January 5th – 11th

This week has the first of this year’s three Mercury retrogrades which often act like Murphy’s Law whereby ‘whatever can go wrong will’. We need to watch out for miscommunications, travel difficulties and computer glitches. Although this week is a good time to move things around or add some splash to our home, important decisions are best dealt with prior to the Mercury retrograde on Sunday or put off until early February.

We begin the week with a major, MAJOR, energy shift. Jupiter, which has been transiting through Capricorn for the last year and has contributed to the sense of intense compression, moves out of Capricorn and enters Aquarius. We may feel as though a heavy burden has been lifted. A sense of contraction and restriction felt over the past year could suddenly become a distant memory. In its place, we might feel far freer, uplifted and excited by future prospects.
We could have a sense of seeing light at the end of what had seemed a very dark tunnel. It would be great comfort for us to give thought to where we might want to go in the future, but now is a time to reflect and plan rather than move full steam ahead.

Let’s try something different this week and allow ourselves to consider possibilities that might have seemed impossible a short while ago. Change is in the air and we can find a supportive audience among our associates and our loved ones to discuss any possible changes we might consider.

This is a week to step out, get together with friends and unburden ourselves of daily responsibilities, even if only for a brief interlude. We are looking to the future and intending better days ahead. To condition ourselves to a brighter life, we might want to start a new health regimen, focusing on a proper diet and a good exercise program. As the saying goes: ‘the best is yet to come’.

Monday, January 5th – Happy Days Are Here Again – Jupiter, Pluto, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter Aquarius. After walking the long shadowy pathways of the past year plus, this Monday offers a brightening of the skies and a more exuberant perspective on our future. Yes, Happy Days Are Here Again. Change is in the air and we are likely to feel it as a result of Jupiter exiting Capricorn that it has been transiting since the latter part of 2007, and now entering Aquarius. All our problems may not disappear but at least we can start to see light at the end of the tunnel, or is it a glint of sunshine from a side door? With Jupiter entering Aquarius for this next year, we are more likely to look at options and alternatives for ourselves than we might have considered previously. We still have outstanding matters, old issues to deal with, but we seem less absorbed or totally entangled in them. The Moon moves into Taurus where it squares Jupiter, trines Pluto, sextiles Venus, squares Mercury and trines Mars. If we don’t get ahead of ourselves, we can accomplish a great deal today. Our thoughts may be more focused on our future but let’s keep in mind that we may need to clear away debris, strategize our course of action before we move forward. Today is a good day to embrace the exuberance of possibilities all the while that we are determining our goals and those ambitions that are truly important to us. Focused awareness combined with renewed optimism can go far in our being productive, expeditious and successful.

Tuesday, January 6th – Effective Management – Lunar Grand Trine, Sun, Uranus, Saturn. Today is a day when we can accomplish a great deal and by means of streamlined methods. This day has a Lunar Grand Trine in the Earth Element with the Taurus Moon trine the Sun in Capricorn and trine Saturn in Virgo. We can be very practical and very effective. The Moon also sextiles Uranus. Not only can we be focused on what needs to be done and what we seek to accomplish, but we can do so by utilizing time management skills and high technology that eases our operations. This Tuesday is a primo day. We can get a lot out of our way, find the right bargains and create a structure for ourselves that allows us to do more with less, less amount of time, less energy and less use of resources. A highly productive day, we may have nose to grindstone but this is a day when we can effectively deal with our responsibilities and move ahead with our planned intentions. Let’s keep in mind that we have Mercury turning retrograde on Sunday and then retrograde for the rest of this month. This Tuesday allows us to be highly accomplished. Let’s not lose the opportunity of getting as much done as we can, and probably more than we anticipated.

Wednesday, January 7th – Too Much on Our Plate – Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course, Jupiter, Venus. The problem with being highly effective is that it can serve as a magnet, attracting those less functional, even dysfunctional, who want us to fix things for them and make their problems right. Tuesday was such a power-packed day of highly effectiveness that we cold take on a Superperson complex, assuming that we can fix any situation, right any wrong. Nice concept, but a concept that could get us into trouble. Late Tuesday, early Wednesday the Taurus Moon squares Neptune. We might be muttering ‘there but for the grace of god go I’ as we observe other people’s situations. Observation is one thing, getting involved or entangled is a whole different kettle of fish. Don’t go there. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for twelve hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Taurus and before entering Gemini where it trines Jupiter and squares Venus. Our good nature and our sense of competency could easily talk us into giving a helping hand. Watch out! We may feel enticed into an involvement that might seem easily dealt with from first glance but could prove a quagmire if we become immersed. We have to be careful for our sense of compassion and make sure that people don’t play on our sensitivity to get us entangled in their emotional dramas. Today demands that we be clear regarding what we can do and what would tip the balance into overload.

Thursday, January 8th – Scintillating Conversations – Mercury, Uranus. Thursday has the Gemini Moon trine Mercury and square Uranus. Our discussions with other people can be sparkling, upbeat and quite insightful. Today is a good day to make plans for our future and present our ideas with a verve and persuasion that could prove a winning combination. We do have to watch that we don’t buy into our own propaganda. We might get so involved with the thoughts of our possibilities that we leave out the potential for problems or monkey wrenches thrown into our wheels. Today is not a day to make assumptions or to gloss over the details. Unexpected situations could arise, unanticipated variables could change the mix, so let’s be sure to be flexible and adaptable and willing to make changes to our plans as we go along.

Friday, January 9th – Champing at the Bit – Sun, Uranus, Saturn, Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course, Pluto. Friday is a day when we may want to do our own things, be free of our responsibilities and able to be impetuous and act on the spur-of-the-moment. Late Thursday, early Friday with the Gemini Moon square Saturn and trine Neptune, we may be resistant to our routine matters, wanting to be free of our obligations and far more interested in conceptual possibilities than our mundane reality. The Moon goes Void-of-Course for twelve hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Gemini and before entering Cancer where it opposes Pluto. We may not accomplish much on this Friday. We could be champing at the bit, especially with the Sun sextile Uranus. We might feel uncomfortable in our own skin, wanting to make changes solely for the sake of change. It is important that we do something different today, even if it seems a trivial change to our routine, for otherwise we could be seething about our daily existence and eventually explode with a nasty display of petulance. The smartest thing today is to find options and alternatives to the ways we do things, take some time for ourselves and not feel in lock-step with same old, same old. Let’s add some variety to our lives today. We need to stay focused on the present, all the while that we are considering possibilities and changes for our future.

Saturday, January 10th – Tug of War – Cancer Full Moon, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Sun, Saturn. Today is the last full day before Mercury turns retrograde. Any matters that need to be accomplished prior to February 1st, we might want to use today to do so. Not only do we have the last full day of Mercury direct but we also have the Cancer Full Moon with the Moon trine Venus, opposed Mars, trine Uranus, opposed the Sun and sextile Saturn. We may feel pulled between our home, family scenarios and our involvements in the world. Moving things around, changing the landscape and doing things differently to generate excitement could allow us to juggle our commitments both to our personal interests and to our professional ambitions. But it is important that we incorporate a sense of expediting. If we feel stuck, we could become somewhat explosive and act out. No need to go there. Working in spurts of energy and taking care of different matters would be far more effective. This is a day to play the xylophone and not a one note samba.

Sunday, January 11th – A Roulette Spin – Sun, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course, Jupiter, Mercury retrograde. Sunday has the Sun trine Saturn and the Moon Void of Course for much of the early part of the day as the Moon finishes it’s transit of Cancer without making any further connections to the planets and before entering Leo where it opposes Jupiter. This day is also the beginning of this year’s first Mercury retrograde. The day may start fairly slowly. We might want to dawdle, hang out and even hang over our morning cup of coffee, or tea. Today may be a day for errands or dealing with the boring but essential tasks of doing life. While we may feel the need to take care of certain matters, we might want to also take in some fun activities, whether going to a movie, going for a drive, or enjoying a leisurely meal. Whatever we do, let’s keep in mind the Mercury retrograde. We have entered the spin zone, a time of miscommunications, misunderstandings, traffic problems, transportation difficulties and computer glitches. Keeping our antennae up and being ever mindful are basic requirements for these next three weeks with this day being the kickoff to the dance. It would be wise to give ourselves extra time and to have alternatives since things may not go along according to plan.