Vedic Astrology for January 2018: How to Navigate Relationships, Ambition and a Lunar Eclipse

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In January 2018, Saturn, planet of stability and truth, settles into the fire sign of Sagittarius until January 2020. During most of 2017, the normally grounded Saturn was moving very slowly between the two signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius, and transiting very sensitive and significant degrees. This initiated a lot of change, but didn’t generate much steadiness in our lives. Now, we begin to stabilize and commit to expressing our true dharma or purpose in life.

Venus, the planet of relationship and healing will be combust the Sun most of the month, which means you’ll need to put a little more effort into restoring and appreciating the important connections you have with others. The transit of Mars is quite strong this month as it moves to its own sign of Scorpio on January 16, 2018, bringing more drive, ambition, and depth, but control issues may surface. And at the end of the month on January 31, 2018, we begin the winter eclipse season with a lunar eclipse in the sign of Cancer, signaling a time of revelation and significant change.

Saturn in Sagittarius powerfully shines a light on equality, and that includes humanitarian concerns, human rights, and fairness within the government and judicial system. Personally, we are asked to scrutinize our belief system, and begin to “walk our talk.” Challenges could bring delays or restrictions as we try to uncover the truth in our society, or we have difficulty in letting go of old prejudices and beliefs that no longer serve us. We are redefining our value system – personally and collectively.


In addition, Saturn in Sagittarius is transiting the nakshatra of Mula, which means “the root.” We need to go deep to find our truths and get to the heart of the matter. Mula also relates to medicinal roots or alternative medicine, so we could find that Ayurvedic remedies are quite helpful. Mula’s deity is Kali, goddess of destruction, and so some dissolving qualities may emerge. Weak foundations will crumble or our own ignorance will be destroyed, in order to set us on the true path of self-actualization.

Venus is traveling very close to the Sun (within 5 degrees) the entire month as both the Sun and Venus move through the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn. When a planet is extra close to the Sun, it is called combustion, meaning its significations and integrity are somewhat weakened. You may find that conflicts in love and relationship surface and need to be addressed. Venus combust can actually increase the desire for love or compassion to be an integral part of our lives. The challenge with combustion can be our inability to express this desire. For example, we believe we can’t find the time in our busy schedules for relationship bonding and healing. But we can always prioritize what matters most to us, so use this transit to include enough time to really share with your loved ones and to appreciate them. If you commit to self-care and don’t overwork, you’ll find it much easier to express gratitude to those you love.

Mars enters its own sign of Scorpio from January 16 to March 6, 2018. Mars is quite driven, focused and desirous in Scorpio. This is a powerful transit, that bring passion and motivates us to accomplish our goals. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, generating persevering and persistent energies, but be aware that this can also create stubbornness and an inability to release old emotional hurts. This is a time to call on the higher qualities of Mars. Take courageous action when needed, improve your energy and vitality through heart-felt activities, and work with determination and discipline.

Rahu (north Node of the Moon) transiting the sign of Cancer will be aspecting Mars while in Scorpio. This influence exaggerates Mars’ energies. Positively, Mars and Rahu can increase your ambition and help you develop more inner strength, but be aware that the combination of these two can also increase your need to control and dominate others, which may result in power struggles or conflict.

If you direct this amplified energy towards positive spiritual and inspirational expressions, you’ll make the most of this transit. Practice cultivating patience and mindfulness, and commit to a regular practice of meditation and yoga.


The 2018 winter eclipse season begins at the end of January with a lunar eclipse occurring on January 31, 2018 at 17 degrees Cancer in the nakshatra of Ashlesha. In Vedic culture, eclipses are days for spiritual life and meditation, and not for material endeavors or signing contracts. Eclipses are meant for spiritual initiation, meditation, and inner work, and they can be a catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. The Nagas, or deified serpents, are associated with this eclipse nakshatra, signifying a connection to kundalini energy, chakra work, deep healing, and transformation. The shakti of Ashlesha is “the power to poison,” and it carries a charismatic and mesmerizing energy. Ashlesha also invites us to be aware of any subtle, manipulative tendencies that could surface during this time as well. Be as discerning, objective and honest as you can during this particular eclipse, and be as grateful and generous as you can.

Basically, January provides us many opportunities for growth – inwardly and outwardly — if we can simply be aware of our actions and unconscious tendencies and consciously make choices that truly benefit us and those around us.

Happy New Year!

About the Author

Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has been teaching Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ since 2002. Debra, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 for astrological consultations, by phone or in person. You can also find here.

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