Daily Reading Jan 30

Sat Jan 30

Today Mercury stations retrograde. Energy from yesterday’s transits continues to play a role in our thoughts and feelings today.

Venus is our planet of love and beauty. Venus influences our style of love, what we need to feel loved, what we find beautiful, and how we create beauty in our lives.

Pluto and Venus are still within a few degrees of each other in the last degrees of Capricorn. Where is this conjunction transiting your natal chart?

For me it is right between my 7th and (family) and 8th (public groups) house. I’ve been thinking a great deal about my marriage: how happy and fortunate I feel to have my partner Jason and how our union has brought us through so many challenging times. I feel a renewed sense of comfort and security that allows me to explore my own inner horizons.

I think this is also due to turning away from society’s expectations for nearly a year. Pop culture ideas of marriage and friendship often conflict with the reality of our lived experience. Quarantine has had many silver linings, and for me it has been casting off other people’s ideas of what I “should” be doing with any aspect of my life.

Love is complicated and it is the most important area we will explore in the coming years. How do we love ourselves? How do we love our fellow humans? There is no one right way save the way that makes you feel whole, seen, validated, heard, and valued.

One of the very best writers on love is bell hooks:
“Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give to yourself…The light of love is always in us, no matter how cold the flame. It is always present, waiting for the spark to ignite, waiting for the heart to awaken.”

During this retrograde, spend some time exploring your ideas of love. Are you getting and giving what you need? And are you giving that all important love to yourself?

Deck: Astro-Oracle and Tarot of the Cat People