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Last week went really well: I was able to balance work with relaxation -- socializing and taking care of my body. It's amazing how much better I feel when I am able to do that. I set some beautiful New Moon intentions on Wednesday evening. It definitely helped last week, knowing that Mercury was stationing and going retrograde, I was able to relax more about little technology hiccups, miscommunications and typos… Made me think: If I brought this much understanding and love to myself all year long, it might just make my life even more beautiful than it already is ;-)
This week's headline items: the first Quarter Moon in Taurus becomes exact on Monday, late in the evening; Venus changes signs from Aquarius to Pisces on Tuesday late morning; and there are four Moon VoC phases this week — three of them run pretty long: Monday morning (the shortest, at 2 hours), Tuesday evening (20 hours), Friday early morning (almost 22 hours), and Sunday morning (28 hours).
Monday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries until 11:37am EST. The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
Monday at 9:23am EST, we enter a 2-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 11:37am EST. During this intuitive time, bring passion and charm to any connections with like-minded souls. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. Routine tasks work very well during this time.
Monday at 11:37am EST, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will journey until Wednesday late afternoon. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus.
Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down... We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and its offerings ;-) This Moon placement also begins the build-up to the first Quarter Moon…
Also on Monday, at 11:48pm EST, the first Quarter Moon in Taurus will become exact (we started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Taurus earlier in the day). The Moon, in steady, peaceful, comfort-oriented Taurus, makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in freedom-loving, forward-thinking, rebellious Aquarius.
We feel compelled to take action. The New Moon took place last Tuesday (Jan. 20th); any projects or initiatives begun around then are probably off the ground by now -- and facing their first obstacles. This aspect provides a time to stretch, grow, and thereby build some momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy: As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for change, stay flexible, and find creative solutions in your day-to-day dealings with others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 5-9 degrees of Taurus, Aquarius, Leo or Scorpio? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).
Tuesday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Monday late morning for details).
Tuesday at 10am EST, Venus changes signs from freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius to creative, sensitive Pisces, where she will journey until Feb. 20th. For the next three and a half weeks, we have a chance to connect to other people from our compassionate heart. We may also idealize our relationships a little — we’re feeling quite romantic, and hopeful that our dreams will be fulfilled.
With Venus in Pisces, our love is very accepting -- it comes as close to "unconditional" as humans can get. One way this shows up: We root for the underdog. We prefer feeling things out to planning.
As you can imagine, we may spend our money on things that don’t make “sense” -- but if we heed intuition and allow for money to flow freely, we may discover that the Universe is always taking care of us ;-)
Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Pisces? If so, beauty and love will enhance your life for the next three-and-a-half weeks. Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? You may feel a strong need for romance or unconditional love -- or dream of the ideal relationship. Your finances and values may undergo the spiritual process of releasing control and trusting more to intuition and the flow of life.
Tuesday at 9:18pm EST, we enter another Moon void of course (VoC), this time for 20 hours — it ends at 5:36pm EST (Wednesday afternoon). This is an intuitive time; use it to make some adjustments in your life. Do your best to find creative solutions for the seemingly unsolvable. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. Routine tasks work very well during this time, as does planning your day before the VoC begins.
You may well feel two seemingly conflicting urges at this time: a desire to slow down and enjoy comfort and beauty — and an attraction to risk and fun. As best as you can, make space for both…
Tuesday night/Wednesday very early morning, an opportune Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 12:02am EST. We started to feel this aspect on Monday, early morning, it will stay strong until Friday morning. Given that Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius, this is actually the second of three such alignments that will occur within a six week period; each provides an opportunity to connect our thinking and communication to a brighter, more collaborative vision for the future.
It also brings an opportunity for insight, novelty and some really unusual conversations. Remember: an opportunity is not automatically given to us; we have to realize it. The Mercury retrograde means we may experience this more internally (a really unusual conversation with ourselves, perhaps ;-)
This aspect also brings an opportunity to view things from a different perspective, or put a new spin on "old" thinking. We like to connect in unusual ways; any group activities or brainstorming with like-minded people could generate amazing insights -- this might be a busy day. As best as you can, or want to... stay open to other dimensions ;-)
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-15 degrees of Aquarius, Aries, Sagittarius or Gemini? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Virgo or Aquarius (Mercury is the ruler of Virgo and Gemini; Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius)
Wednesday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus and VoC until 5:36pm EST (see Monday late morning and Tuesday evening for details). At this point, the Moon moves on into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it journeys until very early morning Saturday. The Gemini Moon keeps us social and busy, interacting online, via phone, or face-to-face.
With this Moon placement, we like to multitask and engage with life: If we’re not bored, we're good. As with some other aspects this week, the Mercury retrograde means we may experience this Gemini Moon phase internally, or reengage people and issues from the past three weeks…
Thursday: the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day (see Wednesday afternoon for details).
Thursday, between 5:10am EST and 6:15pm EST: This is a great time for brainstorming with others, especially on things begun prior to Mercury going retrograde.
Thursday evening will require adjustments on our part, and a little stretching and growing, when it comes to inner or emotional experiences. As best as you can, be gentle with yourself and others... Seek to understand, then be understood. Trust divine timing.
Friday is quite a day -- lots going on!
Friday: the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day (see Wednesday for details).
Very early on Friday morning (3:23am EST), a challenging Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact; we started to feel this on Tuesday and will feel it strongly until Sunday. It asks us to stretch and grow beyond how we've known ourselves in our relationships up to this point -- a process of maturing that requires we adjust and stay flexible.
On the one hand, we want to make spiritual and/or romantic connections, while going with the flow, feeling our way through. On the other hand, we feel a sharp need to explore “the truth” about ourselves and others — to determine what beliefs align with our own direct experience. Do your best to make space for both of these urges.
We tend to be more cautious when it comes to relationships and finances now -- and in fact, this is not the best time to start a brand-new romantic relationship. Financially though, this aspect can be eye-opening; if we can find creative ways to deal with money, we will grow from it. The key is to approach things in both realms with intuition and maturity. Pushing doesn't always get us what we want: Sometimes, it’s better to go one step at a time; that way, we can come back later with a stronger approach and more mature expectations.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 0-6 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo,? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)
On Friday at 4:24am EST, we enter an almost 22-hour Moon void of course (VoC) phase that lasts until 2:09am EST (very early morning Saturday ). This intuitive time brings an opportunity to connect with others and have some fun. As always during VoC, take it easy. If possible, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things — if not, just go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Friday morning: an opportune Mars/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 8:40am EST. We’ve been feeling this aspect since Tuesday evening and it will feel it strongly until Monday of next week. It provides an opportunity to connect our personal passions to our Soul's passions. We can dream up creative solutions to problems and imaginative, unusual approaches to getting the job done. We favor subtle or peaceful solutions over conflict and confrontation.
Right now, it’s especially satisfying to do work that helps others — perhaps in support of a cause that transcends our own narrow, personal interests. We have the opportunity to be more than usually passionate, and are generally confident about our own talents; also to pursue our goals strategically, saving time and energy. Remember: Opportunities are not handed to us on a plate; we have to pursue and realize them.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-16 degrees of Pisces, Capricorn, Scorpio or Taurus? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Scorpio (Mars is the ruler of Aries, so those folks will always be affected more strongly by Mars's movements and aspects; Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio, so they likewise feel Pluto's movements and aspects more strongly)
Also, Friday morning, a Sun/Mercury alignment in 10 degrees of Aquarius becomes exact at 8:45am EST. We started feeling this aspect build from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Sunday. When the Sun and Mercury come together, we are especially sharp, communicative, and open. This aspect indicates a confident mind and an analytical approach to life.
Intelligence and communication abilities are strong at this time; however, we may not listen as well as the other speaks -- we might be too busy thinking about what to say next. What we say or write now has impact, so as best as you can, choose your words wisely. If people hung on your every word, what would you say then? What would you hold back from saying?
Our opinions are usually strong during this time; we like to think independently and are proud of our opinions and our thoughts. For this reason, our egos might get bruised if we are not "heard" -- if our opinions are pushed aside, ignored or criticized. As best as you can, express yourself fully, knowing that others may have different opinions… and that's ok.
We may be particularly stubborn during this time; it may not always be of service to us to dig our heels in: Choose your battles wisely. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde: Communicate from intuition. It could also be that an issue from a couple of weeks back needs to be re-communicated…
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 8-12 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio or Leo ? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo, Gemini or Virgo (the Sun rules Leo; Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)
Saturday at 2am EST, the Moon moves into protective, introverted Cancer, where it will journey until next week Monday. 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.
Saturday afternoon, a Mars/Chiron alignment in 15 degrees of Pisces becomes exact at 3:23pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday evening on; it will be strong until next week Wednesday. This connection brings emotional healing to our bodies. Seeking out energy healing or any other alternative forms of healing is going to be very beneficial, both to our emotional "bodies" and physical bodies. We may also find that music aids in our healing process, whether on a physical or emotional level.
This is also a great time to accept the validity of our own desires and feelings of anger; that way, when we do express them, we express them naturally and with confidence. Something may come along, related to a childhood wound, that we take personally; we may get triggered by this. Rather than suppressing your anger, as best as you can, allow yourself to feel it consciously; bring love and understanding to its origin.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-18 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries (Mars is the ruler of Aries, so those of us with these placements will always be affected more strongly by Mars's movements and aspects than others).
Sunday: the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Saturday very early morning for more details).
Sunday at 8:37am EST, we enter a 28-hour Moon void of course (VoC) phase that lasts until 12:41pm EST (Monday early afternoon). Use this intuitive time to allow for feelings to surface. This is also a good time for connecting to loved ones/family and for helping others with releasing any blockages or fears through spiritual endeavors or energy healing. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Sunday early afternoon, a Venus/Neptune alignment in 6 degrees of Pisces becomes exact at 12:36pm EST. We started to feel this aspect on Thursday, it will be strong until next week Tuesday. It asks us to dissolve anything that keeps us from opening our hearts more fully. This connection makes us dream of Soul connections with others.
We are highly romantic and may turn a blind eye to "what is", in pursuit of a fantasy that we want or need to have fulfilled. Be aware of anything that sounds too good to be true -- whether that's in connection with people or money -- 'cos it might just be exactly that: "too good to be true" ;-)
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 3-9 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra).
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer and VoC until 12:41pm EST (see Saturday very early morning and Sunday morning for more details).
In the morning, an opportune Sun/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 7:30am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Saturday morning on, it will be strong until Tuesday night. We have the opportunity to become aware of an original or unique approach to life. Flexibility is the key to success at this time; pleasant changes may be in store -- certainly unexpected ones ;-)
What is your uniqueness? How could you express that proudly and authentically? As best as you can, watch out for messages from the Universe! Remember: an opportunity is not automatically given to us: We have to "realize" it.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-15 degrees of Aquarius, Aries, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aquarius or Leo (the Sun rules Leo; Uranus rules Aquarius)
At 12:41pm EST, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning. 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? This also starts the build-up towards the Full Moon, exact Tuesday evening (Feb. 3rd) …more on that next week…
Have a fantastic week!
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