January 21st – 27th

This week is a highly active week and a fairly significant week. There are many different configurations to which to pay attention. This week is the first full week of the Aquarius Stellium of three or more planets in the Fixed Air Sign: the Sun, Mercury and Neptune. It is a week that begins with Jupiter trine Saturn. It is also the last full week before the Mercury retrograde that starts next week and is the first of this year’s three Mercury retrogrades. It is also the week of the Leo Full Moon at which time there is a Mercury Neptune conjunction. And it is a week when Pluto first steps into Capricorn, a prelude to Pluto’s multi-year transit of the Cardinal Earth Sign.

A great deal is going on during this week, much of it asking us to consider our future goals from the perspective of our ideals and to question whether our lives are built upon rock or built upon sand. While this week is a good week to strategize, put down some roots, it is also a good time for us to note those areas of our lives that are being triggered. Some of these areas are likely to be issues that we are likely to deal with over the next decade or so.

Certainly one area for consideration will be our profession and our standing in the world. No matter what we are doing with our lives, we are likely to consider whether we are doing things that truly speak to us or if we are doing things, and things we may not enjoy, merely for the sake of survival.

During this time and over the coming years, established traditions and powerful institutions are likely to be severely challenged and sorely tested. If they do not rise to the occasion and prove themselves fundamentally sound and worthy of the future, much less the present, we may well see such institutions and organizations falling apart at the seams or being washed away.

None of us are likely to be able to merely skate through our lives. Our resources may be brought to bear in order to deal with the various changes occurring and all with the underlying purpose of having us get real with doing our lives.

Monday, January 21st – Learn to Dream – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Moon Void-of-Course. It is written that Kekule von Stradonitz devised the benzene ring in organic chemistry after having diligently worked on a chemistry textbook, taking a moment to nap and dosing off and seeing in a dream a snake with its tale in its mouth. When he awoke, the image in his dream had given him the answer to the benzene ring. Von Stradonitz is said to have confided to his scientific colleagues: ‘Let us learn to dream, gentleman’. This Monday in the US is a celebration of another great leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., one of whose greatest speeches was: ‘I have a dream’. This Monday could prove the same for us. Today Jupiter trines Saturn. These two often conflicting energies, the polarities of expansion and contraction, are in harmony and allow us the ability of broadening our scope, addressing our dreams, and come up with the strategic means and practical methods to make our dreams come true, to blueprint our goals by which we can make them a reality. Monday also has the Cancer Moon trine Uranus. Part of the blueprinting may be doing things differently, streamlining the ways we do things and even stirring things up by changing things around in our home or updating our technological equipment in order for us to work smarter rather than harder. Although we are moving into times that may prove challenging, and even more so if we depend upon past solutions for present quandaries; we also have to recognize that we are crossing a threshold, a paradigm shift whereby unexpected situations can arise and things can turn on a dime. Today is a day for us to make our plans but to do so with a willingness to adapt to changing conditions. In making our schedules and our plans it is far better to work in pencil rather than carving things in stone, and have a large eraser on our pencil in order to shift when it is appropriate to adapt. This Monday also has a Void-of-Course Moon for close to twenty-four hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Cancer. Far better for us today to plan and strategize rather than initiate and execute.

Tuesday, January 22nd – Advancing Interests with Panache – Mercury, Neptune, Leo Full Moon, Sun. Tuesday is the 22nd, a Master Number in Numerology indicative of the Master Builder. Our plans developed yesterday can be put forcefully into motion. The Moon is in Leo and is Full with its opposition to the Sun. The question of our own personal creative interests and how they relate to the greater good and the interests of the community could certainly come up today. Mercury and Neptune are conjunct in Aquarius today. A sense of idealism can be rampant. Politicians may speak of their dreams, their promises and their sense of destiny. We could easily get swept up by what Marshall McLuhan referred to as the Medium being the Message. Although our idealism and our future goals may hold our attention, we have to be careful to not buy into wish fulfillment or expect that we can advance our interests solely by willpower and not doing the necessary legwork. Our intuition could be strong today and our ability to be persuasive engaging. While there is a good deal of energy to advance our goals with style, verve and imagination, we have to be certain that we’re headed in the right direction. Taking time to check things out, reviewing as we go along, could keep us from either falling into an abyss of delusion or prancing down the yellow brick road of fantasy and groundless desires.

Wednesday, January 23rd – Possibilities or Illusions – Neptune, Mercury, Mars. Wednesday has the Leo Moon opposed both Mercury and Neptune and sextiles Mars. Whenever there is volatility, and we are certainly in a volatile timeframe, the potential for major changes is strong. Volatility forces us from our status quo, unhinges fixity and demands a consideration of options and alternatives. This Wednesday and much of this period really allows us to consider our options and alternatives, and it is far better to do so while we feel we can make choices instead of having our back against the wall. Today is a day to look at our prospects but to do so in a realistic manner. People could sell us on possibilities just by reason of the fact that we might be looking for some form of salvation, some uplift and some way out of our present circumstance. Possibilities are great if we will take the time to reflect on the ramifications and consider the necessary means to realize them. There may be a great deal of discussions and conversations going on today. Using other people as sounding boards regarding our future plans may help us hone and focus on those that are realistic potentials and those that are only fantastic illusions.

Thursday, January 24th – Passionate Exchanges – Venus, Pluto, Saturn, Venus Capricorn. Thursday can be a highly intense day regarding our interactions with other people. We have Venus conjunct Pluto in Sagittarius right on the cusp of Capricorn as both are about to enter Capricorn, Venus today, Pluto tomorrow. Thursday is a day when we might truly embrace the significance of our relationships. We’re not looking for shallow or inconsequential connections. We want the depth of relationship, the passion of our interchange with someone else. Early in the day, this Venus Pluto conjunction is reinforced by the Leo Moon trining the two of them. Passion is in the air. The sense of joie de vivre [joy of living] and la dolce vita [the sweet life] is all around us. If we can use this energy as a thrust and trigger for us to take care of what needs to be done in our daily lives, then this Thursday can be a highly productive day. From a thrust of Fire, the energy shifts to a more grounded earthiness. Venus leaves Sagittarius and enters the Cardinal Earth Sign of Capricorn. As the Moon moves out of Fixed Fire Leo and into Mutable Earth Virgo, the Moon conjuncts Saturn. Suddenly, we may take a more serious attitude to our day and to our responsibilities. But our daily routine could now have more meaning for us as we recognize that we are not doing our activities solely for ourselves but for those special people in our lives — our family, our loved ones, our friends. Thursday is a day for spirit in action, harnessing our drive and determination and having a good road map regarding where we want to go.

Friday, January 25th – Paper, Rock, Scissors, Sand – Jupiter, Uranus, Lunar T-Square, Mars, Pluto, Pluto Capricorn. Friday is a powerful, powerful day. The Virgo Moon trines Jupiter and opposes Uranus. While we are looking at developing our interests step by step, expanding our realm and broadening our scope, we might also discover surprises and unexpected situations getting in the way of our planned activities. Friday is a day to be open to sudden changes and adapting to shifting conditions. The powerful, powerful energy is not related to the Moon’s activities but rather to the Lunar T-Square with the Virgo Moon square Mars in Gemini and Pluto in Sagittarius just before Pluto moves out of Sagittarius and enters Capricorn. Pluto enters Capricorn late on Friday. While this is merely a prelude to the multi-year transit of the Cardinal Earth Sign which begins in earnest on November 26th, this initial entry of Pluto into Capricorn which begins today and runs through the Spring period retrograding back into Sagittarius on the 13th of June is a powerful and challenging phase change. We may find that we are questioning many of the structures in our lives. Suddenly, the sense of volatility may not be limited to the financial markets but could seem endemic to all the various institutions, organizations and structures in our lives. Increasingly, we are likely to find that anything built upon sand is not merely tested but could be washed away. Even those situations that we have built upon rock may be sorely tested. Our lives and how we are doing our lives are up for question. Those in the early phases of the Cardinal Signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – are especially likely to feel the transformative effects of the Pluto energy. Intensity is likely to be ratcheted up severalfold. We are moving into a time of increased geophysical frequency – earthquakes and volcanic activity. While we may feel hard pressed by the Pluto entrance into Capricorn, it also allows us the opportunity to look and see what has true meaning for us and those areas that do not. We may also embrace the idea that living simply is not simply living as we seek to eliminate the extraneous and superfluous from our lives. This Friday could have us feeling like we’re being body slammed against one situation and then checked by another situation. We do have to watch for the intensity occurring today and try not to act by knee-jerk reactions but instead take time before we initiate or react to situations.

Saturday, January 26th – Catching Our Breath – Moon Void-of-Course. Saturday may allow us to catch our breath from yesterday’s throw down. The Moon is Void-of-Course for much of the day as the Moon finishes its transit of Virgo and before entering Libra later in the day. Today would allow us time to regroup and recharge. Taking care of errands without feeling any pressure would be a good way to use the energy. Let’s recognize that we are still getting used to Pluto’s entry into Capricorn. The more we can be observant of what is happening around us and in the world at large, the more likely we will be to get a grip on the issues that are up for review, reworking and transformation. As the day progresses, the Moon moves into Libra. An evening of social get-togethers or an intimate evening with our loved one could be called for. We can compare notes regarding the thrust of energy that has occurred with Pluto’s entry into Capricorn.

Sunday, January 27th – Fine Times or Holding Up the Levee – Venus, Sun, Jupiter. Sunday has mixed energies. On the one hand, the Libra Moon trines the Sun. Getting together with someone, planning our future and discussing our intentions can be a great way to have a sounding board. It could also prove a healthy form of escapism. On the other hand, the Libra Moon squares Venus and Jupiter in Capricorn. We may feel that we don’t have the resources — whether time, energy, finances, capability — to pull off some of our greatest ambitions. We might easily play the blame game putting on other people or on present conditions the failure of our dreams and desires. We may not want to accept accountability nor take responsibility for our own actions or inactions. What we have to recognize, come to realize and even appreciate, is the fact that the backdrop of our lives is changing. Things may not be the way they were. But that’s life, the dynamics of ebb and flow, of expansion and contraction that living is all about. Even if circumstances and conditions have changed, that doesn’t necessitate that we fold up the tent and feel that we cannot do anything about it. Let’s take account of the changes and transformation occurring and figure out a different means and various ways by which to make our goals a reality. Today is a day to keep in mind the lyrics from R.E.M.: “It’s the end of the world as we know it… And I feel fine.”