Challenging Week Ahead

You will be mentally active, and all ideas will come quickly to you. You may be tested for the clarity of your thinking or manifesting, and forced to prove your intentions. There is potential for conflicts so make sure you are listening to others. Make sure to questions people's intentions and do not assume anything. If you live in a larger population be very mindful of your surroundings.


You may feel the urge to seek out interesting and intense love experiences. You want to escape reality through love, and this can create problems. There may be feelings of insecurity, jealousy, and possessiveness towards your loved ones and this can create friction. Powerful subconscious drives are at work here so be wary of entering new relationships. There are underlying currents at play so be sure to not avoid your triggers as this week can give you great insight into your own healing. Avoid using manipulation or deception to gain your desires as it will backfire. This theme is repeated a lot lately because energies will not align to those lower vibrations.


Your attention will be on those things you may not want to do, but are obligated to do. There could be a chance of professional advancement, or for those who work from home, you are supported in making new headway with your business. It is a good time to organize and plan, and this is not just about work or career. Make sure you are organizing and stocking up your home in case you lose power abruptly. Your energy may be low at times and you have a hard time relating to the collective. Do not dwell on depressive feelings but get to work on your tasks as this will not only make you feel better, but it is very important now.


Towards the end of this week we head into what may be a time of challenge or crisis. Do not let other peoples' actions make you feel unworthy. Be careful not to get angry or react from anger. Realize that this is a time to understand the motivations of others, and whether your own motivations are true. Energy levels may be very high, but also very spontaneous. It will be surprising and very difficult to plan around. There is a desire to break free from limitations and rebel against authority. You will feel the urge to act more irrational and impulsive and this can be a problem if you are accident prone. Be mindful of the changes on the planet and the collective energy with this as well. It really is obvious that the political climate is mirroring the energies coming in.


FULL MOON IN LEO

On January 28th the first lunar Full Moon culmination of the year occurs at 9 degrees of Leo. The energy of this lunation beacons a return to who we are and how we show up in the world. The Sun is the ruler of the sign of Leo, and it represents the inner fire of an individual, and the true authenticity which they creatively express. It is the sign that operates from a place of childlike enthusiasm, and heart centered joy. A Leo loves to be recognized for who they are and all that they are giving, often from a platform for others to see. Feelings and emotions come to a head in regards to leadership in the solar ruled sign of Leo.


At the time of this Full Moon, the Sun is in the opposite sign of Aquarius, in a conjunction with Jupiter at 9 degrees of this sign. Mercury and Saturn are also transiting Aquarius, creating a stellium of planets in the humanitarian Air sign. The Moon is across from the crowd in Leo, preparing an emotional stage presentation of individuation. This contributes to the collective in true Aquarian form. The opposition is about building new personal expressions of ideas and discovering new forms and means of connecting with others. The opposing energies are challenging us to be open to the expansion of self in the future, and share from a place of individual authenticity. Saturn provides stability and support of these new ideas of expression. The Lord of Karma doesn't care how unusual or orthodox these ideas are, it just wants them to be structured enough to stick and stay in a lasting way.


It is important to remain grounded in the heart space in order to avoid any distraction from the surrounding dramas that are sure to be unfolding. Behavior based on a ruling principle of love provides the best possibility of uniting forces in this unprecedented time of change. The Moon rules emotion so operating in the higher frequencies such as gratitude, joy, and love for self and others is highly favored and available during this lunation.


The long running square from Neptune in Pisces to the lunar nodal axis is exact on the 28th, the day of the Full Moon. The nebulous nature of Neptune creates a lack of clarity and even a desire for escapism. A square to the future and the past, represented by the North and South node, challenges a search for truth, and the removal of illusions. It is possible to remain the observer and overcome the obscurity by operating in the higher vibration of Neptune, through connecting to your Highest Self or Source energy of compassion and love. Personal wounding may be triggered in order to pull for the strength of growth in action, and to heal it once and for all. An echoing of Leo self love, the very foundation of contributing to the collective.


MERCURY RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS

Mercury will begin its retrograde motion on January 30th up until February 20th. Each retrograde has a pre and post shadow phase that each last about 2 weeks. The pre-shadow phase began on Jan 15th so you are already feeling the effects of Mercury Rx in Aquarius.


Prepare yourself by being as flexible and open as possible. Ground your energy and be more mindful of your thoughts and actions. You may feel a bit overwhelmed with ideas and your mind may feel a bit chaotic or confused. A great way to help this is yoga, breathwork, journaling, or any means that helps you to calm down the mind and express all your thoughts and ideas.


Rx periods are about reflection and going inward. In the sign of Aquarius, you may be reassessing and reflecting upon dreams and wishes, connection with others, how you want to intellectually advance, and how to combine logic with intuition. This mercury Rx may even motivate you to shift your mindset and rise up in consciousness, as with the progressive ways of Aquarius, your outdated thinking patterns, perspectives, and ways of communicating must go. This is a great time to really reflect on and become more conscious of your daily thoughts, the way you talk to yourself, the way you communicate with others, and the way you envision your future. There will be many ideas flowing so remember to slow down and process all these new thoughts.


With the Aquarius energy you may expect some issues or frustrations with technology so make sure to back up your devices or do a digital declutter. This retrograde period may really have you contemplating on how you wish to contribute to the collective, as the energy is turned inward, and your mind is considering all the ways you can change and evolve. Many will come to an understanding that as you develop, heal, and reconnect with love you are making shifts in the collective energies as well. As Gandhi said, "if we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him." A reminder that if you want to see change and transformation you have to begin with yourself.


Mercury Rx is a time for reviewing, basically it is a time your chance to double or triple check things, to make adjustments so everything can go more smoothly. Changes may need to be made in order to move forward in alignment with your Highest Self. With this Rx being an air sign you will want to be conscious with your communication. Make the effort to be more aware of the thoughts you are having, the things you say to others, and the things you say to yourself. There will likely be some miscommunicating with others. It is extremely important to be more conscious of your intentions and what you are speaking into the universe. Be careful what you wish for when Mercury Rx is in Aquarius!


* Report compiled by Crystal via AstroMatrix.





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