Week of January 30, 2017

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Mercury in Capricorn is now out of its shadow phase and ready to take on Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra this week. We pick up another planet in cardinal signs when Venus regretfully leaves Pisces for hot, dry Aries on Friday. The momentum is picking up this week, though Jupiter in Libra at a standstill preparing to station retrograde on February 5-6 may create some resistance.

Tuesday Mercury will square Uranus in Aries and disagreements could arise when people flat out refuse to play by Capricorn’s rules. Compromise is likely to be a dirty word as individuals demand their right to free speech . . . no matter whose feelings get hurt in the process. On one hand, those who have hesitated to speak up for themselves out of fear get a necessary boost from the Mercury-Uranus square. On the other hand, it is very possible words will be used as weapons in order to satisfy the ego’s demands. This is a good time to carefully consider the impact of your words before letting fly.

The next day Mercury in Capricorn will be sextile Chiron in Pisces. Perhaps some will recognize the need to apologize for things said in the heat of the moment yesterday. One can hope!

Braggadocio could happen in a big way on Thursday when Mercury in Capricorn squares Jupiter in Libra. Even in fair minded Libra, Jupiter is still prone to exaggeration. Those who strongly feel the need to make their case may succumb to going overboard with their rhetoric, and lost sight of the truth in the process. It is possible to make positive statements while still respecting the facts.

Venus says goodbye to watery Pisces on Friday and dashes off to play in fiery, strong minded Aries. She goes from being deeply sensitive to her lover’s wishes to being far more interested in fulfilling her own wants and needs first and foremost. By the way, Venus will be spending quite a long time in Aries this year because she will be stationing retrograde at 13° Aries on March 4, 2017. After moving back into Pisces on April 3, 2017 she will finally station direct on April 15, 2017 at 25° Pisces. I will be commenting more on this Venus Retrograde as we draw closer to it.

Last but not least Jupiter will be stationing retrograde at 23° Libra on February 5-6. This marks the end of the retrograde free zone we’ve been since Mercury went direct on January 8. We will probably have opportunities to find out whether or not the big plans made over the past few weeks will pan out or not. If a proper foundation was made based on good information, we can still proceed. If not, I sure hope the investment in time and money was minimal because going back to square one or being forced to abandon the project all together can hurt.

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The Moon starts her week nicely aspected in subtle Pisces. She conjoins Neptune before dawn and then goes with the flow until late afternoon when she enjoys a constructive sextile Pluto on Capricorn. During the evening the Moon will be sextile Mercury in Capricorn which favors discussing how we feel with loved ones. While not the most dynamic start to the work week, we are given an opportunity to catch our breath and review what we need to accomplish in relative peace and quiet.

Tuesday morning the Pisces Moon conjoins Venus before going briefly void-of-course. This kindly energy is very good for discussing last minute changes to plans you hope to implement shortly. Once the Moon blasts into Aries during the afternoon and conjoins Mars in Aries in the evening, the pace picks up considerably and tact goes out the window.

The non-stop Aries Moon dashes briskly along on Wednesday with a midday sextile to the Aquarius Sun the only aspect she makes all day. This is about the best day this week to work on launching our plans with few distractions. Cardinal fire (or Aries) is clearly dominates the sky now and will continue to do so for the rest of February. The key is to pace ourselves and not burn out too soon.

Early Thursday morning the Aries Moon is part of a cardinal T-Square with Mercury in Capricorn squaring Jupiter in Libra. Sharp words, driven by strong emotions, could create deeper divisions in our relationships if we are not careful. It may help having good-hearted Jupiter in Libra reminding us why tact and diplomacy are needed. The last aspect the Aries Moon makes is a stabilizing trine to Saturn in Sagittarius in the morning before she goes void-of-course until late afternoon/early evening. When the Moon shifts into earthy Taurus, she will help reduce tensions and slow us down some.

The only aspect the Taurus Moon makes during the day on Friday is a soothing sextile to Neptune in Pisces. During the evening she will square the Aquarius Moon, marking the first quarter of the Moon. This is perfect for slowing the overheated pace of the past few days and taking time to evaluate what has happened over the past week. We need to avoid getting ahead of ourselves and this is a good time to check priorities.

Saturday is clearly a better day to work around the home as long as the Moon remains in Taurus. She will go void-of-course late in the afternoon and it will be late evening before she shifts into lively Gemini. For those who enjoy gardening, this is a great day to think about what we want to plant later on or start doing spring cleanup projects if weather permits.

On Sunday the Gemini Moon kick starts the day sextile to energetic Mars in Aries, perhaps inspiring folks to head out the door to see a sporting event or meet up with friends for lunch. Later in the afternoon the Moon squares Neptune in Pisces and minds could wander off course.

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By week’s end we might think it is Aries Season instead of Aquarius with all the cardinal planets and fire the dominate element. Midweek will be especially intense and good for those with plenty of fire in their charts. We might want to take note of where 23° Libra is in our charts because that is where Jupiter will be sitting for the next week or so. If Jupiter is triggering natal aspects, the effect may be quite noticeable for better or worse. Be kind, think before speaking and practice tolerance all week.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Fog Lifting © Diane Lang


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