Your Horoscope by Susan Miller
There are other considerations, too. Mars and Uranus are traveling together (within four degrees) in Taurus, your eighth house of other people’s money, and they are in sharp odds (90 degrees) with the full moon in Leo, your eleventh house, and at the same time in sharp conflict (90 degrees) with the Sun, Saturn, and Jupiter in Aquarius, your fifth house. This sets up a grand fixed T-square of tension, with most of the tension at the fulcrum, the eighth house of other people’s money. You may want to help your friend or participate in an expensive event (such as your friend’s wedding later this year), but your solar chart says that the costs of doing so will be a consideration and could possibly bring on stress.
If your friend is out of money due to unemployment, help your friend in non-financial ways if possible, say, babysitting, bringing bags of groceries, or sharing dinners. If your friend is planning an expensive destination wedding for months from now, don’t commit yet. I don’t like saying mixing money with friends is a bad idea this month, but I must also add that a new moon stretches its influence at least six months, so this will have a long cord.
Mercury is to go retrograde from January 30 to February 20, so as you get closer to the month’s end, you will be too close to the date Mercury will turn to make any commitment that will stick. This is why you must make all of your most important initiations early in January. Once you get to January 17 or so, you will begin to feel the slowdown that Mercury brings.
If you want to buy a new smartphone, laptop, iPad, or other electronic device, do so in early January, or wait until early March. Early March will be a prime time for those purchases. Of course, sign no contracts when Mercury is retrograde either, including the closing on a house, and leave a space of as many days as possible from the onset date (January 30) and end date (February 20). One or two days won’t be enough—you will find that to be true down the line.