Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPOS - www.roan­rob­ Heather Roan Rob­bins

AS 2016 DAWNS, cul­tural earthquakes rum­ble on and mo­men­tum builds for the changes al­ready in progress. How­ever, the dust is still so stirred that we can’t see the new lay of the land. The square be­tween Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capri­corn is wan­ing but still in­flu­ences us through­out 2016.

Pluto in Capri­corn (2008-2024) asks us to ren­o­vate our ap­proach to po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal power around the world. We see an ef­fort to crack down on de­bates about gov­ern­ing struc­tures. Re­bel­lion will nat­u­rally fol­low in re­sponse, en­er­gized by rev­o­lu­tion­ary, an­ar­chis­tic Uranus in in­de­pen­dent Aries (2010-2018).

But all is not pol­i­tics. Nep­tune in Pisces (2011-2025) lets the veil be­tween the worlds stay thin. Our imag­i­na­tion and spir­i­tual hunger sit like a wel­com­ing pool, wait­ing for us — though we have to con­sciously reach in to ac­ti­vate them. Our es­capist habits and per­sonal il­lu­sions also sing to us, and re­li­gion re­mains an im­por­tant mo­ti­vat­ing po­lit­i­cal force. Saturn squares Nep­tune at the be­gin­ning of 2016 and can help us re­strain the ex­cess of Nep­tune.

Ev­ery time one of the faster mov­ing plan­ets hits th­ese two outer plan­ets, our whole world vi­brates; we are thrown a few wild cards, and all our on­go­ing is­sues are stirred up. We saw this as Mars rang this bell in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, and as Mer­cury set it off right be­fore Christ­mas. The sun con­juncts Pluto (just as Mars en­ters fo­cused Scor­pio) and causes an event again on Tues­day. We may be tested by an oc­cur­rence, a re­al­iza­tion, or a flood of mem­o­ries, but Mer­cury en­cour­ages us to work through our dis­cour­age­ment, in­te­grate con­flict­ing needs, and take an un­usu­ally hon­est and imag­i­na­tive ap­proach.

Mer­cury, ar­biter of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ner­vous sys­tems, and trans­porta­tion, usu­ally ret­ro­grades three times a year, but this year we’re lucky to get four, start­ing on Tues­day. Mer­cury ret­ro­grades from Tues­day, Jan. 5, to Jan. 25; from April 28 to May 22; from Aug. 30 to Sept. 21; and from Dec. 19 to Jan. 8, 2017. Through­out Jan­uary, let’s fin­ish projects, re­view last year’s events, and change our plans based on this new un­der­stand­ing.

Keep the sched­ule loose and mo­bile the rest of the week. Let’s re­mem­ber what we’re do­ing and where we want to go. Fe­bru­ary launches a new chap­ter.

FRI­DAY, JAN. 1: Let this morn­ing be quiet and con­tem­pla­tive as the wan­ing Li­bra moon squares the sun and Pluto. We need to re­view more than plan and make res­o­lu­tions through­out this month. Col­lab­o­ra­tive di­a­logue picks up tonight as thought­ful Mer­cury en­ters so­cia­ble Aquar­ius.

SATUR­DAY, JAN. 2: Tie up loose ends, keep the sched­ule flex­i­ble and expectations low, and make re­la­tion­ships a pri­or­ity.

SUN­DAY, JAN. 3: Our tails twitch, crowds bug us, and we may have had enough of our rel­a­tives as the moon and Mars both con­junct in soli­tude-lov­ing, se­ri­ous Scor­pio. Speak from com­pas­sion, be­cause con­fronta­tions might oth­er­wise es­ca­late. It may help to take a soli­tary jour­ney.

MON­DAY, JAN. 4: The morn­ing could be surly and un­co­op­er­a­tive — lowlevel anx­i­ety is dis­tract­ing peo­ple. Give them room to be cranky and stay fo­cused on the few things that ac­tu­ally need to be done.

TUES­DAY, JAN. 5: It’s very easy to say the wrong thing and set peo­ple off on this tricky, emo­tional day as Mer­cury con­juncts Mars and ret­ro­grades. Drive safely, speak con­sciously, cut ev­ery­one a lot of slack, and check in on de­pressed friends.

WED­NES­DAY, JAN. 6: The moon en­ters Sagit­tar­ius and light­ens the mood. Deal with present emer­gen­cies and be­gin a dis­cus­sion about the fu­ture.

THURS­DAY, JAN. 7: An in­ter­est­ing shift in per­spec­tive lets us look at past events with fresh eyes as the sun squares Uranus. We may need to cor­rect or ad­just projects al­ready in the works.

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