Celestial Insights: January 2022

December 28, 2021 0 Comments

Celestial Insights: January 2022

Insights by Kerstin Hern of The Mirrored Lantern  / Original art for J. Southern Studio by Spirited Animals


Celestial Insights    January 2022 

Happy New Year! We have initiated a brand new cycle with fresh and fertile possibilities (and a lot fewer major transits) to engage with in 2022. The busiest planet this year is Jupiter, versus Saturn and Uranus the past couple of years, which is a massive (literally) refreshing energy that ushers in luck, optimism, expansiveness, and joviality.

Here’s a quick astro recap to start the year to ensure solid understanding of planetary transits: These slower moving planets, or outer planets, such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune, represent long term patterns and themes that affect the collective—like the Major Arcana in the tarot. The inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, and our planet, are faster-moving and encompass more personal themes. The Sun and Moon are the outer/ego and inner/emotional archetypes that engage with these planetary energies to create narratives and archetypal energies that we can use from above to understand what happening below within our personal and interpersonal lives.

January always initiates the new year with Capricorn energy: ambition, practicality, and discipline… A wonderful way to start a new yearly cycle with vigor and confidence. Capricorn is a cardinal sign, meaning it’s an initiator and change-maker that imbues us with leadership vibes that fill us with enthusiasm to get moving and jump-start projects. We are also kicking off the year in Venus retrograde until the 29th, plus Mercury retrograde on January 14. Therefore, the first month of 2022 is all about revisiting, revising, reassessing our relationships, how we love, our values, our relationship to finances, how and with whom we communicate, and personal ideas/narratives and initiating change or adjustment where needed.

Check out several notable astro transit dates below to both prepare for and better understand these massive and micro energy shifts so you can work with the cosmic flow. Be sure to check the Tarotscopes blog for specific astrology transits for your sun, rising, and moon signs, too.

Create your own rituals around the new and full moons with themes, symbols, and tools to activate your manifestations and releases (outlined below). Make note of which house will be most affected for you, per lunation, as well—especially the super new moon!

Wishing you all a wonderful and empowered start to the year ahead!


Notable Transits:

  • January 2: Super New Moon in Capricorn (fresh starts in group projects, new career goals, order, and organization)
  • January 2: Mercury ingress Aquarius (rational communication, ideas, and information in relation to the collective/humanity/society, innovative and progressive ideas)
  • January 14: Mercury retrograde (revisit, reevaluate, revise, re-do thoughts + communications)
  • January 17: Full Moon in Cancer (emotional + intuitive energy focusing on abundance and releases around home/family/security/loyalty)
  • January 18: Uranus in Taurus direct (emergence of unexpected news, sudden change, shake-ups, and awakenings)
  • January 18: North Node enters Taurus (new eclipse axis for next 1.5 years focusing on gaining stability and material comfort)
  • January 18: South Node enters Scorpio (new eclipse axis for next 1.5 years focusing on releasing addictive, compulsive, and maladaptive attachments)
  • January 19: Sun ingress Aquarius (Aquarius season highlighting inventive technology, focusing on astrology, communication, and humanity and all things wonderfully weird)
  • January 24: Mars ingress Capricorn (forward movement, passion, and action in relation to personal goals, ambition, but potential beef with bosses)
  • January 25: Mercury Rx ingress Capricorn (reassess goals and work, reflect on and release fixed ideas that don’t match our personal goals/relationships)
  • January 29: Venus direct (integrate lessons learned and new awareness about your relationships, who you love and why, and your material and personal value)



Super New Moon in Capricorn: Anchored to the Earth, Stretching to the Cosmos
Sunday, January 2, 2022 @ 12 degrees of Capricorn
10:33 am PST //  1:33 pm EST


THEMES & SYMBOLS: fresh starts, long-term goals, year ahead plan, perseverance, tenacity, practicality, endurance, leadership, structure, discipline, patience, resourcefulness, sensitivity, devotion, responsibility, goal setting, initiation, stubbornness, yearly intentions, revisions, security, brown, gray, taupe, garnet, sea goat, goat-fish, mountain goat, ram, ibex, antelope, horns, sickle, cornucopia, mountain, earth, compass, Saturn

We are lucky to have a Super New Moon starting off the month and the year, activating auspicious energy for short- and long-term goals within the vibration of Capricorn, whose sensibility and ambition can lay a sturdy foundation for all goals and wishes we set now. It also falls on a Sunday, which is a momentous day for personal success and health magick. We have Venus in retrograde during this lunation, so applying Capricornian practicality and sustainability to all we are revising in the realms of love, money, and values will also serve well, as sometimes the rose-colored glasses other signs tend to wear can make red flags just look like flags (I stole that from BoJack—such a good line!). Mercury has also moved into Aquarius on the same day of this new moon, adding a fresh perspective and clarity of mind with the planet of communication and ideas moving into an air sign (communication and ideas) threaded with innovation and humanitarian ideals. Aquarius used to be ruled by Saturn, Cap’s ruler, so we really have access to a grounded, clear, realistic grip on what is going on inside us, in front of us, and around us but also with the beginner energy and optimism of setting big, daring goals for ourselves, as we should!



Find your sun or rising sign below to see what area of your life will be most impacted by this new moon:

  • ARIES: 10th House (career, achievements, public status)
  • TAURUS: 9th House (higher learning, teaching, spirituality, expansion)
  • GEMINI: 8th House (transformation, the occult/mystery, other people’s money)
  • CANCER: 7th House (intimate relationships, partnerships, known enemies)
  • LEO: 6th House (health, daily routines, pets)
  • VIRGO: 5th House (creativity, pleasure, children)
  • LIBRA: 4th House (home, family/ancestors, security)
  • SCORPIO: 3rd House (communication, student, community, siblings)
  • SAGITTARIUS: 2nd House (your financial and personal value, material possessions)
  • CAPRICORN: 1st House (identity, personality, appearance)
  • AQUARIUS: 12th House (the unconscious, psychic gifts, inner secrets/dialogue)
  • PISCES: 11th House (friends, social groups, your community)



  • Deities: Baphomet, Persephone/Demeter, Inanna, Tyr, Pan, Apollo, Kronos, Saturn
  • Tarot Card: The Devil (shadow self, material desires, addictions, compulsions, impulsiveness, low vibration of Lovers card, self-induced imprisonment, giving away power, depression)
  • Candles: brown, beige, gray, black and white, Earth Element Candle
    • Crystals (to wear or place on altar): lapis lazuli, blue sapphire, ruby, all agates, howlite, garnet, jasper, smokey and clear quartz, carnelian, chrysoprase
  • Herbs + Oils + Resins: basil (use actual herb or essential oil to dress candle: wealth, abundance, healing), chamomile (cap/Saturn herb, prosperity, mental comfort, soothing, good for artists/artisans), comfrey (cap/Saturn herb, faithfulness, peace, abundance), wintergreen (cap/Saturn herb, lunar magick, healing, protection, good luck, money), rosemary (Cap herb, new moon, clarity, healing, protection)


Write your intentions as specifically as possible on a small piece of paper, in the present tense, as if they are already happening or already happened. Fold it 3 times toward you, symbolizing bringing energy to you, and place on your altar under your crystals. You may also place your petition under your Earth Element Candle or chime candle before you light it. This is an earth moon, so you can safely light your petition on fire then place it in your cauldron and mix with salt, bury your petition (if on animal-friendly paper) in your yard, or place in a healthy plant.


“On this lunation, I ground and anchor myself into the core of Capricorn energy, feeling ambition, fortitude, and perseverance rise from my feet, up my body, through my arms and heart space, through my throat chakra and into my mind. I am a clean slate energized with fresh goals on this new moon. May I be seen for my worth and hard work, may my updated intentions at the beginning of this year be heard and honored throughout 2022, and may I have the willpower and confidence to move forward, bypassing all low vibrational energy. I am fierce. I am determined. I am moving upward. So mote it be!”


Capricorn rules the teeth, bones, joints, knees—all body parts that make us stable and hold our fixed structure so that the more malleable/creative parts of us can be expressed healthily. Getting exercise, stretching, and taking Epsom salt baths are restorative, as well as getting sun (safely) and eating vitamin D-rich foods, such as salmon, eggs, mushrooms, oatmeal, and cheese (but not too much!). Yoga poses for bone health: cobra, triangle, bridge, chair.




Full Moon in Cancer: Cleaning the House & Uncovering Personal Power in Your Deepest Roots
Monday, January 17th, 2022 @ 27 degrees of Cancer
3:48 pm PST  //  6:48 pm EST

THEMES & SYMBOLS: Security, protectiveness, roots, home, family of origin, chosen family, domestic matters, nurturing, maternal energy, children, connectedness, deep emotions, intuition, sensitivity to energy, compassion, empathy, devotion, meaningful dreams, housecleaning, uncovering personal power, connection to ancestry, creature comforts, sky blue, aqua, turquoise, sea foam green, teal, ruby, crab, crustacean claws, seashells, ocean waves, ebb and flow

The first full moon of 2022 is called the Wolf Moon and is a sage time to release any residual baggage from 2021, and anything you’ve outgrown during the introspection period of Venus retrograde. It’s a clean slate moon and a wonderful time to sit with gratitude in acknowledging all the blessings you harness starting this new year. Like gratitude, granting forgiveness to anyone still heavy on your heart or mind at this lunation will release some karma and baggage that you do not have room for in 2022.

This lunation is a culmination of emotions from the fullness in a sign that feels all the feels in connection to security, the home, and family in addition to being very intuitive (thus, everyone’s intuition will be heightened now). The shadow sides of Cancer that can emerge in the light of the full moon are co-dependency, passive-aggression, and spitefulness. Cancers are one of the most intuitive, therefore emotionally intelligent signs, so if out of balance, that strong protective and insightful energy can be used as a weapon. Check in where you may feel less security or comfort in your own life and ask yourself how you handle situations where you feel threatened, be it your ego or sense of relational security, and ensure you are operating from a place that is for your highest good and not frantically clinging to someone because it is comfortable. This lunation has Pluto conjuncting the Sun, so personal power is also relevant. Ask yourself what drama has been active at home? How can you move past it? How is your work/life balance off-kilter? Uncover both barriers to security and healthy boundaries as well as your own personal power that may have been hidden out of sight. Also pay attention to dreams and intuitive downloads, they will be active!



Find your sun or rising sign below to see what area of your life will be most impacted by this full moon:

  • ARIES: 4th House (home, family/ancestors, security)
  • TAURUS: 3rd House (communication, student, community, siblings)
  • GEMINI: 2nd House (your financial and personal value, material possessions)
  • CANCER: 1st House (identity, personality, appearance)
  • LEO: 12th House (the unconscious, psychic gifts, who/what is hidden, inner dialogue)
  • VIRGO: 11th House (friends, social groups, your community)
  • LIBRA: 10th House (career, achievements, public status)
  • SCORPIO: 9th House (higher learning, teaching, spirituality, expansion)
  • SAGITTARIUS: 8th House (transformation, the occult/mystery, other people’s money)
  • CAPRICORN: 7th House (intimate relationships, partnerships, known enemies)
  • AQUARIUS: 6th House (health, daily routines, pets)
  • PISCES: 5th House (creativity, pleasure, children)



  • Deities: Artemis/Diana (Moon rulers), Chandra (Moon), Annapurna (nourishment/feast), Bastet (Cat goddess of home and fertility)
  • Tarot Card: The Chariot (divinely guided, new beginnings, moving forward, protection, willpower, strength, determination, clear direction)
  • Candles: green, blue, turquoise, white, silver, Water Element candle
  • Crystals: any green and blue stones (such as calcite), moonstone, selenite, ruby, rose quartz, rhodochrosite, opal, aventurine + add seashells and sea glass to your altar
  • Herbs + Oils + Resins: ethically-sourced sage (cleansing, healing, wisdom, aids with digestion issues), lemon balm (Moon and water herb, healing, love, happiness, success in ritual), bay leaf (luck, wishes, healing, protection), chamomile (calming, peace, calls in blessings and prosperity, high vibrational energy), rosemary (purification, cleansing, fertility ritual, Venus energy), holly (protection, dream magick, balance), nettle and wild rose (healthy boundaries)


For this water moon, write out your full moon releases, speak them aloud facing west (water element direction), then light it on fire and place in a dish with fresh water, moon water, sea water, or rainwater. For emotionally heavier releases, flush your petition down the toilet.


“The full moon is illuminating my personal and social worlds, and I courageously recognize what is no longer serving my highest good, security, and personal power. I now thank and release what is out of alignment with my needs. May I be aware of how my work life and home life are out of balance. May I see all the abundance that I may have taken for granted. May I hear and honor my intuition in actioning my goals. May I forgive and be forgiven for the past so I can move forward in a new year with a lighter heart. I am secure. I am nurtured. I am safe. So mote it be!”


Cancer rules the diaphragm, stomach, chest/breasts, uterus, and ovaries. Focusing on the sacral and solar plexus chakras by doing massage around our hips and stomachs, drinking lots of water, and meditating with yellow stones on the solar plexus chakra and orange stones on the sacral chakra will be cleansing and balancing. Chanting the bija mantras VAM (sacral) and RAM (solar plexus) will clear and strengthen these chakras. Push your shoulders back and open your chest and feel your personal power light up from this simple movement. Breath into your belly to relieve tension and energize your digestive system. Sleep with lavender for peaceful and healing dreams.


Wishing you all an inspiring and motivating New Moon and balancing and empowering Full Moon in January! Here’s to a great start to 2022…




Kerstin from The Mirrored Lantern has practiced right hand path magick and tarot for over 29 years and has been a lover and learner of astrology for just as long… She is currently in graduate school for Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Spiritual & Depth Psychology. Follow her on instagram @themirroredlantern for witch tips, weekly tarot, occulture, and depth psych tidbits!

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