Lunar Intersection of Imagination and Expectation

By Holiday Mathis

January 24, 2021 6 min read

There is no art more instrumental in creating feelings of happiness, satisfaction, excitement and relief than the art of setting correct expectations. This is the one to nail this week. The imaginative Leo full moon suggests the sweet spot for expectation will be in the outer realm of what is possible, teetering on the cusp of what isn't. And given the imminent Mercury retrograde, it won't hurt to factor flexibility into the timeline.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What is between you and the goal? Practice. The distance to this desired destination cannot be closed any other way. Remove obstacles and reduce the potential for distractions that threaten could threaten your focus. An environment that supports your practice will be crucial to the success of the journey.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Do you dare try the unproven recipe? It will definitely be more interesting than executing what you already know. Because of the novelty factor, the endeavor will receive attention regardless of whether or not it's a success. More importantly, you will get the rush of excitement that comes with trying something new.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your intent is to be of service, though this week shows you unsure of the best way to go about it. You could tidy things up, and that's a starting place, but if there are others capable and willing to do that, then you might consider that you have something different to offer, something that could only be done by you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). A week of reminiscence. Either present good times remind you of past fun or a lacking present makes you nostalgic for better days. Either way, this is a story about yesterday. What's today's story? Would you benefit from investing creative energy into spinning either of these stories differently?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). One way to get people interested in a thing is to let them know there's not a lot, and it's going fast. Scarcity, desire and urgency go together. So does love and loss. "The one that got away" is often, soon after the escape, considered "the best one ever." To get what you want, work with principles of human nature.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's not that you want to feel younger, older or anything else that you're not. You just want to feel more alive and aware — like your blood is quick and your thoughts are bright. Being around a certain person brings that extra surge of vitality to your world, and you'll find yourself prioritizing the relationship because of this.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What's useful and appropriate is not always what's best. Sometimes the pointless thing is better, especially if it's fun. Anything that connects people in the moment is going to be an improvement, even if it has not tangible result that serves the bottom line of the one in charge. Let love be in charge and see what happens.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). For the most part, social bonds form automatically and without conscious thought, but if you were to break it down, your life is made better because you know, like and trust a person. The more a person seems to enhance your experience, the more significant the relationship will become to you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). We don't all enjoy the same things, and that's definitely a theme now. Are you willing to indulge in what makes you happy even when you may be the only one around who will be pleased? If it harms no one, what's the problem? Bottom line: Your enjoyment will count as much as you make it count.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're reticent to devote yourself to a thing unless you feel you can give it something nobody else could. Assume that's true. There's no telling what your twist will be. Maybe it's just the residual gold dust of your special unnamable X-factor. You won't know until you get in there and figure it out.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The conventional thinking: Set a goal you can climb toward. It's not the only way to go. Many beautiful spots are at lower elevations. For whatever reason, you missed them on the way up, but now you could relax into them with effortless navigation. Just tilt yourself toward the lovely destination and roll.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). These people, where they stand, what they hold, how they move... to the naive eye, the details of interaction are disparate elements of an ordinary scene. Not to you. All you witness is alive with narrative and motive. Your curious mind will rush to fill in blanks and leap to figure out what's next.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You'll recognize your feelings for what they are — a power source, fuel for your dreams, energy for your endeavors and the reason behind many of your designs. Feelings can also be uncomfortable — a lot to sort, figure out, use and contain. This year, you'll come up with ingenious habits and systems that help you manage the potential of the precious treasure that is your enormous passion.

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