Monday, January 11. The Moon in Aquarius is doing happy things with Uranus in Aries and Saturn and Venus in Sagittarius today, creating more optimism and fun. The Aquarian ideal is to forge ahead into the future. Given that the Capricorn Sun is more concerned with applying the lessons of the past to the evolving present, there may be a bit of tension created between those who value tradition and those who want to break with tradition. This dynamic tension helps us develop the lessons and skills required by the Capricorn lunar cycle.
Tuesday, January 12. Trines give the “go ahead” signal. A release of unimpeded energy, however, doesn’t mean there won’t be any problems. A trine between Venus in Sagittarius (mutable fire) and Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) diminishes checks and balances in relationship. With Mercury retrograding, we can expect that miscommunication might feel more frustrating. Something is trying to get through our barriers and defenses. Embrace change and seek inspiration for the changes you want to make even if you can’t control the process. Perceptions are enhanced by the ingress of the Moon into Pisces preparing the way for a much more sensitive day tomorrow.
January 13 — Crescent Moon: Beginning. For the last couple of days, the message has been to go for it. Yes, there is much work to do and we are most likely feeling the delays and setbacks of Mercury retrograde, but the Moon has also been pushing us forward while in the visionary sign of Aquarius. Now, we reach the expansive phase of the lunar cycle when our intentions seem doable. Naiveté can be useful at times! The image and intention I am holding for this Capricorn cycle is the slow, sure, and determined march up the mountain. Use this phase of the Moon to visualize your mountaintop. It is time to gather inspiration because the Capricorn equation says that a valuable outcome requires hard work. Inspiration can be the fuel.
Thursday, January 14. The inferior conjunction between the Sun and Mercury is the real heart of any Mercury retrograde period. We reach the heart today with these planets in Capricorn in trine aspect to Jupiter in Virgo. Perhaps the meaning we take from this time of needing to rethink and redo is that we can’t be too careful with the details, and when we slow down enough to attend to those details, we succeed in taking another step up the side of that Capricorn mountain. Enjoy tending to the details of your life. (It is possible!) And when things go awry, as they often do under a Mercury retrograde, reassess your attachment to perfection. Jupiter has been conjoining the North Node of the Moon since turning retrograde last week. We can use this opportunity to listen more closely to the messages we receive about health, service, work, and devotion.
Friday, January 15. Antsy is one way to describe this day. We emerge from Pisces dreaminess of the last few days into the Aries desire to take charge and get it done. We are helped in our effectiveness by a trine between the Moon in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. This aspect helps to lend energy to our Capricorn lunar intentions. The square between the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn could expose more shady dealings in the world. Righteous rage could be the outcome. Don’t just focus the laser light on others, each of us could benefit from looking deeper at our own motivations.
January 16 — First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. The expansive Crescent phase gives way to the challenges presented by the quest to manifest intention. The conflict is expressed by the qualities of Capricorn (cardinal earth) and Aries (cardinal fire). Remember, Capricorn holds the long view, valuing the lessons of the past to ensure that we thrive into the future. Aries challenges the long view with immediate concerns about identity, action, and leadership. This challenge can help us move forward. However, we don’t want to lose track of why we want to move forward in the first place. What does your mountaintop look like? What role does passion play in taking another step toward it? Don’t be discouraged by the need to reassess. Mercury retrograding in Capricorn continues to ask us to do just that.
Sunday, January 17. Mars in Scorpio has been relatively quiet this week. Today’s Moon in Taurus may change that. Mars in Scorpio can brood and it can sting. The Moon opposing Mars brings out the stinger. None of us want to be pushed too far. The need for security is strong, so is the need for justice. Passion is a important ingredient to this dynamic. Today, Venus in Sagittarius forms a square to Jupiter and the Nodes of the Moon. At the least, this aspect encourages excesses in spending or flirting. However, this aspect could also be the trigger that releases energy to return us to state of balance and equilibrium. The desire for freedom could be the match that starts the fire.