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WHEEL IN THE SKY KEEPS ON TURNING (January 25 - 31)
Uranus is a peculiar planet. It's the only planet that orbits the Sun rotating on its side, which means that its north and south poles are where other planets' equators would normally be. This gives the appearance of Uranus rotating on its axis like a wheel rather than a spinning top. It's why Uranian energy is often compared to the Wheel of Fortune – what's up on top of the world one day can be at the bottom of the heap the next. Surprise upsets, ironic twists, and rude awakenings are to be expected – especially when Uranus forms a square to the Sun on January 26. The planet of revolution and change, you can't insist that things stay the same. They will be irrevocably changed. However, one person's revolution is another person's revelation so who's to say that these changes aren't for the best? Indeed they may all be part of a higher plan to raise our consciousness while rocking our world.
You hate to be kept waiting – pacing around in circles wondering whether things are on or off but that's exactly what you'll have to do as long as Venus is passing under the beams of Pluto this week. You don't want to push the matter. If anything you'll want to give that person, client, or superior plenty of space and all the time in the world to reach their decision. Remember that Pluto likes to take things slow so the longer it takes for this person to get back to you the better the chances are that their answer will be to your liking.
You're nobody's idea of an agitator which is why you'll be as surprised as anyone to find yourself cast in this role on January 26th. Apparently certain higher-ups just aren't getting the message which is why it's up to you to make sure that it comes through loud and clear. You desperately want a certain project to succeed, but it won't if it continues to be handled in the way it's being handled. That's why you're willing to put your reputation on the line and call things out. Thankfully you'll succeed, but not without some cost to the way people view you in the future.
Beware false starts and premature endings when Ruling Planet Mercury turns retrograde in the last degrees of Aquarius on January 30th. You may think you're out of the woods but that's wishful thinking. Mercury retrogrades are famous for tossing monkey wrenches into best-laid plans, but they can also bring unforeseen opportunities if you keep an eye out for them. Traveling back over recently covered terrain may reveal something you overlooked before or being forced to shoulder an obligation again may prove to be the very bane that turns into a boon. Who knows? You will when Mercury comes out of retrograde on February 20th.
Things are coming together better than you expected. Is it really to be believed? The answer is Yes and No. Yes – in the sense that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel and you can expect to settle a prickly matter soon; No, in that Mercury turns retrograde on January 30th throwing everything you pieced together into reverse. Mercury retrogrades are famous for introducing unforeseen complications and delays. However they rarely are complete disasters. Continue to push ahead with what's in the works while addressing others' concerns and you really will get that all important signature in mid-March at the latest.
It doesn't matter how high the stakes are – this is the absolute worst week for making any big decision. Not only is the Sun in Aquarius – signifying that you couldn't feel less sure of yourself than now; but Mercury turns retrograde on January 30th. Mercury retrogrades often bring fake outs that can leave you betwixt and between. Don't be like the baseball player who misreads the situation and winds up caught between two bases as the other team tosses the ball back and forth. Stay put until February 20th when you're on the other side of the Saturn/Uranus square and Mercury comes out of retrograde.
You may think everything's signed, sealed, and delivered but retrograde Mercury has other things in store. Did the other party actually sign? Did you seal the deal or just talk about it? And as far as delivered: are you actually holding said object in your hands? Things have a tendency to get abstract when Mercury reverses direction in Aquarius so it would be a good idea to bird-dog all sales, pitches, and enterprises from January 30th to February 20th. Don't take anything on faith, take people at their word, or assume everything will work out for the best because you'll be greatly disappointed.
It seems as though the Future itself is thwarting your best efforts to get ahead - and in a way it is. Prizes in easy reach have remained stubbornly outside your grasp and deals that should have been no-brainers have been mysteriously delayed. And it doesn't help that your natural powers of charm and persuasion feel leaden and slow nowadays. You have Ruling Planet Venus in Capricorn to blame for the sluggishness. This would be a good time to switch gears and adopt a more Zen attitude. You will need to be rested and centered for when Venus changes zodiac signs on the 1st.
You're not one to drop the ball but maybe it's time you did. People have no problem leaving you holding the bag when it comes to their professional crises, personal meltdowns, or overall dysfunction. They feel safe acting out because they know you'll always show up. But maybe it's time for you not to show up so much. Showing up means they can continue treating you this way whereas not showing up means they'll have to clean up after their own messes. Once or twice will be all it takes to get your message across and ensure that they'll never take you for granted again.
Look for a close encounter of the fabulous kind when the Sun conjoins Jupiter on January 28th. This is when your sibling introduces you to their single friend, you finally meet the colleague everyone's been raving about, or you discover that a friend happens to know someone you're keen to interview with. Whatever the fortuitous twist, you can be sure it's for the better. And you'll need to remember that when the exchange of numbers results in an incomplete forward pass. Mercury, the "now you see him now you don't" planet turns retrograde on Friday so don't expect to hear anything worthwhile until mid-February.
It's not often when you take a serious look at who's adding to your life versus who's detracting, but now's the time to do it. You're tired of the hangers-on, the no-shows, and the lost causes. You really don't have the time and energy for them and you're tired of feeling guilty about wishing they weren't around. Thankfully Pluto in Capricorn already has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to suffering fools gladly and when you add Venus to the mix on January 28th then you'll have no hesitancy about quietly deleting their names and numbers from your address book. It's long overdue.
Somebody's loss results in your gain this week. At first you'll want to hand back the offer, prize, or promotion. It doesn't feel right that you should benefit at the expense of someone else. If something's meant to be then you'll earn it on your own. However Jupiter conjunct the Sun in Aquarius signals that you are the intended recipient. This golden opportunity is meant for you. Even so, good fortune is not without its downside as you'll discover when rivals, competitors, and false friends emerge like a hungry Zombie Apocalypse. They're intent on grabbing what you have so expect to fight them for it.
Not all paths are mapped out ahead of time. Some materialize unexpectedly. The Sun/Jupiter conjunction on January 28th shows you happening upon a new road. Maybe it's an unexplored tangent, an alternative route, or a last minute detour. In any case it's strange and surprising. But is it really? You may recognize something vaguely familiar; reminiscent of an opportunity you declined twelve years ago. Sun/Jupiter conjunctions in the solar 12th are Astrology's version of Brigadoon – they show up every so often looking just like they did before. Last time you weren't able to pursue your dream. This time will prove to be a different story.
About Your Astrologer:
Christopher is the creator of Rulingplanets.com, an online astrology site based on his bestselling book, Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 2002 and has sold out its print run. He currently writes the daily horoscopes for the San Francisco Chronicle (replacing Jeane Dixon) and SFGate.com. Renstrom also lectures on the history of astrology in America from pre-Revolution to modern times, which is his specialty, and runs Ruling Planet workshops around the country. Christopher is happy to announce that his latest book, The Cosmic Calendar: Using Astrology to Get in Sync with Your Best Life will be published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in October 2020. You can pre-order now on Amazon.