February 6th – 12th, 2012

We are highly charged this week, raring to go, but this fairly intense week could have things going in fits and starts. We may feel as though we are gingerly making our way across a minefield, wondering every moment whether some explosion might take place and blow us into smithereens.

Much of this week can revolve around our place in the world and our place vis-à-vis other significant people in our lives. How do we fit in? How do we stand out? What is expected of us? What are we willing to give of ourselves?

Relationship issues could dominate the week and we might have to balance our personal needs with those of someone else or the needs of other people. The balancing act can prove difficult, so we need to accept the fact that there could be wild swings in our interactions with our community.

The Leo Full Moon on Tuesday comes at the time of Saturn turning retrograde in the last degree of Libra. Saturn reaches the cusp of Libra – Scorpio but retreats back into Libra for its four and a half month retrograde cycle. Saturn has been transiting Libra for the past two plus years, a transit that asks us to address how we deal with other people, those significant relationships in our lives. With Libra representative of the ‘other’ in our lives, the complement to ourselves, many of us have been doing soul-searching regarding who we are in reflection to the important people in our lives, what we do and how we are defined.

With Saturn retrograde until the latter part of June, let’s also keep in mind that there can be greater delays and difficulties in getting things done. Saturn retrograde is akin to winter hibernation, for the attention is less on the external world and more on our internal world. Like nature in winter, we tend to go through a more inner focus.

Shortly after Saturn turns retrograde and the Leo Full Moon on Tuesday, Venus exits Pisces and enters Aries on Wednesday and conjuncts Uranus on Thursday.

Relationships can be highlighted, but the focus on relationships can be less about a balance of personal needs with those of someone else. Instead, everyone may become more self-centered, self-focused and self-absorbed. We might be far more interested in how relationships are impacting us and less considerate of how the relationship is impacting someone else.

This week could have us more infatuated with the new and the different, entertaining quirky characters as comic relief to our own day-in, day-out lives. If we have been feeling boxed in by our everyday life and our usual circle of friends, we might want a breakout period where we experiment with a new sense of our being. We might try different hairstyles, consider hip new wardrobes or just seek to do things differently. We may assume that the old is tired, even worn out, and we want something vibrant, exciting, enlivening, different.

This week is an exciting time, a week when we are looking at the people in our lives and what they mean to us and for us. We may broaden our social circle and incorporate some interesting new people who serve as a mirror for some of the changes we are looking to instill into our own lives.

Even though we may be in high gear this week, with significant braking action at times, let’s try to take some time to slow down and catch our breath.

Monday, February 6th – Tied Down, Breaking Free – Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter. We may awaken on this Monday with a sense of responsibilities hanging over our head. The feeling of what we need to do could be strong but so too our resentment towards what we have chosen to take on. The day begins with the Moon in Cancer trine Venus and square Saturn. Some of our obligations may be as a result of our willingness to help, which in hindsight now seems like getting entangled in other people’s messes. If we have committed to being the cosmic mother [no matter our gender], then let’s do what needs to be done without grousing or complaining. We might also assume that no matter what we do or how much we do, it is not enough for the other person. As the day progresses, the Moon exits Cancer and enters Leo, where it trines Uranus and squares Jupiter today. Once we have dealt with some emotional dramas, we can break free to do what we want to do, one part of which is standing out and not just fitting in. We could be looking for adventure with costs not a consideration. We do have to be wary that we don’t get carried away with our desire for freedom of movement or that we indulge our appetites to the extreme. This is a day of extremes, the beginning of the day our feeling possibly tied down by someone else’s stuff, the latter part of the day our breaking free and doing things spontaneously with little regard to cost.

Tuesday, February 7th – Turning Back – Leo Full Moon, Sun, Mercury, Saturn retrograde. Tuesday can be one intense day, a day when the spinmeisters can be out in full force, talking about future prospects, discounting real problems and creating an image of a wonderful world. Nirvana, at last. Or maybe not. This day is a Full Moon day with the Leo Moon opposed the Sun and opposed Mercury, at the time that the Sun and Mercury are conjunct. Saturn turns retrograde today and continues its retrograde cycle through the last degrees of Libra into June. What we see is not what we get, but the liability to grandstanding can be huge. Yes, the hucksters could be out in full force making promises that things are far better than we realize and far better than true reality. Significant issues can be kicked further down the road, problems swept under the rug as people try to paint things in a bright and rosy picture. While upbeat, optimistic attitudes are essential for positive circumstances, there is a point in which such exuberance and enthusiasm leads us down the yellow brick road of candyland, fantasyland and la-la-land. It may be fun to go there, but it would be wise to keep a grip on how things really are. There can be a slow down, with various braking actions and other people getting in our way. We might also feel that other people are acting as legends in their own mind. Even we could be susceptible to such a disposition. We do need to be careful that we do not step on other people’s toes. Each of us may be a little too self-involved, watching out for own self interests without taking into account how it impacts other people or whether our actions are in synch with the greater good.

Wednesday, February 8th – Me and Mine – Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Venus Aries. Wednesday begins with the Leo Moon sextile Saturn and opposed Neptune. We can certainly win people to our side by means of our performance [oops, should I write presentation?]. We could be a little smarmy today, seeking to gain adherents to our cause and support in regard to what we want to accomplish. Unfortunately, we could be so engrossed in our own plans, supported by the ‘yes’ people who are encouraging us on, that we don’t question or even clearly consider where we are marching off to. Are we the grand marshal of the lemming parade heading towards the cliffs? A sense of due diligence is called for today. Fortunately, the Moon exits Leo to enter Virgo where it trines Jupiter today. Even if we have to backtrack from boneheaded directions, let’s swallow our pride and consider in detail what we are doing and where we are going. While we might consider some purchases as necessary for our successful implementation of plans, we need to be certain that our plans are leading us in the right direction and that we are not like a dog chasing its tail, going around in circles, enamored with ourselves. This Wednesday also has Venus exiting Pisces and entering Aries, a Sign where Venus is not comfortable. Much of our compassion and emotional excesses of the past three weeks can drop away. We become less interested in other people’s needs and more concerned with the idea of ‘what about me?’ With Venus in Aries and Saturn retrograding in Libra, we might lose the lesson of what and how we should interact with other people. On the contrary, we might be far more focused on how other people interact with us and what they can provide us. While we might have been going out of our way for other people, we now become ever more attentive to the idea of: ‘what have you done for me lately?’ Self-absorption, self-focus and self-centeredness can be the order of the day, as we become less interested in ‘you’, ‘we’, ‘us’ and more interested in ‘me’ and ‘mine’.

Thursday, February 9th – Infatuations & Distractions – Pluto, Venus, Uranus. Thursday continues with the Moon’s transit of Virgo and today the Moon trines Pluto. Venus, which entered Aries yesterday, conjuncts Uranus today. The energies are quite different but could be used to our advantage if we don’t veer too far off track. On the one hand, we can be incredibly resourceful and expeditious in getting things done. We can accomplish a great deal and move ever closer to the realization of our hopes and dreams. We just need to prioritize and not get overly distracted by thrilling possibilities that could arise unexpectedly. We may want to do what we want to do but let’s not take our eye off the ball. Some connections today could prove serendipitous and may open new doors for us. There can be infatuations that entice us to be impulsive, to step away from our responsibilities and engage the new and the different. We might easily get distracted and diverted from our plans to explore something more exciting. It would be great if we could balance the unique and innovative into our course of action.

Friday, February 10th – Battle of Wills – Mars, Moon Void-of-Course, Uranus, Venus. Late Thursday, early Friday the Moon finishes its transit of Virgo with a conjunction to Mars. We could be scurrying around, taking care of this, attending to that. We may concentrate on the details and the specifics, although we could lose sight of the big picture and forget some of the unexpected scenarios that might have opened to us yesterday. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for over fourteen and a half hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Virgo and before entering Libra. The energy dies down for much of this day. As the Moon enters Libra, the Moon opposes both Uranus and Venus in Aries. We may find ourselves having to put our own personal interests on the back burner as other people need our attention. Funnily enough, we may be in a more considerate attitude, more concerned with other people and we might negate our own interests. We do have to avoid a battle of wills, a tug-of-war between what we might want and what someone else might want. One of us could be more adventuresome, in a risk-taking mode, while the other person could be more complacent, seeking the easy way out.

Saturday, February 11th – Back in the Sauce – Pluto. We may have our schedule set for this Saturday, and it might be one with a long list of errands. The Libra Moon today squares Pluto. Some of our ‘to do’ list could be more associated with situations that are important to someone else and not that significant for us. Let’s be careful not to get entangled in other people’s messy situations that have little chance of positive outcomes but more likely could be crazy-making. We have to watch that we are not involving ourselves with prima donnas, those people who are self-involved, temperamental and have little consideration for our wishes. They may be far more engaged with the drama than a resolution. We could find ourselves taking care of other people’s desires but with a sense that enough is never enough. If we can do the tai chi moves and wiggle out of obligations that we know to be an oncoming train wreck, we might save ourselves from a great deal of grief. Should we encounter any blockages, it would be wise for us to stop and then step around them.

Sunday, February 12th – It’s a Beautiful Day – Saturn, Sun, Mercury, Neptune. If we were able to sidestep landmines and explosions in our interactions with other people over the past few days, then this Sunday could offer some wonderful get-togethers. The day continues with the Moon in Libra which today conjuncts Saturn and trines all three transiting Aquarius planets — the Sun, Mercury, Neptune. While relationship issues could have been somewhat weighty over the past few days with liabilities to tug-of-war interchanges, this Sunday allows for upbeat and scintillating exchanges. Whether on the phone or in person, our time with other people can be brief but also great fun. We may be like a butterfly today, flying from flower to flower, alighting briefly, engaging in fun repartee and then flying off to the next person for a lively and enjoyable time. If we do not allow any one person to monopolize our time, we can cover many bases today. Any relationship issues can be smoothed over. Our thoughts can turn to future plans, all the while putting present problems aside. Yes, this Sunday can be a beautiful day, good times with good friends and discussing exciting prospects. They say that Sunday is a day of rest, but this Sunday could be a more restoring and re-invigorating day shared with someone special or various special people.