Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

Use conflicting feelings creatively as January begins. An unusual kite formation created by an inspired grand trine (formed by the full Moon, Jupiter, Neptune), bisected by difficult opposition (Moon opposed Venus, Sun, and Pluto) encourages us to process all we’ve lost or released on both a personal and political level in 2017, and then develop an inspired vision for 2018. Concurrently, a competitive, determined Mars-Jupiter conjunction stirs conflict between divergent needs within us or in the world around us, and nudges us to do our personal best.

Our job as spiritual people will be to step out of power struggles, and change the paradigm to empower all. No one really wins until we all win. These questions intensify through January 10 when Venus, Sun, and Pluto perfect their conjunction.

Afterwards, we get a green light as Mercury enters competent Capricorn January 10 and conjuncts industrious Saturn January 13. We may have to work through ongoing serious considerations, but can finally launch a new chapter of work. It’s time to seek new solutions as Venus and the Sun enter communal Aquarius January 17-19. Mercury joins in January 31 and asks us to explore how our inner metaphysical work can improve our community.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…You’ll be appreciated if you handle challenges to power with grace and heart in the first few weeks of January. Instead of competing, nurture positive people in power who need support, and watch how you’re supported in return. Your unspoken feelings are easily read, so own them.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Look for a steep learning curve the first two weeks of January; expect an intense muscle-building challenge, but look to see who will help you through it, and feel community weaving together. Break routine and try a fresh approach mid-month as Venus squares Uranus, then settle into a new pattern.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Notice complications around other’s property early in January. Keep boundaries clear and communication open; support your friends rather than get caught up in their problems. If nerves feel stretched mid-month, it helps to keep moving and keep the breath flowing. Explore a new chapter as the month ends.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Relationships can polarize early in the month, but drop the illusion that others have power, therefore you do not. Look for a win-win solution, no matter the context. Listen for important and helpful health information for you or your animals towards the end of January, and make healthy choices.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Enjoy an opportunity for mutual appreciation the first week of January. Work cooperatively and supportively January 8-12; take care of health and don’t hold on to an illusion that you’re all alone. Feel your generous, compassionate heart calling for constructive change, and connect with big personalities late January.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…The world’s discomfort offers creative inspiration; express your feelings and honor those of others. Be protective of beloveds mid-month; you can’t solve their problems, but you can walk with them. Manage moods January 19-24. New information arrives from your psyche or your research as January ends.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Walk gently January 1-2, and then feel the new year build momentum. Family or home matters can open your heart and sort priorities mid-month; support beloveds through external challenges, rather than let them get between you. Feel more comfortably supported after January 17 when Venus enters Aquarius.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Early January’s competitive air can work in your favor as long as you don’t lose your humor or compassion. Others may read you as contentious; take responsibility for the signals you send. You may be unusually perceptive later in the month; say what you see in a kind way.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You’re at an information crossroads. Get out there and talk to strangers, connect with old teammates or helpers, be the bridge and keep the communication flowing. Straighten out the misunderstandings and problems of the last few months and strengthen connections for mutual help in the months ahead.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Your identity may be transformed by a chance to step forward or back in work; it’ll be hard in the same place. These changes can help identify your work and purpose, but you can make it a positive experience. Don’t be thin-skinned; hold to a vision that works for all.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Early January, old memories will churn through; you may second-guess recent decisions and feel the strange threads of fate and karma. Focus on a healthy goal, on where you want the changes to take you, then engage opportunities that open up after January 19.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Keep a pot of tea on and be there for others, but don’t get caught in their drama in early January. You may grow more introverted or need time inside, with research on your interior world, later in the month. Don’t get lost in a swamp; bring your temple within.


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