Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - Heather Roan-Rob­bins

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.

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