Jan 17, 2011

Astrological Trends for January 17-23

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

Monday, January 17th, begins with the moon in Gemini exchanging energy with three pairings of planets, making the day extremely active. Until late this afternoon, you will be positively supported by the moon in the creative air sign of Gemini trine the inspirational planet of Neptune in the humanitarian-minded sign of Aquarius, which is paired now with the healing planet of Chiron. If your job entails inspiring other people or finding solutions to problems, you will have extra planetary assistance to carry you through the day. For all of us, this trine can help keep spirits high and thoughts focused on future improvement. At the same time, the moon is challenged by a square aspect to Jupiter, the planet of growth, which is conjunct Uranus, the planet of change, in Pisces. One more aspect to the Gemini moon is a quincunx to the sun in the late degrees of the stable earth sign of Capricorn, which is energized by an electrically-charged Mars in Aquarius. I see this air moon/earth sun/electrical Mars as an image of Ben Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm or a child grabbing an electric fence. While the moon/Jupiter/Uranus square is saying, “Wait - no! Don’t do that!” all the other planetary aspects demand risk, exploration, and experimentation. The sun/Mars conjunction forms a favorable sextile to Jupiter/Uranus, which tells me that any objections the square throws up - whether they are legitimate concerns or not - will be overridden. The sun, which is presence and self-identification, conjunct Mars, which is action, are also semi-sextile Neptune/Chiron. Neptune/Chiron are semi-sextile Jupiter/Uranus. Although these minor aspects are just that - minor - they act like cheerleaders to the sun and Mars, prompting you to follow your ideas and do what you think you should do, no matter what the outcome. The image of the tarot card, The Fool, comes to mind. Mars in Aquarius is the newest energy that you will be adjusting to this week. Aquarius has a low tolerance for ignorance and stupidity and Mars has a low tolerance for laziness. You will be driven now to clear out anything from your life that is, well, stupid or ineffectual and you will seek to find ways to increase your understanding of how life works and how you can make yours work better. Venus is now progressing nicely into the adventurous fire sign of Sagittarius. With Venus, the planet of affection, in fire and Mars, the planet of physical sex, in air, your love life may heat up and become exciting, experimental, or playful. Air feeds fire, so new relationships may spark and ignite while established relationships may be fanned into higher flames. Late this afternoon, as the aspects mentioned previously begin to lose their effect, the moon leaves cerebral Gemini and enters the emotional water sign of Cancer. Later this evening, the Cancer moon opposes Mercury, the planet of thoughts and communication, conjunct Pluto, the planet of transformation and intensity, in the serious earth sign of Capricorn. If you stuck your finger in some sockets today, you may end your evening in some deep, quiet review and contemplation of the day’s events and revelations.

You may want to set the alarm for an earlier wake-up time on Tuesday, January 18th, because the moon in nurturing, sensitive Cancer is quincunx Venus in playful Sagittarius this morning. Some morning horizontal exercise with your mate is a fine way to start your day with a big smile. A morning workout of any kind is great for your body and helps carry you through the day with energy to spare. The moon/Venus aspect helps people to have patience and tolerance for each other today. People want to be helpful. When the moon in Cancer also engages Saturn in Libra with a challenging square late this afternoon, the patience may not flow as easily and mental discipline could be required to maintain manners and be considerate of others’ feelings. This lunar square is apt to make you feel neglected or slighted, even if that is not the case. Remember that planetary energy is a two-way street - you may be feeling exactly the same way as the other person, whom you think is being rude or inconsiderate! If the friction causes any misunderstandings between you and a partner, the planets serve up some heat and an opportunity for sweet reconciliations through the sun parallel Mars, Venus parallel Pluto, moon contra-parallel Mars, and sun contra-parallel the moon later tonight. A day that begins and ends with lovemaking sounds divine!

Quiet resolve, faith, and inner strength are offered to you on the morning of Wednesday, January 19th, as the moon in the cardinal feeling water sign of Cancer forms a favorable trine to Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Pisces and a quincunx to Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius. I hear Bob Marley singing, “Don’t worry ‘bout a thing - everything’s gonna be alright.” Not a bad start to the day, is it? There is a hint of miracles in this aspect pattern. Pray or set intentions early in the day and be grateful when the Universe delivers. The full moon in the last degree of Cancer occurs today, putting the focus on needs both physical and emotional. The sun/Mars conjunction, which is being activated by the full moon opposition, looks off to Neptune/Chiron and Jupiter/Uranus through a semi-sextile and a sextile, respectively. These other planetary energies are your escape route from reality-based thought and action, which do not hold your answers now. Looking at the effect to get a solution or something new only produces more of the same effect. You must look to the realm of cause, which is not a visible, material thing. Cause is the realm of your mind and spirit as it connects to the Universal Mind. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” from the Bible, Hebrews 11:1. This succinctly summarizes the energy of this lunation.

Feeling hotheaded this morning? On Thursday, January 20th, the moon in the fixed - meaning stubborn - fire sign of Leo is quincunx to Mercury and Pluto conjunct in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. You may be tempted to roar and insist on things being done your way now - or you could come up against someone else behaving this way. Around lunchtime, the moon in Leo and Venus in Sagittarius get chummy due to a flowing trine between them. While people are still behaving in a dramatic or confrontational manner, they are less intimidating and even amusing. If acting, dramatic emoting, teaching, selling, or influencing people with your voice is your job, make the most of this flamboyant and powerful dramatic energy. Any presentation you have to make now will be well-received and leave a lasting impression. Later this afternoon, when the dramatic quincunx fades, all that remains is the passionate Leo moon trine to flirtatious Venus in Sagittarius made more romantic by a contra-parallel of the moon and Neptune. Sun parallel Venus, sun parallel Mars, Venus parallel Mars, and Venus parallel Pluto make this an evening to be on the prowl or showing your prowess. The evening almost guarantees you will find what you are looking for when the ardent Leo moon forms a supportive sextile to stabilizing Saturn in Libra, the sign of relationships. Venus in Sagittarius, still trine to the moon, forms a sextile to Saturn, as well. Couples should make this a date night and singles should start the weekend early with a night on the town. The sun has left plodding Capricorn and rides in on the lightning bolt of Aquarius today - all the more reason to bust loose and be shocking. Pluto gives a turbo boost to the sun and Mars in Aquarius through a semi-sextile, amplifying the desire to do something radical.

A lingering satisfaction is a fine beginning to Friday, January 21st, as the sextile between Venus in Sagittarius and Saturn in Libra is all that remains this morning from the intensity of yesterday. The moon is still in the creative fire sign of Leo, where it opposes Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius at the same time it forms a quincunx to Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Pisces around lunchtime. You may feel passionate about a change you would like to make or see made, but the crowd just doesn’t see things as you do or you can’t see how to achieve what you desire. Some frustrating Catch-22 energy is present for the moment. Later this afternoon, when the moon engages the sun conjunct Mars in Aquarius with a quincunx, and the sun/Mars conjunction touches off a sextile to Jupiter/Uranus, you may have a flash of genius arrive, which could solve your dilemma. The expression, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” is another way of looking at this tense energy pattern, also known as Thor’s Hammer - keeping in mind that, “Fortune favors the bold,” and, “He who hesitates is lost.” Whatever it is, just go for it, but ask the angels to stand by.

Cool, detached, practical energy ushers in the morning of Saturday, January 22nd, as the moon in the discerning earth sign of Virgo makes a supportive trine to its ruling planet, Mercury, which is in the security-minded earth sign of Capricorn. Your mind may be on taking care of mundane details and eliminating clutter in your closets and in your emotions. The persnickety side of a Virgo moon shows its face this evening when it forms a difficult square to Venus in Sagittarius. Currently, Venus in Sagittarius and the sun and Mars in Aquarius have been transmitting a Peter Pan energy when it comes to love. There have been plenty of other great sex aspects this week, but they have been acted upon while under a footloose and fancy-free planetary influence. This Virgo moon, making a square to Venus while it makes a semi-sextile to Saturn in Libra, and Venus making a sextile to Saturn in Libra reminds me a lot of Wendy in Peter Pan. I really didn’t like her much - did you? She knew how to take the fun out of things. I sided with Tinkerbell, myself. If you’ve been having fun in a no strings attached, friends with benefits way and find yourself feeling attached or wanting more, tonight is not the night to ask for a deeper commitment - you will most likely find the other person loses interest as soon as they are pressed for more. It’s best to keep any critical comments in general to yourself. What you think is constructive criticism may be viewed by the other person as nitpicking or nagging. Let this fast-moving aspect burn out before burning any bridges. Things will look different tomorrow. On a happier note, today, Jupiter leaves Pisces and enters the initiative cardinal fire sign of Aries, signifying a new beginning of growth and goodies in whatever area of life is indicated by Aries in your birth chart. And today is your Aquarian astrologer’s BIRTHDAY! That’s ME! I will be 50! Since I have an Aries moon, I can blow my own party horn. If everyone who likes to read my weekly trends and horoscopes puts a tip in the tip jar on my homepage, I could buy myself the paper cutter I secretly desire. Astrology lesson #1: Aquarians like unusual gifts - it’s best to ask them what they want. My moon is in Aries in my 11th house of friends and wishes, so with Jupiter taking up residence in that house, I know my birthday wishes will come true this year!

The Virgo moon is still with you on the morning of Sunday, January 23rd. The morning is free of any significant energy other than the Virgo vibe that likes to make lists, organize, and take care of the things that need to be done - and in the proper order. The moon leaves Virgo and enters the diplomatic air sign of Libra early this evening. From lunchtime through the evening hours, the moon opposes Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Pisces and forms a quincunx to Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius at the same time. This is similar to the energy pattern of frustration that was in place on Friday the 21st, but this time you have less determination to follow through on something or to force it to happen. Your feelings may switch back and forth due to the indecisive Libra moon and the energy of an air moon tends to scatter into many possibilities at once. The best use of the aspect pattern now is to run through as many scenarios as you can possibly imagine. Try things on for size in your mind rather than struggling to bring something into being. Late this evening, the challenging energy dissipates and the romantic Libra moon moves into a flowing trine with the sun conjunct Mars in Aquarius. Doing something active where couples work together amidst a larger group is the perfect use of this influence. Dancing fits that description. Sunday night might not be the easiest day of the week to find a dancing spot, but if you can’t find a place to dance with others, put some music on at home and grab your partner for your own private dance party.

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