition to Jupiter retrograding in Leo. Projecting anger on dear ones is taboo. Put egocentric attitudes in mothballs. Tweak this polarity by revving up your exercise program and enhancing athletic skills. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]