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Weekly Starcodes—Planetary Aspect Interpretations & Predictions
Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice-oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001 Email Heather.
As this Year of the Rabbit leaps off our spirits may bunny-hop between the past and the future, but we can make that work for us. Our tender hearts could be processing old emotions and recent grief or second-guessing old decisions that shifted our life this week with Venus now in sensitive Pisces while a series of aspects form to the healing asteroid Chiron.
It’s easy to get stuck in the could’ve, would’ve, should’ve—second-guessing decisions we’ve made or mourning some lost elements of the past. We have a lot to process from the turmoil created as Mars and Uranus turned direct mid-January, as well as what came up from Mercury who is still in its shadow and in the part of the zodiac through which it backed up while retrograding during the first three weeks of January.
But let’s not get stuck back there. Fresh terrain and new possibilities hover just beyond the edges of these old memories. Whether we were forced to search for new possibilities because the floor crumbled under our old situation, or we are excitingly incubating new projects of our own accord, we have work to do to launch the future now that all planets are direct.
We may need to timeshare between these two poles. Let Chiron bring up the past; harvest the information and wisdom along with ideas to handle a similar event in the future. Tend to medical issues. If an old sadness or recent grief aches, let the grief flow like a river and not a swamp, as Mercury squares the healing asteroid Chiron on Friday and the Sun sextiles Chiron on Wednesday.
At the same time, we can let the Aquarian Sun and Saturn turn our gaze forward, infuse us with competence, and help us be amazed at the possibilities. What could unfold if we step away from what was comfortable, but no longer works, and consciously seek those new lands? Winter is half over and Spring eases closer with every morning sunrise. Run with that metaphor.
Our political overview can match this process—stories in the headlines can feel like repeats and we may wonder if the world has made any progress at all. No one is feeling particularly patient with these delays and repeats, so protests will escalate. But we can also notice a few inklings and hints of progress—a breath of fresh air.
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For this week, Friday starts off rocky as the Aries Moon squares Pluto, then settles down into a steadier groove for the weekend as the Moon enters earthy, nurturing Taurus Friday night. Keep a pot of soup on and warm cuddly blankets nearby.
A good rest this weekend helps us prepare for a fresh start on Monday as the Moon enters communicative Gemini and conjuncts Mars. It winds up our nervous energy and concentration can be tricky, but we can juggle new possibilities and see how they fit together in the days ahead.
Friday, January 27: Expect impatience with both past problems and delayed plans; let it fuel progress and keep work at a steady pace rather than set off a short fuse. By late afternoon the rhythm slows down, lets us figure out what needs to be done, and helps us decide what our next steps are as the Moon enters Taurus and sextiles creative Venus. Comfort food and comfortable people further tonight.
Mercury square Chiron 3:24 AM MDT, Moon sextile Saturn 8:12 AM, Moon square Pluto 2:01 PM, Moon enters Taurus 4:42 PM, Moon sextile Venus 6:56 PM.
Saturday, January 28: We could be quietly or vociferously stubborn; we resist change for others but may need to make it ourselves as the Sun semi-squares Neptune while the Taurus Moon conjunct Uranus. Be safe around changing weather conditions or changing plans. Enjoy a steady pace and a chance to feel comfortable in one’s body; enjoy the taste of the food, the sound of the wind, and the slightly later setting of the Sun. Think of solid and creative adjustments, reorganize space, and move things around. Attend the home front, take care of chores, and let the mind ponder the world while we get on with it. Evening calls for a leisurely change of scene or routine.
Moon square Sun 8:18 AM, Sun semi-square Neptune 10:03 AM, Moon trine Mercury 6:43 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 8:36 PM.
Sunday, January 29: Contemplate the balance between responsibilities and self-care as the Moon squares Saturn on this potentially slow morning. The afternoon could prove more eventful, and our minds can hop all over the place. The planets call for us to build a project, find a solution, or make a clear short-term decision. Be ready to adapt to new information or learn a new skill, upgrade technology or website, or choose to make a healthy change in habits as Mercury trine Uranus.
Moon sextile Neptune 1:01 PM, Moon square Saturn 5:03 PM, Sun trine Mars 6:45 PM, Mercury trine Uranus 7:16 PM, Moon trine Pluto 10:51 PM.
Monday, January 30: Multitask and keep track of all the spinning plates, everything needs a little nudge. Focus on returning phone calls, networking, and responding to emails. Don’t speak glibly, keep to the point but go deeper than the shallow surface and be aware of the effect of words. Consider the impact of words even more carefully tonight, as a nervous edginess can make us unintentionally cranky with even the most beloved. Be kind. Talk about touchy subjects later, at a more spacious moment.
Moon enters Gemini 1:34 AM, Moon square Venus 10:23 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 1:01 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 9:26 PM, Moon trine Sun 11:24 PM.
Tuesday, January 31: Memories or scraps from the past can flow through; search for memories that inspired gratitude, share them, and encourage bittersweet healing early on. Mid-day, stay present and attend to important communication. Camaraderie and communication can further all the projects now simmering, particularly ones that began in December. If in doubt, make the call.
Moon sextile Chiron 2:24 AM.
Wednesday, February 1: Look for an opportunity to do over some past glitches; think about what would work this time rather than recapitulate the problem as the Moon enters Cancer mid-day. Don’t rub somebody’s nose in their past mistakes. Let this be a turning point, a chance to step forward. Tonight, let go of the buzz; inventory recent progress and curl up in comfort and connection.
Moon square Neptune 12:20 AM, Moon trine Saturn 4:58 AM, Sun sextile Chiron 12:26 PM, Moon enters Cancer 1:11 PM.
Thursday, February 2: We may be back to that bunny hop between past and future on this Groundhog Day; the Cancer Moon encourages reminiscence and can also make the future seem daunting. Be kind to that tender place yet take one step closer to a personal springtime.
Moon square Jupiter 1:54 AM, Moon trine Venus 5:14 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 7:27 PM.
The Sun enters Aquarius today and calls us out of a deeply personal winter cycle—out of that introspective winter’s cave which so many of us have burrowed within, or longed to, over the last few weeks—to begin the season of self-expression and community responsibilities.
Aquarius helps us see the bigger picture. The Aquarian shadow side can make us so aware of everyone around us— their stories and their opinions— that we forget to listen to ourselves. Or the other extreme, leading us to block their opinions so we can let our eccentricity fly. This doesn’t have to be a paradox; we can look for the balance between. This month encourages us to explore how we can be both authentically ourselves—which we may have rediscovered in our winter cave—and concurrently become more aware of our responsibilities to our families, teams, and global + political communities.
We could feel some turbulence in the changes. This is the third week in a row where a retrograde planet turns direct, and when a planet does so it stirs things up. First it was Mars, a few days ago Mercury, and this weekend Uranus turns direct after many months retrograde. All planets now appear to move forward and give us a stellar green light to forge ahead for the next few months. We can finally get somewhere, though where will still be up to us.
Along with the Uranian turbulence, we could notice ambient nervous angst as Mercury, still in its shadow until early February, goes through some minor but overthinking or anxiety-producing aspects this week. Mercury quincunx Mars on Friday, semi-squares Venus on Sunday, then semi-squares Saturn on Monday. Notice the mental habit of worry and don’t buy into it, but do review recent lessons about the soul, personal needs, and how our mind works. These minor discomforts and communication glitches can make us nervous—or push us to clear the ground, get centered, and build more robust communications systems—depending on how we choose to respond.
Another effect of this series of aspects could be to test our systems of transportation. Check road conditions and plane schedules. Listen for discussions about rebuilding better roads, improving cars, and updating how airlines run.
Our emotions can be steadied as Venus conjunct Saturn while Uranus turns direct on Sunday. If things get strange, and they very well could, rely on familiar habits, old friends, routines, and history to stay grounded while dealing with the unusual winds of weather, fate, and fortune. But let’s not add to the strangeness by testing our relationships or withholding—both Venus/Saturn issues—instead let’s be there for one another. Stability can be a Venus/Saturn gift.
Early next week a sensitizing Pisces Moon can leave us feeling low or delicate, but it could help us remember to take care of ourselves even while we engage in the world. The busier we are, the more we need to remember what we’ve learned about ourselves this winter. While we re-immerse into the crowds let’s consider what we need to protect our sensitivity, our immune system, and our energy reserves.
After reconnecting with our teams and remembering good self-care, let’s get organized and headed forward. Initiate change, start a project. Launch a potential PR campaign or get the word out. Set the sails so we can use a gust of momentum on Wednesday as the Moon enters Aries and conjuncts expansive Jupiter. Notice a whiff of spring rebellion in the air. What shall we make in the year ahead?
Friday, January 20: Expect an interestingly political day as the Sun enters collective Aquarius and the competent Capricorn Moon conjuncts Mercury in the morning and trines Uranus midday. Step back from personal issues and look around, notice the group dynamics at work, at home, and in the national news; let’s notice our role in the process, question motives, and support what’s working.
Sun enters Aquarius 1:29 AM MST, Moon conjunct Mercury 1:30 AM, Moon trine Uranus 11:54 AM, Mercury quincunx Mars 6:06 PM.
Saturday, January 21: The morning could bring thoughtful crankiness or possibly a need to wrestle with some tough reality as the Moon conjunct Pluto. Tend to the tender hearts. The new Moon in Aquarius midday instigates a new cycle in our community relationships: network, connect, check in with one another, and feel that supportive web. Share camaraderie tonight.
Moon sextile Neptune 1:00 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 8:52 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 11:28 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 1:53 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 6:08 PM.
Sunday, January 22: Happy Chinese New Year—the first day of the year of the Rabbit, predicted to be softer and more aspirational than last year’s fierce and strategic year of the Tiger. Expect some turbulence in the force today, but also an opportunity to move forward on a change that’s been on hold, as Uranus turns direct after many months retrograde. Don’t expect things to make sense, just take the pragmatic next step, stay grounded, and be introspective as Venus conjunct Saturn. Take responsibility to beloveds not as a burden, but as an opportunity to weave connection.
Mercury semi-square Venus 12:41 AM, Moon trine Mars 1:01 AM, Moon square Uranus 10:49 AM, Venus conjunct Saturn 3:12 PM, Uranus stations direct 3:58 PM.
Monday, January 23: The Moon enters sensitive Pisces and we can worry; instead use this sensitivity to find a more subtle, creative, and heartfelt way through. Ambiguity and uncertainty create discomfort. If we feel anxious today it will help to know that people are reliable, on task, and doing what they said they’d do, or it will help to get a clear signal that plans have changed. Relax, but keep that information flowing. Report in and check all schedules late afternoon as Mercury semi-squares Saturn.
Moon conjunct Saturn 2:24 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 3:19 AM, Moon enters Pisces 10:35 AM, Mercury semi-square Saturn 4:09 PM.
Tuesday, January 24: Putter and daydream, take care of one another, tap into the imaginative Muse, and make sure actions align with visions as the Sun sextile Jupiter under a wafting Pisces Moon. It may look less efficient, but instead of pushing forward with willpower, it will serve us to connect to a deeper picture and heal some frayed feelings before we proceed.
Moon square Mars 12:56 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 2:58 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 10:42 AM, Venus semi-square Chiron 5:46 PM, Sun sextile Jupiter 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, January 25: Look around this morning, get organized, and get headed in the right direction—be ready to use a wave of momentum as the Moon enters activated Aries and conjuncts Jupiter. Doubts lift, for better or worse. Watch for strange anger flashes or minor accidents of enthusiasm and speed. Open up, leap forward, and act—just think carefully about which direction to leap.
Moon conjunct Neptune 12:42 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 9:11 AM, Moon enters Aries 11:47 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 8:18 PM, Moon sextile Sun 9:58 PM.
Thursday, January 26: Tempers flare easily if we don’t have a productive place to put our energy. We can find it frustrating that other people are not working within our timeline. If so, look within; this frustration may come from a fresh awareness of vulnerability, emotional needs, or a tug on the compassionate heartstrings (rather than a real problem in their behavior) as Venus enters Pisces. Let our bravery protect our tender feelings so they can unfold and guide the way.
Moon sextile Mars 3:39 AM, Moon square Mercury 8:07 AM, Venus enters Pisces 7:32 AM.