Moodiness, tender hearts and tough politics are on the horizon as 2017 begins, so let’s hold each other gently, and stay alert for needed action. People start the year prone to misunderstandings and technical snafus with Mercury retrograde and active Mars in sensitive Pisces (joined by Venus on January 3) conjunct intuitive, confusing Neptune. The cure for oversensitivity and overwhelm is to dive into these traits and turn them around. Introspect, review, meditate and come to know our feelings, as well as feel one another with compassion. Let’s remember what makes us grateful and call in our magic.

2017 really begins as Mercury turns direct on January 8; we progress, if slowly. The Sun squares Uranus and Jupiter on January 10 and stirs creative discontent. We’re more ready and skillful to organize as Mercury re-enters Capricorn January 11-13. Watch for a frustrating phase that needs endurance and foresight after January 19, as Mars and Venus square Saturn. A pro-active, rebellious edge returns as Mars enters Aries on January 27; turn any tough news into healthy motivation.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…You may feel unusually tender and unambitious, with a lot stirring in the depths of your psyche. Still, you may need to practice your natural leadership, because others around you may be in even more of a puddle. New paths open up after January 19, and your energy returns after January 27.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You know how to nestle down in the cold winter months and nourish the mind, body and soul. Your imagination blossoms mid-month; vision wisely as Venus conjuncts Neptune, and double check practical details and emotional assumptions. Instead of arguing January 26-31, use persistence and vision to ease a tangled situation.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Hang in there this month; you may experience workplace confusion with Venus in Pisces and Mercury retrograde. Enjoy the slapstick, find alternatives; when your usually sparkling wit is challenged, your heart will be seen (for better or worse). Some knot relaxes as Mercury turns direct January 8. Use your versatile imagination to ease through a rocky spell January 27-31.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Stay in the present, even if the past and the future clamor for you to go there and get lost; that won’t be productive. Feel a steep learning curve as you apply your philosophical understanding to daily life in the face of difficulties. Don’t look for whose fault it is; go gently on your heart and on the hearts of beloveds.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Be generous, but keep clean boundaries and look for ways that everyone can win. You can be unusually empathic right now, just weed out anxiety that masks as intuition. You may feel energy return to you around January 7 as the sun squares Jupiter, but your real enthusiasm returns next month.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Relax, keep your heart open, and take care of health concerns. Let feelings flow through you early in the month. Mid-month, when Mercury reenters Capricorn January 12, your focus kicks into gear. Use major challenges at the end of the month to nudge you in a good direction.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…In a form of spiritual yoga, you are pressed to be flexible, but always pivot around your internal sense of balance. If you have important karmic work on the home front, think of what is fair in the long run, not just for the day.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Let emotions flow, but do not be swamped by them. Let go of resentment and look for the primary emotion. You know how to swim in these inner worlds better than most; help them be productive, not overwhelmed. Pour emotional supercharge into creative relationships and art forms.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Confusion around you irritates; you’re impatient with people who wallow. Confirm all your facts to make sure you understand what’s really going on; rather than trying to fix them, do your best to improve the situation.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You may hold it together when others fall apart. You will need to think fast and adapt, but can let your wonderful organization pull you through. Check to make sure you are understood and you understand, particularly through mid-January, and through potential emergencies January 27-31.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Your material resources may feel like an ephemeral stream running through your fingers. Worry won’t help; you’re clearing out some very deep old karma around stuff, but imagination and practicality twined together will help. Dream while putting one foot in front of the other. Show up and much can change.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Venus, Mars and Neptune in your sign let you appear as you wish, as you feel, and can charm others if that is your intent. The trick will be to know what you want to do with this gift and learn to direct the screenplay of your life, rather than feel swamped by others’ emotions.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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