With Saturn and Pluto (from the 22nd) in retrograde motion, the strategies and motivation to achievement are in a phase of contemplation and restructuring. This calls for some introspection and reevaluation over the coming months, as testing out what is working and what is not is required before major initiatives, relationships and even life structures, can continue to move forward. A change in trajectory is enhanced by the upcoming Mars retrograde, which will additionally delay developments.
Important events do culminate this week, meanwhile, especially where initiatives rooted in the events and storylines of early January are featured. Energy is stimulated as Mars aligns with the Jupiter – Pluto sextile, indicating a great deal of motivation to achieve an objective, and/or make a really significant transformation and overcome something that seems almost insurmountable. Thursday seeds the beginning of the new Mars – Pluto cycle, which lasts for 2 years, though this agenda will likely go through some transmutation and modification over the Summer months.
A surge of energy precipitates during this merger, a desire to take power or control something (perfectly acceptable if that something is yourself and your own motivations and inner drives!) is way intensified. This can also be a dank and confrontational period, where you have to face the truth, as harsh as it might be, and make some kind of change. If you can manage this, though, you experience the Phoenix quality that this aspect engenders and go through an accelerated purge – release – rebirth. The area ruled by Mars in your chart likely to experience an intensely cathartic event around this time.
The Jupiter aspect (occurring Tuesday) is incredibly positive, and amplifies exuberance and productivity. Positive feelings are generated and success in endeavors, especially wrought from undertakings that were initiated in early January, is indicated. After this week, Mars will not interact with Jupiter or Pluto again until it engages from Pisces in November – December, so make the most of these compelling alignments!
Venus will enter Gemini on Tuesday, generating a diffuse ambience in which affection is stimulated by curiosity or intellectual pursuits. Gemini can be a bit of a fashion victim, and at it’s worst is superficial, though at it’s best incredibly witty and a provocative social commentator. The words you choose and you use can win over the heart of the love you might seek. Poems, notes, and cute text messages can have a big influence on how satisfying and productive your relational life will be, express yourself!
ARIES March 20 – April 19
You gain professional momentum this week, though some of these aspirations may not fully coalesce until a little later this year. Still, you get good indications that you are moving in the right direction. An intense shift occurring Thursday points out where you hold power, but equally where you have the most work to do. Socially this is a very vibrant couple of weeks for you, and next weekend ideal for spending time with your spouse or partner. If you are still seeking someone to connect with, it’s possible an encounter in your daily routine triggers an interesting meeting.
TAURUS April 20 – May 20
The theme this week is going the distance, and potentially articulating a long term plan you may wish to put into motion later this year. This objective has likely been lurking just beneath the surface of your consciousness, and something triggered this week enables you to put this into words. A partnership is featured here and through the encouragement of your spouse or something that happens in their lives you gain momentum here. Financial matters are much improved from Tuesday. Indulge a little.
GEMINI May 21 – June 20
Venus moving into your sign takes the edge off the intensity and bewildering twists and turns you have endured over the last few months. Receptivity to pleasure and genuine feelings of self acceptance are enhanced and offer you respite in an otherwise volatile atmosphere. Financial obligations still need to get sorted, and either a debt or commitment you have made to another demands your attention in the later part of the week. The early weekend is nonetheless quite enjoyable, make some time for recreation.
CANCER June 21 – July 22
A key committed partnership is still evolving, though you get a reminder of why you got involved in the first place in the early days of the week. Confidence in your partnership is genuinely enhanced when someone comes through for you. A major culmination on Thursday shows how far you have come, but equally how far you have yet to go. A professional issue that has been pervasive over the last two months or so can be dealt with mid week, freeing you to move forward with an important objective. A quiet and reflective period ensues with Venus in Gemini.
LEO July 23 – August 22
Sundays’ quarter moon phase falls in your sign, suggesting you are still adapting to changing conditions. Check in with how you feel about the progress you have made since last Summer, you likely have come further than you realize! A highly charged situation at work culminates this week. Success is yours where you have put in an effort to modify your approach and a stunning opportunity may be on offer. Socially you enter one of the more vibrant passages of the year, friends and alliances sparkle and pleasurable interludes are a highlight over the coming weeks.
VIRGO August 23 – September 22
The heat gets turned up this week in a love relationship, and if you remember the period of mid October, 2016, you might have a clue as to what might be culminating. Currently, you have the support of Jupiter, enabling you to articulate your thoughts and feelings more clearly, as well as to expect a beneficial outcome, which makes one more likely to come about. Mid week offers the potential for resolving a long standing issue and have on overdue conversation. Venus in Gemini from Tuesday enhances your reputation and makes professional progress more likely.
LIBRA September 23 – October 23
The control you seek in your domestic situation is amplified this week, as something shifts for you on a subterranean level, signaling the time is coming to make an overdue change or transition. A financial development on Tuesday could enable initial steps take place, though it’s more likely this really comes together for you in October or even the early portion of 2019. Heed a cathartic message, though and set an agenda for the upcoming months. Venus in Gemini enhances pleasurable connections, making this a favorable period for love and recreation, especially where a long distance connection offers you an affectionate exchange.
SCORPIO October 24 – November 21
It’s a defining period for you, though with Pluto retrograding, you likely will spend the next few months reconsidering a few key objectives while you revisit the outcomes of your prior choices. You can express yourself quite powerfully now, and especially from mid week you can set course on a major initiative, just be prepared to travel towards your destination in the slow line. By Autumn, the pace hastens and you’ll be moving from strength to strength. Your emotional realm is stimulated while Venus transits Gemini, a relationship could have cathartic undertones for you. Tap into passionate desire over the coming weeks.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
It would be easy to pass off the upcoming astrology as having a financial connotation for you, but it’s really quite deeper than that, as upcoming aspects are actually revealing significant changes in values and even feelings of self worth that have been a transformative aspect of your existence for several years. What differentiates the current sky scape from the occurrences of the past, is the structural improvements you can make now that Saturn has arrived in this area. Sacrifice on some order is required while you define what matters most. Venus in Gemini indicates a positive atmosphere for your relationships. Time to dive in!
CAPRICORN December 22 – January 19
Powerhouse aspects affect you this week, and where you have sought to assert your potentials and release yourself from deadening behavioral patterns or relationships you will discover the determination you require to effectively transform your life. Friends or an organization enable your efforts and you’ll likely benefit from outside assistance. Take a long view on all developments, as attainment of your objectives is within reach, but remain a work in progress for several months. Routines and productivity are well aspected, and an effort you put fourth now (doing your best work) pays off professionally for you during a favorable period extending from August to November.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18
Venus in Gemini from Tuesday gets you out of the funk of heaviness you’ve endured for much of the year so far, lightning the ambience and opening your perspective to pleasurable experiences. Things continue to get sorted behind the scenes, and compelling developments over the course of the week likely signal long over due changes are coming to the fore of your consciousness. Attention shifts to domestic and personal matters meanwhile, and you benefit from some private time, nurturing your inner world through connecting to family and those closest to you.
PISCES February 19 – March 20
There is some intensity in the ambience this week, though conditions among your friends and social networks do have favorable indications. Someone at a distance could stand up for you and help you move a plan into action. Results may be slow to come, but a decision you make this week does have the potential to significantly alter your long range agenda. From Tuesday, Venus enhances your private life, making you a bit low key while you attend to personal and domestic matters. Sprucing your home up will put you at ease and offer comfort.