Sunday, January 12. As a mutable sign, Gemini is gifted with the ability to change form easily in response to external stimuli. On one hand, this is helpful in adjusting to and releasing stress due to change. On the other hand, stress also can come from not fully knowing where we are anchored. This month as we attend to our foundations, Gemini may struggle with the tension between solidity and mutability. All points of view are needed; all energy is a gift. Gemini says, “Lighten up!” We don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water. [Sorry, that aphorism has been floating around my mind recently.] Can you invite in an appreciation for change while you anchor yourself to your core structure? With the Moon in Gemini, we dance with paradox. Enlightenment is around the corner.
Monday, January 13. With the Moon still in Gemini until this evening (in the CST zone), invent a mantra to help you navigate the terrain of shifting foundations. The one that occurs to me: Be shackled to nothing, question everything, choose your beliefs, entertain possibilities, welcome surprise. We can find delight wherever we are, but this doesn’t mean we have to shut down our hearts. Not an easy thing to do. The edge today between the mutable air of Gemini and the cardinal water of Cancer is noticeable. My primary value as an astrologer is that every sign is necessary and we learn from them all. The emotional sensitivity of the Cancer Moon develops strongly over the next two days, culminating in the Full Moon in Cancer. Abstract concepts become very real when our hearts start talking.
Tuesday, January 14. Emotional reality is tricky, just like all other realities. The input may be clear [insert whatever emotion you happen to be feeling], but the reason for and value of the emotion may not be. How do we discern whether an emotional reality is helpful or harmful? I’m beginning to appreciate emotion as ally helping me to be fully awake in my body, heart, and mind. Through emotion, we can inhabit states of empathy, love, gratitude and a host of other feelings that make us better humans. And sometimes emotion brings us into patterns that we may want to consciously shift. The journey goes on. Today’s emotional reality is colored by the planets of paradigm change—Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter. Tomorrow, Mars adds another hue. The Full Moon tomorrow is already felt as tension between a desire for solid foundations and a feeling that everything is about to change. Honor your tender heart. We are sorting and discerning what to keep in our foundations. Emotional reality plays a big role in this process.
January 15—Full Moon: Illuminating. Every Full Moon offers us the opportunity to integrate opposite signs, opposite truths, opposite qualities that together form a whole greater than their parts. This Full Moon feels very important. Even though the lessons are challenging, our experiences now will help us navigate the rest of this year, which promises to be one of big change. You may be feeling foundations shifting, some structures already falling. I keep thinking about the Tower card in the Tarot. This card depicts the type of foundational change we are facing. Change, like the process of grief, takes many forms. Each of us has our own way of dealing with it and our own patterns of being eager for change while also being afraid of its uncertainty. With an eye focused on the gifts of Capricorn and Cancer, how might we embrace the fullness of change?
What is sustainable?
What is beautiful?
What is eternal?
What is mutable?
What is important?
What needs to change?
Thursday, January 16. The gift of Leo is creative energy. What sparks your desire to create? Venus in Capricorn squares Mars in Libra today—an interesting addition to creative endeavors. Squares create through tension. There is tension between our notions of sustainable beauty and the active pursuit of harmony. In a way, these desires are perfectly aligned, but hidden tension reveals even more potential. Think of it as an intriguing puzzle—how to satisfy all of our desires. At times, that feels unrealistic, today entertain the possibility that it isn’t.
Friday, January 17. We may wake up wishing we had gotten more rest through the night. The creative impulse from yesterday crept into our dreams. What new idea has your attention? We feel energized—perhaps after a cup of coffee, or even better, after a morning workout—to share our new inspiration. What if we greeted everyone today with the question, “What is your brilliant new idea?”
Saturday, January 18. Notice the contrasting energies of expansion and contraction. The last couple of days may have felt more expansive with a boost from a Leo Moon. Today, that Leo Moon is square to Saturn and then moves into pragmatic Virgo by the evening (in CST zone). Did some creative exuberance help you to identify the foundational structure you cherish most? Did you receive inspiration about sustainable change? Were you able to creatively problem solve? Use today’s transits to make one solid step in the direction you discovered. The gift of Virgo is the steadiness of slow but sure progress.