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WED JAN 28 With the Moon in Taurus and in void mode until the lunar changeover to airy Gemini at 2:37PM, there is no need to race out of the starting gate full steam ahead this morning. Slow your tempo across the board – remembering that Mercury is also doing backstrokes in Aquarius. While the Moon points you in the direction of completing odd jobs before initiating new, bold ventures, some jovial vibes keep you buoyant as the Moon parallels Jupiter (9:52AM). You may be able to tune into the shape of things to come as a supportive, 60-degree rapport between Mercury and Pallas (10:03AM) provides additional food for thought. A main event today concerns the asteroid Vesta entering Aquarius (11:45AM) until March 28. Utilize this benevolent zodiacal ingress (after the Moon’s shift into Gemini) to reinforce soul-sister and brotherhood ties as well as plot out a winning strategy regarding investment planning. The Moon entering Gemini (2:37PM) energizes reading and research, writing projects, educational pursuits, as well as arts, crafts and hobbies. If you start to feel a drag in social and business matters, it is probably due to the Moon squaring Venus (5:58PM) and opposing Saturn (8:45PM). Tune into a subtle and yet still important, 30-degree connection between Mars in Pisces and Uranus in Aries (11:31PM). Even though the red and radical-change planets are often adversaries, they can sometimes work for the common good – particularly in offering you renewed physical and emotional vitality as Wednesday night morphs into Thursday morning.
THU JAN 29 The last three days of January are not overwhelmingly difficult – judging from recent standards of cosmic behavior patterns. However, each of these three final, 24-hour time-periods for this month will have at least two sour notes that can jar your senses. Today you actually need to be on your toes and ready for anything as the Moon in Gemini squares off with Neptune and Mars in Pisces (2:11AM and 4:13PM, respectively). Both alignments have the capacity to increase internal confusion and the pressure to conform to accepted social behavior. Flowing trines of 120-degrees in the air signs – involving the Moon’s linkage with the Sun (8:08AM) and Mercury (11:36AM) – are highlights when you can put your best foot forward as a mover-and-shaker in the realms of education and literature. The big question concerns how you will utilize the Sun in Aquarius forming an opposition to Juno in Leo (2:43PM). The low road here can put you into a fighting mood relative to primary partnerships. The high road encourages you to respect significant others and nurture dear ones through kindhearted actions. This is easier said than done because the first alignment occurring tomorrow is a caustic square from Venus to Saturn (forming exactly at 12:24AM on Friday). Find a way to be the Rock of Gibraltar for friends and family members on the skids.
FRI JAN 30 As indicated at the end of yesterday’s calendar entry, this Friday has a hard edge to it since Venus in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius (12:24AM). Any celestial body making a 90-degree contact with Saturn can be seen as a sacrificial lamb, so to speak. In this situation, the usual manifestation is that love bonds, creative artistry, and social activities might suffer a letdown. However, knowing in advance that these two planets are in a sharp struggle with one another may offer you the chance to tweak them into a sense of decorum and stability despite their seemingly provocative mathematical force-field. Just about an hour after the Venus-Saturn contact, the Moon in Gemini makes a supportive, 60-degree tie with Jupiter in Leo (1:25AM). Golden opportunities seem to temporarily flourish just before this alignment becomes exact. Once the connection is precisely made, a void lunar twilight zone is switched one – lasting until 11:10PM when the Moon returns to its home base in Cancer. During this 21+ hour time-span, four auspicious alignments arrive to build up your self-confidence. Happening just five minutes apart, Mars joins forces with Pluto via a constructive and vitalizing, 60-degree liaison (5:41AM) while the Sun unites with Mercury retrograde in their Inferior Conjunction (5:46AM and activating 11 degrees of Aquarius). This latter Sun-Mercury union was given the name of New Mercury by the eminent astrologers Dane Rudhyar and Dr. Marc Edmund Jones during their pioneering work occurring in the first half of the twentieth century. This alignment actually means that the Earth, Mercury in reverse, and the Sun are lined-up in space, and innovative ideas are seeking entrance into eager human minds – similar to how fiery meteors streak across the night sky, temporarily illuminating the heavens and the earth below. Uranus is also a highly-charged and active planetary player today as Pallas trines Uranus (7:52AM) while Vesta makes an inspirational, 72-degree rapport with Uranus (8:50PM). Breakthroughs in higher consciousness definitely beckon throughout the evening hours. Eventually, the Moon enters Cancer (11:10PM) – putting an emphasis on home and family matters until the morning of February 2.
SAT JAN 31 Drifting back into old and stress-producing behavior patterns is almost always a potential hazard when the Moon passes each month through the fourth sign of the zodiac – Cancer. It seems as though waves of nostalgia can lift any human soul on to subtle, psychic-invisible currents under Cancer Moon with a chance that you will fall into an Alice-in-Wonderland type rabbit hole, losing a partial sense of reality in the process. From the discordant perspective today, Mercury in opposition to Juno (1:03AM) echoes the Sun-Juno polarity from January 29. and makes its essential that you speak sensitively and honestly with dear ones on the ropes. Crystal clear communication can reopen recently blocked channels – possibly due to social turmoil stirred up by the Mercury turnaround on January 21. Flowing trines of 120-degrees bring the Moon into favorable alignments with Venus and Neptune in Pisces (8:57AM and 11:21AM, respectively). Pursue lofty and creative hobbies with your divinely-inspired imagination. Holistic healing treatments, the field of alternative medicine, and the various kinds of martial arts gain prominence as Mars merges its passion and courage with Chiron’s skills as a mentor and shaman (12:24PM and energizing 16 degrees of Pisces). The Mars-Chiron association can boost your spirits or drain you of vitality. However, if you don’t handle the live-wire of an off-kilter, 150-degree link from Ceres in Capricorn to Juno in Leo (1:43PM) with care, then this last day of January 2015 can decrease your productive output across the board and send you to the back of the class with a dunce cap on your head. Therefore, strive to live in the moment, be generous with your affections, and let your aura of bright colors nurture the dear ones who help to turn your world around every day.
Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Tim. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
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