The new moon on January 16, 2018 at 26 degrees Capricorn is the last moon phase before a new series of eclipses. This does influence the astrology of New Moon January 2018 as it creates a rush to finish long-term projects you began within the last five months. If your goals have anything to do with love or money you will be happy. The new moon aligns nicely with beautiful Venus the planet of love and harmony.
The January 2018 new moon does, however, make a hard aspect to Uranus which brings unexpected change and uncertainty. But a better aspect to strong and sexy Mars comes to the rescue to resolve any crisis and ignite the flames of love.
New Moon Meaning
A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. This is an excellent time for making a fresh start and turning over a new leaf or starting a new project. You can also question old habits, behaviors and beliefs as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.
The effects of the January 16 new moon last four weeks up to the February 15 solar eclipse. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle. This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from January 16 to the January 31 lunar eclipse.
New Moon January 2018 Astrology
The January 16 new moon at 26°54′ Capricorn aligns with a planet, a star and an asteroid. These three conjunctions give the main themes of the new moon and other aspects will develop the story.
New Moon conjunct Venus at 28°46′ Capricorn will focus your attention on love, money, harmony and beauty. An increased desire for pleasure, comfort and ease is best satisfied with loved ones around so spending more time with your partner and family is likely. This is a sociable new moon which favors romance and marriage but also business partnerships.
If sex and affection are lacking in your life this is the perfect new moon to make a fresh start in this direction. If loneliness has been a long-term problem the first step will be learning to love yourself more and improving your self-image. Apart from relationships, a Venus new moon is good for creativity and the arts, shopping for fashion, cosmetics and luxuries, and for decorating.
New Moon conjunct asteroid Hestia at 28°17′ Capricorn means the focus of the Venus love and harmony is very close to home. The name Hestia means “hearth, fireplace, altar”. Hestia is the ancient Greek virgin goddess of the hearth and she rules domestic order. This is a new moon for renewing your love for home and family, for sharing the warmth and love of a well cooked meal.
The accidental or negligent extinction of a domestic hearth-fire represented a failure of domestic and religious care for the family; A hearth fire might be deliberately, ritually extinguished at need, and its lighting or relighting should be accompanied by rituals of completion, purification and renewal.
New moon conjunct Fixed star Terebellum at 26°54′ Capricorn gives a fortune but with regret and disgrace, cunning, a mercenary nature and repulsiveness.
Altogether, the new moon with Venus, asteroid Hestia and the star Terebellum is a good omen for starting a new love relationship and for renewing your love for your partner and family. Like Venus, Hestia has a passive, non-confrontational nature so peace and harmony will help new and old love flourish. The flame of Hestia and love of Venus create the Flames of Love.
Although the star adds fortune to the mix, it also brings regrets and other unpleasantness. This makes sense when you see the new moon chart below with challenging aspect to Uranus causing upset and uncertainty. This and the more positive Mars aspect fit nicely with the quote about Hestia’s fire going out.
New Moon Aspects
New moon and Venus square Uranus can challenge stable love relationships through unexpected urges or events. An increased need for freedom and excitement can test your patience. If you have felt smothered, confined or bored, you may lash out in anger that would cause regret and disgrace due to fixed star Terebellum.
A healthy relationship should not face major dramas, especially with an open-minded partner. Experimentation in the bedroom would satisfy your need to increased stimulation. But if you try to resist the urge for change and excitement it is likely your partner will express this energy through some unexpected and sudden action. This would risk extinguishing the flames of love from asteroid Hestia.
In dating, you may find yourself attracted to exciting or eccentric people – those who seem like a risk or are from a different cultural or ethnic background. New romance is possible but getting over the exciting honeymoon phase would need extra effort.
Mars quincunx Uranus will cause you to act but there is danger of acting too impulsively. The key is to experiment and find original ways to resolve whatever drama you face from Uranus, without adding fuel to the fire. Sexual experimentation suits this aspect but you should stop very quickly if ohhh turns to ouch.
Physical action and attraction are one part of the equation but using the internet and even astrology will help you resolve a crisis. To get from the unpredictable and unsettling Uranus state to the passionate and confident Mars state will take courage and ingenuity but also patience and common sense.
New moon and Venus sextile Mars is excellent for socializing and passionate romance. The perfect blend of sexuality and affection will make you look and feel sexy. You should feel confident and assertive without being threatening. This balance also means you are ready to give and receive love and adoration.
This is an ideal time for dating because of your suave and playful nature. Your are likely to attract someone as sensual and sexy as you feel. This kind of attraction is not superficial but based on intense mutual attraction. If Hestia’s flames of love have died down or disappeared altogether, this is the perfect aspect to reignite passion and desire.
Mars conjunct Jupiter is perfect for your new moon new start because it gives energy, initiative and courage. It gives the self-confidence to succeed in any area of life from career to relationships, especially anything physical. This is not only the spark to ignite romance but also fuel for the fire.
New relationships will get a kick-start from your extra charisma and sex appeal. Your passionate desires will not get much stronger than this and you must do something physical. Your directness and courage will win you favors, whether it be in your love life or at work.
Jupiter sextile Pluto is extremely fortunate and extremely powerful, reaching exactness less than 24 hours before the new moon. It brings success through positive change and this will consume much of the challenging Uranus energy. You will not have to force change or have to react to unexpected change.
This is a natural development in your life associated with increased power and influence, spiritual and personal growth, wealth creation and professional advancement. Even better news is that this big time success aspect occurs again in April and September 2018.
New Moon Conclusions
The focus on new moon January 2018 is love and harmony, especially in your home and family life. Unexpected changes may threaten a stable relationship or they may urge you seek companionship after a period of loneliness. Strong primal urges and passion will help you solve any crisis. Confusion and uncertainty will give way to love and harmony.
New Moon January 2018 is the last moon phase in the current eclipse cycle. Look back to the August 2017 solar eclipse to see how your long-term goals have developed. The theme of that eclipse was bold, confident changes leading to long-term success.
As a moon phase draws to an end the intensity continues to rise until you resolve outstanding issues or succeed with your goals. Determined and sustained effort will bring the growth and happiness you want. I hope you enjoy the closing two weeks of this eclipse phase of ambition and adventure, anticipation and excitement.
If New Moon January 2018 directly impacts your Sign and Decan you can read about it in your free Weekly Horoscope and Monthly Horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see Sun Transits.
New Moon January 2018 Times and Dates
New York January 16 – 09:17 pm
London January 17 – 02:17 am
Delhi January 17 – 07:47 am
Sydney January 17 – 01:17 pm