The key energies that will shape the Summer months click into place this week. Mars retrogrades in Aquarius on Tuesday, a transit that lasts through the end of August, while Mercury enters Leo on Friday for a 10 weeks visit (due to it’s own retrograde period from late July – mid August) suggesting there is a work in progress quality present over the coming months, and with the Fixed Cross activated heavily, issues pertaining to security are going through major transitions. With Mars and Mercury both retrograde for the better part of the next 3 months, and teetering on the Nodal Axis, there is a lot of recalibration required to reach the desired outcomes. Stay as chill with this as possible, as things are not only moving slowly, but changing on a daily basis as new information constantly emerges throughout these sensitive retrograde transits.
It can be easy under these auspices to fall into complacency and try to keep doing things the same way as always, but the message is really to break into new territory and do things in different or even unprecedented way. Retrograde periods also have a way of revealing the flaws in the original design and what isn’t really working out. The extended Mercury – Leo transit is actually helpful in keeping the North Node – Leo dialogue open for so long. Due to it’s upcoming retrograde cycle, it will conjoin the Leo Solar Eclipse in August, enabling very important conversations to occur that will advance matters quite swiftly. (Actual decisions and agreements will likely fall into place closer to the end of August – when Mercury direct reaches this degree again and Mars also returns to forward motion.)
Mercury and Leo are not a great natural fit – Mercury rules the logical attributes of mind, while Leo, like all fire signs, lives through the faculties of sensation and intuition, the gut feeling. Over the next 10 weeks then do not expect much cooperation from the rational or analytical auspices of your intellect, but rather roll with the hunches and the punches and express yourself from your creative-instinctual nature.
Otherwise this week is a sobering period at best as Saturn looms largely in the tapestry of the current aspect patterns and a sense that it’s time to face up to responsibilities is highlighted. The Capricorn Full Moon on Thursday is in exact conjunction with it’s ruling planet – Saturn, while the Sun sits in opposition. The nourishing and nurturing atmosphere Cancer Sun seeks to provide is challenged by harsh realities, producing a somber, or even an emotionally depressive state. There could be feelings of restriction and limitation, though if you have managed to live up to the demands that Saturn requires of you right now (particularly over the last six months) there can be a sense of having accomplished something of importance and enduring results. If this is not the case, the Full Moon will likely reorient you to the task at hand and urge making a bigger effort and to act with greater resilience.
Where Saturn resides, you are polishing your diamond, so to speak. The Saturn process is about taking something crude and refining it, through time and patience, into something stunning and unbreakable. As you choose your activities, and especially those that are patterned and define your daily practices, ask yourself if these are helping you grind on your diamond, or just grinding your gears. Let the response to this help you choose the ones that will add lustre and beauty to the area of your life affected, while you set aside those that do not.
Meanwhile Eclipse season is brewing behind the scenes, with particularly volatile events occurring around the Aquarius Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on July 27th. Early indications arrive next weekend as the transiting Aquarius Moon stimulates several of the aspects that will occur in another 4 weeks. Pay attention to cues and intuition for where this is all heading. Breakdowns that occur around next weekend are crucial for stripping away what is inessential in the next phase, regardless of how it feels in the moment. Many of these narratives were set into motion last August, and where you encountered major turning points in your life trajectory, a new chapter will be written quite soon.
ARIES March 20 – April 19
Old acquaintances reappear on the scene for an encore, while others may disappear from view for a while. You’ve made substantial progress professionally since the beginning of the year, though the Full Moon Thursday also points to how far you still have to go. If you aren’t pleased with the results, dig deep and figure out where you can redouble your efforts to attain the long term outcome you seek. Mercury makes an extended visit to your area of pleasure and self expression, making this a vitalizing period for your personal endeavors. Time to get creative.
TAURUS April 20 – May 20
Career matters stall and will require some patience to maneuver through the Summer months. Your sense of direction is clarified during the Full Moon on Thursday, though here too, you may be hitting a road block of some description. Things could be touchy with a romantic partner early in the week, making this a testing period if you were thinking of introducing your mate to the family or popping the cohabitation question. With your root base in flux for the foreseeable future you do best to keep things malleable for the time being.
GEMINI May 21 – June 20
This will be an amenable period for your social life, and a variety of contacts and connections will keep things lively over the next few months. The people in your neighborhood have a lot to show you, not so much those at a distance. An idea for a project may resurface and keep you busy. Educational goals may detour at this time, take time to reflect on where and how you will get to your destination. A critical financial matter demands clarification over the Full Moon phase. It may be time to address a debt or settlement matter.
CANCER June 21 – July 22
Critical partnership issues that have been stewing since New Years culminate this week and whatever the result (till death do we part or a parting of ways) there is a significant change in the upcoming mix. Financial matters will have their share of ups and downs throughout the Summer as you begin to get indications of towards the end of the week. Establishing your values and a sense of personal worth will lead you to the appropriate outlet for your talents, the next two months are appropriate for exploration and experimentation.
LEO July 23 – August 22
With Mercury making an extended transit of your sign this Summer you are likely to be busy – busy – busy, though a push and pull quality within a relationship can leave you exasperated. It’s equally possible your own projects keep a relationship off limits for the time being or someone just falls off the radar. Sands shift dramatically over the next few months, so even if a situation is untenable in the present tense does not mean it won’t come together for you a little way down the road. As a huge work assignment culminates, you exude authority.
VIRGO August 23 – September 22
A relationship gets serious this week, though if on your own, you may just seriously be doubting if you’ll ever have one again. This is a crucial time in which to coming to terms with what you need and expect in this area will bring forth an enduring commitment, if only over time. A lot is going on behind the scenes for you, and it appears there are matters that require closure of the permanent variety before you can really move forward. Detoxification is required now, and finding help on this journey (in the form of some kind of therapy) could provide incredible assistance while you navigate your personal X-Files.
LIBRA September 23 – October 23
Substantive shifts in your home/profession are possible over the next Lunar Cycle, if not the next 6 months, and you may find a relocation is required to make the most of a career opportunity that is offered in the near future. Getting real with what is and what is not working is critical to making the right choices. Unexpected financial upsets are also possible, so keep your ear to the ground, especially where shared resources are on topic. Relationships can go a bit sideways in this period, and a sense of uncertainty could be pervasive while you figure out your future. An unsettled matter from the past may be preventing a commitment. Solve this.
SCORPIO October 24 – November 21
Profession is the major topic for your this Summer, as a lengthy transit of Mercury highlights where you are headed. While detours may come off as frustrating while they occur, they will ultimately play a big role in landing you in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. (Circle August 11th for a conspicuous development.) Changes in the domestic arena reflect changes within, and if you seek to clear your head space, first try your living space. A fresh coat of paint or getting rid of old stuff and clutter has a profound psychological effect.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Recognition of a financial limitation may be experienced quite potently over the Full Moon phase this week. Equally, you may have made substantial progress this year and see the results of your prudence result in an enduring source of income. Those facing more of a balls to bricks reality check here do well to more clearly define objectives and form a strategy to attain them. Long range plans are in flux over the coming months, you may go back and fourth over educational goals as well. A curve ball at work next weekend can provide an upset. Easy does it.
CAPRICORN December 22 – January 19
Trust, intimacy and commitment are the major themes of the upcoming Lunar Cycle, which begins to culminate this week with the Full Moon in your sign. A very intensive cycle began at the beginning of the year for Cap natives, and choices you made in that time period, especially those that fall on the you – me axis, are up for appraisal. An eclipse in opposition to your sign in two more weeks shows the other shoe is soon to drop and between now and January 2019 you are likely to experience quite a shift in marital status. Stay focused and true to your conviction. The Saturn cycle is demanding but offers rewards where you can keep on course.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18
Mars retro from your sign will have you second guessing even your best laid plans and intentions. This period is ripe for exploration meanwhile, and likely features a key person who you want to do that exploration with. Mercury from Leo makes an extended transit – there could be some detours along the route, perhaps unfinished business with someone in your past that requires resolution before you can move forward. If you have unaddressed psychological matters to reconcile, these will be quite apparent during the Full Moon period this week. Breaking through your inner blocks and obstacles is possible when you acknowledge them in this phase.
PISCES February 19 – March 20
You are well off the radar of this week’s more heat seeking frequencies, though your friends and coworkers may be going through a lot and lean on you for support. There are some stirrings behind the scenes, meanwhile, and you may intuitively discover a source of income is right at your finger tips. Navigate this one carefully, as detours lie in store, but record ideas and put them into motion this Fall. An uncomfortable moment or mixed signals midweek may require you to clarify your position. If only you knew what it was. One step at a time and you will get there.