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.