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Special Days and Aspects for January 2005

January 2005

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Welcome to January! Click on a date in the calendar to see the current aspects and events for that day.

January 1, 2005

New Year’s Day: On the Gregorian calendar, the year 2005 begins.

Mary, Mother of God: A Catholic day of holy obligation in honor of Jesus’ mother.

Feast of St Basil: Orthodox Christian commemoration of St Basil the Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears his name.

Gantan-sai (New Year): Also called Ganjitsu, this is the Shinto New Year festival observed in Japan with prayers for inner renewal, prosperity and health.

Kwanzaa: The weeklong African-American cultural celebration wraps up today.

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January 2, 2005

Happy Birthday to Sammie!

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January 3, 2005

Moon Phase
Last-quarter Moon in Libra, 17:46 Universal Time.

Venus conjunct Pluto at 22 degrees Sagittarius
Deep longing and an urge toward release are prominent emotional needs that seem magnetized and magnified under this intense pairing in the heavens.

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January 4, 2005

Mercury conjunct Pluto at 22 degrees Sagittarius
Mercury brings expression to the longings brought to the fore yesterday. The power of communication is highlighted, but be careful how you choose to use it.

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January 5, 2005

Venus at 24 degrees Sagittarius inconjunct retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Feelings of detachment make expressing affection difficult, and obligations to family relationships seem more like work. Extra energy may be required to focus on maintaining a balance among family, business, and pleasure today.

Twelfth Night: The traditional 12 Days of Christmas end on the eve of the traditional date of Christian Epiphany celebrations.

Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday: Sikh holiday honoring a guru of the 15th and 16th centuries.

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January 6, 2005

Mercury at 24 degrees Sagittarius inconjunct retrograde Saturn in Cancer
A sluggish noodle or thinking the very worst about people may result in a difference of opinion during this brief aspect. Avoid grouchy, pessimistic people — their attitude could be infectious. Opt to hang out with the more positive and optimistic types instead.

Epiphany: Christian celebration of Jesus Christ as a light to the world, as symbolized by the visit of the Magi, celebrated on or about January 6.

Feast of the Theophany: Orthodox Christian Feast to recall the revelation of the Holy Trinity in the baptism of the Lord Jesus.

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January 7, 2005

Nativity of Christ: A minority of Orthodox congregations still celebrate Christmas on this day in line with the old Julian calendar, although most celebrate December 25 as the western churches do.

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January 8, 2005

Sun at 17 degrees Capricorn square Jupiter in Libra
The world is brimming today with go-getter energy of a useful yet balanced sort. This is a great time to get things done.

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January 9, 2005

Venus enters Capricorn
Venus brings her beauty-loving values and powers of attraction under the authority of Capricorn’s discipline and patient striving to be useful. Capricorn’s steadfast pursuit of processes that work in practical reality, combined with Venus’ ability to foster cooperation, team up to lead us into the new year with quiet, grounded energy.

Baptism of Jesus: The public ministry of Jesus began with his immersion by St. John the Baptist, an event commemorated on this day in church services.

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January 10, 2005

Moon Phase
New Moon in Capricorn, 12:03 Universal Time.

Mercury enters Capricorn
The mental and communicative energies represented by Mercury get down to serious business in Capricorn. This influence may not be the best for weaving lyrical poetry, but it does favor a steadfast, pragmatic approach that can be very useful for figuring things out.

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January 11, 2005

Have a great day!

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January 12, 2005

Have a great day!

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January 13, 2005

Venus at 4 degrees Capricorn sextile Uranus in Pisces
A day of rather pleasant electricity, charming and warm and perhaps good for a small social gathering.

Mercury at 4 degrees Capricorn sextile Uranus in Pisces
Mercury lends a thoughtful and communicative air to the good feelings Venus and Uranus are conjuring.

Sun at 23 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in

This aspect dims the shine of the day’s sextiles a bit, creating an underlying sense of being separate or lonely.

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January 14, 2005

Mercury conjunct Venus at 5 degrees Capricorn
Mercury and Venus are good company for one another, and the conjunction is traditionally thought to be good for business and finances.

Makar Sankranti: Makar is the Vedic name for the sign of Capricorn. Makar Sankranti marks the first day of the Sun’s northward journey that will gradually increase the length of the days in the Northern Hemisphere and set the countdown to summer. There are different traditions observed in different parts of India on this day, the most common being flying kites. The skies are full of colourful kites — and so are the treetops for days afterwards. In the western state of Maharashtra people exchange a traditional sweet called tilgul, a mixture of til (sesame seeds) and gul (jaggery), and tell each other, “Tilgul ghya ani god god bola!” That’s Marathi for “Eat Tilgul and speak sweetly.” Usually this takes place in a special ceremony for married women called Halad Kunku where they smear a bit of halad (turmeric powder) and kumkum (vermillion powder) on each other’s foreheads and exchange gifts and tilguls.

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January 15, 2005

Mars at 14 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
With the active energy of Mars linked with Neptunian sensitivity in signs of learning and society, this aspect is perfect for taking steps to make things better in the community or world.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday: The revered American civil rights leader was born this day in 1929 in Atlanta — one of the three children of Martin Luther King Sr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Alberta (Williams) King, a former schoolteacher.

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January 16, 2005

Happy Birthday to Rainbow~!

World Religion Day: Sponsored by the Baha’i faith, the day is dedicated to the expression of unity and oneness among religions of the world.

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January 17, 2005

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Aries, 6:57 Universal Time.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The third Monday in January is a federal holiday in the United States, honoring the baptist minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner who played a major role in the 1950s and 1960s in leading black Americans’ successful demonstrations for new legal civil-rights protections. King was assassinated in 1968.

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January 18, 2005

Have a great day!

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January 19, 2005

Happy Birthday to proxymoon!
Happy Birthday to Goobergalaxy!

Sun enters Aquarius
Happy birth-month, water bearers. In Aquarius, the Sun casts its high-energy spotlight on freeing us up for some experimental thinking about how to make “All for one, and one for all” a reality.

Hajj: For Muslims all over the world, the days from now until January 22 are the annual holy days for traveling to Mecca. The solemn pilgrimage, which every Muslim must make once during his or her life, commemorates the journey of the Prophet Muhammad, his family and supporters from Mecca to Medina to establish a new faith based on the revealed word of the Quran. The Hajj emphasizes the central Muslim tenets of submission to divine will, brotherhood and unity.

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January 20, 2005

Retrograde Saturn at 23 degrees Cancer inconjunct Pluto in Sagittarius
An overwhelming feeling of being unable to understand and absorb recent events, both locally and globally, is the theme of this slow-going aspect. But don’t be disheartened, as this transit also bestows the ability to cope with and overcome extreme hardship.

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January 21, 2005

Mars at 18 degrees Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Libra
Today’s the day to start a new venture with great prospects for success. This aspect is good for negotiations, legal dealings, business and any sort of new enterprise.

Eid ul-Adha / Id ul-Zuha (Bakri Id): The four-day Islamic celebration lasts until the 24th. These rites conclude the journey for those making a Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. The holiday honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to follow Allah’s will, even when he perceived that God was asking him to sacrifice his son. In the Islamic version of the story, it was Ishmael who was to be sacrificed; In the Jewish version, it was Ishmael’s brother, Isaac. In both stories, God stops the father from making the sacrifice and the boy lives. A goat or ram is sacrificed instead. Modern Muslims perform similar sacrifices on this day, and meat is distributed to all.

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January 22, 2005

Have a great day!

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January 23, 2005

Mercury at 18 degrees Capricorn square Jupiter in Libra
This is a big-picture aspect, good for thinking things through in an overall way, but take care not to overlook the details.

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January 24, 2005

Venus at 18 degrees Capricorn square Jupiter in Libra
If you have made new year’s resolutions, this could be the day of your first noticeable slip-up, as this aspect is not good for self-discipline. Still, it’s a temporary thing, and this could be a fun time if you don’t sweat the small stuff.

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January 25, 2005

Moon Phase
Full Moon in Leo, 10:32 Universal Time.

Mercury at 22 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in Cancer
There is a sense of mourning in this transit — a sense of sadness and regret, but also a sense of wanting to understand one’s role and responsibilities. Take time to take stock in a serious way, or spend the day doing things to care for someone older.

Tu B’shvat: Jews celebrate the coming of spring by preparing foods native to Israel. It is also known as “New Year for Trees” — a method for determining the age of trees for tithing purposes.

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January 26, 2005

Republic Day in India: On this day in the year 1950, the 2½-year-old Indian democracy adopted its Constitution. This day is celebrated with parades in different parts of the country, the most watched being the one in New Delhi starting from India Gate and heading down towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the President of India). The ceremony begins with laying of flowers at the memorial to the Unknown Soldier at India Gate, by the Prime Minister of India, followed by a minute of silence observed in honour of all the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty. This is followed by a parade by the armed forces and a range of tableaux from different states and dance items performed by local school children. The finale comes with the much-anticipated flying acrobatics performed by fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force. Thousands of Indians stay glued to their TV sets to watch this parade, while many others aspire to watch it live!

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January 27, 2005

Mars at 22 degrees Sagittarius inconjunct retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Difficulty controlling the urge to do what you want to do, instead of what you are expected to do, can be the root of agitation. Avoid being capricious or resentful; remember that anger can become an expensive luxury. Physical activity or exercise may be an excellent way to positively redirect any overwrought energy.

Venus at 22 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in Cancer
This is a rather cold and self-pitying aspect. Try not to blame others for your own dissatisfactions. This too shall pass.

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January 28, 2005

Mars conjunct Pluto at 23 degrees Sagittarius
Can you say “power trip”? When these warriors pair up, even in educated, broadminded Sagittarius, everybody wants to rule the world.

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January 29, 2005

Have a great day!

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January 30, 2005

Happy Birthday to

Mercury enters Aquarius
Today the planet of communication arrives for a turn in Aquarius and begins a time of open conversations with the ability to bridge barriers of social, economic and religious disparity. It’s not surprising, since tolerant Aquarius embraces differences of all kinds.

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January 31, 2005

Have a great day!

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Astrology by Maria Barron and Stephanie Lindquist
Holidays compiled by Maria Barron, Anindita Basu and Sucheta Shetty
Birthday graphics by Maria Barron for Metamorphosis