New Year begins with Mercury stationing direct at the tail end of Scorpio. A week later, it moves into Sagittarius and over the sensitive juncture between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best. This is probably one phrase that sums up the year ahead. Fear and excitement are two sides of the same coin, and Mercury’s transit throughout 2024 could feel like both. Each of its retrogrades in 2024 are within the juncture between the water and fire signs (gandanta), reflecting a highly volatile year in terms of travel and trade.
By mid-month, as the Sun enters Capricorn and heralds the New Year in earnest, and the long journey through Saturn’s signs until March. Mercury and Mars come together in Sagittarius. High ideals and practical implementation are likely big themes on this trek.
Venus joins them in Sagittarius by Jan 18, crossing the Scorpio/Sagittarius divide, showing an idealistic vision for the New Year. All the Sagittarius planets trine Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, which are now moving forward from the end of January. Onward and upward.
Any and all things can move forward at this stage as all planets move direct by the end of January. Sagittarius is known to stoke wars, however, wars that are based on religious fundamentalism, all of which are fueled from the very beginning of the year by Mars, Mercury, and Venus.
Mercury stations Direct Jan 2
New Year begins with Mercury stationing direct, while Mars, its current host, trines a stationary Jupiter in Aries. This is a powerful and positive configuration to start the year, for sure. There is likely an electric sense of what is possible moving into a new calendar.
However, both Mercury and Venus receive a square aspect from Saturn in Aquarius, bringing a more sober view of what is possible. Perhaps another possibility is that we can focus on what inspires us.
The Moon in Leo opposes Saturn as Mercury stations and moves plans forward. This balances inspiration with a more sober perspective. But isn’t that what New Year's Day is all about?
If we have overindulged, we're likely to take a step back, so we can get ready to move forward after Mercury stations on Jan 2. The overindulgence might not have been food and drink, of course, it may be a fantastical idea or ideal situation, which must now be met with a more realistic expectation.
As Mercury stations at the very end of Scorpio, it exchanges signs with Ketu in Virgo. This is yet another strong indication for New Year’s, a helpful time to set intentions and figure out the details – all the while realising that it’s all taken care of, anyway.
Try not to beat yourself up if you feel frustrated with how slow something begins, or how unfocused and unclear it may feel initially. Instead, use the heightened anticipation and excitement to fuel forward momentum, even if you don’t know exactly how it’s all going to pan out.
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All calculations are based on the sidereal zodiac and UTC.