Ground Control to Major Tom ~ January 18th – 24th

This week, the zodiac season changes from Capricorn to Aquarius, shifting the conscious self from Earthly Power to Alien Airspace; from strength of character to vastness of mind; from Ground Control to Major Tom.

At the beginning of the week the Sun is still in Capricorn,  adding its weight to the heaviest astrological transit, the persistent square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. All the while, Mercury continues to retrograde in Capricorn, where it will conjunct Pluto, magnifying this hard aspect with Uranus considerably.


I’m Afraid of Americans


This tension will unearth and uncover some much-needed information, like secrets, scandals and misplaced evidence. Expect to receive answers to some long lingering questions that will aid you on your next great journey.

“…Ground Control to Major Tom

Commencing countdown,

engines on

Check ignition

and may God’s love be with you…”

Emotionally speaking, there is a lot of potential for healing and spiritual discovery. The trine between Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces continues from last week, inspiring you to channel your lust and passion into something that considers the greater good. 



Praying – 1972

This is a sublime moment to experience the immense support that the universe will offer to those who are selfless in their actions: teaching for the sake of teaching, writing for the sake of writing, offering for the sake of offering, etc… You may feel naturally drawn to sacrifice your own personal ambition for a higher purpose.


“…I’m stepping through the door

And I’m floating

in a most peculiar way

And the stars look very different today…”

The Sun will be changing signs from Capricorn into Aquarius on Wednesday, ushering in a time of intellectual experimentation and dream-time adventures. On this day, Venus will also be shifting from Sagittarius into Capricorn, offering more earthen strength of spirit to those who take the Aquarian call to explore the outreaches of inner and outer space.


The Man Who Fell To Earth


“…For here

Am I sitting in a tin can

Far above the world

Planet Earth is blue

And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past

one hundred thousand miles

I’m feeling very still…”

On Saturday, the Moon will be full in the sign of Leo. This full moon will offer situations that cast you in the role of the grandiose protagonist, (filled with ethos, pathos, and light) who is shadowed by the infinite Universe in the background that remains wholly indifferent to your struggle.

You will feel at once totally embodied and enamored with life, at the same time that you realize that you only amount to a speck of stardust in god’s eye. These paradoxical feelings are the tightened strings of melodrama that Leo so loves to pluck.


“…Here am I floating

round my tin can

Far above the Moon

Planet Earth is blue

And there’s nothing I can do…”


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I. Five of Swords II. Nine of Wands III. The Chariot


Monday/Tuesday- Five of Swords

On Monday, the trine between Mars and Neptune is aligning the drive for conquest with ideals of compassion. However, the Five of Swords indicates that this influence is resisted at first since there is always a struggle to release the fear of failure and to soften your definitions of success. You will face your fear of losing control.

“…Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?…”

On Tuesday, Venus in Sagittarius will square the Nodes of the Moon (North Node in Virgo, South Node in Pisces) making the strengths and weaknesses in at least five major areas of your life utterly apparent: relationships, finances, values, self-worth and creative expression.  To handle all this internal confrontation you might say:

“I accept my fear and release it to be transformed into vital energy and inspiration!”


Ziggy Stardust – Rolling Stone – 1972


Wednesday/Thursday – 9 of Wands

In perfect response to your emotional healing during the beginning of the week, the 9 of Wands promises that you will be able to summon the energy needed for whatever task is at hand, whether you still feel afraid or not.

Old wounds that you once tried to hide will now be exposed to the light and heat of inspired action! The final hours of the Sun’s transit through Capricorn have offered some pause for reflection regarding the resilience and dexterity that you have accumulated over the last month.

On Wednesday, as the Sun moves into Aquarius, a larger picture of humanity will form, taken from the edge of the known universe and beyond some of your former boundaries of imagination.

“…Far above the world

Planet Earth is blue…”

Retrograde Mercury in Capricorn will square Uranus in Aries, exposing secrets, uncovering information, and offering new insights into old problems.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday – The Chariot

David Bowie & Iman leaving Cicada Restaurant

This weekend will star the Full Moon in Leo, with Mercury and Jupiter in retrograde as the supporting cast. On Friday, Mercury will conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, the perfect aspect to describe the psychopomp’s journey between the worlds. You can imagine that this is the moment when Mercury receives specific instructions from the Lord of the Underworld about what must be done in order to bring balance between the living and the dead.

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The Goblin King in the Labyrinth

Internally, you may feel called to spend much time deep in meditation. You may find that synchronicities lead you to discover something that was hidden in plain sight. Or, you may suddenly feel that you can detach from or disconnect from something which has long had you paralyzed.

On Saturday, Venus moves out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn, transforming her spirit from fire to earth; from spirit to body; from effervescent faith to cold-hard reality. With Venus in Capricorn, integrity will be valued far more than anything else in relationships and business dealings.

The Full Moon in Leo on Saturday marks the halfway point of the lunar cycle begun on January 9th, when the New Moon haunted the sign of Capricorn. “Know thyself. Be enslaved by nothing and inspired by everything.” was the mantra of the New Moon.


So on Saturday, in keeping with the lunar light of Leo, the Self that you must know will emerge in a hugely aggrandized way. Considering the selfless actions you took at the beginning of the week, this return to a childlike sense of “Me!” will probably make you feel pretty high! Because Saturday night revelries tend to overflow with narcotics and intoxicants, bear in mind that you are already starting out drunk on your own glorious ego.


Luckily, the potential for lunacy will be greatly softened by stable Venus in Capricorn, who always remembers that when something seems too good to be true, it probably IS NOT true! With Venus’ guiding wisdom, this should be a really good night for a party!

On Sunday, the conjunction between Mercury retrograde and Pluto in Capricorn will still be holding steady, just like the conjunction between Jupiter retrograde in Virgo and the North Node in Virgo. Sunday is, therefore, a day when the themes of the week can be reviewed for their value and usefulness in correcting one’s errors and replicating one’s successes. With the Moon still in Leo, Sunday is a moment to consider what The Chariot card has to teach about the progression of the Self.


The Chariot indicates that the Self is meant to be discovered and embodied so that one’s true will can be directed towards “driving” the evolution of your spirit. Rather than life being passively experienced, external events can become a shapeshifting mirror of your true will, where synchronicities abound offering endless guidance to your awakened senses.

The driver of the Chariot is armored and transported by a higher purpose with enough faith to know that everything will unfold in a manner that ultimately leads to victory. Use Sunday to recalibrate your sense of direction and go forth into the unknown!

“…Commencing countdown, engines on (Five, Four, Three)
Check ignition and may God’s love be with you (Two, One, Liftoff)…”


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