Vesta stationed retrograde at 25:34 Gemini early this morning at 2:35 am EDT. She will turn direct on January 26, 2013. This corresponds to a period when we review our commitments, causes and energy investments, especially in matters of communication, connection or association, mobility (which is also an issue of flexibility and adaptability) and locality. With retrograde Pallas in Pisces perfecting a square to stationary Vesta today, we are challenged to overcome superficiality or shallowness in this regard together with dualistic or contrary tendencies in order to become aware of ‘fallacies’ in perception and ‘politics’ to be able to ‘see’ where we lack social and emotional intelligence. Mercury in Scorpio and Venus in Virgo, who are linked by a sextile aspect, form a Yod configuration with retrograde Eris in Aries to which Mercury’s semi-square to his dispositor, Pluto in Capricorn, provides an outlet. This urges us to exercise control over psychic compulsions and resist temptations and ego trappings, which could come out in form of mindless, self-serving commentaries. Instead, we should focus on our mutual interests and strive to do our best, which requires profundity and depth and includes an investigation of issues or themes with thoroughness. As the waxing Capricorn Moon squares the Libra Sun at 11:31 pm EDT, marking the First Quarter Moon event of the Libra lunation cycle, the accompanying crisis in action is testing our social maturity and sense of social responsibility and thus how we “respond to life’s renewals” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon). If our social participation is based on pride and a sense of entitlement (“chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise” was the Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon), then we’re ‘ruled’ by the ego, while the true Self remains in the shadow. If, on the other hand, we show ‘grace’, ‘class’ and civility (awareness of self in relation to others) as we ‘step up’ to fill a social function or role, we’re in control of the ego and our deeds are truly authentic.
Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Pentacles”, suggesting that we strive to create a warm, secure and nurturing environment, where we find a use for everything. We need to focus on doing the same for ourselves and invest in a calm and balanced life. Thus, we need to be resourceful and practical when dealing with others and work on solutions for our present circumstances. It’s a day to learn to love and accept ourselves, to take care of ourselves and to replenish inwardly. This card is moreover representative of an amazing multi-tasker, a manager or a business-woman. It suggests financial success with a project or business plan as the result of our hard work. However, it is essential that we maintain a compassionate, nurturing, practical and down-to-earth attitude in our dealings with others.