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You’re probably familiar with Mercury retrograde because it happens so often, but did you know all the planets have a retrograde period? The only exception to this are the Sun, because it’s the star all the planets orbit; the Moon, because it’s Earth’s satellite; and the Earth—-although if you visited another planet, then you’d see the Earth travel backward! Retrograde doesn’t mean that the planet actually reverses it order; it’s an optical illusion that makes it appear that way.
Venus is the planet of love, balance, and harmony. Its retrograde is the rarest, occurring approximately every month and lasting around six weeks. This year it enters the retrograde zone in April 5 degrees Gemini stations in May at 20 degrees Gemini, and continues the backwards dance until the end of June, when it stations direct at 5 degrees Gemini, leaving its shadow period the end of July.
This isn’t the best time to start a summer romance or spend big money. Temptations are strong and willpower is weak. Your natural perception of what is sensible is on hole while overindulgence tries–and often succeeds–to overpower it. Those expensive shoes might not look so appealing once the retrograde period finishes. The same goes for romances: the perfect match might turn out to be a dud once Venus starts moving forward again.
Mercury is associated with communication and travel. Mercury retrogrades most frequently, around three times a year. They don’t last long, somewhere in the region of three weeks. Mercury starts its backward dance in February, June, and October this year.* Factor astrological signs and the shadow periods when planning important meetings or making travel plans.
Mercury retrograde messes with technology — anything from online communication to schedules and transit. It’s easy to misplace something, miss a connection, or be involved in misunderstandings during this period. This sounds like a downer, but it is also a great time to review your progress and evaluate your priorities. Reconnections with people from your pass often happen when Mercury is retrograde, but don’t rekindle that relationship before rethinking what you hope to achieve.
Mars is near the midpoint of a Venus-Jupiter square. This is a very sociable, fertile, relationship-oriented time, but can also be a time of some indulgence and excess. Entertaining can be in focus. Competitive feelings experienced now can be stimulating and invigorating. Feelings of elation in love or with regards to the pleasures of life can lead us to overdo, overindulge, overspend, and overstate our feelings. Mars is moving into a trine with Neptune, however, which can soften the rough edges. Creative energy is strong now.
The Moon is in Aries all day until 12:48 AM.
The Moon is void until 12:48 AM (since 6:26 PM yesterday).
The Moon is in Taurus from 12:48 AM forward.
The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
A First Quarter Moon occurred yesterday, and a Full Moon will occur on the 23rd.
Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from January 5-25).
You might still be reeling from Sunday’s Lunar Eclipse in Aries. It certainly put a dent in partnership plans for many. Why? Because Aries insists on going it alone, on focusing on developing the self. This self-directed behavior can sometimes come across as selfish to others — especially to one’s partner. And yet, this Lunar Eclipse challenged many of us to remain true to ourselves and to let go of what was no longer serving our personal agenda — even if it was at the expense of one’s relationship. Mercury retrograde in Libra continues to muddle efforts to reach compromise. This week? It’s all about recovery. Read all about it.
Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
While you need to remain true to yourself, this week you might also realize that doing so is at the expense of your partner. Do what you can to find some middle ground during this time of intense personal change. A conversation with your partner on Wednesday might bring up old, unresolved issues that continue to haunt your mate with resentment. Don’t run away from the conversation — run towards it.
Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
Take advantage of the Moon touring your sign between Tuesday afternoon, and into Thursday afternoon. During this time, you’ll wear your heart on your sleeve making it much easier for your partner to see your true feelings about any situation. If you’ve been keeping your emotions locked up for some reason, you’re likely to realize that it’s no longer serving you or your relationship.
Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
Changes in your social life might cause more confusion in your love life than you ever thought possible. If, for example, you recently ended a friendship, you might discover this week that your sweetheart has no intention of cutting ties with this person just because you did. In this case, you’ll need to examine why you feel threatened or unsupported about his or her decision. An honest conversation is called for.
Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
Domestic squabbles and uncertainty might bleed into your relationship harmony more than you’d prefer. Unfortunately, it appears to be unavoidable. You and your mate are long overdue for a few conversations that are likely to make both of you uncomfortable. At the same time however, the future of your family harmony might be at stake. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Even better, consider family or couples counseling to help iron out any stalemate.
Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
Your mind is completely overwhelmed with relationship thoughts and decisions these days. Since September 17, Mercury has been traveling retrograde in your message sector and he’s been in the partnership sign, Libra. As a result, until October 9, you’ll continue to go back and forth about several issues connected to your love life. Don’t expect to reach full clarity until after Mercury turns direct. This Wednesday however, you might have a breakthrough.
Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
You and your partner might be in need of a serious conversation this week. Whether your finances are intermingled or not, it looks like your mate has put his or her nose into your personal finances over the last couple of weeks. His or her ideas or comments might have left you feeling more insecure or frustrated than you expected. This week, consider approaching your mate to discuss what’s really behind his or her snide remarks. You’ll be glad you did.
Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
With Mercury traveling retrograde in your sign since September 17, it hasn’t been easy to get your points across to your mate with ease. This past Sunday, a Lunar Eclipse in your partnership sector might have added even more tension to an already frustrating situation between the two of you. Do your best to pick up the pieces this week. Most of all remain patient and understanding. A productive conversation is possible. Aim for Wednesday.
Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
Words that have been left unsaid to your partner for way to long are likely to be the source of your frustration these days. You want to have these conversations with your partner — finally! The problem is that every time you think about how you want to express yourself, you get stuck. Don’t be so hard on yourself now. Instead, give yourself a pat on the back for at least having a desire to get the dialogue started. Even if it’s messy.
Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
Taking advice from a well-meaning friend this week about your love life might prove to be confusing at best and disastrous at worst. Or, it’s possible that you’ll be the one who tries to provide guidance to your pal, only to realize that you should have kept your mouth shut instead. When it comes to friendship and matters of the heart, do your best to keep things separate. At least until after October 9.
Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
The Moon will tour your true love sector between Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, providing a wonderful opportunity to be completely transparent about your feelings with your lover. The best part of this is that he or she will be just as emotionally receptive. As a bonus, you’ll also enjoy more physical pleasures together as you relate. Think pillow talk or a soak in the tub together. Give each other a massage or foot rub. Hug.
Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
You and your partner might feel as if you share extremely different viewpoints on a moral or philosophical matter. As you continue to have conversations about this specific topic, do your best to respect each other’s differences and let go of the need to make yourself right. If not, this might only lead to a greater rift in your ability to communicate about things that matter most.
Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
You’ll need to pay attention to financial matters this week that involve your partner. Whether it’s how you both pool your resources in order to pay down any shared debt, or, if it’s about investment strategies, it might be helpful to involve a third party into the conversation. You and your mate are likely to have a hard time making any decision together without an expert such as your accountant or financial advisor weighing in. Make the call.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, September 17th
Mercury stations retrograde today and Jupiter opposes Neptune, dear Aries, and both influences can cast a fog over the day. Watch for mistakes made now that could be rather costly. Dream big, but wait for important launches or finishing touches. Saturn re-enters your solar ninth house today, where it will stay until December 2017. Recent pressures in your intimate relationships and financial life ease. You are entering a period in which you might be questioning some of your long-held beliefs or you might be discovering that you need to firm up your knowledge and skills. This is also a period of greater personal strength due to a stronger connection with reality, a firmer awareness of your priorities, and a better attitude towards meeting your responsibilities. Overall, your life should feel a little more stable. Because you have a more mature grasp of your own capabilities, you project a more responsible, perhaps serious, and self-assured personality to others, even if there are times when you feel a little insecure about your credentials. You may be an authority on a topic and your work/business can involve teaching and sharing your knowledge, which requires more dedication to learning.
Saturn re-enters the sign of Sagittarius today, dear Taurus, and while it did spend some time in Sagittarius earlier in the year, this time around, it’s there to stay, until December 2017. Fearless dealing with emotional issues can bring rewards during this cycle that asks you to better manage your life, particularly when it comes to financial and emotional dependencies. The goal is to bring these to a healthy or moderate level. This can be a time of learning what and who you truly value. Methods you’ve used to manage stress or people in your life may not be as effective now, or there could be a reshuffling of support systems for some of you. This is a good time for working on a plan to reduce debt and unhealthy dependencies. Today, avoid taking any promises made to heart. You may not have the whole story when it comes to a friendship or goal. Double check all facts and figures. Confusion tends to reign, particularly when it comes to transportation, work, and educational matters.
While work may have been on the demanding side recently, going forward, it’s likely to become less stressful, dear Gemini. Saturn re-enters the sign opposite yours, where it will transit until December 2017. This is a time for taking more responsibility for your relationships. At times during this cycle you could be experiencing the more unflattering side of others and of yourself through your relationships. You may be learning what you value in your relationships, and difficult areas that you may have glossed over in the past can now demand attention. Responsibilities to partners, the need to compromise, and the realities of the needs of others, become clear during this cycle. If you’re truly better off without a partnership at this time in your life, you’ll solidify that position. Today, with Mercury at a retrograde station and a Jupiter-Neptune aspect challenging you, it can be difficult to see things clearly just for now. While you’re likely to be pulled in many directions today, you’ll be better off if you can take some extra time for breaks. If you need to make a presentation, discuss something important, or win someone’s favor, wait for a day when everyone’s a little clearer and more receptive.
With Saturn moving into your work and health sector today and visiting there until December 2017, dear Cancer, you’ll be in the position, like it or not, to streamline and structure your daily routines. During this cycle, some of you could land a new position that requires more structure and effort or your existing work begins to demand the same. This is an excellent cycle in which to start new regimens to better your health and well-being, such as regular exercise or more structured and productive use of your time. Organizing your work space is appropriate, and so is re-organizing your daily schedule. In fact, you might be faced with life events that force you to restructure these things, or at least provide you with the motivation to get your act together. Don’t worry too much if your efforts are not yet obvious to others – the effort you exert now can bring great rewards down the road. Perhaps more importantly, you are learning to take better care of yourself, for yourself. Today, however, double check facts and second guess instructions. The day’s energies can be very confusing, and it can be difficult to read situations just for now with Jupiter in opposition to Neptune and Mercury at a retrograde station.
Confusion can surround conversations today, dear Leo, so try to avoid taking things said to heart and do your best to keep your wits about you. This is not a good time for making commitments. Saturn moves back into your solar fifth house today, this time for an uninterrupted transit lasting until December 2017. During this cycle, self-expression may not be quite as spontaneous as it typically is, largely because you are taking things a little more seriously. Try not to worry too much about performance to the point that you feel restricted, but do consider ways to bring more structure to your life. There is strong potential for the period ahead to be one of more meaningful and reliable relationships as well as creative productivity. With Saturn, the realist, moving through the house of creative power in your chart, you might initially feel limited by a seeming lack of internal “spark” or “spunk”, dear Leo. As the transit progresses, you will gain a stronger sense of what motivates you, and how to best express yourself creatively. How you entertain yourself, how you have fun, and issues surrounding how you manage your ego are now coming up for “inspection”.
Today’s Mercury station and Jupiter-Neptune opposition suggest you should make extra effort keeping your wits about you, dear Virgo, particularly with personal possessions and money. Try not to count on being understood just for now. Transportation, mechanics, and communications may be unreliable. Saturn re-enters your sector of home and family today, this time for the long haul – until December 2017. This is a time for firming up your home and family life. Any ongoing difficulties with family members may come to a head during this cycle, and it’s time for working on resolutions. Responsibilities to family and to maintaining your home might be increased. This is a time for building your sense of family, security, and comfort, and this can involve some soul-searching or lessons. Saturn’s transits are about strengthening weak areas of our lives, and your solar fourth house is about your foundations, both material and emotional.
You may be swinging from seeing what you want to see, to seeing things in a very negative light today, dear Libra, and neither scenario is realistic. Attempt to find a middle ground. Mercury’s retrograde station in your sign can confuse matters, particularly related to communication and transportation. Be conservative now and enjoy increased peace of mind. With Saturn re-entering your communications sector and transiting it until December 2017, you’ll be discovering which projects and personal interests are truly valuable and attempting to cut out the fluff. You might discover that it’s time to brush up your skills or give more structure to your daily life. During this cycle, you are likely to be more accountable for what you say and what you know, and you could feel some pressure to get things just right. Your interests are likely to change or your focus narrows a little. Some of you will be taking studies more seriously or turning a hobby or interest into a business. You’re leaving behind a cycle in which finances and self-worth were the testing grounds for Saturn, and ideally, weak spots were strengthened.
Saturn left your sign in December 2014 for almost six months before returning to it this summer, dear Scorpio, and today, this transit is complete, not to recur for almost thirty years. While your personality has strengthened as a result of this transit, you have also been quite serious, and now this energy is lifting. You’ve learned a lot about your ability to take care of yourself during this transit. Saturn now re-enters your solar second house, where it transited for some months earlier in the year. This is a time for strengthening weak areas related to money, security, and your own attitude towards earning. Getting organized and learning to accept and market your talents are themes in this next stage of your life, which lasts until December 2017. It’s time to be more conservative with your money, and feel more accomplished in so doing. Look for overlapping or unnecessary expenses and other redundancies, and aim to rid yourself of material clutter. Today, it can be difficult to see things clearly. Keep your wits about you and avoid making solid commitments just for now.
Confusing energies abound today, dear Sagittarius, and it’s best to save important decision making for a clearer time in the future. Your ruler, Jupiter, opposite Neptune this week can certainly turn your attention to ideals, goals, and spiritual needs that may be missing in your life. Even so, you are entering a cycle that turns your attention to issues of body and the material world. With Saturn back in your sign, this time for the long haul (until December 2017), it’s time to be firmer with yourself, but not too firm. Moderation is an important keyword for Saturn, and you’ll be learning this firsthand during this cycle. Areas where you’ve been excessive can catch up to you now. This is an important time of reassessments and adjustments, as well as recognition of your limits. It’s not a time to undersell yourself, but it is a period for redefining goals so that they are more realistic and doable. This is about becoming more responsible for your life rather than focusing on what you’ve done wrong.
There can be confusing signals today, dear Capricorn, with your ruler, Saturn, changing signs, a Mercury retrograde station, and a Jupiter-Neptune opposition. It’s not an ideal time for signing contracts, making important commitments, or important new endeavors, particularly related to communications and transportation. Saturn re-enters Sagittarius today, and will transit the sign uninterrupted this time around until December 2017. Saturn sign changes are particularly significant for you. During this cycle, you are likely to be more reflective and contemplative, and at times, you could be focusing a little too much on what you haven’t accomplished rather than what you can accomplish in the future. This is a time for learning about your limits and boundaries, and treating yourself better as a result. You’ll be finding ways to improve mental health. If you need to take more time to yourself, and you very likely do, get that extra rest or emotional space and try not to feel guilty about it.
With a Jupiter-Neptune aspect and a Mercury station clouding our thinking today, dear Aquarius, it’s best not to invest money, energy, or love into things that seem too good to be true. Reflect and dream, but save big moves and decisions for a clearer time. Today, Saturn re-enters your solar eleventh house. Saturn spent some months there earlier in the year, but now is completing its transit that lasts until December 2017. This also means that Saturn moves out of stressful aspect with your sign and out of your career and reputation sector, where it spent quite a bit of time in recent years. During this cycle, you are likely to take your social life a little more seriously. For some, goals and friendships can change, and you could find that you’re more interested in forming long-lasting ties. You might also be more selective with where you put your energies and time, and could possibly decide to cut back on the more frivolous activities in your life in order to focus on your priorities.
Saturn re-enters your performance and life-plan sector today, dear Pisces, and this time, it will move through this house of your solar chart uninterrupted, until December 2017. You may have had a taste of this energy in the first months of 2015. During this cycle, circumstances could demand more serious thought about your career and life direction. You are reaching a career peak of sorts over the next couple of years, and could be going through a process of self-evaluation in terms of where you stand professionally, your responsibilities, and outward signs of success. Some of you might be receiving recognition and career “rewards” at this time, while others might be feeling the weight of poor decisions made to date. There could be pressure to perform or to know your stuff now. A more realistic approach to achieving your dreams is your goal. Today, however, it can be difficult to see others in a realistic light, and others may not be seeing you clearly as well. Try not to lead others on in order to avoid hurt feelings, but keep in mind as well that today is not ideal for attempting to make clarifications with Mercury at its retrograde station.
Jupiter opposes Neptune early into the day. I’ve discussed the Jupiter-Neptune opposition in the horoscopes for the 14th. Mercury turns retrograde today, which I’ve discussed in yesterday’s horoscopes (September 16th horoscopes – Mercury retrograde). Saturn re-enters Sagittarius today. Saturn first entered the sign of the Archer on December 23, 2014 but retrograded back into Scorpio on June 14, 2015. Saturn will now finish its transit of Sagittarius uninterrupted until December 20, 2017.
The Moon is in Scorpio all day (until Friday, September 18th, at 11:31 PM).
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase until 6:19 AM / the Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent phase from 6:19 AM forward.
A New Moon/Solar Eclipse occurred on the 13th, and a First Quarter Moon will occur on the 21st.
Venus turned direct on the 6th and is in its post-retrograde shadow until October 9th.
Mercury stations retrograde today (Mercury is retrograde from September 17-October 9 in Libra).
Venus comes to a direct station today, ending a six-week retrograde period. Venus will travel through the same degrees it did while retrograde but now in direct motion until October 9th.
•The Moon is in Gemini until 1:39 PM.
•The Moon is void until 1:39 PM (since yesterday at 7:03 PM).
•The Moon is in Cancer from 1:39 PM forward (until Tuesday, September 8th, at 10:35 PM).
•The Moon is waning and its Last Quarter phase.
•A Last Quarter Moon occurred yesterday, and a New Moon will occur on the 13th.
•Venus stations and turns direct today (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
•Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury retrograde will occur from September 17-October 9 in Libra).
This lunar energy is stirring things up! The cosmos is clearing away your emotional entanglements, and it’s intense!
It might feel like Mercury Retrograde, but it’s not. Still, miscommunication and technology snafus abound!
Let There Be Light!
This was to be expected this month, but fear not – things are getting brighter. We move from lunar-ruled Cancer to sunny Leo tomorrow, and Mercury will soon follow suit.
The moon has had such a strong pull on our emotions, it could feel a bit overwhelming at times. This is what happens when you have a full moon on the first and last days of the month. Full moons bring up unconscious buried emotions. Couple that with July 2015 being a 15 Universal Month (7 +2+0+1+5 = 15) and you’re bound to see your shadow more often.
15, in numerology, is another vibration of the number 6 (1+5 = 6). In the Tarot, 6 is the number of The Lovers. 15 illuminates the shadow side of love. Not in a scary way – simply to help you bring light to dark places, and love those parts of yourself you fear other people won’t like or accept. When you hide parts of yourself for fear of rejection, you are not allowing others to love you completely as you are.
This lesson is highlighted for you ALL year, because 2015 is the 15th year of our century and has the vibration of the number 15 as one of our main frequencies. You’ll be learning how to love and honor yourself in ALL of your relationships.
This will be accentuated even more as Venus, our planet of love, goes retrograde on Saturday through the end of August. Venus attracts love and money into your life as a reflection of your self-worth.
All of your relationships and circumstances in your life will mirror your relationship with yourself. If you’re hiding or diminishing your power in any way, you’re going to have to deal with that during this Venus cycle. The Universe wants you to have the courage to be the biggest and best version of yourself you can possibly be! Let yourself shine without dimming your light!
When I looked at the astrology and numerology for 2015, way back in January, it was clear to me that RELATIONSHIPS would drive the energy this year. Relationships to your partner, family members, co-workers, colleagues – all of it. By claiming power in healthy partnerships, and living passionately, you’re sure to thrive.
a message from Jennifer Hoffman
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May was a tough month that had very little to do with Mercury retrograde, although it was a factor. I wrote in the May Energy Report that it was a month for ‘taking action’ and it was, but action involves a lot of things besides jumping in the car and taking off. A lot of planning and preparation has to be done that leads up to the action and that’s what May was for. While I was ready to launch my rocket into the stratosphere, I hadn’t check to see whether it was at the launch pad yet, with ‘all systems go’. In May, every attempted step forward brought up something else for clearing and that was necessary so we can be aligned with and integrate what we are ready to do in June. In June we have some challenges, the biggest ones being stepping out after a very long period of feeling a lack of mobility and freedom, and allowing ourselves to dream really big.
After the first five months of 2015 June may feel like an easy ride but that will be the surface view. Remember the ducks that glide so effortlessly across the water? We don’t see their little feet paddling furiously beneath the surface. Flowing with grace and ease is accompanied by a lot of consistent effort, commitment, and intentional focus. Last month I wrote about separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’, and this is what we’ll see. Who is ready for change and who isn’t? We find out this month and it’s time to walk the talk.
This month starts with a full moon and lots of Gemini action. I have always viewed Gemini as the house of karma and it is highly underrated by the astrology community. But with the Sun, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn, and the new and full moon activity highlighting this house, expect some reminders of karmic cycles, soul groups, soul mates, and the like, especially since Mercury is in some aspect of its retrograde cycle all month. It’s a good idea to double check your communications, leave a little extra time cushion when traveling, and don’t leave details up to chance during this period.
The bigger action this month is all about the energy, as we can now start working with the energy expansion we have created with all of our prior healing and release work. At some point the release and healing must stop, and we have to start taking action. It’s like spending hours cooking a meal that you eventually have to put on the table and eat. It’s now dinner time. But this is also choice and decision time and we’ll now get to see who is ready for action and who isn’t, because while everyone can take action, when faced with that choice, they won’t all choose it. Any fears around change and transformation, around leaving a comfort zone, no matter how stagnant or uncomfortable it is, will come to the surface now.
On a very positive note, the Venus and Jupiter conjunction in Leo gives this a ‘dreams can come true’ ‘month, be sure to dream big and expect big rewards and outcomes. This is an expansive aspect that can bring out the best in everything. It can also bring out the most in everything, so what works will work very well, and what doesn’t work could be very obviously awful. At the end of the month it joins Uranus, so we can expect some surprises and unexpected outcomes.
That offsets Saturn retrograde going back into Scorpio for the last time, a final connection with a cycle that began in late 1985. This aspect lasts until mid-September, so be aware of any ‘blasts from the past’ that arise for you, especially things that happened thirty years ago and are coming around again. What are you going to do differently this time? You can repeat the cycle or create a new path, the choice is always available.
Another big item this month is the ongoing Mercury square Neptune, which doesn’t look like much but it is highly important. It’s the missing piece that allows us to see the complete big picture, to see the truth beyond the ‘truth’, to remove the veil of deception that we sometimes like to hide behind. Mercury represents the important detail that derails the entire process, Neptune is where we can fool ourselves or be fooled, which is another aspect of fooling ourselves.
For example, you are ready to go on a road trip and your car’s engine burns up after the first 50 miles because you put off getting the oil changed for months. Or you are waiting for an important phone call and your phone dies just as the call comes through because you forgot to charge it. There is a lot of deception around us, much of it disguised to appear as truth. This is also the month the Jade Helm military exercise begins in the US, a highly publicized and suspiciously regarded event. With Mercury square Neptune at the same time we have the Venus/Jupiter conjunction, trine Uranus, the truth about it may be revealed in ways that no one can ignore. And since Jade Helm is starting with Mercury stationary retrograde, opposite Saturn and square Neptune, its prospects for hiding the truth and deception don’t look very good. If our eyes are open, we will see very clearly.
We have a big choice to make this month, one that we have already made on many levels, and now it’s a matter of integrating it into our daily lives. Remember that ‘creating heaven on earth’ is an integration, not a takeover. I have been writing about the ‘Christed Consciousness’, which we embody as the divine human, rather than the ‘Christ Consciousness’ that is the martyred or wounded healer, since 2011. Are we ready to embrace our power to integrate our divinity into our humanity? Can we release our polarized beliefs that spirit is ‘good’ and human is ‘bad’? Any polarization is not helpful, we can’t be too spiritual or too human, and duality is the new keyword for us. No more either/or, we are now in the ‘both’ space or better yet, as our multi-dimensional capability increases, in the space of ‘many’.
At some point we have to stop doing healing work and act on what we have learned. Are we afraid of repeating the past? That is one choice, along with the choice to use our new awareness and understanding to create new pathways for energy to follow. We create the realities of the new paradigms and we have a lot of support to get started now. But it’s a combination of aiming our
In light of everything that is happening in June, Mercury retrograde takes a back seat but in Gemini, opposing the Saturn retrograde and square Neptune, you can probably expect some insights around karma, soul contracts and connections, soul mates and help you create closure where it is needed and/or long overdue. And the truth will be dangled around this month quite a bit, the truths we know, those we don’t know, the ones we don’t want to know, as well as those that we need to face up to. It all gets revealed in the end.
Here are some questions to consider for this month:
Do you have unconscious habits that could use an overhaul, including how you view the truth?
Are there truths, in the form of beliefs, that you need to change now, or to allow a new level of awareness to become true for you?
Have your connections become attachments and is your service to others being delivered as a servant, instead of as a master?
Can you self-ishly set new intentions for your life so you are operating at your highest potential vibration and setting your most expanded intentions?
What does Christed Consciousness mean to you and are you ready to stop being the Martyred Healer and consider what it means to live from a more powerful, self-focused perspective?
We have amazing support to dream really big this month and then be prepared to take focused action to make those dreams part of our reality, keeping in mind that taking action includes planning and preparation. We have to aim our energy in the direction we want it to flow before it creates the intended outcomes. You may be ready to launch your rocket into the stratosphere but first make sure it is on the launch pad, the gas tank is full, and it’s pointing in the right direction.
There should be nice energy with you today for conversations, learning, communicating, and studying, Aries. There is a bigger focus on others, your relationships, and negotiating or accommodating people in your life, and quite a bit of pleasure in so doing, as you tend to want to spend time in others’ company. Later today, you can be a little more sensitive to imbalances in your environment, including situations that are too messy and hectic, and to what others are saying. There may be some second-guessing of plans, as small weaknesses seem to reveal themselves. A conversation or news received now can be misleading. Let time tell.
This can be an easy day for work-related matters, dear Taurus, as you seem to naturally fall into a productive rhythm and have a nice feeling of being in synch with the people around you. This is a good week for looking at your finances and work or security matters in a new or different light, and coming up with solutions. However, there may be a bit of confusion in these areas to get past first. Later today is not the best time for clarity, particularly when it comes to finances, but also personal boundaries, possibly with a friend. There might even be some sneaky behavior going on around you. Whether it’s about bluffing or withholding information, it’s best to postpone big decisions or complicated topics.
Much of the day, you can feel quite supported and rather free, dear Gemini, so that letting loose your more expressive, playful, or creative side is natural and easy. There is a sense that you can get pretty much anything done. Your head and your heart are working in harmony now, and this means you can make connections you wouldn’t normally make. Later today, your imagination can grow, possibly to a point of excess, with your ruler, Mercury, challenged by illusive Neptune. It’s important to avoid making too much or too little of a person or situation under this influence. Use this time for imagining possibilities without jumping to conclusions. Let time tell the truth of a matter.
Your need for security and comfort is more pronounced today, dear Cancer, and you’re likely to seek out either the company of familiar people or privacy and solitude today, as you’re in need of a bit of a retreat or respite. It can be a wonderful time for emotional renewal, as well as moments spent with important memories. Look within and to your support system for what you need today. Not all communications are likely to get through exactly as intended later today, but if you let go of expectations and simply allow your mind some free rein, it’s a good night for creative visualization and pursuits.
You can be feeling especially eager and confident today, dear Leo, particularly when it comes to communications projects, learning, studies, friendships, and team work. There can be a good feeling of emotional rapport with others, as well as enthusiasm for future projects and activities. As the day winds down, emotions and imagination tend to strongly color your perceptions. This week is strong for generating ideas that can significantly impact your life, particularly related to long-term happiness goals, group associations, and friendships. First, you may need to rethink a few details, and tonight, there can be a confusing attachment or a crossing of boundaries that is hard to interpret.
Emotionally, you’re more sure-footed today, dear Virgo, with the Moon now out of your sign. Focus is on what can be done, as well as activities that build and support rather than satisfy in the moment. Much of the day seems supportive of your efforts to make a mark on practical levels, and you feel rather enthusiastic about recent projects and ideas. As the day winds down, let your mind go and entertain more out of this world ideas and thoughts, as your ruler, Mercury, is coming to a hard angle with Neptune, reminding you to soften some of the hard edges of your mind and to entertain less obvious possibilities. With this influence, avoid solid commitments, as it’s not the time for clarity.
The Moon is in your sign all day, Libra, and is communicating well with planets transiting your adventure sector. This stimulates a pleasant, fresh outlook and sense of general support, airy lightness, and positivity. You are a little braver than usual, particularly for entertaining new concepts and ideas, for expressing your feelings or opinions, and for believing in someone or something. You can more fully appreciate the cooperative elements of your life. Personal enjoyment should be easy, but later today it’s vital that you avoid expecting things to transpire exactly as expected, and to avoid taking things at face value only, as there is a rather dreamy but confusing and possibly disorienting aspect between Mercury and Neptune active later today and early tomorrow. Watch for forgetfulness.
This can be a great day for looking back on recent events and discovering different ways to approach areas of your life that have grown a little dull, dear Scorpio. Today and this week are strong for coming up with ideas that can have significance in your future, particularly related to self-improvement programs, your intimate life, and financial support or shared resources. To get there, however, you may need to deal with a bit of confusion in these areas. Imagination is powerful later today, possibly to the point of self-deception, but if harnessed and channeled in the right direction, you can be highly creative right now.
Much of the day is good for spending with a partner or friends, Sagittarius. Sharing ideas, enjoying activities with others, networking, and negotiating can be in focus now, and quite favored. It’s only towards the end of the day that there can be some lack of clarity. It’s a good time for dreaming up new ideas, but less ideal for discovering concrete answers or commitments. The best way to handle this energy is to resolve to let go of expectations and simply enjoy the moment. A partner could be giving off mixed signals. Look for new ways to approach the people in your life if you feel a little distant. With Mercury retrograde, this is a strong time for rethinking problem areas, particularly relationship-related.
Most of the day is strong for exchanging ideas, making plans and lists, devising strategies, and considering different sides to a problem, Capricorn. You may be anxious to share some of your recent ideas and enthusiasm with others, or to build upon them on your own. Later today, as Mercury and Neptune move towards a square, engage your creative and imaginative side rather than focus too heavily on facts and figures. Sometimes when these two planets meet, we can get carried away with impractical ideas, but if you stay grounded and simply entertain possibilities, this shouldn’t be a problem.
You get nice support from a group of planets in fellow Air signs today, dear Aquarius, and this gives you a feeling of general ease and lightness. You can in fact feel quite buoyant now. Certainly, your more creative and playful sides are easier to access and express. You can be excited about recent new ideas and might be playing around with how you might turn them into something solid. Towards the end of the day, clarity isn’t as easy to come by. Mercury and Neptune are moving towards a square, and this tends to cast a temporary layer of fog over your thinking. Use this energy to entertain fantasies, but wait before making big decisions, particularly related to matters of the heart and financial affairs.
This can be a good day for keeping your mind and body busy, Pisces, even with a rather retiring quality to your nature right now. You could be very busy with your memories, and with reviewing recent events and conversations. Keep a healthy flow of communication going with family and those close to you. Consider ways to improve the ways you communicate, as this is a strong period with Mercury retrograde to look at the ways you connect with others in new ways. This week is strong for seeing where improvements can be made. Later today, there can be some confusion or lack of clarity that crops up with family or concerning domestic affairs, however. It’s a chance to look for inconsistencies in plans.
This might shape up to be the most difficult week in May. Get your cosmic advice on how to deal with the tension — STAT!
Monday, May 25: Venus in Cancer square Uranus; Mars square Neptune
On Monday, Venus will square off with Uranus prompting an unexpected but radical shift in a romantic or financial matter. Making it worse is the fact that Mars will also square Neptune, leaving you feeling incapable of doing anything about it. This day might feel a lot like being hit by lightning one minute and then drowning the next. Go with the flow as much as you can and above all, be gentle with yourself.
Wednesday, May 27: Mercury Retrograde conjunct Mars
Friday, May 29: Mercury Retrograde square Neptune
Saturday, May 30: Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde
On Wednesday, Mercury, now retrograde, will conjunct Mars and on Friday he’ll square Neptune. Then, on Saturday, the Sun will conjunct Mercury. This could be an opportunity to review important communication matters that you were confused about a couple of weeks ago. You can make things right, but first you’ll have to deal with the accompanying mental frustration. Don’t initiate any new communication-related endeavors this week. Instead, make sure you focus on tying up loose ends from existing ones.
Sunday, May 31: Sun square Neptune
Finally, on Sunday the Sun will square Neptune. Again, your vitality won’t be as strong as you’d like. The good news is that it’s a great aspect for pursuing anything spiritual or imaginative. Even better, schedule a spa day for yourself and just “zone out.” Soul nourishing activities are called for. Honor it.
This won’t be an easy week for love. On Monday, Venus will square off with Uranus prompting unexpected developments between you and your mate. Sex is also a confusing subject since on the same day Mars will square off with Neptune. In this case, the fantasy might be much better than the reality. Adding to the mix, Mercury Retrograde will make several tense aspects, making it difficult to get your point across clearly. In fact, you might even not know what your point is! The Sun squares Neptune on Sunday, adding to the fuzziness. Overall, this is a week to dream more and do less. Don’t expect much in matters of the heart and you won’t be disappointed.
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your love life will not be easy street this week, so you might want to take a time out from romance altogether. On Monday, you might hear a great deal of noise from a relative about your love life. He or she has obvious opinions and whatever you hear will throw you for a loop. This might be so jarring to hear that you’re not exactly sure how to respond. Not engaging in a conversation about his or her opinion might be the best option.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
If you’ve been keeping your thoughts to yourself lately — especially concerning romance — that all might suddenly change this week. The problem, however, is that what you have to say might not come out in the way you wish to say it. Your lover might be so shocked with your words that he or she isn’t sure how to respond. If you surprise your lover with a shocking declaration about what needs to change in your relationship, use tact.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
A friend’s shocking opinion on the state of your love life might send you reeling. You value what this pal thinks, but the way he or she delivers information this week might really put a dent in your confidence. You might begin to question whether or not you’re making the right decisions in the romance department altogether. Do yourself a favor this week and try not to overthink anything. Go with the flow.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
You might not be thinking clearly this week because of a situation between you and your lover that is distracting you. Because of this, it’s possible that you’ll make a sudden move career wise that you later regret. You might even make this decision based on your lover’s input, only to wish you hadn’t soon after. Don’t rush into any major professional changes based on what’s happening in your love life. Keep career goals and relationship circumstances separate.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You might feel pressured to change your perspective on a situation or even shift your core beliefs because your sweetheart doesn’t share your views. If this happens, resentment is likely to kick in and you might decide suddenly that a “time out” is necessary for you and your partner to figure out if your relationship can withstand such key differences. Don’t make a decision this week, but do give each other space.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Intimate matters are never easy to discuss, but this week you might find it impossible to keep your lover in a place where he or she is willing to “go there” with you in order to deepen your relationship. In fact, if you bring up anything at all that pushes his or her buttons, the reaction might be to run away rather than run into your arms. Realize that your partner might not feel safe enough to take things to the next level just yet. Be patient.
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
When it comes to your love life, this will be yet another week to “expect the unexpected.” Uranus, the planet of sudden developments, will be at a harsh angle to love planet Venus. Because of an exciting professional opportunity, you might have to make a snap decision that rattles your partner. He or she might feel slighted but you might not be in a position to prioritize your mate’s sensitivity right now. This is your time.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Nothing is clear when it comes to matters of the heart. You might feel as if you can’t trust your own judgment — and in all honestly this week, that might be true. If you suspect that your lover is hiding something from you and discover that it is true, you’ll feel quite disappointed. While the situation might not be a deal breaker, it’ll surely chip away at the faith you have in this relationship.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
There’s one word for your love life this week: crazy! On Monday, an unexpected situation may throw a monkey wrench in your plans to have an intimate, romantic evening with your sweetheart. Instead of making love, the two of you might be putting out a symbolic fire that neither of you started. Then, for the rest of the week, you and your partner seem to get your communication lines crossed no matter what the subject is. Yikes!
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Just when you thought everything was going great between you and your partner, this week you might feel as if things have suddenly changed overnight. A domestic situation threatens the peace between you and your mate on Monday. It might be a matter entirely out of your control, but what will disturb you most is the way your partner seems to escape having to deal with it — leaving you holding the bag.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
This might be a week you’re advised to strategically lose your voice whenever you have to talk to your lover about anything vital. Mercury Retrograde will not be kind as he continues traveling through your romance sector, making tense aspects to other planets. Silence might be frustrating for both of you but it’s a better alternative than mucking up your words so much that it leads to needless contention. Pick your battles.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Whatever you do, keep your money separate from your love life this week. Your lover might ask you for a loan or an outright gift. He or she might have the best intentions in the world however in this situation, you’re likely to feel as if your sweetheart has crossed a line. Instead of getting inflamed, have an honest conversation about your personal boundaries. This is always a major theme for you.
There are gems in our current Mercury Retrograde! In this article I address five ways you can benefit. Knowing about these gems and acting on them can make all the difference in what you experience next. Background on Life Cycles
As a reminder, we have three Mercury Retrogrades a year, this one May 18 to June 11. During those times, due to Mercury’s influence, things like communications, technology, and travel may not go as planned. You could experience delays, misinterpreted emails, snafus connecting with others, and more than your usual share of misunderstandings in relationships.
Despite these challenges, life goes on. On any given day you are influenced by a plethora of energies and situations – some visible and many invisible in the background. Even outside Mercury Retrograde, you are impacted by many other planetary cycles. Likewise, your life is in constant motion – events unfolding because of previously taken actions and opportunities arising to help you fulfill your soul’s purpose. Why Things are More Intense Now
Mercury Retrogrades are felt much more these days because of advances in technology. Consider how your grandparents used things like typewriters to write letters and manuscripts. Yes, they were slow and inefficient, but there were fewer things that could go wrong. Communications, also, is something humanity must learn to master in new ways due to technology. Many times, people are just not present as they text or send an email – not recommended during a Mercury Retrograde!
You hear a lot about Mercury Retrogrades these days? Why are they more important to know about now?
A key reason is that our ascension process is accelerated and people are processing much more energy transformation in a single day. There are individual factors, too, like knowing where such cycles affect you personally due to your astrological chart. It really can make all the difference to have this heads up – so you can better plan activities and better remedy any snafus.
5 Ways to Tap the Gems of this Mercury Retrograde
The following are five ways to tap the gems of this Mercury Retrograde, making this often confusing cycle work for you instead of against you.
First – Since this cycle is a perfect time to review your priorities and projects, use these moments to contemplate what needs to shift. The energies actually support your inner reflection and dream work on these issues. Be sure to combine what you get intuitively with solid research to know the most practical ways to accomplish your dreams. It’s important in this cycle to be very grounded and in your heart. Remembering that as you review things will help you make great progress.
Second – Get out your spirit-infused magnifying glass to look at key relationships. This is a perfect time to review how you relate to other people – whether it’s loved ones, business partners, or people you see regularly. Invite your higher self to help you do an inventory of the relationships that need updating, making a plan to resolve misunderstandings when the time is right. Due to the special challenges of communicating during this cycle, if you can wait to have that “big talk” to clear the air, do so. Use this time instead to refine your approach and the words you will use.
Third – Intend right now to be more observant of the nudges from spirit about unfinished business. This could be anything from a project you need to finish, something you need to update, or a home renovation you have long thought about but never took the time to plan the details. Use this time for the renovation planning or finishing touches. Hold off until after June 11 on starting brand-new projects.
Fourth – In general 2015 energies can bring many sudden happenings – new doors opening without notice, other doors closing in a flash. Mercury Retrogrades are famous for bringing in news you didn’t have before – sometimes in the weeks before the cycle officially begins! Focus on the good, make peace with the bad, and always remember the light that you are.
Fifth – Investigative research and getting to the bottom of troublesome issues can be easier and more productive over the next several weeks. This means you could get to the bottom of a lifelong challenge. Use this time to look into previously unsolvable dilemmas and for DNA healing of patterns blocking your progress. Set your intention to reconnect more fully with the love and joy naturally residing at your core. As you do this and research your obstacles, the universe will line up the energies and situations helping you to progress.