Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

As 2019 dawns, the Sun conjuncts competent Saturn and reminds us that this is a dynamic, serious year. Mars enters brash Aries, giving us the energy to meet it. We need to believe in our competence and work steadily to improve our world. Let’s enjoy ourselves along the way, but keep our eye on the prize. So spend some time thinking about the concept of prize; our critique is important, but look for the positive reframe, the goal, both personally, for the body politic, and for the Earth itself.

Mars in feisty Aries (through mid February) cranks up the volume on our personal and cultural revolutions, but doesn’t impart maturity. We need to guide that Aries combustion engine carefully, and put our rebellion into service for those goals. Look for a pivot towards change as retrograde Uranus, the cosmic clutch, turns direct on a Solar eclipse January 5. Venus enters enthusiastic Sagittarius January 7 and the natural world calls out for renewal. January 11-13 gives us clues to our next assignment as the Sun conjuncts Pluto. Creative imagination and affection are fomented as Venus trines Mars mid-month.

The Sun enters collaborative Aquarius on January 20. A full Leo Moon, lunar eclipse January 21 demands we balance our personal needs with what the world needs from us. We need to pace ourselves this year, take care of ourselves and our beloved relationships so we can stay in there and do good work.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Fresh energy helps you leap out of the gate, just don’t run into a wall; lead with enthusiasm, but choose battles carefully. People see you with fresh eyes, which works to your advantage. Stay steady through some frustration around January 21, momentum returns by January 25.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You may learn through some tough challenges this month; be thoughtfully assertive rather than passive-aggressive or belligerent. Notice that your sense of self evolves in response. Develop opportunity January 13-18, share your warm heart, comfort and creative approach January 22 as Venus conjuncts Jupiter.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Energize your social circle, live life to the fullest but don’t be distracted by others’ drama. Stay on target with your own direction, even as you share and facilitate the network. Take your work seriously and sidestep unnecessary confrontation January 8-3. Appreciate a creative resurgence mid-month. Relaxation seeps in after January 24.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…If relationships feel challenging as the month begins, it’s not personal; listen to your beloveds and help them shoulder a new responsibility. If your work calls for a firm assertiveness, make it about the work, not about you. January 5-6 and 21, flexibility and balance reward you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You may have new confidence and energy, for your mojo returns with Mars and Venus in fire signs. Get organized through January 7, and then reach out. Think through consequences carefully January 11 and 21. Find a new audience for your voice after January 28.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Get organized early January, organize your own life, not others. You may need to make important strategic decisions mid-month; let go of one goal to embrace another. Invest time and energy into your creative process. Options may look like they’re narrowing but may actually deepen. News arrives around January 29.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Tend to serious issues at home, whether they’re real, or just on people’s minds. Don’t try to diffuse angry people; listen to their story, they will relax when they feel heard. Life eases after January 7, and opportunity and romance linger January 17-22.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…While others are starting new projects, you may still need to complete long-term work, and not get distracted by drama around you. Bring it to conclusion; new beginnings are stirring and will need room. Feel appreciated mid-January. Realize you have the competitive edge January 25.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Use a new warmth and buoyancy to expand your world as Venus enters Sagittarius on January 6. Help people find the words for what’s hard to say. You may not think realistically mid-January, so confirm fact and consequences. Let your heart expand after January 22.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Keep eyes open for the first sparks of new work or direction January 4-7. Choose your direction carefully; life can bring major changes these next two years. Speak up January 13. Don’t take frustrations personally January 20-21, and let imagination roam around January 31.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Although activity picks up January 7, pace yourself; prioritize health and rest when you need until January 20. Speak clearly through any confusion mid-month. Your efforts will be seen and appreciated, your creativity find form as the sun enters Aquarius January 20.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Adjust your material world; take action to fix, procure, start a new house project. Just watch a tendency to overspend. Look for opportunities at work after January 7, open-hearted tactfulness can solve problems. January 22-26 opens doors.

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