I see potential for suffering from cognitive dissonance this week with the powerful but conflicting energies hammering down on us. Unless you are Aquarius native, it can be challenging to embrace two very different concepts simultaneously . . . walking paradoxes are what Aquarius is about you know. This is especially true if you are deeply attached to one point of view which is true of many of us.
The center piece of the week is the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in fiery Aries on Wednesday. It contains two major aspects patterns that are the heart of the paradoxes at work this week. First is the amazing Grand Trine in fire (Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries) which the Libra Sun-Venus conjunction turns into a Kite Pattern. Second is a cardinal T-Square with the Libra Sun-Venus conjunction and Aries Moon-Uranus conjunction both square to Pluto in Capricorn. We have one pattern urging us to reach out and explore, while the other has Pluto demanding control and accountability every inch of the way. And both patterns intersect with the luminaries at 15°, so if you have personal planets and/or Angles between 11° to 15° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) you are probably already up to your eyebrows in the resulting turmoil . . . I know I am.
The Libra Sun and Venus are taking turns bumping into the Uranus-Pluto square now. It started last weekend when the Sun squared Pluto on Saturday. Tuesday the Sun will oppose Uranus in Aries, Wednesday Venus squares Pluto and Saturday it will oppose Uranus. Relationship issues you may have thought you had settled can flare up this week and you may need to make some hard choices. There is a good chance this is part of a pattern that can go back to the long passage of Mars in Libra from December 2013 to July 2014. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse may reveal the depth of the issues too.
Mars in Sagittarius was trine Uranus in Aries exactly on the weekend and will be exactly trine Jupiter in Leo midweek, completing the Grand Trine. This buoyant, optimistic pattern is bound to affect those with personal planets/Ascendant in the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) from 14° to 17°. It will be a good chance to test the power of positive thinking and an upbeat attitude. This whole event could turn into nothing but lots of hot air too . . . easy come, easy go.
This is the first full week of the last Mercury retrograde of the year and our ability to work with it may improve to a degree when Mercury finds its way back into Libra on Friday. At least we might be able to articulate our frustrations again!
By the weekend the most intense phase will be over and we can slow down enough to talk everything over. There will be plenty of air in the sky to help: Libra Sun, Mercury and Venus plus the Moon will be in Gemini. One thing Mercury Retch is good for is doing a thorough review of what’s been happening.
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I’d say the greatest source of frustration for you this week, Aries, is the feeling someone is slowing you down due to the need to micro-manage every move you make at work. Rather than walking out, try talking this out with the sanest person you know. An old friend, your partner or maybe a “frenemy” are all good choices.
You might be able to avoid getting caught up in the drama around you, Taurus, and focus instead on living a more healthy life style. Finding a better balance between work and play is part of this. Your partner or significant other may surprise you with some excellent suggestions about ways to improve your health and wellbeing.
If your social schedule is full to overflowing these days, Gemini, it probably has to do with your significant other and their need to be busy. Not that you have any objections because you enjoy meeting new people! If your mind has been sluggish lately that may improve on the weekend.
I wish I could say you are going to be out of the line of fire this time, Cancer, but I doubt if that will be the case. This will be especially true for those of you born the first week of June or with planets in Cancer from 11° to 15°. You may feel caught between conflicting demands from your work, your partner, your family and your own needs.
Belief in the power of positive thinking comes easily to you now, Leo, and if you have some specific goals you want to achieve and have laid the necessary groundwork, success can be yours. The key is “necessary groundwork” . . . without that getting there is much less certain.
A good place to funnel your energies now, Virgo, is your home. If you are in the midst of redecorating or perhaps looking for a new place, you might find what you are looking for due to luck. If you have been struggling with feeling at a loss for words lately, that may improve by the weekend.
Brace yourself, Libra, because you may be in the hot seat this week and be called upon to help come up with fair and equitable solutions. This really is right up your alley and your ability to be both tactful and charming is very good right now. Put a smile on your face and go for it!
For once, Scorpio, you may be recognized for your abilities to heal and repair wounds caused by other people’s haste and poor judgment. You might not have the words but those are less important than your willingness to be there for those in need. Remember not to get in too big a hurry yourself!
Not much is going to slow you down these days, Sagittarius, because you know in your heart what you’re doing is right for you. Your creative fires are burning brightly and taking advantage of that is all you need to do for the time being. Do take some time this weekend for your significant other.
Just about the time your career situation is beginning to smooth out, Capricorn, you could end up having to revisit a family situation. Do your best to handle this in your usual efficient, pragmatic manner even if it triggers a need to step in and take control. Hopefully this will blow over quickly one way or another.
One thing you are usually quite good at, Aquarius, is juggling paradoxes in your head. You will need that ability this week because while you know in your heart your solutions are the best for everyone, others may not agree . . . vehemently. Take a time out this weekend to play.
Exciting things may be developing in your career now, Pisces, and while you may be thrilled, you could also end up depending more on luck than you really like. Unexpected changes to your cash flow should put you on the plus side when the dust settles. Looks like a good weekend to hang out at home.
First week in June finds the Gemini Sun feeling peevish and uncomfortable. Mercury in Cancer is slowing to station retrograde June 7 and that never sets well with Gemini. Gemini was so happy the past couple of weeks when Mercury was in Gemini sextile Venus in Aries. Life was sweet, the flirting was easy and now all that is changing. Not only is the pace of communications sluggish but both Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn are sitting in judgment hinting at the need to rethink recent decisions.
Don’t despair . . . a sextile to Uranus in Aries on Friday will help the Gemini Sun come up with workarounds. However getting those into place probably won’t be very effective as long as Mercury is retrograde. Gives us plenty of time to work out all the bugs, right?
Creativity and romance thrive this week thanks to a Venus-Neptune sextile midweek. Tangible expressions of love and affection are the ticket with Venus in Taurus. Pretty words are not enough now. The same goes with artwork. Tactile mediums are the best and ideally all your physical senses will be engaged.
Rein in romantic expectations for the weekend when Venus is inconjunct Mars in Libra and trine Pluto in Capricorn. Working out timing problems could be the biggest challenge, not a lack of passion. Besides, there might be communication issues because of Mercury’s station. If you can’t reach your lover to let them know your car won’t start or there was a family emergency, it probably won’t be pretty. Plan ahead and keep things simple.
We may feel Mercury slowing to station this week more keenly than usual because the Sun is in Mercury ruled Gemini and the recent Mercury-Venus sextile had boosted our expectations regarding communications in general. Now is a good time to start planning for speed bumps. Allow extra travel time, make sure your phone is fully charged, back up your computers and take a solemn vow to be as patient as possible.
If you know your Rising sign, please read the horoscope for it too.
Just as you were feeling confident about being able to make appointments on time and complete work projects on schedule, Aries, you start running into small but annoying problems. This hurts more than usual because you finally have energy to spare and are raring to go again.
Taurus, ordinarily your natural tendency to be methodical helps prevent errors caused by getting ahead of yourself but starting this week you might want to take extra precautions to prevent miscommunications. On the plus side, this week looks good for attracting favorable attention, especially of the romantic variety.
This could be a trying week for you, Gemini, especially if you attempt to maintain your usual brisk pace with plenty of multi-tasking. Even if you know darn good and well you are not at fault, you may end feeling picked on anyway. Take it all in stride and be patient for now.
Your natural sensitivity to other people’s moods and feelings may stand you in good stead this week, Cancer, because you’ll know when to smile and when to duck out of sight. Attending social gatherings with your partner may turn out to be quite enjoyable now, perhaps to your surprise!
This looks like one of those weeks, Leo, when being at work could be more rewarding than hanging out with your friends. Social activities could be complicated by familial obligations as well as scheduling problems. So you may as well throw your heart into your work instead.
You should be able to manage quite well this week, Virgo, in large part because you tend to be very well organized and seldom leave important details to chance. Brace yourself for a minor crisis or three at work because plenty of other people prefer to fly by the seat of their pants.
Hopefully this week will mark a turnaround in your energy levels, Libra. It has been awhile since you felt on the top of your game. Being kind and gracious will work out far better for you this week than snapping and snarling at folks, even if that’s how you feel. Put on your best smile before heading out the door.
You are not fond of being the person who points out the flaws in someone else’s exciting plans, Scorpio, but you also know if you don’t, who will? By the way, if you are considering doing some traveling in the near future, be very careful to double check all the details before leaving home.
Your relationship with your significant other could need attention this week, Sagittarius, and if acknowledging some of your shortcomings is what it takes, don’t hesitate to do so. The best day this week to make amends without putting your foot even deeper in your mouth is Friday. Good luck!
Dealing with coworkers could give you heartburn early in the week, Capricorn, but the pace at work should continue to improve. Do make time to relax and play with your sweetheart and/or your children this week. That may go a long ways to brightening your outlook in general.
Rather than beat your head against the wall attempting to deal with a reluctant lover or a creative project that won’t jell, Aquarius, devote more time to your home and family now. It’s a great time to realize how much you value them.
Following your muse this week, Pisces, may bring you a great deal of satisfaction. Being able to take an idea and turn it into a tangible reality is pretty amazing. This is not the best time to have friends over to visit though. Maybe next week?
Aquarius season wraps up this week when the Sun slides gently into Pisces on February 18 and life takes on a softer focus. Those days when the Moon is in the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) we’ll have at least six planets in water. And until the Sun clears Neptune in Pisces on Sunday, February 23, the feeling of walking through the mist and fog will dominate with only occasional glimpses of blue sky.
Mercury is getting back up to speed in reverse and may be mulling over old data at this point. Saturn in Scorpio steps up early in the week to remind Mercury in Aquarius to keep it real via a square, particularly when it comes to our feelings. Aquarius, with its need for taking the long view, tends to overlook the role emotions play in decision making . . . which is usually a huge factor.
Even though the square between Jupiter in Cancer and Uranus in Aries won’t be partile until February 26, they are square by degree starting this week. The ease with which mole hills can be turned into mountains under this influence is pretty amazing. Quarreling amongst family members is a strong possibility. Watch out for a tendency to go to extremes to make a point because whenever Uranus in Aries is on the field, he pushes an all or nothing attitude. Breaks that occur now are potentially permanent.
Saturn in Scorpio has already reached 23° where it will station retrograde and Mars will reach 27° Libra, its station degree, this week. Both planets turn retrograde the first weekend in March, bringing forward momentum to a crawl. This is a head’s up for those of you with personal planets or Angles at those degrees. Activities of the house where this degree falls will be highlighted.
The best way to avoid totally frustrating ourselves this week and over the next couple of weeks is to slow down and pace ourselves. Between Mars and Saturn at a virtual standstill plus retrograde Mercury, pushing and shoving to get ahead is not going to work out well. Do your best to ignore the Jupiter-Uranus square gibbering away in the background saying, “go, go, go!” Stay calm, practice kindness and tolerance, play nice with others and choose moderation!
If anyone needs a firm reminder to slow down and stop rushing headlong through life these days, it is you, Aries. Listen to your partner when they suggest you moderate your pace. You may find it easier to do as the week progresses.
Now you, Taurus, will probably thoroughly enjoy watching others attempt to travel at your natural pace! Please be nice about it and perhaps offer some helpful suggestions about living life in the slow lane. You still have to tend to your public image, so be careful how you talk to your boss.
While your mental agility has returned to some degree this week, Gemini, please don’t take it for granted because you could still stumble over your tongue early in the week. Don’t be afraid to draw on your creative imagination at work towards the weekend.
Recently you may have fallen into a pattern of seriously overestimating your ability to produce miracles at work, Cancer, and if you feel worn down to nothing that is why. Learn to say “no” in a quiet but firm manner and head home a little early for a change.
Your one-on-one relationships may begin to demand less of your attention this week, Leo, though if you are married you might not be able to avoid a serious discussion about who does what around the house. By the way, this is not a good time to make decisions about your investments, OK?!
Hopefully this week will bring you a slight reprieve from the challenges you have had recently is keeping your day decently organized, Virgo. This sort of thing nags at you and can even cause enough stress to affect your health. Allow your significant other to soothe you now.
Between your partner and work related demands, Libra, you may be muttering under your breath far more than usual. The challenge may be deciding just how forceful your response to all this is going to be. You might still be feeling the pinch financially too.
Once again you could find yourself cast in the role of the big, bad wolf, Scorpio, because of something you said to another family member. It may be wiser to allow other more pleasant distractions to soothe your feelings rather than snarling back at them.
Feeling frustrated when looking for the right words could be your lot early this week, Sagittarius. This could turn out to be a bigger problem than usual because you might not be able to talk your way out of a tricky situation resulting from taking too many risks.
Minor cash flow problems might be plaguing you again the first part of the week, Capricorn, as well as another round of challenges keeping the peace between your partner and your more outrageous family members. You may find your communication style more intuitive than usual now.
Your time in the seasonal spotlight is coming to an end, Aquarius. You may still have to handle issues at work the first of the week. From now until February 26, please do your best to rein in a tendency to exaggerate when making statements to others.
Sweet Pisces, it is your turn to enjoy feeling the love! Your knack for knowing how to put your best foot forward in social situations is alive and well now. In fact you might want to dial the old glamor back some over the weekend.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
We have a dance happening with Mercury, Venus and Mars the first half of 2014. On January 31, Venus in Capricorn stations direct and Mercury leaves Aquarius for the fluid waters of Pisces. A few days later Mercury will station retrograde on February 6 and begin to dancing backwards into Aquarius. Mars in Libra is currently waiting patiently in the sidelines before he takes his turn stationing retrograde on March 1 . . . the day after Mercury stations direct. Whew!
Venus will station direct at 12° Capricorn within a degree of Pluto in Capricorn whilst Mercury will be cozying up to Neptune in Pisces when it stations retrograde at 3° Pisces. This means both faster moving planets will spend several days in the vicinity of Pluto and Neptune, much longer than usual.
The Venus-Pluto conjunction could seriously curtail spending, especially on what Pluto deems unessential items. This may have been a theme for many during the past month or so of the Venus retrograde and we are getting one last firm reminder of the importance of sensible spending habits.
The feeling I have about the Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces is it will temporarily suspend our preoccupation with all the bad things happening around the world. Aquarius is big on letting everyone know what will happen if we continue on our present course of action, for better or worse. Annoying enough, they are often right. Pisces comes along and reminds us to have faith because someone out there loves us, so relax already.
Now Mars will station retrograde at 27° Libra square Venus in Capricorn . . . putting stress on our relationships with loved ones. In this instance Venus is moving at her usual speed so this will likely be a mere speed bump on the road to True Love. Though it kind of depends on whether or not Saturn stationing retrograde at 23° Scorpio on March 2 is affecting your natal personal planets. Interesting times!!
These back to back retrogrades could be the Universe reminding everyone to slow down and think about what we’re doing instead of dashing from one emergency to the next. Venus retrogrades usually remind us there are more important things in life than money, Mercury retrogrades teach us why we need listen carefully whilst Mars retrogrades offer lessons in pacing as in slow down and live longer! The headlong pace so many embrace is not always healthy, OK?
This weekend Mercury leaps into Aquarius and air signs everywhere will begin to feel like they can breathe again. Mercury in Aquarius celebrates all things intellectual and loves to explore new ways of thinking. When Mercury joins Mars in an air sign, there will be two planets in air along the days the Moon swings through Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. It is a small step towards having the elements in a better balance again.
I almost hate to mention the “R” word but I must . . . Mercury is headed towards the first retrograde of 2014. It will station retrograde on February 6 at 3° Pisces and because that is within a degree of Neptune in Pisces I suspect the fog is going to roll in big time around this station. This retrograde will last from February 6 to February 27 when Mercury will station direct at 18° Aquarius. Except for the week or so in Pisces, Mercury will be in Aquarius from January 11 to March 18.
Saturn in Scorpio is going to be the only serious roadblock Mercury in Aquarius runs into and those two will be square three times: January 25, February 19 and March 11. This ought to rein in some of this Mercury’s more outrageous ideas. The best and brightest aspect will only occur once when Mercury is sextile Aquarius’s ruler, Uranus, on January 16 and it will be perfect for coming up fantastic solutions to tricky problems.
We have three trines from Mars in Libra to Mercury in Aquarius coming up. Those should be good for clearing the mental cobwebs out and helping us communicate our needs in a clear, direct yet tactful manner. I’m looking forward to these!
The shift from earth to air will expand our internal horizons and encourage exploring “what ifs” once more. Whilst Mercury in Capricorn has been great for handling mundane matters, it is not much for theorizing and playing with ideas just for the fun of it. Time to contemplate the big picture again!