Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - www.roan­rob­ Heather Roan Rob­bins

WE’RE AL­MOST HALF­WAY THROUGH THE WIN­TER. Ground­hog Day (on Tues­day) is the tra­di­tional day to lis­ten to the nat­u­ral world, take ad­vice, and then make plans for the rest of the win­ter. That’s a good thing to do this week as we turn an as­tro­log­i­cal cor­ner, fin­ish up a tough six-week cy­cle, and clear the decks to move for­ward in the weeks ahead.

Since mid-De­cem­ber through this week­end, thought­ful Mer­cury con­juncted Pluto and squared Uranus, a pat­tern syn­chro­nous with loss, ob­ses­sion, and an un­set­tled look back. Our minds were jogged to mem­o­ries of per­sonal loss through a se­ries of high-pro­file deaths in the news, which asked us what we want to do with our one pre­cious life. Those plan­ets also woke up wor­ries and tapped into our ob­ses­sive ten­den­cies.

Over the next few days, we re­visit some prob­lems of the last few months and get a chance to straighten them out. We get frus­trated be­cause we have to work to­gether or co­or­di­nate with other peo­ple when we’re not quite yet in sync. We may have to ad­just to sit­u­a­tions that are im­per­fect, but good enough for now. Next week, a fresh sense of clar­ity causes us to look back on prom­ises or plans we made over the last six weeks and make some ad­just­ments.

The week­end be­gins with a so­cia­ble, po­lit­i­cally strate­gic Aquarius moon. No­tice a rel­a­tively good-na­tured jostling for power among can­di­dates and co-work­ers. That jostling in­ten­si­fies on Sun­day and early in the week un­der a Scorpio moon. We can lose our sense of hu­mor about be­ing asked to sac­ri­fice some­thing im­por­tant to us for what oth­ers call the com­mon good. Mid­week, the mood lifts and we’ll find it eas­ier to see far­ther ahead. The ground­hog and a Sagittarius moon her­ald a fresh as­tro­log­i­cal chap­ter, what­ever his shadow says about the weather ahead.

FRI­DAY, JAN. 29: The day starts out friendly, with a lit­tle jock­ey­ing for po­si­tion. Warm pleas­antries can hide a deep need to be un­der­stood. Later, hid­den in­for­ma­tion is re­vealed as Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto.

SATUR­DAY, JAN. 30: The mood is one part sweet heal­ing as Venus sex­tiles Nep­tune, one part run­ning in place, and one part edgy. Work on all lev­els at once as the moon en­ters deep, stub­born Scorpio.

SUN­DAY, JAN. 31: When we’re friendly, we stay friendly; when we ar­gue, we re­ally go for it. Mer­cury squares off with un­ex­pected Uranus. Si­lence may be the best re­sponse to provoca­tive com­ments; keep de­bates recre­ational. Elec­tri­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, crossed wires, and ac­ci­den­tal con­di­tions pro­lif­er­ate. Con­sider a con­tem­pla­tive mo­ment alone.

MON­DAY, FEB. 1: Catch up, check in with one an­other, deal with prob­lems that arose over the week­end, and tie up loose ends this morn­ing. We start a new chap­ter to­day — our plans are less likely to need chang­ing or be up­staged by small emer­gen­cies.

TUES­DAY, FEB. 2: As the moon en­ters more out­go­ing, na­ture- cen­tered Sagittarius, let’s take ad­vice from the an­i­mals and think ahead about the next few months. Don’t just do busi­ness as usual, peo­ple are too rest­less — brain­storm pos­si­bil­i­ties and make travel plans in­stead. Be care­ful of a de­sire to drop ev­ery­thing and run away.

WED­NES­DAY, FEB. 3: Lit­tle suc­cesses are built to­ward big ones. Noth­ing pushes us, but luck is with us if we de­cide to be in­dus­tri­ous. We may need to ad­just re­cent de­ci­sions.

THURS­DAY, FEB. 4: Al­though we’re eas­ily dis­tracted, the mood is still pro­duc­tive, par­tic­u­larly in late af­ter­noon. Ex­tra will­ful­ness can help us ac­com­plish what we need to, but bring a strate­gic wrestling to meet­ings and pol­i­tics. Don’t be pushed off track with­out good rea­son.

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