One Day At A Time

Have you ever noticed the modern cultural tendency for looking back into the past near the end of December? Top ten lists abound, along with “best of,” “worst of,” “most” and “least of.” Then, all of a sudden, on the first day of January it’s all about looking ahead and making predictions.


Such an approach confers more power to the civil calendar than it probably deserves — especially this year.

You don’t need astrology to tell you to be present and take things one day at a time during the first week of 2016. One look at the dips and trips performed by U.S. stock markets yesterday, and you might get the message not to get ahead of yourself.

Nonetheless, the astrology this week is there to remind you of two things. First, the past (especially the recent past) is still very much with us for the time being. Next, the future is highly conditional and dependent on what you do with every moment now.

Begin (as all good astrologers often do) with the Sun. The Sun is the center of the solar system. Its gravity holds the whole shebang together. The Sun is also the most reliable and useful point of reference from which to understand and gain perspective on the Moon and planets, both individually and holistically.

As a case in point, the Sun by definition moves around the zodiac at a rate of approximately one degree per day. Hence, the time the Sun takes to move through planetary aspects gives us some perspective on how the constituent planets in question are currently relating to each other.

For example, you may have heard tell that the era-defining aspects of Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn are a thing of the past. Au contraire mon frere. Witness how the Capricorn Sun’s conjunction with Pluto tonight at 10:28 pm EST (03:28:07 UTC tomorrow morning) will be followed by a solar square to Uranus at 7:22 am EST (12:22:06 UTC) on Thursday. In other words, the Sun this week is telling us that Uranus and Pluto are less than two degrees removed from being precisely 90 degrees apart.

Yes, the seven separations of exactly 90 degrees from Uranus to Pluto are behind us. Even so, nearly any astrologer you talk to will confirm that a separation of 92 degrees is still a fully functional square aspect. And so it will remain for Uranus and Pluto for quite a while longer. We are not out of those woods yet.

You might do well to see the woods you are slowly emerging from equally as well as any trees up ahead of you. Nor should you be too eager to leave behind the empowerment implied by the Uranus-Pluto square. You just might wish you had these interesting times back someday.

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Speaking of back, there’s nothing quite like a sign-ruling planet beginning a retrograde to remind you not to get ahead of yourself. This is one of those rare weeks when such an occasion happens twice. 

Mercury’s station retrograde this morning just before 8:06 am EST (13:05:34 UTC) was the first such occasion. Jupiter will follow suit with its own station retrograde at 11:40 pm EST on Thursday night (04:40:08 UTC Friday). In both cases, the implication is that revising and reviewing are still appropriate activities, even though you are no longer writing 2015 on your letterheads or checks.

So keep your feet firmly between your head and the center of the Earth as your standing (and ambulating) protocol for this week at least. There is no need to live in the past, but you would be best not to forget it so quickly either. Neither should you be leaning so far forward as to fall on your face at the moment. There will be 12 full months plus one (leap year) day in this year. You will have all the time you need to get ahead as the year goes on.

For now, take things one day at a time. Do what you can. Let that be enough. Take care of your wellbeing as a priority. Don’t let the bastards get you down. They will have their days, you will have yours. If it comes down to it, have your days later if it means having them better.

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5 thoughts on “One Day At A Time

  1. P. Sophia

    “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” LOL!! :). Rules to always practice and live by Len.

    Be present. Continue to always try to stay in your own energy and good nature. Yet, with Uranus allow those minor (or major) necessary corrections and changes, that can happen in a flash to land you exactly where you were suppose to (truely) now!! Finally.

    Feel like I may have wasted a bit of time in 2015, but that OK, the clearing was obviously needed to get me to where I am today.

  2. aWord

    I have no love lost on this Uranus/Pluto square dance, Len. I anticipated change, I went with the flow and I have had little positive experience (and extreme non-positive experience) during their hoedown. Merc and Jupiter recovering old territory will slow down the pace a bit. Indeed, this could be well-timed.

  3. Bette

    “Keep you feet firmly between your head and the center of the Earth…” oh my, yes! For me that speaks to working with Saturn transiting (& then revisiting) my sun, among other things.

    The Uranus-Pluto square brought a number of changes for me, including some tough decisions that took a long time to take shape, but they seem to have turned out well. Yes, 92 degrees is still a square, & now Pluto’s in my 7th, & will be for a long time. Still learning from my past relationships, still healing old harm, but also becoming really clear & firm about what/who I shall welcome in my life & space.

    One day at a time, indeed, doing what I can with the best care & attention I can. I’ve long called myself a late bloomer, so I can be patient (usually), & the idea of having my days later is something I can work with.

  4. Barbara Koehler

    There’s a lot of that Uranus-Pluto energy in the air Len what with transiting Chiron in Pisces in opposition to that cycle’s starting point in Virgo. Trans. Uranus himself has been in a quincunx to that starting point in the mid-sixties and trans. Pluto will trine it in this Leap Year (thanks for the reminder!) From a personal perspective, life in the 60’s did a lot to prepare me for the 2008-2015 era so I’m glad I was there to witness it in person. Haven’t we come a long way baby?

    In fact, the “mission” of the Uranus-Pluto cycle might be lost when the focus is only on Uranus and Pluto and their presently still active square(s), but taking into consideration that Neptune in Scorpio was sextile the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions in Virgo and, to this day, Neptune maintains minor aspects with Pluto (septile = 51.4 deg. separation when exact) and Uranus (novile = 40 deg. separation when exact). What happened to us in the mid 60’s was a full court press from the 3 outer planets with an objective to speed up the process of human evolution What seems to us a lifetime ago is just a day ago in the life of Neptune, Pluto and Uranus. And now it is tomorrow for Neptune, Pluto and Uranus.

    Another way to look at the present astrology is to see transiting Uranus in the 16-19 degree range of Aries as the focal point of a yod between 1965 Neptune in Scorpio sextile 1965 Uranus-Pluto in Virgo. Whatever adjustments necessary for this yod to be fulfilled will be taking place at the 2015-16 position of transiting Uranus in Aries. It might help to recognize this as a part of a really big plan and not just utter insanity we have been experiencing. Talk about a Leap Year; someday we might be telling our grandkids about how we were on Planet Earth when Humanity made its Giant Leap forward out of the history books and into the I-Pads. I’m cool with that.

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