Sunday, January 18. Acknowledge the obstacles you’ve encountered this lunar cycle. Honor the pledges you made and the determination you’ve displayed, even if you have already fallen off that particular path. These experiences have given us wisdom. Today’s favorable aspects between the Moon, Mars, and Neptune allow us to sense into the bigger truth beyond our minor successes and failures. Notice how it feels to live as though the journey is more important than the destination. Notice how it feels to be part of a bigger story, one where you are connected to the hopes and dreams of many others.
Monday, January 19. Martin Luther King Day. Today’s aspects create a potential for dramatic expression of feelings. Inspiration expands when we sense into collective beingness. Idealism motivates our actions. The desire to speak with one voice to a future we envision is strong. Venus in visionary Aquarius opposes Jupiter in creative Leo. Love is the guide to new worlds. If anything, the caution today is that we may be too enamored with our visions for a new world. But sometimes, it can be a good thing to put aside caution. Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces further removing the boundaries that keep us separate. Sometimes, it can be good thing to let boundaries blur. That way, we learn to really feel with another what they are feeling. Empathy is created. On top of these transits, the Moon in Capricorn triggers the paradigm-changing square of Pluto and Uranus. Many people all over the world want change, and they want it now.
January 23—Crescent Moon: Beginning. Can you believe it? We are already at the Crescent phase of this lunar cycle. After a few days of emotional release, now what do you want your intention of this lunar cycle to be? Don’t be afraid to embrace change of some kind. Your version doesn’t have to look like someone else’s but it is a good idea to let those winds of change blow a little more freely this month. It does no good to keep them bottled up. They will blow anyway. Aquarius, ruled by Uranus—the planet of awakening—is a sign that exhorts us to not go back to sleep. Life is wonderful. (And also tragic and hard.) Yet, this is the only life we have to live (at least for now), so wouldn’t it be better to live it more awake? The crescent Moon is always a lovely sight. Tonight at sunset, go out and look for the Moon with Mars right below it and Venus below Mars. See Earth and Sky for more information. Let these three, even if you can’t see them, exhort you to stay awake for this great adventure of change. The Moon in Pisces encourages reverie and inspires us to feel the wonder in being awake.