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The astrological weather has shifted for the moment, the planets may irritate us less but leave us more sensitized and stubborn with motivating Mars now in Taurus and mental Mercury in subtle Pisces. Tempers cold when Mars left flammable Aries yesterday, but are replaced with more determination as Taurus now travels through stubborn if even-keeled Taurus. We’re less likely to argue, and more likely just to follow through on our plans.

This new sensitivity has its pros and cons. Late winter depression can drift around the edges. We may feel we need one another now more than we have in the last few months.  We may be more open to an emotionally intimate connection, more open to our spirit and the quiet of spiritual practice. The Sun joins Mercury in watery Pisces on Sunday, and help us become more aware of the interconnectedness of our lives and our ecosystem, more aware of the scale and complexity of our concerns. Which can give us a real gift to accomplish in those sensitive realms, but can leave us feeling easily overwhelmed when we take in the woes of the world. We may get exhausted trying find the beginning of this tangled ball of yarn.

Mercury normally spends three weeks in a sign, it moves fast, but Mercury will now go all the way to the end of Pisces, turn retrograde March 6 through March 29, and not leave Pisces until mid-April. So we better find ways to accommodate this Piscean permeability. We’ll find renewed energy as the Sun enters Aries on March 20, watch it pick up speed after March 28 as Mercury turns direct, and feel a new chapter begin as Mercury kicks into Aries on April 18.

But for the next month, let’s take care of ourselves if we feel overwhelmed. Let’s note our thinking process and keep an eye on where the mind goes. If feeling swamped, acknowledge that sense of overwhelm and find safe and delicious ways to be sensitive. Use this unusual sensitivity to get a better picture of what’s really going on in some complicated family dynamic or work situation. Be sensitive to subtle ways to improve health. Refine a creative project, or to tap in to the deepest muse. Look for positive news.

We have support right now from Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus, both durable, concrete earth signs, which means our work can be therapeutic. We’ll feel better if we feel like we’re getting somewhere. If we can’t make a concrete difference on the big concerns, it can be good medicine to just clean out a drawer or do some small, tangible, possible project with a clear beginning and an end. It can also be therapeutic to engage a tactile form of art, to paint, crochet, or carve wood. It helps to order bulbs and plan the garden. Build small projects with every chance of success, then take that experience of success, however small, back to tackle the more tangled issues.

Today, and over the weekend an inward-looking Cancer Moon opposes Venus, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn, which can leave us extra moody, but we can be comforted through coziness and reassurance. Domestic issues, both national and personal, hit the front burner. On Sunday through Tuesday, we need love, but our creative spirits may feel a bit dented as Venus conjuncts serious Saturn under a Leo moon. Our work may cramp our love life, but we can feel and express the language of love through practical action. Don’t test love. Instead, show love; do the dishes and help with some small thing that reduces our sense of overwhelm.

On Tuesday the Moon is full in Virgo, and this supports that work therapy is it loans us industriousness, though it can make us hard on ourselves. Our nerves can ratchet up, which can help us get work done, but also feed anxieties and sharpen our critical edge. Use that critical tongue wisely. Weed what really needs to be weeded, and nothing more. The week finishes on a creative, kinder note as the Moon enters aesthetic Libra on Thursday.

In a subtle but profound, and quite hopeful long-term astrological shift, Chiron, the asteroid we associate with healing, entered Aries last spring for a few months, backed into Pisces, and now again enters revolutionary Aries for the next eight years. 1968 to 1976 was the last time Chiron was in Aries, a time of great cultural and political change. Let’s get ready to direct political and social discontent into healing change in the years ahead.

Friday, February 15: A day to tend the garden, whether or not we have one; look at seed catalogs and think of spring. Run with that gardening metaphor; garden relationships, fertilize community interactions, cultivate work projects. Imagine those gardens growing, and take gentle but concrete steps to make it so under today’s Cancer moon. Expect some people to be cranky and defensive, but they may diffuse under some nurturing attention.

Moon trine Sun 12:48 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 5:48 AM, Moon enters cancer 7:02 AM, Moon sextile Mars 8:24 AM.

Saturday, February 16: Events and moods can go all over the place today as the Moon cycles between challenging aspects- opposes Venus, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn- and positive trines with Mercury and Neptune. Own the moods rather than thinking the people around you are the cause. Small successful projects help deal with that those mood swings. Watch people’s emotional defenses; be careful not to generalize any attack. It may be hard to own our needs, but it’s essential that we speak up clearly yet without attack. Evening softens as idealism creeps in.

Moon trine Mercury 12:39 AM, Moon opposed Venus 7:23 AM, Moon trine Neptune 8:48 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 10:39 AM, Moon opposes Pluto 7:38 PM.

Sunday, February 17: Our emotional expectations could crank up, but that can leave us feeling exposed. We can use our sensitivities to tune into something positive, or else will just feel hypersensitive and emotional thereby. Get the art supplies out and connect with spiritual community, we need balm for the soul; let this be a spirit-filled day as Venus sextiles Neptune. Watch out for irritable moments around noon time as the Moon squares Mars, but then open to potential enthusiasm about future adjustments.

Venus sextile Neptune 1:43 AM, Moon the square Uranus 7:17 AM, Moon enters Leo 8:20 AM, Moon square Mars 11:57 AM.

Monday, February 18: This is an astrologically busy day, notice any subtle shifts, but wait until the dust settles before assuming where they’re going.  Change is in the air this morning as the Sun sextiles electrical Uranus and then enters Pisces. Sextiles open the door, they make change possible, but do not insist; we have to walk through. As Chiron enters Aries we may with get a whiff of the political and personal changes to come in the next few years. Venus also conjuncts serious Saturn, which can help us love what we do and love people we’ve known for a long time, but can cramp new creative projects or personal relationships, and bring up our trust issues. Let’s do what we said we’d do. In the we may feel dreamy, just want to zone out, or have a deeper desire to understand something ineffable as Mercury conjuncts Neptune. Watch the escapist habits, and bring in the magic.

Sun sextile Uranus 12:54 AM, Chiron enters Aries 2:07 AM, Venus conjunct Saturn 3:51 AM, the Sun enters Pisces 4:03 PM, the Moon trine Jupiter 4:59 PM, Mercury conjuncts Neptune 11:36 PM

Tuesday, February 19: Our bellies may be sensitive this morning as the Moon waxes full in Virgo. It may appear painfully clear what is wrong with the world. We may feel nervous or anxious about something important, but we need to aim that critical mind carefully and not let it chew on ourselves. Use that critical capacity to sort, clear, and streamline where we want to go forward. Work therapy helps as Mercury sextiles industrious Saturn, so stay busy.

Moon trine Uranus 6:50 AM, Moon enters Virgo 7:46 AM, Moon opposes the Sun 8:53 AM, Moon trine Mars 1:30 PM, Mercury sextile Saturn 7:39 PM.

Wednesday, February 20: Our moods, and the course of events, can change as fast as the late winter weather while the Virgo Moon opposes Mercury and Neptune, but trines Saturn, Venus, and Pluto. Every step forward helps. It furthers to get to the root of a problem, but assigning blame does not accomplish a fix. Don’t dump on one another. Process emotions about the past but keep the focus on what improves the future.

Moon opposed Neptune 8:22 AM, Moon trine Saturn 10:32 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 12:10 PM, Moon trine Venus 2:44 PM, Moon square Jupiter 4:40 PM, Moon trine Pluto 6:51 PM.

Thursday, February 21: If relations became frayed recently, now prioritize connection. Restore right relations with one another and help the surroundings feel more harmonious under a friendlier Libra Moon. Though we may be painfully aware of the world’s ugliness, it is important to reach for the beauty of a flying bird, a friend’s smile, the aesthetics of the surroundings. See beauty in one another’s eyes.  Honor beauty wherever it is found.

Moon enters Libra 7:17 AM.

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Ready for change? The stars call for revolution. They create a high point of tension which can precipitate a change, and sparks planted this week will tend to catch fire, though they may smolder for a while first. Then the mood shift gears, takes the heat off, add stubbornness and loans endurance to shepherd those changes forward. It will help if we know what we’d like to change, and how we’d like to change it. Also, while the energy is this Sparky, enjoy it, but be cautious around explosive people and substance; think safe and powerful.

Some people will just want the situation different, they take this existential discomfort and project it on any pre-existing condition. But we can throw out a lot of wisdom in that process. There are plenty of problems in the world that really do need change, plenty of situations in our groups and organizations that really knew deep need to be revitalized, let’s direct this energy there rather than just try to put our stamp on things for sake of difference.

Feel that strong willful torque as motivating Mars approaches a conjunction with electrical Uranus on Tuesday, in the feisty sign of Aries. It stimulates not a Machiavellian manipulative kind of willfulness, just a straightforward, almost bulldozing willfulness which can work powerfully for good, or be really destructive, depending upon how it’s used. This motivation runs like a strong underground stream; to use this well, we have to be honest about what we want.

Let’s be honest about what calls our soul. Our first clue can be what we’re vehemently against, as the stars also loan us very strong won’t power. But that’s just the first clue, it won’t take us anywhere.  If we feel exhausted or disinterested with our life, we’re probably trying to do something, or tend some responsibility, that is very different from what our inner nature clamors to do. If so, we need to stop and listen to those underground rivers and ask what it is that we really want.

If the answer seems simple, let’s take another look. The fuel for willfulness is so strong some people push just for the sake of having an effect. Though that may be the second clue. If it looks like a particular confrontation, goal, wall, thing or person will solve all our problems, there’s a good chance that simplistic approach will only start a string of other conundrums. We need to listen to that longing, the situation needs to be addressed, but probably calls for a more nuanced and complex approach. Look deeper.

Over the weekend our inner fire is fed by an abrupt, positive, impulsive Aries moon. A mind-opening, ingenious sextile between mental Mercury and change-inducing Uranus can open up the conversation and let us really get somewhere if we’re willing to explore possibilities rather than just exert our will. Our efforts can stabilize as the Moon enters earthy Taurus and Mercury enters intuitive Pisces on Sunday. But this search for new answers continues, and peaks on Tuesday as Mars conjuncts Uranus.

Mercury in Pisces cans soften our communication style, which may help the situation. None of the planets have really encouraged intimacy for the last few weeks, her focus the stars called our focus out to look at the big picture, headlines work and community. But as Mercury enters Pisces, and then midweek as Mars enters Taurus, our introversion begins to reassert itself and so does a need to feel connected on a more personal level. Will want to be understood, but not so much in a linear fashion, we may need to tell our stories or draw you an example. Mars enters Taurus on Thursday, takes some heat out of the situation and gives us access to a new calm, sensuality, and endurance, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Friday, February 8: The mood is sparky and competent as the Moon enters impatient Aries. We may want to collaborate, but will tend to act independently, which can undermine group process. Agree on a goal, then let everybody find their own way there. Be tactful through potential interpersonal friction or angst around dinnertime, it smooths out later.

Moon enters Aries 7:33 AM, Moon squares Venus 7:20 PM.

Saturday, February 9: We’ll be ready for something new, and may be unusually brave and willing to change if we see the purpose as Mercury sextiles Uranus. Minds are open though tempers are stubborn; pique our curiosity. Routine can be painful today, so break it. Gently surprise one another.

3:05 PM, Mercury sextiles Uranus 3:53 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 9:42 PM.

Sunday, February 10: Feel emotional cross currents. the Aries Moon conjunct Mars and Uranus and makes us antsy. Sparks fly quickly midafternoon. But our minds begin to drift, want safety, imagination, and coziness as Mercury enters dreamy Pisces. Evening feels more integrated as the Moon enters Taurus; coziness furthers.

Moon sextile Sun 1:39 AM, Moon square Pluto 2:50 AM, Mercury enters Pisces 3:50 AM, Moon conjuncts Mars 1:48 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 4:47 PM, Moon enters Taurus 6:28 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 8:56 PM.

Monday, February 11: An earthy, delicious, stubborn and steady Taurus Moon trines Venus and Saturn today and helps us get in the groove. It may take more willpower to stay focused, and we may be touchier about criticism, and could feel tension between responsibility and desire. But if we hang in there, we can find practical outcome for that restless Aries momentum. Energy builds towards an event.

Moon square Venus 11:38 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 11:30 PM.

Tuesday, February 12: Get started today as Mars conjunct Uranus, catch that wave along with the steadiness of the Taurus moon. Let’s ask for what we want directly and cleanly, but we are the only ones responsible for making it happen. Some event may come to a head today some listen for important decisions or declarations, watch that it’s and be careful around flammable people and substances.

 Moon trine Saturn 1:05 AM, Moon square Pluto 11:54 AM, Moon square Sun 3:26 PM, Mars conjunct Uranus 11:20 PM.

Wednesday, February 13: Engage the conversation; there’s a lot to talk about, carry the word out for decisions made yesterday, people need to feel heard as the Moon enters communicative Gemini. Many things we’ve been neglecting now need attention, so multitask. If possible, use that Gemini moon to talk out any ongoing problems because as Mars enters Taurus those problems will tend to be less volatile but more entrenched. Let’s get our interactions in as best place possible beforehand.

Moon enters Gemini 2:31 AM, Moon square Mercury 1:35 PM.

Thursday, February 14: The Gemini Moon asked us to keep up the conversation, the most loving think we can do is to really hear one another. And feed the senses as Mars has just entered sensual, earthy solid Taurus. Taste, food, touch, experience, make it a tactful, tactile Valentines.

Mars enters Taurus 3:51 AM, Moon square Neptune 5:55 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 1:55 PM.

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Act as if there is a pool of high-octane astrological fuel sitting around in the open for the next two weeks.  If we casually toss a spark, it could blow up. If it sits around unused, we waste its potential or let it pollute the environment. But if we can figure out how to contain and harness it for good, we have healthy fuel to drive our engines and actually get somewhere.

Some challenge, frustration, concern, paranoia, or possibly even outrage at a bona- fide misuse of power can put demands on us as this weekend begins. Dangerous situations may become more dangerous, but so can our anxiety that situation is dangerous when it’s not. It will be tricky to parse those two apart. So let’s keep our eyes open, our senses aware, and stay as calm and interested as possible. Good changes may be afoot, but just bring up some anxiety in the process.

People who feel stuck will need a healthy and legal way to change their situation (and they may need help figuring out what looks like) or they could get destructive. We can certainly find cause for this irritation in the headlines as well as our personal ambitions, but since it’s really more of an existential feeling, let’s not read it into our relationships unless it truly belongs there.

This pool of energetic fuel arises as Mars, the muscular planet we associate with chi, temper, motivation, willfulness, desire, physicality, in its own sparky and brash sign of Aries, forms a challenging square to powerful Pluto this weekend, just in time for the Super Bowl. While this could bring some rates boarding competition, the questions this aspect brings around abuse of power may highlight the sex trafficking problem that collects around the Super Bowl.

Mars then heads towards a conjunction with electrical, change inducing Uranus on February 14. These two aspects produce a combustion engine. But this weekend it is also softened by a hopeful trine from emotional Venus to the change-creating Uranus, an aspect which can help us find creative and compassionate solutions and change our situation for the better. We may suddenly get an urge to build, reorganize, launch a project, change the world. Let’s just keep safety first in our enthusiasm. Although we may have an unusual amount of energy to throw into something some project that excites us, there’s chance that sparks, fires, and sharp objects could cause a problem.

Mercury sextiles Jupiter on Sunday and lightens our thinking and continues to encourage us to think outside of the box. On Monday a collaborative new moon in Aquarius can help us shift out of that competitive discontent and move towards building better teams. Make contacts and arrangements, gather allies, get the band back together in the month ahead. This Aquarius new moon leaves us farsighted, we can see the far horizon and feel what the masses need, but can miss all those delicious details with the people closest to us.

Midweek we need to catch up with ourselves emotionally. The energy drops as the moon enters Pisces and all those close relationships need our attention. Take care of the home front, and let beloveds feel seen and appreciated.

The coming Mars-Uranus conjunction can help us remember the fresh, brash, hopeful changes we’ve seen instigated since Uranus entered Aries in 2011. Uranus is now doing its victory lap in Aries before it heads into Taurus in March for eight years. So, let’s reach back beyond recent political regressions and remember the positive change of the last eight years, both in our life and in our world, and use those memories to focus this astrological fuel, keep it out of trouble, directed towards working for a better world.

Friday, February 1: It’s crunch time as Mars squares Pluto under an industrious Capricorn moon. Events reveal motivation. Set clean boundaries, keep clear goals, and put this willful torque to work. Rein in mood extremes and get to work on what really matters.  Let’s not just be against, but know what we are working towards. Check in to make sure what’s being done matches the vision midmorning, because people can build up momentum in the wrong direction. Use long range goals to bypass interpersonal friction. Honor a soul exhaustion tonight as the moon conjunct Saturn, but don’t read too much into it.

 Mars squares Pluto 8:19 PM, Moon the sextile Neptune 11:41 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 11:56 PM.

Saturday, February 2: We can engage in a more loving and creative industry as we take yesterday’s motivation and use it creatively while Venus trines Uranus. Develop practical camaraderie. Gather together for purpose. Make a difference on any and every scale. Enjoyed the sparks of new relationship potential, but be wary of a desire to stray from familiar relationships; If yesterday’s grumpiness tested relationships, nurture them today and help them heal.

Moon conjunct Pluto 1:13 PM, Moon square Mars 2:12 PM, Venus sextile Uranus 4:41 PM, Venus square Chiron 11:50 PM.

Sunday, February 3: That competitive muscularity still motivates, even the puppy bowl could be exciting to watch. A waning communal Aquarius Moon encourages connection, collection, group activity. Find an excuse to drop differences and share experiences. Practical optimism weaves through the afternoon as Mercury sextiles Jupiter. Venus enters Capricorn tonight and helps us turn ideas into creation in the weeks ahead.

Moon square Uranus 3:52 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 6:02 AM, Venus sextiles Jupiter 2:54 PM, Venus enters Capricorn 3:29 PM.

Monday, February 4: The mood is friendly if a bit disconnected, stubborn, idealistic, if a tad impersonal. A new Moon at 2:03 PM MST marks this as an important day to inventory our allies, put our team together, and make overtures to community. The connections we weave, and the connections we ignore t, will set a tone for the next year. Listen carefully to political intentions declared today.

Moon conjuncts the Sun 2:03 PM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 7:34 PM.

Tuesday, February 5: Continue on the momentum of the previous days; follow up on contacts, get the word out. A good day to update websites and send out newsletters. We are farsighted, which means the we can see further on down the road, we may be a bit oblivious to those right nearby. Don’t take it personally. The momentum slows down, our feelings need to catch up. We soften, become more aware of those nearby, but potentially grow touchier as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces tonight.

Moon conjunct Mercury 12:10 AM, Moon sextile Mars 6:49 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 4:58 PM, Moon enters Pisces 7:01 PM.

Wednesday, February 6: Process, catch up with one another, catch up with work. If feeling overwhelmed, break the pile down and deal with one thing at a time. Meander into creative process but resist initiating new practical projects today. Feelings may be close to the surface, but not always easy to read. Deal with concerns about vulnerability, both personal and those echoing in the headlines.

Moon sextile Venus 12:32 AM.

Thursday, February 7: Line things up today for a burst of activity tomorrow. The morning may be slow off the mark, our dreams linger into the day. Sweetness furthers this morning, we could all use a moment of consideration and reassurance as our inner critic mumbles. But optimism brings more vision as the Sun sextiles Jupiter this afternoon, and conversation increases decisively as Mercury sextiles Mars around dinner time.

Moon conjuncts Neptune 1:42 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 2:43 AM, Moon squares Jupiter 9:15 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 3:13 PM, Sun sextile Jupiter 5:32 PM, Mercury sextile Mars 6:24 PM.

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I am available for reading Monday- Wednesday  March 25-27, through the Eye of Horus metaphysical bookstore -you can call them or book on their website:

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Come to know planets as the Celestial Grove in which we dwell. We’ll bring this astrological moment, and the year’s major transits, alive through storytelling and astrodrama-embodying the planets.  Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto all finish this year all in grounded manifesting earth signs, think about what that means for our world and for you. Talk to the planets which create our social and political context and stimulate our evolution. We close with a ritual to align with the planets and help us listen more deeply.

Heather Roan Robbins, Druid-grade member of OBOD, astrologer, intuitive, and ceremonialist with 30+ years’ experience in  MN, NM, and NYC writes Starcodes column for the Santa Fe New Mexican, www.roanrobbins.com, and we’moon.ws, writes  Mercurial Messages for the Edge, and wrote the books  Moon Wisdom and Everyday Palmistry.

Teri Parsley Starnes playfully and proudly calls herself Hag. She has made her spiritual home in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft since the 1980s and practiced astrology since the 1990s. Teri writes “Follow the Moon,” a column blending intentional magic with mindful self-awareness for www.pncminnesota.com and www.starsdanceastrology.com.

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Our chart is a unique astrological map which can help us find our resources so we can face rough times with more grace. It offers clues to both  what are our strengths and brings us simple joy, and also about our deeper purpose. Access to our resources build our resilience and can form a beaming lighthouse to help us make decisions. We’ll look to the moon by sign, placement, phase, and aspects to see what nurtures us, how to feel more at home. Explore Jupiter to find a point of liberation. The North node offers hints to our purpose and preparations for next life, but also what brings us joy as we mature. We’ll take into consideration the ruling planet, final dispositor, investigate the relationship between the planets that rule the 1st, 5th, and the 11th houses for hints of about fulfilling self-expression. For the informed beginner through professional astrologer.
Heather Roan Robbins, Druid-grade member of OBOD, astrologer, intuitive, and ceremonialist with 30+ years’ experience, writes Starcodes column for the Santa Fe New Mexican, www.roanrobbins.com, and we’moon.ws, writes  Mercurial Messages for the Edge, and the books  Moon Wisdom and Everyday Palmistry.
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I will be in New York and am available for readings March 5,6,7

you can book online here- choose  astrological reading– and Heather in NYC

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Join astrologers Anne Ortelee, Mark Wolz and Heather Roan Robbins for a Weekend Workshop from Access Astrology!

Saturday:  Horary astrology ~ Divination using the chart cast for the moment of the question. Mundane Astrology- how to read political astrology and this astrological  moment-Sunday:  Electional Astrology ~ picking the perfect time for pregnancy, events, projects or surgery. Through lecture, handouts and workshop sessions we will explore how to add these skills to your tool kit! The workshop is open to all levels of experience from advanced beginners through professional.

Access Astrology: three astrologers, dedicated to bringing high-quality astrology to the public in an accessible format, who have worked together in New York for 13 years. This is our 10th annual workshop presentation. Tune in: BlogTalkRadio every week on Wednesdays at 9:30 pm Eastern: www.blogtalkradio.com/access-astrology.

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A competitive, muscular energy can help us achieve our personal best this week, or just get into a barroom (or Internet) brawl, it’s always up to us how we use the energy. Mars now forms an energizing trine with expansive Jupiter and encourages us to shoot off the mouth or blow up a situation before we really investigated the consequence. Though Venus in flexible Sagittarius can help us take it all with a grain of salt. Together they add fire to all our emotions this week, our love, hate, impatience, and curiosity.

Mars still in its own feisty, brash, direct sign of Aries, where it’s known to encourage the ready, fire, aim mentality, and the trine to expansive enlarging Jupiter magnifies its machismo.  Venus in Sagittarius at the moment and can add both extra nervy energies, a desire for mobility, honesty, and a twinkle in the eye which can make it hard for us to sit at our desk all day, but can help us not take our situation quite so seriously. Though we certainly won’t put up with any nonsense.

Idealism coordinates well with practicality as Saturn sextiles Neptune, an aspect felt all week and one which could potentially inspire a shift in recent political logjams. (Neptune melts, and Saturn describes boundaries, walls.) But this sextile is a soft and subtle aspect, we have to engage it to choose to put our ideals into form. No one can force us to do so.

Over the next few weeks, conflict gets real and our sense of humor threadbare as Mars squares Pluto, an aspect often synchronous with real power struggles. Through mid-February Mars conjuncts Uranus, a revolutionary, inventive, ingenious but occasionally explosive, aspect which can trigger change, and then then Mars enters Taurus (followed by Uranus in March) and loans us the Taurean endurance to see those changes through to completion.

So, strap on your seatbelts and choose some clear goals to direct this energy. If we’re safe and everything is hunky-dory in our life, all is well and it’s a productive week. If we’re facing a real challenge, we don’t need to pour oil on the fire, but do need to hold our line solidly and with very clear messages. Venus and Mars in fire signs can add enthusiasm and passion to our relationships if we remember to hold hands and take on challenges together, rather than plopping the problems down between us and taking sides. Fire signs need motivation, the energy flows to do what interests us, but we can feel exhausted, drag our fee, if the work doesn’t speak to our heart.

The Sun and Mercury are now in community-minded Aquarius; as the weekend begins, they trine the friendly Libra Moon, a pattern which can encourage flirtation, conversation, mediation, and a desire for friendship. But as the weekend progresses, that Libra Moon opposes Mars and squares Saturn and Pluto, and adds frustration or can precipitate a conflict around what’s fair and reasonable. Which may bring some interesting political fallout.

On Sunday and Monday, a Scorpio Moon can help us focus, but also sharpen the spikes on temperamental people. Watch a tendency to fling blame onto others to avoid accepting personal responsibility. With the Sun and Moon both in fixed signs we can be inordinately stubborn and may have to watch a knee-jerk negative reaction. That temporary roadblock breaks open on Tuesday as the Moon enters mobile Sagittarius, the Sun conjuncts Mercury, and together they encourage our benevolent curiosity.

Friday, January 25: Notice friendly cooperation on the surface with strong competitive muscular vibe underneath, so the words and actions may be at variance. But if we can compete against our personal best or collaborate towards a common goal, we can make smooth progress. It furthers to get physically tired and work stuck energy out of the body. After an active day, energy level and our sense of humor can drop mid-evening as the Moon squares Saturn. Leaving us ready to get real or get quiet.

 Moon trine Sun 5:48 AM, Mars trine Jupiter 10:53 AM, Moon square Saturn 9:10 PM.

Saturday, January 26: A day to wrangle as peace-loving egalitarian Moon in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, opposes upsetting Uranus, and squares Pluto. Fight the good fight, but don’t buy into unnecessary ones. Tackle a challenge or concept or closet that needs a good wrangle, and keep this mood away from beloveds. Start with a plan, but accept that unexpected events or surprising comments can change the agenda; work with the situation as it arises. Tonight, it furthers to break routine and indulge in spontaneous socialization as the Moon opposes Uranus, just keep the eyes open just stay situationally aware.

Moon sextile Jupiter 1:23 AM, Moon opposed Mars 1:55 AM, Moon sextile Venus 8:02 AM, Moon square Pluto 9:30 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 10:20 PM.

Sunday, January 27:  Consider rescheduling the family dinner. If we can keep our sense of humor about the generally contrary, adversarial, mood as the Moon enters private Scorpio and squares Mercury and the Sun, we can find a way to use the stubbornness well. Make a joke. But don’t expect to budge people once they’ve dated their intentions and set their jaw. Feel that contrary determination and decide what problem to rebel against, what challenge to take on with this determination, small projects or large. Pare down unnecessary stuff, weed excesses, but don’t throw away important material.

Moon enters Scorpio 12:30 AM, Moon square Mercury 10:59 AM, Moon square Sun 2:10 PM.

Monday, January 28: We can harness the stubbornness more comfortably; while it’s still not a good time to try to change minds, we can turn that stamina into productive work wherever the goals are clear. If we don’t have many answers, let’s find the one thing we do know and make progress there. Tonight, we may just need to sit like a bump on a log as the moon makes no major aspects in a fixed sign.

Moon sextile Saturn 2:46 AM, Moon trine Neptune 3:13 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 3:38 PM.

Tuesday, January 29: The Sun conjuncts Mercury in Aquarius and Moon enter Sagittarius, which can lighten the mood but lower our critical thinking. Sagittarius can speak the truth as it sees it but we have to add the desire to understand the truth rather than just spout opinion as if it’s the truth. As this president, with his Moon in Sagittarius natally, often reminds us. But if you can get people to ask the right questions, it’s a good day to talk over the whys and wherefore, discuss the philosophy and mission statement, or just sketch out intentions for better direction at home and work.

Moon enter Sagittarius 7:32 AM, Sun conjuncts Mercury 7:51 PM.

Wednesday, January 30: Before dawn we can see the Moon and Jupiter so close together in the eastern sky, conjunct tonight around dinner time. Then that aspect that conjunction can help put us in a good mood today. People are ready to a talk this morning as the Moon sex tiles Mercury, work through some confusion or sleepiness midday as the Moon squares Neptune, use nap time to tap into imagination. Feel a surge of positive energy around dinner time as that Moon Jupiter conjunct’s in Sagittarius, some optimism that feeds the soul. Energy runs high tonight, may be easier to sleep after 11 PM as the Moon trine’s Mars.

Moon sextile Sun 3:03 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 3:31 AM, Moon square Mercury 12:06 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 5:23 PM, Moon trine Mars 10:49 PM.

Thursday, January 31: it’s all water under the bridge as Saturn sextiles Neptune exactly. Quite literally, we may see some water erosion affects. This aspect can help us let go of blocks, and look for some inspiration that we can guide the work ahead. An easy, hopeful, though subtle aspect, most won’t feel it directly midday the Moon conjuncts Venus in Sagittarius and on week get a generous and lighthearted response to overtures, whether romantic or work-related, so pitch an idea, or invite someone out.

Saturn sextile Neptune 7:14 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 10:34 AM, Moon trine Uranus 3:32 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 5:46 PM.

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This is shaping up to be an eventful week. While the mood is generally competent and effective, midwinter blues, last week’s grim, power maneuvering sun-Pluto conjunction and this week’s deep-thinking Mercury-Pluto conjunction can leave some of us in a restless funk, reviewing our inadequacies and old ghosts or feeling as stuck as the national budget. But fate’s wheel is turning and a change is coming in the stars. It’s not like we are stepping into a bed of roses, this next month is a doozy (as Mars approaches a square to Pluto and a conjunction with Uranus) but we will see movement.

The weekend begins under a grim note as mental Mercury conjuncts Pluto-mythic ruler of death, rebirth, power, and things that come from the deep. This conjunction can bring to our mind what’s wrong with the world, what’s not working, and whatever litany depression might want to whisper to us. But the Sun also squares Uranus, the changemaker, which, along with Venus and Mars now in a fire sign, leaves us allergic to the dysfunctional situations, compelled to make a difference, and help us feel discontent but we can also reach into that restlessness for help moving out of any stuck place.

Mercury rules both communication and transportation, so let’s try to stay safe while driving or transporting this weekend. Zimbabwe has shut down the Internet in response to local protest, but we can work to keep our lines of communication open. While this aspect is great for research and focus, it can bring our thoughts to dark places, so let’s choose where we focus with care. Some people may feel compulsive need to talk about it, others will refuse to talk and won’t appreciate being poked. Let people begin the conversation on their own time, then sit back with a cup of tea because they may not stop.

Negotiations may be at a temporary stalemate; a person shouldn’t bother coming back to the negotiating table unless they have something new. If an important decision needs to be made, don’t just give in, make sure that decision is ripe.

Over the weekend a cozy Cancer Moon encourages us to curl up through winter weather, to nurture and be nurtured. On a larger scale it asks us to look at the domestic situation: our house, our country, our safety and support. Let’s make sure we’re eating well, and so are others. We could all use some comfort.

Fate’s wheel turns further on Sunday as the Sun enters Aquarius, the Moon enters Leo, and they oppose in a lunar eclipse at 10:15 PM at 0 degrees of fixed signs. Spookily called a super blood Moon because the Moon appears large at its closest point of orbit, and appears red as it passes through our earthly shadow, it’s just an intense lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipse can ripen and precipitate events, unstick what has been stuck, and illuminate some apparent dichotomy which needs balancing. Here we feel the debate between Aquarius and Leo, highlighting tension between our individual needs and those of a couple or the group.  Between a president’s pet project, and the priorities of Congress. It calls on each of us to shine in own right, but not in a way that precludes the needs of the group, and to work with like minds for good progress, keep our egos out of the way, but let ourselves fully express.

 It challenges each of us to shine in own right yet tend our community as a whole, let ourselves fully express, but keep our egos out of the way. And spotlights those who cannot pull this off.

If you have any planets triggered by this 0° of a fixed sign eclipse, look to the house and the planets involved for information about how to best direct this energy. For the rest of us, we may feel it vicariously, through the people in our surroundings.  We can call it in to work for us though, notice what feels blocked in our life and see if we can apply this eclipse to get the flow going. This one’s in Leo, so don’t underestimate the drama around it, but we may see more smoke and mirrors and melodrama than event. Mars squares Saturn at the same time intensifying tension between generations, between generations in the Congress and on the home front, and even between our mature and our youthful personas.

Underneath this introspection is a river of interpersonal warmth. It’s a great week to renew the sparks with one another and remember our passion for our work or our politics. Romantic, creative Venus conjuncts expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius (beautifully visible in the morning skies), they both square confusing Neptune and trine Mars in Aries, all in fire signs. This pool of emotional fuel lies underneath all we do, and can spark great passion in all directions, ignite the best and worst of sparks. We could fall in love with a new puppy or someone with a foreign accent, or the way the snow falls over pine trees. It’s not a good week to ignore beloveds, so make the time and feed the best sparks in life.

On Wednesday our nerves wind up, we can feel an ambient tension and a shift in the wind. We may need to rethink as Mercury squares Uranus then leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, which is no less stubborn than Capricorn, but can give us more room to think in the big picture. Don’t let details of recent work get lost in the wind, but do see how a larger vision can help find new solutions.

Friday, January 18: Serious work is afloat, mysteries solved, limits made. Watch the power trips or efforts to control or manipulate as Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Also watch depressive thoughts; feel the feelings, but question any thoughts about the future. Everything will look different in week. Some important decisions need to be made but make sure the decision is really ripe, and no one is just giving up. Underneath a seriousness of work is a hopeful lighthearted irreverence and the spark of heart as Venus trines Mars in fire signs. It furthers to engage the healing of the arts tonight, our, music, the art of conversation.

Venus trine Mars 9:49 AM, Mercury conjunct Pluto 1:03 PM, Sun sextile Chiron 5:56 PM, Sun square Uranus 6:30 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 6:32 PM, Moon enters Cancer 8:43 PM.

Saturday, January 19: The Cancer Moon pulls us to stay home and domesticate, heal the soul, while Venus and Mars in fire signs pull us out for adventure and to spark up new connections, so let’s make the day a mix of both. Take a food adventure. Watch for unproductive tension or arguments which can lead to accidents around dinner time as the Moon squares Mars and opposes Saturn. Evening smooths out afterwards.

Moon square Mars 5:27 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 6:48 PM, Moon square Neptune 8:19 PM.

Sunday, January 20: Emotions run high tide and anyone can feel hormonal as the Moon waxes full, enters Leo at 8:54 PM, and is eclipsed at 10:15 PM. Some will need to make a decisive shift but let’s be careful around any decisions we make today, strong feelings can create an illusion of fact, but the decisions can effect permanent change, so let’s verify all information first. Cry at a movie, find a place for emotions to flow productively. Notice tension between the needs of the individual versus the needs of the collective, and find a way to mediate a balance between the two.

Sun enters Aquarius 1:59 AM, Moon opposes Pluto 7:01 AM, Moon opposes Mercury 11:56 AM, Moon square Uranus 6:49 PM, Moon enters Leo 8:54 PM, m Venus squares Neptune 9:14 PM, Moon opposed sun, lunar eclipse 10:15 PM.

Monday, January 21: Great ideas meet frustrating circumstances early this morning. Work it out midday, let everybody feel truly heard without letting ego flares stop the progress. Don’t make the situation any more melodramatic than it really is, but also don’t under estimate the emotions involved. Ease and romance can flow tonight as the Moon forms a grand trine with Venus and Mars. So, can great discontent if there is no hearth fire to warm ourselves upon. Sparks of the future ignite.

Mars square Saturn 4:47 AM, Moon trine Mars 7:19 PM, Moon trine Venus 9:43 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 10:11 PM.

Tuesday, January 22: Visible early this morning, Venus conjuncts Jupiter exactly in Sagittarius the sign of movement, travel, restlessness. Our hearts may be full of potential, of longing for wider horizons and a more beautiful future, the what this restlessness looks like will be different for each of us. People who feel trapped and hopeless about their desired future can get explosive. Good changes are possible all day, though we grow more edgy and nervy tonight as the Moon enters Virgo.

Venus conjunct Jupiter 5:25 AM, Moon trine Uranus 6:19 PM, Moon enters Virgo 8:21 PM.

Wednesday, January 23: The mood is nervy as mental Mercury squares electrical Uranus under a mercurial Virgo Moon. We’ll probably feel better if we stay busy productively busy. Watch a tendency to doublethink, to change one’s mind just because of doubt and anxiety, not because there’s any new evidence. This aspect also allows us to adjust, to accept a change that’s already in place and turn a corner. Tonight, Mercury enters Aquarius and offers hints about our long-range view.

Mercury square Uranus 4:13 AM, Mercury sextile Chiron 5:28 AM, Moon trine Saturn 6:56 PM, Moon opposed Neptune 7:54 PM, Moon square Jupiter 10:40 PM, Mercury enters Aquarius.

Thursday, January 24: People get on their high horses easily, and can get brittle and opinionated if pushed, but will open their minds and become curious if they peer through open doors without feeling challenged directly. Let go of preconceptions and theory and look with fresh eyes this morning, see farther horizons, farther down the road. Let tension and arguments go as the Moon enters Libra tonight. After a nervy, busy day, most of us want to relax and feel appreciated.

Moon square Venus 1:27 AM, Moon trine Pluto 6:50 AM, Moon enters Libra 9:02 PM, Moon trines Mercury 11:55 PM.

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