Morning Star: Daily Astrology for January 24, 2015

You know what? Mercury retrograde in Aquarius reminds me of the Terminator movies. It's like the machines are threatening to take over and we are tasked with taking our lives back from them. Sounds nuts, right? But, I'm serious. It's time to re-think our use of technology and our reliance on it.

First, technology is not inherently evil. Ok? It's just a tool. As with any tool, we have to be responsible in regard to how we use them. Unfortunately, the convenience of certain technologies has made us lax in that regard. I mean, folks can now pay their bills with just a click of a mouse. Or, you can set things up on auto-withdrawal every month and never even have to push a button. This level of convenience, however, does open the door to potential trouble. Hackers are smart, man. You know? Opening up your bank account to online activity also opens it up to a sideways type of thievery and gives your resources a certain vulnerability. Plus, some online banking deals are rife with hidden fees. They will nickel and dime you to death.

Even writing a check now-a-days can become an act of vulnerability. On the bottom of your check is all the information a thief may need to hack your checking account. We freely give away personal information that can be twisted and used against us while relying on outside official entities to protect this information. When really it is ultimately OUR job to protect our own information too and be discriminating in how we use or distribute it. But, the convenience is so alluring and still so novel that sometimes we get lax in this regard. Sometimes, that lax attitude comes back to bite us on the rear.

A lot of places of commerce don't even accept cash as payment anymore. I find this kind of crazy but, it is the way of the modern world. People rarely carry cash and, in essence, we have protected ourselves from direct and outright thievery in that regard while leaving ourselves wide open for thievery on a different level. You can literally exchange goods and services on a very high level and never touch a red cent. AND our culture encourages you to do so.

With this Mercury retrograde, though, I see trouble being brought to these online trading entities. I see machines breaking down (like ATM's, online servers, networking systems) or being breached forcing us to look at just how reliant we have become on these mechanisms. In that, there may be times when we are also forced to do things the old fashioned way. And I've got a feeling that may be harder than it seems at times. For example, I normally pay my house payment online. I don't have to do a thing. There is a company that takes care of this for me by automatically withdrawing the money from my account. So far, it's been a great and reliable service. However, I had to stop using it due to personal circumstances and this month (under this retrograde) I had to request a counter check for my house payment and put it in the old fashioned mail. Do you know how long it has been since I've done this? Ten years. I wasn't even sure they issued counter checks anymore and had to check with the teller first to be sure. Imagine that. There are still living and breathing folks working at the bank even if you can rarely get one on the phone. They are still there! I've SEEN THEM!

At any rate, this IS a great time to re-think your personal use of technology and pull back from so many automated processes and begin to actually go through the old fashioned methods once again either by choice or by force (because this stuff breaks down or is compromised). There's plenty of other energy attached to this retrograde. This is just one way I've seen it playing out so far.

Alright, now that I've gotten that off my chest, let's talk about today, shall we? This morning we wake up to the Moon in Aries. I'm not so much a fan of Moon in Aries because it creates my monthly personal full Moon (tr. Moon opposite natal Sun) and it's a bit too vigorous for my personal tastes acquired from my Pisces Moon. However, today's Aries Moon offers a great deal of traction and wonderful opportunity to make forward progress. Today is the day you want to work to initiate stuff on a physical level. Information and communication wise we still have the retrograde to be mindful of. But, you can go pretty far in the realm of physical offline work today.

Motivation is encompassed in the lunar position itself. Traction through the day is provided by a sweet trine from the Moon to Saturn at 1:30 PM. We are task oriented and have the ability to take some solid steps forward today. Um...but those steps forward may have to be taken without the assistance or reliance upon machinery. I'm talking work in the offline world here as the indication is to kind of withdraw from cyberspace at this time. So, shut your computer off and get busy (after you finish reading this, of course). Indulge in tangible life and don't be afraid to put out some sweaty, gritty effort into the process. It will pay off in the long run. This certainly isn't a day for laying around. We should have gotten our fill of that under the Moon in Pisces. Now is the time to get up off the couch and DO something...anything...but don't just sit there.

Of course the contra-indication to this comes if you are sick. In that instance be pro-active in getting better. There are some types of illnesses that can be alleviated through “sweating it out” but don't attempt that unless you know it will be beneficial. Over-taxing yourself during an illness is never a good idea. As a matter of fact, taxing yourself too much could even cause future illnesses by breaking down your body's natural immunity due to over-stress. So, know the difference.

At 4:07 PM, the Moon is in a harmonious sextile with the Sun in Aquarius. This allows us to be proactive about fostering change in our lives and really get on board with whatever work we have to do both from the perspective of our ego and our emotional body. Turn on some good music to keep Mars in Pisces upbeat and mobile and get moving.

Tomorrow there are a few speed bumps we will have to traverse in the early morning with the Moon's conjunct to Uranus and square to Pluto. But, after that, the roadway opens back up again with supportive aspects that encourage us to keep moving forward in light of whatever potential conflict these early energies may bring. Mark your path forward and jump on it with enthusiasm. The wind could certainly be at your back in that regard today. Keep your “eye on the prize” and your hands firmly on the steering wheel. Take command of your ship and work with the wind and water instead of against it. You may be surprised how far this can take you.