Starcodes horoscope for January 30 – February 5, 2009sam
by Heather Roan Robbins
This week our universal vehicle can feel like someone is standing on the brakes and the gas at the same time. We can feel lurching tension between the two impulses as our country and its economy lumber to change directions, goaded by an impatient population, but snagged by delays, tests, and entrenched human habits. Our own lives may vibrate between impatience for the potential we see on the horizon and narrowed financial or emotional resources to get there. Next week we’ll feel more traction and begin to feel progress, though the road will still be long and filled with challenges.
Watch for a return to bi-partisan tension this week after the post-inaugural love-fest as the two planets of the social-political world, liberal Jupiter and conservative Saturn, form a short-lived but difficult semi-square. We can feel the taught interaction in our own lives between a desire to spend and to conserve, to be helpful or feel safer. Some great ideas will pour in but without the funds or energy to live them out for the moment. But a dynamic debate between these two archetypal poles, whether in our minds or in our senate, can eventually hammer out the best possible answer.
Several aspects feel into this tension between impatience and delay. Communications may feel stalemated this weekend, as, by the quirks of our orbits, Mercury appears to change directions and turn direct after three weeks retrograde. Old battle lines may intensify. Conversation can get stilted or awkward, our thinking can seem temporarily blunted and words hard to find, but this slowness can help us go deeper. The flow of words and ideas improves by the end of the week.
As the weekend begins and Mercury retrogrades back near Mars, expect to hear more surgical news about cuts and cutbacks necessary to prune our country back to healthy growth. Although many decisions made under Mercury retrograde are soon reversed (which could be good news for those just handed a pink slip) this pruning is part of a four-year renovation about how we work and do business. We are not looking at a temporary slowdown, but at a major redistribution of energy centers in industry and business. Instead of trying to hold on to the way things were, the sooner we work with this transformation, the better. It helps if we can look at our own lives to see what’s superfluous and can be pared down; we can give the healthy fundamentals of our life room to grow.
Structural, disciplinarian Saturn catches lots of heat later this week; it perfects an opposition to change-master Uranus and quincunx the healing asteroid Chiron, which pressures us to let go of old patterns that we have either outgrown or which are now unhealthy. Just watch a few injudicious CEO’s squirm. This could be an emotional pattern that defended us or prevented us from expressing what we really are or need, or it could describe how we work, consume resources, work with authority, or stay safe. It may feel great to streamline and update our techniques, once we identify what needs to change, but questioning our deeply-entrenched processes can be painful. We don’t need to hurry, but we do need to take it seriously; this aspect is only a step in a three-year process. One era ended as Saturn opposed Uranus exactly on Election Day 11/4/08, we adjust and explore as it perfects again 2/5/09, 8/9/09, and our world shifts as it peaks 4/26/10 and 7/26/10. The last time this aspect re-oriented our world was 1965-7, the next time will be 2056.
Even though Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn ask us to hold still and weigh our decisions carefully as the week begins, our gumption and enthusiasm are encouraged towards the end of the week as the emotional planets, Venus and Mars, move out of introspective, interior Pisces and Capricorn, and into more extroverted and daring Aries and Aquarius. These two add fireworks and impatience to the national dialogues.
Aesthetics change; graphics become noticeably aimed at a younger, fresher market. We get more proactive. We’re encouraged to make new connections and reach out to our community. Romance spices up as we get more emotionally daring. People who identify as freedom fighters, from the kindergarten to the Palestinians, search for their voice, whether we like it our not.
The week ends on some deeply unsettling aspects which can precipitate news that asks us to hold on to our seats and hold one another’s hands. It may just be a deepening realization of the actual world condition, or it could be an unsettling event which questions our foundations and asks us to be compassionate as Saturn perfects is opposition to Uranus and Venus moves into a heart-aching square with Pluto. Let this expand our collective heart.
Friday, Jan 30 brings warm impatience in the morning, feisty impatience in the afternoon. Our diplomatic skills are tested as the Moon conjuncts Venus and enters Aries. Tension at Noon as the Moon squares Pluto, people will tend to see disagreements as a power struggle or focus on the problem rather than the gift; that can give us a headache, but one that expressing ourselves relieves. We need to take turns rather than compete for rights. Enthusiasm rises this evening as the Moon sextiles Jupiter.
Saturday, Jan 31 the Aries Moon demands we stop working for others and tend to our own business. People need to re-center in their self, but can go overboard and get self-centered; don’t take it personally. We’ll do well if we don’t expect anyone to cooperate with our plans but enjoy spontaneous camaraderie instead. If communication seems impossible, shush and just walk together. Watch for small fires or burnt food tonight.
Sunday, Feb. 1, one Korean expression for meditation is to “leap like a tiger while sitting”; we might as well meditate this morning to help us balance fierceness and delay at the same time. Or else we could feel like a truck running full tilt into an NFL linebacker as Mercury turns direct. Misunderstandings and wild plans that brewed behind the scenes now come to the surface. Release attachment to any particular viewpoint and gather all info. Travel with safely in mind. Later, the static evens out as the Moon enters Taurus, creating the potential for emotional breakthrough tonight as the Moon trines Pluto.
Monday Feb 2, logjams break up, plans find direction; expect steady progress where we have patience. Hurrying only brings the opposite results under the Taurus Moon. Venus enters Aries and give us more gumption and confidence, but tempts us to oversimplify. Tonight we just have to be ourselves, no matter how inconvenient to others.
Tuesday, Feb 3 momentum builds for long-term projects as the Taurus Moon trines Saturn and Mercury. People are still feisty and thinking critically, but can make sense, see where the parts fit together and where mutual interests lie. The conversations pick up; we multi-task and talk late into the night as the Moon enters communicative Gemini.
Wednesday, Feb 4 the mood is wordy and ungrounded, intelligent but low on common sense as Mars enters Aquarius under the Gemini Moon. Appreciate optimism, neighborly discussions, and a willingness to get involved; don’t get stuck in philosophical wrangling over petty things; save it for the big stuff. And even then, ask if the wrangling is worth it, or is just distracting us from a common goal.
Thursday, Feb 5 breeds territorial disputes; people justify their disagreements with logical arguments but the resistance is more primal. Potentially shocking news concerning the shifts in our structures and foundations this morning as Saturn opposes Uranus. Work around touchy egos midday. If we’re facing a loss, we can chose to either get angry or to open our hearts, bond with people in the same boat and row to the far shore as Venus squares Pluto. Tonight we appreciate reassurance as the Moon enters Cancer; share comfort.