If you thought the new year would be off to a slow start, you were wrong! This week is action-packed.
First things first, Uranus is crawling to a stop before going direct on January 11th after a retrograde since August '19. It can be easy to swing to the other side of the pendulum in terms of rebelliousness and not much holding back when it comes to self-expression as the inhibiting influence of the retrograde is removed. Wild weather patterns can be observed as well during this time.
On the 11th, what's known as a cazimi to the Sun with Mercury in Capricorn is happening. The Sun-Mercury conjunction will aide in using communication and self-expression to our benefit. A cazimi is a powerful aspect to the Sun, and some of us may be affected by feeling antsy or nervous. Something even like thinking of strategies to bring in more connection to and from others, instead of feelings of isolation during this time will prove to be very beneficial. Easily expressing warmth and empathy is given with this transit but one thing to watch out for is wanting to lie to yourself, and talk yourself into self-deception for some “greater good” cause. It’s a trap, and illusions always require the truth to conquer...even if it's not what you want to see or hear.
We have January’s Full Moon in Cancer on the 10th—a lunar eclipse is just two days away from the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that affects all of mankind (which is a pretty big deal if you haven't heard!). Touching base with Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune, we may be contending with feeling pressured to make a change in our lives. Inflexible black-or-white thinking will be prevalent, people preoccupied with being right and having the last word and/or polarized views will be expressed in reactive ways. The underlying emotions below the surface are likely overwhelming and the solution is to embrace instead of shame ourselves or each other for it. Societal pressures are likely intense during this time, so spend some serious time contemplating and reminding yourself what is and is not beyond your control.
Read on for more of what this week has in store for you, courtesy of professional Astrologer Allie Schultz of Reality Check Astrology.
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Capricorn: December 22—January 19
Allow some spontaneity into your routine this week, Capricorn. Themes surrounding a fear of things going wrong and lacking control of outcomes can actually be solved through heading toward more flexibility, even if that sounds counterproductive to you. Let yourself do just one thing, no matter how small, that isn't in your schedule. You will be pleased with how liberating and rejuvenating it feels.
Aquarius: January 20—February 18
Take a few moments to formulate a more organized plan to participate in more self-care and comforting. No need to go to drastic measures, baby steps in the form of just merely brainstorming is a great place to start. Aquarius, it's time to stop avoiding the need to care for your well being.
Pisces: February 19—March 20
Pisces, you've got to get into a bit more serious frame of mind. There's a time for fun, but not right now. You've been avoiding a couple of responsibilities lately that require your attention. Ignoring these won't make them go away even despite some fear. There is no more time to fool around.
Aries: March 21—April 20
Family is the primary focus this week Aries, with mainly concerning a need to evaluate how connected you truly feel in your own home. Use the opportunity to engage in inward reflection. There might be ways you've inadvertently been shutting your loved ones out, especially from work-related pressures, however, you now have the chance to rectify them with the new awareness.
Taurus: April 21—May 20
Taurus, you may currently find yourself coming to terms with the power behind your words. Hurt feelings can become resurrected around the Full Moon, and it's best to pause and think things through before reacting on impulse. If you want to, you can lead by example in taking initiative through acts of compassion and understanding.
Gemini: May 21—June 20
This week, Gemini, be sure to really look around at the company you keep. Not everyone you could lose from your circle is a loss, and its time to focus your attention towards those who truly respect, love and value your presence in their lives. You are not obligated to waste your time and energy on fair-weather friends.
Cancer: June 21—July 22
Cancer, it's at times effortless to go too deep down the rabbit hole of self-defeating thoughts; but the sooner you can catch yourself heading that way, the sooner you can put it to a screeching halt. It's one thing to question particular life choices that have led to a circumstance in your life that you wish would have gone differently, but a whole different story to overly blame yourself to the point of a refusal to take action. It's not too late, you can and will persevere.
Leo: July 23—August 22
Leo, your personal values will guide you this week and you'll find yourself giving more love and care to what can sometimes be seen as unpleasant people who need it the most. You're coming to a place in your life where you've made amazing strides in taking things less personally. With that, your naturally generous heart will lead to more discovery into your sense of purpose in life.
Virgo: August 23—September 22
Virgo, it's really important to allow yourself a chance to relax instead of working yourself beyond the point of exhaustion. Stop and observe if the need to keep yourself constantly busy is a way to avoid dealing with complicated emotions. If that's the case, the best thing you can do is let your guard down to a trusted friend instead of keeping it stuck inside.
Libra: September 23—October 22
Life outside may feel heavy lately, Libra, but you can take your natural ability to shift the focus to what still remains good and appreciate the beauty that still exists around you. For your own wellbeing, tap into your artistic side and create something from the heart. It's OK to take a little break from the outer world when needed.
Scorpio: October 23—November 21
Scorpio, open up about what you really need out of that special someone before it's too late. Unfortunately, not many people are as in touch with their gut feelings as you are, and may not easily pick up on your nonverbal cues to what you want. Be straight forward and directly lay it out on the table once and for all.
Sagittarius: November 22—December 21
Sagittarius, you have a deep mind to begin with, but conversations this week can go even further than that! Finding that a connection in your life is becoming more serious than you'd expected, and could be a pleasant surprise. But remember to take those rose-colored glasses off once in a while to refresh your perspective of the situation and don't give your autonomy away.