January 2-8, 2023
Week 1 of 2023
Monday is a fresh start. It’s never too late to dig in and begin a new journey of success.
Monday, January 2, 2023
We begin this first whole week of 2023 carrying two Moon Phases from last week. Moon Phase energy can be felt 3 days before and 3 days after which provides you with roughly a week in each Phase.
We started off with the 🌓 FIRST QUARTER MOON: Phase 3 – Action on December 29 8:20pm EST and this phase will be present until January 2 4:15pm EST. It’s time to commit about a week after the new moon, we’ve reached the first quarter. We are now one-quarter of the way through Grandmother Moon’s cycle. Grandmother Moon themes are challenges, decisions, and action.
This is when obstacles appear and we begin to feel some resistance. The first hitch is experienced here if your intentions were set with the new moon. The time for rest and setting your intentions are over and it’s time to work harder than ever. Things will now be thrown and you may need to make decisions on the spot. Stay calm and be flexible. Make decisions that will bring you closer to your desired outcome with the intention that you set during the new moon. Keep focussed on your desires.
Immediately after we’ve hit the First Quarter Moon, we move in very quickly into the 🌔 WAXING GIBBOUS MOON: Phase 4 – Refine which began December 29 8:21pm EST. It will work with the Action Phase as you refine the details of what your intentions you set with the New Moon. This is a time to stay on course as the waxing moon is one phase away from becoming a full moon. The largest part of the moon is lit up leaving it to be seen throughout the day. During this Moon Phase, the themes are adjusting, refining, and editing.
During this moon phase, we realize that we need to change directions, reevaluate or give up. Things don’t always work out the way we planned and need to readjust. This is the time to course correct or make sacrifices. Don’t resist the feelings of change during this phase.
☿ MERCURY ℞ RETROGRADE IN ♑CAPRICORN began on December 29 at 4:31am EST and will carry us through until January 18 8:11am EST. Mercury Retrograde gets a bad wrap. It happens up to four times a year. Mercury is the planet of the mind and communication. Retrograde is when a planet appears to reverse in the skies. Mercury Retrograde allows us the opportunity to change our minds on something and possibly even get second chances. Although technology may be affected during a Mercury Retrograde or you may be misunderstood, it can also be a good time to catch up with someone you care deeply about after far too long or you have a chance to rework your life. When Mercury Retrograde is in Capricorn, particularly, the focus will be on your appearance and the way you come across, your social ‘mask’. You may experience setbacks in work, clash with authority, or suffer a blow to your image. But you can always take something good from Mercury Retrograde, too! A retrograde in Capricorn is a great time to look back on your professional and work life and assess where changes are needed.
The energy of the daily position of Grandmother Moon will also influence these Moon Phases. Every month, Grandmother Moon touches the 12 Zodiac signs. Like the tides, our emotions are pulled to the surface, and feelings are heightened within each sign. Some researchers have theorized that humans react to subtle changes in Mother Earth’s magnetic field that occur with the Moon phases.
We begin this week in the ♉ Taurus Earth Energy which began on December 31 at 12:09pm EST. Earth Moons are grounded, practical, and stable. Taurus Moons in particular are about sensuality, earthiness, and practicality. This is a lovely Moon sign. The Moon and Taurus go really well together. They both have a bit of a “food” thing going on the Moon rules food and Taurus loves food. Watch for overeating if you’re watching your weight, but enjoy yourself if you’re not. This is a sensual and relaxing Moon placement, No Rush day, have a massage or laze around with your lover/cat/ a cup of tea is ideal. Slow and steady will aid you. The abundance makes it a good time to work on your visualizations and plans. This Moon Energy will carry us through until Monday when the energy will shift again at 5:15pm EST.
Moon Medicine is about self-reflection. Grandmother Moon reflects back on what we need to look at, what we need to face, and what we need to resolve.
During a ⚠️ VOID MOON (VOC), we are transitioning from one Zodiac sign to the next, but isn’t reflecting elements/making any major aspects with either sign …. this is the gap between those transitions. Sometimes it’s very short spurts while other times it’s looong. It can last minutes, hours, and sometimes, even days. In this case, we move into that Void of Course Moon at 5:16pm which ends at 9:43pm EST.
During a Void of Course Moon, it gives us the time to just sit with the energy. If you can avoid doing anything during this time, then just sit with it in silence. Don’t start anything “big” or “important”.
At 9:44pm EDT we move into ♊ Gemini ☁️ Air Energy. Air Moons are chatty, flighty, and intellectual. The themes that surround Gemini in particular are communications, travel, neighbours, and siblings.
The day can seem to go very fast because the Moon is in the quicksilver sign of Gemini. This can be a good thing if you’re not already overworked, but a tad confusing if you have a lot on your plate. This might sound like the Aries Moon Day information but it’s different. Aries Moon Day is about action, while the Gemini Moon is more about mental energy – talking to lots of people and non-stop moving about.
Gemini Moon Day is a great time to hold a social gathering (aka a party) because everyone is going to be extra chatty, which oils the social wheels. Conversations today can make sense of a lot of things. It’s a day to be inquisitive.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
We maintain the aspects of ☿ MERCURY ℞ RETROGRADE IN ♑CAPRICORN as well as 🌔 WAXING GIBBOUS MOON: Phase 4 – Refine while still in the ♊ Gemini ☁️ Air Energy.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
We maintain the ♊ Gemini ☁️ Air Energy until 7:06 pm EST where we will move again into another ⚠️ VOID MOON (VOC) until tomorrow.
Moon Medicine is about self-reflection. Grandmother Moon reflects back on what we need to look at, what we need to face, and what we need to resolve. During this time, we are transitioning from one Zodiac sign to the next, but isn’t reflecting elements/making any major aspects with either sign …. this is the gap between those transitions. Sometimes it’s very short spurts while other times it’s looong. It can last minutes, hours, and sometimes, even days.
During a Void of Course Moon, it gives us the time to just sit with the energy. If you can avoid doing anything during this time, then just sit with it in silence.
Don’t start anything “big” or “important”.
Thursday, January 5, 2023
We begin today in the energy of the ⚠️ VOID MOON (VOC) which will end at 9:14am EST as we shift into ♋ Cancer Water Energy. Water Moons are known as emotional, psychic, and mysterious while Cancer Moons represent home and family, domestic life, and privacy.
After the carry-on of the past few days, the world breathes a sigh of relief as the Moon moves into home-loving Cancer. This is a day to retreat to the bosom of your family, or at least to be at home. The vibe mellows and suddenly, domesticity beckons. It’s a day to feather your nest. Sort out your home if it’s in a bit of a mess. Clear up, clean up and do the washing. Have friends or family over to enjoy a good meal. (Cancer loves food!)
If you find yourself giving in to Cancer Moon Day is a wonderful time to work on your doubts and fears. Work out what’s worrying you. This is also a good day to show someone your soft underbelly. Don’t be too hard-headed.
Friday, January 6, 2023
As we prepare to enter the 5th Phase of Grandmother Moon this is make-or-break time! This is when the moon and sun are on opposite sides of the Earth. When the sun is directly across from the moon making the moon shine bright and fully appear to us on Earth. The 🌕 FULL MOON: Phase 5 – Harvest begins at 6:07pm EST. The themes at this time of the month are all results, forgiveness, and gratitude, as we reap the benefits This is the time to reap the benefits of the seeds of intention that you sowed at the new moon and you may see new opportunities appear or you may even see the previous week’s results from your hard work.
During this time, not only are they across from each other but the sun and Grandmother moon are in different zodiac signs. We fight to balance between two extremes, which heightens tensions creating high emotions during this time. Do not get emotionally attached to anything during this time.
At this time, the Full Moon is in ♋ Cancer while we fight against the opposite sign of ♑ Capricorn. Polarity can be felt dramatically. Cancer is the pursuit of your central purpose that pulls you one way, out of your comfort zone, while Capricorn can appear rather detached, but there is a very loyal and loving layer beneath the serious image projected to the world.
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Until 5:21pm EST, we remain in the ♋ Cancer Water Energy after which we will move into the ⚠️ VOID MOON (VOC) into the evening ending at 9:39pm EST. If you are privileged enough to be at home during this time, it is a great time to have a look in the mirror.
Remaining in the aspect of the 🌖 WANING GIBBOUS / DISSEMINATING MOON take time to truly reflect on what you are grateful for as you combine this Moon Phase as well as that full introspection throughout the evening in the Void of Course Moon.
As ♌ Leo Fire Energy begins at 9:40pm EST, this will bring to light fun, creativity, kids (your own or someone else’s), and flirtation. Fire Moons are fiery, impulsive, and passionate. During this time it’s a good time to show off a little! Leo is the showstopper sign of the zodiac and when the Moon makes her monthly trek through Leo, you can be sure someone somewhere is turning heads. If you need to do something with confidence, Leo Moon Day is a great place to start.
The Leo Moon is also very creative and even artistic. It’s a day to the world “what you’ve got”. Don’t hide, this would be a total waste of the energies. Tune in to the Leo Moon, and organize something fun to do.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Very soon after the Full Moon reaches her peak, the 🌖 WANING GIBBOUS / DISSEMINATING MOON: Phase 6 – Grateful appears. We are reminded to B-R-E-A-T-H-E as Grandmother Moon becomes less illuminated as she moves towards the last quarter moon into another new moon. It is all about gratitude, sharing, and enthusiasm. You should feel the benefits of your hard work from the last two weeks. You should be seeing abundance of the “crops”, even if it’s small outcomes to the goals or intentions that you set during the last new moon. This is a good time to give to those around you. Feel the love. And most importantly take some time to relax.
♈ ♉ ♊ ♋ ♌ ♍ 🌑 🌒 🌓 🌔 🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 ♎ ♏ ♐ ♑ ♒ ♓
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