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During the last week of 2015 and into very early January the planets have us in an upbeat and optimistic mood, as we welcome all the good things to come in 2016 with fresh starts and new leaves turned. Just when it seemed like some forward progress was made, the planets show us that there is a change of plan, or several. By the end of the first week of New Year we are left wondering what happened as the confusion and crisis roll back in like the recent storms.
Mars moved into Scorpio on January 3 where he stays until early March. Very much in his home territory here but Mars can use his forceful drive in a secretive manner in Scorpio and he is in a challenging square to Mercury, which just entered Aquarius but is now turning retrograde for about three weeks. Any New Year resolutions or altruistic goals may yield very little real substance.
Deals or agreements made this early in the year may come to nothing. At worst there may have been deliberate lies or trickery within generous promises, especially those made on the world stage. Hasty decisions and impulsive responses may create unwelcome conflicts. On a personal level there may be harsh words spoken, promises broken and threats to break away. All this done in the heat of the moment may have longer-term repercussions but whilst Mercury is back in Capricorn and the retrograde zone up to mid February there will be opportunity to renegotiate and repair and even improve our connections for the better in the longer term.
With the Sun conjoining Pluto on January 6 whilst moving to square Uranus the energy of the Uranus Pluto square that described 2012-2105 is activated again. This triggers the collective unrest once more and brings further acts of terrorism and attempts to break free from oppressive domination.
Because Mercury is apparently moving backwards it passes over Pluto twice in a short space of time and is almost stationary in that position, as it turns to move forward once more. Expect strong views and extreme attitudes to be expressed now. This attitude can lead to a strong polarisation and set one viewpoint against another. The desire to be right or hold the moral high ground is a strong motivation for some and Pluto will bring these issues to the forefront, as they need to be resolved. This is a theme, which will repeat throughout the year and until a more enlightened approach is taken.
With Jupiter currently in Virgo there’s a lot of attention to detail and the desire for really getting things sorted out is going to focus our energy, especially in areas of our health and natural environment. When Jupiter turns retrograde in early January until early May we can address these important areas and find solutions to resolve any problems that have become apparent since last August. The early year may be troublesome but with a lot of hard work put in to problem solving it can yield very satisfactory results in the coming months.
The January New Moon is on January 10 at 1:31am at 20° Capricorn and the Full Moon is on January 24 at 1:47am at 4° Leo.
Aries: Natural ease are the keywords for you this Full Moon and it's time to loosen up and have some fun, especially with close friends and children. If you get into the party mood you will very likely be in good company, as this is a general time of celebration for all. Passion and intensity, on any topic you choose, can run rampant and your enthusiasm overflows. You have a strong emotional need for some romantic encounters but you do know how to nurture and maintain the romance in an existing relationship too. So take the plunge and enjoy!
Taurus: This Full Moon you are especially sensitive to the moods of any others who share your personal space. Although you will be strongly motivated to create a caring and secure environment around you, a crowd can be claustrophobic, you can get on each other's nerves. This is a time to acknowledge how the comfortable and familiar supports you. You might find you need to spend a lot of time at home. Draw on it as a source of strength as you prepare to achieve some great things out in the world.
Gemini: You may experience strong differences of opinion with someone you have to deal with every day during this Full Moon. When you argue your case you are easily swayed by irrational arguments and emotions. Could it be that everybody is trying to get their message through but no one is listening? Try not to get distracted whilst you tie up important loose ends and meet deadlines. You need to keep some time for a new project or mental challenge. You could be making plans for travelling or starting a new class or training programme.
Cancer: This Full Moon will find you focusing on your personal resources and adjusting to economic fluctuations. You can be a very kind and giving person but you also need to feel secure. Being a little more concerned with your financial status now is probably a good thing although some people may view you as unusually materialistic and possessive. This is a time to cash in on some of your hard earned investments and name your price for your efforts. Be confident in your skills and abilities and turn them to good use now as others will notice and reward you later.
Leo: The emphasis is not so much on what you've done, but rather who you are. This Full Moon is the right time to let your personality truly shine. You instinctively know how important feelings are for personal development and you have a powerful impact on your surroundings through your moods. You may be seen as over-emotional or sentimental, but you know how to provide a truly nurturing environment for others to grow and you’re motivated to show how much concern and care you have for others.
Virgo: Allow yourself to withdraw from the world and focus on your inner feelings. During this Full Moon you are extremely sensitive and might want to spend a lot of time where other people have difficulty getting in contact with you. Ideally create a place of your own which is sacred to you, and where you can be alone. In this private sphere or retreat. Try to work more consciously with your imagination through creative work or meditative practice for a few days.
Libra: You have forged strong bonds with your friends and you are extremely sensitive to how they treat you over the Full Moon. You are easily hurt if they let you down in any way, so ensure that you spend time only with people that support you. Disconnect from the daily grind and share fine food, pleasant company and tales of mutual adventures. Give yourself the chance to remember that the good life is about feelings and friendship not money or possessions.
Scorpio: You may feel that your role is primarily to live up to family or social expectations over the Full Moon. In your past a lot of your unconscious motivation has been aimed at living up to other people’s expectations. Now is the time to reach out for what you want for yourself and stand in the spotlight whilst acting the part of your unique self in all your glory. Take time out during these few days to notice your contribution to other people’s lives.
Sagittarius: Think big, stretch the imagination, push the envelope of your beliefs and feelings this Full Moon. Holding on to a strong belief that is solid and true for you demands your attention now. During these few days your interest in philosophical and spiritual areas is heightened. Use the time to expand your inner window on the world and break new ground. The heady feeling of suddenly having put it all together can have you wondering now what to do with it all, but that will take care of itself down the line.
Capricorn: Experiences over this Full Moon will confirm that you must not depend on other people to provide emotional security for you. Your relationships will benefit from greater depth and understanding. Your new knowledge will be of great help to everyone you contact on an intimate level. You no longer need to rely on certain items or possessions as you move on. Clear off the cobwebs and throw out those useless things you've been hoarding, the freedom will do you good.
Aquarius: You have difficulty distinguishing between what you feel and what those closest to you feel during this Full Moon. You have got a little too close and caught up with other people recently. You need to stand back. Allow yourself to fully connect with others but imagining they are reacting to something you did or said is not helping anyone. The support and equality you sense when you get some distance will produce welcome rewards later.
Pisces: You may waste energy on menial tasks and get distracted from the broader visions in your life during this Full Moon. You are excellent at tuning in to the physical needs of others and generally happy to take on a lot of tasks — both in your career and around the house. If you are not careful however, other people will take advantage of you. Focus on getting things together for yourself. Once you've put on the finishing touches, you'll be able to stand back and take pride in your accomplishments.