This week we ask the groundhog whether spring will come soon, in a remnant of old traditions of taking animal auguries halfway through winter. Let’s do our own version of this and observe our animal friends— we could use any extra wisdom they choose to impart.
The sun in Aquarius, a sign of the collective consciousness, reminds us that we handle challenge best when we work together. Let’s take this Aquarian lesson to heart and collaborate when the going gets tough, because our security may be shaken and the way ahead can feel like a long, hard road.
Life is challenging as we’re called out of our comfort zones. We may be forced to take a deep look at ourselves and those around us as the sun opposes Mars and Saturn moves into exact square with Pluto this week.
This Saturn-Pluto square came into range last November. We experienced some fundamental challenges the last time these two squared in 1993 and again as they opposed one another in 2001— both years in which theWorld Trade Center was attacked.
These two square off about every nine years, shaking up our foundations and asking us to re-examine how we use and abuse power, whether political, personal, or electrical. Rather than continue the cycle of retribution, Saturn demands that we do the right thing by all involved in order to establish real security.
These aspects prune away our excess baggage. We’re gearing up for a new step, so take a deep breath and get ready to leave the comfort zone behind. Friday, Jan. 29: Watch an explosive fit midday as the sun opposes Mars; generosity abounds when we see past our own agenda, but we need to check in with ourselves first. Tonight, find something to celebrate under a full Leo moon. Saturday, Jan. 30: Relationships can feel big-hearted but volatile this morning. If our needs collide, it’s hard to be as generous. Be magnanimous to break the bottleneck. We resist restraint this afternoon and deal with technical problems or accidental conditions as Mars nudges Uranus; play it cool. Sunday, Jan. 31: Our bodies resonate; be nurturing and promote a healthier world as the moon enters Virgo. Look for problems in food sources or food distribution. Ask if criticism is true or just a way to express discontent. Monday, Feb. 1: Let’s not be hard on ourselves. We may have a lot to assimilate as Mercury challenges Jupiter and the moon opposes Uranus; breathing helps. Use the sympathetic side of Virgo to relieve selfconsciousness; release the critical voice and fix what needs fixing. Be supportive to loved ones and let the rest of the world sand down the sharp edges. Tuesday, Feb. 2: We try to figure out what’s fair as the Libra moon conjuncts Saturn. A few challenging aspects to Venus test this and increase our longing for what’s missing or what could be. We can be there for one another. The afternoon is heavy-hearted as territoriality or jealousy tugs at us. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Get the groove going; learn how to work with one another. Promote, offer proposals, improve team communications, and coordinate. The evening is sociable, though moody clouds begin to darken the horizon. Thursday, Feb. 4: Focus this morning and then hunker down for a few days of surly backlash as the Scorpio moon brings out the naysayers and critics. We may need to look under a rock or face a tough truth to take the next step. Fears of loss or dearth make us less forgiving. Let it go and put that mental fixation on a new goal instead. Living well is the best revenge.