Sunday, January 26. Energy can be low during a waning Moon, but that is not the case today. The Sagittarius Moon makes favorable contacts with the Sun and Uranus giving us hopes about the future. The day starts off with some confusing dreams that may be very revealing if you can remember them. It is good to sense the tender emotions lying under the surface before we get too caught up in the excitement of new adventures. Have fun; you deserve it.
January 27—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Although technically, the Balsamic phase of the Moon begins today, we won’t really feel it until tomorrow when the Moon will be fully returned to the sign of Capricorn. Coming full circle. What do you recall about the start of this lunar cycle, which auspiciously began on New Year’s Day? How did you embrace the new year? Since then, what stones from your foundations are still holding up and which ones have tumbled to the ground? Honor the gifts of Capricorn from this cycle. Structure, mastery, and relationship with Time are some of the Capricorn treasures I have been appreciating. In this phase of surrendering, I release my hold on these stones, knowing they are strong by themselves.
Tuesday, January 28. Underlying tensions ensure we remember our foundations. Some may crumble today as the Moon triggers the current pattern of planets in tense configuration—Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter are the paradigm changers of the zodiac right now. There are times we need to stand up for ourselves, and times to let annoyances go. Being able to discern the correct response for you is exactly the kind of foundation work Capricorn encourages. We are building core muscles. But that doesn’t mean we have to fight our way out of our problems. The Moon conjoins Venus tonight nearing the end of her retrograde journey. Venus has been helping us to firm up the relationships that support inner strength and standing our ground. Give thanks through creation or appreciation of Beauty.
Wednesday, January 29. Most of the day is void-of-course for the Moon, and considering that this is the last day of a lunar cycle, it may be best to wrap up lose ends rather than try to initiate any new projects. The Star card (see week’s introduction) lunar cycle dawns tomorrow. Rest and reflection will help you with the flurry of action that is coming next.
January 30—New Moon: Dreaming. We are deep into winter where I live, the very core of it in fact. In three days some will honor the sabbath of Imbolc, a holy day of celebrating the shift from our winter repose into our spring emergence. This shift is subtle. Right now where I live the temperatures are hovering around 0° F, but daylight lasts longer and the Sun travels higher in the sky everyday. Right now, the Sun’s angle of declination is the same as it was near the beginning of November. To honor this season, some of us invite the goddess Brigid to bless our fires of creativity, healing, vision, and justice. She tends the spark of the next growing cycle. Right now, we turn our attention to those flames of potential.
Friday, January 31. Big doings in the sky today. For one, Jupiter in Cancer opposes Pluto. We may feel blockages and oppositions in our own lives profoundly. When Pluto is active, we notice the fears and the exhilaration of blasting through stuck places. Jupiter asks us to orient ourselves to our deepest connections—family, hearth, and heart. What threatens the most precious things in your life? Don’t be surprised if a close examination reveals that you are the source of power after all. We can choose to reclaim power and lose our victim stance. Venus stations direct today—the journey, which began on Winter Solstice, ends. Important relationships have been cemented and those that don’t serve have gone away. Another thread—Mercury enters Pisces—we are attuning to mystical, mysterious messages. In a few days, Mercury will station retrograde (February 6), moving from this expansive connection back into the busy mental energy of Aquarius. Notice how these states of perception are different; we need both types of thought processes. When the Moon enters Pisces tonight (CST), exhale and remember emotional connection will serve us this cycle. What are you feeling?
Saturday, February 1. Empathy is strong today. The Moon in Pisces makes harmonious contacts with Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto, and Venus. The undercurrents of conflict can be soothed by an open heart. Notice the difference between empathy and projection. The sextile between the Moon and Pluto gives us just enough edge to keep our own boundaries intact even as we sense into collective emotion.