Mercurial Messages: January horoscope – assess, repair, re-envision


As 2016 dawns, our world is re-patterning after the cultural earthquakes set off as Uranus squared Pluto between 2012-2015. We need to stay involved and help direct the evolving new forms. As January begins, let’s work through conflicting needs with honesty, imagination and an awareness of our universe’s vastness as Quadrantids meteors shower and the Sun conjuncts profound Pluto. Use the introspective Mercury retrograde cycle from January 6-26 to rest, repair and deepen spiritual practice. Release outmoded ambitions as Mars trines Neptune around Jan 18 and realign with inspiration to leap forward in the months ahead.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…January’s restlessness asks you to bench-press your patience and make life a centering meditation. Revel in your independent responsibility for your own happiness, but stay open to moments of serendipitous connection. Early in the month, potential discouragement inspires you to realign with your vision, and then build on small productive changes towards the end.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You understand how to cuddle, get cozy and dream in the bear’s den in these dark winter months. Steadily pace yourself and you come through January’s Mercury retrograde cycle with grace. If your patience is tried by drama around you, share your comfort. Notice deeper soul lessons that challenge you to truly live by your philosophy.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Take care of your respiratory system this month; be inspired in all the best ways. Listen for the story behind the story; get people talking and uncover personal history. Help straighten out miscommunications and look for meaning beneath the surface plot. Facilitate others’ work this month, rather than push yours forward, and they will soon reciprocate.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Be kind to your heart. Don’t take personally the stress of others nearby, nor make their happiness your responsibility; do be a channel for grounded nurturing action to enter this world and be nourished thereby. If feelings are hurt mid-month, ask more questions; open conversation can dissolve many problems. Neighbors, siblings, circle sisters can be unusually supportive.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Don’t ask if you’re sufficient, do ask how you can work with what you have and what you are. Let your natural generosity support others, but in a sustainable, non-codependent, way. If you’re feeling unusually permeable mid-month, rest rather than push. Enjoy an unusually creative imagination, but stay in the present romantically. Open to collaboration as the month ends.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Jupiter in Virgo calls you out of your comfort zone and to the front of your stage, but it’s up to you to make it count, all while balancing your need for a meditative inner sanctum. Remember that you are not doing this alone, work with Spirit if your extended family faces challenges, and feel the support.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Speak up about some recent unfairness, but keep the focus on the healing power of social justice and egalitarian relationship. Mid-month, help others’ empathize; encourage them to walk in another’s shoes. Do not get caught in the family power dynamics; compassionately respond but stay on course. A small crisis may bring positive new contacts.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You may feel like your siblings’ keeper this month. If you perceive things that others don’t, appreciate your special gift. But just because you see it, doesn’t mean you have to say it; timing and pacing are everything. Honor the mystery of life’s unfoldment, and help when there’s an opening. Deal frankly and optimistically around shared resources.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Your honesty and clarity is needed. Take leadership this month, but with a steady even flow, and check back for stragglers, as you can run ahead of the pack. Paradoxically, impatient speed will increase delays, so pace yourself. Tend to your practical matters as you would tend a temple; let pragmatism be a vessel for your enthusiastic spirit.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Step back from your busy agenda and attend an important sidebar, a short-term project or karmic engagement. Assume your natural responsible authority, but empower the people around you to make their own decisions; it takes longer but encourages their growth. Look for a balancing playfulness in your inner realms, behind the scenes, and with your guardian spirits.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Let this month be a retreat, burrow into your psyche and listen to dreams, but do so productively. Share what’s going on within; along with your own conundrums you’re processing the weight of the collective soul, and don’t need to do this alone. If a friend projects old issues upon you, gentle honesty and authenticity dissolves the illusion.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Group dynamics or circles of friends may be touchy this month and need a deft and sensitive approach. But you can do that. If you perceive how complicated the situation really is, don’t get tangled in the story, do look for the sacred core underneath. Avoid decisions mid-month, but if needed, don’t take a shortcut, opt for compassion and good karma.

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Heather Roan Robbins
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


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