Monthly Forecast for January 2017

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2017 gets off to a hot start, as Mars meets Neptune just hours after we ring in the New Year on the
1st. Mars/Neptune aspects are tricky: they can bring about excesses of action, or create a kind of paralysis, sometimes both. Coming just two days after Uranus stations to go direct, it’s very likely that we’ll be at least inclined to act. Holiday festivities may get out of hand in some places, perhaps fueled by Neptunian spirits.

On the
3rd, Venus leaves sociable Aquarius and dons her Piscean robes. In the sign of the fish, Venus encourages us to spread our love beyond the boundaries of ego. Venus in Pisces is about agapé more than eros, compassion more than romance. We may all benefit from a less ego-driven approach to connecting with others.

By the
4th, Venus will have joined Mercury and Pallas Athene in making an awkward quincunx to Vesta, retrograde in Leo. These aspects ask us to consider what is really crucial and essential in our lives, and what is fluff. Vesta in Leo is reminding us that we can operate from the heart or the head (or elsewhere), and that while a strong ego is necessary, it isn’t everything.

Just a week into the New Year, as the Sun meets Pluto on the
7th, we get a taste of 2017. This aspect asks us to consider two very different approaches to power: the Sun is overt and open, while Pluto is covert and subterranean. As these two celestial opposites meet each other, we can consider the role of light and shadow in our own lives, and perhaps develop an appreciation that without both, there is no cosmic drama.

Mercury stations to go direct after three weeks of retrograding on the
8th. Some of the power plays of the last few days may be obscured or misrepresented, and it could be difficult to get accurate information on both the personal and collective levels.

The Sun’s square to Uranus on the 10th changes the channel on our collective mood. Sun/Uranus aspects require that we honor our sense of independence, yet follow our hearts rather than merely acting out of orneriness. Patience is likely to be low around this time, especially as we build toward the full moon in Cancer on the
12th. There may be a sense of restriction, or it could be that worries about safety and security hem in our desire for freedom and self-expression. Mid-month has its share of opportunities and challenges, yet with the full moon square to Jupiter in Libra, we have a reasonable hope for a diplomatic solution to tensions that develop.

The full moon also illuminates a meeting of Venus and Neptune in Pisces. This aspect casts a soft glow around relationships, perhaps inviting us to dive once more into the waters of romance. Highs may be very high, and lows can be very low indeed – whether you find yourself in the Tunnel of Love or the House of Horrors, do your best to remember that your perceptions are likely to be exaggerated around this time.

On the
19th, Mars squares Saturn, an aspect that often feels like stepping on the accelerator with the parking brake on. Yet with the Cosmic Warrior in the sign of Pisces, energy may be lacking. We could leap forward enthusiastically, only to trip over untied shoelaces. Motivation may reach a peak, but dissipate just prior to action. Alternatively, a few of us will push past Saturnian resistance to accomplish our objectives – choose wisely if you are acting beyond normal boundaries.

The Sun enters Aquarius on the
19th, shifting our collective focus towards the rational and intellectual. Yet we continue to revel in and revolt against things on the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes.

Venus is very busy towards the end of the month, aspecting Pluto, Chiron, and Jupiter before squaring Saturn on the day of the new moon, January
27th. This is a time to consider, and reconsider, our relationships and values. Some things will no doubt be brought to an end by the waning moon and cold decisiveness of Saturn, yet others will be strengthened by resolve and commitment.

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