Heather Roan-Rob­bins

Pasatiempo - - Dear Pasa -

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. ◀


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