Monday, January 4. The side of Scorpio that does not suffer fools is called into action. The Moon in this sign could easily provoke the Scorpio nature in all of us. This week has some rough edges to it, and the general vibe may be that we are fed up. That dissatisfaction could be useful. Dig down and make a change about something really bugging you. The trine between the Moon and Neptune in Pisces may help us be a little more graceful if we know we can address frustrations and still come from the heart.
Tuesday, January 5. Mercury at 1 degree Aquarius stations retrograde while squaring Mars at 1 degree Scorpio. Perhaps this change in direction will be unsettling. Mars is strong in this sign and infuses the day with a passion to get underneath our motives and emotions. Perhaps, Mercury takes up this charge and opens the door of discovery through all the usual mishaps and shenanigans that Mercury retrograde offers. In other words, when losing your keys, experiencing technical difficulties, miscommunications, and transportation delays take those moments as an opportunity to learn something deeper about yourself. Getting to the bottom of things releases life and power. To add to the intensity, the Sun in Capricorn conjoins Pluto. We will see the shadows more clearly. The square between Venus in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces adds another flavor to the day. We might not have the clarity we wish for as we negotiate relationships. Crossed wires and confusing messages invite us to feel more than understand what is going on. Turn on your psychic antenna.
January 6 — Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. This lunar cycle began in Sagittarius. The Moon returns to that sign once more in this lunation to ask us to reflect upon and surrender the experiences and insights of this cycle. In this week’s introduction, I noticed that I felt older and wiser since beginning this lunar cycle, not because I’ve really attained wisdom, but because I feel like I’ve been through the gamut between hope and despair. Surely that range of experience contributes to some wisdom, right?
Thursday, January 7. Work is important. Workers’ rights, the right to work, the quality of work are important. Jupiter in the worker’s sign—Virgo—stations retrograde while conjunct the North Node of our growing edge. We could think of this as the apex of Jupiter’s year-long transit of this sign. What is it about? Virgo is an industrious sign. We get to be industrious about making our work lives better. How do you honor your work and the work of others? What must we demand for our workers’ rights? All Virgo issues are strongly felt today. The Moon in Sagittarius will square stationary Jupiter as well. This is a moment to align our values with our work. It might not be easy, but it is valuable. The square between the Sun and Uranus supports revolutionary zeal of all kinds.
Friday, January 8. Yesterday’s influences apply to today with the addition of more energy to commit to the changes we want. The serious tenor of the day comes from the Capricorn influence. The Moon enters Capricorn and Mercury re-enters Capricorn through retrograde motion. In addition, Venus in Sagittarius conjoins the ruler of Capricorn, Saturn. Mercury has serious business this retrograde cycle. We get to review, reflect, and readjust to the demands on our lives. These demands span the personal to the collective. What do you demand? Resolve is strong, but with this Mercury influence, we will have to be creative about accomplishing our goals.
January 9 —New Moon: Beginning. The New Moon is a beginning—a chance to start anew. I suggest you consciously invoke this quality of a new start because the day might just feel like the same old same old. The last few days of the previous lunar cycle included moments of intensity and pressure. Mercury and Jupiter stationing retrograde created uncertainty. Transits involving Saturn and Capricorn lent a serious, perhaps pessimistic tone to the week as well. All of those influences are still present in the chart for the New Moon in Capricorn. It may feel like you’ve just woken up to the sober reality of the year ahead, and you have work to do. For some, this can feel exhilarating, for others, not so much. This is true of Capricorn/Saturn endeavors: at the beginning of the journey up the mountain, it can feel daunting. Yet, if we just put one foot in front of the other, at some point, we realize that we’ve got a new perspective. We enjoy the view from the vantage point of dogged effort. There is a reason to keep going.
Sunday, January 10. Where is your sense of humor? The influences of this Capricorn New Moon mixes with Mercury’s shenanigans to shake us up. Although it is true that Capricorn is deadly serious, this sign also has the best sense of humor. What we sometimes call gallows humor. Find that bitter humor today as Mercury and the Moon conjoin to mess up our plans. When the Moon moves into Aquarius, visionary energy is strong. A square between the Moon and Mars tonight might stir up differences in approach for creating the future we are dreaming.