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CosmiTec's Love Letter, Issue #217 -- Mercury Conjunct the Descendant
December 21, 2022

There are no exceptional configurations going on in January 2023 but the energies are slowly starting to boil (which will be noticeable for all in March 2023).

Uranus is going direct again and Pluto is slowly nearing new territory but still resides at the late degrees of Capricorn (assigned to "values, very large projects, politics and law").

The planetary energies are heading for new crises, tumultuous and even revolutionary and upsetting situations, experiences and events that will become bigger and bigger from 2023 on.

So, fasten your seat belts to enter a new year full of shocks and revelations.

Lots of love!
Luc De Jaeger

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Table of Contents

Our regular features
  1. The Love Forecasts for the Month
  2. Love Quotes of the month
  3. What's new on our web site?

Our occasional features

  1. Mercury Conjunct the Descendant

Love Forecasts for January 2023

(slowly hover over a paragraph with the mouse and wait a second for additional astrological information)

Click here to download the January 2023 calendar in pdf format.

In general and on a mundane level, events are likely to happen around January 5-6, 13, 20 and/or 26.

During this month of January there are the following specific planetary configurations of stationing outer planets that might affect some specific birthdays in particular:
  • If you are born around January 9, February 22, April 8-9, May 25, July 11, August 27, October 12 or November 26 13, this month is about stress, uncertainty about the future, irritation and restlessness and/or sleepless nights.

    Some of you may feel weak, lack energy, and if you are a woman, it's possible your partner leaves your world.

  • If you are born around January 18, March 4, April 18, June 4, July 21, September 6, October 22 or December 5, this month might bring a sudden turn of events (for good or ill).
Generally speaking, January 2, 3, 4 and 18 are "less lucky" days.

Try not to initiate any major projects on these dark, unfortunate, chaotic and empty days (no proposals, no marriages, no changes of residence,...) because things may not go as planned or wished.

In the 45° dial, there are the following powerful midpoint combos between outer planets going on that will be exact this month and that will mark this month's Zeitgeist: Pluto hits the Jupiter/Saturn midpoint (PL = JU/SA) again on the one hand, while Jupiter hits the Saturn/Uranus midpoint (JU = SA/UR) on the other side.

Additionally, the Jupiter/Saturn midpoint equals the (stationing) Uranus/Chiron midpoint (JU/SA = UR/CH).

The PL = JU/SA midpoint has previously been active in September 2022 so that some of its meanings and themes will likely repeat in January 2023.

This planetary picture suggests, among others: to feel oppressed and try to free oneself, the huge efforts to reach a goal, the tremendous perseverance to succeed, to try to enforce a major change of a situation to bring some relief, the total and dramatic reversal of plans previously made, to rebuild successfully, the sudden changes in the financial situation, the sudden invention after lots of research, and above all (and almost a given) the collapse of buildings and/or concrete structures, the demolition of buildings and real estate.

The JU = SA/UR midpoint on the other hand is indicative of, among others: the damage to buildings, the collapse of buildings, the renovation of buildings, to be outdoorsy or to be away from home a lot, trying to relieve tension and strain.

The JU/SA = stationing UR/CH planetary picture confirms the (sudden) issues with buildings, houses, living quarters etc.

As a reminder, we also repeat what we wrote in our December 2022 forecast as it still applies: till January 16, Saturn and Neptune are at the same numerical degrees of 22° and 23° in a sign.

This means that both planets are now tightly connected in a semi-sextile and might be related to lots of ("above normal") precipitation (snow, rain), resulting in quite some issues here and there.

Usually, this combo coincides with extreme weather (often ice cold in Winter time -- be it frozen (Saturn) water (Neptune) or melting (Neptune) ice (Saturn)).

Following mundane astrology, this combination is related to suffering, a lack of something and shortages, deprivation, quite some health issues and increased civil unrest because of the ongoing dissatisfaction and feelings of depression.

Authorities and governments are questioned and systems and structures slowly dissolve more and more.

Anytime Saturn and Neptune build a combo, they point to decay and chronically deteriorating situations in many ways and in many fields.

Venus and Pluto join at 27° Capricorn around January 1, suggesting a passionate involvement with someone, but also crossing lines and totally inappropriate behavior -- even going as far as rape and physical hardship.

Most Venus-Pluto aspects also point to abuse or misuse of power, (financial) blackmail in whatever way and power conflicts.

Around the same day of January 1, there are clouds in the sky.

Venus enters freedom-loving Aquarius around January 2-3, often indicative of a relationship break-up, or a crisis in matters of love and/or finances.

Around the same days of January 2-3, you may feel down, in a sad mood, face a common cold or face some health issues, experience unfulfilled longings, ponder a lot and/or have so much sorrow on your mind, cannot understand something properly and/or think the worst while it's not necessary at all.

If you are born around January 12-13, February 10-11, March 12-13, April 12, May 13, June 13, July 14-15, August 15, September 15, October 15-16, November 14-15 or December 14, these influences will be especially felt by you.

Around January 7, the Sun and Mercury conjoin at 16° Capricorn, a degree of assassinations, terror and fear.

On a personal level, you may feel sad, feel disappointed because of some hidden or secret activities going on.

Some of you may have to do with theft and/or betrayal.

Disagreements may happen and misunderstandings may lead to a break-up.

Don't rely on anyone just now.

Some of you may feel ill as well.

Around January 10, there are clouds in the sky.

Venus at 10° Aquarius squares the true Lunar Nodes around January 11, pointing to a low in your relationships (in the widest sense).

This is not the right time to socialize, nor is it the appropriate time to spend money.

Some of you may feel disappointed in a woman while others may face monetary issues.

Mars stations at 8° Gemini around January 12 and will finally move forward.

If you are Aries or have Aries rising, you will rejoice this station as it will slowly bring your life more on track again.

Stationing Mars in Gemini might coincide with increased risks of traffic and/or transportation accidents.

This can be an extremely hectic period with lots and lots of work to accomplish.

Indeed, Mars is the planet of work and when it turns direct again, it's as if work is the only thing that counts.

Also, expect a temporary increase in aggression, hostilities, anger, disputes, traffic and/or transportation accidents or accidents in the streets around the period of the station.

There are sunny spells around January 13.

Around the same days of January 13-14, you may face a common cold or face some health issues, feel sad and/or dissatisfied.

If you are born around January 13-14, February 11-12, March 13-14, April 13, May 14, June 14, July 15-16, August 16, September 16, October 16-17, November 15-16 or December 15, these influences will be especially felt by you.

Around January 14-15, Venus at 14° Aquarius squares retrograde Uranus at 14° Taurus, upsetting financial and romantic topics because Uranus is the dispositor of Venus.

Anytime the dispositor of a planet squares the planet itself, it creates a conflict or clash, some disruption, a hurdle etc.

Hence, don't expect relationships to last if you just started one and instead expect a short-lived attraction.

Following astrometeorology, this Venus-Uranus combo may coincide with very cold weather and precipitation (in the northern hemisphere possibly even snow here and there).

Around January 16, there are clouds in the sky.

Mercury stations and turns direct again at 8° Capricorn around January 18 while the Sun and forceful Pluto meet at 28° Capricorn on the same day.

Geminis and Virgos and Gemini and Virgo Ascendants) will rejoice to see their life getting slowly more organized again.

Because 8° Capricorn is a degree area linked to or related to the motherly principles, chances are some of you may get a message from/about your mother or even meet her.

On a mundane level, Mercury stations often coincide with protests, manifestations and even strikes here and there.

At 8° Capricorn, stationing Mercury may indicate lots of nervous tension and a busy time full of emergencies and sudden events.

The forceful Sun-Pluto conjunction at an ice cold degree suggests a cold atmosphere (literally and figuratively) and following astrometeorology, in the northern hemisphere, snow is a possible outcome.

This is the more so because the Sun enters cold Aquarius around January 20 so that now three bodies are in this sign (the Sun, Venus and Saturn).

If you are Pisces or have Pisces rising, some loved ones may be in trouble and/or there may be a secret affair going on.

Additionally, beware of things going on behind your back and also take care of your health.

Following astrometeorology, a stellium in Aquarius, especially involving Venus and Saturn, increases the odds of snow and/or stormy weather here and there.

It might be overcast, dreary and mostly cloudy as well.

This is even reinforced by the January 21 perigee New Moon.

In our December 2022 forecast, we already mentioned that perigee New Moons during Winter time bring colder weather, at times ice cold weather.

Around January 22, Venus and Saturn conjoin at 24° Aquarius while Uranus stations at 14° Taurus and turns direct again.

The Venus-Saturn conjunction adds to the cold atmosphere (literally or figuratively) but also indicates the formalizing of a bond, the signing of contracts, taking care of a loved one, keeping a distance or facing a detached relationship.

Love, duties and responsibilities go hand in hand around these days.

Beware of financial blockages, monetary shortages and/or issues with money and possessions.

Some of you may have to tighten the belt.

Stationing Uranus almost always coincides with restlessness, sleepless nights, lots of noise and, following astrometeorology, there is an increased chance of stormy weather and/or snow (especially in the northern hemisphere) here and there.

Prepare for tumult, sudden events and changes of course.

Around January 23, following astrometeorology, there are clouds in the sky or it's very grey and it can be very chilly also (with possible snow here and there).

Around January 24, there are clouds in the sky.

Around January 26-27, Venus enters Pisces so that there is no stellium anymore in Aquarius.

In this position, Venus is very compassionate and helpful.

Still around the same day of January 26, there are sunny spells.

The January 28 First Quarter Moon at 8° Taurus is exactly conjunct the true Lunar North Node at the same degree, which actually means that the Sun squares the Lunar Nodes.

This is also called a Moon wobble period that often coincides with extreme weather situations, disasters and highly volatile and unstable situations overall.

Do not get immersed in the current emotional turmoil and keep a distance as a curious spectator.

The Moon and the Lunar North Node are also conjunct the Fixed Star Schedir (also called Schedar) at 8° Taurus, often connected with Royalties and also representing female leadership.

Around the same day of January 28, there are clouds in the sky.

Around January 30-31, beware of internet outages or websites being down.

There can be a mourning mood also with the loss of a loved one.

Some of you may experience unrequited love or one-way love.

Love Quotes of the Month

No one ever fell in love without being a little bit brave.
-- Mario Tomasello --

We never get enough of falling in love and believing in love.
-- Shemar Moore --

You know you’re in love the moment you can touch the stars without reaching.
-- Melisa M. Hamling --

To fall in love is very easy, staying in love is a challenge, letting go is the hardest part, and moving on is a damn suicide.
-- Nishan Panwar --

Don’t fall in love; rise with it.
-- Amit Abraham --

You know you’re in love when you stop comparing.
-- Mason Cooley --

What's New on Our Web Site?

We added the page about Sun Uranus connections which we published in the previous Love Letter.

Mercury Conjunct the Descendant

On our website we already delineated the natal planets in the 7th house.

Some time ago, we also started delineating the planets conjunct the 7th house cusp (called the Descendant) in this series of "planets conjunct the 7th house cusp (Descendant)."

Thanks to the Astrodatabank, we were able to find out in an empirical way how each planet conjunct the 7th house cusp manifests.

We keep a small orb of 3° and divide our research into male and female natal charts on condition the dataset is large enough.

In this second article, we delineate the position of Mercury conjunct the Descendant.

We made sure Mercury was the only planet conjunct the Descendant, so to find the essence of this aspect without blending it with other planetary influences.

Because of a small dataset, we were not able to find any difference in outcome between male and female charts, but we found it striking that our empirical research showed some peculiar preliminary similarities in both natal charts of men and women.

What struck us most was our finding that people who have a close Mercury-Descendant conjunction, seemed to be above average involved in car, traffic and/or transportation accidents.

Such natives are also almost always very articulate, and they love reading and/or writing and/or talking.

Hence, it does not wonder we find many teachers with this exact aspect.

It's an aspect that makes vocal in whatever way for sure.

Above average, Mercury conjunct the Descendant seems to coincide with having (at least) one son.

People with Mercury exactly conjunct the Descendant tend to decide very quickly to marry after a "successful date."

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