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Last week did not really go as planned (witness the fact that, for only the second time ever, this blog is posting a day late). I felt very low physically and had to make some major adjustments during the holidays -- I think the Uranus station finally started to catch up to me. I was so energized the week before that I didn’t really sleep enough. I guess “expect the unexpected” turned out to be good advice for me too :-) At any rate, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year -- may it be filled with magic and joy ;-)
This week's headline items: Mercury enters its two-week shadow phase on Monday (prior to going retrograde). There will be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday all day and all night, Thursday very early afternoon (for 6 hours), and Saturday late morning (for a little over 20 hours).
Monday: the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer and VoC all day. It will journey there until Tuesday morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say to (and about) us, so be kind to yourself and others. Emotional safety is important to us at this time: We like connecting to the familiar, home or family becomes our sanctuary.
Nurture yourself and others, but remember: Make sure your glass is filled before letting others drink from it — otherwise we might start resenting others for draining our energies. This Moon placement also started the build-up towards the Full Moon, which was exact yesterday (Sunday late evening). Watch my Full Moon video, if you didn't get a chance to see it yet
Mercury enters a 2-week shadow phase today (Monday), as it reaches 1 degree of Aquarius.This precedes the retrograde phase, which will begin on Jan. 21st. If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items -- especially connected to transportation (cars, airline tickets, etc.) or communication devices (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) -- be aware of the shadow periods as well as the retrograde phases.
If possible, get these things done before Mercury enters it's shadow or wait until after the shadow phases are over (in this case: March 3rd). Of course, if there is something that must get done during these phases, don't put your whole life on hold, just because Mercury is retrograde or in it's shadow. Sometimes things line up exactly at the “right” time. As best as you can, trust your intuition ;-)
Monday afternoon, an opportune Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 5:21pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Sunday morning on; it will be strong until this Tuesday evening.This is an opportunity to take responsibility for our thinking structures and be really honest with ourselves.
How can we get the most from this opportunity? It’s simple: Look for the larger truth. If we can go beyond what we have always known, we could get a helpful dose of reality — and an ability to focus on long-term issues. Remember, though: Opportunities are “openings”; they aren't necessarily handed to us -- we have to "take" them and make something of them.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 0-3 degrees of Aquarius, Sagittarius, Aries, Libra, or29 degrees of Capricorn, Scorpio, Pisces or Virgo? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Saturn rules Capricorn)
Tuesday at 6:03am EST, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Thursday early evening. We have a chance to appreciate ourselves and our lives -- and to connect to the heart. Hand out as many compliments as possible, they will be deeply appreciated :-)
Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you squeak just thinking about it?
Tuesday starts with a focus on exploring our beliefs and questioning what we are committed to in life. Throughout the day we need to find a balance between what we want to create for ourselves and what the “bigger’ issues are in the world. How can we bring our own unique self-expression to a larger cause or share ourselves with like-minded people that dream the same dream we have about our future as humans.
Wednesday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Tuesday morning for details).
Wednesday starts out enthusiastic and optimistic -- we feel strong and full of energy -- but by the late morning, we begin to feel uneasy. We need to develop inner awareness around our sensitivities and bring compassion to them. We are also being asked to bring some awareness to whatever we feel most passionate about; as before, we feel an internal unease.
Are we after laughter and joy? Or is it the intensity and authenticity of our emotions that captures our attention? As best as you can, make adjustments as needed, without judging yourself.
Towards the evening, we are asked to bring some awareness to what we feel most committed to; as before, this brings a sense of internal dissonance or unease: Fun or Business? Follow your bliss or build on long-term goals? Again, as best as you can: make adjustments as needed, without judging yourself.
Thursday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo until 5:58pm EST (see Tuesday morning for details).
Thursday at 12:05pm EST, we enter a 6-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 5:58pm EST. Use this intuitive time to find a balance between your head and heart — and between intellectual stimulation/improving your future and doing things that bring you joy. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Thursday at 5:58pm EST, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Sunday morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction. Health might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), align with our long-term goals.
Friday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Thursday early evening for details).
Friday after 5:20am EST, we are able to tackle anything that requires attention to detail and maybe even implement health routines that support our long-term goals.
Saturday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Thursday early evening for details).
Saturday at 10:46am EST, we enter a 20-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 6:57am EST (Sunday morning). Use this intuitive time to get organized, improve daily routines, and for becoming aware of how this all fits in with your long-term goals. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Sunday early morning, a somewhat challenging Sun/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 5:05am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Saturday on; it will be strong until Monday of next week. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.
Our energy tends to be directed towards big things right now. Our sense of self may change as we learn that we are being overly enthusiastic. Due to our high optimism, we may take on more than we can physically handle -- if we feel drained or frustrated at this time, it might be helpful to look at our overall direction in life: Are we being realistic about what can be achieved?
It’s also worthwhile to look at how our own beliefs about life are being received by others: Can we involve them in our heart’s desire? As best as you can, slow down: "If a thing is worth having, it's worth waiting for."
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 20-22 degrees of Capricorn or Leo? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Sagittarius (the Sun rules of Leo; Jupiter rules Sagittarius)
Sunday at 6:57am EST, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Tuesday evening. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm.
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Sunday morning for details). At 5:20am EST,Mars changes signs from Aquarius to Pisces. Mars moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Feb. 19th. Our physical energy may slow down at this time. Creative and spiritual endeavors are highly favored for the next 5.5 weeks -- this especially goes for music. Our passions will be more of a romantic nature, imagination will play a big role when connecting physically with others.
Gentleness is key. The shadow side of this, is that our own aggression may be expressed less directly. Any form of assertiveness is likely to feel selfish or "wrong" on some level. Avoid victim-behavior by connecting to spirit. We feel a deep energetic and spiritual connection to others; charity work and altruism will be favored. Best to go with the flow for the next 5.5 weeks, paying attention to your energy levels.
Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Pisces? If so, you will feel energized by this placement. Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries? If so, you may feel the change of pace more strongly. Your physical energy may not be what it usually is. As best as you can, make the necessary adjustments.
Have a fantastic week!
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