Starcodes horoscopes for January 16 – 22, 2009sam
by Heather Roan Robbins
Change is coming, and not just in the impending unique presidential inauguration, though that’s a wonderful symbol for this week’s potential. Be prepared for a series of exciting adjustments with frustrating delays as the very changes we hope to make, from our New Year’s resolutions to how we run our country, get tested. But the obstacles and delays may be just what we need to refine the changes, and make sure that when momentum rolls, it will in the right direction.
Let’s be glad that we’re not the one giving one of the most watched speeches in history, nor on the inaugural committee trying to makes sure everything goes off smoothly under this delay-provoking, snafu-producing and sometimes tongue-tying Mercury retrograde. To adapt, adjust, and improvise with what we’ve got is the key to this week’s transits.
Mercury retrograde is tricky in the new administration’s birth chart. It speaks of challenging communications and less-than optimal cooperation right at the beginning. The aspects at the inauguration paint the picture of an emotional high-tide, but also suggest that the new President will first need to deal with old problems before he can get down to new business. He’ll need to clean up the mess first and then initiate change.
We, too, may need to go back to deal with an old, familiar problem; first we clean up and then we create the change. But it will take an innovative approach to clean up the mess or correct our course; we can’t do what we’ve always done before.
Saturn opposes Uranus from last Election Day, Nov 4, through July of 2010; this monumental turning of the wheel of change has just begun. We have been softened for these turns of the cultural evolutionary wheel as the recent economic and environmental upheavals informed us that we cannot continue business as usual. If we do not back down, but really forge ahead to a new form of Saturn, a new structure that can really work, we’ll look back on this productive time with pride. If we try to go back to the way things were we set ourselves up for real upheaval 2012 as Uranus squares Pluto. It’s going to be a wild ride.
On a more hopeful note, under this week’s retrospective aspects we may find an old friend we’ve been searching for or pick up the reins on a conversation, project, or ambition we once dropped. But do practice basic Mercury retrograde skills, when the symbolic god of communications and transportations looks backwards, look both ways before crossing, follow through on messages and packages, proofread carefully, confirm appointments and take seriously any flashing lights on the dashboard or signs that say “bridge out”. When the day doesn’t go as planned, look around for the touch of serendipity hidden in the changes.
The weekend begins friendly enough, but be careful when driving, speaking, or using power tools as Mercury semi-squares erratic Uranus. Strange technical glitches seem to put poltergeist in the system. Nervous tensions and excitement vibrate into a crazy edge, and people can really act out. Enjoy the buzz, but let any mental static flow.
Sunday and Monday, a broody Scorpio Moon can stir up worries or an existential discontent that too easily sets off an argument; take the mood outside. Hopefulness increases as the week gets underway and Sun enters Aquarius while the Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius. We’re pulled out of our caves and into the streets by the aspects and the inaugural events; it will pulse in the communal psyche.
Mercury retrogrades into Capricorn on Tuesday night and encourages the new administration to hit the ground running the next morning. Many plans that were initiated mid-December but suspended over the holidays are now ready to be fine-tuned and put into motion. Brand new plans had best wait until after Ground-hog day, when Mercury turns direct.
Towards the end of the week our hopeful impatience craves change immediately; may it help our political adjustments and leave our family life intact as Mars sextiles and Venus conjuncts restless Uranus. Let’s get underway, but not rush until we have all the information we need.
Friday, Jan 16 get agreements lined up early while the friendly Libra Moon trines Mercury. People will tend to be moody, but generally agreeable. Afternoon is less organized, harder to punctuate; prioritize camaraderie versus efficiency. Mechanical gremlins need to be taken seriously. Edginess grows later as the Moon squares Mars and Mercury semi-squares Uranus; confrontations can sprout unexpectedly and things be said which are not really meant. Don’t corner a disagreeable soul.
Saturday, Jan 17 morning is restless but unfocused, good for wandering or puttering, cleaning up small projects. Spacey midday as the Moon trines Neptune; imaginative approaches help, but we tend to hear what we want to hear. Around dinnertime, if cooperation thins and debate picks up, keep it recreational. Evening broods and smokes as the Scorpio Moon brings out our suspicious side; our imagination is probably worse than our bite.
Sunday, Jan 18 brings a thoughtful, emotionally-unsettled morning; quiet acceptance may be the most helpful approach. Midday is logistically tough as the Moon makes difficult aspects; keep the agenda light and pad the schedule for quirks. Evening is much more optimistic and investigative as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter; we can find ingenious solutions to earlier difficulties. But watch a tendency to say too much under stress.
Monday, Jan 19 swirling emotions, hopes and fears run high this morning under as Scorpio Moon and as Mercury semi-squares Venus. Surface social chatter activates to give us privacy for deeper feelings; don’t poke the depths. Let us move at our own pace, we’re pressured from within to perform, so pressure from the outside only makes us drag our feet. Afternoon lightens as if the clouds crack open as the Moon trines Uranus and the Sun enters Aquarius; we’re almost ready to hold hands.
Tuesday, Jan 20, the Moon enters cheerful, mobile Sagittarius early on to lift our spirits and sharpen our wit, though it totally dilutes our ability to concentrate. The energy is chaotic as we all resonate to the communal psyche of both family and country, whichever way we flow; we might as well put all paperwork away. As Mercury conjuncts the Sun, words follow intent; we can show up and do what we said we’d do. Afternoon is high energy; the evening grows more serious, formal, if easily tired as Mercury enters Capricorn.
Wednesday, Jan 21 is all about the interaction; it brings a desire to party or conspire. Feelings are dramatized and overshadow routines, so details can fall though the cracks unless shepherded carefully as Venus semi-squares Jupiter. The energy bubbles, but the work may not get done, let it be a day between; settle in and listen to the changing winds.
Thursday, Jan 22 the work becomes more obvious. Our restlessness and impatience grows; we want action wherever we’ve been unhappy as Mars sextiles and Venus conjunct Uranus, whether at work, in politics or in the heart. Will strengthens, activity accelerates, problem solving creativity abounds, but we may not have all the facts. Turn in the new direction and take one step at a time.