The Low-Down on the Far-Out

New Moon in Capricorn, January 2018

Chart for the New Moon in Capricorn
Chart for the New Moon in Capricorn

Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.
~ Søren Kierkegaard

Jan.16 – NEW MOON in CAPRICORN (26:54 of Capricorn)

600 planets in Capricorn!!!

Okay, it's only 6. But 6 is at least half the planets, celestial bodies and miscellaneous bits of space dust that usually go into a chart.

Six!! In the Cardinal Earth sign. In Saturn's sign. In a Solstice sign and therefore on the world axis.

This Stellium ("What's a Stellium?") is populated by: Venus, Sun, Moon, Pluto, Mercury and Saturn (left to right, below).

Stellium in Capricorn

This is dense energy that is going places! Capricorn energy is massive and concrete by nature, being an Earth sign. And it's moving toward something, being a Cardinal sign. So, this New Moon could feel like a BIG ROCK, which either you're rolling uphill or is coming at you as it rolls downhill. Get on board or get out of the way.

On the other hand, most of the aspects in the New Moon chart are separating (past exact), suggesting that most of the energy over the next couple of weeks is about taking stock of the past and organizing the present before you're fully ready to take a meaningful step into the future.

How? Let's see if we can chip some gravel off the old block, shall we?

I learned that realism can come in all shapes and sizes. The world is big enough for different values to coexist.
~ Haruki Murakami, The Folklore of Our Times

Any New Moon in Capricorn signifies in general that something is, or is about to, develop in terms of your career, goals, ambitions, commitments or plans. This may or may not be something earth-shattering and live-changing. After all, this New Moon's influence lasts only about a month, but it could also set something in motion that can lead to or kick off something much longer-term.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, one of the multitude of planets currently homesteading in Capricorn. Whereas the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus are just passing through, Saturn is in there for the long haul – 2 year, 3 months and 2 days, to be exact. And that's not counting the 4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days when Saturn will dip back into Capricorn in 2020 before making a final commitment to Aquarius.

So, the first thing Saturn does after coming home to his own sign is organize a lunar cycle: the New Moon in his own sign. Isn't that just like Saturn to take charge of a developmental project?

But this isn't just any lunation cycle (from New Moon, through Full Moon, to the next New Moon). The Full Moon that unfurls 2 weeks after this New Moon will be a Lunar Eclipse in Leo (Jan.31), and that gives this New Moon cycle special importance and significance. Also, the New Moon after this one is a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius (Feb.15). (Apparently, while Saturn was in Sagittarius, someone told him to "go big or go home." So, being an overachiever, he did both!)

It would seem that from this New Moon, we're heading into a bit of rocky terrain that will probably take a fair bit of concentration, skill and hard work to navigate, but the results can also be rewarding. This implies that what you start under this mega-Capricorn New Moon could have more impact than you expect. Again, this may not emerge as something huge and life-changing, but it could turn out to be quite significant over the coming months.

You cannot swim for new horizons until
you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
~ William Faulkner

So: just what are we dealing with? The rest of the Stellium Gang will tell us.

Mercury is conjunct Saturn, both in Capricorn. Although they are past being exact (Jan.13), they are still a cozy 4:44 apart. Taking a serious approach to plans and ambitions continues to be necessary, and Mercury-Saturn can provide the clear mental focus to help with that. However, with so much Saturn and Capricorn energy weighing down the chart, this might feel more like depression, discouragement or drudgery, just when you hoped that the New Year would bring a sense of uplifting optimism about the year ahead.

Mercury cnj Saturn, sxt Neptune

Don't despair! Mercury-Saturn may not bring balloons, bonbons and champagne, but the mental commitment and concentration these two can bring are valuable resources for laying out your plans of what you want to accomplish this year. And since this is one of those separating aspects that is moving on after reaching its peak, you're already half-way there!

Mercury is applying to a sextile to Neptune (60°), but Saturn is still lagging behind and won't get to Neptune until next year. In the meantime, all that homework Saturn is giving you can gradually start to be used toward something more inspiring and imaginative, as well as for creative problem-solving. In other words, you should be able to take the serious necessities you've been working on over the last few weeks and reap the rewards by seeing uplifting results and positive implications.

Mercury is technically heading Out of Bounds by declination, but the amount of time and distance he will be OOB is extremely small. Jan.16-20, peaking only 2 minutes of declination outside the bounds—just barely enough for him to feel a curious breeze tousling the hair on top of his head, but not enough to lose his toupee in the wind. So, the effects are not likely to be very significant.

On the other hand, Mercury's trickster side could be planning some surprises just to keep Saturn on his toes. The OOB effect might be just enough to sneak in some unconventional thoughts and ideas that get caught in the Capricorn net and make the possibilities a little more interesting.

There is no Air in the New Moon chart—no major planets in Air signs. This emphasizes Mercury's role of carrying the Airy energy for the chart (being the quintessential Air planet). So, your thoughts and ideas could be packed with more insight, rationality, analysis, awareness and brain-power than you expected. In addition, being OOB—even a little—could stretch your ability to reach beyond your usual mental grasp. Don't waste this! If you can't follow up on ideas now, write them down in detail to check out later.

If there's a down side to Mercury right now, it's that you might see a vision of what could be that is extremely pristine, "out there" and idealized, but you may have difficulty getting anyone else to see it or even appreciate it. As a result, you could become so exacting and demanding, trying to get your point across, that nothing much is going to live up to your high standards, and that is likely to be pretty frustrating for all concerned.

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt.
~ Rollo May, The Courage to Create

Venus has been in Capricorn since Dec.25 and is just about to go into Aquarius (Jan.17). Coinciding with Christmas and other holidays, and since Venus rules money and material "stuff," one of the more obvious expressions of this transit has been: (a) you get stuff, (b) you give stuff, and/or (c) you wind up reorganizing your budget because of (a) or (b).

Your relationship to your "stuff" during this time may also change; for example, being delighted or disappointed by what Santa did/didn't bring you. Social interaction through the holidays are also part of this, since you may be doing more of it—or less, depending on your situation. Since Venus is very often in Capricorn around the end of the year, this is a common theme for her.

Capricorn in general calls for commitment and all that goes with it: discipline, focus, planning, and getting serious about what's really important. And if a commitment can't be made to work, an ending could become necessary. So, Venus in Capricorn can potentially affect all Venus-related areas: relationships with those closest to you, financial planning and budgeting, how you bring beauty and comfort into your life, the possessions and experiences that bring you pleasure, and what makes it worth the effort to acquire or spend your hard-earned assets.

Venus is conjunct the New Moon, so these areas may become a central focus of how you plan your life over the next weeks or even months. However, Venus' conjunction to the Sun is long since past (Jan.09), suggesting that you're now moving through the aftermath of those Venus-related activities and it's time to check out your bottom line after it all. Are you happy with what you acquired? Was it worth it? If not, what would you change if you had the chance to do it over again?

Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point.
The most compelling, believable, realistic stories
have included them both.
~ Criss Jami, Killosophy

On the other side of the Sun-Moon conjunction from Venus is Pluto. Although long past the Sun's exact conjunction (Jan.09), Pluto is still within a wide but reasonable orb (7:34). Therefore, this New Moon suggests the reconstruction of something new out of the rubble and residue of the past.

This could simply be about your determination to make the coming year a better one than last year, especially if last year was a stressful one for you. To do this, you may need to commit to a process of deep change this year, evolving out of the struggles and hard work you went through last year. This involves letting go of what is no longer in your best interest, and also confronting your fear that what might come next to fill the gap could be worse.

The New Moon flanked by Venus in front and Pluto behind. At worst, you might feel a bit like you're caught in one of those horror movie vertigo zoom shots. You know, the kind where the faster you try to run away from the monster, the further away the door to safety gets. However, the Venus and Pluto conjunctions to the New Moon are separating, suggesting you are challenged to construct something new using the learning from past lessons.

The monster I kill every day is the monster of realism. The monster who attacks me every day is destruction.
Out of the duel comes the transformation.
I turn destruction into creation over and over again.
~ Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin

Uranus square Pluto, Sun, Moon, Venus

Uranus is square to the New Moon and Venus. (90°) Uranus shakes things up, so it's possible that disruptions, distractions or simply changing circumstances are making it necessary to reorganize and reprioritize your life. Again, since these square aspects are also separating, their effect is rooted in past events which are driving you to make changes that will ensure more stability going forward and maybe get life back to feeling a bit more "normal" again (whatever that means).

Uranus is also within orb to widely square to Pluto again. Yes, this is once again the Uranus-Pluto square from the infamous Cardinal Cross of 2012-2015. ("What is the Cardinal Cross?") Uranus and Pluto have finished its exact passes (2012-2015) but they linger within an 8° orb from 2008 to 2019. There are several near-passes made during that time, and we are heading into the second-last one. The near-pass effects can be felt for at least a week or two, before and after these dates.

Within 8° OrbExact or Near-PassClosest Orb
May.30.2008 to Sep.16.2008Jul.19-28.20086:39
Apr.29.2009 to Oct.27.2009Jul.25.2009 to Jul.29.2009 4:48
Mar.31.2010 to Dec.14.2010Jul.25.2010 to Aug.05.2010 2:56
Feb.19.2011 to Jul.05.2016Jul.30.2011 to Aug.08.20111:01
Mar.16, 2015Exact
Jan.28.2016 to Feb.07.20161:02
Oct.04.2016 to May.31.2017Feb.1.2017 to Feb.6.20173:02
Nov.16.2017 to May.02.2018Feb.05.2018 to Feb.10.20185:05
Jan.01.2019 to Mar.25.2019Feb.06.2019 to Feb.16, 2019 7:11

This current near-pass of the Uranus-Pluto square is about dealing with the aftermath and implications of events that emerged in the past. And we may encounter bumps and potholes in the road over the next couple of weeks that remind us we are indeed still travelling a learning curve that began many years ago and is not finished yet.

However, it is also part of a much larger process of growth on both personal and collective levels, which has been unfolding since 2008. Although this has been a very stressful time for most of us, it has been packed with learning potential to enrich our awareness and expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

With the Uranus-Pluto square back in the picture again and nearing the end of this process, this New Moon offers a challenge to take stock of what you have acquired in new learning over the last 10 years. How you have changed in your awareness and perspective? What does and doesn't make sense to you now and how that has changed over the years? And what you can do, going forward, to reorganize your own life and to help restructure the world around you?

Uranus is also a Singleton planet in Fire signs, which has happened occasionally since he went into Aries in 2010/2011. You know how the last 7 or 8 years have often felt like a roller coaster ride? Where energy seems to swing wildly between intensity under pressure and then exploding off the scale? Well, one reason is because Uranus is sometimes the only planet through which we can access our Fire—enthusiasm, excitement, passion, assertiveness, courage, liberation and drive. And Uranus has never been one to do anything in moderation.

All this suggests that what is being rebuilt, restructured and reconciled in the present very likely involves coming to terms with changes over the last 8-10 years. We are challenged to learn how to accept that like it or not, it is what it is. The past cannot be changed, but we can learn from it and we can change as a result of what we learned. And our new insight, wisdom and perspective can be embedded in what we do from here on.

So, there’s this hornet’s nest. And there’s this long stick. And then there’s me.
How I walk away from all of this will depend on whether I realize
that some things go together and some things don’t no matter how hard you try.
~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

So how do we do that? How do we move forward with confidence when we've got a monster behind us and the door to freedom receding farther away ahead of us?

Mars cnj Jupiter, sxt New Moon

Right now, Mars is conjunct Jupiter – yet another separating aspect (Jan.06), but still close enough to continue the inspiration to fight for whatever it is we believe is right. On the other hand, Mars is also quincunx Uranus (150°). Jupiter is also catching up to quincunx Uranus, not exact until Nov.08 but currently close enough to greatly annoy each other during February and March (reaching their closest orb of 2:45 on Feb.22).

As a result, you may feel confident about moving forward and making changes, in some ways, but uncertain about whether that will actually accomplish what you want. You might be distracted by changing circumstances, or haunted by past attempts that didn't turn out like you hoped. Or, perhaps you're wondering if your actions will be enough to turn the corner on whatever road you're travelling, or whether you've set your sights high enough to overcome the obstacles.


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We all second-guess ourselves sometimes—it's a kind of reality check—but it's important not to stay stuck in that place of intimidation or apprehension. Pausing to recalibrate your direction can be a good thing, but don't let uncertainty keep you from moving ahead.

Alternatively, it's good to let inspiration or urgency push you forward, but not always wise if you're just being reckless or over-reacting in a panic. And sometimes it's possible to think you can make something happen without stopping to consider if that is wise. The point is that uncertainty isn't always a bad thing. Listen to what it can teach you before discounting it or running away from it.

Mars is also in close sextile aspect to the New Moon (60°) so the ability and urge to take action is there. You just need to get out of your own way and listen to your deep intuition. Don't let fear, panic or lack of self-confidence make snap decisions for you. Avoid rushing to action and go within to find your natural wisdom.

To experience what isn't, love what is.
~ Eric Micha'el Leventhal

The next update will be the Lunar Eclipse in Leo, with Venus again playing a key role. There is a super-tight parallel between the Sun, Venus and Jupiter, bringing some much-welcome optimism, hope and openness to good times. The near-square between Pluto and Uranus (the modern ruler of Aquarius) will be a powerful presence, being just days away from its closest pass. And Mercury will be literally in the last minute of the last degree of Capricorn, teetering on the brink of falling into Aquarius. Lots of excitement ahead!

This is a good time, at the start of the year, to get a fresh perspective on what's ahead and how you are likely to be affected by it. The Sky Log Astrology Report is now ON SALE FOR 15% OFF. Written by the awesome Steven Forrest and beautifully formatted by me, this is one of our best-selling report, and with good reason! It not only gives you the individual interpretations of transits and progressions to your chart, it also presents the insights in a way that gives you a big-picture understanding of what's coming. Only until Jan.31, so order yours today!

Live with intention. Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard. Practice wellness.
Play with abandon. Laugh.
Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn. Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Jan.16 – Mercury goes Out of Bounds (07:58 to 13:48 of Capricorn; OOB until Jan.20)  (Jan.17 in AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Mercury goes Out of Bounds (OOB), giving us a chance to peek into ideas and observations beyond our usual thoughts, awareness and comfort zone. The "air up there" can be a bit rarefied. If you're not used to it (and even if you are), your thoughts might seem almost a bit drunk, confused, inspired or flowing so freely that it's hard to capture them clearly. If you do catch one of these thoughts clearly, remember that it's an idea, not necessarily reality, even though you could use it to create a new reality for yourself. Your mental peripheral vision can become expanded, taking in more information than usual. You may have a chance to manifest it more clearly when Mercury returns from "outer space."

Another effect that is common while Mercury is OOB is that it can feel like Mercury is retrograde, even if it's not. Weird things often happen, including confusion and things seeming to be generally out-of-synch. As with the actual Mercury retrograde, it's best to give yourself a bit more time to get to appointments, drive more carefully, double-check information and give everyone around you a bit more patience, since they're going through this too.

Like all things in astrology and life, this has its upside and its downside. Much depends on which thoughts you feed and what you feed them with. If you consume fear, suspicion, anger or hostility, you could find yourself feeling a bit paranoid, easily angered, or looking for ways to cheat in order to avoid anticipated negativity. On the upside, you may discover a fresh understanding about things, putting new pieces of the puzzle into place and tapping into a higher level of truth and insight. Try writing down your ideas, perceptions, thoughts and moods. After Mercury comes back down to earth, you can see how you can put those observations and ideas to good use.

This is an extremely brief time for Mercury to be Out of Bounds. He basically just sticks his head out the window to sniff the rarified OOB air, but not long enough to get significantly "high" on it. ;-) The effect might be an ability to grab hold of some exciting ideas or insights, or maybe being a little more forthright in your communication than usual for a few days. Don't blink or you'll miss it! ;-)

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Jan.17 – Venus enters Aquarius (until Feb.10)  (Jan.18 in UK, AU)

Relationships, material abundance and values take a step back to gain perspective, detachment and room to breathe in freedom. You may find that you want to use your finances and resources to benefit those who are disadvantaged or to support the greater good of society in some way. It can be a good time to experiment or try new things, to network with groups of people, and to take an objective view about intimacy and interaction. Relationships can take on an idealistic edge, seeking a state of equality and rebelling against imbalances that give one person advantage over the other. Having a strong element of friendship in your intimate relationships may become very important during this time, and friendships themselves could take a central place in your life. Detachment without disconnection is the ideal here. You may not be in a position to foresee future possibilities and translate desires into wishes and new hope.

Jan.18 – Mars trine Chiron (25:11 of Scorpio/Pisces)  (Jan.19 in AU)

The healing of assertive energy and willpower mark this transit. It is bound to be easier to get past any inhibition you might normally feel about being assertive, expressing frustration and anger, and putting things into action. Perhaps you are able to reconcile some internal guilt or fear that has held you back in the past. Or, maybe you are finally able to reach a state of acceptance or resolution that allows you to move beyond a conflict or struggle that has been keeping you stuck. Applying your willpower to problems has a better chance of succeeding now because you're likely to be more attuned to the path that leads to peace rather than more conflict. It's possible you might choose to use this energy in the defence of another person, a cause or something else you feel passionately about. It's possible to focus your energy, intent, motives and actions in ways that are healing, healthy, balanced and constructive.

Jan.19 – Mercury sextile Neptune (12:23 of Capricorn/Pisces)  (Jan.20 in UK, AU)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit, with a little applied effort and focus. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) The possible disadvantage is that you might want so much to reach a state of inspired intuition, magical outlook and effortless communication, that you are willing to be deceived rather than fall short of what you are hoping for. Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.

Jan.19 – Sun enters Aquarius (until Feb.18)  (Jan.20 in UK, AU)

Happy Solar Return to all Aquarians! While the Sun travels through Aquarius, we all have a chance to explore our rebellious, individualistic and futuristic Aquarian nature. This heralds a time to explore beyond the status quo and conventional reality, beckoning you to reach out to the lost threads of who you are. You may become more aware of your individual uniqueness and your part in the Great Collective – both your surrounding community and the Collective Unconscious. In order to fulfil the unique fingerprint of your life's purpose, it is sometimes necessary to be rebellious, spontaneous, and to be open to the unexpected. You might become aware of the need for these qualities under this transit. There is always a constant tension between the need to conform to society's formula of what works best versus the need to step off the main path to explore new experiences, and both are equally necessary to the health of both the individual and the greater community. Archetypally, it is in Aquarius that we encounter our personal experience of the battle between "the needs of the many" versus "the needs of the few." During the Sun's adventure through Aquarius, be open to the ways that this dynamic operates in your life. What can trigger or inspire you into rebellion or going against the conventional flow of the world around you? What will motivate you into being a team player, when you apply your energies to support or defend "the needs of the many?" What visions of the future do you see when you are in either mode of being? This is a time when you may have the opportunity to observe and learn about both sides of yourself – the part that feels like it's "me against the world" and the part that feels like a part of that world.

Jan.20 – Mercury returns from Out of Bounds (was OOB from 07:58 to 13:48 of Capricorn; next OOB is Jun.06)  (Jan.21 in UK, AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Mercury has been Out of Bounds (OOB) for just 4 fleeting days! He now returns within the bounds of the Sun's declination. An in-bounds Mercury is generally easier to work with, where your thoughts, ideas and awareness works more constructively with the world around you. You might find you have new ideas picked up while Mercury was OOB that you now are able to put into practice. If you've felt somewhat liberated by the OOB period, it might be a bit uncomfortable to feel simply "normal" again. On the other hand, if you were feeling a bit ungrounded or out of focus during Mercury's OOB period, coming back in-bounds could feel somewhat reassuring as your brain may find it easier to grapple with ideas and process experiences. Words and thoughts might fit more comfortably into what society regards as "normal" and as such, life may start to feel a bit easier to navigate.

Coming back in bounds can also be a bit of a bumpy landing as that unrestricted energy becomes squeezed back into its usual potency. This is a good time to observe your thoughts, ideas, communication and how you process information, as well as changes in Mercury themes in society around you. For several days before and after this date, pay attention to the things that amplify or cool down your awareness, perceptions and your need to express what you're thinking. Realize that this is an adjustment period, and having some patience with yourself and others can help to smooth and soothe this time.

Alternatively, the re-entry can also be an eventful time when changes in Mercury-related areas can occur. For example, you might feel this is the right time to start—or end—a conversation about things that inspire or aggravate you, or make changes to how and why you express yourself. A shift in how you experience or handle the exchange of ideas and information with others could inspire you to make positive changes in those areas. This might be due to a change in perspective as a result of your experiences while Mercury was OOB.

Jan.24 – Mercury conjunct Pluto (19:35 of Capricorn)  (Jan.25 in UK, AU)

Deep insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. This can be a new beginning in understanding the deeper motives and dynamics of what is happening in your life, although this could happen with great intensity or obsession. The light can finally start to go on in the darker corners that have eluded you. Although what you see there might be both illuminating and disturbing, it is ultimately something you can grow from, which can transform your mental outlook into something more meaningful and resilient. This is a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions or ineffective forms of communication. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.

Jan.25 – Mercury sextile Jupiter (20:30 of Capricorn/Scorpio)

You may have an abundance of ideas and words to express them under this transit. There is the potential (if you reach for it) to put ideas, facts and thoughts together into a cohesive whole. You may find you can understand the overall patterns in a situation, or you are able to see the Big Picture, better than usual. New insights and a change of perspective may abound, as your stream of consciousness flows abundantly with optimism and visionary possibilities. You may find yourself more talkative than usual, as you try to share and convey the new ideas, inspiration and knowledge coming into your mind. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun now playing with ideas to want to stop and make them manifest just yet. There is a chance that you may be so elated and confident that you might come across as a bit overbearing or even as a "know-it-all," so be sure to listen too.

Jan.26 – Mars enters Sagittarius (until Mar.17)

This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding.


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Jan.28 – Mercury square Uranus (24:51 of Capricorn/Aries)  (Jan.27 in HAST, AKST, PST)

Flashes of insight can show you new clarity but you might not like the answers you get, since they could disturb your logical perception of what's what. You might get some news or learn come information that shakes you up in some way. This isn't necessarily bad, since this may be necessary to open your mind to something you've been resisting. There's a Higher Truth here that wants to be told (by you or to you), but the way it's phrased can make a big difference in the reaction. There is a risk of "shooting off your mouth before your brains are loaded," as the saying goes, and impulsive or reckless communication and ideas could create more problems than they solve. It will probably help to listen inside yourself first to discover what you really need to say, and then figure out how to say it in a way that doesn't cause unnecessary damage. Strive to shine a light of truth without blinding anyone with it.

Jan.28 – Mercury sextile Chiron (25:36 of Capricorn/Pisces)  (Jan.29 in AU)

Your mental focus and communication could get an injection of healing energy under this transit, as long as you are prepared to put some effort into getting it. Your spirits can become uplifted now, from seeing a light at the end of the tunnel or from finding a light that guides you along the path in front of you. It will not, however, make the tunnel or the path go away; you'll still have to walk the walk. But your mental perspective can become more accepting of inconsistencies and frustrations under this transit, which can alleviate a lot of stress and make the journey a bit smoother. Mental struggles and critical "self-talk" may find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings peace of mind. You have an increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems, by providing insightful feedback. To get the most out of this transit, aim to find a mental outlook and communication style that can tolerate contradiction without having to eradicate one in order to justify the other.

Jan.29 – Venus conjunct South Lunar Node (14:56 of Aquarius)  (Jan.30 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

This is a good time to let go of the "things" you don't need anymore. It's a time to release your creativity and transform them into new resources and assets. This could mean cleaning out your closets and selling the discards in a yard sale, for example. You might decide to change your hair style or something else about your appearance. Perhaps you discover that you're making a different impression on people than you intended, and this leads to a revision of your social skills. Or you could get feedback from someone close to you that challenges you to change your self-image. Something (or someone) that has been prominent in your life – in relationships, pleasure, partnerships, finances, possessions, beauty or appearance – is ready to be let go. You might need to say good-bye to someone you've been close to because the relationship isn't working anymore – or you might find you're able to let go of feelings that have been blocked and give yourself to a connection with someone. You might simply assimilate it into the background where it is no longer "front and centre," or you might need to cut ties altogether. Or, you could be ready to express something that has been brewing for a while, like creative self-expression or giving someone feedback. "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" (as your grandmother used to say), but be on the lookout for something that is ready to subside from your priority list.

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