Astrology 1/16-1/22: The Blessing of Relentlessness

Astrology 1/16-1/22: The Blessing of Relentlessness

The week begins with friction between Mars in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius, the two on their way to completing a square, a perfect 90 degree angle in our sky. Though the aspect is not exact until the 19th, it will be felt all week, especially Monday, when the Moon in Virgo locks the tension between the two bodies into a t-square.   

Mars and Saturn are the malefics in traditional astrology, the two planets whose significations most consistently enclose difficult situations and unpleasant states. It is their essence to challenge rather than confirm. Instead of offering re-assurance, they ask questions and oppose. Mars challenges us to move faster and hit harder than we would otherwise, and conjures up the daunting spectre of the opponent – one who wishes us ill.  There is no neutrality here – just fight or flight, confrontation or escape. The answer to these questions is invariably a species of Courage.

Saturn’s challenges are different.  The leaden planet confronts us with the unyielding, the bureaucratic, and the inevitable. The opposer does not appear before us bearing an ax and wearing malice. Instead, Saturn places us inside a world without pity. The challenge is the mighty wall of Indifference. This wall can be scaled, but only with the blessing of Patience, one of our greatest allies.

The two malefics thus offer trials of contrasting natures. The two answers, Courage and Patience, are also of a dissimilar nature. Courage is Yang, and is the point around which our body and spirit unite to bring all available resources into the present moment. Patience, however, is Yin, and a form of acceptance-for-now, which relaxes us by spreading out our power over the entirety of an ordeal.

When Mars and Saturn are in aspect, particularly in hard aspect, these two types of trial interfere with each other. Red and green lights flare simultaneously. Yet stop and go messages do not cancel each other out. They create tension, because one cannot move in harmony with both simultaneously.

Remember yourself mired in heavy traffic, already late to an important appointment. You cannot simply take your time, nor can you just hit the gas and rocket toward your goal. You take advantage of the small opportunities to increase your speed, such as by shifting lanes when one becomes speedier, yet you pick your moves carefully, lest you be halted entirely by a fender-bender.

Neither courage nor patience is enough. Both, in respectful relationship to one another, are required.  Such a dialogue generates a third quality, a tantric child. This goes by many names, among them Perseverance, Industriousness, and Relentlessness. For now, we will call this child Relentlessness.

The presence of this second-generation virtue can be seen in the lives of many of the people whose charts hold hard aspects between Mars and Saturn. This quality, this Relentlessness, guides people through the challenging times which Mars and Saturn together augur. Some of us are born to be its lifelong students, while others will have the chance to meet this stern but impressive spirit only occasionally. We might glimpse it hovering about an inspiring figure, enfolding them like a particularly hard-looking angel.

The formulae for conjuring this daimon is simple, but it requires that we embrace both Patience and Courage, and then bring them into conjugal harmony. This formulae may be especially relevant right now, at a point in history when no easy answers or quick solutions present themselves. Those who would make a better world, whether it encompass the globe or merely their garden, are in the sorest need of Relentlessness, for it is a virtue which is not rendered irrelevant by hard times, but is instead fed by them, growing stronger with every hardship suffered and overcome.

The Sun Enters Aquarius

The Sun enters Aquarius on Thursday the 19th, shortly after Mars and Saturn complete their square.  Though the frictions augured by Mars and Saturn may linger for a few days, the Sun’s movement into Aquarius provides a breath of brisk fresh air.

The Sun’s entrance into Aquarius on the 19th begins the second section of the month. While the Sun in Capricorn illuminated the harsh slopes of the-way-things-are, the Sun in Aquarius’ light pierces the veil of the present, opening a window into various futures and revealing a mathematical tangle of probability and possibility. Though the Sun in Aquarius does not change the game, it offers a novel angle January’s dynamics. This contemplative orientation will persist until February 18th, when the Sun enters Pisces.


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Aries: The Ram

The Mars-Saturn square this week highlights potential frictions between your long-term goals and half-conscious uncertainties. If you find yourself paused for internal reasons, take the time to investigate what fears or fantasies bar your path.

On Thursday, the Sun enters Aquarius, with plans to illuminate the state of your social sphere. Make a little extra time for friends worth keeping.

Taurus: The Bull

The Mars-Saturn square highlights issues involving friends, colleagues, debts you owe, and are owed. Though these issues may be measurable and monetary, it is just as likely that they refer to the tangled exchanges of time and energy between people.

Tread lightly around such matters of who owes who what, though, as these regular transactions are rarely as simple as they seem. Even if it is simple, the way to get your due is rarely a self-righteous frontal assault. Think less about what is right in an ideal world, and more about how you can convince this world to approximate that result.

On Thursday, the Sun moves into Aquarius, where for the next month it will shine upon the current state of your professional life. Set aside some time to consider your goals and your proximity to them.

Gemini: The Twins

The Mars-Saturn square that characterizes the first half of the week spotlights potential frictions between your professional life and your relationships. You may find yourself scrutinizing how one interferes with the other, and wondering how you might do a better job reconciling the two.

On Thursday, the Sun enters Aquarius, where it will be for the next month. During its stay in the Water-Bearer’s sign, the Sun will illuminate and energize your long-term goals, travel plans and spiritual practices.

Cancer: The Crab

The first half of the week is characterized by Mars’s square to Saturn, which highlights the points of friction between your long-term goals and your regular apportionment of labor. Look at the relationship between the work required of you, your habits, and what you hope to someday achieve. If mundane factors slow your progress toward treasured goals, then so be it. Make progress at the pace you can. Given enough time, a drop every day will fill any bucket.

On Thursday, the Sun enters Aquarius. In the Water-Bearer’s sign, the Sun spotlights the time, money and energy you share with others, illuminating both the benefit and cost of these exchanges.

Leo: The Lion

The Mars-Saturn square colors the first half of the week. This configuration highlights your obligations to others, and what you’re allocating your energy to. During these days, you may feel like more is demanded from you than is fair, or that others owe you something for your efforts on their behalf. This may or may not be the case, so delay judgement until after the configuration clears.

On Thursday, the Sun enters Aquarius. In the Water Bearer’s sign, the Sun spotlights the dynamics of your most important relationships, offering you perspective on the myriad exchanges which comprise your duads.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Mars-Saturn square this week may highlight difficulties involving people and space. You may feel crowded in your own space, or stuck in someone else’s. While you consider fixes, try not to be too snippy with those close to you.

On Thursday, the Sun enters Aquarius, with plans to splay its rays across the pattern of your habits. Look deep, and you’ll see both the causes and effects of those habits. See them well, and consider whether the fractal clockwork beneath those daily repetitions could, in fact, use a little re-engineering.

Libra: The Scales

The first half of this week hosts a square between Mars and Saturn. This configuration points toward the relationship between your habits and the status of your schedule. You may desire to accomplish more than you can in a given time period, or more may be put on your plate than can fit into a short span of days.

On Thursday, the Sun moves into Aquarius. From the Water Bearer’s sign, the Sun will shine upon your creativity, and ask you what projects are worthy of it. What will you invest yourself in?

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Mars’s square with Saturn dominates the weather during the first half of the week. The friction between these planets is likely to work itself out in issues surrounding your financial resources and your idea of a good time. Delayed satisfaction, or pleasure with too high a price are both likely outcomes. You’d do best to restrain yourself until this configuration passes.

On Thursday, the Sun moves into Aquarius, where it will spend the next month shining a light on your living situation and familial relationships. Reserve some time to contemplate the foundations which support you.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The first half of the week is colored by the square between Mars and Saturn. The argument between these planets is likely to work itself out in friction between yourself and your living situation, or possibly, conflict with your family.

On Thursday, the Sun moves into Aquarius. From this sign, the Sun will illuminate the structure of your schedule. Look at what does and does not make it into your calendar, and consider what changes you might want to implement.

Capricorn: The Goat

The first portion of the week is dominated by the Mars-Saturn square, which asks how your subconscious is influencing your daily schedule. Do you make time in your calendar to meditate, dream and go a bit mad? If not, you may want to make a bit more room to process what swirls just beneath the surface.

After the Mars-Saturn square is complete, the Sun enters Aquarius. The Sun will be in the Water Bearer’s sign for the next month, with plans to conduct a review of your financial position. Look to money matters, and consider what improvements or adjustments are to be made.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The first part of the week is host to a square between Mars and Saturn, which generates an unpleasant bit of friction. It may, in particular, highlight tensions between the funds you have available and certain social obligations.

The Sun enters Aquarius this Thursday. There it has plans to shine upon what you intend to be as well as what you’ve become. Consider both the reality and the ideal of who you are, as well as the dynamic interplay of the two categories.

Pisces: The Fish

The Mars-Saturn square this week will most likely see professional obligations demand more of your energy than you would prefer. There is the potential for frustration or exhaustion here, though it will pass quickly enough. Push on and through these days, for they will be swiftly over.

On Thursday, the Sun enters Aquarius. From the Water Bearer’s sign, the Sun will shine its light deep, well below the threshold of your daily consciousness. This light will illuminate mysteries, making conundrums glow with deep-sea bioluminescence.

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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