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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu

Heading into Monday’s Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Leo, the energies are very strong and powerful today! We have a trio of major aspects now:

Venus in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries ( 11:50 am): Venus and Mars are billed as the Cosmic Lovers so the prospects for romance are elevated today! 🙂 In general, this is very playful energy. A good day to simply enjoy ourselves. To engage in whatever activities are fun for us, that bring us pleasure. It’s an excellent time to express our emotions, to show others what’s in our heart. There’s a nice give and take now between the sexes. This influence helps our interpersonal relationships, overall. “Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn (3:01 pm): This is one of the best aspects for concentration! It really aids us in focusing on the matter at hand, thereby, potentially increasing our understanding. The truth is also more apparent to us now. On the flip side here, though, sometimes we can get so focused on something that it becomes an obsession with us. That can be when the Mercury-Pluto energy becomes problematic.  Yours truly was born with Mercury-Pluto in a tight square so I can personally vouch for its intensity! Mercury-Pluto can also help us to unravel mysteries by presenting us with secret information. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of detective Sherlock Holmes, was born with a tight Mercury and Pluto conjunction in Taurus.

Mercury and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn today should be especially good for any planning or organizing activities, including such things as succession planning. We’re also more willing to have conversations of a serious nature. Our words also seem to deliver more power or impact. “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

(UPDATE: As of today, President Trump also has reportedly banned members of Congress from traveling on U.S. government-owned aircraft during the government shutdown. An interesting Mercury-Pluto in Capricorn headline here, with Mercury ruling travel and Pluto signifying more crisis-related issues. Capricorn also rules government.)

Sun in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries (8:30 pm): When these two heavenly bodies square off with each other, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected! If we’re wise, we’ll also want to make sure we have Plan B ready to whip out today, just in case things don’t go as scheduled.

Sun in conservative Capricorn is more of a traditionalist at heart, usually interested in achieving things like security and status, while Uranus in Aries is more interested in trailblazing and expressing its true indviduality. So we potentially have that type of internal clash going on today. We may want to be careful, however, in not overturning things too quickly now, if we’re unhappy or dissatisfied with our circumstances. Rather it may be better to wait a few days for this more volatile energy to play out. Typically, Sun square Uranus can make us more bored with our routines, more eager for variety. “With rebellion, awareness is born.”  Albert Camus

The Moon also continues in flexible, curious Gemini today. An energy that supports the playfulness of the Venus and Mars, the mental probing of the Mercury-Pluto, and the desire for change that the Sun-Uranus is clamoring for.

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Famous Birthdays January 18: Cary Grant, Kevin Costner, Danny Kaye, Daniel Williams (he performed the first open heart surgery).

“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” Cary Grant

This Date in History:  On January 18, 1919 the Paris peace conference ( aka the Versailles peace conference) opens to draw up the treaties formally ending the Great War (WWI). At the time, transiting Saturn was at 26 degrees of leadership Leo exactly opposite Uranus at 26 degrees of humanistic Aquarius. Mars was also at 23 degrees of Aquarius, getting ready to conjunct Uranus, and acting as a trigger for the more long-term Saturn-Uranus opposition. Regarding the symbology here, Saturn-Uranus oppositions can signal the ending of established, more rigid structures, a loss of power, and leadership lessons (Saturn in Leo). Uranus represents the rise of a new regime, or a new protocol (Uranus), ideally more reflective or responsive to the needs of the people.

Transiting Mercury in (government-ruling) Capricorn was also in an exact opposition to transformative Pluto in Cancer, that day. A similar influence to what we have going on now with the Mercury-Pluto conjunction. Mercury-Pluto aspects, as mentioned earlier, can signify times when we have to deal with more crisis-related matters; the peace treaty was being created to formally end the destructive WWI. Mercury also rules contracts or agreements.

Enjoy your day! Follow your heart’s desires.

Patrice Thompson

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