In the Stars January 31-February 7, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week

Mercury is now in retrograde until February 21, a period for review, re-thinking, re-working, and re-invigorating. Having turned retrograde yesterday, Mercury may create more chaos than usual especially these first few days. Remember that communication, both oral and written, can become more easily confused. So check things twice, and be gentle and forgiving with people when there are mix-ups.

The Sun shines in Aquarius, symbolizing new thinking. We move on in forward motion. The first of three Saturn-Uranus conjunctions this year will perfect on February 17th. As we move toward this exact conjunction, these mixed energies of consolidation and breaking apart become stronger. This could be evidenced in our own lives with breaking through a bad habit and changing it to a better one; or breaking out of an outgrown job and landing a new one; or working through an old fear and moving past it. The Saturn-Uranus square is this year’s highlighted planetary theme: breakthrough and consolidation with exact squares February 17th, June 10th, and December 24th.

Another heavenly body, Chariklo, one of the planets of the Kuiper Belt is shifting into Aquarius. Chariklo was the wife of Chiron, the mentor and wounded healer. Vermont Astrologer Kelly Hunter has written beautifully about Chariklo’s meaning and shifting energy in her January 29th Full Moon newsletter (

Chariklo enters Aquarius "Adding the unique, subtle quality of her presence to the Aquarian party, we find this 'centaur object' moving from Capricorn into Aquarius on the eve of this Full Moon. An experienced shape shifter, now moving from one sign into another, she surely knows when to make an entrance, gracefully highlighting the moment. Chariklo contributes her special caring, insightful and healing quality as one of the transforming, creative goddess archetypes… In her storyline she is known for spinning movements…helping her take whatever form best serves love. Wife of Chiron, she changed her water nymph shape into a centaur to be with him, later helping him shift into his star body as The Centaur constellation. After participating in the powerful Capricorn council in 2020, she chooses a prime moment to join the stellium in Aquarius, her home territory, as she weaves between the two signs through 2021. It's almost her birthday, as Chariklo was discovered on February 15, 1997, with the Sun and a rare stellium of planets in Aquarius, and a rare 6-pointed star pattern. This is one of the most remarkable charts an astrologer ever sees…" Chariklo’s chart, story and more can be found on Kelly’s website at:

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Mercury went retrograde on Saturday for a three-week backward spin, signaling a time to review, re-think, and reconsider. Sunday morning is a bit lazy, even with the Moon in hard-working Virgo, as the Moon is opposite dreamy Neptune. After a leisurely Sunday morning, you can gear up for productivity by the grace of a Moon-Pluto trine in practical earth signs. As the day wears on, you will feel the push to get your life in good order.

Monday is a mixed day. The Sun and Mars perfect in square aspect, pushing us forward into the work week with goals and dreams. The Moon moves into gracious, easy Libra and trines Venus and Saturn, making for a flow of initiations.

With the recent arrival of Venus in Aquarius, there are now six planets in the sign of innovation: Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Sun, Pallas Athena, and Mercury. On Tuesday the copasetic Libra Moon makes a benefic trine to these planets, generating a bounty of brilliant ideas. Let them flow. With Saturn moving toward its perfecting square to Uranus on February 17th, you just might figure out how to manifest some of your great ideas.

Feelings run deep on Wednesday, and we may feel unloved and irritated as the Scorpio Moon makes an edgy square to Venus and Saturn. Pull back and give yourself some love and self-care.

On Thursday the emotionally charged Scorpio Moon forms a last quarter square with the Sun, and opposes Mars. There is a lot of energy in this fixed T-square to work hard on completing some of the projects set in motion at the New Moon in mid-January. The Scorpio Moon also trines Neptune in Pisces, drawing out our imagination and reminding us of our vision and higher purpose.

We may have a slow, indecisive start on Friday with the Moon void of course until 9:16 am PST. Then the Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius, and ushers in a buoyant, upbeat weekend. The desire to be social will be high with the Moon in this fiery, fun-loving sign and six planets still in Aquarius. Maybe you will feel the call for a Zoom party.

Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs, and loves movement, so get out for a weekend hike or dial into a Zoom dance class. Optimism combines with brilliant ideas and a lot of fixed planetary energy, so much can be accomplished. However, it may be difficult to decide where to put your energy due to a void Moon from 10:15 through the rest of the day.

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning as the Moon is void of course until 12:51 pm when the Moon moves into Capricorn. It’s another good day for a weekend hike or bike ride. In the afternoon it’s time for serious football—the game of the year, and what a game it is between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you are not into football, it’s a great afternoon for hard work and planning the week ahead.

Monday is set for accomplishment. The Capricorn Moon forms an industrious Grand Trine with the heard-working asteroid goddess of the hearth on Virgo and Mars and Uranus in Taurus. Set this strong energy loose with some serious goals and elbow grease.