Surprise, surprise! We’ve already reached Aquarius Season when the Sun leaves the subtle earth sign of Capricorn for electric, airy Aquarius. This happens on Wednesday, January 20, this year. One of the best things about this shift is we finally have a planet in air again, reawakening our mental circuits. Aquarius is above all a very detached, rational sign and most of us can use some objectivity right now.
If all you did Sunday night under the Venus-Jupiter square was stay up too late watching movies and eating snack food, Monday morning won’t come as too big a shock. Those who added alcohol to the mix may have the joys of dealing with a hangover on their commute to work. Maybe the wonderful trine between tenacious Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces will work in our favor and ease the transition from play time to work. I wouldn’t bet on it though . . . even the best Mars-Neptune aspects can lead us astray.
By Tuesday our ability to think more clearly returns when Mercury in Capricorn is sextile Chiron in Pisces and the Moon is in clear thinking Gemini.
When the Sun arrives in Aquarius on Wednesday, we will have two planets in air much to the delight of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius folk. We will also have a sharp tongued Mercury-Uranus square, the second of three. While this square can be exhilarating, we can also be caught completely off guard by pointed remarks, some of which may emerge from our mouths.
It will be Friday when Mercury returns to conjoin Pluto for the second time, unearthing more from the past. After Mercury goes direct on Monday, January 25, it will make one final pass over Pluto and square Uranus the last weekend in January. This week people will probably not budge from their positions but some may choose to reconsider those choices after the final pass. F.Y.I. Venus in Capricorn will be triggering the Uranus-Pluto square one last time February 5-6, after that Uranus and Pluto begin to pull apart for good. *loud cheering*
On Saturday, Venus leaves playful Sagittarius for more reserved Capricorn, giving us three planets in Capricorn on the Full Moon in Leo. This Full Moon is deceptively fiery because most of the planets are in earth and water signs, weighing down the Leo Moon’s bright spirit.
The lunar journey this week starts off with a Taurus Moon, solidly backed up by four other planets in earth – the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto. Might as well settle in and get to work because all that earth is going to keep our feet firmly on the ground. Do give yourself permission to have lunch at your favorite eatery. 🙂
Monday night the Moon slips into Gemini. Schedule any meetings for Tuesday morning because the Moon-Neptune square that afternoon can add confusion and miscommunications to the mix. The Gemini Moon struggles whenever Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is retrograde. Go home early if you can.
Wednesday does look somewhat more promising for the Gemini Moon, starting off the day sextile Uranus in Aries. A late afternoon square to Jupiter in Virgo plus the Mercury-Uranus square leads me to think there may be plenty of folks jumping to conclusions without all the facts. Be wary and delay making critical decisions if you can.
After the Moon enters her home sign of Cancer Thursday morning heading towards a marvelous Grand Trine in water with Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, our emotional bodies can relax some. This gentle, loving energy may be enough to carry us through Friday’s midday cardinal crunch when the Moon opposes Mercury-Pluto and squares Uranus. A late night sextile to Jupiter in Virgo marks the beginning of a void-of-course period before the Moon enters vibrant Leo midday Saturday, shortly before it is full.
Sunday finds the Leo Moon alternating between enjoying a wide Grand Trine in fire with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, and feeling picked on by the Capricorn planets. It will be an “all’s well that ends well” sort of day by the time evening rolls around.
What adds turbulence to this week is Mercury Rx in Capricorn triggering the Uranus-Pluto square, though both events occur after the Sun arrives in Aquarius when we have one less planet in an action oriented cardinal sign. The atmosphere still seems more reactive than responsive in large part due to a lack of objectivity and a high degree of polarization. We are in the final week of this Mercury Retrograde (it stations direct on January 25) and Mercury will be slowing down towards the end of the week. Watch out for passive-aggressive behaviors on the Full Moon in Leo . . . all may not be well behind those smiling faces. Practice kindness, patience and tolerance please.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: Capricorn © Kagaya