Writerscopes Weekly Forecast - 1 January 2016

 

Break Time (Moon Void of Course)

Every two days or so, the Moon goes Void of Course. These are natural pauses in the emotional cycle and are best used for editing, researching, idea generating, reading, and napping. 

  • Saturday 9:30AM - Sunday 12:30PM
  • Tuesday 11AM - 12:30PM
  • Thursday 7:45PM - Friday 8:00AM

Emotional Weather (Lunar Transits)

Today, tomorrow, and Sunday morning, the Moon will be in Libra. Libra is the sign of romance, poetry, and literary fiction. Beauty, harmony, and balance will be closer to our hearts this weekend. With the Moon void all weekend, now is a good time to step back from whatever you're working on and make sure that you're considering things from all angles. Do you understand the point of view of everyone in your story? Can you see the bad side of the good guy and the good side of the bad guy? 

Sunday at noon to Tuesday at 12:30PM, the Moon will be in Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of horror, dark fantasy, and mysteries. If you find yourself fascinated by the taboo or writing stories that are sexier, deadlier, and contain more Tarot cards and elder gods than usual early this week, you are not alone. Scorpio is one of the most introverted and psychologically oriented signs in the Zodiac, and brief pause on Tuesday morning is a good time to set aside a few minutes for self-examination. And if that doesn't appeal to you, researching your favorite haunted houses and serial killers may be a good use of that emotional pause, too--as long as you remember to clear your browser history.

Tuesday afternoon to Friday morning, the Moon will be in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the sign of space opera, road trip stories, and ideas fiction. If you have been feeling bored with the direction of your story, now is a good time to shake things up. Send your characters off on an adventure. Have your protagonist climb a mountain and bellow her personal philosophy to the valley below. The Moon will be void on Thursday night, so that will be a great time to take a night off and consider your own personal philosophy. Or, you know, binge watch Doctor Who

Swiftly Moving Planets (Personal Planet Transits)

Mercury moves into Aquarius today. In general, when Mercury is in Aquarius, we are more independently minded, future oriented, and intellectual, but Mercury will only be in Aquarius for a few days before swinging back into Capricorn. Mercury enters its shadow or pre-retrograde today and goes retrograde on Tuesday. Astrology is all about our perspective here on Earth. From our perspective, Mercury appears to go backwards 3-4 times a year. Mercury retrograde periods are times when it's best to chill out, revise, and work on things that are already in progress. They also tend to be infamous for tech glitches, communication problems, and transportation issues, but (like all transits) working with the energy instead of fighting it generally makes things easier. Between now and Tuesday, you may want to make a plan for what you're going to work on while Mercury is retrograde. 

Mars moves into Scorpio on Sunday. Scorpio is all about depth, and when the planet of sex, passion, aggression, desire, and ambition moves into Scorpio, we are invited to consider whether the things (and people!) we want are in alignment with who we really are.   

Slowly Moving Planets (Outer Planet Transits)

Jupiter goes retrograde on Thursday. Jupiter is the planet of faith and expansion. Wherever transiting Jupiter is in your chart is the place where you're being challenged to have faith. When Jupiter is direct, we often find we run into situations that test our faith, challenging us to grow in trust and expand our joy and reach. When Jupiter goes retrograde, we are given the opportunity to process what we've learned and put those lessons into practice on our own. Jupiter retrogrades last for a long time. This one won't end until May.

Personal Horoscopes

For best results, read for your ascendant/rising sign. If you don't know your ascendant, you can calculate it here.

Aries Mercury is entering your House of Community and Goals today making your thoughts future oriented twice over (three times, if you're the sort to set New Year's resolutions and keep them). If you have plans to write futuristic fiction in 2016, now is a great time to start before Mercury falls back into Capricorn. On Sunday, Mars is entering Scorpio and your House of Taboo. If any of your projects aren't aligned with your deepest (darkest) desires, you will likely find it hard to motivate yourself while Mars is in this sign. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Daily Grind on Thursday. Since last summer, Jupiter has been giving you opportunities to develop your health and build supportive daily routine structures. Now Jupiter is withdrawing support, and you may find that it takes more willpower to do the things that have come easily the past few months. 

Taurus Mercury enters your House of Career today. If you think of your writing as your calling, you may find that Mercury's brief visit here before it goes retrograde gives your writing a boost. On Sunday, Mars enters your House of Long Term Relationships. You may find yourself more passionate about your relationships than your writing right now, but that's okay. If you pay attention, what you learn during this time will help you write more realistic relationships later. Jupiter goes retrograde in your house of play on Thursday. Since last summer, Jupiter has been throwing a party in your House of Creativity. If your creative productivity has been given a boost, you may find it that inspiration doesn't come as easily, but patience and slow, persistent effort are what you're here to learn, so don't get discouraged if things get tough. Just chip away at your project a little at a time. 

Gemini Mercury enters your House of Adventures today, giving you a few days to top up your bucket list before falling back into the depths of your House of Taboo. Mars enters your House of Daily Grind on Sunday. If you have a day job, now is the time for mindfulness. Especially around printers [VIDEO NSFW]. On Thursday, Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Deep Self. Over the past few months, you've had the opportunity to reflect on who you really are...and have faith in yourself, anyway. If you've thoroughly learned Jupiter's lesson, you may find that you can breathe easier while Jupiter is retrograde. 

Cancer Mercury enters your House of Taboo today, giving you a few days of deep dark before falling back into your House of Long Term Relationships. Mars enters your House of Creativity on Sunday giving your creative practice an energetic boost. On Thursday, Jupiter is going retrograde in your House of Communication. If you have found it challenging to have faith in your own perspective and your ability to articulate your ideas the past few months, you may find it suddenly gets easier.  

Leo Mercury enters your House of Long Term Relationships today turning your thoughts briefly toward relationship issues before falling back into your House of Daily Grind. Mars enters your House of Deep Self on Sunday, and you may find that the energy and passion you've had for writing the past 6 weeks or so will start to wane. Now is a good time to go within, consider what you've written and realign with your core values. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Resources on Thursday. You may have been challenged to have faith in your skills and ability to provide for yourself the past few months. If so you will undoubtedly welcome the chance to breathe easier for awhile.

Virgo Mercury enters your House of Daily Grind today giving you a few days to think about your organizational structures before falling back into your House of Creativity. Mars enters your House of Communication today giving you a few sweet weeks of passion for your writing practice. Enjoy the push and don't overthink it! Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Persona on Thursday. If you have been finding the expanding planet's challenge to be your big, beautiful self challenging, you will likely find things getting a bit more comfortable.

Libra Mercury enters your House of Creativity today giving you a few days of mental clarity around your creative process before falling into your House of Deep Self for a three week period of mental cleaning. Mars enters your House of Resources on Sunday, which may make you a bit touchy when others don't treat you the way you deserve. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Endings on Thursday. You've been preparing for the end of a 12 year cycle of growth since last summer, and you have some time for processing now before the big push into a new beginning when Jupiter enters your House of Persona in August, encouraging you to start rebuilding a brand new you. 

Scorpio Mercury enters your House of Deep Self today giving you a few days of introspection before falling back into your House of Communication. Mars enters your House of Persona on Sunday. You may find it difficult not to take things personally when you think they reflect on you. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Community and Goals on Thursday giving you a chance to integrate what you've learned while Jupiter was direct about having faith in your role in the community.

Sagittarius Mercury enters your House of Communication today giving you an opportunity to catch up on your word count before falling back into your House of Resources. Mars enters your House of Endings on Sunday giving you the energy to deal with anything that might be holding you back from growth. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Career on Thursday giving you a chance to integrate what you've learned from Jupiter's challenge to have faith in your calling and expand your role in the community. 

Capricorn Mercury is entering your House of Resources today giving you a brief opportunity to take stock before it falls back into your House of Persona. Mars enters your House of Community and Goals on Sunday giving you the will and the drive to plan your next move. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Adventures on Thursday.. For the past few months, you've been challenged to have faith in your beliefs and entertain new perspectives, and this retrograde season will give you a chance to gather your wits.

Aquarius Mercury is entering your House of Persona today giving you a brief opportunity to think about your presentation before it falls back into your House of Endings. Mars enters your House of Career on Sunday giving your work on your calling a much needed energy boost. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Taboo on Thursday. For the past few months, you've been challenged to have faith in your ability to go through the dark and deal with things you can't control. This retrograde should take the pressure off somewhat.

Pisces Mercury is entering your House of Endings today giving you a brief opportunity to clear things out that are no longer serving you before it falls back into your House of Community and Goals. Mars enters your House of Adventures on Sunday giving you energy for exploration, research, and travel. Jupiter goes retrograde in your House of Long Term Relationships on Thursday. For the past few months, you may have found yourself in situations that test your faith in your closest relationships. This retrograde should take the pressure off somewhat.

All times Los Angeles/PST.