Astrology of January 24th, 2017: A Sense of Determination

As soon as the day began in the wee hours the Moon in Sagittarius sextiled Jupiter in Libra, starting the morning with fleeting idealistic feeling that has faith in both ourselves and other people, especially those with whom we form close partnerships.  Hopefully some of that feeling permeated our dreams, because we may have needed that boost as the morning progressed through a bit of rocky territory.

A couple of hours later the Moon conjuncted Saturn in Sagittarius, turning our feelings a bit more somber.  We became instinctually aware of our limitations, and our fears and insecurities may have taken hold, especially in the wake of challenges to our ideals in the early morning hours.  Those of us already inclined toward depression were likely to have gotten hit with an extra dose of it, and may well have wished to stay in bed for a few hours longer rather than face the day with such a grim outlook.  Thankfully, like all Lunar aspects, this one was fleeting, despite Saturn’s tendency toward longevity, and hopefully we are all out of its grip by now.

Later in the morning (right while I am writing this), the Moon in Sagittarius squares Mars in Pisces, potentially amplifying our drive but also increasing our frustrations, as our emotions and instincts are in a fiery sign being challenged by our energy and aggression in a watery sign.  The Moon turns void-of-course at this time, which may dull some of the sharp edges of this influence, but can also create confusion with what to do with these energies.  Now is a good time to focus on routine tasks, despite any feelings of our energies being at-odds with our instincts.  We may find ourselves wanting to do more than we have the energy for at this time, so it’s important to be patient with ourselves now, and use the insights of this time to organize and correct what we can until this afternoon, when the Moon enters Capricorn, bringing more strength of purpose to our feelings and instincts, especially where our goals and reputation are concerned.

The Moon in Capricorn is driven, dedicated, and can even be prone to a touch of fanaticism in pursuit of its goals, so now is definitely a good time to start getting things done, especially in favor of our careers and long-term goals.  We’ll be far more inclined toward practical pursuits now, far less inclined toward day-dreaming (unless of course that daydreaming is really planning!), and because of the discipline of this sign this is a great time to work on adjusting and reinforcing desired habits and systems, both those in need of revision and those we are just starting.  We are more likely to desire recognition for our efforts, while understanding that we need to earn that recognition, so this is a good time to take note of what we want most in terms of career and reputation, create a plan to achieve it, and start taking the necessary steps to fulfill our goals.

The Moon in Capricorn trines the North Node in Virgo later this evening, creating ease and flow between what we feel and our karmic purpose, feeding into our sense of determination and helping us toward our goals, assuming that they are truly ours and not just what we are doing because it is expected of us.  For those of us whose career and social position are not in alignment with our soul’s needs, now is a time when the Universe may give us a gentle nudge in the right direction, so pay attention to what stirs your heart and soul tonight, and what possibilities and opportunities present themselves, as making good use of opportunity is Capricorn’s stock-in-trade.

This is followed by Mars in Pisces trine Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio late in the evening, followed immediately by Venus in Pisces conjuncting Chiron in Pisces.  This combination creates a state of flow between our masculine side and the wisdom to be gained through intensity and delving into mystery, while simultaneously our feminine side is being transformed from the ground up by our pain and old, ingrained injuries coming to the surface.  This may result in some messy and difficult experiences and realizations, but the Capricorn Moon is good for helping us to see the silver lining in these and make good use of what we learn, though it may find the emotional depth of these placements in watery signs to be at odds with more practical desires.  Still, we should be willing to apply some of that Capricornian devotion to our inner landscapes tonight, and blend practicality with compassion for ourselves and others navigating the darkness at this time.  There is a great potential for spiritual progress to be made and rich rewards in strengthening our intuitive and emotional connections if we are willing to face our hurts now and start to apply our hard-won wisdom.


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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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