Mercury retrograde ingress to Capricorn to form a stellium, for more strategic planning, and a conjunction with Pluto on Friday and Saturday (28th – 29th) with a dissemination of policy or implementation, as the feared conflict threatens. Mars ingress to Capricorn and the Moon transit of Capricorn from Saturday until Monday, an indication that aggressive actions are defensive in countering attacks in this cardinal-earth sign. Personal attention to professional goals this week increases employment opportunities. Deflection of the violence is still possible. The Moon transits Mars’ position in Capricorn, possibly altering the intent, and then transits to a sextile aspect with Jupiter in Pisces and a conjunction aspect with Venus retro. Venus in Cap returns to direct transit on January 29/30. The New Moon degree is square aspect to Chiron in Aries, trine Uranus in Taurus and then in a conjunction aspect with Venus retro.
Summary of Major Aspects of the Week
Wednesday January 26th — A stellium in Capricorn, the Moon in Scorpio makes a trine aspect to Neptune in Pisces, releasing repressed emotions, possibly through psychotic events. A few hours later, the Moon is sextile aspect to Pluto and Mercury retro in Capricorn, transforming emotions through expressed power. Tensions over Russia’s buildup near Ukraine escalate. The Sun in Aquarius is semi-sextile aspect to Jupiter in Pisces as expectations for a negotiated solution to the issue increase.
Thursday January 27th — The Moon in Sagittarius seeks compromise on political and international issues, with a philosophical approach. The Moon is then sextile aspect to the Sun in Aquarius, where agreements offered are open to engagement by the adversary. The Moon is trine aspect to Chiron in Aries, seeking a wiser option, and quincunx aspect to Uranus in Taurus indicating that immediate aggression could be diffused. The Moon sextile aspect to Saturn and semi-sextile aspect to Venus retro also seem to indicate compromise and deterrence for an aggressive stance.
Friday January 28th — The morning aspects for Europe are the Moon sextile to Saturn and semi-sextile to Venus, finding room for limitations that prevent actions. While Russia clearly wants the East European nations again under its influence, the aggression now produces the opposite, establishing a divide between Russia and its neighboring states. The Moon in Sagittarius disposed of by Jupiter in Pisces, is square aspect to Neptune in Pisces, as aggressive moves are halted. Mercury retro approaches the conjunction aspect with Pluto in Capricorn. Rhetoric may now be transformed, as the potential for conflict is reduced. Venus retro in Capricorn is trine aspect to Uranus in Taurus, as a desire for financial security reverses policy.
Saturday January 29th — The Moon ingress Capricorn and forms a conjunction aspect to Mars, renewing a militaristic stance. The Sun in Aquarius is in a sextile aspect to Chiron in Aries, seeking to adjust the status quo. Explosive issues remain volatile with the Sun in a square aspect to Uranus in Taurus. The Moon then makes a conjunction aspect with Venus retro, and trine aspect to Uranus in Taurus, as threats to empower actions continue, with Mercury retro conjunction with Pluto, secretive alliances can be formed.
Sunday January 30th — The Moon in Capricorn is in a conjunction aspect with Venus, as Venus returns to direct transit, still in the shadow of its previous sojourn from mid-November, and a trine aspect from Moon/Venus to Uranus in Taurus takes place. A sudden shift in diplomatic approach could reverse and diffuse tensions. With US troops on high alert, Putin may signal a retreat. Mercury is slowing in retro phase, and will turn direct on February 5th, currently in a conjunction aspect with Pluto in Capricorn, as alliances are formed and solidified. The Sun is in a square aspect to Uranus taking an aggressive stance, as economic sanctions are likely to be enforced with a robust stellium in Capricorn of the Moon and four planets. The Moon transits Mercury retro and Pluto in Cap overnight, morning of the 31st in Ukraine. Putin’s demands for negotiations to begin, are not acceptable to the Nato nations. Putin is required by Nato to back down on the demands.
Monday January 31st — The morning hours in Ukraine and Russia with the Moon transiting Mercury retro and Pluto, make clear the issues of conflict. Putin wants to remove Nato (US is a part of Nato) from Ukraine and the eastern European nations of Poland and the Baltic nations. The rejection is a blow to Putin, or perhaps what he expected all along. The Moon ingress to Aquarius in the morning hours, prior to the New Moon [see image insert]. The Moon is in a conjunction aspect to the midpoint of Mars and Jupiter, to bring the aggressive and the diplomatic into a sextile aspect. There may be a temporary agreement made at this time.
Tuesday February 1st — The early morning New Moon aspect in Aquarius, midnight EST, as the Moon transits Saturn a few hours later, the truce agreement is signed. The issues put on hold, as the two parties to a conflict re-assess the situation. Mars in Cap approaches the sextile aspect to Jupiter in Pisces, expanding on demands in a working discussion helps to gain greater understanding of conditions acceptable for a compromise agreement.
Have an interesting week.
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January 25, 2022
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