January 16th – 22nd, 2012

This week is a week for us to cut to the core and eliminate the extraneous before we expand our interests and our activities. A highly productive week, we could be rather intense and determined in what we want to let go. Our sense of resourcefulness could be at a fever pitch and we may cut to the bone regarding what to be rid of. We just have to be wary not to throw the baby out with the bath water.

While much of our energy at the beginning of the week might be focused on sorting through things and throwing things out, we have the opportunity to clean up our space by clearing out the extraneous. Our desire to disentangle ourselves by doing a huge new year clear out can then provide room for new interests and expanding our activities in the mid-part of the week. We may want to engage new involvements but we are also likely to be looking to engage a new modus operandi — seeking to be highly effective with less expenditure of energy and scraping the barnacles and dysfunctional from our trajectory. Getting out of Dodge in order to have a fresh perspective in evaluating the possibilities of our new participations could also give us a sense of enthusiasm and exuberance as to where we choose to go rather than being saddled with where we have been.

The end of the week and the weekend could have us putting our spirit into action. We may take some of our new ideas and some of our thoughts of expanding our activities and start to blueprint a best practices approach as to how to get from where we are to where we want to go, all the while being certain not to be overly encumbered by the past or by our obligations. We can strategize and plan and discover how truly resourceful we can be.

Monday, January 16th – Too Much or Too Little – Sun, Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Venus. There are times when we lose the balance between doing too much and doing too little. There is a fine line between service and self-sacrifice. And this Monday could prove something of a balancing act in that regard. The day begins with the Moon continuing its transit of Libra and the Moon square the Sun, conjunct Saturn and trine Neptune. We may have certain loose ends to tie up as we start the week, and some of these loose ends might not be so much of our making as much as other people’s issues. The sense of obligation could weigh heavily on us. If we will do what needs to be done without grousing but rather with attentive concentration, we can take care of outstanding matters and win some praise for our efforts in the end. Once we have addressed basic responsibilities and someone else’s needs, we can then move ahead in considering future plans. We are likely to have a supporter of our new interests and involvements, but the question as to how we do things will be a central issue. Do we do too much or do we do too little? The question arises as the Moon moves into Scorpio where it opposes Jupiter and trines Venus. We could either be indulgent and extravagant with our resources or we might hold tight with our resources. The balancing act is engaged, but it would be wise to keep in mind that balancing is an action of gradations between two polarities until we find the mean. And so it could be for us today. On the one hand, we might want to eliminate the dross from our lives. But on the other hand, we may not want to feel as though naked unto the world and in reaction we could take on more than would be appropriate. Eventually, we shall find the mean, the perfect medium, but in the process we can swing between doing too much and doing too little.

Tuesday, January 17th – Perfect Honing – Pluto, Mercury. Tuesday can be one of those primo days when we don’t miss a beat but are micro-focused with every step we take being essential to the process. The Scorpio Moon today sextiles both Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn. Nothing is wasted today. We have the ability to strategize, to effectively plan by taking into account both the big picture and the specific details along the way. This is a day when we could virtually move mountains. We may hold our cards close to our chest and do things without necessarily giving commentary along the way. We are not interested in diversions or distractions today. We are passionate about what we are doing, and we can devise a best practices approach from getting from the abstract of concept through the steps of execution to successful completion and manifestation of our goals. Yes, we could be driven today and it would be wise for no one to get in our way, for we might be like a steamroller intent on where we are going, willing to roll over anything and everything in our way and unconcerned about what we have to do in order to achieve our plans. Our discussions can be to the point and without much decorum. This is not a day when we are censored by the niceties. We see where we want to go and we are determined to get there in the quickest and shortest ways possible.

Wednesday, January 18th – Pushing Through to the Promised Land – Mars, Sun, Neptune, Uranus. Wednesday begins with the Moon finishing its transit of Scorpio and as it does so, the Moon sextiles Mars and sextiles the Sun and squares Neptune. We can continue with our honing, tempering and making room for the new while we eliminate outstanding matters of the old. We might also be champing at the bit wanting to get on with new interests, new activities and consider what’s next for us. There is a wise and true saying that states: ‘the cup must be emptied before it can be filled’. We may still have some clean up and clear out to do, but we are likely to be growing tired of dealing with our messes and itching to get on with new areas of involvement. We just have to watch that we are not looking to re-create our past. Whenever we go through significant changes, past patterns and old scenarios often show up in disguise to see if we have really made significant changes to our attitudes and intentions or if we are going to fall back into the complacency of discontent and just repeat the past under the guise of different parameters. As the day proceeds, the Moon moves into Sagittarius and we may feel as though we have gotten a second wind. Just so long as we don’t get fixated or rigid on what we want to do and how we want to do it now that we have created space for new activities, we could have some wonderful surprises, doors opening that we might not even have imagined possible for ourselves. Let’s keep in mind that these times call for us to let go of our sense of total control over conditions and circumstances in order to be open to the synchronicity and serendipity of these times when things can come up from out of the blue. The Moon trines Uranus and unexpected surprises could offer us a new direction and greater autonomy in our actions. We have to be free to explore and investigate possibilities and options that may be more in keeping with where we want to go and not back into where we have been.

Thursday, January 19th – Blown Out – Venus, Sun, Saturn. Too much of a good thing can just be too much. This Thursday continues with the Sagittarius Moon, which today squares Venus. The Sun squares Saturn. We may have bitten off more than we can chew in our enthusiastic rage to expand and broaden our interests. And we might have neglected our responsibilities to someone else. Today, our energy may flag as if we feel blown out from all that we explored and discovered yesterday. We could feel like a bungee jumper snapped back to close to where we were. We might also experience some naysayers, those parade rainers who want to burst our balloon of exciting new opportunities and get us back in line with their definition of who we are. While we might have to step back and address old patterns or our obligations, let’s not allow anyone to dissuade us from our adventures into the unknown, into our future. It is important for us to keep in mind that trajectories nowadays are no longer straight lines [as if they ever were] but more zig-zags with various twists and turns as we proceed along our journey. There are times when we have to go back in order to move forward. This Thursday could be one of those days when past situations confront us and demand that we resolve certain matters before moving forward. Let’s deal with our tasks at hand with the recognition that once resolved we can move forward into the new terrain unencumbered by old baggage.

Friday, January 20th – Smoothing Things Out – Mars, Venus, Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, Sun Aquarius. Friday has the Sagittarius Moon square Mars, sextile Saturn and sextile Neptune. Venus sextiles Pluto. And the Sun exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. We may have a great deal on our plate today. Our schedule can be packed with things we need to do. Let’s just be careful not to skim over details or neglect important particulars in anything we do today. While we might have various tasks to address, this day is also an important day for us to address any interpersonal conflicts, whether those disagreements are overt or simmering below the surface. We can have some good heart-to-heart discussions today and resolve various issues with other people. We can be compassionate and caring and even uplifting to those people that may feel down. The Sun exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. We might feel enticed to focus on friendships and contacts, especially with those people who are marching to the beat of their own drum. We are not interested in shallow or superficial people, except for some amusement. We want our connections to be deep and meaningful and to be full of character. As the day progresses, the Moon moves into Capricorn where it squares Uranus and trines Jupiter. Although we might be far more interested in doing our thing, being spontaneous and impulsive, we could accomplish some of our objectives by enlisting our recent enthusiasm and confidence and putting spirit into action. We are moving into a weekend when we might be dealing with errands, taking care of business and dealing with practical matters. We have a game plan and are ready to engage it.

Saturday, January 21st – A Little of This, A Little of That – Pluto, Venus, Sun, Uranus. Saturday can be a time when we accomplish a great deal with some interludes of fun adventures. The Capricorn Moon today conjuncts Pluto and sextiles Venus. We can be expeditious and effective in getting things done. The more we can accomplish earlier in the day, the more time later in the day we shall have to do things that allow us to try out new interests or participate in new activities. We have a ‘get it done’ kind of attitude today. Not only can we deal with what we need to do, but we might also be able to help those who cannot help themselves. Our organizational abilities today can be superlative as we look to put everything in its right place. People will be surprised at how accomplished we seem. Not only can we do what we need to do but we can also be productive in getting other people to attend to their responsibilities as well. We just have to be careful not to get enmeshed in other people’s issues, especially if they are attached to their drama. Today is a day for us to see where we can be effective and where we have to step away. The Sun, just having entered Aquarius, sextiles Aquarius-ruler Uranus today. Once we have taken care of our responsibilities, we may want to engage the quirky and the different, whether those involvements are with people who are characters or activities we have yet to explore.

Sunday, January 22nd – Eyes Bigger Than… – Sun, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn. Sunday can be one of those days when our eyes could prove to be bigger than our stomach. Our appetites, and especially a desire to savor the unique and uncharacteristic, can be strong on this Sunday as the Sun squares Jupiter. We have to watch our expenses today, for we could easily buy into images and appearances and presentations without considering the fundamentals, the basics or the substance. Let’s keep a rein on our finances since the liability to be generous to a fault could prove strong today. Fortunately, much of the day has the Capricorn Moon which today conjuncts Mercury, trines Mars and squares Saturn. Due diligence would allow us to focus our energies on the meaningful and activities that have some purpose rather than wasting our time on the irrelevant and dysfunctional. We do have to avoid not getting entangled by someone else’s needs. People could play the guilt card and we have to restrain our idealistic qualities whereby we accept the belief that ‘there but for the grace of god go I’. Although it may sound jaded and harsh, the balance point between service and self-sacrifice can often prove a delicate mean. There are times when engagement in other people’s issues can be more a detriment than a service to them, as we start messing with their karma. Let’s be supportive of other people’s challenges but not get in their way of successfully resolving them.