Mercury Retrograde: Accomplishment

Today begins the first week of Mercury’s current retrograde in Aquarius. Mercury will remain retrograde until February 20th.
There is much unnecessary concern and anxiety around Mercury retrograde. It is really very simple to work with these times.

During Mercury retrograde:

– consider what plans and projects have been left unfinished over recent months
– make a list of those things!
– work only on your list of unfinished plans and projects
– slow down to manage stress
– wait until after February 20th to buy any electronics or big-ticket items
– wait until after February 20th to sign any contracts
– give yourself and other folks extra time to show up
– double-check all communications
– enjoy a sense of accomplishment as you check things off your list


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The Changing Moon this week:

The Moon sets the emotional tone as she moves through the Zodiac day-to-day. Learning to work with this rhythm will help you align with and relax into an easier flow with the Universe. Every 2 ½ days she leaves one Sign behind to enter the next.

The week begins with the Moon in Virgo but she enters relationship-oriented Libra at 6:25 AM EST where she will remain until Wednesday morning. While the Moon is in Libra we all want to make nice, create beauty, and avoid confrontations. The Libra Moon supports romantic or diplomatic endeavors, socializing, and creating art.

At 9:15 AM EST on Wednesday the Moon enters Scorpio where she will remain until Friday afternoon. The Moon’s passage through Scorpio is tough on Wednesday as she makes difficult aspects to Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, and Mars. You will do well to spend time alone or with intimate partners exploring deeply emotional issues during this time.

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 12:37 PM EST on Thursday (16° Scorpio). If there is something that has been problematic in your life that you want to release this is a good time to do so.

The Moon enters explorative, freedom-seeking Sagittarius at 12:16 PM EST on Friday. Wouldn’t it be nice to head out for a weekend road trip? Given that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, stay home! However, don’t box your mind up in those four walls. Send your mind on an adventure. Watch travel documentaries, study philosophy, religion, cultural issues, or other belief systems. Explore new ideas and ways of seeing and experiencing the world.

The Moon remains in Sagittarius through the bulk of the weekend until she enters serious, hard-working Capricorn on Sunday at 3:52 PM EST.

With the Moon in Capricorn, the weekends on a serious note. You will want to feel productive on Sunday afternoon/evening, so plan your accomplishments ahead of time. Capricorn is a cardinal Earth sign that means business and thrives on accomplishment!

Have a wonderful week.


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Please keep in mind that transits to your natal planets can override these more universal ones.


EXPANDING THOUGHTS ON LOVE – Monday, February 1, 2021

In the early hours of this morning the Sun in Aquarius forms a conflicting square aspect to Mars. If you haven’t encountered aggravations in your dreams you may wake up to a frustrating reality. Starting the day with a solid exercise routine, or other physical assertions should settle that issue.

At 6:25 AM EST, the Moon enters Libra allowing you to set aside any lingering disgruntlement and move into a more diplomatic stance.

At 9:05 AM EST, Venus the planet of Love and personal values enters Aquarius. Venus has been in Capricorn since January 8th, during that time your focus was likely on the practical realities of love. Now Venus turns her attention to Aquarian values of innovation and humanitarian concerns. While in Aquarius Venus asks that we hold onto our loved ones with a light touch. This is a highly objective and intellectual position for Venus to be in. You may be more interested in freedom and independence in your love life than in warm cuddly love concerns. Venus will remain in Aquarius until February 25 when she enters Pisces. Venus is ‘exalted’ in Pisces so she will be happy and feeling rather dreamy about love as we head towards Spring.

_The Virgo Moon is void-of-course from 6:10 AM EST until she enters Libra at 6:25 AM EST. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._


ROMANCE, DIPLOMACY, BEAUTY – Tuesday, February 2, 2021

In and of itself today is a very simple and pleasant day. Take it as such. Below the surface, there are complicated planetary patterns building, but for today relax into pleasure.

Today the Moon passes blissfully through Libra and we respond to beauty, fairness, diplomacy, and balance. Libra, being ruled by Venus brings our attention to issues of love and beauty. This is not, however, a water sign which thinks of love in terms of sweetness and cuddling. Libra is an air sign, and as such seeks intellectual balance. The importance of relationship for Libra is based on the desire to understand the give and take of balance, fairness, and pleasure.

It may be difficult to make a decision or take a stand and will be far easier to go with the flow. You can be more decisive another day. Find ways to offer kindness and bring beauty into the world.
Offer the gifts of Libra; the desire to please, engage in social niceties and create beauty. Seek harmony, decorum, and contentment in all your interactions. Face any issue with dispassionate objectivity. Libra asks that you put cooperation, grace, and decorum ahead of other considerations.


BRINGING DARKNESS TO LIGHT – Wednesday, February 3, 2021

After her early morning encounter with Pluto, even the Libra Moon feels a little off-kilter. At 9:15 AM EST, she leaves diplomatic Libra behind to enter the deeply profound waters of Scorpio. Between early this morning and tomorrow morning the Moon makes difficult aspects to most of the planets. This may be an emotional and challenging day. Time spent alone and in deep contemplation will serve you well.

As the Moon passes through Scorpio, you may be inclined to examine the darker side of life and love. As we grow beyond our selfish youth we each must allow parts of ourselves to transform through destruction and regeneration. Spend time today with your heart open to deep passion and your need for profound change.

Scorpio tends to get a bad rap and yet it is the sign that helps us to explore the inner dark corners of our psyche. When the Moon is in Scorpio, your awareness of what has been previously hidden comes to light.

This is a day to look within, to determine what needs to be brought forth from the depths into the light and offered up for healing.

_The Libra Moon is void-of-course from 1:16 AM EST until she enters Scorpio at 9:15 AM EST. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._


DECISIONS MATTER – Thursday, February 4, 2021

Today brings another day with the Moon in the Fixed Water sign of Scorpio. Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are stable with a concentration of focus and can be quite stubborn. Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are sensitive, deep, and emotional. Scorpio offers profound depth and focuses attention on the hidden emotions that most folks prefer to avoid. When the Moon is in Scorpio, you are able to observe your hidden emotional motivations with private clarity.
With this influence, you may feel suspicious of other’s motivations. Don’t waste your time on that, it is best to focus this energy on yourself. Get to the bottom of something within yourself that needs to change to become the person you want to be. Look within to face, head on an issue that has dogged you for years.

At 12:37 PM EST, we come to the Last Quarter Moon, the final step in the Lunar Cycle. The energy from the previous New Moon will complete its journey over the next week. It is time to begin the process of letting go and thinking ahead to what you want to begin at the upcoming New Moon (February 11).

During the Last Quarter Moon, it is easier to let go of what’s not working in your life. Do remember that with Mercury retrograde, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The First and Last Quarter Moon phases are when the Sun and Moon are in a challenging square aspect with each other. These times present opportunities and difficulties. Decisions made now will move your life in one direction or the other. In making decisions and taking action keep in mind issues of love, loyalty, and commitment. Remember that each choice you make brings you toward or away from your highest expression.


EXPAND YOUR MIND – Friday, February 5, 2021

The morning begins with the Scorpio Moon asking that we continue to focus on deep emotions and unconscious struggles.

At 12:16 PM EST, there is a dramatic shift as the Moon enters Sagittarius where it will remain for the next few days. The energy of the Sagittarius Moon is optimistic, expansive, and is always looking for a wider and broader perspective. Sagittarius is a Mutable Fire sign suggesting the need for action and the ability to adapt and go with the flow.

With the Moon in Sagittarius, you are likely to feel less emotional intensity and more of an interest in exploration and having fun. You are more available for new experiences and ideas that bring you to a broader understanding of the world around you.

As with all the signs, there is a downside here. You may find yourself or those around you quite convinced that your opinions are the only ones that could possibly be correct. No matter how you feel, it is important to accept that no one has a direct line to the truth.

Consciously cultivate understanding, humor, and wisdom. Study something new. Expand your mind, allow your understanding of others, who are unlike yourself, grow.

_The Scorpio Moon is void-of-course from 4:20 AM EST until she enters Sagittarius at 12:16 PM EST. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._


STABILIZE OR UPEND, FINDING BALANCE – Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Moon continues through the optimistic sign of Sagittarius today.

However, there are more complex issues at play. In the wee hours of the morning, Venus joined with Saturn. This begins a year-long cycle of attempted stabilization of your love relationships or your bank account. This is not a feel-good transit. It often reflects feelings of isolation or difficulties expressing love. This may also reflect your concerns about finances and anxiety about resources.

Consider what your relationship or your bank account needs right now to stabilize it. Because this is a conjunction, you can perform a ritual similar to a New Moon ritual. Think about the seed you’d like to plant to stabilizing love, values, and money.

This would be a great morning to work on your budget, pay your bills, or plan your wedding.

At the far end of the day, we come to another transit involving Venus. At 10:32 PM EST, Venus squares Uranus. This transit can challenge the stability of your partnerships and brings you to a very different story than the one this morning. This suggests a desire for freedom and/or excitement. If you are with a partner get out of any ruts you may be in and try something radically new. You may feel bored and want to strike out in another direction. This is a quickly passing transit, give it a few days to pass. In the meantime, spend time on your own, make future plans, and try something wild together.


GET IT DONE – Sunday, February 7, 2021

You may still feel off-kilter this morning due to the conflicting messages from yesterday. On the one hand, you may felt lonely, isolated, and restricted around issues of love and/or money. On the other hand, you may have experienced a good deal of excitement or anxiety asking you to shake things up in the same area of love and/or money. It seems impossible to both stabilize something and shake it up with excitement and yet that is what we have been asked to do. This may be a morning where you feel like you have a hangover even without a reason to feel so.

The Sagittarius Moon helps us stay above the fray with enthusiasm and positivity.

At 3:52 PM EST, the Moon leaves Sagittarius behind and enters Capricorn. The week comes to an end on a serious note. Spend the afternoon and evening getting ahead of the upcoming week. Spend the afternoon and evening organizing, strategizing, and making things happen. Is there a serious project around your home been needs to be completed? Gather your family or friends around and get it done.

_The Sagittarius Moon is void-of-course from 1:16 AM EST until she enters Capricorn at 3:52 PM EST. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.__


In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its void-of-course, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the void-of-course.
The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.


“The horoscope is a blueprint of our character. Character is destiny. There’s nothing static in this universe in which we dwell. We can change by changing our attitudes and patterns of behavior. Is so doing we change our destiny. An understanding of planetary influences allows you to take your life into your own hands and intelligently utilize the planetary influences that will help you in your evolution if you but will”. – Isabel Hickey