Pasatiempo - - STAR CODES - Heather Roan Rob­bins www.roan­rob­

EX­PECT TO BE ap­palled, pas­sion­ate, in­fu­ri­ated, and, if we’re lucky, elated. What­ever our po­lit­i­cal lean­ings, we can move into a more emo­tion­ally volatile, re­ac­tive mode as Mars en­ters feisty Aries this week and Venus fol­lows next week. Look for them in the early evening sky, close to­gether in the west.

As week­end be­gins with a new moon in col­lec­tive Aquar­ius, we may re­ally no­tice the change in the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate and how that af­fects our so­cial cir­cle. This new moon starts a new chap­ter in our re­la­tion­ship to com­mu­nity, politics, pol­icy, and so­cial life, but what’s in that chap­ter is up to us. Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto on Sun­day and brings to mind the prob­lems of our life and what we want to do about it. Our per­sonal ver­sion of this pat­tern may just be a need to re­assess who we want to spend time with, what we want to dis­cuss when we gather, and what is our com­mit­ment to our com­mu­nity, both lo­cal and global.

Mars in Aries gives us the guts to start off in a fresh di­rec­tion. It amps up both re­bel­lious en­ergy and the au­thor­i­tar­ian re­sponse to that re­sis­tance. It’s a good time to make sure ev­ery­one feels like they’re on the same side to pro­tect one an­other. This Mars as­pect can add fuel to our tem­pers.

We can get moody un­less we know our next steps as Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto in Capri­corn on Sun­day. Capri­corn likes to know what moun­tain to climb next. We may feel an ur­gency to get other peo­ple to un­der­stand our per­spec­tive, even as they au­to­mat­i­cally re­sist the pres­sure and are wary of ma­nip­u­la­tive rhetoric.

Tues­day shifts life into an ac­tion movie as thought­ful Mer­cury squares ur­gent Uranus. As our ner­vous en­ergy ratch­ets up, we need to take a deep breath and work to­ward what will serve us best for the long haul.

FRI­DAY, JAN. 27: We can ar­gue six ways around the block un­der the new Aquar­ius moon. Mid­day, if re­spect feels tested, hold out for what mat­ters. Gump­tion flows as Mars en­ters Aries; take thought­ful risks and start some­thing new. If sparks fly, let them be de­light­ful ones.

SATUR­DAY, JAN. 28: Go some­where fresh and dif­fer­ent as the moon trines Jupiter. Take any op­por­tu­nity to broaden our hori­zons; learn and net­work.

SUN­DAY, JAN. 29: Check in on the vul­ner­a­ble as Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto, fo­cus­ing our con­cerns just as the moon en­ters sen­si­tive Pisces. We run through our worst-case sce­nar­ios so we know we can han­dle them, and then we need to ask what things would look like if ev­ery­thing worked out.

MON­DAY, JAN. 30: This morn­ing a moon-Nep­tune con­junc­tion leaves us foggy or un­cer­tain as Mars in Aries de­mands ac­tion. Use the en­ergy to do busy work while the mind wan­ders and in­ves­ti­gates.

TUES­DAY, JAN. 31: Af­ter a slow morn­ing, look for sud­den de­ci­sions and rad­i­cal moves un­der the Aries moon. Think care­fully about sud­den snap de­ci­sions; ask if it re­ally is a good idea or just nerves talk­ing. Take a med­i­ta­tive ap­proach — ac­ci­dents and rants in­crease with dis­trac­tion as Mer­cury squares Uranus.

WED­NES­DAY, FEB.1: As­sess the sit­u­a­tion — land­scapes and mind­sets may have changed overnight. Peo­ple are more col­lab­o­ra­tive as long as they are not told what to do. Tonight, as the moon squares Pluto, let moods flow through and come out the other side.

THURS­DAY, FEB. 2: Look to ac­tions, not words, for what’s re­ally go­ing on. Words may sound hol­low but our busy minds and en­gaged con­ver­sa­tion may come up with so­lu­tions. We look for cozy com­fort as the moon en­ters earthy Tau­rus.

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