It's a Busy Week in the Zodiac due to several Celestial Events.
Mercury begins a Retrograde Period on Tuesday, January 5, @ 6 deg Capricorn
. The planet of Communications, Rational Thinking, Ideas & Reasons, etc., will be "backwards" in the Heavens for three weeks. Mercury will begin its retrograde phase in Capricorn, and then "back into" Sagittarius on January 13, completing the retrograde period at 20 deg Sagittarius on January 25. The usual Mercury retrograde precautions should be observed: expect Misunderstandings, Delays in Communications, Mistakes in Transactions, etc.
Mars is Exactly Square Mercury at the beginning of Mercury Retrograde:
The planet of Aggression and Anger is in Libra, exactly 90 degrees behind Mercury as Mercury begins its retrograde phase. The full force square aspect of Mars puts additional pressure on Mercury, and will cause more than the usual problems this week as Mercury retrograde begins.
Jupiter begins a Retrograde Period on Friday, January 8, @ 29 deg Leo.
The planet of Opportunity, Prosperity, Wisdom, etc., will be going in Reverse for the next four months, in Leo, until May 9. Jupiter's significations will be delayed, and distorted, while the planet is retrograde. There will be further stress on Jupiter due to the exact conjunction with Rahu. Jupiter retrograde is the planet of Wisdom Going Backwards = a good time for finding wisdom in the past, i.e., introspection. Jupiter as the planet of Opportunity, when retrograde, indicates Finding Opportunity in the Past, i.e., revisiting potentials that did not initially pan out.
The Nodes, Rahu and Ketu, change signs this week.
The nodes spend about 1-1/2 years in a sign, and travel backwards in the zodiac, entering from the end of the sign. Rahu, the North Node, enters Leo; Ketu, the South Node, enters Aquarius. Rahu is an indicator of Desire and Urgency, and will immediately be conjunct Retrograde Jupiter, putting more focus and stress on Jupiter significations over the next two months, while they are both in exact conjunction. Leo is the sign of Leaders & Governments. Ketu going into Aquarius, the sign of Social Revolutionaries, will emphasize Social Idealism, during the year that the US is having national elections. (Find more Details in recent Newsletter).
The nodes will be in Leo and Aquarius until September 2017.
Venus is exactly conjunct Saturn this week.
The planet of Love, Agreement, Values, etc., teams up with the planet of Harsh Reality, Obligations, Restriction, and Discipline. The exact conjunction is on Friday, January 8, @ 17 deg Scorpio. Venus significations tend to suffer from this combination. Love is Restricted (or, at best, Serious), Negotiations are Difficult, Financial Markets head Downward.