Your horoscope from January 7 to 13, 2016

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      Right out of the 2016 starting gate, Mercury in Aquarius in a confrontational alignment with Mars has stirred up terrorism and international politics, raising the surprise, shock, and violence quotient. Last Tuesday, the duo hit peak, just one hour before Mercury turned retrograde. The added contributions of floodgate Venus/Neptune and cement-it sun/Pluto have put the motivation, the reality, and the urgency into starker push-comes-to-shove focus.

      Thursday puts a new key in the ignition. The sun hits a shift-gear aspect with Uranus, while the moon sees it as a well-timed opportunity. By evening, Jupiter in Virgo begins its annual retrograde. Removing the window dressing, Jupiter retrograde strips it down to the specific person, place, or thing that requires added attention. Jupiter stays busy on the work-it-out program through September, reaching a transitional peak or goal post on May 9.

      On Friday, Mercury retrograde backs into Capricorn. It will finish retrograde in this sign on January 25. Can’t meet the deadline? Has the timing or your timing been off the mark? Have you felt spent, held up, backed up against the wall, lacking, incapable, or left without workable options? As the retrograde begins, the brakes come off. If you’ve procrastinated, or denied or avoided facing reality, your time has run out.

      Mercury retrograde is a trickster influence. While snafus are typical of the cycle, Sunday begins a great upswing week. Setting people, communication tracks, and social and moneymaking opportunities in motion, Tuesday’s Venus/Uranus, Wednesday’s sun/Jupiter, and next Thursday’s Mercury/sun and Mercury/Jupiter provide a great run of gifting stars.

      March 20 - April 20

      Just when you feel you’re finally on a good move-along, Mercury and Jupiter hit reverse. Despite an initial setback, both transits will help you to get a better grip. Friday is for setting the record straight, for reinforcing the rules or your resolve. Watch for results, news, a milestone, or a conclusion. Monday through next Thursday is especially lucrative and/or opportune.

      April 20 - May 21

      Thursday/Friday puts you on a major switch track regarding thinking, finances, a relationship, or a circumstance. If you hit a full stop, it isn’t for long. Saturday’s revitalizing new moon takes the brakes off. Monday through Thursday, you’re in luck. Watch for fresh options and conversations. It’s a great week for creative enterprise, travel, studies, and socializing. Things can go surprisingly well.

      May 21 - June 21

      If you haven’t pushed yourself to do so already, Mercury and Jupiter retrograde will force you to curb unnecessary spending and get more organized. Despite this advice, Monday through Thursday you can easily spend more. These smooth-go days are also good for moneymaking or refinancing; for sweet-talking the powers that be or bending the rules; for creativity and romance.

      June 21 - July 22

      Thursday/Friday delivers a time-has-come threshold. Perhaps there’s a sendoff, a goodbye, or a special occasion to mark. Something timely can be the “it” or “fix-it” ticket that sets you onto a faster, more successful move-along. Tuesday/Wednesday, great gains can be made. If it comes to you effortlessly and naturally, buy it or take it on. Use these days to sway or woo.

      July 22 - August 23

      Thursday/Friday, something uncovered or uncharted may cost you extra time, effort, expense, or disappointment, but better now than later. See it as good timing—it sets you up for down-the-road benefit. Sunday through next Thursday, you’ll hit an excellent creative flow. Your social, sales, and communication skills are at peak. A profitable and great social or play week lies ahead.

      August 23 - September 23

      Have you been out of commission lately or felt that things have mushroomed beyond your ability to control? If so, you should feel Mercury’s dip back into Capricorn and Jupiter’s turn to retrograde as pluses. Both help you to get a better handle on yourself, your health, and what’s most pressing. Communications and results improve in the week ahead, especially Tuesday/Wednesday.

      September 23 - October 23

      Is your inner voice nagging you? Thursday/Friday, take extra time for soul searching, healing, or exploring more options. As of Friday, when Mercury retrograde dips back into Capricorn, you’ll naturally work your way to a conclusion or finish line. A home move or renovation project can put you under added pressure, but Sunday through Thursday is optimal for seek, find, and accomplish.

      October 23 - November 22

      While Mars, recently into Scorpio, pumps you full of fresh fuel, Jupiter and Mercury have just launched into reverse. How does that translate for you? Both transits help you to target, pinpoint, edit, or negotiate with greater efficiency and expertise. A review, revisit, revision, or even a complete overhaul is an intelligent and well-timed thing to do. Tuesday/Wednesday, the stars gift you.

      November 22 - December 21

      Friday can spark new appreciation, wisdom, or insight about a higher truth. Perhaps you’ll gain attention or a result you weren’t expecting. If you come to a stop, it’s only momentary. As of Saturday, the stars plug you into a fresh outlet. Over the next week, you’ll write, talk, explore, create, travel, spend, earn, win, or gain more. High expectations can deliver quite nicely.

      December 21 - January 20

      Mercury’s return to Capricorn on Friday calls for a second look, a rethink, or an overhaul. The test of time is your ally; put it to work. Thursday/Friday, plans, minds, or commitments can change. Let the moment dictate the play. Saturday’s new moon pushes the Refresh button in some significant way. Tuesday/Wednesday delivers big and best.

      January 20 - February 18

      Thursday/Friday can be a sendoff, sign-off, or take-flight time. After only one week of a fresh refuel in Aquarius, Mercury now steps back. The retrograde is an opportunity to refortify, replenish, and gain a better handle before you get too far ahead of yourself. You won’t need long! Sunday through Thursday, your swing is near perfect.

      February 18 - March 19

      Friday could mark a special anniversary, a milestone, or an important finish line. You may gain bank approval or take some other official step. Your reputation precedes you—someone could speak highly of you. A meeting with a mentor or advisor is well timed. Regarding money, travel, creative endeavour, romance, or play, Tuesday/Wednesday is especially opportune, perhaps even lucky.

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