January 20th – 26th, 2020

The astrology for this week of January 20th through the 26th of 2020 tempers the seriousness of intense focus with an ability to consider options and alternatives.

The week begins with the Sun exiting Capricorn to enter Aquarius. We still have the Stellium in Capricorn and will do so for much of the year with brief interruptions as Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto continue to transit through the Cardinal Earth Sign.

More levity can be engaged, an attitude that we all may well be in need of after a beginning of the new year that has been fraught with implosions, explosions and people liable to anger out of a deep sense of frustration and anxiety.

We have witnessed the ‘exile’ of Prince Andrew after the scathing criticism of his BBC interview. We have learned of the ‘self exile’ of Prince Harry and his wife in what is being called ‘Megxit’. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is finally signaled to begin. The news media experienced egg on its face as CNN settled the Covington High lawsuit. Puerto Rico experienced its most powerful earthquake in over one hundred years. In the Philippines just 60 miles south of the capital city of Manila, the Taal volcano erupted, leading to an evacuation order for half a million people with further eruptions liable to turn climate change from global warming to global cooling as a dust cloud of volcanic particulate matter could spread across the global atmosphere and block out the sun leading to lower surface temperatures similar to the 1815 eruption of Tambora in the Pacific that led to the ‘year without a summer’ in 1816 in New England and contributed to worldwide crop failures and famine. In the US, tornadoes were rampant in the mid-south and south.

The power pack of five planets in Capricorn to begin the year has influenced many of these extreme events and reinforced the concept of ‘build upon rock or build upon sand’. Structures have been challenged.

For many people, this Capricorn power pack has also contributed to back and skeletal problems — the issue of strength and flexibility of our own physical structure.

The influence of the Capricorn Stellium is lessening with the exit of Mercury from Capricorn and its entry into Aquarius last week and this week with both the entrance of the Sun into Aquarius on Monday and the Aquarius New Moon on Friday.

We are not out of the woods yet, but we can start to look up and look further out towards our future options and alternatives. That which no longer serves us may no longer thwart us.

Monday, January 20th – Look to the Future – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course, Sun Aquarius. Monday celebrates the life and purpose of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. For me growing up, Dr. King was the embodiment of the possibility of harmony, peace and love expressed in our communities and in the global society. Although this day is to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King, much of his message has been lost to the vitriol of today’s social justice warriors and lost to those who see this day as but only a holiday extending a long weekend. Monday starts the week with the Moon in Sagittarius with the Moon today sextile Mercury, the Moon square both Venus and Neptune, and the Moon conjunct Mars. Late in the day, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for over twenty-four hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Sagittarius and before the Moon enters Capricorn to begin Wednesday morning. The Sun exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. This is a day for us to take off our blinders, work with peripheral vision and consider our options unhindered by our present responsibilities or any sense of our limitations. We may be feeling upbeat and committed to engaging the good in our lives. We do have to be wary that our ‘feel good’ attitude does not involve us with maudlin sentimentality or a liability to help those unwilling to help themselves. This is a day for us to spread our wings whether we do so literally in physical travel or we do so figuratively by contemplating a wide range of future options for ourselves.

Tuesday, January 21st – Hard to Get Back on Track – Moon Void-of-Course. Tuesday has the Moon Void-of-Course this entire day as the Moon completes its transit of Sagittarius and before the Moon enters Capricorn to begin Wednesday. Whether we had yesterday off for a long holiday weekend or not, this Tuesday might be more of a day when we do what we want to do rather than what we might need to do. Engaging creative outlets can offer relief from the stresses and strains we might have experienced recently and also could provide a healthy prelude to involving ourselves with projects we intend to pursue in the days ahead. Focusing on our own well-being today would instill a resurgence of energy and would condition us to take alternative approaches to our usual responsibilities and to our planned activities. There are times when we need a hiatus in order to have a separation from the familiar and to keep the familiar from encroaching upon our next course of action. This Tuesday is one of those days. Although we are in the dead of winter, we might be giving serious thought to our goals and interests to develop as we approach the Spring season.

Wednesday, January 22nd – Up and At ‘Em – Uranus, Venus, Jupiter. Wednesday begins with the Moon entering Capricorn where today the Capricorn Moon trines Uranus, the Moon sexiles Venus, and the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. No matter what we did yesterday, there just was not the energy to get a great deal done. On the contrary, yesterday would have been best served putting out the sign ‘gone fishing’ and enjoying ourselves, thereby giving us a chance to recharge our batteries and regain our stamina. This Wednesday, the 22nd, which in numerology is a Master Number and significant of the Master Builder, is a day when we can be highly effective and exceedingly productive. By taking a break from our routine yesterday, we may be better prepared to enlist new ways of doing things today or taking a different tack on a different trajectory today. Being no-nonsense today can win the admiration of someone who can assist us in making our dreams come true. We might feel as though we are operating on greased wheels, where everything is working out to our greatest advantage. While we can accomplish a lot today, we also have to avoid not to run away with ourselves, get ahead of ourselves, or assume that everything at all times will go our way. Maintaining a realistic perspective and being open to utilizing alternatives could prove us to be highly proficient in realizing our goals.

Thursday, January 23rd – Recalculating Before Progressing – Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course, Sun, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter. The Moon continues its transit of Capricorn with the Moon today sextile Neptune and the Moon conjunct both Pluto and Saturn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course late in the day for over eleven hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Capricorn and before the Moon enters Aquarius on Friday morning. We are on the dark side of the Moon prior to tomorrow’s New Moon. This Thursday also has the Sun square Uranus, and Venus sextile Jupiter. Key elements necessary during this time of paradigm shift are flexibility and adaptability, and our use of these characteristics may be called into question today. We might want what we want, but our resources could be lacking. Even if we assume that we are on the right track, our beliefs may be more wishful thinking and reliant upon the old mindset that we are in control of our circumstance and can will our desires into manifestation. It is essential that we let go of our preconceived notions and be open to the natural unfolding in our lives. If we heed the signals today, we could complete any number of matters that need to be concluded before we can entertain new prospects. It’s all a matter of timing, and this Thursday reminds us ‘not to rush the river’. We are on the dark side of the Moon, a time for completion and resolution rather than initiations or new beginnings.

Friday, January 24th – Navigating the Future – Uranus, Aquarius New Moon, Sun. The Moon moves into Aquarius where today the Moon squares Uranus and the Moon conjuncts the Sun at the time of the Aquarius New Moon. This New Moon imprints the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 8th – 9th of February. We may be looking towards our future, considering what we wish to pursue, all the while recognizing that unexpected situations can either alter or dash our plans. Changes are not merely considered but are now encountered. While we might choose new trajectories, new projects, new associations in which to participate, everything is open to sudden and dramatic change, alterations that might seem inexplicable as if coming out of nowhere. Welcome to the brave new world of asequential reality where things can occur in a most random and non-linear manner. Increasingly, we need to realize that we are co-creators with the universal unfolding, an unfolding that may at times be confusing or hard to anticipate, much less explain. These are exciting times and especially for those people brave of heart. Adaptability and flexibility are called for, even demanded, as we proceed into the unfamiliar and the unknown. Let us consider our future options but always with appreciation for the law of unintended consequences now influenced by unanticipated shifts and changes along the way.

Saturday, January 25th – All Hail the Rat – Mercury, Mars, Moon Void-of-Course. Saturday is the first full day in the Chinese New Year of the White Metal Rat, and this day has the Aquarius Moon sextile Mars, and the Moon conjunct Mercury. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course over twenty-eight and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Aquarius and before the Moon enters Pisces late on Sunday. We may be in a celebratory mood on this Saturday whether we are cognizant of Chinese astrology or just influenced by the energy of the day. In Chinese astrology, the Rat is the first of the twelve animal cycle and augurs well initiations and new beginnings. Through hard work and focused intent during the year ahead, this Chinese new year promotes the entrepreneurial spirit combined with a self-assertive attitude that promises successful progress and prosperity, just so long as decisions and moves are well planned out. The astrology for this day gives our thoughts of future interests greater force, and we could find ourselves starting up various projects or at least contemplating new beginnings we choose to initiate in the days ahead. Our mind is likely to be sharp with consideration of various options and a willingness to consider all alternatives. We are looking to expand our activities and broaden our realm of involvements and are accepting of the belief that the ‘force’ is with us.

Sunday, January 26th – Impact of Nay-sayers – Moon Void-of-Course, Venus, Mars. Yesterday could have had us gung-ho in taking into account the broad spectrum of possibilities. Nothing would have seemed impossible, especially if we felt that new directions were supported by our personal destiny. With a head of steam we might have either begun in new directions or made our plans for new beginnings to initiate in the days ahead. Sunday might be quite a different story. Our fortitude and the invincibility of our plans could fall apart. This Sunday continues with the Void-of-Course Moon with the Moon making no connections to the planets today as the Moon completes its transit of Aquarius. There is not a great deal of energy to proceed with our intentions. Later in the day, the Moon moves into Pisces. The key energy figuration today is Venus square Mars. If we listen to input other than our own, we may become aware of flaws and frailties in our intended plans. Our strength of intent can weaken under the crushing influence of nay-sayers. It is essential that we recognize that whenever we are about to make major changes, people are liable to come forward and suggest that our plans are ill-advised. Not that these people hold contempt for us. Often, such nay-sayers unconsciously don’t want us to change but to stay the way they have known us. For us to change could shake them up, shock them by shifting the continuation of their life’s parameters, even to the point of their having to look in the mirror and question whether they too have to make changes to their life patterns. Questioning the viability of our plans is not a bad thing, for it can prevent us from rushing headlong into difficult situations with more focus on brawn rather than on brain. But we do have to be wary today, and always, that nay-sayers don’t keep us from our own explorations and our own journey and to keep us in society’s go-to point of the complacency of discontent.