Mercury just turned retrograde, which it does for three weeks three times a year. This is always an occasion to review, refresh, remember, and pick up our pieces.
It’s important to practice basic Mercury retrograde skills and be careful of the messages you send, keep track of important personal items, and avoid accidents due to lack of attention. Confirm reservations. Assume conflict is based on a misunderstanding. When you schedule events, account for delays. Stop pushing new work forward and finish what’s already on the table.
This retrograde cycle may also bring us back to an old story about our personal or collective histories and ask us to look a little deeper, see things more clearly, and make reparations so the past can nourish us and not restrict us to old and unproductive patterns.
Over the weekend, an energized if feisty Aries moon instills an urge in us to create new beginnings, but it’s better to clear up unfinished business first.
The week starts slow under a Taurus moon. Seek out an urgent shortterm project that looks like it’s only a sidebar but needs to be dealt with now. Venus joins Mars and Neptune in Pisces on Tuesday and adds to this spacey, intuitive, and potentially passive-aggressive time. Watch political decisions being made on faith, imagination, and illusion instead of on logic and a clear grasp of facts. Let’s be careful how we proceed.
Friday, Jan. 23: Energy swirls in place with little forward movement. Keep practical expectations low under this subtle Pisces moon. We need low-key rest or a moment in a magical realm tonight.
Saturday, Jan. 24: The mood is antsy and ambitious but not efficient as the moon enters feisty Aries and trines serious Saturn. Be careful around an edgy irritation or a return to old anger. Tonight, suspend expectations and attend to the needs and joys of the moment.
Sunday, Jan. 25: We want to change it up this morning but may have some karmic responsibilities to complete or strangely pivotal events to respond to as the Aries moon squares Pluto. A potentially uncomfortable morning can unfold into a more expansive and generous afternoon as the moon trines Jupiter.
Monday, Jan. 26: The mood is stubborn and settled today as the moon enters earthy Taurus. Get a steady groove going and pursue that which takes endurance rather than finesse or flexibility.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: We may feel squishy and tender as Venus enters Pisces. Finesse a new understanding or sense of beauty or change some uncomfortable dynamics with empathy. Tonight, generosity brings ample returns as the Taurus moon squares Jupiter.
Wednesday, Jan. 28: Tend to mundane chores — like laundry or filing — this morning, when energy swirls in place, making it hard to build momentum. We get nervy and interactive this afternoon as the moon enters Gemini, but if we find ourselves at cross-purposes or unsettled by relationship oddities, stand back and feel the sympathy.
Thursday, Jan. 29: Take the opportunity to communicate while the Gemini moon trines Mercury midday. Just know that although we’re unusually open to conversation, our attention spans are short and nervous. Around dinnertime, as the moon squares Mars, this can sharpen tempers or result in clumsiness if we feel pushed. Settle in tonight.