Welcome to 2017! I hope your holiday celebrations were all you expected – perhaps even more. Here’s my January Overview.
January begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 6:34 a.m. EST on Jan. 12 and then returns at 7:07 p.m. Jan. 27, continuing until full moon on Feb. 10 at 7:33 p.m.
For most of Jan. 12 and until just past 7 p.m. Jan. 27, the dark moon rules. The rest of the month is under the influence of the light moon.
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in if you are planting in a green house.
Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities.
January begins with the final in a series of so-so signs that began in December, so that’s where we will begin, too.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order this month: Aquarius (the legs) is up first, Jan. 1, 27-28; Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan. 22-23; and Capricorn (the knees), Jan. 24-26. We have eight days this month ruled by the so-so signs, down from 11 in December.
Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Jan. 2-3, 29-30; Taurus (the neck), 6-7; Cancer (the breast), Jan. 10-11 and Scorpio (the secrets), Jan. 19-21. There are 11 days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs – Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer. Of the 11, only the three Scorpio Days (Jan. 19-21) are under the influence of the dark moon, the rest are during the light moon.
I only hope we have this many fertile days during the peak planting months!
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Aries (the head), Jan. 4-5, 31; and Leo (the heart), Jan. 12-13. There are five killing days in January.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Jan. 8-9. Gemini is “the bean sign” that’s good for peas, too.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Jan. 14-16; and Libra (the reins) is in force Jan. 17-18. There are five flowering days again this month.
Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Jan. 11 and then Jan. 28 through most of Feb. 10 when the full, or dark, moon returns. The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.
>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.
>Making changes: We are getting more perfect days this month that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
Those days are Jan. 22-26 and up until 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, FIVE of them and a piece with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) on Jan. 22-23, Capricorn (the knees) Jan. 24-26 and Aquarius (the legs) on the 27th. Remember the moon moves to the light phase a little past 7 p.m. on Jan. 27.
If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!