Vedic Astrology for January 2019: Revelations and Change

Posted by on December 30, 2018 in Astrology & Numerology, Reality's Edge with 0 Comments

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The major January astrological events are the two eclipses, a solar eclipse on January 5, followed by a lunar eclipse on January 20. But on January 1, 2019 we start the year with Saturn exactly conjunct the Sun, indicating a deep need for discipline, realism, and mutual respect. Being an eclipse month, January will also bring revelations and change. Venus will travel through Scorpio most of January, joining benefic Jupiter, which may bring deeper understandings.

Saturn is weak the first part of January as it travels very close to the Sun, with the exact conjunction occurring on January 1, 2019 at 17 degrees Sagittarius. Confrontations can ensue, as we try to harmonize and correct imbalances of power. Saturn travels within 5 degrees of the Sun from January 1 to January 8, so this combination will be part of the solar eclipse on January 5. Authority figures or leaders are challenged. Saturn rules truth and fairness, but with Saturn combust, these qualities may seem to be in short supply during January. This is a time to practice neutrality, non-reactivity, and equanimity.

Venus begins its transit through the deep and intense sign of Scorpio from January 1 to January 29, and joins Jupiter already there. Venus and Jupiter will exactly conjunct at 21 degrees Scorpio on January 21. Jupiter and Venus are the two teacher planets (Jupiter is the teacher of the gods, and Venus is the teacher of the demons in Vedic mythology), so this combination could bring opportunities to expand our knowledge from two difference perspectives or levels of awareness. Maybe Venus and Jupiter can bring greater diplomacy and less polarity in the world. Creative, social, and humanitarian endeavors are favored. But watch over-indulgences and excessive spending – we also need sensibility and a realistic viewpoint.

On January 5, 2019 we first experience a solar eclipse at 21 degrees Sagittarius at 6:28 PM (MST), followed by a lunar eclipse the evening of January 20, 2019, at 6 degrees Cancer at 10:16 PM (MST). Eclipses are major astrological events designed to reveal what is hidden, bringing light and deeper understandings to the planet. Eclipses have a spiritual connotation, awakening us to our greater potential. They are points of change, and may offer us insights into our own evolution. Material activities should be avoided if possible around eclipses.  The effects of eclipses can last for months. Meditation, retreat, and inner work are positive remedies for eclipses.

The January 5 solar eclipse (new moon) occurs at 21 degrees in Sagittarius, a sign whose main focus is on freedom, fairness, justice, and humanitarianism. On the shadow-side, Sagittarius can also bring some stubbornness, bluntness, and lack of maturity. It is interesting that we will have a new US Congress beginning in January, so the new political scene may carry some of this eclipse energy.

Also, the solar eclipse on January 5 occurs in the nakshatra of Purva Ashadha. Purva Ashadha is ruled by Venus, and is noted for its energizing, creative, and artistic powers, increasing our need for personal self-expression. The ancient symbol of this nakshatra is a winnowing basket, indicating our obligation to discriminate, and make more ethical and moral decisions now. The deities associated with Purva Ashadha are the Apas, the deified waters, possibly bringing events of a deeply emotional or spiritual nature. On a physical level, the need to focus on the world’s oceans and water issues (like supply, pollution, or flooding), could dominate in the next few months. Purva Ashadha is a fierce nakshatra, and this eclipse can reveal obstinacy, argumentativeness, and the inability to listen to advice. It is best to take the high road, be helpful and non-reactive in order to balance the challenging aspect.

The January 20 lunar eclipse (full moon) at 6 degrees Cancer occurs in the auspicious nakshatra of Pushya. Pushya is considered one of the most auspicious nakshatras, and gives nourishment and growth, and promotes spiritual energy. Our desire for deeper awareness and clear understanding increases. Pushya is also a nakshatra that emphasizes education, learning, and humanitarian efforts.

This lunar eclipse occurs in the sign of Cancer, which amplifies issues concerning family members, homes, mothering, and support. We are also redefining what “security” means to each of us personally, as well as globally. Lunar eclipses can bring heightened sensitivity, and especially when it is happening in the sign of Cancer, so this is a time to not take things so personally. Instead, face your responsibilities with greater commitment, think of others, be sincere, do what is right, and promote kindness.

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 her at

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