On first glance, it doesn’t look like there’s much happening this week astrologically. But the energy is decidedly different than it has been, and most of you likely are feeling more energetic.
I forgot to mention in last week’s forecast that Mercury entered the pre-retrograde shadow period on Wednesday, April 22. Over the past few years, many of you have written to say that you begin to experience Mercury retrograde in the shadow period, well before he goes into reverse. (A planet is said to be retrograde when, due to its relative orbit with the earth, it appears to move backwards in the sky from one day to the next.)
Sigh. Just when we were getting over retrograde Venus.
Still, I think this will be a good thing, as we’ll have a chance to reflect on recent events and to process all the new information. Mercury enters his own sign of Gemini on Thursday, but he won’t get even 2 degrees into it before backing up into Venus-ruled Taurus, where he’ll spend most of his retrograde phase. A good bit of what we process may have to do with issues we confronted while Venus was retrograde and, more importantly, when she was stationed at 29 Pisces. Relationship issues continue to take center stage in our hearts and minds.
Speaking of which, it was my turn to do the Saturday Extra! this past weekend, and since I’d been contemplating the meaning of the Susan Boyle phenomenon, I wrote a long post with my observations. I mentioned that Venus and Mars will remain in proximity until the end of June. At the same time, Jupiter, Neptune, and Chiron will form a conjunction at 26 degrees Aquarius, just as all three are about to turn retrograde.
Mercury’s retrograde phase will be an important part of the deep healing process that will continue to work its magic on us for the next two months. Susan’s burst into the collective conscious was just the beginning.
Even though the activity level has shot up and you’re probably going to be too busy to stare out the window with a cup of coffee, do take time for quiet contemplation this week. The Moon in Cancer on Tuesday forms a cardinal T-square with Pluto in Capricorn and Venus and Mars in Aries. Events Tuesday and Wednesday may be the kick in the pants you’ve needed to tend to projects you’ve been putting off. There’s no point in sulking; just do it.
Mars squared Pluto last week, and Venus has her go on Saturday. Venus-Pluto squares can be very sexy, and Venus in Aries certainly can be fiery. But I think Pluto in Saturn-ruled Cap is going to make her cool her heels, and this could lead to the darker side of Venus-Pluto squares, where power plays and manipulation take over. Remember that sex is sacred and not to be used as a weapon.
Love and blessings,
Image: Morning, by Maxfield Parrish, 1922.
I hate this shadow period of Mercury! It’s worst than the true retrograde…I touch the computer and it goes all blocked
I’m becoming quite noticed with my creative writing to some people who knows Hollywood’s actors!
Okay, in every forum I go, people are becoming scared about something not told in the right way from the government about swineflu and New Yok flyover
Matt, the Swine flu has been explained in the best forms possible by lots of sites. What’s happening is that many are interpreting a situation as they personally wish– dramatically– thanks to the media. As you know, dramatics generate more interest than calm explanations and instructions. And, unfortunately, making enemies out of pigs is more fascinating than understanding what Swine flu actually is.
The New York flyover, however, is unacceptable. If everyone had been alerted of the jet photo op, the panic never would have manifested. Panic tends to cause accidents and injuries. And the scenario– reminiscent of 9/11– wasn’t funny. So I stand by the office workers who fled their desks and then complained about the situation.
I hope that many smarten up from all this…
What I wanted to say is that a feeling that everything is controlled by government and world is going to boom is spreading on every forum, I don’t feel like that.
I know, Matt.
And to be honest, my patience is thinning with regards to the way that so many are allowing themselves to be mislead.
I’ve a friend who feels that masks will be distributed pretty soon. Not sure if that will happen. But maybe I’ll decorate mine.
OKAY, mercury is very in shadow retrograde, talking to anyone is a mess! Every one doesn’t undestand what the other person want to say…
EU wants to put restrictions to the internet, shut down every blog and website of people who want to share secret informations. They will have a runion on May 5 2009.
Matt, you got that right!