The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Lunar Eclipse in Leo, Jan.21 to Feb.04

Chart for the Lunar Eclipse ~ Full Moon in Leo
Chart for the Lunar Eclipse ~ Full Moon in Leo

The most regretful people on earth are those
who felt the call to creative work,
who felt their own creative power restive and uprising,
and gave to it neither power nor time.
~ Mary Oliver (1935-2019, RIP)

Jan.21 – LUNAR ECLIPSE ~ FULL MOON in LEO (00:51 of Leo)

Welcome to the third episode in the Zero-Degree Full Moon mini-series!

The first episode was the Full Moon in Gemini that aired last November, titled Do You See What I See? Developing Awareness in Gemini.. In the Series Premier, we started to notice fresh possibilities for the future, which presented themselves through our thoughts, ideas, perceptions and questions.

The second episode was the Full Moon in Cancer in December: Comfort Food for the Heart. In the second installment, we realized how important it is to take care of ourselves emotionally, and that it's possible to care about others without abandoning ourselves in the process.

Now in January, we have the Full Moon in Leo that also happens to be a powerful Lunar Eclipse. This chapter is called To Break or Not to Break (a Leg). and focuses on creative self-expression, and the compromises, sacrifices and strategies necessary to make it happen. "Break a leg" is used as the ironic reverse psychology when wishing an actor good luck (so as not to jinx them), but how we perform is ultimately a result of our own choices, decisions, attitudes and actions.

Moon handle in chart distribution

Our Protagonist, naturally, is the Full Moon in Leo who is all alone on one side of the chart and playing to her audience on the other side of the chart.

In particular, she pitches her performance in the direction of her Mentor, director and acting coach, the Sun in Aquarius. Sun sits in the middle of the audience, beaming from ear to ear to finally see the full results of his handiwork.

Moon has rehearsed under the Sun's direction since she eclipsed him when they were both in Capricorn (Jan.05).

Lunar Eclipse in progress

It's now opening night and the Aquarian Sun has high hopes for the impact that Moon's performance could have in helping to create a better world for the good of all humanity.

Moon has just given her opening soliloquy in a stellar display of talent. But suddenly the spotlight dims, casting her in a lovely but ominous hue of dark orange-red! What could this mean?? Has the story now shifted to that of a heroic, valiant artist battling a cruel, loveless world?

O the humanity!

Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it
~ Bugs Bunny Show theme by Mack David, Jerry Livingston

Meanwhile, the supporting cast enters.

Every Protagonist needs an Antagonist to add contrast and drama to the story. The Hero versus the Bad Guy. And Uranus is just itching to play the part, forming a stressful T-square aspect pattern with the Sun and Moon. Uranus is still back in Aries, so the square aspects (90°) are out-of-sign (not in signs that are naturally square to each other). This adds an extra level of complexity to their dynamic energy. (Like Uranus really needs more complication...)

T-square: Sun, Moon, Uranus

Uranus' role as Antagonist is to challenge both the Sun and Moon to fulfil promises made in an earlier scene. At that time, the then-Capricorn Sun decreed that all challenges to his authority would be dealt with sternly and absolutely (when they squared on Jan.18), but Uranus insisted there must be room for diversity, spontaneity, and a vision for future developments.

The Sun is now in the more egalitarian Aquarius (ruled by Uranus, himself), and the Moon is in Leo which shares the same Fiery element with Aries, where Uranus is located. So, the combative contrast between them all is somewhat softer, more stable and less extreme than it would otherwise be.

The still-well-within-orb square aspects with the Aquarius Sun and Leo Moon (both Fixed signs) also remind Uranus that he has a costume change coming soon (moving into Fixed-sign Taurus on Mar.05) when his character will steer the plot in a yet another direction.

Chiron in the Lunar Eclipse chart

Chiron in Pisces is the off-stage prompter, whispering cues and lines to the players on-stage. Being in a supportive trine aspect to the Moon (120°), Moon knows Chiron has her back. Chiron is also exactly semi-sextile to Uranus (30°) and occasionally feeds Uranus the wrong line or doesn't cue him quickly enough, which may be a passive-aggressive way to sabotage Uranus and help the Moon shine in a better light.

having nothing to struggle
they have nothing to struggle
~ Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

Stage right: Making a dramatic entrance is Jupiter in Sagittarius with the lovely Venus on his arm. Both of them splendidly adorned in velvet gowns of royal blue, they do the Royal Wave to Mars in Aries on the trine side of the stage and Mars salutes back.

Jupiter/Venus square Neptune

Meanwhile, Neptune emerges from the shadows and confronts Jupiter and Venus in a square aspect (90°). Neptune and Jupiter argue about the true nature of spiritual ideals – is it better to aspire to one's highest potential through inspirational intention or through devotional surrender? This argument continues throughout this year, as Jupiter and Neptune cross swords 3 times (Jan.13, Jun.16 and Sep.21).

Mars trine Venus, Jupiter, ssx Neptune

For now, Venus is taking sides with Jupiter. She feels that love and relationship surely are better managed through deliberate intention, while passively surrendering oneself to another fallible human being risks heartbreak and disaster through naïveté.

Mars agrees with the Royal Couple, being in a supportive trine aspect (120°). In addition, he teases Neptune through the semi-sextile aspect between them (30°), by pretending to attack, then backing off and laughing. (Nasty boy.)

Mars square Saturn, with Neptune

However, Mars has his own problems. He is exactly and heavily squared by Saturn. And Saturn is in a sextile alliance with sensitive Neptune, so he is not amused by Mars' bratty antics.

Disapproving Saturn regards Mars sternly and demands that he behave himself. "Nya nya nya nya! Yooou caaan't make me!" taunts Mars, thumbing his nose at Saturn.

Boy thumbing his nose

Both Mars and Saturn are very strong, being in the signs of their own rulership – Mars in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn – so neither of them is likely to give in easily.

This power struggle is likely to make the next week and a half a bit of an uphill struggle, as it has for the last week and a half. Your own childlike Mars energy may want to rebel against your adult Saturnian authority, discipline and responsibility, leaving you feeling like a battleground between them. Or you might be playing out this drama with another person.

However, rigid resistance on both sides is ultimately futile, and is bound to result in a stalemate if they remain stuck there. Too much Mars can sabotage your efforts, and too much Saturn can suppress your drive and creativity. And both in stalemate can lead to discouragement, depression or feeling drained.

On the plus side, if you can get these different parts of you pulling in the same direction, they can be an extremely powerful and productive combination. The playfulness, spontaneity, self-sufficiency and bold confidence of Mars can work extremely well when tempered with the patient, disciplined, self-controlled, grounded confidence of Saturn. But be prepared to apply a fair bit of determination to get these two working together.

"A great battle is a terrible thing," the old knight said,
"but in the midst of blood and carnage,
there is sometimes also beauty,
beauty that could break your heart."
~ George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

There are a couple more problematic aspect patterns in the chart that involve that creative, passionate and sensitive Leo Moon. The most important one is a configuration sometimes called an Arrowhead Kite (also called a Quadriform Kite). This figure starts with a Yod-like figure, but it using sesquiquadrates (135°) to form the apex (instead of quincunxes: 150° that are used in the Yod). And there is a square aspect (90°) at the base (instead of the Yod's sextile: 60°). The Kite part is formed by an opposition (180°) from the apex to a fourth planet, which in turn is connected to the others through semi-squares (45°).

Arrowhead Kite aspect pattern

Confused yet? ;-) This diagram should help. In this case, we have the Venus-Jupiter conjunction at one end of the square, and Neptune at the other end. The Moon sesquiquadrates both ends. The Sun opposes the Moon, forming the "spine" of the Kite, and is semi-square to Venus-Jupiter and Neptune. The Moon forms the "tail" of the Kite, so the circuit of energy accumulates there—in your feelings, your urge to belong, and your need to feel good about yourself.

Semi-squares and sesquiquadrates are part of the square aspect family, so the entire figure is held together by razor wire, sealing wax, stress and complications – in other words: demanding, yet somewhat fragile. The danger is in succumbing to the temptation to shut down, go back to bed and pull the covers over your head until it all goes away. That said, depending on your situation, that might be the perfect way to take care of yourself if you're utterly drained and overwhelmed.

On the other hand, the good news is that when things don't feel good, that's usually when we are driven to actually do something about it. So, although this energy may be uncomfortable and strenuous, it can also be a time of great accomplishment, progress and success. And if you're exhausted and besieged, before you give up, at least try taking what needs to be done and breaking it down into smaller pieces, shorter steps or gentler expectations.

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way.
~ Heraclitus

Hence, our Full Moon theme: To break or not to break (a leg). The sensitive Moon part of you needs to decide how to (or how not to) work with that tricky, prickly energy. Will you let it break you; break your resolve; break your self-esteem? Or can you turn it into a breakthrough that pushes past inhibiting obstacles? Are you stuck in a fatalistic surrender to the challenges you face? Or can you push back and push out your spirit to shine regardless? When your light dims, as with the Lunar Eclipse, are you able to hold into the knowledge that your light will return?

For the Leo Moon part of you that only wants to feel good, play, create and feel the love, the challenge may come down to: how far are you willing to go to get to where you're going? If you do nothing, if you give up, if you succumb to disillusionment or disappointment or despair—are you really okay with what you are left with? If not, you will need to do something different.

Making progress right now may test your faith in whatever usually inspires you; in that which gives you hope. It may be tempting to want to just give up. The question you have to answer is: does this really mean you're on the wrong path? Or does it just mean the path is more complicated and difficult than you expected?

If you honestly feel you are faced with evidence that you're heading in the wrong direction, then this is a time of learning – learning what has worked, what hasn't worked, what felt right about it initially, and why that doesn't feel right anymore. In other words, this is a time to understand that you found a way that doesn't work for you—which is actually an extremely valuable lesson! (Just ask Thomas Edison, who famously said, "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.")

Otherwise, this is a time to look at what you need to do to make your dream happen. What are you prepared to do? What sacrifices do you need to make? If you're stuck, what do you need to believe (in) to get moving? If you're discouraged, what do you need to cross the gap into confidence? If you're disillusioned, what adjustments to your expectations will make your goal more accessible? And if you're feeling unsupported or insufficient, what resources could help you believe in your inherent worth and value again?

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.
~ Stephen Hawking

The other aspect configuration to watch out for is the Thor's Hammer pattern. This is composed of the same aspects as the Arrowhead Kite, but without the Kite part. In this case, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction forms the apex, with sesquiquadrates to the Moon and Uranus. Remember we talked about Uranus forming a T-square with the Sun-Moon opposition? Well, the Moon square Uranus part of that forms the base of the Thor's Hammer to Venus-Jupiter.

Thor's Hammer aspect pattern

As with the Arrowhead, this figure is drawn by aspects in the stressful square aspect family, so it's all about using conflict to push against and propel yourself forward. In this case, the focus is on love, resources, creativity, faith and vision – Venus conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius. What complicates this is unpredictability, emotional instability, erratic self-image and hasty assumptions.

There may be a tendency to feel insecure, but then believing that wishful thinking or blind faith will solve the problem. It's one thing to "let go of control" but something else to hand over your power to something (or someone) outside yourself that you have no say in or control over.

When you're overwhelmed, lacking in self-confidence, or feeling lost, it is probably better to slow down your reactions a bit so you have time to ask yourself what you're feeling. If you're feeling inadequate or deficient, is that what you really believe? It might be how you're feeling in that moment, but your feelings are don't dictate who you are. They are a barometer that tell you how safe you feel or how comfortable you are, but what defines you is something far greater than just feelings. It's also your actions, your thoughts, your intentions, and what you're prepared to believe about yourself.

You wanna move something, you've got to move it with your mind. You gotta focus!
You take all your emotions, all your anger, all your love, all your hate,
push it way down here into the pit of your stomach, and then let it explode, like a reactor.
~ Subway ghost, Ghost (the movie)

So: how you focus your thoughts matters. How you frame your experiences in your mind matters. How you talk about what you're going through makes a difference. If you focus only on how restricted or stuck you feel, without awareness you are only likely to dig yourself in deeper. If you lapse into panic reactions or hasty assumptions about what's happening, you're only giving more power to the obstacle.

But if you look carefully at that obstacle, if you take the time to scrutinize and analyze what's holding you back, if you slow down your reactions long enough to take a second look at what's really going on, both inside and outside of you, then you give yourself the chance to do something different. And doing something different can get you un-stuck. Doing something different can help you see a new path between "the rock and the hard place." One step at a time.

Rolling Conjunction and Stellium in Capricorn

We're talking about Mercury, of course, who is currently installed in structured, serious, no-nonsense Capricorn. Mercury has some powerful allies right now. He is part of a Rolling Conjunction and Stellium in Capricorn – Saturn, Pluto, Mercury, the South Lunar Node, and the Sun (although out-of-sign in Aquarius is within orb to conjunct Mercury and the Node). Mercury is also opposite the Moon and square Uranus, and so is also part of the T-square mentioned earlier.

Parallel planets at the Lunar Eclipse

In addition, many of these planets are also Parallel by Declination – Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto, all tightly packed within about 1 degree of declination. This is similar to the multiple parallel at the Solar Eclipse in Capricorn 2 weeks ago. It means that whatever Mercury is doing, he means business! And he has some impressive energies to draw on to back him up!

Mercury is the mind, so how we work with our thoughts is an important part of this Full Moon. If you're feeling unfocused emotionally —or perhaps a bit too sharply focused, thinking the situation through objectively, analytically and clearly can provide some powerful stability.

And with 600 or so planets in Earthy Capricorn, your creative, fanciful, expressive Self needs to have one foot planted firmly in practicality, strategy, and a realistic sense of cause-and-effect. As the saying goes: If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. So, if that isn't working for you, do something different. Change your actions, change your attitude, change your expectations.

For example, do a reality check. Question whether your feelings that are bouncing off the wall are telling you something that is objectively true, or whether they're just expressing how you feel about it. While feelings are an essential part of who we are, they often don't give us an accurate view of the whole picture.

Use Mercury—your thoughts, ideas, mental focus, self-talk—to fortify your strengths through clarity, self-honesty, grounded self-talk, pacing yourself, planning, and providing balance with your impulses and imagination. Used in this way, he's got your back. What you don't want to do is use Mercury to beat yourself up or reinforce your worst fears.

Anything that works against you can also work for you
once you understand the Principle of Reverse.
~ Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

To break a leg... or not? This dance requires you to watch your step, but not forget the love, beauty and artistry that you are aiming to express from within.

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This Lunar Eclipse in Leo is all about letting your light shine, not just in spite of hardship and obstacles but even because of them. Take the roadblocks in your way and turn them into kindling that fuel your spirit! Embrace your Inner Child to protect it from hurt, yes, but also believe in him or her—in the potency of your potential. The part of you that sometimes feels vulnerable, weak, besieged, incapable or inadequate is also the very place where your greatest strengths can be found.

Unlocking that strength right now involves taking care of the tender parts of you by letting your Adult provide adult things – patient wisdom, disciplined courage, balanced determination, and enough cool detachment to calm any overreaction you might slip into.

That kind of support can give your Inner Spirit the endurance to outshine the darkness. Feel the love.

There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

Jan.21 – Mars square Saturn (13:46 of Aries/Capricorn)

The impulsive forward action of Mars meets the serious structure of Saturn. The resulting friction can often generate considerable heat in the form of frustration, argument, conflict and stress – but also productivity and results for hard work. Your efforts may seem thwarted and your actions blocked at every turn. Your sensitivity to problems with authority figures can be especially high, as well as your sensitivity to others not cooperating with your own role as an authority figure. The youthful, free spirit in you is somehow required to deal with the serious, responsible, cautious side of you, and a power struggle between the two energies can easily result. If one side wins out over the other, either depression and guilt or rebellion and obsession may result.

However, you are not without power or ability! This friction can also be put to use in very productive ways. Your energy, desire and goals can be made manifest and concrete – even if possibly forced by circumstance. Obstacles can strengthen us, if we work with them instead of just fighting against them. To minimise interpersonal problems, remember that assertiveness is important, but aggression or rigidity will usually only get the other person's back up. You may find yourself in a situation where you must defend or assert your personal boundaries. Or, you might find it difficult to comply with someone else's boundaries. If the heat from this transit starts to overwhelm you, take some time out, find a safe (perhaps creative?) outlet to vent your feelings, and then find a new way to approach the problem.

Jan.22 – Mercury conjunct South Lunar Node (26:46 of Aquarius)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

It's time to let go of old perceptions and ideas that are now just getting in the way of your ability to see things clearly. This might not be an easy task, because your new point of view might show you something you don't really want to see. It might mean you need to change your mind about something or someone. However, by clearing away the blocks to greater awareness, you can start to reshape the way you see yourself or others or life in general. To do this, you might need to release, share and communicate your observations of the last 6 months or so. Take advantage of this time of transition by doing some writing, or perhaps comparing notes with someone about things you've been mulling over.

Jan.22 – Venus conjunct Jupiter (16:03 of Sagittarius)

Romance is in the air, harmony is reflected in everything around you, and love and beauty abound! This can be a time of sweet mercy, pleasure and peace, both personally and in relationships. It can also be a time when your ability to attract money, resources and rewards into your life are especially strong. You might consider indulging in a lottery ticket! Or maybe treating yourself to some creature comforts, like a massage or a double chocolate brownie or anything that gets the endorphins flowing! Unfortunately, this can also be a time when you are prone to over-indulge in pleasures or overestimate your resources. By all means enjoy this lovely feel-good energy, but it's also wise to keep your "addictions" in check. Don't entirely disregard your diet, your budget or your realism in relationships.

Jan.23 – Mercury square Uranus (28:43 of Capricorn/Aries)

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.23 – Mercury sextile Chiron (28:48 of Capricorn/Pisces)

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.24 – Mercury enters Aquarius (until Feb.10)  (Jan.23 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)

Mercury in Aquarius brings objectivity, detached mental focus, and communication that strives for unprecedented breadth and height – even to the point of adopting an "ivory tower" mentality. This is a good transit for anything requiring a scientific or analytical approach, as well as anything that calls for you to "think outside of the box." This can be a time when you start to see old familiar situations in new ways, giving you a fresh perspective on things. This planetary energy is not likely to be supportive if you need to take a gentle or sensitive approach to personal interaction, however, since you may be more tempted to just say what needs to be said and let the chips fall where they may. Your mental outlook may be focused on upcoming possibilities, and it can be a good time to map out future plans and try on new ideas, since you are likely to be more open-minded to things you had previously dismissed as unrealistic or too "out there." This can be a time when you suffer from "cabin fever" and need to get out of the house more, especially if you've been cooped up for a long time due to bad weather, hard work or just lack of motivation to do something different. Breaking free of old routines can be a good thing – just remember you have to live with whatever mess you make in the process.


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Jan.25 – Mars trine Jupiter (16:39 of Aries/Sagittarius)  (Jan.26 in AU)

Energy, assertiveness, aggression and sexuality are amplified during this time. Physical, mental and emotional energy can run high. Your motivation can take on an air of confidence and purpose. If you normally shrink back from asserting yourself, this can be a time when it's a bit easier to find the courage to take a stand. It can also make you more sensitive to this amplified energy in others around you. If you are distressed by Mars energy in general (afraid of anger, intimidated by aggression, cautious about sexuality, etc.), this transit might bring a bit more of it than you can comfortably handle. However, it can also give you an opportunity to experience and make friends with this energy. If you typically enjoy high energy, this can be a time when you can make progress with plans and projects, and have flirtatious or impish fun along the way.

Jan.29 – Sun conjunct Mercury (09:54 of Aquarius)  (Jan.30 in UK, AU)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.

Jan.31 – Saturn sextile Neptune (14:54 of Capricorn/Pisces)  (Feb.01 in AU)

The sextile aspect brings together two adversarial planetary energies in creative ways. Saturn and Neptune as as different as chalk and cheese. Their energies are about structure versus fluidity, definition versus ambiguity, fact versus fantasy, control versus surrender, hard work versus inspiration. There are a few areas where they can come together in beautiful ways through music, art, service based on compassion, and any practical application of experiences and perceptions that cannot easily be defined. The sextile aspect between them now indicates an opportunity to combine these energies in innovative ways, either through action (you making this happen) or appreciation (you enjoying the results). So, you might find you're moved to redecorate, join an art class or go to art galleries, listen to or play or dance to music, etc. Or, you might have a vision of some wonderful potential and want to make that manifest. And in that sense, you might be a bit more susceptible to "too-good-to-be-true" prospects that lack integrity or realism. Do your homework before making a commitment.

Saturn and Neptune make 3 passes of this sextile aspect: Jan.31, Jun.18 and Nov.08 2019.

Dates for the current Saturn-Neptune cycle:

Feb.01 – Mars square Pluto (21:39 of Aries/Capricorn)  (Feb.02 in UK, AU)

This can be a volatile combination of energies, which can generate enormous stress and conflict, but can also motivate you go beyond your perceived limitations. The biggest dangers with this transit include obsessive control, violence in response to frustration, and natural reactions of anger being blown out of proportion into rage. However, if you are able to harness this energy and put it to productive use, it can fuel your ambitions and drive you to push past the barriers that are in your way (including your own discouragement or lethargy). There can be a fine line, though, between empowering yourself with determination and courage versus forcing the issue in a way that creates more problems than it solves. And there is a difference between being obsessively attached to the outcome versus discovering that you have more courage, strength and tenacity than you thought you did, when your back is against the wall. Sexual tension can be strong under this transit, so it is wise to use some good judgment about whether or how to act on that. Power struggles with others can become very intense, so strive to be clear in yourself about what you really want and how you can assert your interests without inflicting the emotional equivalent of nuclear war.

Feb.02 – Venus trine Uranus (28:55 of Sagittarius/Taurus)  (Feb.03 in AU)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

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Feb.03 – Venus square Chiron (29:15 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Feb.02 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST)

You may be forced to make adjustments to relationships and/or finances now, as you face situations in these areas that just don't want to balance out the way you want them to. You may feel a bit like you're in a catch-22 (no-win situation), where the more you try to find balance and harmony, the more you feel like you're chasing your own tail around in circles. This is a time when healing in relationships and financial problems may be difficult to obtain. Harmony in these areas can seem impossible or blocked, yet it is still necessary to keep trying. By trying anyway, it may be possible to find a solution that meets your needs, even if it may not be what you wanted, hoped for or expected. Strive to find a creative solution that draws on your best side.

Feb.03 – Mercury sextile Jupiter (18:15 of Aquarius/Sagittarius)  (Feb.04 in AU)

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.

Feb.03 – Venus enters Capricorn (until Mar.01)  (Feb.04 in AU)

Friendly, abundant Venus travels through serious, structured Capricorn, bringing out her grounded, material side. It may be time to make new plans and commitments for material or relationship goals. It can be a time to get serious and make some solid decisions about what works and what doesn't. It may help to organise and systemise the way you approach relationships, finances, resources and pleasure. An example of systemising pleasure is to schedule regular time to pamper yourself, or to make a point of doing the hard work that will pay off in pleasure later (like eating healthier food or working out more). Although this might seem a bit unromantic or uninspiring, you'll find that laying the groundwork for what you want to attract into your life will provide support for the rewards to come.

Next Update:  NEW MOON in AQUARIUS. Available by February 4, 2019.

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