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Astrology Transits January 2024 – A Blank Page

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. — Brad Paisley

Calendar year 2024 promises to bring lots of change and even some chaos. However, the ability to embrace and be open to change will bring some surprisingly beneficial results.

The year 2024 in Chinese astrology is the year of the Dragon. Chinese astrology portrays it as a year full of creativity and new ideas, with returning prosperity. Chinese astrology fits with Western astrology in many ways.

Calendar year 2023 was so very challenging for so many of us. Pluto in the last degrees of Capricorn was especially challenging to those with late degrees of the Cardinal signs, since it was in late Capricorn and formed a square to late Aries, Cancer, and Libra Suns. As it moves into Aquarius on January 21, the energy will dramatically shift. However, Pluto moves so slowly that we usually don’t feel it’s energy on a day-to-day basis. But when it aspects a natal planet it is felt, often in a big way.

Uranus in Taurus all year was a planetary contest of wills. Uranus likes change, while Taurus really doesn’t like change at all. The fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius were right in the middle of the tug of war.

If you have always wanted to learn astrology, I have two classes starting in January. One is for those who have no, or very little, astrology knowledge. The other is a once-monthly astrology practice class where you can learn and practice more advanced astrological skills. Scroll to the end of this email for specific details on the two classes.

Overall, I think 2024 will be easier to navigate and will feel more optimistic and expansive. The big caveat is that you need to stay loose and learn to go with the flow. Change is here. The more you fight it, the harder it will feel. Focus on what you want in 2024 — not what you don’t want. Enjoy year 2024!!


January 1: Venus Square Saturn at 3 Degrees Sagittarius/Pisces. If you have been wanting to sit with another person to map out your expectations for each other during the coming year, Venus square Saturn is the time to have that discussion. Just be aware that Saturn can make you seem a little cold or uncaring. Use Venus to project caring and love as you map your New Year journey together. If you’re not feeling the love, take some time to be alone to improve your relationship with yourself. Venus rules both love and money, so this would be a good time to tune up your financial situation for the coming year.


January 3: Mercury Direct at 22 Sagittarius. Since Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius has been in opposition to Gemini, the sign of communication, this retrograde has been especially potent. Take what you have learned (Sagittarius) and realistically apply it as Mercury moves into Capricorn on January 14.


January 4: Mars Enters Capricorn. Mars, the planet in action, likes being in Capricorn, the sign of hard work, realistic expectations and success and is said to be “exalted” when in Capricorn. Mars in Capricorn until February 12 is a great time to finish old projects or to begin something new. The drive of Mars coupled with the steadiness of Capricorn promises a high likelihood of success.


January 6: Sun Square Chiron at 15 Degrees Capricorn/Aries. The Sun is your identity, while Chiron shows where you have been physically or emotionally wounded. Sun square Chiron challenges you to become aware of your wounds and to grow and learn from the negative events in your life. Be kind to yourself as old issues come to the surface of your consciousness to be worked on once more. Because the square occurs in the Cardinal signs, issues around career or expressing yourself fully in the world, may be especially relevant.


January 8: Mercury Square Neptune at 25 Degrees Sagittarius/Pisces. Mercury square Neptune can feel a lot like Mercury retrograde. Your thinking may be distorted, discussions may go sideways and instructions you receive and give may be unclear and ambiguous. Use this energy to write out your dreams so they can be manifested by your subconscious.


January 9: Sun Trine Uranus at 29 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. Mars Sextile Saturn at 4 Degrees Capricorn/Pisces. Trines and sextiles are easy, flowing energies. Sun trine Uranus has you fired up ready to make changes, while Mars sextile Saturn brings a burst of focused energy. A word of caution with this easy energy is that you will tend to coast along and not take advantage of them. Take meaningful action and you have the recipe for success.


January 11: New Moon at 20 Degrees Capricorn Square South Node at 20 Degrees Libra and North Node at 20 Degrees Aries. New Moon Trine Uranus at 19 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. The sign of Capricorn relates to structure, authority, ambition and career. The New Moon in Capricorn at the beginning of a new year is perfect for assessing your goals and for implementing changes to manifest those goals. The South Node is about looking to the past to understand what worked or didn’t work. The North Node is about moving forward with what is pertinent to your life now.

The New Moon trine Uranus can spark some “out-of-the-blue” and/or unusual events that can move you forward. Remember: Uranus events can be disruptive, but they are beneficial in getting you out of ruts and stale situations.

January 12: Mars Trine Jupiter at 5 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. Mars trine Jupiter is custom made for taking actions that will bring the hoped for results. Your energy is high (Mars) and so is your confidence and optimism (Jupiter). Add personal effort and you have the key for big achievements.


January 13: Mercury Enters Capricorn. Mercury in Capricorn brings wise and careful thinking conducive to productive planning. Carefully evaluate new ideas and seek knowledge where needed, especially regarding career and business matters.


January 14: Venus Quincunx Uranus at 29 Degrees Sagittarius/Taurus. Events and people around you may seem disorganized, unpredictable and even chaotic. However, the insights you gain now, could open up an exciting new path.


January 15: Sun Sextile Neptune at 25 Degrees Capricorn/Pisces. Artists, musicians and all creative people, take note. Sun sextile Neptune brings intuition, creativity and imagination to the forefront. The sign of Pisces enhances your creativity, while the sign of Capricorn grounds your inspiration and brings it down to earth. Enjoy this dreamy, yet purposeful, time.


January 19: Mercury Trine Jupiter at 6 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. Mercury trine Jupiter is excellent for teaching, learning and brainstorming. Your thoughts (Mercury) are positive (Jupiter), yet grounded and security conscious (Capricorn/Taurus). However, Venus Square Neptune, at the same time, cautions you to avoid making big decisions for a few daysLearn and brainstorm now, but act in a few days.


January 20: Sun Conjunct Pluto at 29 Degrees Capricorn. The Sun conjunct Pluto today certainly calls for caution and mindfulness. Clashes with authorities or authoritarian people, broken down machinery and other “crises” are not uncommon under this aspect. However, Sun conjunct Pluto is superb for deep soul searching and for rooting out subconscious triggers and hang-ups.

Pluto moves into Aquarius on January 20, 2024, where it will stay (except for a brief retrograde in the fall) until 2044. Pluto in Aquarius promises to bring long lasting, startling, innovative changes around technology and our concept of brotherhood/sisterhood. Aquarius sun signs or ascendants may feel their entire worldview changing during this slow-moving transit.


January 23: Venus Enters Capricorn.  Venus, the planet of blessings received, is in Capricorn until February 16, 2024. Use Venus in Capricorn to make and strengthen connections with business partners, suppliers and co-workers. Venus in Capricorn is also conducive to launching and promoting an artistic venture.


January 25: Full Moon at 5 Degrees Leo, Sun at 5 Degrees Aquarius. T-Square Jupiter at 6 Degrees Taurus. The Full Moon in Leo focuses our attention on individualistic pursuits versus going along with the group. As the Full Moon forms a T-square with Jupiter in Taurus, we are advised to be true to our values (Taurus) while walking the tight rope between our individual ego needs (Leo) and the needs of the group (Sun in Aquarius). Easy right???

January 27: Sun Square Jupiter at 8 Degrees Aquarn square Jupiter can be very beneficial. It gives you the optimism, energy and drive to accomplish big things. Just be careful not to take on more than you can handle.


January 28: Venus at 6 Degrees Capricorn Sextile Saturn at 6 Degrees Pisces and Trine Jupiter at 6 Degrees Taurus. Venus sextile Saturn is an easy energy that brings the steadiness of Saturn to the ease and love of Venus. Venus trine Jupiter adds the frosting on the cake by adding a sense of optimism and well being. Both finances and relationships thrive when Venus is Trine Jupiter.


January 29: Mars Trine Uranus at 19 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. Mars trine Uranus can bring breakthroughs, but it can also bring breakdowns. This is a volatile, freedom-loving, revolution provoking transit. Ask yourself: What do I need to break away from? Where is my inner being demanding freedom? The answer can be external circumstances, but it is just as often internal restrictions and limitations (Capricorn) that you are placing on yourself for no good reason.

Moon Movement During January 2024: Note: Dates given are for New York City, NY. The time of the Moon’s movement into a sign will vary depending on where you live.

January 1:     Moon in Virgo

January 2:     Moon enters Libra

January 5:     Moon enters Scorpio

January 7:     Moon enters Sagittarius

January 9:     Moon enters Capricorn

January 11:   New Moon at 20 degrees 44 minutes Capricorn

January 11:   Moon enters Aquarius

January 13:   Moon enters Pisces

January 15:   Moon enters Aries

January 18:   Moon enters Taurus

January 20:   Moon enters Gemini

January 22:   Moon enters Cancer

January 25:   Moon enters Leo

January 25:   Full Moon at 5 Degrees 14 Minutes Leo

January 27:   Moon enters Virgo

January 30:   Moon enters Libra




I will be teaching two online astrology classes via Zoom starting in January.

  •  A beginning astrology class staring on January 24, 2024, at 6:00 pm MSTFIND OUT MORE.
  • and
  • An intermediate astrology class where we get together and learn new techniques, while also practicing reading charts.  FIND OUT MORE,


I am still doing astrology readings by telephone or Zoom. My readings consist of transits, progressions, solar arc directions and solar return (year ahead) in relation to your birth chart. One-hour readings are $160 and half-hour readings are $80. Readings are recorded and payment is by PayPal, Square or Venmo. Send an email to to schedule your reading.


I will be facilitating an ongoing astrology practicum in early spring. I need at least six people to hold the classes. Send me an email with the best  times and days of the week for you. We will meet once a month throughout the summer and fall.

Online via Zoom

$220 for 6 months of once-monthly meetings.

Payable by Paypal or Venmo

This Astrology Classes (or Astrology Practicum) is for those who have studied astrology and can easily recognize the planets, signs and houses, but still have a hard time putting it all together.

Each month I will present a quick review relating to the basics. We will then delve into more advanced topics such as:

  • Advanced natal chart reading skills
    • Out-of-bounds planets
    • Void of course Moon
    • Retrograde planets
    • Midpoints
  • Predictive techniques
    • Transits and progressions
    • New Moons, full Moons and eclipses
    • Progressions and solar arc directions
    • Derived houses
    • Synastry
    • Solar and lunar returns

Since I firmly believe that you learn best by doing, all students will be expected to participate in delineating each other’s charts (with your permission) as well as charts of well-known people or celebrities. Your suggestions regarding charts to discuss will be welcomed. The charts of family members, friends or enemies can only be discussed with their permission.

I need at least six people to sign up for the class, so tell all your friends and relatives.  The more people there are the more we learn from each other. 

Please send an email to to sign up for the class. Please contact me if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to talking to you.

Ruby Burkhalter

Beginning Astrology Class Starting January 24, 2024



I will be teaching an eight-week astrology class beginning Wednesday, January 24 through March 13, 2024, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Mountain Standard Time.

Online via Zoom

 $320 for 8 weeks

Payable by Paypal or Venmo

Beginning Astrology Class via Zoom:  This class is for total newbies, and for those who know some astrology, but have a hard time putting it all together.

We will start with the basics including:

  • What is a zodiac chart?
  • What are the houses and what do they mean?
  • How do the signs express in the houses and what do the signs mean?
  • What do the planets do and what do they mean in a chart?
  • What are planetary transits and how do they affect you?

By the end of the class, you will be able to read and understand your birth chart and to have a basic understanding of how transits affect you.

The last 30 minutes of each class will be devoted to looking at your individual astrology charts and to answering your astrological questions. Since I firmly believe that you learn best by doing, all students will be expected to participate in delineating each other’s charts.

I need at least six people to sign up for the class, so tell all your friends and relatives.  The more people there are the more we learn from each other. 

Please send an email to to sign up for the class or to contact me with any questions.  I’m looking forward to talking to you.

Ruby Burkhalter

Astrology Transits December 2023 – Seeking Truth and Wisdom

Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean. ― Bob Dylan


Sagittarius is the sign of truth, especially “truth as you see it.” Your truth may not be my truth, nor should it be. We are each given a unique and special birth chart as a guidepost to understanding ourselves and our interactions with others. Use this time when the Sun moves through Sagittarius to fine tune your beliefs by questioning everything. In the meantime, experience something new, plan a trip, read a few philosophy books and/or listen to some thought-provoking podcasts.


This would be an ideal time to reflect on your journey through the dark night of the soul;and the deep soul searching you may have experienced when several planets were transiting Scorpio last month. Now, as the planetary energy shifts to Sagittarius, it is time to do some judicious editing. What insights were helpful and what insights have no meaning for you, at least at this time. Enjoy the more light hearted energy of Sagittarius.


December 1: Mercury enters Capricorn. Mercury in Capricorn turns our attention to practical matters and matters related to commerce.


December 3: Venus Square Pluto at 28 Degrees Libra/Capricorn. Venus square Pluto challenges you to re-evaluate your relationships and your relationship to money and security. Be wary of manipulative tactics by you or others. Instead, try to understand and confront the fear that prompts such behavior. 


December 3: Mars Quincunx Jupiter at 6 Degrees Sagittarius/Taurus. Mars quincunx Jupiter brings out your fighting spirit. Avoid conflict now. Instead, direct your energy towards positive projects. You can accomplish a lot now if you tweak your approach and proceed mindfully.


December 4: Venus Enters Scorpio. Venus in Scorpio brings out the intensity around relationships. Be aware that you and your partner (or others in your life) may be more secretive and/or intense at this time. As Venus is also square Pluto, don’t push too hard. It may be difficult to gauge the intensity surrounding you.


December 6: Mercury at 5 Degrees Capricorn Sesquiquadrate Uranus at 20 Degrees Taurus. You may feel like “something has to give” when Mercury is sesquiquadrate Uranus. Your ideas may be challenged resulting in extreme mental tension. Both you and others may express “radical” views that push each other’s buttons. Avoid rigidity (Taurus) in your thinking and talking. By tomorrow, Mercury trine Jupiter leads to positive thinking and good judgment.


December 6: Neptune Turns Direct at 24 Degrees Pisces. What did you dream about when Neptune was retrograde? What did you wish to create, but didn’t feel the time was right? You can now put all those dreams into action. Use your intuition to guide you as you manifest your dreams and creative endeavors.


December 9: Venus Opposition Jupiter at 6 Degrees Scorpio/Taurus. Venus opposition Jupiter is a party-time transit that indicates pleasurable activities and an optimistic viewpoint. Be careful not to overindulge in food and drink or to overspend.


December 12: New Moon at 20 Degrees Sagittarius Quincunx Uranus at 20 Degrees Sagittarius/Taurus. Venus at 20 Degrees Scorpio Sesquiquadrate Neptune at 24 Degrees Pisces. All New Moons are excellent for beginning something new. This Sagittarius New Moon is especially primed to help you release old energy patterns, habits and hurts. Sagittarius is about new adventures, travel and expanding your horizons. Uranus is the sign of freedom and throwing off limitation and worldly weights. Venus in aspect to Neptune brings answers through spiritual insights (Neptune in Pisces) and love (Venus).

December 13: Mercury Turns Retrograde at 8 Degrees Capricorn. Mercury moves backward through Capricorn until it stations direct on January 2, 2024 at 22 degrees Sagittarius. This is another chance to re-evaluate your thoughts and “truths.” Mercury turning direct right after New Year’s Day is excellent for business and career matters in early 2024.


December 15: Mars Trine Chiron at 15 Degrees Sagittarius/Aries. Take another look at those you are angry with or alienated from when Mars is trine Chiron. It is quite likely that your anger and frustration (Mars) come from your own internal hurts and trauma (Chiron). Ask yourself what it is about the other person’s actions that stir up your hurtful, sad and angry feelings. Mars trine Chiron can bring a relationship breakthrough when used in this way.


December 16: Sun Square Neptune at 24 Degrees Sagittarius/Pisces. Allow yourself to dream and let your thoughts flow unchecked when the Sun is square Neptune. This is not the time for accomplishment or for clarity, but rather a time to let imagination and inspiration have center stage. Record your thoughts, dreams and impressions and refer to them later – perhaps when Mercury is sextile Saturn on the 21st.


December 18: Mercury Trine Jupiter at 5 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. Mercury trine Jupiter is extremely helpful in looking at the big picture. Because both planets are in earth signs, any conclusions reached now are positive (Jupiter) yet grounded (Capricorn/Taurus).


December 21: Sun Enters Capricorn at 10:27 PM EST. The Sun at zero degrees Capricorn at the solstice is one of the four very important Aries Points of the Zodiac. Any planet at zero degrees of a sign has enhanced energy and “oomph.” Set your intentions now for the new year of 2024. In my opinion, December 21 is more beneficial for setting intentions and resolutions than New Year’s Day. So set your intentions now and reaffirm them on January 1.


December 21: Venus Opposition Uranus at 19 Degrees Scorpio/Taurus. Mars Quincunx Uranus at 19 Degrees Sagittarius/Taurus. With the Sun at the solstice, Venus opposition Uranus and Mars quincunx Uranus, there is an “upset the apple cart” feeling to today’s energy. Unpredictable events may occur. Opportunities may suddenly appear and/or opportunities may suddenly disappear. Venus opposing Uranus and Mars quincunx Uranus can be hard on the nerves. Uranus’ job is to shake things up and bring new ways of looking at things. Even if opportunities disappear, something better is waiting to appear. The Sun in Capricorn tempers the impulsive energy and brings rational and logical thinking, concentration, focus and organization. Steady, focused actions allow you to break through obstacles and bring success.


December 23: Mercury Enters Sagittarius. Mercury in Sagittarius sparks your thirst for knowledge, travel and adventure. Let your curiosity flow and expand your horizons. Do at least one thing now that you have never allowed yourself to do before.


December 26: Full Moon at 4-5 Degrees Cancer. Sun at 5 Degrees Capricorn Sesquiquadrate Uranus at 19 Degrees Taurus. The emotional Cancer Full Moon focuses its energy around home, family and the very foundations of your life. You may find yourself looking into your family dynamics in an effort to understand who you are today. Ask yourself: Are my self-destructive actions such as jealousy, insecurity and self-hate mine or did I inherit them from old family patterns? A Cancer Full Moon is an absolutely perfect time to let go of old family patterns and self-destructive actions that no longer reflect the real,, authentic you. Moon rituals are especially beneficial under this deep, watery, emotional Full Moon.

December 27:  Sun Trine Jupiter at 5 Degrees Capricorn/Taurus. Mercury Conjunct Mars at 24 Degrees Sagittarius. The Sun trine Jupiter feels like a big smiley face. Mercury Conjunct Mars speeds decision making and propels you into action. Harvest this expansive, optimistic connection by making decisions, and by asserting your ideas. Rapid progress can be made now.


December 28: Mars Square Neptune at 25 Degrees Sagittarius/Pisces. This aspect is a little like stepping on the gas while driving through fog. Take time to be quiet and don’t push yourself. Irritations that pop up now, will look much better in a few days.


December 29: Venus enters Sagittarius and Sextiles Pluto at 29 Degrees Sagittarius/Capricorn. Venus is sextile Pluto and then moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius. The love planet feels freer and more loving when in the sign of Sagittarius. Leave all of the Venus in Scorpio relationship soul searching behind and just enjoy new adventures with those you care about.


December 31: Jupiter Stations Direct at 5 Degrees Taurus. Jupiter direct in Taurus turns your attention to positive ways to build security, wealth, and self-esteem. Jupiter is starting its journey toward a rare conjunction with Uranus on April 20, 2024. Begin to look for new possibilities and opportunities now.


Moon Movement During December 2023: Note: Dates given are for New York City, NY. The time of the Moon’s movement into a sign will vary depending on where you live.

December 1:          Moon enters Leo

December 3:          Moon enters Virgo

December 6:          Moon enters Libra

December 8:          Moon enters Scorpio

December 11:        Moon enters Sagittarius

December 12:        New Moon at 20 degrees 40 minutes Sagittarius

December 13:        Moon enters Capricorn

December 15:        Moon enters Aquarius

December 17:        Moon enters Pisces

December 19:        Moon enters Aries

December 21:        Moon enters Taurus

December 24:        Moon enters Gemini

December 26:        Moon enters Cancer

December 26:        Full Moon at 4 Degrees 58 Minutes Cancer

December 28:        Moon enters Leo

December 31:        Moon enters Virgo



UPCOMING ASTROLOGY CLASSES.-  I will be teaching two online astrology classes via Zoom starting in January.

  • a beginning astrology class staring on January 24, 2024  at 6:00 pm MST and
  • an intermediate astrology class where we can get together to learn new techniques, while also practicing reading charts – starting on January 25, 2024, at 6:00 pm MST

Uranus would love to have you participate, since Uranus rules astrology.


I am still doing astrology readings by telephone or Zoom. My readings consist of transits, progressions, solar arc directions and solar return (year ahead) in relation to your birth chart. One-hour readings are $160 and half-hour readings are $80. Readings are recorded and payment is by PayPal, Square or Venmo. Send an email to to schedule your reading.