THIS WHOLE MONTH WILL BE OUR TIME to build foundations for 2016. We have to finish up prior commitments, reconnect with old contacts, and dust off that old manuscript to bring it up to date — or just sit with our memories. We may be efficient but can best make progress by walking backward as thoughtful Mercury retrogrades.
Mercury retrogrades to conjunct Pluto next weekend, and brings an encore of emotional and technical work that we began in December, when these two last danced together, asking us to do another layer of that work. Pay attention to issues that bring tears to the eyes or melancholy to the soul, and be careful around any situation that delineates a strident difference between a good use of power and an abuse of power. If the tension level begins to pick up in a conversation, assume it’s a misunderstanding.
With Mercury retrograde we also have to deal with the mercurial slapstick that can slow us down for three weeks — we must work around mislaid messages, crashed servers, stalled cars, and other messages that remind us to slow down and be present.
This weekend may start off a bit sparky — but don’t get hooked into a narrative of righteous anger. A cuddlier Taurus moon encourages us to rest up and get comfortable later in the weekend. Relationships need extra care midweek — pay attention to body language as much as to words.
Also in midweek, be particularly careful about slips of the tongue or slips on ice as Mercury squares Uranus. If we get wound up or feel frazzled, let’s take the time to collect ourselves.
FRIDAY, JAN. 15: A feisty Aries moon energizes us when the road is clear but leaves us quickly frustrated with impediments. Let’s be diplomatic midday, even when we don’t feel like it. Tonight we can clash, but we’ll enjoy one another more if we are amused by our differences.
SATURDAY, JAN. 16: Our internal gyroscope can spin too fast, and still we get nowhere. If awkward moments trip up good intentions, keep talking and let warmth show through. Tonight, appreciate creature comforts as the moon enters earthy Taurus.
SUNDAY, JAN. 17: Relationships can get edgy — our perspectives feel skewed and emotions run strong as Venus squares Jupiter. Tackle a task, not one another.
MONDAY, JAN. 18: Get off to an organized start as the moon, sun, and Jupiter form a grand trine in Earth signs. Rather than try to change opinions or plan ahead, make progress where the work is already outlined. If people are sticklers for procedural details, either work with them or step away. Tonight, find healing words to soften an impasse.
TUESDAY, JAN. 19: Many words float by, but that doesn’t mean any real communication happens. We can uncover information if we actively seek to understand, not seek to be right.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20: Working partnerships need extra attention and care. People can say strange things or make abrupt and potentially inappropriate decisions as Mercury squares Uranus. Breathe deeply before reacting.
THURSDAY, JAN. 21: If we are awash in feelings as the moon enters Cancer and forms a grand trine with Neptune and Mars, let the feelings flow like floodwaters down a hillside. Defenses can trigger irrationally. Hold hearts gently.