|Every January you get to begin a brand new year focusing on your Self, your outer self, the side of you that others get to see on a grand scale. You will have to deal with some opposing forces this month which normally are behind the scenes type of influences, but this month they actually create aspects to one another so cannot be ignored.
Mercury retrogrades from January 21 to February 11, 2015 in Aquarius. This is the first of the retrogrades this year. It is the time of year when you will have to be careful of things going wonky in your communications, or your travels. Please do all the things that are precautionary such as, backing up your computers, checking your information, checking everything twice before sending. As well, try not to buy any new mechanical things such as computers, cars or anything that has mechanical or moving parts, and/or try not to sign any contracts or agreements unless they are formed with someone or a company you have dealt with previous to the Mercury Retrograde.
In your chart, it may be that some information regarding income or a check is wrongly sent to you. Check all information and invoices twice. You could also be looking back over and reviewing your income statements to make sure that all is correct. If you do your taxes early, make sure that all information has been entered correctly.
|Your ambitious drive is right on target at the beginning of the month. This month the focus is on your ability to generate more income and some of this income will come from outside sources such as inheritances, winnings, bonuses, or tax returns. Jupiter entered your 8th house in the summer and you have been reaping some of these benefits already, most likely.|
|The Sun is in your 1st house and nuzzling next to Pluto, the revolutionary and the transformer, making you feel powerful. It’s a heavy duty planet to be cozying up to but your ruler Saturn just changed signs into Sagittarius and into your home of the subconscious and of Karma. While Saturn was in Scorpio, it the transit was in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn, so the transit seemed part in parcel for you – major but not unsurmountable. Saturn is now in your house of Karma but its ruler Jupiter is in your 8th house. You will most definitely be noticing some broad transformations happening in both these sectors including your entire facade changing as a result.|
|The Full Moon in Cancer is taking place in your house of partnerships on the 4th, where you tend to hang on to things for much longer than others. You are sentimental and also tend to never ‘forget’ hurts, but conversely, also do not forget the good things which makes it so hard for you to let go. With Pluto in your opposite house of partnerships, you are undergoing some deep and major changes to the essential ‘you’ and some of this may affect your close personal relationships.|
|The harmony you are seeking and trying to find in your Self is linked to the work you have to do within yourself. In order to create this new Self or persona, you will have to be diligent and disciplined.|
|From the 5th to the 6th, you will feel some tension between these inner transformations you are working on and the path you are meant to work on until 2017. This path is the one that leads to being a fair leader in your career. The Moon still in Cancer is now squaring off with Uranus in your home sector and this can manifest itself in different ways. You are usually pretty energetic and somewhat self-centred, even selfish, about your home, yet seek companionship and togetherness in your partnerships. With the now almost insistent upheavals in your home sector, such moving from one location to another, or dividing your time between two or more locations (connected to your daily work routine ruled by Gemini, the twins), your partner is feeling a little disconnected from you and most likely wants a little more stability or attention. You will be able to talk this over and it could be that some issues from your past will surface in your discussions to explain some of the disturbances happening in your life.|
|The 7th marks the start of some major influence for the month. The first influence comes from tensions coming from these transformations you are putting to work on yourself and the work you need to be doing in the sector of your North Node. You are used to the command you have in your personal environment and sometimes this tends to flow out to your career or the way you handle your authority over others. A bit of a bull in a china shop which resonates naturally to you, you now have to develop a balanced approach to others while working with them, whether you’re the boss or a having to deal with one.|
|From the 9th to the 16th, there are many different influences upon your month. The first comes from your mental capacity to generate ideas in order to either create more harmony in your life, or more income and self-sufficiency. Capricorns are achievers but do not usually bulldoze through; they take their time and slowly but surely make their way toward that goal. Saturn is their ruler, after all, and this makes them cautious, careful and disciplined. Capricorns can also be their own worst enemy for they are naturally equipped with a doze of self-criticism, and will ‘start over and over’ if they feel they are not quite getting it right.Some of these ideas that you are coming up with these next two weeks are actually pretty good ones and are congruent with the path you are needing to work on until the end of 2017. These are the lessons you need to complete before your North Node changes direction at the end of 2017. Your actions will need to be tempered with discipline even though at times you will feel like charging forward. These challenges are all connected this month and are linked to the square of Pluto/North Node and Uranus/North Node. It’s pretty heavy duty behind the scenes with these two forces at play because Pluto is the Lord of transformation and rebirth, and Uranus is the Lord of disruption and upheaval. You will not be leaving any stones unturned as you go through these trials and tribulations.
The Sun will be holding hands with the Moon on the 16th, and since these energies work well together, you will feel good about where you are and may even celebrate with your friends, about where you are and where you’re headed! Since you culled your group of friends during the Saturn in Scorpio phase, the friends you have left are the ones that were able to survive the onslaught of tests you put them through.
Be careful to not be too hard on yourself during those moments when your ruler naturally wants to hold you back from rushing too fast forward. On a more mundane level, be careful as you rush about your neighbourhood as the 3rd house represents your neighbourhood, and transportation (such as cars.)
|From the 19th to the 24th, you will begin by feeling good about your career and the sources of income you are begin to generate. Mars and Neptune in your 3rd house will stimulate your mind to act upon some of the intuition which you will be privy to. Some of these insights may come about while you’re out and about in your neighbourhood or while catching up with siblings, neighbours and colleagues. You may also find your siblings or neighbours dropping by. Mercury, of course, is beginning to play havoc while retrograde, so be careful that these bits of information you are receiving are factual. Neptune also has a way of clouding judgement and or facts. Don’t sign any contracts during this time, unless it involves an ongoing plan or from a company or people you have dealt with before. Mercury is in your 2nd house so if this contract involves doling out some money, please think twice before you do, look at the facts carefully, and if you can wait until Mercury is moving forward again.|
|The 25th to the 29th will have you fretting over the balancing of home versus career, self-centredness versus empathy, good leadership versus brash authoritative rulership. Mercury will have you taking a step back and going over things carefully again in conjunction to your North Node which will give you time to assess your role as leader. If you are the underling, it will give you insight into how to handle authority, or your boss, for example. You are beginning to get used to the instability that is causing havoc on the home front. These changes could have to do with your parents, or things being shaken up within the family or roots. In order to understand where you need to go from here, you have to look at where you came from.|
|The 30th and 31st will mark the end of these conflicting influences this month. It has been a trying month, but with discipline and determination, you will most likely be able to navigate through this month with success. Your ambitions and desire for more money or more harmony will be difficult if you resist the need to be disciplined in your personal daily routine. You may desire to spend some money on a desired item that will make you feel valued, but you should resist it if possible. The reason I say this is because this money may be money won or received as a bonus and you may want to invest it rather than spend it. You will however feel a harmonious flow between your energy and vitality and the transformations you are trying to put into place when it comes to your personal Self. The rest of the year will have its challenges, but this month had to deal with the greater forces of these. There are more challenges to confront as the year goes forward but none will be as trying as trudging through this month.Happy New Year!|