Monday, January 25. Mercury turns direct today conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). Mercury retrogrades invite internal experience. It is a great time to reconsider strategies and patterns in our lives as they become clearer. The addition of Pluto to this turning point increases the intensity. You could be feeling that the stakes are higher. Capricorn takes things seriously enough, add Pluto to the mix, and we feel more pressure but more possibility too. Pluto is the lord of the underworld. Held in the unseen depths are treasures giving life purpose and vitality. As Mercury changes direction, we can change this pressure into affirmation. Listen to your soul this week as if the messenger is speaking just to you.
Tuesday, January 26. Mutable antennas are activated over the next two days with the Moon in mutable earth sign, Virgo. Friend and fellow astrologer, Heather Roan Robbins recently passed along an article about sentinel intelligence that describes the ultra awareness of mutable signs. Sentinel intelligence is alert and aware of energy and information and can be prone to information overload and anxiety. Mutable signs are the sentinels. We may feel this influence as we try to manage too many details. The inner critic can surface. The Moon will contact Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) over the next two days tweaking the sentinel energy in us. The contrast between Neptune and Saturn is noticed more deeply. Part of us may want to escape into dream while another part of us takes on more responsibility. Virgo is figuring it out, learning to discern between these desires. The favorable aspects between the Moon and Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Scorpio take the edge off of awareness. We have the passion and the grace to handle it better.
January 27 — Disseminating Moon: Sharing. A key unlocks a piece of the puzzle you’ve been working on lately. This phase of the Moon is about the harvest of the cycle’s experiences. Slowly, deliberately, with setbacks and challenges, we’ve been moving up the Capricorn mountain. Now that Mercury is direct and the Sun has moved into Aquarius, momentum picks up. Suddenly, the things that were ponderous and hard become clearer. There is still work to do, because that is what Capricorn inspires in us, but it may not feel as daunting. The Moon in Virgo makes a favorable trine to Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn. What may have looked dark and bleak before, becomes rich and deep instead. What have you learned about yourself, your goals and ambitions and your reactions to setbacks and failures? The Moon makes a conjunction with Jupiter in Virgo, which is also where the North Node of the Moon has been hovering for the month of January. The North Node is about our growing edges. We are learning and evolving in significant ways right now. The sign of Virgo is a guide to what we need to meet our growing edges. Virgo is a pragmatic idealist. The work can serve others too.
Thursday, January 28. The Moon in Venus’ sign, Libra, makes a challenging square to Venus in Capricorn. The tension of this transit is subtle. Venus can’t quarrel with the Moon in her own sign, can she? We may be dissatisfied with subtle things today. It might feel like we are on the cusp of success only to find out that another task needs doing. Likely, relationship will be a part of the work. The guide to moving through conflict is to see both sides. Venus loves a balanced and fair approach to any problem.
Friday, January 29. The Moon moves into a cardinal sign and here comes the push. Once a week, the Moon is in one of the cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. Once a week for the last three years, this ingress of the Moon tweaks and triggers the ongoing, paradigm-changing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. We can’t, and shouldn’t, get away from the need to wake up and be part of the change we want to see in the world. Mercury joins in as it makes the third exact conjunction with Pluto today. Mercury is finishing up his agenda for the recent retrograde cycle with this transit. Mercury will square Uranus on January 31. These signatures call for giving voice to the cause of justice, making connections and forming relationships to further the work of transformation. We bristle at conflict and challenge, but we also learn something valuable.
Saturday, January 30. The good news about today comes from a lovely sextile between Venus in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. Tension is still present with Mercury’s final transit of the square between Uranus and Pluto influencing our perceptions and experiences. Can transformation happen fast enough? Is it is happening too fast? What adjustments do you need to make to create sustainability and centeredness? The Venus/Neptune connection opens the door for insight and inspiration. Allies and co-conspirators come forward. Notice ways we are connected. Dismantle difference. Those edges will come back, don’t worry.