The week begins with the potency of last week’s Solar Eclipse still very much to the fore. Anything to do with embracing our dreams, imagination, creativity, flair, spiritual strands, mystical potential, film, photography, music and healing will all be much to the fore this week and for some months to come. All of these are heightened by the collaboration between Neptune and is the Eclipse and the Sun continues to combine with this dreamy influence all week. Mercury also moved last Sunday into the sign of Pisces and is going to be connecting itself with the Sun from Thursday through to the end of the week. One of the things it’s going to be really important therefore is not to jump to conclusions about situations, before we have a more factual picture.
And speaking of which compulsion is still going to be supercharged, by Mars is continuing conjunction with Uranus. This is a combination which can see any situation which is inherently unstable starts to wobble even more, but particularly where there are any limitations around personal freedom or our desire to express ourselves in the way we see fit. Of course last week and for ten days Mars had been in a tremendously tense right angle with the planet of power Pluto . Fortunately this right angle is now at an end. However the opposition between Mars and Uranus and Jupiter does continue, so there can be some very bold claims made this week, and a sense that anything is possible but the trick is going to be making sure that these are also achievable. Fortunately, from Tuesday through to Sunday Mars and Uranus actually forge a very stable link to Saturn, so innovative ideas and approaches as long as well thought through can take a step-by-step forwards.
However on Saturday, Venus the planet of love does begin a rewind in the sign of Aries will last until the 2nd of April before then reversing into Taurus, where it will go direct mid month. However, it will not be until 19th May that that this planet returns to the same place from when the rewind began, so if you do notice any relationship issues on the back of this it can take a degree of perseverance to resolve them.
Sunday also sees a Quarter Moon in the sign of Gemini. Be aware that some issues can pop into the open that may be best kept discreet and if you encounter someone who tends to actively gossip you may be better to keep your astral cards close to your chest. The weekend also sees the Sun combining with Mercury in the sign of Pisces, but this is a combination that may in fact lessen the usual power of this combination, in terms of intellectual appreciation and analysis, but can be excellent for more intuitive thoughts and actions.
The week begins with the sun newly arrived in Pisces gaining a foothold in this Mutable Water sign. Pisces is ruled by both Neptune and also Jupiter , and both of these planets are being hugely influential so far this year and will continue to be so this week. Neptune is forging a continuing and beautiful link with Venus the planet of love and relating, but also that of money. This influence asks us to be conscious of our motivations about what we desire. Venus is in detriment in the sign of Aries, but upside of this location is it that it can push us to go for what we want. With Neptune in the mix too, listening to our hunches can be very important, but equally we shouldn’t kid ourselves about what our true motivations are.
Jupiter on the other hand continues in its opposition with Uranus, but with Mars alongside the planet of change from Wednesday through till Saturday, this is going to create a hugely stimulated set of planetary conditions. Why? Well when Mars and Jupiter get into opposition this can give us the sense that we are almost invincible. That any plan or project that we are involved in is almost certain to succeed. It’s great to have this electrifying bolts of extra energy and confidence pulsating around the heavens, but equally we shouldn’t promise more than we can realistically deliver. With your on us in the mix to its combination with Mars in particular can be quite volatile. Uranus in Aries is in itself intrinsically rather unstable, so with the ruler of Aries alongside, this creates a huge potential for sudden changes but not necessarily ones that have been well thought through. The desire for freedom, can be incredibly high. Restlessness and rebellion go hand in hand. Doing the usual everyday tasks can really lose their appeal. Generally most of us are going to be wanting a lot of stimulation. All this is very exciting but can lead to some impulsive moves that are not well thought through. Also, Pluto the planet of power, continues to square up with Mars for the whole week, and this really can lead to quite toxic environment, which may see some strident statements by world leaders, aggressive military moves, as well as political and social unrest.
Mercury is also forging a link to your on us itself in the first half of this week, so I think generally there’s going to be a lot of emphasis on unusual original and innovative ideas, but ones which may upset the status quo. If you are someone who is a natural reformer, and loves to keep making constant changes in your life you will absolutely thrive on this set of circumstances. If however you tend to be someone who prefers to keep things on an even keel, and enjoy a degree of continuity, this could be more challenging especially if changes are forced up you.
Sunday also sees Mercury move into the sign of Pisces. Now I must be honest, this is not Mercury’s favourite location. Mercury is the ruler of Virgo and also Gemini , which in turn oppose and also square its transit through the sign of Pisces, so it is therefore in detriment. If we think about this in practical terms, Pisces is a dreamy, rather an ephemeral influence, was Mercury’s primary role is facts and figures, and clarity around communication. This could be to diluted from now through till the 14th of March when he moves into the sign of Aries.
The Sunday also sees one of the most exciting events of the year so far, the annular Solar Eclipse also in the sign of Pisces. The real significance of this Solar Eclipse comes in its conjunction with the co-ruler of Pisces Neptune. Therefore over the next six months there is going to be a shimmering, potentially dreamy vibe prevailing. However for those of us interested in and more spiritual themes, healing, care for those less fortunate, and gentle peaceful pursuits, this can be an incredibly potent backdrop right through to August.
The week begins with the Sun continuing its sensational angle to Jupiter which began last Wednesday. Ironically this goes on to this Wednesday too. This is the ultimate planetary aspect of growth and positivism, so we must continue to push forward with any enterprising strands in our situations. Monday to Wednesday also sees the Sun forging a very stable angle to Saturn, suggesting any gains made which are well thought through have an excellent chance of sustaining themselves in the longer term.
But fun can be had in the early part of this week to with Mercury forging a delightful angle to Venus also to Wednesday. This is one of the most playful of all planetary aspects, and can see some flirty texts and conversations going back and forth. If you enjoy crosswords puzzles and quizzes, for entering competitions, go for it you could have some success.
From Wednesday through till the end of the week, Venus forges a subtle but important link to Neptune . This suggests the importance of listening to our sixth senses when it comes to deeper or more romantic relationship issues. Of course it is Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, and with Venus so well aspect it this week, there can be some delightful interaction for some lucky couples and people.
However the end of this week, does see one of the most testing of all planetary influences when the two rulers of Scorpio square up to each other on Friday and Saturday. This may see us encounter a situation where our desire to be a free spirit and do as we wish may not fit well with the expectations of someone we encounter, or the rules and regulations that prevail in your country or state, or organisation we work for may seem oppressive. This could lead to power struggles, and if we do encounter someone who seems to be using unreasonable force it will be important to stand our ground.
The weekend also sees the Sun on Saturday moving into the final stage of its journey in the sign of Pisces. This is one of the most reflective periods of the year, and may see as feeling nostalgic, or looking to embrace more spiritual or peaceful or creative strands in our situations. Film, photography, the arts, healing can all become more attractive.
The week begins, with Venus becoming established in Aries . However, Venus is in its detriment in this location, as Aries is very much about independent initiation, and Venus is very much about partnerships and working collaboratively, and is of course the ruler of the opposite sign of Aries, Libra.
However, the midpoint between Venus and also Mars in the sign of Aries, can be broadly positive because Mars can embolden Venus, and Venus can bring a little more subtlety discretion to the drive and energy that Mars in its home zone possesses. All of this can encourage us to take action if there is someone we are drawn to, and to be proactive.
However, on Monday ironically, Jupiter in the sign of Libra goes into a retrograde, one which is going to last for the next four months. Of course Jupiter is very much about knowledge and about expansion, and in the sign of, Libra, it is about social justice, fairness and higher education. Yet, the planet continues to be in opposition to the stormy energies of Uranus in Aries, and both forge a fine angle to the supporting vibe of Saturn . All this can see individuals’ worldwide continue to wish to have their voices heard more clearly, and potentially see a clash between competing trends of social consciousness between nationalism and democracy.
Jupiter also goes into a superb Trine with the Sun in the second half of this week in the first half of the following week. This is one of the most enabling of all planetary angles, and where we feel it is right to take action, could turn out to be very successful.
The Sun in Aquarius also forges a fine link with Uranus it’s modern ruler, in the second half of the week, one which will be brilliant for innovation, and novel and brilliant solutions could come to the fore. If you are an entrepreneurial person, this could be a time when you have a major lightbulb moment.
Mercury also makes its move into the sign of Aquarius on Tuesday. Think back, it was 3rd of December that this planet entered the conservative energies of Capricorn, and apart from a week’s hiatus when he reversed into Sagittarius, has been there for this very extended time ever since. His arrival in Aquarius is going to spark a much more sociable and interactive period of the year for us all.
Saturday does those see the potent Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Leo. This can bring greater visibility and warmth to any issues that we need to buy just or work through, but the Moon and the Sun continue to be supported by Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, so this could be an intriguing lunation, especially for driving into the open anything that’s been hidden, in an unfair, or unjust way.
February, finds us a couple of months into 2017 and features the day dedicated to couples, St Valentines. Although, with a couple of Eclipses this month too, it might feel for some like not just ‘dating in the dark’, but being kept in it! This making February something of a ‘Funny Valentine’!
So you could say as February plays out, it is not just ‘strangers in the night’, but ‘stranger things’ in the days too! Though, offset to some extent by the Sun in quirky, yet visionary, Aquarius as the month gets underway. This meaning, that rather than love at first sight occurring this Valentines, it is more a case of second sight, due to Aquarian’s canny ability to see future developments and the bigger picture long before most others. As even though we are only into the second month of the yearly calendar cycle, in the Zodiac cycle the Sign of Aquarius is second to last, evolved like the stages of mankind, from the ten previous Signs.
Therefore, it seems fitting this Sign is associated with not just the individual, but humanity as a whole and when used for good, living in a way that works to benefit the many, rather than the few. This is something continually in focus during this epoch in time, as instead of ‘eye strain’ an ‘I strain’ is taking place in general! As an ‘Us’ versus ‘them’ mentality persists or what you could call an ‘I test’, reaching off the charts this month, when the first two of four yearly Eclipses arrive, beginning with the finalising Full Moon.
As the 11th’s Leo illumination highlights healing of humanity in all its forms, demonstrated through correct leadership and teaching to medical fields and the Arts. This Eclipse particularly spotlighting UK’s wider responsibilities this month, as well as revealing White House actions seriously affecting relations and everyday anger in Mexico, along with confused frustration at the Vatican, perhaps over past abuses. Whilst, also starring North Korea and Israel/Palestine.
This is followed up by the 26th’s Piscean, initiating New Moon, associated with music’s harmonious blending of notes, along with intricate figures and mechanical workings, symbolising in a sense the way to attain lasting happiness. Though, if not heeded many maybe wishing someone would ‘fly me to the moon’, as sparks fly, due to this Moon linking to all forms of electricity! As well as activating movements in Canada, Iran and France amongst others.
These Eclipses being another example of ‘second sight’ or what you might term as a ‘repeat prescription’, due to the fact that since 2015, these Eclipses have replicated a pattern, beginning in Pisces and by and large appearing in these Signs or their rival counterparts. Therefore, it is not really unsurprisingly that the same themes are reprised as 2017 progresses, exemplified through the worldwide immigration plight and reproduced to a lesser degree in the struggles over public and private resources, as the now termed ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the health service embodies.
However, what is significant is this month marks the last of these Mutable Eclipses. As these long enduring Pisces fishes are set free, along with its opposing tail-end Sign of Virgo, signifying in some ways a shift in consciousness and some resolution. As lunar activity now predominantly alters to the Fixed Sign of Leo and its opposite, Aquarius over the next couple of years, reinforced by the Moon’s Nodes entering this pairing from April too. As leaders, royalty, the famous and powerful and their relationship with the public is emphasised.
Though, before then, this month sees further troubles arising, as from February’s start the Moon’s Nodes reach critical degree, up until the 11th’s Full Moon, signifying heightened struggles. As practical, Earth Sign, Virgo, literally ‘mother earth’, concerned with the health and well being of the individual and environment too, highlights scarcity of resources. Whilst, reflected at the other end of the scales, or perhaps more aptly ‘scales’ is watery Pisces, the Sign of the Fishes swimming in differing directions. As this scale ends, final Zodiac Sign is most acutely aware of human anguish, choosing this February to either swim away or face conditions head on. The tale of ‘loaves and fishes’ perhaps, as these little fishes can use their ‘loaf’ to share.
This scenario worsened by Neptune’s stint in long suffering Pisces, co-joined by the tail-end of Venus as the month begins, making a challenging angle to Sagittarius Saturn. This not only causing the hatches to be battened down weather-wise due to tempestuous conditions, but over immigration also, as restrictions go against human kindness. This reinforced throughout February, as the Sun begins in humanitarian Aquarius joined by everyday Mercury from the 7th, only to later both transition into compassionate, but confusing Pisces.
While, more ‘spectacles’ arise, due to Cardinal planetary configurations, as Capricorn Mercury joins Pluto until the 6th, challenging shocking Aries Uranus and fair Libra in Jupiter, only to see Venus and Mars turning up the heat in Aries. As Ex-Apprentice President Trump has already begun firing, but may find decisions ultimately backfiring, if he continues to abide by ‘My Way’ over the high way. As from the 6th legal Jupiter retrogrades, stalling government’s progress. This also affecting ‘Brexit’ proceedings, as triggering Article 50 is shrouded in ’50 shades of grey’, suggesting its going to be a messy ‘break-up’! Although, on the plus side this Valentine’s month seems the perfect time for thinking of coming out of the Single market, as Germany is highlighted this month. With Russia, Japan, Switzerland, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon also starred, as well as Nepal, Chile, Mongolia, South Africa, Paraguay and Saudi Arabia.
So this Valentines, progress continues on building that ‘special relationship’ after last month’s episode of ‘first dates’. Whilst, planetary aspects create troubled industrial and foreign relations, as well as what you might call a February compiled of ‘blind dates’, due to the influence of illusive Pisces. However, one thing is for sure there is an inevitable ‘break-up’ looming, so keep in mind that national anthem, ‘I will survive’!
The Week begins, with Mercury combining with Pluto in the sign of Capricorn. This could be a very businesslike influence, but also a very penetrative one. However, with the square between Venus and Saturn which dominated last week or so to the fore this Monday and Tuesday, there could be a tendency to almost see the downside in situations more than is really necessary.
Furthermore, the clash between Mercury and Uranus which is much to the fore this week, can bring out conflicts between more traditional approaches and a desire for a more radical take. With Venus however, joining with Aries on Saturday, bolstering the energy of this sign along with Mars and Uranus, a time of new beginnings is going to increasingly take precedence over sorting out older and more challenging scenarios. Therefore we have every reason to be optimistic about what the final days of this week can bring but we may have to be realistic in terms of grappling with some of life’s more nitty-gritty issues, or relationship matters earlier in the week.
The Week begins with the Sun continuing in the friendly zodiac sign of Aquarius. However, there continues to be a stelluim of energy located in the sign of Pisces. And with the planets of Venus and Neptune combining on Monday and Tuesday, there continues to be a sense of idealism around the personal relationships and more spiritual commitments and interests.
With Mars also in Pisces, energy can be muted. Furthermore, Saturn is going to be challenging Venus throughout the week, and into the first two days of next week. When Venus and Saturn square it can often give us a more jaundiced view of our closest relationships. There can be a tendency to see the downside things, and to be more critical and cool and detached in our responses to others. In the most extreme cases, this aspect can lead to relationships come into a complete close, but it certainly is a time to try to use the Aquarian logic that comes from the Sun to try to balance the more dreamy vibes that all this Piscean energy creates.
Fortunately, this “logical” process is boosted furthermore by a wonderful New Moon in Aquarius on Saturday, and the move of Mars into the sign of Aries . Also Mercury is going to be creating a very perceptive angle to Neptune, which suggests we can balance our hunches, with a more energised, friendly and outgoing approach as the week draws to a close.
The big news this week is the move of the Sun into the sign of Aquarius on Friday. The next month gives us all a fabulous opportunity to reach out and connect with others, improving our interactions both at a professional and personal level.
This can also be a very sociable period, and if you have been going through something of a lull since the return of the year, this is a chance to rejuvenate friendships and long-term hopes. The sign of Aquarius also has more spiritual dimension be it in an area which is to do with the propagation of high ideals. Donald Trump’s inauguration as President does occur with the Sun just into the sign of Aquarius, and this is something that we can hope will be moderating influence on some of the more extreme statements and attitudes that have been demonstrated in recent months.
However, all through this week, Mars and Saturn are in a square and this does not auger so well for his “coronation”, creating the potential for tensions, conflicts and frustrations. Mars is not at its best in the sign of Pisces anyway, being consumed by the more watery mutability that this sign has. Mar square Saturn can often lead to coarse behaviour and attitudes – which is rather ironic in the circumstances. We all need to ensure that any information that wer are working from is accurate, and our execution is well planned around any hopes that we have.
However, this is a week from Tuesday to Sunday sees Venus forging a very powerful angle to Pluto. This can help us to understand at a much deeper level, the benefits of certain involvements and associations. Even if we used to being close to someone for some while we can become more conscious of the benefits that they bring into our world.
All week the Sun in the conservative sign of Capricorn clashes with the more turbulent energies of Uranus located in the go getting sign of Aries . This is going to be something of an echo of the big planetary dustup that went on between Uranus and Pluto, up until March last year. Ironically, these too are broadly in conflict once more for the first two months of this year, and I just feel that if you’re in a situation should where you find yourself struggling to maintain the status quo because it seems to be rather and fair limiting, or restrictive then you may find that there is a certain volatility to how you, and I will feel too!
That the Sun is also going to be squaring up with Jupiter all this week. This is a planetary aspect which can actually have an absolute upside in that it can urge us to show greater generosity of spirit support good causes, and also move beyond the set expectations that others have of us, in the sense that Jupiter in Libra is very much to do with learning and knowledge. Another thing that makes all of this really interesting is that all of these planets are located in Cardinal or angular zodiac signs. That is signs that precipitate action, are those of the leadership, energy and drive, and by the time of Thursday’s Full Moon they forge a grand Cardinal Cross. This is very potent stuff and is going to create lots of Contra energies which push and pulls us in different directions, and is going to create potentially, some conflict between the status quo, and more well-established dynamics against those that are more innovative or even revolutionary.
Ironically, despite all this, Venus actually forges a very peaceful link with Neptune all week, and if you’re lucky enough to meet somebody you really like, this can be an absolutely beautiful contact. But equally we can see with all this heavy energy reverberating in the background that there is also the potential for clashes, misunderstandings and battles of will.
Finally, on Friday Mercury after its recent retrograde returns back to the sign of Capricorn, where it is a real asset, helping us to be more businesslike, strategic, and analytical in a practical way. This might turn out to be rather helpful the weeks’ earlier highly charged vibe.
As we leave behind 2016 and ‘the Sound of Music’ from New Year’s celebrations, we are no longer ‘16 going on 17’ and instead ‘singing in the rein’ of 2017!
So forget ‘doe a deer, a female deer’ or ‘Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer’, as attention turns to the rein of Planets and what we hold most dear this January, as Capricorn Planets are concerned with only what is most essential. As this New Year commences with not only ‘ray, a falling drop of Sun’ inhabiting the Sign of Capricorn, but a retrograde Mercury and deep-rooted Pluto too. So there is no chance that ‘old acquaintances be forgot’, as we begin 2017 with a few familiar faces.
For each New Year, it may well be customary to say ‘out with the old, in with the new’, though this year more than ever, this does not seem to be the case. Due to the presence of the Sign of mature Capricorn and Saturn still midway through its stint in Sagittarius! So rather like the symbol of the Capricorn mountain goat, clinging on to its hilly terrain, preceding influences still grip us tightly at the start of this New Year. As like ‘brown paper packages wrapped up with string’, we may have thought 2016’s events were all wrapped up and 2017 offered the gift of a fresh start! However, on opening 2017, this January might feel like you have been re-gifted something you previously received.
Although, this may not be one of your ‘favourite things’, this year it seems we have a good idea what to do next. As with Capricorn Planets dominating, circumstances might not feel as unpleasant as expected. For as 2017 begins we are still vacationing under the Sun in Capricorn, but you could say this Sign positively enjoys ‘singing in the rain’, thriving under difficult conditions. As this Capricorn goat seeks to reach the mountain peak, regardless of obstacles, one sure-footed hoof in front of the other. Though the ground may be uneven beneath and the weight of the world bearing down on its shoulders, but this only motivates this practical Earth Sign to plough on regardless. So as 2017 gets underway this no-nonsense Sign seems to be what is needed, especially regarding fiscal matters and public services.
As with retrograde Mercury revisiting past faults until the 8th, aided by delving Pluto, revealing prior cover-ups, this Capricorn period acts as something of a correctional facility. This being even quite literally, as prison reforms come under consideration in light of recent events. Along with other institutions of power, organisations and structures, as Capricorns are associated with the building blocks of society. However, this month it could appear more about blocks than building, especially relating to channels of communication, as Mercury’s retrograde movement creates misunderstanding and misinterpretations, so Capricorn caution is crucial. Whilst, also affecting daily routines and travel, already evident in broken promises over commuter price hikes. This moving to issues of immigration, as Mercury reaches ‘far, a long, long way to go’, reverting back into the former Sign of distant Sagittarius, before changing direction.
So you could call this combined trio of Capricorn Planets, a kind of ‘combined harvester’ this January, unearthing matter and raking through it in order to clear the field ahead. However, this is not possible without churning the ground up, as a challenging Jupiter in Libra and Uranus, now moving direct in Aries emphasises, forming a T-square. Although, not the ‘tea, you have with bread and jam’, it is accompanied by its own variety. As these challenging Cardinal Planets force the concerns over putting bread on the table of those ‘just about managing’ into the public domain. Whilst, causing an unexpected knee-jerk movement against the ‘establishment’, especially in the US, as the process of assimilating ‘Tea Party’ values moves mainstream, causing many to be mad as hatters.
As this Cardinal planetary formation forces underground grassroots action out into the open, expanded this month as Planets move from organisational Capricorn to humanitarian Air Sign, Aquarius and selfless watery Pisces. As momentum swings away from ‘me, a name I call myself’ towards wider societal considerations, beginning with Venus in Aquarius as January arrives, followed on the 20th by the Sun and a New Moon on the 28th. This lunar activity linked to unusual plans, ideas and deep intellectual thinking, as Planets advance from earthly matter to grey matter and questioning what really matters. However, for the US this underlines a regression in forward thinking, leading to their undoing if not careful. This reinforced by the 12th’s Full Moon in Cancer, squaring other Cardinal Planets and finalising changes to US daily life, as well as the UK’s status as the ‘Brexit’ deadline looms ever closer. For this Full Moon illuminates the possibility to heal or hurt, connected with medical, spiritual and aesthetic benefits, but also poisoning, imprisonment, unawareness and injury.
This is ever more likely with a further emphasis on Planets in Pisces this month, as from the 3rd Venus enters this Mutable Sign, co-joining Mars, Neptune and forming harsh aspects to other Mutable Planets. As deceptions, terrorist threats, tempestuous weather and disasters at sea are all possible. For the North Node in opposing Virgo brings a karmic element, as akin to ‘sew, a needle pulling thread’, past actions create a reaction, reaping what has been sewn. Although positively, Pisces Planets aid creativity, as ‘La’ is not only ‘a note that you sing’, but the hub of Awards season, as musical ‘La La Land’ is an Oscar frontrunner. While, with Mars entering Aries to co-join Uranus from the 28th, the celebrity world may well lose another famous face, as you can expect the unexpected with this aspect, as the wider world sees New Zealand and the UK impacted. As well as Latvia, Russia, Honduras, Croatia, France and Greece being starred this month, along with Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri-Lanka and Nicaragua. So this January, we move from Earth to Air, or perhaps ‘Hair’, with a new outlook, from age to Aquarius!