1/21-1/27: Perspective

1/21-1/27: Perspective


A waxing Moon looks down over an interesting week.   The Sun and Mercury in Aquarius make stimulating aspects to Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Gemini in quick succession.  A bright, sharp mental current cuts through the first several days of the week, though additional factors complicate the weekend.   A dramatic Full Moon in Leo and multiple squares to heavy Saturn wait on Saturday.

Up Above It/Down In It

While the Sun’s time in Capricorn shone a light on the rules we have to accept and the work that needs to be done, the Sun and Mercury’s time in Aquarius offers a different challenge.

Acceptance and industry are insufficient.  We need to take step back, or, rather- a step up.  Despite the misleading name, Aquarius is an air sign, and like it gaseous sate, its nature is to rise above the confusion on the ground.  This need for emotional distance is one of the reasons that Aquarians have a reputation for coldness, but in the midst of sticky situations it is precisely the right answer.

blood-111108In Scorpio now and for years to come, Saturn carves an emotionally cramped reality tunnel out.   We’re  crammed together in its chthonic bottlenecks. It’s easy to bump into each other in this crowded passageway.  Easy to get in each other’s way.  Its hard to remember that everyone else is on their way somewhere, too.  Everyone a blood cell, everyone on their way somewhere in the collective body.

This situation isn’t changing any time soon.  We’re not leaving the tunnels until they’ve yielded up all the wonder, horror and insight they have to offer.  Our bodies and emotions may be stuck somewhere in the tunnels, but our minds are freer than that.  The mind has wings, and a ghost’s knack for walking through walls.

The Sun and Mercury’s recent entrance into Aquarius, and their subsequent aspects with expansive Jupiter and electric Uranus this week are a call to make a little distance, to find some perspective.  Give your mind a chance to step outside the fierce flow for a second.bloodvessels

Look at the network of caverns, underground rivers, veins, arteries and capillary flows.  There are patterns here, and if you squint a little bit, it looks like roadmap.   There are crossroads and currents aplenty here and you’re going to need a plan if you want don’t want to leave your trajectory to chance.  Take a breath and rise above it, let the vajra blades cut through your attachments just long enough to remember the satellite view.

This download of data from a higher vantage point is what the symbolism of the Water Bearer is really about.  That bucket’s for dew— nourishing, energy rich condensations.

outspaceWhen you’re out there, beyond the busy atmosphere of your little world, you could point your sensors outward, to the 10,001 stars.  Drink in what thrives beyond your world— fill your cup with the edge of finity.  Drink deeply, but not so much you’ll be hungover when fall back into the middle of it.

And you will fall back into it.  This weekend’s Full Moon in Leo is no model for Buddhist detachment— it pinches all the little egos til they roar with pain and delight.   This is the antithesis of the satellite view, this is the perspective from the center, looking out from the heart- this is the Moon’s challenge to the distant, Aquarian Sun.  It’s not the only challenge, though.  Saturn in Scorpio gazes at both Sun and Moon, snaring both lights in a t-square, compressing and testing them.   Heavy realities loom while we struggle with diverging views from inside and outside ourselves.

This Full Moon is a question.  The answer is not only what you need to do, but also who you need to be, for this next chapter of the story.


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Aries: The Ram

The Sun and Mercury’s journey through Aquarius this week stimulates your social life, triggering considerations about your relationships friends, contacts and peers. There may be a lot going on here— too many people, too many plans.

This social focus is complicated by the weekend’s Full Moon in Leo, whose silver beams illuminate just how much of your energy you’re spending on other people and how much you’re saving for yourself.  This ratio is begging to be adjusted,  but obligations to other people may make it complicated.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun and Mercury’s travels this week highlight the need to get perspective on the changing dynamics of your professional situation.   Take a step back and look hard at the patterns developing.

The Full Moon in Leo on Saturday highlights the relationship between your career and living situation.  Is your home base supporting or impeding your professional aspirations?   Relationships also figure into equation, complicating it further.  There’s a small tangle highlighted here, one that may take another week or two to unwind.  Be patient.

Gemini: The Twins

The Sun and Mercury’s time in Aquarius asks you to take the long view of your situation.  What higher aspirations are you forgetting in the rush to get it all done?

The Full Moon in Leo takes these considerations to another level, asking you to find a balance and connection between short term tasks and bigger plans. This balance is troubled by Saturn, who saddles the attempt at compromise with the weight of physical and fiscal responsibilities.  Aspirations great and small may have to be put on hold until some basic problems get cleared up.

Cancer: The Crab

The Sun and  Mercury’s time in Aquarius highlights your exchanges with others.  Take a wide view of what you receive, as well as what you offer to others.

This weekend, the Full Moon in Leo shines on what you’ve got at your disposal, and asks that you take a second to consider what is yours alone and what is shared.  Finding the lines between mine, ours and yours may clarify matters considerably.

Leo: The Lion

The Sun and  Mercury’s time in Aquarius highlights the status of your most important relationships.  Take a step back and consider the patterns developing.

The Full Moon in Leo on Saturday intensifies the focus on relationships, asking you to take a look at the person you are in your relationships, as well as the one you are outside of them.  Beneath these concerns is a gravity which pulls  you toward old emotional patterns.  These issues may well be complicating the delicate balance between self and other.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Sun and Mercury’s time in Aquarius spotlights a host of little fiscal and physical issues.  Break your everyday trance and consider the patterns of small problems before they have a chance to mature.

The Full Moon in Leo lays additional stress on addressing issues, but asks you to consider mental and spiritual health in addition to physical and fiscal well-being.   The structure of every day obligations and short terms tasks makes this check up a little harder to swing than would be ideal.  Find the time to take care of business, as well as yourself.

Libra: The Scales

The Sun and Mercury’s recent movement into Aquarius highlight what you’ve committed your creative energy to.   You may need to make some adjustments in order to stay focused on what you’ve set out to accomplish.

The Full Moon in Leo over the weekend complicates matters a bit, asking you to balance the time you need for yourself and that you’re compelled to share with others.  It’s really a matter of time, money and energy.  How much have you got, and how much can you afford to spend?  Priorities are the key here.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Sun and Mercury’s movement through Aquarius highlights your living situation, and the adjustments you may need to make to cope with ongoing pressures.

The weekend’s Full Moon in Leo places illuminates your professional status, revealing the relationship between your living and working situations.  Saturn looks on, pressurizing this relationship.  There may be a charged haze of stress here- get some distance before you commit to any solid reorganizational plans.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The Sun and Mercury’s movement through Aquarius highlights a variety of short terms tasks and small goals, outlining a circuit of errands you’ll spend the next couple weeks running.

The Full Moon in Leo this Saturday asks you to remember your long terms goals, despite the bustle. There’s a reminder to gaze skyward here, but in order to bring short and long term aims into harmony, you’ll also need to deal with yourself- some navel gazing may be necessary.

Capricorn: The Goat

The Sun and Mercury’s movement through Aquarius highlights your financial status, not to mention the other resources you have at your disposal.

The Full Moon in Leo this weekend asks you to look up from your small pile of treasure to what others can offer you.  Consider how you might borrow power or pool resources in order to accomplish what might otherwise be impossible.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The Sun and Mercury’s movement through your sign brings the pale beams to bear on you.  You’ll have the spotlight for a bit- what will you do with it?

The Full Moon in Leo this weekend shines a dramatic spotlight on your relationships, asking you to consider the effect you’re having on those close to you, and vice versa.  Professional pressures may complicate this calculus, making for less generous exchanges.

Pisces: The Fish

The Sun and Mercury’s travels through Aquarius see them ply the deep space of your subconscious, lending you a somewhat unmoored vantage for the next several weeks.  There is something meditative here, though, and an inspection of the detritus left floating in orbit around your little world may prove enlightening.

The Full Moon in Leo this weekend highlights some small problems- take stock of your fiscal and physical health.   You might also consider adjusting your habits in order to offset the toll ambient pressures take.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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