By Tracy Allen
January 20–February 18
Planets traveling through your sign increase their particular brand of energy in your life, and during their tenure there, their function is colored by the natural qualities of your sign. The sun in Aquarius is infusing you with vitality, while Mercury is powering up your brain. And it all has a quick, innovative, brilliant, nontraditional, intellectual, humanitarian slant, like you. Jupiter gets in on the action as well, connecting with both the sun and Mercury from your creativity zone. And your ruling planet, Uranus, contacts them from your communication sector. So you’re apt to be highly expressive this week, mentally, verbally, artistically, romantically, socially—you name it. But a full moon in your partnership angle prods you to strike a balance between your self-expression and the needs of others. Otherwise, you may be faced with an emotional response to your perceived ego that strikes you as over the top.
February 19–March 20
You’ll probably be in the mood to hibernate this week, with the sun and Mercury in your seclusion sector blending with Jupiter in your home angle. These two planets also connect with Uranus in your resources zone, making it a good time to hole up and sort out your financial situation. Unsteady income or sporadic expenses may be undercutting your sense of security, and brainstorming ways to remedy matters will make you feel more in control. Your intuition is even keener than usual now, so use this opportunity to reflect on important areas of your life that need illuminating. Dreams, meditation and even daydreams can all bring insights. Daydreams appear to be frivolous time-wasters, but they often reveal deeper meaning when you examine them. Later in the week, the full moon forces you to attend to duties or a health issue, threatening to pull you out of your reverie completely. Don’t let it.
March 21–April 19
As the first sign, you’re known for your independence, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the loner type. This week you’re liable to find yourself happily surrounded by people, thanks to the sun and Mercury in your groups sector meshing with Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in your communication-and-community zone. If social interactions don’t happen of their own accord, then you may want to seek them out to make the most of this potentially upbeat time. Seeing friends, siblings, neighbors and professional contacts will help you to feel in the flow of life, whereas time spent one-on-one with a close friend or partner may not be quite as comfortable now. You’re after experiences that aren’t too heavy or intimate and that leave you plenty of space to express yourself with abandon.
April 20–May 20
The ball-of-fire sun and clever Mercury in your goals angle sync with growth-oriented Jupiter in your finance zone this week, so you’re amped up to make headway in your career and improve your bank balance. The sun and Mercury also make contact with expeditious Uranus in your intuition sector, facilitating quick insights into how to make it happen. Even if you’re not ready to change jobs or ask for a promotion, quietly researching possible future options will feel productive now. A full moon could be a reminder of a personal, home or family issue and bring with it feelings of uncertainty about trying to change your professional status. You may fear that finding your place out there in the world will affect your relationships, causing you not to fit in with the same people in the same way. Your emotional foundation rocks a bit this week as you realize that a shift in your path shifts everything else.
May 21–June 20
You’re jonesing to expand your horizons this week, with a full moon spanning your mind-and-travel houses and blending with more-please Jupiter, curious Mercury and inventive Uranus. A trip would be ideal, especially if you can travel with a group. You’re feeding off the energy of other people, and your communication skills are even more impressive than usual, so try to find a means of mixing and mingling. Although your thinking is agile and flexible, it may be lacking in precision and accuracy, and Saturn in your details zone is fact-checking mental Mercury in your philosophy sector. Be a seeker of truth, and hold your enthused mind to a high standard, especially if you find that you’re veering towards preaching. A methodical thought process will also enable you to rationally sort through some news that may come to light with the full moon.
June 21–July 22
With the vibrant sun and chatty Mercury tucked away in your psychology house and vibing with philosophical Jupiter in your subconscious sector, your energy and thoughts are directed inward this week. The sun and Mercury click with revelatory Uranus in your ambition angle as well, so you may be sussing out your boss or coming up with valuable insight into your career track. Although you can penetrate to the heart of hidden matters this week, your thinking vacillates between optimism and pessimism, putting you in a serious mood. The full moon, which rules your sensitive sign, falls in your possession zone, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy balance when it comes to control, money and sharing. If you’re off-balance now, you may feel insecure enough to regress to a toddler’s “Mine!” mentality.
July 23–August 22
Your ruler, the sun, is in your partners angle along with social Mercury, putting relationships on the front burner. These two planets link with spontaneous Uranus in your adventure zone and outgoing Jupiter in your friends sector this week, hinting at impromptu travel and large get-togethers. You’ll draw inspiration from the people around you, but dark emotions or a family or home issue may get in the way of good times. Your feelings rocket to the surface when the full moon shines in your dramatic sign and makes you conscious of how much is not about you at the moment. That realization could kick your needs into overdrive and cause you to overreact. Although you shouldn’t repress what you’re feeling, you should try to avoid dominating others. Asserting yourself for the purposes of expressing your emotions and getting your needs met is appropriate. But so is equity between your desires and those of others.
August 23–September 22
You’re in your element, with the sun and your ruling planet, Mercury, in your efficiency zone linking with brilliant Uranus and knowledgeable Jupiter this week. It’s an opportune time to make detailed plans for reaching your goals and furthering your career; to quickly pierce through problems and generate solutions; and to gain recognition for your ideas. With tough-grader Saturn in your cognition sector, you may be slowed by self-doubt and test everything that you’re thinking before you say it. What you need is some alone time to counter all the work and busyness. Find a way to unwind and release the pressures of self-imposed perfectionism, and you’ll feel more whole.
September 23–October 22
The sun is shining in your joy sector, putting you in an affectionate, playful mood and cranking up your creativity. With the sun and expressive Mercury dancing with carefree Uranus in your relationship angle and gregarious Jupiter in your perspective zone, you want to share your optimistic outlook and high spirits with another person. It’s possible that you’ll fall for someone romantically, since your heart is opening up, but insecurity could be a roadblock to love, while money woes might dampen your fun. And the full moon may bring drama with friends or it may merely remind you of the need to consider the big picture, to take into account what’s best for everyone. Something could come to fruition with the circle of people in your life or the moon could be pointing out that as much fun as it is to follow your heart’s desire, you also need some sort of group validation.
October 23–November 21
The sun and Mercury have dipped into your foundation angle, encouraging you to center yourself in preparation for the coming year. Revisit the subject of your habits and routines to see if you can continue to change them up in ways that will improve your quality of life. Your mind is on home, family, cohabitation and sharing your life with someone, though you may not be communicating much of what’s in your head, with stop-sign Saturn in Scorpio halting loquacious Mercury. Saturn is also causing you to keep in check any optimism that trickles through your brain. This is a week when we’ll all swing between optimism and pessimism, but with Saturn in your sign, it’s harder for you than most to see the glass as half full. A full moon may thrust you into the spotlight at work or simply nudge you to attend to your professional life as well as your personal life. Don’t hide from the opportunity to prove yourself on center stage. You may feel blocked creatively; vague about what will make you happy; and compulsive about maintaining a sense of mental control. A confidant will lift your spirits if you open up.
November 22–December 21
Communication is a key factor in your week, with the sun and Mercury in that part of your chart clicking and clashing with half the solar system. You’ll be in a groove when you’re connecting with siblings and neighbors; staying busy in your community; seeing people one-on-one; indulging bursts of mental creativity; bouncing ideas off a partner or friend; engaging in heady conversations; attempting to persuade others with your opinions; traveling; learning; and meeting new people who can open you up to new experiences. A hint of gloom in the back of your mind may have to do with something that’s ending. And uncertainty over a home or money situation could keep you from feeling entirely free and positive now. Positivity will win out if you pay attention to your thought process and choose to be the master of your own outlook.
December 22–January 19
The vitalizing sun and cerebral Mercury are in your material sector, steering you to consolidate your energy and your thoughts and solidify your mental foundation. These two planets harmonize with liberating Uranus in your domestic angle this week, implying that freeing yourself from the past and possibly from your family will help you to shore up your self-worth. And when the sun and Mercury connect with hopeful Jupiter in your job zone, you feel more inspired about work and may contemplate expanding your duties. It’s a good time to think about the link between increasing your responsibility and building financial security that will help you to plan for the future. It may be necessary to let go of a childhood pattern having to do with money. The full moon will illuminate any number of issues having to do with debt, shared resources, closeness, sex, privacy, jealousy and possessiveness. These unpleasant subjects are not in keeping with your current need for control and the powerful persona that you want to project, but they merit your attention.
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