WE MAY FEEL LIKE WE’RE LIVING in a retrospective exhibit. Over the last six weeks, events have triggered us to look back and remember emotionally intense events that changed the course of our lives. This process began right before Christmas, as thoughtful Mercury first conjuncted intense Pluto and set off a cascade of memories. Mercury then turned retrograde on Jan. 4, and has backed up to conjunct Pluto again this weekend under an expressive, emotionally full moon in Leo. Mercury pivots direct on Monday and stays conjunct with Pluto through the end of the month.
So while Mercury brings our mind to it, let’s take a look at Pluto’s mythology. Pluto was lord of all that was received into the earth and all that we dig up from the earth. It may be time to bury our dead, to really lay to rest something that is no longer alive for us — some hope, dream, or grudge. Or it could be time to dig down deep in the caves of our souls and of our culture and find gold and jewels.
One helpful and pragmatic way to use this aspect is to go back to a tough time in our lives and reconnect with the good that was buried within — pull up those skills and those connections to see what new value we can find. The stock market tends to respond to emotional transits rather than logical ones, and so do the scarier corners of international politics. Finances and politics may stay volatile until these aspects even out in February.
We can expect basic retrograde slapstick — let’s be forgiving when people are late due to a dead car battery, broken server, or frozen pipes. Make sure urgent messages actually get where they are meant to go. Mercury turns direct on Monday, so moods and messages begin to straighten out toward the end of the week.
FRIDAY, JAN. 22: We are flooded with feelings and memories as the sensitive Cancer moon opposes Mercury and Pluto. Sudden decisions made now may need reconsideration; sudden losses can rock the boat. Take every opportunity to build trust.
SATURDAY, JAN. 23: This morning calls for cozy comfort, but our emotional needs grow as the moon waxes full in Leo this afternoon. We want melodrama, community, and a creative process as vibrant as our feelings. All is well if we share the limelight.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24: We may step on one another’s toes this morning as the Leo moon squares Mars. Delays are likely. Give others a moment to shine midday and they’ll be cooperative. Tonight, don’t sacrifice more than is useful.
MONDAY, JAN. 25: Mercury turns direct. Lost items are found and real opinions and secrets revealed as the week progresses.
TUESDAY, JAN. 26: We may feel sleepy and doubt ourselves as the Virgo moon opposes Neptune midday. Clarify and check facts. Accept what’s imperfect but good enough for now. Instead of criticizing loved ones, focus on their strong points.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27: Be prepared to unearth uncomfortable facts. No matter what it feels like, ride the waves and support one another.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28: Communication begins to straighten out. The mood is friendlier, though still guarded. Our signals will still cross and there will be awkward moments tonight as the moon squares Venus.