We are in the swampy emotionally swirling tail end of the astrological year with the Sun, Mercury, Neptune, Venus, and the asteroid Chiron all now in sensitive, perceptive Pisces. We may be feeling unusually vulnerable, but this lineup in Pisces can inspire us by the very vulnerability it induces. We recently became painfully aware of the unsafety of our children and teachers, once again. But this time the country is feeling this vulnerability so viscerally the situation is potentially catalyzing change. The surviving students did not stay in the victim mindset; they have a vision, a gift from Pisces, and are now out to change the world.
It’s good for all of us to examine where we might have a disempowered internal victim voice, a tendency to feel sorry for ourselves. This Piscean time can be a chance to process all the emotions we hadn’t had time for all year long, so we may notice mood swings and need extra gentleness as we feel the slings and arrows of an outrageous world more than usual.
But we can follow the surviving students lead and become strategic, not passive, even as we process. Momentum can really build this spring, starting March 6 as Venus and Mercury both enter proactive Aries, so let’s make plans now.
To help us balance this occasionally overwhelming sensitivity, Mars in Sagittarius loans us and outspoken, frank attitude that says “let’s just deal with it”. This Mars squares the Pisces line up, and so in both politics and personal relationships, sensitive emotions can either clash with Mars’ call for action, or be the fuel behind it. The vulnerable students (Pisces) are choosing to speak out and walk (both Sagittarian). Internally and in our personal relationships we can feel our vulnerability, need to process, and a tendency to hold other people responsible for our problems (Pisces) square off with the Sagittarius direct simplicity. One half of us may want to stay in cozily by the fire, and the other wants to get out there and get things done. As Venus and Mars square off exactly this weekend, let’s make room for everybody, and let another person’s extremes be medicine for us, rather than polarize us.
As the weekend begins the conversation gets real, but may be a little tweaked. We need to talk through our concerns or discomforts while as Mercury semi-squares Uranus and the Sun semi-squares Pluto under a verbal Gemini Moon, but can get a bit morbid or cynical. Throughout the week and we need to pace ourselves, balancing the need to juggle too much with our need for a quiet moment, or we’ll feel spread too thin. And we go to express ourselves, may find we need poetry and hyperbole to get our point across, so listen for the truth underneath any wild story.
The Moon enters cozy Cancer on Saturday night, and comfort foods help. On Sunday, Mercury conjuncts Neptune and pulls us into our dream world. All this week we may need extra sleep or puttering time, where it looks like we’re doing nothing, but really, we’re processing intensely on the subconscious realm.
Midweek could bring both incisive perception, and put chips on our shoulder, as Mercury squares Mars. The critique sharpens under a full Virgo Moon on Thursday. We could indulge in the blame game, but the most radical thing we can do is find commonality, find ways of working together, and use a positive goal to overcome to take the power out of negative people and situations and turn the situation around.
Friday, February 23: Affectionate and neurotic, the mood can bring out our inner Chihuahua as Mercury challenges nervous Uranus. But we may have good reason to be concerned; real issues face us as Sun semi-squares Pluto and we’ll feel better we’ve done something about it. Conversation cooks tonight as the Moon opposes Mars, just avoid an adversarial attitude as the Moon squares Venus and opposes Mars. Enjoy the debate, look for the flirtation in it, don’t feed divisiveness.
Moon square the Sun at 1:09 AM, Moon square Mercury 10:50 AM, Mercury semi-square Uranus 3:49 PM, Moon square Neptune 4:27 PM, Sun semi-square Pluto 9:16 PM, Moon square Venus 9:25 PM, Moon opposed Mars 10:56 PM.
Saturday, February 24: Morning may feel slow and disjointed because we need to putter slowly, unwind and process. Good changes kick in midday, but conversation can spin in circles. Putter along in a good way, be kind and know that defenses trigger easily. Stay alert if encountering strange weather conditions or other confusing situations all through the weekend. Tonight, prioritize comfort, safety, and mutual appreciation as the Moon enters domestic Cancer.
Moon sextile Uranus 12:55 PM, Moon enters Cancer 8:05 PM.
Sunday, February 25: Perceive. A dreamy imaginative and inspiring Mercury Neptune conjunction can feed our imagination but also make it so it’s hard to figure out what’s really going on. It thickens the fog of our perception, just as Venus squares Mars, and edgy aspect which can make us is set off sparks of the best and worst types. Be careful with edgy comments. Go to a wonderful movie or meditate together and have a shared transcendental experience.
Monday, February 26: Good things can come out of difficult situations. Heaviness sits with us for the next two days, simmering underneath and other wise ordinary week, but also driving good causes. We may be painfully aware of some loss or imbalance as the Moon opposes Pluto, but it can find community support to respond in a good way as the Moon forms a grand trine with Jupiter and Mercury. Honor feelings first and then correct misperceptions.
Tuesday, February 27: People need attention and will soak it up like rain on thirsty soil.
Small ego clashes can interrupt the day. Or we could choose to drop deeper into our heart and remember what matters, let that quiet compassion inform our actions, clear up misunderstandings, and share the love as Venus sextiles Pluto under an expressive Leo Moon.
Venus sextiles Pluto 3:20 AM.
Wednesday, February 28: Enthusiasm clashes with prickliness, and objectivity is a scarce commodity. We can really build momentum as the Moon forms a grand trine with Mars and Uranus, let’s make sure we’re heading in a good direction. Our critical thinking kicks in tonight and as Mercury sextiles Pluto and the Moon enters Virgo. We may need to reassess the situation. Be supportive rather than critical find the worthy in one another.
Thursday, March 1: We may feel sensitive, empathic, or just neurotic as the Moon waxes full in Virgo. Our empathy can be so heightened that we overload, shut down and stop feeling one another. It may help to focus something less personal and rest in the details. Otherwise forgive one another the crinkled edges and the strange habit, or stress coping skills. Sentiment furthers. Use the critical mind, but watch the critical comments as we just don’t want to hear it today.
Venus trine Pluto 4:22 AM, Sun semi-square Uranus 7:22 AM, Mars semi-sextile Pluto 8:31 AM, Moon trine Mars 11:10 AM, Moon opposed Sun 5:51 PM, and Moon opposed Neptune at 9:58 PM.
We are heading into the Piscean dreamtime of the year. Emotional Venus is already in sensitive, imaginative Pisces, mental Mercury enters Pisces on Saturday and the Sun, source of our energy, follows on Sunday. We drift into the mists.
On a bad day, this Piscean fog can provide a truly confusing camouflage of uncertainty or misinformation. Career information can be hard to find. People can get lost in their fear of what could happen or their magical thinking for quick solutions. And last week’s school shooting, right before the solar eclipse in communal Aquarius, brought our attention to a shared agony and gives a perfect projection place for the worst fears and most simplistic responses.
But this Piscean mist reminds us, that like our streams, lakes, and underground water systems, everything is connected, no problem is simple; pollution of mind, body, or soul in one part of the country will seep into the rest. It can also instigate a certain passivity, a feeling that there’s nothing we can do, everything is inevitable, which is a Piscean shadow problem. It can be easy to slip into victim mindset with many planets in Pisces and as we look around at our present political situation. But it does not further to hand over the reins of our life. Or our country.
If we need time out, it can further to find a safe place to be sensitive, dip into a wonderful escapist movie that talks about a magical other land or walk in the woods and commune with the trees and leave humankind behind for a minute. When we are ready to see clearly and are willing to check our facts and perceptions, and accept the situation we face may be incredibly complex but still solvable, we can use the mists to reach into the fertile loam of our psyche and sprout a vision for the year ahead.
As the crocus begin to stir, so can our hopes for the new year. Let’s dream it different, then make plans between now and March 6, when Mercury and Venus both head into rebellious and energized Aries and give us the energy to turn dreams into action. Mid-March could be a volatile combustion engine, but if we have a plan, we can make it work for us.
Mercury retrogrades March 22, two days after the Sun enters Aries. If we know where we’re going because we dreamed the map clearly now, we can still put that rocket fuel into productive action. If we don’t, the crosscurrents could leave us way off course, with strong emotional responses and no clear path.
All this Piscean energy can leave us feeling permeable and make it easy to catch passing germs, so for the next few weeks let’s keep our immune system strong by refilling the wells and resting when we need to.
This weekend we may need to process and let the feelings flow. Pull out the art supplies. Make room for a spiritual moment. Take advantage of an opportunity to let go of old anger as active Mars squares Neptune. If we get too excited, the confusion may seem to thicken. And let’s keep our eyes open and critical thinking intact; we could be intentionally deceived, become suddenly aware of a deception, or get stuck coping with another person’s delusion. All of which could have some interesting political ramifications. Step away from bamboozlement, and watch out for sloppy weather or sloppy thinking.
On Sunday, the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in emotional Pisces while the Moon moves into decisive Aries, bringing a more proactive and responsive attitude, though maybe we get on our high horse too easily.
Monday our concerns deepen as Mercury semi-squares Pluto, an aspect that can really tweak our minds. Worries about recent news or some more personal concern can raise anxiety, even paranoia, and call for the most grounded and levelheaded thinking. Let’s respect and investigate our concerns but not get stuck in them. Work on a steady action plan instead. Honor feelings, but confirm all facts or suspicions. And if someone starts to rant, we can respect their feelings while sifting carefully through what they say.
On Wednesday an earthy Taurus Moon helps us get more cozy in our body. Comfort foods beckon. Our hearts are extra tender as Venus conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, but our thinking may stabilize as Mercury sextiles Saturn. We may want to open our hearts, but could use reassurance of the trustworthiness of the people around us in order to feel safe enough to stay close and open.
Friday, February 16: We may feel all soft and squishy, vulnerable and inward, wanting to curl safely under the covers as the Pisces Moon conjuncts Venus and Neptune, aware of the recent societal wounds as Mercury quincunx Chiron, but the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius tell us that’s not what we should be doing, we should be going out and fixing things, saving the world. Find a balance between the two. Be honest and find a way through. Tonight, we may prefer to be in a place where we feel safe to drop our efficiency and escape wisely.
Saturday, February 17: Mars square Neptune lowers our energy level, increases our ability to dream, may increase our sense of vulnerability, but also gives us the capacity to forgive. But let’s be careful not to feel overwhelmed or step into victim mindset. Common sense, a walk in the woods, simple chores can help us find ballast underneath some watery emotions. We want to feel close, to ourselves, our purpose, spirit, or to some interesting other person.
Mars square Neptune 5:20 AM, Sun conjunct Mercury 6:27 AM, Moon sex tile Pluto 11:49 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 4:13 PM, Mercury enters Pisces 10:27 PM.
Sunday, February 18: Enough with the closeness, the Moon goes into Aries and our independence asserts itself again. Balance intimacy and honesty, closeness and self-direction. Our physical energy may be at low ebb as the Sun enters Pisces, know we can become enthusiastic or impassioned when we tackle something close to our hearts.
Moon enters Aries 6:04 AM, the Sun enters Pisces 11:17 AM Moon square Saturn 6:15 PM.
Monday, February 19: The mood can be erratic and edgy this morning, sticking to schedules can make us grumpy as Venus semi-squares Uranus under an Aries Moon. Feel the urge to act out, to be erratic or unexpected just because, avoid twitter, and nurture impulse control. Use this restlessness to break routine and find an improvement, but not just be irascible. Moods dip tonight as the Moon squares Pluto; be honest about some apparent danger, but don’t get stuck there..
Tuesday, February 20: Erratic and unexpected events overnight or earlier this morning need to be may need to be dealt with before we get onto an otherwise productive day. People may speak from their anxiety rather than from their strength as Mercury semi-squares Pluto. The Taurus Moon steadies the mood this afternoon and says familiar comforts and proof of stability and presence are good medicine.
Wednesday, February 21: Women may take a political lead or provide a different vision. We want a little magic around our creative process and our relationships this morning. We’d love to feel that fairy dust could be sprinkled at any moment. Respect that twinkle in one another’s eyes. Just watch that it doesn’t stray into delusion. A common-sense Mercury-Saturn sextile can stabilize thinking and help us put that magic into sane and productive action.
Thursday, February 22: Feelings are working overtime, hopes and fears have more air-time in our minds than does logic, so it helps to both give this imagination a place to go to stay out of trouble, and use practical, earthy chores and traditional systems to stay grounded. Gently question any assumption. Tonight, the conversation magnifies as the Moon enters verbal Gemini.
What would you do for love? Fourteen years ago, my father tried very hard not to die on Valentine’s Day, made it an extra day, romantic that he was, as his last bittersweet gift to the family. Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of flu season, in the ragtag end of winter when we know that not much but our heart chakras keep our world alight. This year a haunting Venus-Pluto aspect makes it even more poignant, so let’s explore what radical and simple acts of love and compassion we can share.
Valentine’s Day falls under Aquarius, not consider the most emotionally intimate signs. This Aquarian holiday speaks more of the theory of love then it does of romance. At its worst, Valentine’s Day leaves an image of what we “should” (a word that haunts Aquarius) feel, and can make us cynical about our love life. At its best, this holiday encourages us to appreciate our international, global community and love all humankind.
This year, Valentine’s Day falls between the lunar eclipse on January 31 and a partial solar eclipse on February 15 (only visible in the southern hemisphere). Eclipses tend to clean house. Under that bittersweet Venus-Pluto transits, our hearts may be reviewing recent personal and political history, and we may not necessarily feel loved by the cosmos. The time between the lunar eclipse on January 31 and this new Moon has pared away dead wood. Many people have reported illusions bursting with some nasty wake-up calls, or an end to a dream that sounded good but was not really in line with our soul’s purpose. So, these eclipses clear the ground and after this new Moon encourage us to build, not on what we thought we wanted, but where we really feel energized.
But first, now through early next week we need to speak consciously and write thoughtfully as the Sun semi-squares Saturn on Friday and Mercury semi-squares Saturn and squares Jupiter. The planets loan us a certain tough-mindedness, we could feel highly opinionated, tactless or gruff, which could complicate Valentines plans, but give us the mental toughness to finish what we start.
Our minds might be tough, and our communication style of bid edgy, but our feelings can get all squishy as Venus enters sensitive Pisces, which can bring a flood of feelings, and makes us more sentimental. Be kind to all hearts. Expect a lot of political commentary and enjoy debate, but assess carefully where an argument can be productive and where it’s just a waste of time. And if depression whispers, watch the nature of thought and direct the mind away from cataloguing problems and towards problem-solving.
We can get a lot done this weekend, if we put our tough minds to it- but let’s watch control issues, stay away from people who tend to be abusive and check in on people who have to deal with that heaviness. Somewhere in our lives we may face the illusion that we are stuck, but it is more likely that our head is under a cliff and we needed take a step sideways to have room to move.
Towards Valentine’s Day it will be important to review the warm spots in our life. If we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone we love, review first meetings and romantic moments. If we’re celebrating by ourselves or with platonic, it furthers to review the moments we felt loved by the universe, when we felt healthy and joyful, however hard or easy those may be to remember at the moment. Remember what we’d do for love, when we made someone’s day and helped them feel loved by their world. Bring these moments alive and close and sing our love song to the world.
Friday, February 9: We could feel a little old and achy this morning or want to grumble about our responsibilities as the Sun semi-squares Saturn. Meetings and bureaucratic wrangling can feel like more work than usual, but can also be really productive. Look for a particularly important communiqué around noon time. Our attention drifts early this afternoon, we’re ready to take off for the weekend and our work focus can dissipate quickly. Playfulness furthers tonight, find something to laugh about in this weary world.
Sun semi-squares Saturn, Moon square Neptune, Moon sextile Mercury.
Saturday, February 10: If the weather lets us, it will be good to get out and meander. It furthers us to be spontaneous, to step out without knowing where we will end up, and discover new possibilities. As Venus enters Pisces this afternoon and the Sun squares Jupiter, we move more into our heart. But watch unexpected expenses; make sure an item is needed more than the resources. It may be hard to let go of ongoing work concerns as the Moon enters Capricorn tonight. Watch a tendency to manipulate one another, even unintentionally, in response to some existential angst.
Sunday, February 11: Why so serious? The industrious Capricorn Moon conjuncts serious Saturn this morning and conjuncts Pluto tomorrow, making it easier to look at all the problems than find solutions. We may be painfully aware of an imbalance of power in our lives or constructs that are not working for us, and will feel better if we take a step to address this. Capricorn says “don’t get mad (or sad), get efficient”.
Monday, February 12: A problem is very apparent this morning. A deadline looms or a situation wants to come to a crunch as Mercury semi-squares Saturn and the Moon conjuncts Pluto. Do not perseverate on the worry; instead, organize, construct, and do the work. People get flustered easily but will respond well to a realistic and hopeful plan.
Tuesday, February 13: The conversation opens up; we feel our idealism growing and can tune into the sense of community enthusiasm, if we let ourselves, as the Moon enters Aquarius and Mercury squares Jupiter. Have a great conversation, but don’t say too much and give away important information for bargaining, nor take on an obligation unprepared. Brainstorm great ideas to make the world feel more spacious and ruminate on what has worked before.
Wednesday, February 14: What are we willing to do for love? Radical acts of compassion further with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. It will be hard to live up to any ideal of Valentine’s Day as Venus semi-squares Pluto and stirs poignant undertones, but we can enjoy any abundance of the heart, the more idiosyncratic and thoughtful, the better. Give out Valentines to the whole community, just like we did in second grade. Go to a fundraiser. Feed the homeless. Attend a speed dating event. Relive delicious moments of the past. Perform a Metta meditation and love all sentient beings.
Moon sextile Mars 7:29 AM, Venus semi-square Pluto 8:58 PM, Sun semi sextile Chiron 10:28 PM.
Thursday, February 15: What chapter do we need to end, what are we ready to begin? We may need to let go of a theory, a fantasy, and unproductive path and make room for fresh dreams and new possibilities on this new Moon eclipse, as Mercury sextiles Uranus. We grow more sensitive, personal, and sentimental tonight as the Moon joins Venus in Pisces.
As our hands conduct our energy to the world, they record the flow of our mind, heart, and physical energy, and this map offers a window into how a person reacts to the slings and arrows of fortune, where they have unused potential, and what might bring their life into balance. Palmistry’s practical, teachable map can act as scaffolding for our compassionate intuition. In this orientation we’ll cover the lines, shapes, proportion and how to approach the hand with outer and inner eyes, and practice upon one another. Bring your hands.
The Creative Force of Dynamic Tension- Saturn in Capricorn approaches Pluto
Through story, astro-drama, and experiential astrology we’ll share the year’s major transits, then take you on a journey to consider your personal choices at this crossroads. Over the next three years the planets call for profound change in the foundations of our country and a reorganization of the basic structures of our life. As people of spirit in relationship to the Earth, we ask “How can we manifest the best possible outcomes for the good of the whole?
Happy groundhog’s day, otherwise known as Candlemas, Imbolc, feast of the Rowan tree; it is the turning point of winter. We are halfway through. Persephone now mythically starts her walk towards the upper worlds. The onions begin to sprout in our kitchen drawers. It’s a traditional day to take animal auguries, so let’s notice what birds and bees we observe and wonder what their symbolic significance might be to our lives. Let life be a dialogue with our natural world. That in itself can be rich, but if nothing else, it may help us take a different perspective or let our subconscious give us fresh suggestions.
Though the days grow longer, we’re still smack dab in the middle of winter. What in this contemplative quiet time do we want to begin to sprout? We can begin to grow new connections as Mercury, Venus, and Mars are all now in more extroverted signs. Our social life can bustle, and people may be unusually receptive to our overtures. It can be hard to sit still as Mars in Sagittarius calls us outside or on road. We can be tactlessly honest but in an uncharged and straightforward manner that can help us tackle awkward conversations. Though tempers rise quickly if we think we’re being lied to or the truth is intentionally obfuscated.
It’s not that we won’t love time by ourselves right now, introverts will be introverts, but we may be called to interact more and may just find we’re able to do so.
The weekend starts out on a more sedate and serious note as under a Virgo Moon and as Venus forms minor but uncomfortable aspects to Pluto and Saturn. We may feel a weight on our heart, or just feel like our workload or unhappiness with world events cramps our style. Some creative or aesthetic decision needs extra finagling, but rewards us for putting in the work and taking the time to make good decisions.
Because this slight psychic discomfort can niggle at us all weekend and throw gravel on the path of true love, it’s important to practice good relationship skills to ease our interactions and keep the home front on an even keel. Be patient with one another and don’t let the little things get in the way of real feeling.
Saturday starts off industrious if a bit a little cranky, but ends on a more sociable and romantic note as the Moon enters Libra and Venus squares Jupiter. Pay attention to the hearth fires of all friendships tonight and don’t take them for granted. A little simple appreciation and care that our beloveds are happy and comfortable will be enough to keep the fires warm. Monday evening the Moon enters Scorpio, this echoes the stubbornness of all the planets in Aquarius, all fixed signs, so we may gird our loins and start gritting our teeth.
The rest of the week precedes with stubbornness and ingenuity. Opinions can remain fixed, it’s not a week to try to persuade anybody of a far-flung idea, and we may need to take a stand ourselves. But we can easily engage our team to follow through on what we’ve already agreed upon, and access ingenuity to get to the bottom of problems.
(all times MST)
Friday, February 2: The mood is specific and a bit cranky this morning, we have the may have high expectations for ourselves but low energy to achieve it, or a need to feed our spirit some other way as the Moon opposes Neptune midday. Lunchtime may bring a wave of sleepiness. Vague emotional discontent stirs in response to headlines, or in awareness of a loss or some other thing that triggers our need for self-sufficiency as Venus forms minor but irritating aspects to both Pluto and Saturn. Familiar comforts help, and help us remember what does feed our soul as the Moon trines Pluto late tonight.
Saturday, February 3: This is the astrological cross-quarter day, when the Sun is halfway through Aquarius sign. Sleep in this morning, because overnight irritability can leave odd traces in our dreams or leave us out of sorts, or feeling we just have to get to some project that may not be our beloved’s priority as Mars semi-squares Pluto and Mercury approaches a sextile with Mars.
Be gentle health issues around inflammation or infections as Mars semi-squares Pluto, take good care of one another. If familiar problems return this afternoon, let’s not try we’ve always tried; instead, get creative ior use the irascible energy just to get chores accomplished. The energy sweetens after tea time as the Moon enters Libra. We want connection tonight but romantic expectations can be problematic as Venus squares Jupiter; drop what is unimportant and tend to beloveds of all sorts.
Sunday, February 4: We may long for beauty in the world and feel like we can love our fellow humans, but could get a tad more cynical as we compare our ideals to what we actually have. Be honest, but work towards the ideal. It’s not a good day to push ourselves beyond our physical comfort, but a great day to push ourselves creatively and invoke beauty and balance in our lives. Nurture the connections that feed us as the Moon trines the Sun in sociable air signs.
Moon sextile Mars 12:11 AM, Moon trine Mercury 1:29 AM, Moon trine Sun 7:35 PM.
Monday, February 5: An early morning wave of inadequacy can leave us out of sorts or ready to tackle a specific problem this morning as the Moon squares Pluto. Good connections midmorning as the Moon trines Venus can shift quickly and either change in nature, or together helped create change, as the Moon opposes Uranus afternoon. Don’t buy into a low-level worry, pull back to personal business tonight as the Moon enters Scorpio and calls us to do our own homework.
Tuesday, February 6: We may have honestly mixed feelings, a real approach-avoidance conflict around being seen and interacting. Peoples actions and statements may be at odds with one another and they won’t see the paradox as we spout our philosophies, but act on more primitive responses. Out of this can come great art, and if we are more honest with ourselves some great self-understanding and fresh emotional intimacy if we can accept each other as we truly are while Venus sextiles Uranus. Women can catalyze interesting cultural changes.
Wednesday, February 7:: An old worry can bother us this morning as Mercury semi-squares Chiron, and Venus semi-sextiles Chiron. Don’t let the mind perseverate on well-worn tracts, search for options instead. Late afternoon the mood are people are cautiously optimistic and generous where it feels safe to be so as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Scorpio. Important research or investigation can expand our thoughts and give us some emotional satisfaction. Some people may feel better if they offload their concerns by blaming others, but this would be only temporary stress relief and will actually make the situation worse.
Thursday, February 8: Pay attention through a fuzzyheaded patch as Mercury semi-sextiles Neptune this morning. People’s favorite delusions can distort clarity. Optimism, and the need for it under duress, both increase as the Moon enters upbeat Sagittarius this morning while the Sun semi-sextiles Pluto. Some discomfort of power or brush with mortality needs honest positivity to overcome. A mischievous dark twist to our humor can help tight corners; if we can see the humor in it, the monsters stay away.
The planets ask us interesting questions this week. Our teams call us, people need us, our civic duty knocks on the door, and yet we may still have lingering personal work percolating throughout this winter, and may be enduring, recovering from, or avoiding the flu. So, how do we balance our needs the needs of our community, how do we practice good self-care while we honor our responsibilities. And how do we keep life interesting. This week’s full Moon in Leo, lunar eclipse, wants to know.
Both as a person and country, if we ‘re too self-centered, the world becomes a worse place and our world and community suffers. If we overextend ourselves and put other’s needs ahead of our own- all the time- we don’t get our work done and lose the resilience we need to be of service.
The Sun and Venus now in expansive, political Aquarius, joined by Mercury on Wednesday, help us see the bigger picture. They encourage us to think about our friends, our civic duty, and on a more metaphysical level, they encourage us to dwell on the interconnectedness of all sentient beings. They underlined the fact that if one population gets the flu, the chances are, so will all the others.
Now the shadow side of Aquarius can abstract us from our feelings, talk ourselves into believing what we should feel rather than what we do. Let’s make sure we’re being honest with ourselves. Motivating Mars enters outspoken, outgoing, restless Sagittarius this morning and can help us speak up, and then let go of, something that’s been weighing heavily on our hearts.
Venus and Mars are both now in outgoing signs. We may be able to let go of something that’s been holding on to on us, a heaviness we’ve been carrying for the last few months, but may suddenly feel the need to travel in mind, body, or spirit. We may want to get out of Dodge and talk with people we’ve never spoken to before, or take a long hike, for or learn something brand-new rather than chew on old problems.
The weekend begins under a talkative Gemini moon. We may need to change our minds or deal with unsettling information towards Sunday as Mercury squares Uranus, but let’s be careful to make appropriate changes, rather than throw the baby out the bathwater, or just feel anxious because our nerves are running extra voltage.
A more introspective Cancer Moon on Sunday night through early Tuesday encourages us to take care of our home life and our health and nurture connection. The Leo Moon lunar eclipse early on Wednesday may give us a wake-up call, we just need to watch a tendency to create emotional drama for the fun of it. Look for a constructive way to live around it in balance life and create more balanced world.
Friday, January 26: Something twinges our feelings Venus semi-squares Chiron but we’re tempted to get away from it or become distracted instead of work it out as Mars enter Sagittarius. Our curiosity grows, a bit of cabin fever calls for a break in routine. Politics as usual may really tick us off. By this afternoon, when the Moon enters Gemini, were ready for a new conversation. Put a five-minute lead on snappy remarks or sudden decisions Tempers spark quickly around noon as the Moon opposes Mars, but fresh conversation unfolds tonight.
Venus semi-square Chiron 3:26 AM, Mars enters Sagittarius 5:56 AM, the Moon enters Gemini 10:39 AM, the Moon opposes Mars 10:52 AM.
Saturday, January 27: We may notice growing tension or sense of urgency as Mercury moves into the square with Uranus, but at least we can talk about today as the Gemini Moon trines the Sun and Venus. Negotiate, let’s come to understand the other person’s perspective and share ours. Keep minds open and be ready to make a change, move, or consider options. We may idealize a situation and but that can help us make the changes, just be ready to reassess the situation in a few days as Venus semi sex-tiles Neptune. Make tonight magical.
Sunday, January 28: Keep any snap decisions tentative, though be ready to reconsider. But it’s a good time to try something you’ve never tried before as Mercury squares Uranus. Accidents are more likely in the morning; we may feel safer late this afternoon as the Moon enters cancer, but also less experimental and agreeable. New seriousness grows tonight at the Moon opposes Saturn and can leave us feeling tired as the weekend ends, but also encourages us to think about our plans for the following week.
Monday, January 29: It can be hard to get to work this morning, pulled between unfinished personal business and work, so go gently on people and let them arrive, or expect crankiness. Our imagination is strong though, so if we have creative work to do, this morning works as the Moon moves into a trine with Neptune and Jupiter. Check communication as if it’s Mercury retrograde today, as Mercury forms a mild but confusing semi-squares Neptune. Check to make sure messages are received and intentions are heard. Track carefully things that need to be remembered because we’re all feeling a little fuzzyheaded as the day progresses.
Tuesday, January 30: Morning can feel uncomfortable as the Moon T-squares with Uranus and Mercury. Listen to a person’s discontent ask them to innovate, and watch the mood improve. As the Moon enters Leo early afternoon and trines Mars our sense of humor returns, but also an unwillingness to sit still to do boring work. We want something more exciting, important. Give the heart something dramatic, important and exciting to do tonight, but rein in an inclination to blow up an emotional situation just for the excitement. Find a constructive way to howl at that full Moon tonight.
Moon square Uranus 3:45 AM, Sun semi-square Chiron 8:41 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 9:40 AM, Moon enters Leo 11:52 AM, Moon trine Mars 4:12 PM.
Wednesday, January 31: The full Moon – lunar eclipse at 6:26 AM MST could shift our world, so watch the dramatic acting out in the headlines, and check in one another to find out what people are feeling. Life needs panache. Emotions can run at high tide, we may be chafing at the bit to find something worthy, or feel melodramatically overextended if we are engaged. Mercury enters Aquarius turns our attention to spacious new ideas, but we can be even more thoroughly fixed in our political opinions. If the people around respond with new stubbornness, new attachment to their theories, open the aperture and take a bigger perspective rather than confront directly.
Thursday, February 1: Most people still need a lot of attention this morning, clients need us to check in, bosses need listening to. By this afternoon it’s time to get back to work and tend the details. Figure out how to manifest those recent great new ideas. Just watch a tendency to feel sorry for oneself or expect other people to knuckle down when we want them to. Don’t get cranky, get efficient as the Moon enters Virgo and trine Saturn.
It is a wonderful time to join together and pursue a common goal as the Sun joins Venus in social, political, community-oriented Aquarius. And this weekend, a sensitive Pisces Moon-Neptune conjunction encourages us to live our ideals, or at least live in a friendly, hopeful place. Our sensibilities are heightened and we can feel vulnerable yet inspired, easily moved by our vision and sentiment. Or we can get lost in a fog of uncertainty if we choose escapism or blame instead, two other sides of the Pisces/Neptune coin.
This weekend, many of us will live out this community ideal in the women’s march for the vote proliferating around the country. A Sun-Venus conjunction in Aquarius is the perfect time feel the hopefulness and power of a communal group taking action together. Others may choose to live this out by watching football together with their chosen clan, get lost on Facebook, or take their dogs for a walk and feel the pack support.
It can really help to find our chosen group and be inspired together, because we may have otherwise grim news to work through during the rest of the week. With mental Mercury now in industrious Capricorn (and pulling away from last week’s conjunction with Saturn) we want to feel like we’re getting somewhere or else we can get depressed. While this motivation can help us churn through the work it can also leave us chewing on ourselves or each other if we don’t have a place to go with it.
On Sunday night the Moon enters impatient Aries and asks us to take that vision and turns it into action. We could spit fire early in the week. An eventful and intense Mercury-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio brings a wake-up on Wednesday (though we feel it all week long, some event may trigger our thoughts or demand a decision and asked us what we take seriously. Let’s make sure that we mean what we say, because our words will have consequence and decisions made now will be hard to change. This Mercury asked us not to get lost in our feelings but to get strategic about whatever might stir our ire.
The mood then transmutes into a more solid, stable, stubborn approach after Wednesday when the Moon enters earthy Taurus. Put one foot in front of the other.
Friday, January 19: Early morning irritation can leave us sounding brusque but spur us to make important contacts and get a lot accomplished in a short period of time as the Aquarius Moon squares Mars. The mood shifts this afternoon and becomes softer, more idealistic, if more easily overwhelmed and full of daydreams as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces, Mercury sextiles idealistic Neptune and the Sun enters collective Aquarius. Busyness can us into our evening but our mind would prefer to relax and experience magic.
Moon the square Mars 4:51 AM, Moon enters Pisces 1:26 PM, Mercury sextile Neptune 6:07 PM, Sun enters Aquarius 8:08 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 8:26 PM.
Saturday, January 20: We may have firm ideas about what we need to do and where we need to go, but find ourselves drifting or distracted by side conversations as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces this afternoon. Because we feel unusually permeable, it is wonderful to be around people with a shared dream and be inspired by ideals. Or we may just need to float in our own world, away from others expectations. Late afternoon we may have to work around trust issues and physical discomforts as Venus semi-sextile Saturn. Don’t test relationships, nurture them instead. Rest up or rest in a dream tonight.
Sunday, January 21: An optimistic mood can help us see beyond limitations of our ordinary thinking and have hope. Hope is the first step, by the afternoon we can feel the Moon trine Mars and shift into Aries, and hope will not be enough; we need an action plan. Watch for spikes of impatience, and make sure those spikes headed in the right direction, rather than taking them out on innocent bystanders. We may grow more opinionated as the evening wears on, but this can help us get back on track if we have been feeling pressured in a way that may have derailed us.
Monday, January 22: Cranky moments can give us energy if we have a plan to follow, but make it hard to invent a collaborative plan otherwise, as the Aries Moon square Saturn. Don’t ask for favors until midday when the Moon sextiles Venus and the energetic flow improves. Mercury approaches Pluto and puts some big deals on the table; pay attention and do the homework rather than respond impulsively.
Tuesday, January 23: People may make more of a kerfuffle that is useful as the Aries Moon squares Mercury and Pluto this morning. We want to be some part of something big and important, but can make mountains out of mole hills in the process. Sort the important from the illusion of urgency. Restlessness pushes us us to make a shift tonight as the Aries Moon conjunct Uranus. Ask how can we be more authentic while still being tactfully respectful of other people’s paths.
Wednesday, January 24: We slow down and can consider the consequences of our actions more carefully as the Moon enters stable Taurus and trine Saturn. Decisions will be made and what we decide and say will have consequence, and will not be easy to change. Keep compassion in the heart, and the eyes on long range goals to help decide even the smallest decisions in the moment.
Thursday, January 25: Be ready to get the word out, put the website up, or just have an important and liberating conversation as voluble as Mercury sextiles expansive Jupiter and the Moon opposes Jupiter. Craft with hands. Write. Just don’t expect people to move fast, and deal gently with an unspoken territoriality that can make us possessive of the last muffin, or some more substantial chunk of matter.
Don’t say it, do it. Show love through practical action. With Mercury, the sun, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto all in durable Capricorn this weekend, we’ll want to see progress on our work and feel our work is appreciated. We will really appreciate it when people help us in a concrete, tangible way. Call up a politician you think is doing something right and let them know. Encourage a co-worker. And tonight, let’s down load about the week and process together, mark our little victories and think about the road ahead.
The weekend begins under a relatively upbeat and wildlife-oriented Sagittarius moon, a Moon which can help us lighten the conversation and explore possibilities in an otherwise serious time.
Over the weekend we can lust after well-organize plans and long for clear, delineated steps forward as Mercury conjuncts Saturn. With this conjunction, what we say will be taken seriously, and will have consequence. So, it’s a good time to finalize plans or have important conversations, just avoid saying anything unforgivable. The Moon joins the party in Capricorn on Sunday and as extra focus, there’s not much we can’t do once we get started. The trick will be to not feel overwhelmed by the amount of work to do, or give into midwinter blues, but instead break through the inertia and take steps toward something we want to accomplish.
And if we don’t have something solid to do, this conjunction demands a plan. It encourages our mind to have an outline, two put our goals in a linear beginning, middle, and format or make a nonlinear mind map. Make lists and check them off. In our work it furthers to have a plan, but stay flexible because so does everybody else. Be the one that has a solution to the conundrum rather than a complaint.
The weekend begins under a relatively upbeat and outdoors-ish Sagittarius moon, which can help us run errands transport tease one another about serious events and important problems, so we can lighten up the conversation and find solutions. It also can make us too restless to stay where we are. Venus and the Sun both square Uranus now through Monday and can bring up our anxiety wherever we feel stuck and infuses us with ingenuity where we feel inspired.
The shadow side of Capricorn can instigate a desire to be in control and have power over others. But Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday reminds us of his Capricorn ideal; his “I have a dream” speech exemplifies the best of Capricorn, the ability to dive down deep within for a vision, and walk that dream to mountaintops with competence and endurance. He also models the Capricorn gifts of honor and responsibility.
The waning Moon enters Capricorn on Sunday, becomes a New Moon on Tuesday and encourages us to starts a new cycle in our work or personal direction. The dark side of this line-up with five planets in Capricorn can be major control issues or power struggles, or aches in our bones and teeth. But if we choose instead to use it with personal responsibility and look for the answers in our own life and our own path, this new Moon can initiate the next step of our road of our journey.
It’s good for us to contemplate what mountains we want to climb in the year ahead, what are our long-term dreams, and the short-term efforts we can make to get there. It can be helpful to review what we’ve accomplished in the last year. Think back on our successes small and large. Then share these with another person and ask them about their personal accomplishments, just witness for each other. An encouraging sextile between Jupiter and Pluto supports this work and can boost our confidence, and encourages us to promote one another, and forge ahead on our work.
Wednesday and Thursday bring a more political, sociable mood as the Moon enters theoretical, collective Aquarius, but also irritable undercurrents as Mars forms an itchy quincunx with Uranus while Mercury forms an equally irritating semi-square with Mar. Let’s manage our moods so we don’t set off others around us and get our prickliness back in spades. Turn that existential itchiness into propulsion for the work.
Friday, January 12: We may feel a lightning after a heavy couple of days, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lazy day. There’s a lot of work to be done, and midday minor frustrations to work around, but we also need to take a walk, stretch our legs and chuckle with one another, and grow resilience in an otherwise busy time. It furthers to talk to a stranger or in some way reach out of our familiar comfort zone under the Sagittarius Moon.
Moon enter Sagittarius at 12:04 AM.
Saturday, January 13: It’s a great day to climb a mountain or learn how to snowshoe; achieve some short-term specific personal goal, preferably one that uses the muscles, as Mercury conjuncts Saturn. Review revised plans and organize, artistically experiment and make design decisions as Venus squares Uranus and Mercury conjuncts Saturn. Without a list to check off, we can get grim. Tonight, we need to talk and may say too much as Mercury semi-squares Jupiter. Watch those tweets.
Sunday, January 14: If something bothers us, let’s fix it as the Moon enters industrious Capricorn, conjuncts Saturn, and sends us to work, while the Sun squares irritating Uranus and nags us to make changes. It will be hard to control the circumstances (though we may be tempted to try); rather than get irritated, let an unexpected situation inspire action.
Monday, January 15: On this last day before the New Moon, prepare. Use a dreamy, imaginative, idealistic or easily-worried (depending which way our imagination goes) semi-square between Venus and Neptune to conjure up possibilities. Let’s not let anxieties run the show, nor think that we have a clear picture of how others feel; prepare for the worst and aim for the best. Plan the first steps towards the next level of the dream.
Tuesday, January 16: This morning can feel heavy, we can see a fatal flaw or fly in the ointment as the Moon conjuncts Pluto. There may be a lot of behind-the-scenes strategizing and organizing before the New Moon in Capricorn, close to Venus, tonight at 7:17 PM MST. Make a decision and take a step forward at that point. Look for important announcements in the next few days. Organize, decide, or put a team together.
Moon conjuncts Pluto 3:53 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 3:57 AM, Moon sextiles Mars 1:27 PM, Moon square Uranus 2:44 PM, Moon conjunct the Sun 7:17 PM.
Wednesday, January 17: If we want to run for office, now is the time to declare on the waxing Aquarius Moon and as Venus enters Aquarius, sign of our collective community. Put a pawn forward in any ongoing strategy. Make those cold calls or reach out. People may be a little oblivious in our one-to-one relationships, because we are looking towards a farther horizon.
Moon enters Aquarius 1:31 AM, the Sun semi-squares Neptune 5:04 AM, Mars quincunx Uranus 2:37 PM, Venus enters Aquarius 6:43 PM.
Thursday, January 18: An irritable, accident-prone, yet still ambitious morning as Mercury semi-squares Mars can provoke an opportunity to heal a misconception as Mars trines Chiron. Don’t count on bureaucratic support, do offer and ask for simple mutual support.
Mercury semi-square Mars 1:54 AM, Mars trine Chiron 11:02 AM, Moon square Jupiter 5 PM.