If it seems as though the Sword of Damocles is hanging by a slender thread over your head, you are not alone. The past 48 hours have added up to a barrage of cosmic fire that has been intimidating even the strongest and most steely characters incarnate now in human form. Adding to the potential misery index are Juno forming a frictional, 45-degree tie with the red planet Mars (1:53AM PDT) and Ceres making an abrasive, 135-degree connection with Saturn (2:29AM PDT). Be gentle in affairs of the heart and listen sensitively to the needs of elders, shut-ins and parental figures. Once you make it through these two challenging aspects, the psychic atmosphere reveals some clearing where you can make headway as the Moon forms a supportive, 60-degree link with Mercury (6:47AM PDT) while the Moon also makes its monthly union with Venus in Gemini (7:31AM PDT). Of these two alignments, the Moon conjunction with Venus is definitely the award-winning rendezvous. You can utilize it to add entries to your social calendar, explore new art forms, and improve your love life. Since the next group of sky patterns – including the highly potent station and shift into direct motion by Juno in Scorpio at 3:58AM PDT tomorrow – will not arrive until Monday, there is no reason why you can’t reinforce this morning’s Moon-Venus alliance and give it extra power to change your life for the good.
New Moon Report for Monday, January 23
By Jeff Jawer
Monday, January 23
Aggressive Mars, already restrained by its presence in refined Virgo, goes into hibernation during this retrograde period that ends on April 13. Yet tying up loose ends, perfecting skills and streamlining systems are constructive ways to use this transit. Re-establishing healthier routines of diet and exercise makes this an excellent time to get in shape. Delays and complications in completing projects can produce irritation and increase criticism, yet focusing on one task at a time enhances efficiency.
Saturday, July 9
Revolution begins within when this radical planet turns retrograde. Freedom is not something that’s measured by what others allow us to do but comes from the liberty that we give ourselves. Uranus’ 5-month reversal could delay some external breakthroughs, but helps us recognize resistance so that we can free ourselves from self-imposed limitations.