Daykeeper Journal Online: Astrology, Consciousness and Transformation
January 14
direct in Taurus

January 18
Mercury retrograde
in Aquarius
January Retrograde Watch
by Maya del Mar

Each month we will give the dates of the month’s planetary "stations" in this spot.

From Earth’s standpoint, planets periodically reverse their direction. We call this a retrograde period. It is a time to assimilate that planet’s energies, to bring them home to us and work with them on inner levels. During retrograde times, people are idiosyncratic—more true to their natures—in their expression of the retrograde energy.

On the days surrounding a planet’s "turn," it is moving very slowly or standing still in the heavens. We call this a station. Energy is very pronounced then, and events on earth reflect that emphasis.

During the few days around the directional change of a planet, its action manifests more strongly. We can see its principle more clearly then. Pay attention to the station days. They’re always significant.

See the appropriate days in the Daily Success Guide for further descriptions.

Vesta turns direct on January 14 in Taurus. She’ll be out there as an activist filled with ideas on how to protect home, territory, money, and resources. She travels direct for the remainder of 2002.

Mercury turns retrograde on January 18 in socially-minded Aquarius. Time to rethink the revolution. The Messenger turns direct again on February 8.

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