January 25: Lunar New Year

January 25: Lunar New Year

Happy Chinese new year!

On the heels of yesterday’s new moon in Aquarius, a Lunar New Year begins according to Chinese astrology in the sign of the cunning and industrious metal Rat. It sets the tone for the new year as one that encourages resilience, ingenuity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Rats are the survivors and gatherers of the Chinese zodiac, reminding us to be resourceful, to nurture what we have to grow in order to secure prosperity for the future.


Mercury is sextile Mars at 5:09 a.m.


The day begins with a supportive sextile between Mercury in Aquarius and Mars in Sagittarius. This is a motivating, activating aspect that encourages swift thought and clear initiative. Our ability to be objective and inquisitive now blends well with Mars’ enthusiastic, spontaneous placement in the questing Centaur’s sign. This is an excellent opportunity to strategize and move forward decisively with an idea, a proposal, or project.

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The moon is sextile Mars at 10:34 a.m.


The new moon in Aquarius also comes into a sextile aspect with Mars later this morning, adding an emotional directness to the tone of the day. The crisp and airy Aquarius mood of the moment adds fuel to Mars in Sagittarius’ fire, making this a time to be more forthright about a matter that previously has felt hard to broach. Sagittarius, known for brutal honesty, and Aquarius, known for aloofness, can combine to create some frank, but necessary conversations today. It’s like pulling the band-aid off, when it’s best to be quick and succinct with what we need to express. The sextile aspect is one that is supportive and collaborative hints that these connections are likely to go in a productive and positive direction.


The moon is conjunct Mercury at 11:06 a.m.


Feeling and thought come together just before noon with the conjunction of the newly waxing moon with Mercury in Aquarius. It is another overlay to the day’s theme of emotional clarity working in harmony with our intellect and sense of drive and initiative. We may be able to access realizations and solutions today with more objectivity, as our subjective emotions may feel a little quieter, allowing more space to think and strategize without worry, reactivity, or defensiveness. 

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All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.