Celestial Insights: January 2021

January 11, 2021 0 Comments

Celestial Insights: January 2021

Monthly moon insights by Candace Looft, of Beyond the Veil Tarot  / Original art for J. Southern Studio by Spirited Animals

January 2021 Celestial Insights 


Welcome to your January 2021 Celestial Insights overview! 

What better way to start off the New Year than with PLANETS DIRECT!! We have a solid month before anything goes retrograde. This means the cosmos are blessing us with forward motion and want 2021 to start with FULL steam ahead. Looking over the two lunations- the New Moon in Capricorn and the Full Moon in Leo- they both seem as if they’re catapulting us forward into massive change. While the first New Moon has the Sun and Moon in close proximity to transformative Pluto, many of us will be having one last hoorah with Saturn after three long years. The Sun and Moon collectively shine a light on the shadow of Pluto, asking us to spend the next six months honing in on our personal power and standing up to the bullies and cruelness of this world. Following two weeks later, the Full Moon in Leo will be pulling out ALL the stops, and ushering in the controlled chaos of the gang of planets in Aquarius. The point is that this is the month we’ve been waiting for. If you’ve read my posts throughout 2020, I spoke specifically about the build up to 2021, and the need to personally and collectively EVOLVE. Well my friends, welcome to the finale! Ironically- at the very beginning of the year. 

The big news is Saturn and Jupiter’s shift into the fixed air sign of Aquarius. Just before the holiday last month, the two connected, giving each other cosmic kisses and ushering in a new era for human kind. With Aquarius energy you want to expect the unexpected. Controlled chaos, parties, evolution, REVOLUTION are all key words. In a strange cosmic turn of events, these two planets connected emphasizing excessiveness and magnification (Jupiter) along with commitment and responsibility (Saturn). In a weird way it makes me wonder, if a negative and a positive meet, does it become neutral? Maybe, in some mathematical cases. What’s going to keep that from NOT happening? Number one, the world is evolving. It’s going to start collectively manifesting before our very eyes. But sometimes there needs to be a bit of chaos before there is some control. Number two, in the weeks and months ahead, these planets will square off with Uranus in Taurus. This will collectively give us a push to radically change world economics, beauty standards, our natural resources and more. Likely through a series of sudden shocking events, we learn how to create change. All fixed signs be warned, this is the year where you are pushed to evolve with this shift. 

Astrology is a series of mathematical degrees and angles which can be interpreted and used to make predictions. With easy aspects, like sextile and trines, we see positive and often harmonious happenings. However, squares produce the need to make physical changes in several different areas of life to better work together in the long run. When dealing with a client who experiences these squares, I often hear things like, “There is so much pressure, I don’t know how to balance it all”, or “I don’t know if I can do this”. While I empathize with them, I also know that squares produce grit, and we could all use a bit of that to light a fire under our ass sometimes. Change is constant, so get used to it in 2021. Fixed squares are more so reluctant to make changes because well, they’re “fixed” in their ways (pun intended). Learning to be adaptive and flexible is the only way though the next few months. The world will be changing in exciting ways. It’s up to us to move through that change for not only our best interests, but the world collectively.  

Last but not least, the Mercury retrograde at the end of the month starting on the 30th. The same usual rules apply- read contracts closely, including the fine print. Watch for issues in communication, with vehicles, and possibly even electronics. Back up hard drives, and be prepared for delays. What makes this retrograde different- is the fact that Mercury will retrograde back through Aquarius and meet with a slew of other planets in Aquarius, while trining the North Node in Gemini. I expect some very important highlighted information about your new “Saturn mission” to arrive somewhere around end of January or early February 2021. Aquarius wants us to break free and be unconventional, unpredictable. One thing is for sure, I don’t think we’ve seen the end of the political chaos yet. More protests, social justice movements, and political scandals are yet to come. 2021 will be remembered as the year that the people took their power back. Standing collectively to create change and treat everyone equally, and humanely will be the primary focus. Every small change you make in your world to help this movement creates a ripple effect. 


Notable dates and transits

  • January 1:  Mercury In Capricorn Sextile Neptune In Pisces
  • January 4:  Mercury In Capricorn Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn
  • January 6: Mars Enters Taurus
  • January 8: Mercury Enters Aquarius
  • January 8: Venus Enters Capricorn, Sun In Capricorn Sextile Neptune In Pisces, Mercury In Aquarius Square Mars In Taurus
  • January 9: Venus In Capricorn Trine Mars In Taurus, Mercury In Aquarius Conjunct Saturn In Aquarius
  • January 11: Mercury In Aquarius Conjunct Jupiter In Aquarius
  • January 12: Mercury In Aquarius Square Uranus In Taurus
  • January 13: New Moon In Capricorn, Mars In Taurus Square Saturn In Aquarius
  • January 14: Uranus Direct In Taurus, Sun In Capricorn Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn
  • January 7: Jupiter In Aquarius Square Uranus In Taurus
  • January 19: Sun Enters Aquarius
  • January 20: Mars In Taurus Conjunct Uranus In Taurus
  • January 23: Mars In Taurus Square Jupiter In Aquarius, Sun In Capricorn Conjunct Saturn In Capricorn
  • January 26: Sun In Aquarius Square Uranus In Taurus
  • January 28: Full Moon In Leo, Venus In Capricorn Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn, Sun In Aquarius Conjunct Jupiter In Aquarius
  • January 30: Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius Begins


Read more below about the full and new moons for the month ahead. Refer back as needed! 


Lunar Happenings : January 2021 


New Moon in Capricorn: Eyes on the Prize 
January 12th /13th, 2021 @ 23 degrees of Capricorn 
9:00 pm January 12th PST, 12 am PST


Planetary Aspects

  • Sun and Moon Conjunct Pluto 
  • Mercury in Aquarius square Mars and Uranus in Taurus
  • Mercury in Aquarius sextile Chiron in Aries 
  • Venus in Capricorn trine Mars and Uranus in Taurus 
  • Venus in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries 
  • Mars in Taurus square Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius 
  • Neptune in Pisces square the Nodes of the Moon


Themes: Transformations, rebirth, clean slate, withdrawn, seclusion, privacy, dedication, a turning point, faithfulness, sanctification, responsibility, unearthing information or secrets, moments of power.   

Symbolism: The Sea-goat, Goats, Saturn, Elders, Bones

This New Moon is a lunation that will be deeply transformative and powerful. The trick is learning to be patient and work with these energies throughout the month. Capricorn focuses its earthy energies on long term planning and rising to the top. Intentions set for the New Year are strongest made at the time of this Moon. The Sun and Moon meet directly on top of Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld. This opens our eyes to issues of power. Where we give it away, don’t have enough of it, or need to rise up and become more powerful. The choice is yours on this lunation. Steer clear of power struggles, fear and anything that’s heavy handed. Power can go one of two ways, keep that in mind. Death, sex, and transformation are all Pluto’s realm. In Capricorn it suggests massive transformations will be taking place when it comes to those in positions of power, be that government officials or world leaders. I expect to see major movements when it comes to police reform. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement may take center stage once again. The darker sides of Pluto deal with crime, violence and secrets. The days surrounding this Moon are likely to drum a bit of this up as well. The Veil will be extremely thin with close contacts to Pluto, so forms of divination or even ancestral/ mediumship work will be favored. 


Ways to Ritualize this Moon


Crystals: Garnet, Onyx, Ruby 
Herbs: Mullein, Wintergreen, Lemon Balm
Colors: Black, Brown, Grey 

Work with elements like Earth, crystals, and herbs. Bones and ancestral work is well aspected at the time of this New Moon. Communing with the dead is an excellent choice as the Veil will be very thin.  

  • Set long term intentions that require patience, determination, and persistence. 
  • Go for a hike or a steep uphill climb. Finish off with a meditation at the highest point. 
  • Spend time practicing yoga and connecting to the body.
  • Set professional or annual year ahead goals now. 
  • Purging and purification spells, or empowerment spells are exceptionally strong. 



Full Moon in Leo: Fight for your right to party 
January 28th, 2021 @ 9 degrees of Leo
9:16 am PST, 12:16 pm EST


Planetary Aspects

  • Sun in Aquarius oppose Moon in Leo 
  • Sun and Moon square Mars in Taurus 
  • Sun and Moon square Uranus in Taurus 
  • Sun and Moon sextile Chiron in Aries 
  • Moon trine Chiron in Aries 
  • Mars and Uranus in Taurus square Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius 
  • Neptune in Pisces square the Nodes of the Moon


Themes: Unrest, rebellion, breaking free, revival, stimulation, strength, fresh start, purity, transmuting ego issues, changes in friendships or values, financial fluctuations. 

Symbolism: Lion, The Sun, Ra 

This Full Moon is a flat out EXPLOSIVE and DRAMATIC one. Hold onto your shorts. This energy will bleed clear into February and set the stage for raging opposing sides of a matter. I suppose the most obvious divide will be political, but it will take many other forms. The explosive energy is due to the Leo Moon’s opposition to Jupiter and Saturn, and square to Mars and Uranus in Taurus. Sudden jolts and changes are likely. Humans can be creatures of habit, and find themselves not necessarily coping well with sudden changes. Take it easy on yourself, and others as well. Jupiter Uranus squares have a tendency to have us acting impulsively, and acting first before thinking later. You would be wise to not be rushing around during this Moon. Watch for dramatic ego flares, and reckless behavior. Take your time when moving around town and driving, as this may cause literal accidents or fights with others. The Sun is the star of this Full Moon, and with so very many aspects opposing or squaring the Sun, the focus is on YOU. Not other people. Your goal is to be an actor, not a reactor. Other peoples reactions should have NO effect on your moral grounds. On the more positive side- this Moon is excellent for shifting gears, cutting loose and having fun. Sometimes you need a little shake up in the day to day to get the creative juices flowing. 


Ways to Ritualize this Moon

Crystals: Tigers eye, Carnelian, Pyrite 
Herbs: Chicory, Cinnamon, Rosemary 
Colors: Red or Gold
Gold, gold, and more gold! Worship the Sun. Bring bright flowers into the house. Focus on yourself for the day. Shine bright and dress up. Sun salutations work well for this day, as does anything having to do with romance, theater, or children. 
  • Shine a light on your passions and creativity. Complete a personal project. 
  • Be romantic, share how you feel with someone special. 
  • Watch out for the drama, don’t add any fuel to the flames on this Moon. Slow down when expressing yourself, and don’t rush about this day. 
  • Get yourself a back massage, Leo rules the Spine after all. 
  • Get some time out in the Sunshine if at all possible, if not consider a UV sauna session, or red light therapy. 


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Candace Marie of Beyond the Veil Tarot has her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Theology, and studied at the School of Evolutionary Astrology. She is also a graduate of Sacred Crossings Death Midwifery School, and a root worker and herbalist. Read her bio here, and catch more of her work on Beyond the Veil Tarot.


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