This week will probably not go as expected, but we can get organized and take advantage of serendipitous moments. The first part of the week is competent and thoughtful. Early next week, active Mars forms a tricky conjunction with intuitive Neptune. On a good day, it imparts a willingness to take actions based on faith and sensitive understanding as we deal with our escapist patterns. It can bring action (Mars) to our dreams (Neptune), or leave us feeling a bit lazy and permeable. On a bad day, it fuels a fight for religious beliefs or deepens our attachment to illusion. It will be up to us to add compassion, a visceral sense of connection (which is the deepest gift of Neptune), and a willingness to see even uncomfortable truths.
Powerful emotions connect us to our international relations with Venus, Mercury, and, soon, the sun — expressed through communal Aquarius. This lineup can make our hearts bubble over like boiling porridge. We want to feel a collective heartbeat, and we ache for the woes of the world together.
But we can miss the needs of those closest to us, or think we know their feelings better than we do. Bubbling porridge can make a mess. It helps to ask our nearby loved ones what they need and how they feel, and to notice when we are boiling over emotionally and need to step back.
Mercury turns retrograde by the end of the week, breaking our flow of concentration and introducing unexpected agendas. Ordinary plans for travel, communication, and understanding get complicated. We’ve got three weeks to review and reorganize; let’s use them to our advantage. Friday, Jan. 16: A seriously restless morning questions our priorities under a peripatetic Sagittarius moon. Honesty can be abrupt when we’re anxious, so center down before speaking. Tonight, free one another’s spirit from the week’s heaviness. Saturday, Jan. 17: Let the mind and the feet roam as the Sagittarius moon trines expansive Jupiter and activates our dancing feet. International news calls us to explore the joys and responsibilities of global citizenship. People are farsighted today, but that can mean they don’t see what’s right next to them — don’t take it personally. Sunday, Jan. 18: It’s a day to search one’s soul and get organized. Look into personal and cultural history for a fresh understanding of the moment under a waning Capricorn moon. Small accomplishments soothe us. Monday, Jan. 19: Our hearts swell and emotions spill over for the sake of the world soul today as Mars conjuncts Neptune. We may be grumpy and uncomfortable under the Capricorn moon, but we’ll feel better when we acknowledge that we belong to something larger than ourselves. Tuesday, Jan. 20: The mood grows open and stubborn — if less intimate — as the sun and moon enter Aquarius and conjunct. Reorganize relationships — strengthen healthy group commitments, and let go of those that don’t work. Watch for misunderstandings — it’s easy to develop a theory and think we know more than we actually do. Wednesday, Jan. 21: Mercury retrogrades, and our signals cross. Don’t run on the ice or run into assumptions: Walk with grace instead. Follow through carefully on stray practical details — they fall through the cracks so easily. Thursday, Jan. 22: We feel for the poor, the hurt, and the downtrodden as the Pisces moon conjunct Mars and Neptune. This lineup can leave us sensitive and sulking. Keep such pain in perspective, and notice where real work is needed.