The highlight of the week is a New Moon in Aquarius on Thursday. It’s also what’s called a “Supermoon,” but not for any specific astrological reason. Because of the Moon’s orbital dynamics, it’s a little closer to the Earth than usual, and thus will appear a little bigger in the sky. Does that have an astrological effect? Probably not, but the Sun and Moon will be sextile Uranus, and thus this next month’s cycle may represent a chance for us to break through the hassles and challenges we have faced in the last couple of years, as the Rebel Planet (Uranus) and The Planet of Doom (Pluto) have been at odds with one another.
So, perhaps instead of the usual setting of intentions for the month ahead, we may all be wise to take a look at what’s been askew in our lives since 2012 and make an effort in the upcoming month to do something about those longstanding issues. In fact, breaking down old patterns may be a particular strength of this New Moon, and for the week in general. Venus conjunct Pluto has our cravings for love, material security, and snacks all sharpened and amplified, and the opposition from Jupiter in always-hungry Cancer is just increasing those desires.
All else being equal, though: A Supermoon is a breathtaking thing to see. Get outside around sunset and look East. You’ll thank me later.
When writing a Weekly Forecast, it’s often easy to overlook the Sun, and this week the Sun may not allow that. Other than than sextile, the Sun remains largely unaspected this week. Aquarius is already a goofy place for the Sun to be in the first place, so this week you may want to be cautious of all those brilliant ideas you get (to change your health habits and to make yourself feel better about your life in general): it may be a good month overall for breakthroughs, but this week there may be moments of genius — and they may not be all that practical.
On Friday, Mercury enters Pisces. Mercury rules communications and detail work, and Pisces isn’t exactly known for its precision or attention to detail. Then again, perhaps there are times when using gentle words is more effective than using exactly the right words… but whatever needs to be communicated, you’d better get on it — especially when Mercury is approaching the retrograde period that begins February 7th. If you have any contracts, short trips, or heartfelt confessions to write, now is the time to get things done.
Finally: if you have anything in particular that needs attending to this week, you’d better not loaf around until next Sunday to get things done: the Moon is Void of Course in Pisces for pretty much the entire day. Whatever circumstances you find yourself in over the weekend, find a way to enjoy floating in them rather than demanding solutions.