Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - Heather Roan Rob­bins

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.


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