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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.
A New Moon occurs in your solar fifth house this morning, Aries, and this brings out your more creative, romantic, and celebratory inclinations. This is an important time for wiping the slate clean with retrograde Venus involved as well. If you need to put dysfunctional or negative attitudes behind you in order to move forward more freely in these areas of life, now is a powerful time for working on doing so. With Venus retrograde in the same sector of your chart, there can be some holding back, or backtracking involved. Your motivation to pursue your heart’s desire might return now. This is a cycle for starting new hobbies or reviving old interests, getting creative, starting fresh in a romantic relationship, or putting a difficult relationship behind you. Avoid rigid schedules if you can so that you can better follow your creative intuition.
The New Moon today brings fresh, take-charge energy to your solar fourth house, Taurus, and this puts even stronger emphasis on home and family matters. Deeper feelings and needs emerge, and you become more powerfully aware of your support system. This can be a time of re-organizing the home or home environment, and for family-oriented activities and connections. With Venus retrograde in the same sector during this period, it can be more useful to finish up and refine projects that are already in progress than it would be for brand new endeavors. Tastes and interests can take a sharp turn after the first week of September. Relationships, particularly with those closest to your heart, are strong in your mind today and tomorrow. Feelings or ties to the past that you’re holding on to and that no longer serve you well might be better off put behind you, and if so, today is good for wiping the slate clean.
The New Moon that occurs this morning brings take-charge energy for communicating, learning, and connecting, dear Gemini. These themes are already strong in your life these days, and the lunation today can provide you with added energy and courage to get things into order. New channels for communicating can be discovered, but you might also be rediscovering old projects and plans, breathing new life into them. You can experience renewed energy and motivation to better handle your daily affairs. This is a good cycle for those returning to school. This New Moon is aligning with retrograde Venus, and this can bring up a desire to start fresh when it comes to relationships, particularly with peers and siblings. It’s a good time to set your intentions for positive new beginnings and resolutions.
There is strong emphasis on your spending habits, possessions, and wants and desires these days, dear Cancer, and ideally you’re coming to a better understanding of how you might better handle your money. As well, you can be quite temperamental about whether others value you, as you have a stronger need these days for being treated with respect. This morning’s New Moon will launch a new cycle in which you feel more in charge of these things. With Venus retrograde here, you may be rethinking some of the things you value, and you could be looking at your own talents and resources in a different way. It’s a good time for finding the motivation to put something behind you and to start fresh, or to renew and complete a project you’ve shelved.
The New Moon that occurs this morning energizes your sign, dear Leo, and represents a new beginning or a cleaning of the slate. This is a time for setting intentions, goals, and resolutions. You might be experimenting with a new style, look, or manner of presenting yourself now. Focus should ideally be on improving personal habits and boosting confidence in yourself – in other words, doing things that make you feel proud of yourself. You may be making changes that reflect or alter your personal plans. Your desires are changing in important and sometimes surprising ways, and you may be in the mood for some form of makeover, which is not all physical. With retrograde Venus and the Sun coming together as well, this is a good time for beginning new on all sorts of levels, not only to do with personality but also relationships, and for putting limiting attitudes behind you.
The New Moon that occurs this morning gives you a push and possibly the motivation to review, recharge, and let go, dear Virgo. While there are some signs of moving forward these days with Mercury and Jupiter moving into your sign recently, there remains a strong emphasis on the past, and today’s lunation can give you a cosmic push to deal with those things that have been limiting you and holding you back. You now have a lot of support for putting a dysfunctional attitude or even relationship behind you. This can be an emotional tie to the past that has prevented you from welcoming new energy into your life. You might decide to take action now on recent revelations. Retrograde Venus aligns with the New Moon, and this can point to wiping the slate clean as you now see the folly of certain attachments. The coming days and weeks are wonderful for getting rid of emotional baggage. In a month’s time, a Solar Eclipse in your sign points to a powerful personal new beginning, and the “work” you do now will go a long way towards making the most of this upcoming power period.
The recent strong focus on friendships, networking, goal-setting, and community or group connections in your life continues, dear Libra, and the New Moon today brings good energy for new beginnings on these fronts. Today and tomorrow are powerful for seeing relationships in a new way and for motivating you to take steps to fix or change your interactions with others and/or your long-term goal, dreams, and plans. Some might be especially motivated to fix a friendship or possibly even cut one out of your life. This is about recognizing what has been holding you back from living your life authentically. Keep in mind that this can be an impulsive time, so you may want to hold off on making big changes, but it’s also important to allow your intuition to work. You may be seeing those things, people, and situations that you truly value in a different light.
The New Moon occurring this morning energizes your career and reputation sector, dear Scorpio. This sector of your solar chart has been busy as of late, and is currently hosting the Sun, retrograde Venus, and Mars. The lunation today and the conjunction of the Sun with Venus tomorrow point to a powerful time for new beginnings, particularly as they relate to ridding yourself of outdated or dysfunctional attitudes and possibly even projects that have been holding you back from moving forward. Old plans or projects may fall out of focus as you make room for new ones. A sense of re-invigoration can be felt when it comes to career or life-plan goals, responsibilities, and ambitions. Relationships and ties to the past can be in strong focus now, and you may in fact be seeing something or someone in a different light.
A New Moon occurs in your sector of spirit and growth, dear Sagittarius, and this stimulates your desire to learn, improve, and experience life on your own terms. You may be attracting events that widen your experience and deepen your understanding of your life’s purpose. This New Moon puts special emphasis on activities that break you out of the usual routine and truly allow you to feel connected with life and spirit. You have more courage to pursue your dreams. However, with retrograde Venus here, you are also reevaluating your goals and attachments. In fact, there is a strong emphasis now on putting dysfunctional or negative attitudes, ideas, and beliefs behind you, and powerful energy for doing so. There can be new ideas for learning and discovery coming to you now and this week, or renewed interests and plans.
With a New Moon in your solar eighth house occurring this morning and aligned with retrograde Venus, dear Capricorn, this is a powerful time for opportunities to rid yourself of restrictive or self-limiting attitudes. It’s also strong for reworking your approach to pursuing your desires and living your life feeling more empowered and in charge. You may have a different view of what you want from yourself and from others now, and this insight can bring about important changes in the weeks ahead. For some of you, there could be a situation revolving around finances, debts, shared resources, and support that requires changes and adjustments. With Venus retrograde here at the same time, there can be some challenges involved or a focus on the past. This also gives you the opportunity to see people, relationships, yourself, and situations in a new light, which can in turn lead to a fresh start or new beginning.
If you need a fresh start or need to end a significant project (or even attitude), this is a strong time for doing so, dear Aquarius. First, a New Moon occurs today in your partnership zone. Tomorrow, the Sun and retrograde Venus meet in a conjunction, and both events mark the beginnings of a new cycle and a symbolic fresh start or wiping of the slate clean. The desire or need to cooperate and merge with others is strong right now, but so is the need to truly get along. If relationships or attitudes are becoming dysfunctional, it’s time to start anew. Many of you will be redefining your relationships or relationship needs, seeing what you value in a new light. What you feel and see now are important, but do watch for impulsive moves. Try to wait things out before making big changes.
There has been a strong emphasis on work, health, and routines recently, dear Pisces, and the New Moon today can help motivate you to take charge of these matters. Tomorrow’s inferior conjunction of the Sun and Venus is another impulsive, “new slate” energy occurring in the same sector of your chart, making this time an especially powerful one for clearing the decks and beginning anew. You might be seeing who and what you value in an all-new way. Your working environment, daily life and schedules, health, wellness, and connection with the work you do are all part of this. If you need to let go of self-limiting attitudes or projects that are holding you back or consuming too much of your valuable time, this can be a strong time for doing so. Think in terms of resolutions to improve your daily life and outlook now.
This week begins with a reality check! Read on to see how…
Monday, August 3: Jupiter in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio
Jupiter will square off with Saturn on Monday, attempting to lighten up Saturn in Scorpio’s intensity. Unfortunately, Jupiter in Leo probably won’t win this battle, but she might help Saturn lighten up just enough for you to deal with an insurance or financial matter less painfully.
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Tuesday, August 4: Venus Retrograde conjunct Jupiter
Love is the name of the game on Tuesday, as Venus and Jupiter connect in a romantic embrace. Venus is traveling retrograde, so you and someone special might have an opportunity to repeat doing something together that you enjoyed in the past.
Wednesday, August 5: Venus Retrograde square Saturn
Have fun while you can! On Wednesday, Venus will square off with Saturn, throwing a wet blanket on everyone’s love affair.
Thursday, August 6: Mars in Cancer trine Saturn; Mercury conjunct Venus Retrograde; Mercury square Saturn
Then, on Thursday, Mars in Cancer will trine Saturn. You’ll have the ability to use concentrated energy to complete a task at home or to tackle a family problem with incredible shrewdness. Mercury will conjunct Venus and square Saturn, helping you to communicate information tactfully and authoritatively.
Friday, August 7: Mercury conjunct Jupiter; Mercury enters Virgo
On Friday, Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter before entering discerning Virgo. If you can sign a contract or schedule important meetings before 3:00 pm EDT, you’ll have a wonderful edge with that Mercury-Jupiter connection. After Mercury moves into Virgo, your mind will focus more on the problems in life and how to fix them.
Saturday, August 8: Mars enters Leo
Last but not least, on Saturday, Mars will enter Leo where he’ll remain until September 24. You’ll feel extra motivated to live life to the fullest whenever possible. What’s more is that you’ll move whatever mountains you need to in order to make that happen!
Whilst Venus spends the vast majority of this retrograde period in Leo, she actually shifts direction in Virgo. In this detail lies hidden the key to her entire retrograde journey: it’s all about the nuances, not the bigger picture. Venus in Leo is flamboyant and demonstrative, passionate and radiant, but in the subtle shaping hands of Virgo she knows that the most reliable self-confidence is born of detailed self-knowledge: familiarity with the twists and turns of one’s psyche and their influence upon our well-being and relationships. When retrograde, Venus reveals the underbelly of those relationships, inviting us to see what may otherwise be hidden. She uncovers the subtle dynamics which shape our interactions with each other whilst reminding us the most important relationship is with the self.
Venus retrograde in Leo needs little from the external world. She is sure of her inherent worth, requiring no external affirmation. This can both help and hinder relationships. We may be so sure of our position that other people pale into insignificance against the backdrop of our self-assuredness. Alternatively, confident self-possession may enable us to willingly give completely to another without in any way diminishing our own sense of self. Knowing that the love of the divine flows through our veins enables us to give of that love as required, confident that our stores are forever replenished by Sacred Source. For those in need of this love and affection our attention comes as a healing force kindling their own self-accepting love.
The challenge of this Venus retrograde is to bridge the gap between isolated self-reliance and nourishing interdependence. We do this by embracing those Virgoan nuances. Venus cannot live only within and remain happy, healthy and whole. She needs connection, comfort, affection and attachment to thrive. Venus fans the flames of love and brings us together to share it. She naturally reaches out to connect, not within to detach. If we find ourselves isolated during this retrograde passage, disconnected from those with whom we seek intimacy, Venus encourages us to consider where we may have become so self-sufficient we believe we need nothing and no one. Such a belief is born not of a sovereign self but a besieged one, shielded by defensive walls built to avoid the vulnerability of need, dependency and desire. Venus invites us to wonder how we secured our isolation and how we could possibly need no one in a world of seven billion interdependent people. She asks us to reflect upon issues of dependency: the labour of strangers which ensures water from our kitchen tap; the endeavours of our ancestors whose legacy we live today; the toil of those who produce the food we need to survive. No person is an island, she reminds us. In an interconnected world dependence is not a failing but a fact, not a weakness but a fundamental truth, the realisation of which may just save us all.
It is time to explore our dependency, to face the thoughts and feelings triggered when we recognise our very life rests in the hands of another. In truth we each hold the other in our hands, nourishing their blossoming or crushing their delicate unfolding petals with our own need to control. We each owe a huge duty of care to the other as much as to ourselves and must be willing to embrace each day the vulnerability of inter-dependency for our own well-being and survival.
Venus reminds us that self-reliance is only a strength when it enables giving and receiving in equal measure. We will need it in the coming months to ride the ups and downs of change and stand firm in the face of challenge which threatens to steer us off course. But we equally need others to ride alongside us, cheering each other on when the going gets tough, sharing supplies for the journey and each other’s dreams. We are not islands in a sea of self-protection but instead one life, living through each of us to nourish and nurture itself. As Venus journeys back through Leo she invites us to know ourselves as each other, to celebrate dependence and to honour the truth that we each hold the life of another in our hearts and in our hands.
This is the week you’ve been waiting for! Not only will we have an electrifying New Moon in Aquarius, but Venus — the planet that rules love — will finally turn direct after having been retrograde since December 21. Are you celebrating yet? Jumping for joy? Jumping all over your lover? Well, get to it … love is waiting for you. This week’s New Moon can bring love in the most unexpected, surprising way. Even better, you get the gift of fully loving every quirky thing about yourself that makes you unique.
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
A gorgeous New Moon on Thursday will light up your social networking sector, sending a beam of exhilarating love potential your way. Consider signing up on a new Internet dating website (wait until after Venus turns direct on January 31). You might also decide to ask out that friend of yours you’ve been crushing on for ages. Or, you might accept a friend’s invitation to set you up on a date with someone he or she thinks is perfect for you. Say yes, and expect the unexpected.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
Congratulations! You’re on your way to feeling beautiful and seductively delicious once more, thanks to your ruler, Venus, turning direct this Friday after having been retrograde since December 21. You may have felt as though the universe pressed the “pause” button on you when it came to financial matters and matters of the heart. Hopefully you viewed this phase as an opportunity to become more realistic about what you want and deserve and how to best utilize your talents. Now, you’ll be ready to use what you learned as you move forward in your love relationship, or as you search for a soul mate.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
Rejoice! Venus, the ruler of your true love sector, will turn direct on Friday after having been retrograde since December 21. You might have endured setbacks when it came to opening your heart and getting what you want in the romance department. Now, you can press forward in all intimate matters with greater ease and success. While Venus Retrograde was not an ideal time to begin a new love relationship, if you decided to give an old flame a second chance you might feel as if you’ve got something special. Nurture it, but remember: If you didn’t resolve what broke you up in the first place, it might come back to haunt you.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
You started 2014 at a vital turning point when it comes to relationships. Astrologically, this is due to several factors, but most noticeably is the fact that Pluto, the planet of transformation, is in your relationship sector. Also, Venus has been traveling retrograde in the same area of your chart since December 21. A defining month was likely regarding how you will proceed with a partnership. For some, it’s time to marry. For others, it’s time to separate. Dramatic? Yes, but there is nothing shallow about a Pluto transit. Venus moves forward again starting this Saturday. You will too.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
If you’ve been caught up in a messy office romance, it appears things will start to go more smoothly for you. Either this will be due to you resolving any insecurity about dating someone you work with, or it’ll be due to you making a decision to separate love from work in some capacity. This might not be a break-up. One of you may decide to look for work somewhere else to end the distracting office gossip. Either way, a New Moon in your partnership sector on Thursday, followed by Venus turning direct on Friday, spells new beginnings in love. Awesome!
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Finally, you can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to your love life. Go ahead, let it out — you know you want to! Romance has been a sore spot since December 21, when Venus turned retrograde in your true love sector. Things between you and your sweetheart may have turned sour, and if so it’s been difficult to resolve those problems. If single, you might have found this to be a lonely time. Anyone who came into your life didn’t quite measure up to your standards. Well, now the lull is over. Expect opportunity for love if single, and anticipate sparks to fly hotter than ever if you’re attached!
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
If you’ve felt as if you’ve been sleepwalking when it comes to love potential, you’re about to bolt upright. On Thursday, a gorgeous New Moon will fall in your true love sector, opening up the potential for you to meet someone new and possibly fall in love. What makes this even more delicious is the fact that on Friday Venus will turn direct after having been retrograde since December 21. Don’t be surprised if a relative offers to introduce you to someone special, or if you meet someone unexpectedly while attending a family event. Love is in the air!
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
By this weekend you and your partner may feel as if you are finally making progress when it comes to communicating more effectively. Resolution to any disagreement and improvement in how you engage in conversations with one another are likely by Friday. If you and your mate have a serious decision to make about finances and have found it difficult to agree, you might finally reach a compromise that takes both of your needs into consideration. You’ll be relieved.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
While it’s true that you’ve been focused mainly on resolving any financial difficulties over the last several weeks, after Wednesday it’s possible that your attention will move towards a potential love interest. Do you have any siblings or cousins? Don’t be shocked if one of them offers to set you up on a date. Even if you’re not in the mood, consider accepting the invitation — you might be pleasantly surprised. You might also meet someone new if he or she moves into your neighborhood this week. This might even be love at first sight.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
This is the week you’ve been waiting for! On Friday, Venus will turn direct after having been hibernating in your sign since December 21. While Venus was moving retrograde it’s possible you encountered significant blocks or tests involving your love life — or lack thereof. You might have met someone new but vacillated about starting a relationship, either because you lacked confidence or wondered if this person was a real fit for you. Now, you can explore your options with greater confidence. Let love in.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Expect solid improvement in your love life by Thursday. Not only will a dazzling New Moon fall in your sign, but the very next day Venus will turn direct after backpedaling in the area of your chart that rules sorrow and seclusion since December 21. You’ll have an incredible opportunity for a personal fresh start in life and love! What makes it even brighter is knowing that you’re finally ready to release whatever anxiety you’ve kept to yourself about a love situation. It’s time to move on.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your romantic prospects will become potent and intense by the end of the week. Love planet Venus will turn direct in your friendship sector. If you’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to date one of your pals, it appears you’ll finally make a decision. In fact, by Friday Jupiter — the planet of expansion — will engage powerful Pluto in a way that just might bring you a romantic opportunity too compelling to ignore. Love will be all-consuming by the weekend. Wow!
Conversations with your lover may be softer this week, even though Mercury is still traveling through “rough around the edges” Capricorn. On Monday, Mercury will be at a friendly angle to Saturn, allowing you to communicate your relationship goals in a realistic way. On Tuesday, Mercury will embrace Venus Retrograde. This will be the day to finish up that unresolved issue or decision with your mate. Compromise will be easier to reach. Family drama may prove distracting on Wednesday, as Mars squares off with Jupiter in domestic Cancer. On Saturday, however, love will be the focus once more, as Venus connects to Saturn. Commitment and stability in your relationship feeds you now. If you need to restore it, you’ll find a way.
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your sweetheart may help you resolve a professionally-related decision you’ve been waffling on. Use your lover as a sounding board on Monday or Tuesday — you may be surprised at how helpful he or she is in helping you sort out any confusion related to a career goal or sticky work situation. On Wednesday, however, you and your partner might need to agree to disagree on a domestic dispute. You can’t always have your way — choose your battles wisely.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
On Monday and Tuesday, expect brilliant support from the sky as you reveal your heart’s desire to someone special. You may also discover that you and your love share deeper spiritual values than you previously believed, and if so it’ll only strengthen your bond. By Saturday, you’re likely to feel more secure in your love relationship than you have in quite some time. But remember — if this is the case it’s not magic. It’s because you were willing to do the work.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
You might breathe a sigh of relief this week after you and your lover are finally able to have the “talk.” You know — the one about that deep, sensitive, issue you’ve both been avoiding. Once you finally open up on Monday or Tuesday, you’ll find it doesn’t push your sweetheart away. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. By Saturday, you’ll feel as if you and your love have a newfound ability to count on each other. Your lesson? Stop being insecure about revealing all of you.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
You’ll feel encouraged about the state of your relationship this week — and with good reason. On Monday and Tuesday, there’s every indication that you and your mate will engage in a conversation about your union. This dialogue will likely leave you “cautiously optimistic,” but hopeful nonetheless. On Saturday, you might place a greater value on what binds you together, such as children or a shared creative project. This perspective might help relieve some of the pressure that’s been between the two of you.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
This week, you and your sweetheart might make a decision about how best to distribute shared tasks so that one of you doesn’t feel overloaded. This might be anything from cooking dinner to cleaning the house or running errands. Then, on Saturday, if you’re in a committed partnership, it’s likely you will experience a surge of cerebral stimulation in your alliance. Expect to share ideas and communicate about an unusual subject that interests you both.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Romance — or the lack thereof — is certainly a main focus for you these days. If single, you’re in the midst of a valuable inner process that will allow you to refine your considerations about love and what you want in a partner you feel is worthy of a commitment. You’ll not only think about what you want, but you’ll also re-evaluate what you have to offer in return. If attached, you and your lover may focus more on the past but in a good way. Reliving happy memories you shared will help to keep you close.
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You may feel so completely pulled under by domestic matters this week that it leaves little time to enjoy lighthearted romance. If you and your mate are living together, you might be busy redecorating or trying to make an important decision regarding your current living situation. Perhaps you’ve outgrown your current apartment or home and need something larger or better suited to your needs. You may also find that a relative who is visiting with you is sucking every opportunity for privacy with your sweetie away. Remember, it’s only temporary.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Plan to have any vital conversation with your lover on Monday — especially if it involves your sex life, a secret fantasy you want to share or one of your greatest aspirations. Even if it’s a touchy subject you’ll be more open to it on this day, thanks to a couple of gorgeous communication links that will assist you and your sweetheart. In fact, by Saturday you may finally resolve a long standing stalemate about a decision you’ve needed to make together. You’ll feel relieved.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
This week, you and your partner might make significant progress when it comes to rehashing your finances. On Monday, anticipate a decision about domestic spending if you live together. On Tuesday, you might reach an agreement about a big ticket item you’ve both had on your “wish list.” Then, on Wednesday, you might realize that one way to cut down on spending is to limit how much you’re willing to invest in social activities. A smart move.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
With Venus Retrograde in your sign and making positive links to Mercury and Saturn this week, it’ll be easy to reframe your thoughts about a romantic problem you might be having. You might even reconsider whether or not your feelings for a pal are blossoming into something more. Don’t rush into a new relationship now — even if the opportunity is there. Take it slow and make sure it’s for all the right reasons. Remember, more than anything else, these days you’re meant to focus on loving yourself before you can truly love someone else.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
If you’ve decided to enter into a course of therapy to iron out a few wrinkles in your love life, you’ll feel certain that you’ve made the right choice this week. In fact, you might feel as if you’ve made an extraordinary breakthrough, one that will allow you to release an anxiety you’ve carried for too long concerning matters of the heart. Whether this is in the context of personal counseling or relationship therapy, the benefit will be there. Well done!
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If you’re single and looking for love, this might be a good week to consider rejoining a dating website you used to be a member of, or returning to a club or organization you’ve lost contact with. Someone special might be at this week’s meeting! If attached, it’s possible one of your friends is meddling in your love life a bit too much. This will be an ideal week to have a gentle conversation with your pal and re-establish a few boundaries.
It’s time to take stock of our lives and set new priorities, especially when it comes to love. The Sun shifts into ambitious Capricorn at 12:11 p.m. EST, marking the Winter Solstice. Pleasure-seeking Venus (also in cautious Capricorn) turns retrograde this afternoon, requiring us to revisit unresolved issues about relationships and money. Meanwhile, the playful Leo Moon encourages us all to make the most of the holiday celebrations.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You are apt to receive more support from your friends now than you ever thought possible. In fact, it might even seem like too much, making you feel uncomfortable about not being able to repay the debt. However, you could let others love you and choose to accept it at face value. Set your fears aside so your friendships can deepen and bring more joy into your life. But your biggest problem today may be your impatience to make something happen. Forget about immediate change and bask in the love while you have the chance.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You are one to appreciate the sensible logic of reality, even when it isn’t telling you what you want to hear. However, you’re on a roll and you may not be so practical now. Perhaps you are riding the frenetic energy of the holiday season. Or, maybe it’s just your nerves getting the best of you. Either way, pay attention to the signs and slow down before you run out of gas. Racing around isn’t going to bring you the peace and happiness that you seek. Instead, take a more moderate approach based upon your most important values, rather than trying to impress anyone else.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Your enthusiasm may not overcome the obstacles appearing in your life now. You might as well understand that you’re not going to get everything done that you set out to do. Frustration can build, because you’re being much harder on yourself today than is necessary. It’s healthy to be motivated by serious intentions, but don’t go to extremes. Give yourself permission to slack off just a bit. Lighten up and enjoy the spirit of the season.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your finances may need some extra attention now or they could get in the way of your holiday fun. If you have put off your fiscal responsibilities, you must refocus your efforts and do whatever it takes to get your money situation back on track. Don’t wait for the new year; consider cutting unnecessary expenses as soon as possible. The good news is the best things in life are free.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Relationship dynamics play a pivotal role now, especially those with your friends and colleagues. Although it may seem as if others want to help you, you might not be able to find the exact words to motivate them to take action. Instead of frustrating yourself by trying to change someone else’s behavior, focus on your own routine by establishing new habits to increase your efficiency. If you take care of your responsibilities without waiting for assistance, you’ll have more time to enjoy the holidays
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You may be fascinated by the tiniest details of your life, but as a picky Virgo this seems like just another day. However, you might be driving your friends crazy with your slightly obsessive behavior. However, that’s their problem now and not yours. It’s time for them to adjust to your approach rather than you changing what comes naturally. Being true to yourself feels good, and it allows you to maintain your sense of individuality. Nevertheless, there’s no limit to what you can do for others once you have learned to take proper care of yourself.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Although you like to do nice things for those you love, you may grow resentful of your domestic responsibilities today unless you also take some time for yourself. Your key planet Venus turns retrograde in your 4th House of Home and Family, requiring you to reevaluate what you’re willing to give up in return for emotional security. But don’t bury your desires for the sake of convenience or they will just resurface. Sharing your needs is easier now, and it dissipates the tension before it reaches a critical point.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You may not feel as playful as those around you these days, but you are still ready to nurture a potential relationship. However, you first need to know that the other person is taking you seriously before you reveal much of anything. After all, you’re not interested in pursuing unrequited love. Unfortunately, your fear of abandonment can prompt you to close your heart even before you take a risk and share your feelings. Thankfully, the choice is yours. Shine your love light irrespective of the consequences.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You don’t have time to waste energy now, so steer clear of any unnecessary disputes. They are probably just distractions and won’t amount to anything important anyway. You are alternately full of energy and then totally exhausted. Keep in mind that your stamina is intrinsically tied to your emotions, so find ways to manage your anger before it becomes problematic. Vent any unresolved feelings through physical exercise or hard work to manage the mental stress. Taking a moment to remember what matters most puts you back in touch with your heart.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
It’s not too soon to start formulating your wishes now for the new year, because the Winter Solstice marks a turning point as the Sun returns to your calculating sign. Although mental clarity is working in your favor, Venus Retrograde in Capricorn indicates you might have to wait a while longer to get what you want. Don’t try to force anything into place. Loosening your grip on the controls helps you reach your goals in the long run.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Feelings of paranoia may surface today, but the truth is that someone could actually be trying to undermine your efforts. Any hidden agendas have a tendency to complicate matters, so your current goal should be to bring secrets out into the open. Shine the light of your consciousness into the darkness. The more you know now, the better for all involved.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
The pace of your social life is already picking up — and the activity is more than just a holiday buzz. You have a practical need to be around people who have supported you in the past and who will be there when you need them in the future. Additionally, you are eager to be a real friend to others. Push your feelings outward; being part of a group can add security and stability to your life. Not surprisingly, it’s even more rewarding to give than it is to receive.
Sweet Venus, the planet of love, pleasure, art, beauty and self-worth, has been backpedaling in non-committal (or is it multi-committal) Gemini since May 15, and it finally turns forward on June 27.
We may have been spinning our wheels in relationships during this period, as finding traction to put a current alliance on track or to find a new one is often difficult during Venus Retrograde. The slipperiness of this cycle was greased even more in the adaptable sign of the Twins. Making serious choices in matters of the heart has been a confusing process.
Venus also relates to attraction, including money, making this another area of complexity since mid-May. Expenses and income may fluctuate wildly or, for those in more stable financial situations, attitudes about material resources may have been shifting from hope to doubt and back to hope again. One’s sense of self-worth, another Venusian subject, was probably also on a ferris wheel of ups and downs for the past six weeks or so.
There is a purpose, though, to retrograde periods. They provide a second chance to address matters that require further consideration. Experiencing a wide gamut of thoughts and feelings about relationships and resources may not appear to settle these questions at first, but it can broaden the range of inquiry, leading to better educated decisions later. Sometimes circling a serious issue several times is what it takes to see the whole picture before we’re able to make a meaningful choice.
Sociable Venus will be skittering along in Gemini — which is great for flirting — until August 6, when she enters cuddly, caring and self-protective Cancer. Until then, though, it’s worthwhile to taste various flavors of fun, explore entertaining ideas and start playing with diverse approaches to love. While these may still feel more like meanderings than meaningful activities, we’re expanding the number of ways in which pleasure and partnership can satisfying, even temporarily, our needs.
Choice is a particularly important subject now because philosophical Jupiter entered Gemini last month and will reside in this bubbly sign for a year. Usually, truth-seeking Jupiter prefers one overarching belief system or philosophy to answer life’s biggest questions. But now that it’s in the butterfly sign of the Twins, the road to wisdom is likely to branch off in numerous directions.
The downside of this is mealy-mouthed politicians and coy corporate shills, whose truths vary from moment to moment as suits their needs. Yet while we may mock them for the superficiality, it is a similar lightness that will help us discover new aspects of ourselves and ways to find love and purpose.