(13) by DARMIN VELETANLIC via Wiki Commons

(13) by DARMIN VELETANLIC via Wiki Commons

You will be happy to know that there is just one week left to this Mercury retrograde. On Monday, January 25th, Mercury will go direct at 4:50PM EST. So, let’s pay careful attention to our communications, and baby our electronics along, as we get to the other side of this week.
We have several major energy shifts this week; most notably the Sun leaves Capricorn behind to enter Aquarius on Wednesday at 10:27 AM EST.
You may find yourselves setting aside hard solitary work in exchange for more community and cooperation based efforts.
Venus also changes signs this week. On Saturday afternoon, Venus enters Capricorn. So, as we shift our core energy into more unusual humanitarian endeavors, our values themselves deepen into the development of deeper ambition and integrity. It is interesting to contemplate the purpose and significance of these ever shifting energy patterns.
The Moon begins the week in Taurus with a desire for sensual pleasures and stability; she enters Gemini, where she shines with pristine curiosity, on Tuesday and remaining there until Thursday morning when she will enter Cancer to open our hearts to what needs to be loved and cared for. Saturday afternoon, the Moon enters Leo, the sign of enthusiasm, play, and self-expression, bringing us to the Leo Full Moon! What a delightful placement for a Saturday night! Don’t forget to schedule play! Consider the serious cycle that began 2 weeks ago at the Capricorn New Moon, this Saturday you celebrate the success of your recent ambition.
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Monday, January 18, 2016:
The Moon in Taurus on a Monday morning probably reflects our desire to stay in bed and continue enjoying the pleasures of the weekend. However, most of us will have to get up and start a workday. OH! WAIT A MINUTE! It is a holiday here in the States. Many of you will have the day off! 😉
Do the dreams you wake up with on Monday morning echo back to the last week of October 2015? At that time, you began a cycle of expanding your personal values. You may have experienced this as an expansion of love, money, resources, or an expansion of pleasure.
Whatever it was that began to grow at that time, now it is important to take a specific step forward in the direction that will bring this cycle to its full fruition. The full expansion will be clear by late March. What can you do now to bring the expansion to the fullness that you desire? If you are clear of what you desire you will know the action to take. (Venus square Jupiter).
Mars trine Neptune on Monday, as well, bringing your imagination to focus on all forms of sensuality. You may have a less than solid hold on reality, preferring a bit of fantasy.
This is a great day to engage in sensual pleasures, get a massage, enjoy an elegant meal, or make love with deep sensuality. Yes, you may be a bit overindulgent but I don’t think I would discourage you from seeking pleasure. It seems a fine way to use the energies of this day.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016:
Before we wake up Tuesday morning, the Moon has entered Gemini. The sensuality from Monday shifts into a higher focus of mental stimulation. You can expect more energy on Tuesday. You may actually have a great deal of energy and possibly, restlessness or irritability as well.
Your best bet for Tuesday is to stay in motion. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which is still moving retrograde. While the Moon is in Gemini, it is important to communicate; talk, write, answer your e-mails, and telephone your in-laws. Your communications are significant and necessary. With Mercury retrograde, be sure that you are mindful of your manner of speech and how others receive your words. Maintain a high awareness, as well, regarding communications that others are delivering to you.
Do not jump to conclusions or make assumptions about what is being said. If a communication, or some news, comes to you that feels difficult, take it with a grain of salt. Do your best to refrain from an immediate response. If possible, wait until Mercury is direct next week before responding or asking for clarification.
Remember, the sociable aspect of Gemini, keep your communications simple, be curious, and enjoy your day.
3-stasenko-march by Evgeniy Stasenko via Wiki Commons

3-stasenko-march by Evgeniy Stasenko via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, January 20, 2016:
I can imagine Wednesday being a day of great excitement or anxiety, depending upon your individual chart and your general approach to life. Regardless of which way it manifests, this is not a day that I would expect to pass by unnoticed.
The Moon is in Gemini throughout the day, and like Tuesday, I think it important that you stay in motion. Activity and lively conversations should keep this energy curious and light. At 10:27 AM EST, the Sun shakes off the restrictions of Capricorn to embrace the freedom and individuality of Aquarius. These issues will be presented and examined throughout the coming month.
During the period of time that the Sun is in Aquarius, our minds tend to shift toward our connection with the whole of humanity rather than being stuck in our individual ego. This is a time where we care about humanity, even when it is difficult for us to care about friends or family members.
Consider your more unconventional values and ideas. Ask yourself if the inspiration for these ideas comes from a place of objectively expanding your vision for the future. If your answer is: ‘Yes’, you are on the right track.
Several hours after the Sun enters Aquarius, Mercury squares Uranus (the planet that rules Aquarius). This highlights the unusual, inventive, and unpredictable nature of Aquarius within the sphere of your thought process. What do you find yourself thinking about on Wednesday afternoon or evening? Plan to study, speak, or write on humanitarian, progressive, scientific, or revolutionary ideas. Gather with friends to share thoughts and ideas.
Thursday, January 21, 2016:
After a busy Wednesday, Thursday invites us to slow down and seek comfort. With the restlessness of Wednesday set aside, for the moment, Thursday’s Cancer Moon turns us intuitively to a need for peace, quiet, and loving family connection.
This would be great day for any family gatherings, contacting family members, and other loved ones. Reach out.
You may feel emotionally vulnerable and particularly sensitive to the feelings of others. Spend your evening close to home; share a comforting meal with family and close friends. Call your mother, sister, aunt, or best friend before heading to sleep early on Thursday.
Friday, January 22, 2016:
On Wednesday, Mercury squared Uranus, and now on Friday, Mercury conjunct Pluto. Yet again, (and yes, I am tired of repeating this storyline) we are each reminded of the transformation our culture and we have gone through since 2012. It is tremendous to consider how much we have learned, the transformation of nearly every manner and aspect of our lives.
Now, we begin a new cycle of empowering our ability to communication all that we have learned. How aware are you of the depth and power of your mind? Pay careful attention to whatever thoughts are deeply brewing (nearly at the level of compulsion or obsession) in your awareness. Pay attention to any new thoughts (involved in that same issue) that surprise you by their presence.
Develop and hold the deepest respect for the ability of your mind to direct your life and support your future.
The Moon is in Cancer all day on Friday. Spend the evening quietly at home, cook a nice meal, and catch up on domestic chores. Saturday will be the night for joyful playful connections, parties, and gatherings.
For Friday, keep it low-key.
Celeste I by Requenanozal via Wiki Commons

Celeste I by Requenanozal via Wiki Commons

Saturday, January 23, 2016:
On Saturday, you can anticipate a quiet family or domestically focused day leading up to an evening of socializing and playful connection. Plan the party for Saturday night! A Leo Full Moon is not to be underestimated! The Moon enters Leo at 2:21 PM EST.
This is party time, fun time. Will it be a perfect party for everyone? Of course, not! Many of you may prefer a quiet night or you may feel overwhelmed by the fiery, dramatic energy of this Full Moon. Practice self-expression with a serious note.
Venus, which represents our personal values, enters Capricorn at 3:31 PM EST bringing a serious edge into an otherwise playful evening. Under the dramatic, expressive surface you feel the need to deeply value the earth energies of Capricorn, energies of ambition and integrity.
Go ahead, play the night away and enjoy every minute. But do not, for a minute, underestimate the significance and seriousness underlying this need for self-expression. What began at the New Moon on January 9th is in full view now; whatever is expressed now embodies the seriousness you have been building these past 2 weeks.
At the core of this Leo Full Moon is the necessity to balance maturity, courage, creativity, and play. The Full Moon is exact at 8:45PM EST
Consider the expectations of others. Do those expectations really take you away from your most authentic expression or is it possible that they can be supportive and grounding, helping to form a solid base for this most important part of you?
Sunday, January 24, 2016:
Sunday will be the last full day with Mercury retrograde. I hope you have managed to get a lot of projects from past months completed and cleaned up from your desk.
Sunday is a simple day. The Moon is in Leo forming a grand trine with Saturn and Uranus. This brings my attention back to the necessity of balancing maturity and structure with creativity and play.
On Sunday, that balance may seem not only accessible, but highly desirable. You are able to determine exactly where to place yourself on that line of balance. It is not a matter of either/or. You really can express your most authentic creativity alongside maturity and life structure. Once you have found your balance point, you can determine what spot along that line to play.
Regardless of how you spend today, keep the internal contemplation alive. Seek your individual balance point.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring 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 are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
* 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.