January is a significant month of transformation, as a major planetary event occurs with Saturn changing signs, moving from the water sign of Scorpio to the fire sign of Sagittarius on the evening of January 26, 2017 (MST).
Saturn is the slowest moving planet in Vedic astrology, taking approximately 2 ½ to 3 years to move through a sign, therefore it has great impact when it changes signs. In addition, Saturn will transit through the challenging gandanta degrees this month, and especially intense energies may surface from January 16 through February 6, 2017, when Saturn transits 29 degrees Scorpio to 1 degree of Sagittarius.
Gandanta means a “spiritual knot,” and when planets pass through these junctures, moving from a water sign (in this case Scorpio) to a fire sign (Sagittarius), we are given opportunities for deeper soul growth if we choose. We must release old, ancient wounds and habitual patterns from the past that revolve around Saturn significations, or they will persist. If we can move through this important shift of Saturn with grace and non-resistance, there is the potential for personal healing and increased awareness on the planet.
From January 1 to January 26, Saturn will be completing its transit through the transformative sign of Scorpio. We can experience increased pressures to face our shadow, the unconscious & subconscious aspects of self, as we bring in more light. Saturn, being such a wise teacher planet, really wants us to evolve, and so exerts more tension on us, motivating us to quickly detach and release our fears, anxiety, and drama, so we can be a better witness to life. With Saturn in Scorpio it is important not to blame others for things we were responsible for, acknowledging our part in challenging situations. We may go through profound transformation in the process, or even a little upheaval, as we uproot strongholds of resistance. Intense feelings and emotions can surface during this process. We are uncovering our authentic self as we become more empowered.
Next, as Saturn transits the Jupiter-ruled sign of Sagittarius for three years, from January 26, 2017 to January 24, 2020.
Education, knowledge, ethics, and uncovering the deeper wisdoms of life are major themes of Saturn in Sagittarius. We become more realistic and practical, and we desire to transform beliefs that separate or polarize. We welcome universal principles that uplift and inspire. The sign of Sagittarius loves truth and freedom, and so with Saturn there, we are learning to be more patient and tolerant of others’ beliefs.
The challenge with Saturn transiting Sagittarius can be a hesitancy to speak up or share our knowledge when needed, or others may want to impose their beliefs in a controlling manner. Frustrations arise when we experience life in a narrow, constricted way. Our ethics may be under scrutiny and are tested. This is a time to walk your talk, with Saturn in Sagittarius.
Developing deeper heart connections with others is helpful and can support this transformation. Meditation and pranayama (breath work) are also great aids. We are yearning to access a deeper purpose in our lives. Ultimately, with increased clarity (Saturn) and a sense of fairness (Sagittarius), we can make wiser decisions for our future.
Also at the end of January, Venus (planet of love, relationship, the arts, and healing) moves into Pisces, its exalted or best sign, on January 27, 2017. Venus will stay in Pisces a long time this year, over four months, from January 27 until May 30, 2017. This is because Venus will go retrograde in the sign of Pisces this spring. Allow the healing energies of Venus to bring more compassion, gentleness, and kindness into the world. Life can be rather empty if our heart is closed. We desire more uplifting and loving connections with family and friends. Inviting more devotional/spiritual content or creative expression into to one’s life is a positive outlet for Venus. We connect to Venus by working with the heart chakra and honoring the Divine Feminine.