This month has been busy with appointments, visits and hectic schedules. By contrast, this week begins on a more mellow note. However, a speedbump on Wednesday will make tempers flare when the Moon is at odds with fiery Mars. Basically, our biggest challenge will be dealing with Mercury retrograde, which began on May 10 in Gemini. Last week, Mercury slipped back into Taurus. This week, it will go direct on Friday, and stay at the same degree for six days, then slowly move forward covering old ground. This creates confusion, delays, mistakes and missed appointments. I feel its influence as I write these words. (In Rome, I used to be called Smarticus; but today I’m Uptititus.)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your fast pace continues as the Sun travels through your House of Communications. It is accelerating the pace of your days with short trips, communications with everyone, appointments and errands. Fortunately, fiery Mars is now in your sign boosting your energy, giving you focus, a sense of purpose and a strong drive. Physical exercise will be a wise choice to burn off any pent-up energy building up within you. Mercury retrograde can help you restructure financing or finish financial matters. It might even help you get a job where you applied before. Meanwhile, Venus encourages fun shopping and buying beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. It will also attract money to you. Ka-ching!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Your focus on finances continues to be strong. In fact, at a deeper level, some of you are giving thought to your deeper values. In other words, you’re asking yourself, “What really matters?” Fortunately, fair Venus, your ruler, has just moved into your sign, which paves the way for smoother communications with others because Venus always makes you more diplomatic and charming. (Take note: the next few weeks are an ideal time for you to shop for wardrobe treasures.) Meanwhile, old friends and ex-partners are back in your life because Mercury retrograde slipped back into your sign last week. On a more sinister note, be aware of anyone who might suddenly be working against your best interests. If you think something fishy is going on – it is.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You continue to be empowered because the Sun is in your sign. (It stays there until the summer solstice of June 21.) Appreciate this good fortune! It attracts important people and good situations to you. Meanwhile, fiery Mars and Jupiter will encourage your popularity, especially with groups. Many of you will be involved more than usual in a competitive way with others, probably physical sports. Secret love affairs and exciting flirtations might take place behind the scenes. (You love the adoration of your friends.) Naturally, your everyday world suffers from delays, goofy mistakes and misplaced items because Mercury is retrograde, and Mercury is your ruler. (!) Stay on top of potential car problems.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your personal year is coming to an end; but your new year will not begin until the summer solstice on June 21. This means you feel a bit like you’re in limbo. And in a way, you are. The ideal way to use this “in between” time is to do some soul-searching and think about your deeper values in life. What principles guide you? Because Jupiter is at the top of your chart this year, (something that can occur only once every 12 years), you look good to others. People admire you, especially bosses and VIPs. Therefore, it’s important for you to have self-confidence and a clearer idea of who you are. The more you can determine this – the more you will shine in your world!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your popularity continues! Take advantage of opportunities to socialize with others. Reach out to meet someone for coffee or lunch. Renew old friendships and enjoy getting involved again with groups and organizations. Many of us have lost our social skills to Covid isolation. This is the perfect time for you to begin to flex those social muscles and get in contact with others. Enjoy schmoozing! You actually look very attractive to the world right now because fair Venus is at the top of your chart promoting relations, even flirtations with important people. Some of you will fall in love. Nevertheless, all your personal relationships are favoured now. Make plans to travel if you can because you want a change of scenery!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The Sun is at the top of your chart for the next three weeks. (This happens only once a year.) Therefore, make the best of this! Symbolically, it means that the Sun is “shining down on you”. Furthermore, this light is flattering! Therefore, this influence means that important people, bosses, parents, teachers and anyone in a position of power see you (almost magically) as very capable, very competent. They admire your achievements – even though you don’t do anything different. (Go figure.) It really is magic lighting! Since this is a once-a-year blessing, demand the advantage in financial matters, discussions about inheritances, making travel plans or exploring publishing options. You hold the winning hand!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
For the next three weeks, your desire to travel and get a change of scenery continues to be strong. Therefore, grab every chance to take a short trip or a long one! This same influence will help you to study and explore new ideas. You might also open opportunities in publishing and the media. It definitely favours legal matters and the study of law. Meanwhile, fiery Mars is now opposite your sign, which can create tension and conflict dealing with partners, fellow workers etc. On the other hand, you are a people pleaser; and Mars will give you the courage to speak up and defend yourself. This could be a good thing. (Keep your pockets open because money and gifts will come your way.)
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You feel passionately about everything right now! (Your feelings are heightened.) It will be helpful to practice techniques like counting the breath, so that you have more mind control. If you don’t control your mind, it will be running the show! Fortunately, favourable things are helping you now. Fiery Mars makes you want to work hard and work efficiently. Meanwhile, fair Venus is opposite your sign paving the way for smooth relations with others. This is particularly timely because you are contacting old friends and hearing from ex-partners since Mercury Retrograde has slipped back to oppose your sign. This could be an opportunity for closure and clarification with someone. Take it.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Remember to get more sleep this week because symbolically speaking (in your chart) the Sun is now as far away from your sign as it can get all year. (And the Sun is your source of energy.) Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde has not only resurrected people from your past (now that it has slipped back into Taurus), it will create problems and delays in your work. Equipment problems, staff shortages, misplaced items, late deliveries and goofy mistakes are frustrating. No question. Fortunately, Venus will help you accept these frustrations with grace and civility. Your relations with coworkers will still be friendly and warm. Competitive sports are on the menu for many. This is timely because you are physically active and assertive! “I am!”
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re not a slacker; and this week is another example of how you will accomplish a lot because you work hard! Incidentally, not only will you be working hard, whatever you do will also boost your health and overall vigour. It’s wise to focus on any task that you set for yourself to get away from the chaotic activity taking place at home, which can create family tension. Fortunately, offsetting this, fair Venus and Mercury Retrograde bring you opportunities to socialize, slip away on a vacation, enjoy good times with others, enjoy the arts and also enjoy playful activities with kids. Romance will also be saucy! (Old flames are back in the picture.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Lucky you! The Sun will continue to promote opportunities for vacations, playful outings, fun activities with kids, the arts, and abundant opportunities to express your creative talents for the next three weeks! (“Mom always liked you best.”) Nevertheless, many of you are enjoying entertaining at home along with redecorating where you live because relatives and family members you haven’t seen for a while are visiting, and hopefully, helping you with some projects. Your optimism and enthusiasm are very strong now because both Mars and Jupiter are in your House of Communications. This is a fantastic opportunity for those of you who sell, market, teach, act or write. Yada, yada, yada
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Home and family continue to be your primary focus for the next three weeks. (This includes increased interactions with a parent.) You will feel happy to nest and cocoon at home because you feel safe. You welcome the security of familiar surroundings. Meanwhile, you will work hard to earn money, which is a good thing because you will be earning more money this year. Yay! You will get richer! Nevertheless, at the moment, Mercury retrograde will create car problems, transportation delays, mixed-up communications, missed appointments and silly, goofy mistakes. On the upside, you will enjoy meeting friends and relatives you haven’t seen for a while. “Hail fellow, well met!”