All Times Pacific: Astrology Report Jan 22-Jan 29
Friends, we have before us a mostly quiet and pleasant week of astrology. The following week is even quieter. However, with Uranus stationary Jan 22 and Mars occupying the degree of its station until Jan 25, be careful driving, take care with sharp instruments and electricity, avoid sudden moves, and watch out for erratic behavior, especially involving the masculine side of life. Road rage will probably be a bit more emphasized with this aspect in play so set an example of tranquility and avoid urgency if at all possible. The rush to get moving, the urge for freedom, irritation at delays and detours, even smoldering anger turning violent are some of the possible themes. But this energy can be harnessed for creativity, for breaking free of the doldrums, and with Mars in Gemini unleash your writing ability. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
Sun Jan 22 Venus conjunct Saturn is exact mid afternoon. This can be a depressing aspect but also a lovely peaceful one. If relationships feel alienated give people space. Demonstrate loyalty and patience. Where necessary, it could be time to move on. Bring beauty to your chores by adding a touch of Venus here or there. A good time for studying and practicing the arts. For creative people the desire to edit will be strong, and for everyone the temptation to criticize could cause problems. It’s not easy to balance Saturn’s constrictions and limitations with the demands for freedom that characterize Uranus stationary direct, a minute before 3 PM. Uranus will be occupying the degree of its station until Feb 3, so collectively and individually we can expect some surprises over the next couple of weeks. Wishing you a happy year of the Water Rabbit, said to be a much gentler year than the year of the Water Tiger now ending.
Monday Jan 23 only lunar aspects are exact. As William Faulkner wrote: “Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” Marie Bauer Hall used to say she had too much respect for time to wear it on her wrist.
Tuesday Jan 24 sun sextile Jupiter is exact at 5:30 PM, this optimistic and generous aspect indicates opportunities for, if not success, at least some joyous times. Don’t over do it. There’s no need to. We can enjoy the wonder of life in simple ways. Find some reasons to be happy, and express your appreciation to those who make you happy. Guillaume Apollinaire wrote: “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
Wednesday Jan 25 only lunar aspects are exact. We’ve been living in a world that is so much more obstructed than what we’ve known. Many of us have learned this truth that Thornton Wilder captured, “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” How do we regain a sense of freedom with so many challenges around us? In communications from beyond, Elizabeth White, perhaps the most extraordinary medium/control in the history of spiritualism, suggested a simple technique for getting out of what she called the vortex. The vortex is that anxiety ridden state that occurs when the soul forgets itself, identifies with the body, and fears fate and mortality. First relax somewhere you won’t be disturbed. Breathe slowly and deeply. Now go over all the reasons you appreciate life. Those you love. Pets you have and had. Beautiful places, beautiful people, beautiful actions. Appreciate them all, your mystical insights, your teachers, the improbable fact of your existence, and the luminous moment you inhabit. Let your heart fill with feelings of love and appreciation, for the hummingbirds in the bamboo, for the warmth and light of the sun, for the beauty and the wisdom of the stars. Or as Emerson wrote, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Thursday Jan 26 Venus enters Pisces at 6:33 PM. This sentimental and romantic placement contrasts with Venus in Aquarius with its preference for socializing with friends. This Venus placement favors quality emotional time with those we love most. Film work is especially favored, but it’s also a good time to simply enjoy good films. Mystical pursuits more easily overlap art and love when Venus is in Pisces.
Friday Jan 27 Mercury square Chiron mid-afternoon is the only discordant aspect of the week. So far we are looking good. No holiday surge. No dangerous variants. But areas of the world where the virus is rampant could incubate something dangerous. Caution continues to be the rational choice. If there is some sort of bad news to counter what so far has been good news Mercury square Chiron would be the aspect for its announcement. In our own lives it’s a good time to adjust our habits and to notice what might be causing small problems that can be nipped in the bud. Also a good time for researching healing.
Saturday Jan 28 only lunar aspects are exact. Virginia Woolf wrote: “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
Sunday Jan 29 sun trine Mars is exact at 5:45 PM and Mercury trine Uranus at 6:16 PM. Sun trine Mars is energizing. Be sure to put the energy somewhere helpful. Get those chores done, remember drudgery is a sacred ritual when we realize its intent is to prevent harm. Play sports. Organize what was neglected. Work out. Work on something you love. Continue to drive carefully, as this aspect along with the Uranus station indicates a potentially accident prone interlude somewhat counterbalanced by a dexterous Mercury trine Uranus, an aspect that can indicate enlightening conversations, breakthroughs in technology, new perspectives, realizations that change minds, and liberating news.