Thoughtful Mercury is conjunct dark, intense Pluto and has been since the earthquake in Haiti; it keeps our eyes on Plutonian matters of life and death and lowers our tolerance for trivia. The Jan. 15 solar eclipse conjunct Venus speaks of the people’s painful loss and also of the opportunity for the world to help heal.
Pluto’s job is to push evolution, wake us up, and ask us to make healthy decisions in the face of life and death. But this Pluto-Mercury conjunction can leave us flailing around, aware of our limitations. It asks us what we have not done, what we haven’t yet completed, or what we have to release.
Mars is now in brave and generous if stubborn and melodramatic Leo, and it soon opposes the sun and Venus. We can begin to generously debate but soon find ourselves wallowing in hyperbole; personal drama may be the easiest way to react to stress.
Instead, let us let the discomfort spur the beginning of a creative revolution and positive growth; let us make the changes that make us proud. A strengthening sun-Saturn trine over the weekend helps us make steady progress but leaves us wanting what’s familiar and safe.
We can see debate as an act of intimacy as Venus and Mars oppose in fixed signs. It’s better to wrestle than to be ignored; if our relationships get stressed, we tend to stomp off in a huff unless one of us has the guts to be magnanimously vulnerable and reach out.
We can stop making flippant remarks or knee-jerk criticism as the tension level shifts early next week and start the long-term work ahead. Friday, Jan. 22: All movement builds momentum, so choose the direction carefully as an Aries moon puts wind in our sails. Good priorities can streamline the day and make the evening rich and generous as the moon enters Taurus and sextiles Jupiter. Tap into ambient warmth. Saturday, Jan. 23: Ask whether we prefer debates or cuddles as the noon squares Venus. Be ready to shift to contingency plans midday. It’s easier to coordinate later, when team work can solve the problem. Communication eases. Personal feelings are hard to talk about tonight as Mercury aspects Chiron. Sunday, Jan. 24: We don’t want to be out of control and can try to manipulate others; avoid that mistake and tap into accomplishment and sound judgment. There may be minor breaks in communication this afternoon, so confirm facts and be nice to one another. Strategize tonight. Monday, Jan. 25: Make tough phone calls but keep them short. We’re ready to talk but easily bored. Creative ideas can find fertile ground if they’re practical as well as ingenious as the Gemini moon squares Jupiter. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Keep talking and avoid a stalemate as the Gemini moon forms a grand trine with Venus, the sun, and Saturn. Flush out any stiffnecked pride with a flow of kindness. Don’t stand on ceremony; stand with what is wonderful and appreciated. Keep it real and personal and don’t tread on others’ pride. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Housing issues can make us cranky. Take care of the home front and address security concerns amid complaints as the Cancer moon opposes Pluto. Miffed feelings and pride can trip us up, but we need attention from ourselves most. Look underneath for lost objects. Nurture one another and laugh rather than get defensive. Tonight, organize. Thursday Jan. 28: Small personal earthquakes can help prevent bigger shocks. The Cancer moon wants everything to stay like it was, but our lives are trembling with change. Let’s get off our personal fault lines and make shifts. Hold hands crossing the street, but go.