Jan 24, 2011

Astrological Trends for January 24-30

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

Some things are old and a few things are new for you this week. There are no major lunations to shake things up and you are now well past last week’s full moon. Big plans or cooperative projects could begin on Monday, January 24th, as the moon in the diplomatic cardinal air sign of Libra forms a flowing trine to Mars, the planet of action, conjunct the sun, planet of self-identification and vitality, in the fixed air sign of Aquarius. Higher principles or a shared purpose could be the motivating force behind these plans and projects. Emotions could be a bit taught and touchy, though, as the moon is challenged by a square to powerful Pluto in Capricorn. Mercury, the planet of thought, speech, and travel, is in Capricorn and involved with a difficult square to Saturn in Libra until the 28th. You must make a serious concerted effort to communicate clearly and directly to avoid misunderstanding during this time frame. Listen and let others know you heard them. If you are not sure they heard you, ask for an acknowledgment. This can be a positive square if you apply the constructive, grounding, and balancing energies present with exactness and pure intent. Pluto in Capricorn is semi-sextile the sun conjunct Mars in Aquarius until the 28th, adding a little more vitality and spice, especially in any competitive endeavors. Venus in Sagittarius is sextile Saturn in Libra, helping the free-flowing joy of Venus in this crazy fire sign to sit still long enough to take hold and maybe even root. Jupiter and Uranus are still joined at the hip, but Jupiter is now in the cardinal fire sign of Aries while Uranus is still in the late degrees of the mutable water sign of Pisces. Now, that’s a bit of a shake-up. Imagine you love Converse high-tops and you always wear Converse high-tops. If you were to buy a new pair of them, identical to your old pair but decided to change the color, and then wore one new shoe and one old shoe, how would your feet feel and look? Probably the same, but very different. So, Jupiter is a familiar shoe, just a different look and feel. As Jupiter gets its bearings in cardinal, initiating Aries, you will be caught up in a new beginning somewhere in your life. Neptune is still conjunct Chiron in Aquarius and they are still semi-sextile Jupiter in Aries conjunct Uranus in Pisces, so that is nothing new - we just keep dreaming, believing, and hoping the world will wake up and be a gentler place. On Monday afternoon, the moon in Libra joins Saturn and strengthens the seriousness of the Saturn/Mercury square. A commitment or agreement could be made or an important decision reached that has long-term effects. Both physical and sexual energy is on a simmer, ready to boil due to the sun parallel Mars, Venus, and Pluto; Venus parallel Mars and Pluto; and Mars parallel Pluto. Your body and your confidence can get a boost, but you must move this strong flow of energy constructively through physical activity or it can become stressful if not directed and released.

The mental realm is dominant on Tuesday, January 25th, as a quiet morning begins with the moon in the discerning air sign of Libra, free of any major aspects. It is a time to just be in the now and be present, observing, and analyzing. By lunchtime, the moon in Libra forms a positive trine to Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius, which further supports ideas, plans, and easy communication between people. As the afternoon moves on, the moon advancing in Libra touches off a quincunx to Uranus in Pisces conjunct Jupiter in Aries. People pull together to synthesize, crystallize, and initiate plans and ideas. Today, the “I” is transcended and the “we” is acknowledged and supported.

Moodiness is in the atmosphere on Wednesday, January 26th, as the moon in Scorpio forms a problematic square to the sun and Mars conjunct in Aquarius. Lowered physical vitality and a general feeling of discontent or distrust can also be a manifestation of this aspect. Venus in Sagittarius has moved out of the sextile to Saturn in Libra and now forms a gentle semi-sextile to Mercury in Capricorn, which helps to modify the square in place between Mercury and Saturn a wee bit. Saturn turns retrograde today. Ask yourself what you need to work on again or what needs a firmer foundation in your life. The difference between the energies of the day and night is noticeable today. The daytime working hours may feel like you are having to carefully place one foot in front of the other to move along, but oh, the night is sweet! This evening, Venus is parallel the moon along with all the other sexy and romantic parallels mentioned in the trends for Monday. This is the final night this week where so many relationship planets are jazzed up, so make the most of it. The escape romance provides tonight is the perfect antidote for the seriousness of the earlier daytime hours.

Wrap up your work week on Thursday, January 27th. In the morning, the moon in the fixed, tenacious, contemplative sign of Scorpio is supported by a semi-sextile to Venus in Sagittarius and a sextile to Mercury in Capricorn, helping you to tie up the loose ends and complete projects. A mixed influence may be felt later this evening as the moon in Scorpio awkwardly squares Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius, but forms a harmonious trine to Uranus in Pisces conjunct Jupiter in Aries. Basically, you will not feel happy listening to someone else’s woes or hanging around anyone who has a lower vibe than you. If friends turn to you for advice or companionship while they are feeling needy, limit your time with them. You will be happiest spending some time alone, doing your own thing or making plans for a pleasurable weekend.

It really feels like TGIF on Friday, January 28th, as your day begins with the moon in adventurous Sagittarius making a happy trine to expansive Jupiter. The moon is also semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn, indicating you are making party or weekend leisure plans in earnest. Around lunchtime, the moon in Sagittarius forms a supportive sextile to the sun conjunct Mars in Aquarius. Not only are you ready to head out the door and begin your weekend early, you are restless, eager, and have energy to spare now. You are filled with the desire for romance and adventure as you hurtle down a hill in a go-cart with no brakes - wheeeee!!! - while wearing a T-shirt that says “Plays Well With Others” or something equally fun and crazy.

Cooperative work with a partner or team is pleasurable on Saturday, January 29th, as the moon in the jovial fire sign of Sagittarius forms a sextile to success-driven Saturn in the relationship-minded air sign of Libra. Make the most of the harmony between people and the desire to accomplish great things together while the planets are so supportive. Late this afternoon, the moon joins Venus in Sagittarius for the duration of the day and on into the evening. Together, Venus and the moon engage Mercury in Capricorn through a semi-sextile flow of energy. Polite, proper, considerate, well-behaved, socially acceptable, friendly, kind, soft-spoken but direct are all qualities of this aspect pattern and overall energy. All seems right with the world and within your relationships now.

After the benign energy of yesterday, Sunday, January 30th, may surprise you with its intensity. Mid-morning, the moon leaves the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius and enters the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn where it joins Pluto, intensifying emotions. Suddenly, people seem less inclined to bend and go with the flow. They - or you - could have a greater attachment to things having to be a certain way or no way at all. Upon entering Capricorn, the moon creates a challenging square dynamic with unstable Uranus in Pisces and impetuous Jupiter in Aries. Flaring tempers, histrionics, or completely unexpected emotional behavior or reactions are possible when dealing with others. This odd mixing of qualities and elements creates a potential sea of confusion and some conundrums as to how to feel, or what to decide about something. It is best to put off making plans or decisions while there is such disparity in your own feelings and between you and others. Late in the afternoon, Venus in Sagittarius makes a challenging square to Uranus in Pisces, adding to the confusion. Some dreams may be unrealistic or you are pushing for changes too fast. This particular aspect will be in effect for approximately a week. The planets involved and the signs they occupy are not negative in any way, so the challenging aspect itself is not wholly negative, either. Keep the youthful and imaginative dreams, but allow their process of development to unfold naturally, along their own timeline - “Patience, grasshopper.” A soft sextile between Venus in Sagittarius and Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius helps modify some stress. I have the image of a young mother patiently helping a toddler to learn to walk. Practice does make perfect and no one expects you to be perfect without some practice. It is a humbling but empowering thing to say, “I’m learning something new.”

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