January 2022 Astrological Influences & Rituals

We start 2022 on a very dark night. The approaching Dark Moon is whispering and guiding us into the new year. 

The theme for 2022 will be downsizing and simplifying. Not necessarily out of necessity, but because 2021 was simply too exhausting. Too explosive. We are ready to tread lightly, speak softly, and move forward in grace. 

In contrast, 2021 was entered on a brightly lit near-Full Moon. Regardless of your political stance, the first 21 days of 2021 were highly emotional, erratic, and unpredictable. 


That is now behind us. It is time to start anew.

 And so we begin…


January 2nd, 2022: As the Moon disappears from the winter night sky, we now experience the Dark Moon in Capricorn. Tonight is a time for stillness, contemplation, and banishment. 

Capricorn is a realistic sign that loves having solid ground under its feet. The energies of this first Dark Moon of 2022 will help you find your footing and get out of the limiting hole in the ground you've been stuck in. This includes walking away from those who are holding back. 

Many Earth signs will feel a strong energetic incline to quickly disengage from friendships and relationships. Follow that inclination.   

Allow the darkness of this Dark Moon to reveal your inner (AND outer!) blockages and banish all that no longer serves you. 


January 7th, 2022: With the Moon void of course and Mercury Retrograde approaching, now is a good time to begin your Mercury Retrograde Remedy rituals. If you have important documents to file or detail-oriented tasks, finish them within 96 hours. 


January 9th, 2022: First Quarter Moon in Aries compels us to take action and reminds us of our power. Excellent day for courage rituals, such as the Fearless Determination Ritual


January 14th, 2022: With the Moon at apogee (farthest from the Earth), distractions and the seeming inability to focus may be encountered. Put a piece of Black Onyx in your pocket and carry it with you throughout the day. Burn Palo Santo to help stabilize energy. Focus on the 3 feet above your head, 3 feet below the soles of your feet (yes, you will need to lay or sit for this), and the base of your spine. If flexible, try to smudge your shoulder blades as well. 


January 14th, 2022: Mercury Retrograde is now in full gear. Avoid making big plans, big purchases, or signing important legal documents until after February 5th. Better yet, wait until the Witch's New Moon of March 4/5th. 


January 17th, 2022: This Full Moon in Virgo will be full of peaks and valleys. Not necessarily because anything good or bad will happen, but because a sudden comprehension of "realistic possibilities" will hit like a ton of bricks. What goals or tasks are possible? What aren't? Life becomes quite black and white - even if only for 48 hours or so. 

Excellent evening for strengthening your psychic self-defense and building an energetic barrier yourself:
Roll a single beeswax candle in about 1/4 teaspoon of the Tiger's Eye Ritual Blend. Light the candle, and in a smudging motion, carefully "smudge" the space 8 inches over your head, 8 inches below your feet (you will need to sit or lay), your front door, and your back door. Scatter the wax and herb remnants (if any) on the sidewalk or road outside your home. 


January 18th, 2022: Uranus Retrograde comes to an end. Uranus Direct in Taurus can bring about completely unexpected events for the next 2 weeks.


January 20th, 2022: Sun enters Aquarius in an oracle-like fashion. Rigid hierarchies are now immediately challenged. Egalitarian principles of humanity, compassion and equal rights take the reins. Excellent sun cycle for self-development, taking risks, and exploring the outer edges of your comfort zone.


January 25th, 2022: If you're feeling overly sad today - blame the Moon. Tonight's Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio tends to dig up the emotions (or even drama) from a failed romance. If you're ready to permanently cut the strings to failed romance, do the Cease & Release Ritual tonight

Alternatively, if you're looking to break a union (such as cause turmoil in someone else's relationship or cause a divorce), this is a potent night for the Apple Curse.


January 29th, 2022: Venus Retrograde comes to an end. The emotional rollercoasters begin to subside. Many breakups happen during Venus Retrograde - only to get back together in mere weeks after Venus Direct. 

If you have spent the last 6-7 weeks wanting to leave a relationship, wait a little bit longer to make a decision. If at all possible, wait until the last week of February. Venus Retrograde "artificially" intensifies any feelings of discontent. As March 1st comes around, you may realize that your imperfect relationship is just perfect enough for you.  

Ex-lovers have a habit of coming out of the woodwork during the pre-shadow phase of Venus Retrograde (most of November 2021). If reconciliation did not occur, but you are still determined to make it work, begin the Reconciliation Ritual (Come to Me Love Spell) on March 10th. 

If you began dating someone new between mid-November and now, the next 3 weeks will be interesting. Either the person will leave your life for good, or they will stay for the long haul. By the First Quarter Moon of March 10th, you will have a straight answer. It will also be the ideal time to begin any love spells for devotion and commitment


January 30th, 2022: The second Dark Moon of the month marks a need to break habits and worn out thoughts. On this "Black Moon", I highly recommend doing a thorough but general banishing ritual to clean up and remove lingering negativity, wandering entities that have clung themselves to you, unpleasant energies, and thoughts that aren't your own.

"I now remove and permanently banish all negative influences, energies, and entities around me."



Love & Magick,

Dacha Avelin





Thank you for this! Makes alot of sense, for sure! When can we expect the moon calender for 2022?



Thanks to you too ❤️
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