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Sun Sign Year at a Glance & the Weekly Starcodes 

2016 Year at a Glance for  Aquarius — January 19 - February 18, 2016

Receivers of innovative, creative intelligence and demonstrators of how to use it, water-bearers come with the capacity to see what others are afraid of: the truth. This year aims to help you expound upon your visionary ways by providing you with experiences that will broaden your horizons.

How we see the world has a direct effect on how we are in relationship with it. It’s hard to be affected by what we don’t see. It’s hard to fall in love with ideas we’ve not yet met. It’s hard to seek out sources of wisdom that we didn’t know existed. This year exposes you to many new experiences, and these pilgrimages will help you develop ways of relating to knowledge, teachers, teachings and justice, highlighting the importance of spiritual and philosophical pursuits.

2017 also gets ultra personal. August is host to a lunar eclipse in Aquarius. Eclipses in our sign tend to ramp up our evolutionary trajectory. Life speeds up. Choices need to be chosen, and sometimes directions get decided for us. Eclipses bring beginnings and endings. They are dramatic and can be exceedingly helpful at clarifying what is important and how to move towards it.

With your ruling planet, Saturn, finishing its travels through your 11th house of friends, groups and social activism, 2017 is a year of consistently showing up in this area of life. Being able to take and develop a leadership role in your community is an important piece of your development, especially because by the fall, Jupiter will enter your 10th house of career. Jupiter will magnify and support the efforts you’ve made to support others. Each of our lives exists within a network of support. Building sustainable structures among your people will ensure that you are working with and for the whole.

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Rhea WolfRhea Wolf (Portland, OR) is a feminist, witch, performing poet, astrologer, mother, and community healer whose life purpose is to soulfully nourish the emerging culture. Author of The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories, and Time, she teaches at Portland School of Astrology. Email Rhea

Weekly Starcodes:

Heather Roan RobbinsHeather 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.

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Starcodes for the week of January 20, 2017

We live in interesting times.

America always inaugurates its presidents under the political, civic minded Aquarius sun. This year we can feel a stubborn square-off of personalities and ideals as that Sun in Aquarius is squared by a brooding, focused, private, Scorpio Moon, which puts both luminaries in stubborn fixed signs. Squares create tension; like the tension of a combustion engine, that tension can propel us forward, but we have to steer the boat.

Thoughtful Mercury is now in efficient if controlling Capricorn, which can help all sides of a debate get organized. Insecurities can bring a controlling streak to our thinking, a desire to crack down or make others conform, to have our way on a personal or political level. But our heart speaks otherwise. Venus, Mars, and Neptune all run together in sensitive Pisces for another week, which can leave us poetic, vulnerable, and visionary on a good day, but leave us vulnerable, awash, or easily drifting into our fantasy world where we imagine either the best or worst of what could possibly happen next. The truth may be something in between.

This all changes the following week, when Mars leaves sensitive, passive Pisces and enters into sharp, proactive Aries, on Jan 28. The Moon follows into Aries on Jan 31, Venus follows on February 3, the game is on and sparks fly. Any idea we’re promoting, any project, tension or conflict already in the works, will catch fire. This spring looks to be a well-organized and rebellious but also potentially controlling time. It is important to use this week’s dreamy time to get our vision clear and blueprints ready. Let’s stay connected to people doing the work that we think needs to be done, and pull our energies together to guide us into good futures.

Friday begins with a both a brooding focus and a sensitive heart, we are painfully aware of what we’ve lost and could lose as Venus sextiles Pluto, but this can help us prioritize what’s truly important to us. Saturday invokes strong emotions but we may run low on physical energy as the dark Scorpio Moon trines both Venus and Mars in sensitive Pisces. Unusual allies work together, we can love fiercely, but let’s be aware of a potentially resentful backlash waiting at the edges.

An outspoken Sagittarius Moon gives us room to unwind and vent on Sunday and Monday. Our thinking may get fuzzy, but we could find the imagination to see a path forward where we did not do so before, or feel spiritual support, or choose to over-imbibe as Mercury forms a friendly sextile to Neptune. We just have to make sure that our imagination doesn’t carry us away, we can get lost in our hopes and concerns instead of use this juicy energy to think outside the box and find positive alternatives.

Tuesday sends us back to work, the Moon conjuncts serious Saturn and enters Capricorn and can give us gumption and durability. But if we feel prone to discouragement or depression, it will help to tune into the love and compassion of Venus and Mars in Pisces and remember our connection underneath all.

Friday, January 20: The day dawns with emotional poignancy as Venus sextiles Pluto; our heart opens in remembrance of what we have loved and what we have lost. Tears of all types come easily, let’s show our appreciation for those who have earned it. Hug freely. Our thinking can veer unrealistically, we can see others’ illusions easier than we can see our own as energies, people, and even our own moods, square off under a Scorpio Moon this afternoon. Feel a subtle strength underneath the tests, and take care of one another.

Moon sextile Mercury 4:14 AM, Venus sextile Pluto 6:56 AM, Moon trine Neptune 11:49 AM.

Saturday, January 21: Expect strong mixed feelings and strong opinions; the Scorpio Moon pulls us inwards towards solitude while the Aquarius Sun pushes us outwards with civic-minded connection. Camaraderie furthers as the Moon trines Venus. A second wave of energy returns later in the day, but tempers can get edgy; enthusiasm buoys us when all is well, but direct conflicts can get messy.

Moon sextile Pluto 2:43 AM, Moon trine Venus 4:23 AM, Moon trine Mars 6:23 PM.

Sunday, January 22: This day calls for us to relax, wind down, and speak openly. Though in the name of honesty we may vent inappropriately at someone who annoys us, but is not the real problem, and hurt the sensitive feelings around. Let’s be careful to speak what we really feel, speak our primary emotions and not our defenses. Though we may be tactless, everyone needs room to express themselves and be witnessed and accepted. Renew elasticity. New information about real intentions becomes clear. A walk in the wild furthers.

Moon enters Sagittarius 3:44 AM, Moon sextile Sun 9:29 AM,

Monday, January 23: Mercury sextiles Neptune and tells us to dream, we choose whether that means we’re late for work, get lost in our illusions, our hopes and fears, or vision which way to step forward. Find creative uses of imagination and expect the mind to drift. Intuition can be strong, listen to dreams. But watch boundaries, people can invade our space. This aspect can increase the desire to drink or escape unless we feed the Neptune in another way; consider prayer, meditation, artistic expression. Weather can be messy, so keep an eye on travel times.

Moon square Neptune 12:36 AM, Mercury sextile Neptune 2:28 PM, Moon trine Uranus 9:35 PM, Moon square Venus 9:56 PM.

Tuesday, January 24: A new seriousness calls us to knuckle down to work this morning as the mood conjuncts serious Saturn; we notice costs, restrictions, flaws in previous plans. Midday irritable debates distract us as the Moon squares Mars; let’s vent with, not at, each other. Organize plans after Moon enters industrious Capricorn tonight.

Moon sextile Jupiter 1:38 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 3:38 AM, Moon square Mars 10:33 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 3:43 PM.

Wednesday, January 25: On this very political day we see farther down the road. Intentions may become clear, but not necessarily the consequences of our actions, as the Moon conjuncts Mercury. Make decisions, but stay open to adjust as consequences clarify in the days ahead. Choose not to get controlling under stress, and proceed carefully around those who do.

Moon sextile Neptune 12:06 PM, Moon conjunct Mercury 4:58 PM.

Thursday, January 26: Morning can become uncomfortable as problems get outlined while the Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus. Strategic moves are made, let’s not get trapped in an apparent corner. Moods may just drift in on the tide and we empathize (consciously or not) with those in an oppressive situation. Upsetting news need a thoughtful response. Fresh generosity suggests a way forward and reminds us of the potential good found in the human spirit this afternoon as the Moon squares Jupiter and sextiles Venus. Diplomatically find a common denominator. 

Moon conjunct Pluto 2:21 AM, Moon square Uranus 8:18 AM, Moon square Jupiter 12:15 PM, Moon sextile Venus 1:04 PM.

Starcodes for the week of January 13, 2016

This can be a subtly tricky week; the astrological influences can leave us feeling both more competent, and like an emotional mush pile underneath. We grow more organized and can get some work done as Mercury joins the Sun and Pluto in competent Capricorn. But it’s hard to get our heart into the work unless it truly inspires our imagination, and we may feel mopey, touchy, or easily discouraged as the emotional planets, Venus and Mars slosh their way through sensitive, fantastically imaginative if easily-victimized Pisces, now through the end of January.

Capricorn energy encourages us to deal with everything on our plate in a clean and competent manner. People who feel clear about their goals and supported by their people and their surroundings can gallop ahead. Those with a more amorphous feeling, fuzzier goals, who are resisting rather than directing, or who are processing grief, loss, confusion, may feel at a loss for the next step. If so, It furthers to “put one foot in front of the other and lead with love,” as per a line from a recent song by Melanie DeMore, and trust that much will clarify and focus over the next few months.

We may feel particularly awash on Friday, reverberating from the recent Full Moon in Cancer, and as Venus conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. We can make good use this Piscean sensitivity if we can find a safe place to be sensitive, a place where it furthers to be imaginative, find beauty and let it fill our hearts so we can step forward. One step at a time.

Delays may turn out to be fortuitous, it’s a week to accomplish, but not push impatiently. We can expect considerable frustrations towards the end of the week as activating Mars squares serious Saturn. We may feel the tension between generations, between young and old, liberal and conservative. But in the process, we have an opportunity to hammer out some deeper understanding as well as build craft into our inspiration.

Friday begins in an emotional haze. Watch people spin fantasies personal or political. On Saturday the Moon forms a grand trine with Saturn and Uranus and brings bombast to the headlines, so we need to be able to laugh at our own pronouncements. Sunday and early into next week grows more industrious as the Virgo Moon amps up Capricorn. Don’t waste energy in worry, though it may be tempting; instead, do.

Midweek brings a series of changes and adjustments that will need honesty not reaction as the Libra Moon T -squares with Mercury, Pluto, and Uranus. A moment of despair can push us out of our comfort zone and make a positive step forward. Thursday brings a major energy shifts as the Sun enters Aquarius while the Moon enters Scorpio and they square off. Watch the stubbornness thicken, backbones strengthen, and people entrench in their positions temporarily. Let’s walk around obstacles rather than run our heads into them.

Friday, January 13: The mood is blustery and inconsistent. We may work through potentially considerable frustrations which give Friday the 13th a bad name. People need to express themselves, they need to feel heard and their emotions honored under a Leo Moon, their excesses forgiven, but we don’t need to agree with them. It refreshes to find a point of gratitude, a place of ease, and let our minds dwell there.

The Moon is in Leo, and makes no major aspects today.

Saturday, January 14: It’s a day to catch up with ourselves and with our friends, to nourish connection as the Leo Moon trines Uranus. We may make big plans for the evening, but as the Moon enters Virgo just after dinner time, a private, cozy, personal time may seem like a better idea. Health issues can get in the way, we need nurturance at a deep level, and deep, thoughtful conversation, rather than activity.

Moon trine Uranus 4:25 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 7:20 AM, Moon trine Saturn 8:06 AM, Moon enters Virgo 8:52 PM, Moon trine Mercury 11:58 PM.

Sunday, January 15: On the suppose a day of rest we have so much work to do as the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune and Venus. Though we may not feel like. Our minds suddenly catalog all the personal and social work we need have been postponing for the last couple of months. Make lists now then let the mind rest. Moments of social awkwardness are not personal, don’t take them so.

Moon opposed Neptune 3:07 PM, Moon opposed Venus 8:57 PM.

Monday, January 16: Some illusions are beginning to fall from our eyes, some tough realities can cause us to worry. If so, let’s stay in the present, assess honestly the new situation, and make a plan. Forgive people their anxiety, it can come out as sharp edges midday as the Moon opposes Mars and square Saturn. We grow more open to solutions tonight as the Moon trines the Sun.

Moon trine Pluto 4:39 AM, Moon opposed Mars 12:02 PM, Moon square Saturn 3:12 PM, Moon trine Sun 11:09 PM.

Tuesday, January 17: Today we take a more tactful, human-centered approach to yesterday’s feelings. It’s a day to rally the troops, and strengthen the connections needed for our future plans, and listen to theirs to see places of mutual support as the Moon enters friendly Libra and squares thoughtful Mercury. Kindness and good conversation further.

Moon enters Libra 4:15 a.m., Moon squares Mercury 11:37 AM.

Wednesday, January 18: Questions of social justice, what’s fair and what’s not, echo from the breakfast table to the boardroom as the Libra Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus. It’s urgent that we concern ourselves with what is fair for our spouse, our mate, for all sentient beings, and not just work on what is fair for ourselves.

Moon square Pluto 2:23 PM. Moon opposed Uranus 8:41 PM.

Thursday, January 19: A day of emotional paradox, listen to all the conservative voices. We long for freedom and feel the frustration, we have work to do and feel passive, we will feel for the group and want to be alone, we have hope and we frustration as the Sun enters Aquarius Moon into Scorpio and Mars and Saturn and square. A day of emotional paradox; we long for freedom and feel frustration, we have work to do and feel passive, we have hope and despair, may feel for the group and want to be alone as the Sun enters Aquarius Moon into Scorpio. Timeshare between opposing needs rather than find something that fits both.

Moon conjunct Jupiter 12:26 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 1:54 AM, Mars squares Saturn 2:15 AM, Sun enters Aquarius to 20 3 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 3:09 PM, Moon square Sun 3:13 PM.