Spring will be an active, action-packed season, so let’s lay the groundwork now. Mercury turns retrograde on Jan. 22: We have between now and then to get our schedules sketched out, working after that on using our imaginations to dream new forms into existence.
Venus and Mercury — the planets that symbolize our hearts and minds — run together in outgoing and friendly Aquarius this week to activate our social conscience and help us think in terms of teamwork and collaboration. This also adds poetic insistence to our words and a desire to convince and connect through them.
The weekend begins rather industriously as the moon in Virgo helps us bring our organizational skills into our homes. We can merely catalog all the things that need fixing, but it’s better to become inspired to actually do something about one or two items on the list. The rest of the weekend is more sociable and connected under a Libra moon.
Early next week, Mars, the planet we associate with motivation and defenses, enters Pisces and takes some of the sting out of tempers. Though it increases our sensitivity and compassion, it can also intensify our tendency to feel put upon or victimized. Mars in Pisces until the end of February can lower our defenses, but this can also affect us physically. Let’s support our immune system and pace our energy expenditure — keeping it slow and steady — exercising, but not to the point of exhaustion. Friday, Jan. 9: After a vulnerable and foggy early morning, watch a tendency to be hard on yourself, as well as on others, under an intelligent but slightly cranky Virgo moon. Tonight, everybody may need a moment to vent — and to do so scintillatingly — but, afterward, it’s important to come back to what heals. Saturday, Jan. 10: Tend to all the things that have recently been swept under the rug. Meet and greet, but don’t expect people to stop and talk long — we’re all nagged by an urge to accomplish. Be free with advice if asked; stuff it otherwise. Evening wanders: Release the agendas and focus on renewal. Sunday, Jan. 11: A lazy day — we hunger for peace and connection as the friendly Libra moon trines Mercury and Venus and wants us all to get along (or at least talk about doing so). It’s a warmhearted day for community, but we respond to ugliness or ill will with a severe allergic reaction. Monday, Jan. 12: The world gets complicated; our energy grows more subtle as Mars enters Pisces. Deal with uncomfortable, urgent communications this morning, but use patience and forethought. Our soul may long for that deep, inner quiet just as the world clamors for us to make decisions. Tuesday, Jan. 13: We have strong opinions this morning, and they only thicken later as the emotional moon enters Scorpio and trines Mars. It’s good to know what we want and where we stand, but let’s be careful with our cheerfully belligerent streak, asking where it furthers progress. Tonight, if old resentments creep in, express them with care (expect retaliation if they’re expressed otherwise), then let go. Wednesday, Jan. 14: It’s easy to get lost in an internal realm of would have/ could have/should have this morning. Our imaginations tend to linger in the dark corners unless we steer them toward positive obsessions. Watch out for fractured, brittle things — like bones or glass — under slippery circumstances. Thursday, Jan. 15: We’re curious — even profound — but if we get convoluted, it helps to listen to another person’s story that’s more complicated than our own as the Scorpio moon squares Jupiter. Rather than get reactive, take a moment of quiet to look for the empowering truth beneath that story.