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Horoscope: January 28 to February 3, 2019
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours.
TUE: Sun conjunct Mercury
THU: Saturn sextile Neptune (6:14 a.m.)
FRI: Mars square Pluto (7:19 p.m.)
SAT: Venus trine Uranus (3:41 p.m.), Venus square Chiron (10:50 p.m.)
SUN: Mercury sextile Jupiter, Venus enters Capricorn (2:29 p.m.), Mars conjunct Eris (8:13 p.m.)
THE FINAL WEEK of January is also the last week of the current lunar cycle and the final days of a very tumultuous eclipse season. Next Monday's New Moon marks a new beginning, so we will want to use this week to finish projects, tie up loose ends, and release what is no longer needed. This will allow us to start the new lunar cycle with as clean a slate as possible.
In spite of this being a time of completion in the lunar calendar, there are a couple of significant planetary events occurring this week, that may either awaken new energies or kick current issues up a notch.
THE FIRST ASPECT of note is a gentle Saturn-Neptune sextile, which is exact on Thursday. This is a long-term influence, which will repeat on June 18 and November 8. It represents our capacity to remain grounded (Saturn in Capricorn) while also keeping our sights set on a spiritual or creative ideal (Neptune in Pisces) -- in other words, to live up to our highest expectations of what it means to be a spiritual being living in a physical realm.
This is a supportive aspect, but more subtle. Unlike the "hard" aspects in astrology, it doesn't force us to do anything. Instead, it requires that we consciously ask for its help. When we purposefully connect with the energies of this aspect and request assistance from Saturn and Neptune in their ascended state, they offer the discipline and stamina needed to bring an ideal into form, or to stay true to our spiritual path, or to work on a creative project.
BY THE END of the work week, a Mars-Pluto square will be in full bloom. This is a much more volatile aspect, but one that is thankfully shorter in duration. We may start to see manifestations related to this square on Thursday, and will certainly sense its effects by the end of the day on Friday.
Mars is very strong right now, being in Aries, the sign that it rules. As such, we may feel more able to assert ourselves and take the initiative when needed. But tempers can also flare more easily now, especially if we feel our personal rights or autonomy are being threatened.
THE SQUARE from Pluto in Capricorn represents obstacles to the fulfillment of our desires, coming in the form of controls wielded by those in authority. This aspect represents conflicts and power struggles coming to a crisis point. On an individual level, we'll need to monitor our reactivity, and find positive ways to channel and release the energies of frustration that are likely to be stirred.
The issues raised by this square are likely to continue into the next few days at least; next Sunday, Mars, the god of war, aligns with Eris, the goddess of discord. This is the joining of two planets that have no problems asserting themselves, and are more than willing to go to battle when needed. Once again, we'll need to watch our responses when our buttons are pushed, and find productive outlets for the perhaps-aggressive tendencies that are ignited.
RELATIONSHIPS are a primary theme on Saturday; Venus, the goddess of love, is in a harmonious trine aspect with Uranus, but also in a challenging square aspect to Chiron.
These aspects can provide both the awareness of relationship issues that need healing, and the potential to make important and necessary changes that will enable the healing to occur more readily. New alliances may be formed, while those that are based in codependency or rescuer/victim roles are primed for shifts to occur.
And, with Venus entering Capricorn on Sunday, whatever relationships changes occur can stabilize more fully over the weeks ahead.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Your innate gifts of insight and intuition are naturally enhanced this year. New ideas come from seemingly nowhere, offering inventive solutions to old problems. The cautions are to give yourself plenty of time to calm your mind, as this can be highly nervous energy, keeping your thoughts tumbling over each other long after you are ready to relax. Perhaps a solution is to carry a notepad or recorder with you at all times, so you can capture the sometimes-fleeting insights without taxing your capacity to remember it all. And don't be overly concerned if you are more forgetful or don't finish sentences this year -- your mind is moving so fast, it may be hard for the rest of you to keep up.
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