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Friday, January 26, 2018

January Ends with a Blast of Fire Energy as Mars Enters Sagittarius and a Lunar Eclipse in Leo

The month of January is ending with a blast of fire energy as Mars enters Sagittarius on January 26, 2018 and we literally end the month with a blue moon lunar eclipse in 11 degrees of Leo on January 31, 2018.

Mars is entering the sign of Sagittarius on January 26, 2018, where it will remain until March 17, 2018.  Mars may not rule Sagittarius, but it is still pretty comfortable in Sagittarius.  When Mars is in Sagittarius, its actions are motivated by ideals and we crave adventure.  It is not quite as focused as Mars in Scorpio because it doesn’t want to be bothered with the details.  Mars in Sagittarius is involved in a pursuit of spiritual desires and a quest for freedom.  It is expansive, optimistic, impulsive and prone to taking risks.  When Mars is in Sagittarius, it is prime time to travel, although the travel doesn’t necessarily have to be physical; it can also lead to expansion of the mind by reading or other forms of consciousness raising.

January 2018 began with a full moon in 11 degrees of Cancer on January 1st and it ends on the 31st with a full moon in 11 degrees of Leo, which is also a Lunar Eclipse.  Whenever we have two full moons during a month, the second one is referred to as a Blue Moon because it is a rare occurrence.  This full moon also kicks off eclipse season for 2018, which features five instead of the usual four eclipses.  The next eclipse will be a solar eclipse and will occur on February 15, 2018 in 27 degrees of Aquarius.

It is truly a stellar lineup for this lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018.  A lunar eclipse in the sign of Leo will have a focus on children, creativity and living in the heart from a place of love.  It could be a very romantic time as well.  But one very important thing to keep in mind is that this lunar eclipse in Leo will be a north node eclipse, which will seriously affect our collective future destiny.  It gives us a measure of control as to how things will play out.  When there is a south node eclipse, we tend to feel somewhat powerless as if matters are not in our control.  A north node eclipse can feel very empowering.

Eclipses tend to travel in pairs, and the next eclipse will be a solar eclipse on February 15, 2018 in 27 degrees of Aquarius.  The bottom line is that the lunar eclipse in 11 degrees of Leo will undoubtedly trigger some issues from the lunar eclipse on August 7, 2017 in 15 degrees of Aquarius, and the solar eclipse on February 15th in 27 degrees of Aquarius will stir up some issues from the great American solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 in 28 degrees of Leo. Try to reflect on what was going on back in August for you in your life.  These eclipses may give you come closure or resolution.

The lunar eclipse in 11 degrees of Leo will be exactly conjunct the dwarf planet Ceres in 11 degrees of Leo.  This is a very interesting combination because the moon is associated with traditional nurturing, while Ceres adds a more a stronger, more independent flavor to its nurturing style.  It very much symbolizes the single mother prototype.

The full moon in 11 degrees of Leo is also opposing Venus in 16 degrees of Aquarius, which can set up a real conflict between the head and the heart as part of this lunar eclipse.  Adding to the mix of the sun and Juno (aka the marriage asteroid) in Aquarius, Mercury joins the Aquarius party on January 31, 2018 just 12 minutes after the lunar eclipse.  Mercury will remain in Aquarius until February 17, 2018.

Last, but definitely not least, the full moon in 11 degrees of Leo will be forming a challenging, irritating inconjunct to Neptune in 12 degrees of Pisces.  This aspect can manifest in conflicting feelings, a sense of being overwhelmed by our emotions and can provoke a total meltdown or strong desire to escape everything.  At its highest form, it can represent unconditional love, but only if we strive to make some adjustments.  And that is truly the lesson involved with inconjunct aspects – adjust to co-exist.

This lunar eclipse will definitely bring change to your life and the best way to determine where that change will manifest is to look at which houses are being activated by the Aquarius/Leo axis.  For me personally, the Aquarius sun falls in my 4th house and the Leo moon falls in my 10th house. Issues of home/work balance and domestic life vs. career will be involved.  This makes perfect sense to me because I do much of my astrology and psychic work out of my home, while my Reiki work is done outside the home.

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including eclipses, Saturn in Capricorn and Jupiter in Scorpio will be affecting you in 2018, please consider getting an astrological reading.  A transit reading might be just what you need right now to make the most of Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter transits are all about taking advantage of opportunities and if you snooze you lose with Jupiter.  You have to be aware and strike while the iron is hot. The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone.

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The past week of January also featured a very powerful conjunction between Mercury and Pluto in 19 degrees of Capricorn on January 24th, which inspired me to tweet:
As I mentioned last week, I was scheduled for cataract surgery on January 24th.  And during the end of my surgery, I remember my surgeon saying that she was 99% done but my cataract was a little tough to get out.  Talk about digging deep! But my follow-up visit the next day confirmed that I was healing nicely.  I am deeply grateful to the nurses, anesthesiology staff and my surgeon at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston for making this surgery run so smoothly.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:

As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.
For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:

For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:

I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:

In the spirit of the New Year, I have revised my package deals and I am now offering two options for package deals: Silver and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:

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