It has been a mercury retrograde kind of month! My webmistress decided to retire so I found and hired a new one. In December, we started revising and renewing my website ~ a brand new look for AstroAnne.com including making it more mobile friendly and offering webinars and classes on line. We froze my site and migrated it to a new host. Then retrograde arrived in full force causing all sorts of delays, frustrations and problems. So, rather than miss YET ANOTHER week in this highly important time of setting intentions and moving forward, I am unfreezing the site and posting this week’s column as well as needed additions and changes to the events section. And, perhaps, with unfreezing the site AND Mercury’s station direct AND Mercury’s third union with Pluto AND Jupiter dancing with the North Node of Fate, my new website will appear! It will be interesting to see what happens! Astrology, you simply can’t make this stuff up.
Our week ahead has quite a few followup messages for us, if we are paying attention. Pay attention! As Linda says in Death of a Salesman, “Attention must be paid!”
Mercury’s retrograde joined to Pluto the Lord of the Underworld has escorted many people and beloved pets to the underworld the past few weeks as their earth time ran out. We can expect more major folks to leave this week ~ Spokespeople for their generation or causes like David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Natalie Cole or Stephen Levine. Saturn and Pluto are parallel by declination in the heavens, taking out our authority figures. As my dad likes to say, “We are all moving up on the escalator of life.” A few people ahead of us on the escalator took their leave of us as we all grew a bit wiser and older.
There will probably be a major earth event such as a volcano, tsunami or earthquake that allows Mercury to escort many “regular” folks to Pluto’s realm as Jupiter in Virgo (the sign of regular folks) meets up with the North Node of Fate twice in a week and moves into a trine with Pluto and Mercury. There is a significant pileup of planets rising just before the Sun in the morning sky as Moon moves into the western edge of the formation, meeting up with Jupiter and Scorpio. The last time there was a similar significant line up of planets in the sky in Capricorn was the 2004 tsunami in Thailand.
On January 26, 1700 at 9 pm, off the coast of Oregon, there was a significant earthquake in the Cascadia subduction zone. It was written about by Kathryn Schulz on July 20, 2015 in an excellent if scary article in the New Yorker magazine.
On January 17, 2016, an ocean data buoy alerted an “event” in the same Cascadia subduction zone off the coast of Oregon. Four feet of seawater “disappeared” from 0230 GMT to 0600 GMT. That means the Tectonic Plate, Juan de Fuca, moved east and slipped beneath the North American Plate.
During the week ahead, the 1700 earthquake chart is triggered by the current transits in the sky. Jupiter joins the North Node on January 23 and again on January 29 as Saturn and Pluto are parallel by declination and Mercury stations to turn direct on January 25 and meets up with Pluto for the third and final time of the Capricorn retrograde on January 30. Hopefully, this part of the column is a whole product of my overactive imagination and no earthquake occurs. (click chart to enlarge)
Mercury stations and turns direct on Monday, January 25 as he aspects Admetos marking yet another ending. He moves toward his third and final conjunction with Pluto on Saturday January 30 and squares Uranus for the third time on Sunday, January 31. The first two Mercury /Pluto unions, on December 19, 2015 and January 22, 2016 brought secrets from deep interiors and revealed hidden stories about power, triangles, obsessions or traumas. Now we finish up the journey and move to the next level. The first two Mercury/ Uranus squares were full of shocking or surprising information on December 20, 2015 and January 20, 2016. The third will be no different!
Jupiter has been and continues to travel with the North Node of Fate this week and most of next month. The two are moving retrograde and bringing ghosts from your past back into your life. The Node and Jupiter can connect you with people or situations that you will work with in the future. Collect those business cards and contact information! Keep them in a safe place!
Venus has a closing sextile with Neptune inviting us to wrap up energy and the story around a dream we began last winter on February 1, 2015.
Mars and Juno both meet up with Poseidon, making the ocean or sea be a major topic of conversation this week. Ceres enters Pisces on January 28 making us much more sentimental about family and dear friends.
If overwhelmed this week by the cascading energy, take comfort and spend time in Piscean activities that sooth and transport you to a new emotional space. Piscean activities are those which allow you to “disappear” for a bit into a void in time and space ~ listening to music, swimming, singing, dancing, yoga, painting, and generally finding yourself in the “flow”.
Void Moons in the Week Ahead: When the Moon is Void, it is wise to avoid making important decisions as they tend to be unrealistic, and subject to false starts, errors or unexpected hassles. Avoid being concerned with things beyond your spiritual center. It is time for subjective, spiritual and non-materialistic concerns. Kick back, let life flow, and center yourself. Connect into your essential oneness with the Universal Forces.
Moon is void in Leo all day Monday, January 25, 2016.
Moon enters Virgo on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm EST.
Moon goes void joined to Jupiter on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at 07:11:39 pm EST.
Moon is void all night Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Moon enters Libra on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at 10:00:19 am EST.
Moon goes void Opposite to Uranus on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 08:35:14 pm EST.
Moon is void Friday night and all day Saturday.
Moon enters Scorpio on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 10:51:25 pm EST.
Moon goes void sextile to Jupiter.
Moon’s day Monday January 25, 2016. Moon is void in Leo all day. Monday with good closing aspects of a trine to Uranus which pushes things forward in a happy way. It is a good day to reunite or work on projects that make you happy. Moon enters Virgo at 10:46 pm EST. Mercury turns direct today after his long retrograde in Capricorn. He begins to move forward and invites us to take a look at our organization and how we can improve it while still in his shadow. Mercury talks one more time with Admetos to mark an ending energy of some significant sort. Mars makes a vow with Juno to partner in a new way as he gets close and enters the Pisces decant of Scorpio. Sun’s happy aspect with Uranus invites us to connect on a different level and pursue a creative passion.
Mars’ day Tuesday January 26, 2016. Moon is in Virgo and goes void joined to Jupiter in two days. The next two days are very productive and full of energy to whip through your to-do list. Moon works with Neptune mid-day so you can have sudden sadness or sorrow while the evening is full of action as she approaches her trine to Mars. Power through that to-do list! Pay attention to what you hear about today! Mars links up the Poseidon, the TransNeptunian that rules the sea! Watch for sea stories and discoveries about the vast ocean!
Mercury’s Day Wednesday January 27, 2016 Moon in Virgo goes void joined to Jupiter at 07:11:39 pm EST. Moon is void all night Wednesday. Another very productive day as Moon and Jupiter love working together to create! A good day for lifestyle changes and diet. Moon is quite busy today as she has a number of aspects of action and change!! Dreams last night were quite informative so pay attention to them!! Venus has a number of ending aspects as she works with Hades and Admetos wrapping up emotional stories. She’s in Capricorn so she’s precise and crystal clear! Moon’s last aspect with Jupiter is an abundance aspect so she starts a new adventure of creativity. Sun’s stressful relationship to the Nodes of Fate encourage us to try a new approach to achieve and create the next part of our life path. Sun’s sesquiquadrate to Jupiter kicks up the stress and tension.
Jupiter’s Day Thursday January 28, 2016 Moon is void Thursday morning. Moon enters Libra at 10:00:19 am EST and goes void Opposite to Uranus. Libra Moon has harsh aspects as she opposes the planet of chaos and change. Expect separations and problems as part of today and Friday’s journey. Ceres enters Pisces until April 13 so the mother and creative energy becomes mystical and emotive. Expect lots of emotional processes around endings as Ceres is in the sign of intense mourning for her daughter in the underworld. Illness can take a turn for the worse so go to the doctor if in doubt. Sun is in Neptune’s blindspot so a sudden revelation can surprise you. Work on healing the body, mind and spirit.
Venus’ Day Friday January 29, 2016 Moon is in Libra and goes void Opposite to Uranus at 08:35:14 pm EST. Moon is void Friday night. Another day of endings and separations. Jupiter connects for the second time with the North Node of Destiny and Fate. Mars is in Saturn’s blind spot ~ a situation that Saturn simply hates comes to his attention (and yours). Figure out what you want to do about it. In some cases, it is better to simply ignore it. In other cases, you do want to do something about it. Juno links up with Poseidon, activating a deep emotional energy as well as a partnership with the sea! Watch for ocean stories in the news.
Saturn’s Day Saturday January 30, 2016 Moon is void all day Saturday. Moon enters Scorpio at 10:51:25 pm EST and goes void sextile to Jupiter. Mercury links up to Pluto for the third and final reveal of something important. The earlier days were on December 19, 2015 and January 22, 2016. Mercury and Pluto working together bring up secrets from our or their deep interiors and revealed hidden stories about power, triangles, obsessions or traumas. Now we finish up the journey and move to the next level of the Mercury retrograde and Pluto telling tales. Trust that what you learned in the truth. You might not like it but there it is, plain as day. And you have to deal with the truth to get to the next chapter. Time for the truth to come out! You can’t hide it any more! They can’t hide it any more! There is a saying that sunshine is the best disinfectant. And we all know what happens when we pick up a rock and all the little critters underneath skitter away into the dirt. That kind of energy today! Venus has a productive aspect to Neptune going back to when she met up with him last February 1, 2015. The story is coming to a close so push for what you want. Sun’s quintile to Eris invites the Goddess of Discord and Chaos into the story in quite a transformative way. Sometime our or the other’s hubris leads to a fall. Such is the energy of today. Venus’s opposition to Kronos indicates the feminine is taking on the old power structures. Chiron’s contraparallel to Vesta pushes in old wounds.
Sun’s Day Sunday January 31, 2016 Moon is in Scorpio and goes void sextile to Jupiter. Venus is fighting with Hades the Lord of the underworld ~ watch where you get caught into the story and don’t want to stay there. You don’t have to. Shift your perspective. Venus sesquiquadrates with Sedna which makes the Ocean be a big story today. Or oceans of emotions. Just let it flow! Scorpio Moon is intense and this one is particularly profound. Jupiter’s inconjunct to Eris invites an energy of arguments into the story you are working with ~ no more hiding things under the covers. Eris gets angry when she is disrespected or dismissed. As my mother used to say, Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Watch out for the scorned women in your life. Or the scorned feminine! Not a happy energy but a very, very clear energy! Late tonight, the third Mercury/Uranus square takes place. The first two Mercury/ Uranus squares were full of shocking or surprising information on December 20, 2015 and January 20, 2016. The third will be no different. Expect to be surprised!
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