Newsletter - January 23rd
We hope everyone’s been enjoying the wonderful weather and the beautiful sun that the week has had to offer. And, of course, on top of that, the 49ers’ victory over the Packers also gives us a reason to smile. Savor your joy and share your love—this upcoming week will leave you hungry for such simple pleasures.
The Week Ahead
Monday, January 24th → But let’s not start off on a bad note. Today, Mars, planet of aggression, will finally leave the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius for the much more stable cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. This doesn’t make us any less argumentative, per se—Capricorn is still a cardinal sign; it’s all about starts. However, it definitely changes the way we attack a problem. Sagittarius is aggressive and impulsive—the type of sign to break a bottle and yell en garde! Capricorn will just go home and draw battle plans. Use this new collected energy to help align yourself with your plans. The Sun in Aquarius should no doubt be sparking up big plans; use Mars in Capricorn to help you make them reality.
Tuesday, January 25th → Joining the party in Capricorn is Mercury! That’s right, our backwards planet of communication has been moving so far in reverse it’s moved itself right back into the sign of the sea goat, joining Pluto, Mars, and a still retrograde Venus, although the planet of love is beginning to station (stand still in our skies, meaning it’s going to flip directions). This creates a great energy for structure and discipline, but be careful not to overdo it. Power doesn’t come from restricting yourself, it comes from uplifting yourself.
Wednesday, January 26th→ The Moon entered its last quarter last night (what we would refer to as a “half moon”). It will be moving out of Scorpio for Sagittarius late tonight. Before we complete this lunar cycle, ask yourself: what obstacles are in your way? What do you need to do to overcome them? A waning crescent Moon, aided by the continuing Venus retrograde trine Uranus transit, is perfect for clearing your path to success.
Thursday, January 27th → I’ve got to say: I’ve never been a fan of the whole “trust your gut” thing. I have anxiety. My gut almost always wants to hide under the covers all day. So, instead of trusting my gut, I have to communicate. I always try to make my emotions explicitly clear rather than leave it to others to interpret my reactions one way or another, and, when I’m feeling lost or unsure, I ask others to do the same. Leaving relationships to instinct alone can result in unnecessary fear, especially in this upcoming transit. Mercury retrograde is about to conjunct Pluto, filling us with that I think they’re mad at me energy. Pluto comes with strong fears of manipulation, power, and abuse. And, as we’ve likely been feeling, communication’s already been thrown into a tizzy with Mercury moving backwards. These two energies fusing is really the last thing we need, but it’s what we’re going to get. A missed text doesn’t mean they hate you. Don’t let paranoia win.
Friday, January 28th → Controlling your emotions. Easier said than done. However, the Moon is offering a helpful aspect today: it will sextile Saturn early this morning, creating a positive energy between the ruler of your emotions and the planet of discipline. But, of course, we can’t make it too easy. The Moon is still in Sagittarius, a mutable sign, meaning our emotions are prone to rapid change. On top of this, the Moon will also be square Neptune, creating tension between it and the planet of the subconscious. Just going to say a preemptive: it’s okay to cry! Let it all out.
Saturday, January 29th → Party in Capricorn, tell your friends. We’ll be seeing Pluto, Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde, Mars, and the Moon all in the sign of the sea goat. And what with the Sun in Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus, (especially with Venus trine Uranus still in our skies!) you’ll really be wanting to try something new. Go for it! But don’t do anything too permanent. Dying your hair a color is one thing, getting a tattoo is another. Make sure whatever adventure you’re embarking on is one you can shed once the Uranus aspect breaks and Mercury and Venus go direct.
Sunday, January 30th → I’m going to be fully candid. I usually try to sugarcoat the stars—I consider it to be looking on the bright side. But I don’t have a silver lining spin on this one: Mercury retrograde conjunct Pluto is already a rough aspect. The Moon joins it today. Good news? The Moon is the fastest moving celestial body, so it will only be there for a couple hours. But those hours will likely be very, very intense, as the planet of inner thinking, the planet of distrust, and the ruler of our emotions all fuse their energies together at about 25º of Capricorn. Just remember: we’re all in this boat together.
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