Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by David Pond, author of several books, including Astrology & Relationships and the new Astrology for Beginners.

The New Year begins with some of the most intense and powerful astrological aspects of the whole year, with the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on January 10, 2020 and the world-shaping Saturn/Pluto conjunction just two days later on January 12, 2020. This is bringing global tensions and environmental problems to a head. Full Moon weeks are always intense, and in the sensitive water sign Cancer, all the more—and with the Eclipse, all the more yet.

The dominant energy of the heavens is still Capricorn, with five planets and the South Node all in this sign of worldly responsibilities and demanding self-mastery in some area of your life. With so many demands from the “should monster,” you can start feeling like a cog in a wheel, while emotional needs and personal matters get squished out in the machinery of your life. But not this week—personal and emotional needs come roaring back.

In the chart for the eclipse, notice the tremendous grouping of Capricorn planets at the top of the chart opposite the Moon in Cancer at the bottom.

Eclipse Astrological Chart

Use the eclipse to examine where your personal life and emotional needs have been eclipsed by other responsibilities. Questions of authority surface with the Saturn/Pluto conjunction. Can you reclaim authority in your life to schedule in time for your personal life and some type of self-nurturing activity? Who is the boss of you? Who gives you permission to live your life the way you choose? To be your own authority, claim responsibility for creating a daily schedule that allows for a balance of tending to your needs for emotional fulfillment along with tending to all of your worldly responsibilities.

Need to Sharpen Your Astrological Language Abilities?
My newest book from Llewellyn, Astrology for Beginners, will be released February 8, 2020, and is available now for pre-order. If you are new to astrology, or would like to sharpen your astrological skills to learn how to interpret your own birth chart and the birth charts of others, this book is an excellent tool. Before I began my astrology career, 45 years ago, I was an elementary school teacher and developed a knack for taking complex issues, such as astrology, and making them accessible in easily understood language.

Concise and direct, this easy-to-follow guide provides everything needed to uncover the secrets of your birth chart and reveal amazing insights about your true nature. You’ll gain an incredibly expanded understanding of yourself―and others―with this book’s extensive information and examples. You will be taken through the steps of learning the meaning of the signs, planets houses and aspects and how to synthesis all this information so that ultimately you will be able to interpret an astrological chart yourself.


Our thanks to David for his guest post! For more from David Pond, read his article “The Outer Planets: How Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto Contribute to Spiritual Growth.”

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Written by Anna
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