Take care of unfinished business this week. Drop resentments and just deal with situations and people. If the New Year doesn’t feel like it’s really started yet, it will next week when Mercury turns direct.
The past is with us as Mercury retrogrades to tag Pluto. It may be last year’s bills that haunt us or more personal memories. Mercury retrograde snafus— little things that irritate unless we see the humor in them— can pile up as Mercury prepares to turn direct Jan. 16.
It’s a week to watch our words. If tensions arise, look for misunderstandings underneath. We need to talk over the past, share memories, and update our files to ensure everyone has the same understanding. Look for causes of past events to fix the foundation of the problem or unearth wisdom, but don’t slog over old gripes.
It won’t help to try to modify others to our specifications. The sun, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all in Capricorn as Mercury retrogrades to conjunct Pluto. Capricorn likes to make things happen, and some interpret this as a time to manipulate, control, and blame. This lineup wants us to take responsibility and be a leader— but without usurping another’s authorship.
This Capricorn lineup asks us to work, and work concerns many these days. With Mercury retrograding to conjunct Pluto, the future can look hazy or discouraging, but we can take incremental steps now to improve it.
We are called to find a capacity for radical acceptance under duress, even if it’s inconvenient or ugly. Before we speak, let’s ask if the words are kind and truthful. Capricorn asks us to be honorable and walk a good road in relation to the world. Friday, Jan. 8: We can make things happen under this manipulative Scorpio moon, but unless we work collaboratively, things will probably have to be redone. Misconceptions need to be corrected this morning as Mercury semisquares Neptune, but make sure they aren’t ours before we speak up. Communications improve after noon. Evening is deep and private. Saturday, Jan. 9: Morning is potentially irritating. Beware of an argumentprone moment midday as the moon squares Mars; reconsider things late afternoon. If communication is a challenge tonight, hold hands and watch a show. Sunday, Jan. 10: We squabble over the small issues but can share from our hearts on the bigger things. Losses seem more looming than they probably are, but we do need to punctuate a phase this afternoon and then look ahead this evening with a lighter heart as the moon enters Sagittarius and helps us see the humor in our predicament. Monday, Jan. 11: Repair relationship rifts and share warmth as the sun conjuncts Venus; camaraderie is practical and improves cooperative problem solving. Enjoy a flirtatious spark. Keep work steady and upbeat. Tuesday, Jan. 12: If we’re dealt a few wild cards this morning, look to the past. Enjoy pragmatic creativity and good business ideas; act on generous impulses and make considered choices as Venus sextiles Uranus. Make subtle adjustments. Wednesday, Jan. 13: A rough morning produces a change in policy or approach as the Capricorn moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Saturn, but let’s not get officious. The potential for an apparently mutually beneficial solution to problems can excite us as the sun sextiles Uranus midday. Evening is fuzzy. Thursday, Jan. 14: We need good work or we can get depressed. Any sense of accomplishment helps, so work as therapy. Manage, but do not manipulate or be manipulated. Celebrate every minor accomplishment. ◀