Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - www.roan­rob­ Heather Roan Rob­bins

IT WOULD BE WON­DER­FUL if we could spend the month of Jan­uary in a med­i­ta­tion re­treat. Mer­cury is now ret­ro­grade in Capri­corn through Jan. 26, and of­fers men­tal dis­ci­pline, en­cour­ag­ing us to be still and look within. The re­treat will need to in­clude move­ment too, as friendly Venus, now in ex­pan­sive, peri­patetic Sagit­tar­ius, can make us rest­less if we sit still for too long. Mars in deep Scor­pio calls for mo­ments of soli­tude; it can also stir our more pri­mor­dial feel­ings and make us ir­ri­ta­ble with in­ter­rup­tion. Venus con­juncts se­ri­ous Saturn this week, which helps us put dis­ci­plined prac­tice into any­thing we love.

If we can’t make that re­treat, this could be a com­pli­cated time. Al­though we may like to plan our year ahead, ret­ro­grade Mer­cury asks us to re­view the year be­hind first, and use this month to fin­ish the work we be­gan be­fore the hol­i­days. We can launch new projects in Fe­bru­ary. We also may need to deal with life’s lit­tle side­bars, short-term prob­lems we weren’t count­ing on that now ur­gently need our at­ten­tion.

Mer­cury ret­ro­grade can also bring tech­ni­cal com­pli­ca­tions and dis­rupt com­mu­ni­ca­tion if we’re in a rush. Mars in Scor­pio can make us cau­tious about new ap­proaches.

Mer­cury in Capri­corn en­cour­ages our minds to be ex­tra in­dus­tri­ous and wise on a good day, but more eas­ily wor­ried or de­pressed on a bad one. So let’s give our brains good work and cel­e­brate each com­pleted step. Watch the think­ing process and prac­tice mind­ful­ness.

As the week pro­gresses, we’ll want more trans­par­ent in­for­ma­tion. We may also have a flash of insight that breaks open an old as­sump­tion and lets in fresh un­der­stand­ing as the sun and Mer­cury both trine lib­er­at­ing Jupiter.

FRI­DAY, JAN. 8: Be wary of a slug­gish de­pres­sion that fix­ates on the past. We feel bet­ter af­ter a good day’s work catching up as Mer­cury con­juncts a de­ter­mined Capri­corn moon. Don’t test one an­other tonight as Venus con­juncts Saturn — build trust in­stead.

SATUR­DAY, JAN. 9: Frus­tra­tion can make us rest­less or reck­less as the wan­ing Capri­corn moon con­juncts Pluto and squares Uranus mid­day. Let ret­ro­spec­tion en­cour­age healthy res­o­lu­tions for the fu­ture un­der tonight’s new moon in Capri­corn.

SUN­DAY, JAN. 10: We feel a lit­tle old or creaky on this thought­ful morn­ing, but our mood and mus­cles im­prove with move­ment as the moon en­ters Aquar­ius mid­day. Ask how col­lab­o­ra­tion with the fam­ily or com­mu­nity can im­prove the sit­u­a­tion.

MON­DAY, JAN. 11: Keep con­ver­sa­tion in the present to work around strong mixed feel­ings. As Venus in Sagit­tar­ius be­gins to trine Uranus over the next few days, look for in­ter­est­ing new re­la­tion­ships or col­lab­o­ra­tions with roots in the past. Re­con­nect with old con­tacts.

TUES­DAY, JAN. 12: Stir the coals of hope­ful­ness as Mer­cury trines Jupiter dur­ing the up­com­ing days. As im­por­tant facts be­come clear, an old ally may need to be lov­ingly chal­lenged. We grow more sen­si­tive and can tap into our cre­ative process tonight as the moon en­ters Pisces. Blow on the sparks of ro­mance and af­fec­tion — loved ones need warmth.

WED­NES­DAY, JAN. 13: We drift around in our in­ner realms this morn­ing as the moon con­juncts Nep­tune in Pisces. Look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to help oth­ers with the ben­e­fit of ex­pe­ri­ence this af­ter­noon.

THURS­DAY, JAN. 14: We are in­fused with great strength of mind as the sun con­juncts Mer­cury and both trine Jupiter, but we can use that to be­come ob­ses­sive as eas­ily as to find an­swers. Choose care­fully what to fo­cus on. Give peo­ple room to ex­press and tell their story, and let a chal­lenge in­sti­gate a mo­ment for com­pas­sion­ate teach­ing.

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