The planetary patterns of the week offer opportunities to create a fresh start to a new year. And even though the sky isn’t presenting a completely clean slate, this week’s astral activity does provide the potential to shift certain situations. Embrace this possibility for improvement and allow it to infuse your outlook with a fresh, positive perspective. Of course there is still work to be done, and yes, we need sweeping reform in many areas of life, but many of those solutions will be found in the mundane tasks of daily life. So use this week to reaffirm your commitment to making “energetic progress in the good.” (I-Ching, Hexagram 43.)
Mercury, Venus, and Saturn are at the core of this positive energy. Mercury and Venus are conjunct, in Aquarius, and both are in a sextile to Saturn, in Sagittarius. Mercury symbolizes all forms of communication as well as all intellectual processes; Venus signifies grace and love, as well as the highest ideals; when they unite in the innovative and occasionally eccentric Sign of Aquarius, we experience the desire for inspired conversation and the graceful expression of values. Expect interesting exchanges about the nature and quality of love.
Saturn is currently at the beginning of its journey through Sagittarius. Saturn thrives on order and organization, and over the course of the next several years it will strengthen the Sagittarian search for truth. This week, as Saturn joins with Mercury and Venus through the supportive angle of a sextile, many may experience the desire to deepen their spiritual search through increased meditation or contemplation, or through a more consistent devotion to creative endeavors. Others may feel the need to make the mundane, day-to-day structures more graceful, and even more of our fellow travelers may simply experience the urge to reorganize those structures after the chaos of the holidays.
All week long, Mars and Saturn will be moving into a square, so don’t be surprised if you’re feeling just a tad testy. By the end of the week, Mars moves into a conjunction with Neptune, and that alliance is sure to turn the already fractious force of the Mars/Saturn square into confrontations over boundaries. Commit to making peaceful choices during the coming weeks, choices that benefit you as well as others, choices that cause no harm.
A word of warning: Mercury begins its first retrograde phase of the 2015 on January 21, a phase that will last until February 11. Remember the three-day rule about Mercury Retrograde and make sure you’ve backed up everything by January 18. (More about Mercury Retrograde next week.)
In the Hexagram 43, Kuai /Break-through (Resoluteness), the I-Ching advises that if one “were to pile up riches…without considering others,” collapse would be inevitable. “For all gathering is followed by dispersion. Therefore the superior man begins to distribute while he is accumulating.” And further: “In the same way, in developing character” one should not become “hardened in obstinacy” but rather remain open to growth by the “help of strict and continuous self-examination.” Use the wisdom of this ancient Book of Changes to start your new year.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
The possibilities for thoughtful and meaningful conversations with friends are many. Use this time to strengthen old alliances, but also focus on building and solidifying new ones.
Taurus April 20-May 20
There are real opportunities to reap the rewards of your efforts and to make tangible financial gains. Stay precise, concise, and considerate in all your interactions and you will emerge victorious.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Significant others, personal and/or professional, seek advice on a variety of subjects, all of which have a spiritual question at their core. As you listen, focus on how to find answers that align core beliefs with positive action.
Cancer June 22-July 22
It will take elbow grease and a longer workday, but if you are willing to put in the effort, you can make strides in turning your financial situation in a more positive direction. There’s no reason to worry that you can’t handle the extra load—you can!
Leo July 23-August 22
Concentrate on conversations with the important people in your life—friends, family, co-workers, or clients. Use those exchanges to create greater candor about what you need and want, and you’ll be pleased with the response.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Yes, it is a lot of work to help others achieve their goals and meet their needs, but you’re up to the task. Be willing to examine what’s required of you to be of service, and you’ll better appreciate the fruits of your labor.
Libra September 23-October 22
Don’t fret about asking for too much or needing too much. If you’re willing to tell the truth, you’ll invite others to do the same, and that mutual veracity will establish a true and reasonable balance.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Read Taurus above, and add this: The only thing holding you back from a better financial situation is confusion about what you want. Take the time to assess your goals and then prioritize your time and effort around that clarity.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Friends and family could provide the sounding board you need to gain a broader perspective regarding your next steps. Even if you don’t feel like you have the time to process, make the time—it will be exponentially effective.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Rather than dwell on all the things that could go wrong, focus your attention on all the things that are moving in the right direction. You know the rule: Whatever we focus our attention on becomes our reality.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
You’re talking—a lot—and much of what you have to say offers valuable insight to others—but also to yourself. Listen carefully to the wisdom you are channeling and you’ll be surprised at how much it stimulates your growth.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Your imagination is working overtime, but that doesn’t mean the ideas are overworked or overcooked. Make a list, contemplate what feels right, and then take the necessary steps to organize as well as actualize your ambitions.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-212-222-3232, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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