Contemplation for the week:
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life–happiness, freedom, and peace of mind–are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
~Peyton Conway March
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MERCURY DIRECT! PREPARE TO MOVE FORWARD
Monday, January 25, 2016:
Once we get through the bulk of Monday, Mercury turns direct at 4:50 PM EST at nearly 15° Capricorn. For several days before and after Mercury turns retrograde or direct, there is a time when it simply seems to stand still. This brings an immense focus to the area of the chart that holds 15° Capricorn. Your thinking or your communications may feel stuck in the area of your life that is represented by the house placement involved.
The Moon is inactive (VOC*) in Leo until 10:46 PM EST when she enters Virgo. I expect Monday to feel like we are anxiously waiting for something to shift. Don’t make any big decisions or start any new projects on Monday. Rest and prepare your heart and mind to move forward over the coming days.
DREAMING THE PRACTICAL
Tuesday, January 26, 2016:
The Moon is in Virgo on Tuesday. We tend to gravitate toward practical activities, organization, and detail work while the Moon is in Virgo. However, on Tuesday the Virgo Moon is in a particularly soft and dreamy space, and not nearly as practical as you would expect.
Consider the organization and clarity necessary to develop your dreams. Make specific plans to reach your deepest emotional satisfaction through the development of dreams and beauty. Help others to find their way out of confusion. It may be easier to see their path than your own.
Now that Mercury has turned direct, you will also want to pay attention to health issues. Is there a change that you need to make in your self-care routines? Begin to examine what you want to change. Implement those changes at the next New Moon (February 8th).
You have the ability on Tuesday to ask for exactly what you want directly and honestly. This is a significant day to really get clear about what you want to create in your life. Attend to the dream of value and beauty in your own heart; create a plan to bring that dream into fruition.
MANAGING DETAILS; IMPROVING SKILLS
Wednesday, January 27, 2016:
On Wednesday, we are able to set any dreams aside in order to engage in the practical organization that is required to move forward.
Wednesday’s Virgo Moon forms aspects to Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, and Jupiter. Remember, that Virgo is the worker of the zodiac and there is a lot of support in her efforts now. Never underestimate the importance of managing details while the Moon is in Virgo. We all know that any project will deteriorate rapidly without proper attention being given to the small moving parts.
Consider your greatest skills and talents. Where will the development of these skills allow you to support and be of service to your friends, neighbors, community, and the world?
The service we are speaking of here is a service of humility; there is no space for ego’s arrogant stance. What additional skills must you develop in order to increase your ability to help others? How will your most natural skills come to the service of others? These are all good contemplations for Wednesday.
SEEK DIPLOMACY; EXPRESS KINDNESS
Thursday, January 28, 2016:
You may wake up feeling a little blah on Thursday; there just doesn’t seem to be the energy necessary to get moving. Expect a slow start on the day. This sense of lethargy will pass as soon as the Moon enters Libra at 10:00 AM EST.
Thursday is likely to be a day of ‘people pleasing’. You may notice that you are concerned with creating balance, pleasure, and harmony between yourself and others. This is a good day for interpersonal negotiations or diplomacy. You may be surprised at the level with which you seem to understand others. Go out of your way to express kindness.
This could be an excellent time for socializing and getting back in the good graces of others whom you have possibly alienated over the past weeks or months. If apologies are in order, make sure they come from a place of deep authenticity, humility and sincerity.
It may be a challenge to make decisions on Thursday, or to make-up your mind about anything that requires a distinct choice. Simply release your concerns about those particular decisions and choices. They can wait.
BE AWARE OF VOLATILITY
Friday, January 29, 2016:
Enjoy the early part of the day on Friday. The more challenging side of the Libra Moon develops as the evening approaches.
The square aspect formed between Uranus and Pluto that has been a constant conversation in astrological circles since 2012, is echoing through our lives once again. Friday’s Libra Moon activates that energy (the energy of transformation, destruction, rebellion, and revolution) as she squares Pluto and opposes Uranus. Mercury is echoing this situation also as he lines up with Pluto in the wee hours of Saturday morning. We will talk about that more on Saturday.
This could be a volatile evening; keep that in mind when making plans.
Where are you holding tightly to resistance? What do you know needs to change in your life that you are still resisting? What about the transformation you have already been through over the past few years is not yet complete? Contemplate that question now. Pay close attention to any new places where deep thinking emerges. Follow your curiosity; your mind is seeking new levels of depth in previously unexplored territory.
MAKE SPACE FOR NEW THOUGHTS
Saturday, January 30, 2016:
You may feel a bit restless with the Libra Moon making no aspects (VOC*) all day, along with the more significant aspects of the day! The Moon will not enter Scorpio until 10:51 PM EST.
Mercury made contact with Pluto in mid-December 2015, again on January 22 while retrograde, and will make her final conjunction on Saturday. Our collective thinking is drilling deeply into intense social issues. Think: the environment, racism, guns! Our collective (and individual) thinking must be transformed. Consider all of the conversations in the culture that are changing the thinking of the masses. Listen to the political discourse!
On a personal level, what do you continue to do habitually, that you know is not healthy for you? This is an opportunity to go deep and destroy the core that is beneath the habit, making space for newly empowered thinking.
Another significant aspect of Saturday is a sextile between Venus and Neptune. You can expect your imagination to be dreamy and poetic, your values to be deeply stimulated by beauty or romance. There’s a touch of magic to your relationships even in the midst of the mental intensity of the day.
The best way to manage this day is with patience and kindness to self and others.
Seek inspiration, sensitivity, and whimsy. Read poetry, meditate, and dance.
FEEL THE CHANGES
Sunday, January 31, 2016:
On Sunday, we engage with the intensity that the Scorpio Moon is well known for. All emotions are deeply felt while the Moon is in Scorpio, be it passion, sorrow, elation, or desire. We are very motivated by the need to understand what is below the surface in any situation. We are not interested in frivolous conversations or connections.
The Third Quarter Moon is exact at 10:28 PM EST, encouraging us to begin the process of releasing what we began at the New Moon on January 9th. T
Now the Sun (Aquarius) and the Moon (Scorpio) are in square aspect to each other. The square aspect itself creates a level of anxiety or stress. The Sun which represents ‘core energy’ and the Moon that represents ‘emotional need’ come to a point where they are at cross-purposes to each other. Think about the Aquarius Sun and its expansion into new realms; compare that to the Scorpio Moon and its need to be private and even secretive. It is easy to see that they are on different paths and must learn to negotiate. It is within this negotiation that they begin to let go and release what is in a natural cycle of decay.
At 10:41 PM EST, Mercury squares Uranus, once again echoing the issue we talked about on Saturday of empowering and transforming our minds. The connection with Uranus tells the story of the necessity of an unpredictable revolutionary direction of our minds. This speaks to thinking outside the culture. It is moving us toward finding the true, authentic voice that has been so obscured in our world and in our culture.
* 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.