This week, we see the sun conjunct Mercury while both Mercury and Mars enter Capricorn.
Thursday, Jan. 20: Just before the moon leaves Leo and enters Virgo it sets up a perfect harmony with Mars, creating some generous energy that makes love blossom. On Jan. 20, 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced the American boycott of the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. Several countries followed suit, prompted by Russian military actions in Afghanistan.
Friday, Jan. 21: Retrograde Mercury in Aquarius is 45 degrees from Neptune in Pisces, creating a conflict of ideas that is confusing, especially regarding spiritual matters and long-term plans. It was 14 years ago today, on Jan. 21, 2008, that stock markets everywhere crashed at the beginning what was then considered to be the worst recession since 1929.
Saturday, Jan. 22: Late this evening the moon in Libra is in perfect harmony with the sun in Aquarius. Hopefully, that will be kind to help heal the stresses of earlier in the day. It was Jan. 22, 1973, that the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision known as “Roe vs. Wade,” legalized most abortions in all 50 states.
Sunday, Jan. 23: Today, the sun is conjunct retrograde Mercury in Aquarius and a new Mercury cycle begins. Sun-Mercury cycles are great times to start a new Mercury project, and since the conjunction happens in Aquarius, this may be something connected to communication, technology, social media, friends, networks and groups of people. Today, Chesley (aka ‘Sully’) Sullenberger celebrates his 71st birthday. Sully was the pilot of a U.S. Airways plane that he landed in the Hudson River after being hit by a flock of seagulls. He was fired for his heroism. He went to court and won. A film, directed by Clint Eastwood, starred Tom Hanks as Sully.
Monday, Jan. 24: Today, Mars leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn. Mars is exalted in Capricorn so the next couple of months are an exciting time to get intentional about what it is that we want to achieve. Mars in Capricorn will give us that extra stamina and persistence, so we follow through with our projects, no matter what. Mars is in interesting company in Capricorn, rubbing shoulders with Venus and Pluto. This trio is dynamite. Venus, Mars and Pluto will fuel our desires to levels we have never experienced before. With Venus, Mars and Pluto in Capricorn no mountain is high enough. On Jan. 24, 1848, gold was discovered in California and the great gold rush was on.
Tuesday, Jan. 25: This is the day of the third-quarter moon in Scorpio. It's a day when the sun in Aquarius is 90 degrees from the moon, encouraging us to catch up on things we meant to do. On Jan. 25, 1759, in Alloway, Scotland, was born poet and lyricist, Robbie Burns. His “Aulde Lang Syne” is celebrated after 11:59 p.m. on every New Year's Eve all over the world.
Wednesday, Jan. 26: Mercury retrograde re-enters Capricorn to finish what began in December. Mercury is conjunct Pluto for a record of almost three weeks so you can bet that whatever Mercury has to do in Capricorn will be an intense, all-consuming endeavour. Get ready for some intense revelations and remember that the truth will first be totally frustrating, but it will eventually set you free. Happy Birthday #61 to #99 – the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.
Bill Auchterlonie has a podcast and more at www.lutts.ca.