Astrology of January 28th, 2017: A Higher Cause

Today’s astrological weather takes an upturn, with the Moon in Aquarius making three supportive aspects in the afternoon and evening, and no other notable aspects occurring to disrupt them.  What’s more, all three of these lunar aspects supportively highlight the planets involved in the ongoing Triangle of Potential between Jupiter, Uranus, and Saturn, helping us in working through some of the lessons of that configuration in the least painful manner possible.

The morning and early afternoon are quiet in terms of aspects, though the energetic boost to new undertakings from yesterday’s New Moon is still likely to be felt, especially in areas related to social causes, technology, education, and futurism.  Aquarius being inclined to favor the rational over the emotional makes us likely to express what we are feeling in terms of how we think we are feeling rather than getting down in the thick of the actual emotion, which may be just as well given the emotional intensity of a week spent by so many of us waking up in dread of what the daily news will reveal.

This afternoon begins the trio of alignments supporting the Triangle of Potential with the Moon in Aquarius sextiling Uranus in Aries.  This can give our rebellious instincts a boost, and sends us seeking out the new and unusual whether we do so mindfully or not.  Uranus energies can feel disruptive for those of us who don’t normally get enough newness and experimentation in our lives or for those of us who are feeling trapped by our situations.  Luckily this is a sextile, so the contact between the Moon and Uranus here is gentle and harmonious, giving us some curiosity and impetus forward at a pace that we can handle.  Plus, the Aquarian side of the equation enjoys the contact with its transcendental ruler Uranus, and the Aries fire that Uranus currently resides in gets a boost of fuel to its individualist tendencies as a result of mental oxygenation by Aquarian ideas.  All in all, it’s an enlivening pairing.

The energy and excitement that can be generated by the Moon/Uranus pairing gets an outlet tonight when the Moon in Aquarius turns its attention to Jupiter, trining with the Greater Benefic and promoting ease and flow between our knee-jerk reactions and our desire for social harmony.  We will feel instinctively drawn to social situations and feel the need to interact with those with whom we can make progress on the causes and ideals that matter most to us.  We will be more willing to consider the ideas of others, more interested in mediating and working with others toward solutions, and more inclined to seek partnerships that help both our society and us as individuals to evolve.  And if all goes according to cosmic plan those partnerships are the result of the drive toward newness that we felt this afternoon, so that whatever we are planning now doesn’t keep us stuck in the same old rut, nor allowing Jupiter’s magnification of the desire for social harmony to keep us from exploring the new possibilities that pioneering Uranus in Aries has revealed to our Aquarian hearts.

The Moon sextiling Saturn in Sagittarius toward the witching hour gives us the discipline that we need to tie all of this together, aligning Aquarian social instincts with a clear understanding of our limitations and boundaries.  Saturn tends to lend a serious note to whatever he influences, so our socially-conscious instincts are not likely to go off half-cocked under this aspect, nor are our intentions frivolous.  This is a good aspect for carefully exploring our limits and seeing what we actually can and can’t do to improve our situation and that of others in our social circles.  Tonight’s journey of the Moon in relationship with the Triangle of Potential gives us an instinctual framework for using our discipline and hard-won experience to master the balancing act between the Uranian desire for change and Jupiter’s desire to keep the faith.  Tonight our social networks and partnerships can be the perfect vehicle for using our individual gifts toward a higher cause.


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(All aspect times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.)

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