Monday, January 18. A grand earth trine aspect pattern involving the Moon in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and a trio of Capricorn planets (Sun, Pluto, and Mercury) sets the tone for stability and determination. Let your body talk to you about pleasures and wellbeing. Completing tasks that help us move on to loftier goals feels just right. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a stubborn person in your life (it might be you) who won’t give an inch. What creates flexibility? The fluid influence on the day is a trine between Mars in Scorpio (fixed water) and Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). Water has a way of moving past obstacles. Mars encourages a deeper trajectory into hidden emotion and Neptune a more diffuse point of view where boundaries blur. Watch out for making the wrong assumptions under this transit. Use the solid container of the day to get the facts straight.
Tuesday, January 19. What a difference a day makes. The Moon in Gemini (mutable air) blows fresh air into any stodgy energy leftover from yesterday’s grand earth trine aspect pattern. Don’t get me wrong, a stable earth container is very helpful. Remember that as we experience more unevenness in today’s transits. We’ll notice the contrasts between people and ideas today. Inspired by the curious Gemini Moon, we want to learn more and connect more with others, perhaps even to the extreme of not being able to settle or maintain focus for very long. The Moon makes a challenging aspect pattern with Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) and Neptune in Pisces(mutable water), which may have us spinning with opinions and emotions.
January 20 — Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Sun enters Aquarius. I began this lunar cycle with the intention of making a slow, sure, and determined climb up the Capricorn mountain. At the turn of the year, in the Capricorn (cardinal earth) season, we look behind and forward to know what matters most to us. With so many distractions and challenges currently, the commitment to slow and steady effort seemed like a good strategy. But nothing lasts forever. Our strategies need to change too, and we notice with the Sun’s ingress into Aquarius (fixed air) that earthy methods need to give way to those of air. We are still determined to achieve our goals but might not value the slow and steady approach to getting there.
Thursday, January 21. The Moon in Cancer contacts other planets in water (Neptune and Mars) to form a grand water trine aspect pattern. The pattern goes in and out during the day creating an effect of scattered sun with periods of emotional shadow throughout. Mercury retrograde will come into exact conjunction with Pluto tomorrow, but the influence is strong today. We are meant to seek the deeper experience. This may be grief or anger. It could be the deep experience of grace, joy, and beauty as well. These emotional touchstones remind us that all our parts, the light and shadow, are essential.
Friday, January 22. Although the Full Moon is tomorrow, we already feel the build up to release and illumination today. Capricorn structures—those things we began to tend and nurture at the beginning of this lunar cycle—are stressed by the pressure to break free of confinement. This may be a quaint cliché, but it applies: Try not to throw the baby out with the bath water. There is value in structure. Discernment, supported by Jupiter’s transit of Virgo this year, helps us to know what to keep and what to leave behind. Mercury (retrograde in Capricorn) conjoins Pluto. This is the second of three conjunctions of these two during this retrograde period. It feels like this meeting is the real purpose behind Mercury’s journey this time. Mythically, Hermes (Mercury) and Pluto (Hades) had a unique relationship. Hermes was the guide of souls. He was the only god in Greek mythology who could travel freely between the realms of the living and the dead. Hermes once stole Pluto’s helmet of invisibility in order to make this journey. Things that have been invisible may be revealed today and tomorrow. We are able to learn a deep truth about ourselves if we can avoid projecting that truth onto others. The Moon in Cancer plays along with this intention by challenging our emotional responses. The tendency to release anxiety by taking care of others is strong. This is OK, of course, but notice if you are giving too much. Claiming personal power and responsibility is the gift of this day.
January 23 — Full Moon: Illuminating. Yesterday’s transits are strongly influencing the power of this Full Moon. To recap: This lunar cycle began with a Capricorn focus on structure, slow progress, and the pressure of responsibility. Mercury retrograding through Capricorn has created a bit of extra stress on that intention. The ingress of the Sun into boundary-breaking Aquarius further challenged what we thought this lunar cycle was about for us. If we really needed that Capricorn structure to feel more secure, then the stress is even greater as those structures are challenged. Mercury’s retrograde has stimulated the impulse to revolt against structure through a square to Uranus this week, and Mercury’s conjunction with Pluto has brought about connection to deeper emotions like fear, anger, and grief. Into this cauldron of tension infused with paradox and possibility comes a Full Moon in Leo squared by Mars in Scorpio. The square between Mars and the Sun and Moon has a wide orb (not exact in other words), but still applies, given the cracks in our façades of security.
Sunday, January 24. Two influences ask us to be more courageous today. Mercury is stationing direct conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and the Moon in Leo makes a testy square with Mars in Scorpio this morning (CST). The more we try to push away our shadows, the stronger their effect on our choices. This day marks an excellent opportunity to sense into our shadows. For me, this often looks like noticing how I am just like those people I most dislike. Pluto takes away the comfort of projecting onto others what we don’t like about ourselves. However, as uncomfortable as this is, reclaiming our shadow side can be transforming and healing. There is a brief grand fire trine giving off light and support for peering deep within. The Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries boost confidence that we will survive the illumination.