Are we still on the same planet? This week has a very different feel to it.
To start with, Mercury is now direct. Even though he’s not moving very fast, his forward motion has a ripple effect on Saturn, who recently went direct in Mercury-ruled Virgo. In a way, it’s as though both of these planets have gone direct at the same time. This week, we should see movement on many fronts. Indeed, it may be faster than is comfortable, depending on where these two are transiting your chart.
As Mercury gathers speed this week, he’ll return to an exact square with Chiron and Neptune, the third and final pass of a three-part aspect. If you’ve been dealing with confusion, or if you’ve felt that someone was withholding important information from you, it should come out soon. Keep your antennae up, but be careful with things you pick up intuitively, as Neptune messes with that particular skill in us. We can feel things quite strongly, only to find out that we had our wires crossed big-time. Your intuition is a good guide, but wait to act on it until the hard facts surface.
Neptune and Chiron have just gone retrograde, so this is a particularly powerful time for messages of healing old wounds. I received several reports of people feeling lighter after last week. I certainly feel like my load has been lightened. With clearer channels, we can more directly and powerfully affect our external circumstances.
At the same time, we might feel a little lazier than usual, with Mars in Taurus. Maybe you’ve seen the bumper sticker slogan, “My get up and go got up and went.” Well, that pretty much describes Mars in Taurus. Many of us need a rest, though, so don’t fight it. Grab your remote and watch back-to-back reruns of your favorite television serial. For me, it will be the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I’ve been known to watch all six episodes in a night!
Speaking of romantic relationships, this should be an interesting week, as Venus and Mars are in mutual reception. That means she’s in his sign, and he’s in hers. This is a rare opportunity to put yourself in the other’s shoes, which could go a long way toward healing rifts between you and a loved one. If you experience any major developments with a romantic partner, leave a comment here, as I’d love to have your feedback. And thank you, by the way, to everyone who shared their observations and experiences in last week’s forecast.
On Tuesday, Venus sextiles Chiron, Neptune, and Jupiter. This is such an easy aspect that it may go unnoticed for many of us. However, those of us who have been going through internal healing may notice some ripple effects in their relationships. Even subtle internal changes can significantly affect how we interact with others.
On Thursday, Mars trines Pluto, adding more fuel to our personal and collective transformation. This is a good time to examine your motivation, especially when it comes to others. It’s human nature to want to control the circumstances around us to some degree, but manipulating others to get what we want can backfire. Practice the fine art of being bonded to another person without being attached to any particular outcome.
On Friday, the Sun squares Saturn, and we may feel some tension for a day or two on either side. This aspect typically involves authority figures, such as your boss or parents. If you are the boss or a parent, you may be in a situation in which you have to exert your authority. If you must, be kind and be fair.
Venus enters Taurus on Saturday and begins winging her way toward her third conjunction with Mars in less than a year. This one is going to be very different than the others, and I think we all will be pleasantly surprised. Much of the tension we’ve been feeling in our romantic relationships should lighten up so that we can enjoy each other. As I see it, sensual pleasures are the reason we incarnate. I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for sex and chocolate, I’d prefer staying in a disincarnate state in another part of the galaxy.
Sunday is the Full Moon in Sagittarius, and this should be a big one, with delayed results from the New Moon on May 24, while Mercury was retrograde. As usual, Neith will have a full report, so check back mid-week.
Wishing you all much love and courage,
Image: Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the outstanding BBC production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I love this story as a metaphor for Venus and Mars in mutual reception. Then, I just plain love this story!
Speaking of romantic relationships, this should be an interesting week, as Venus and Mars are in mutual reception. That means she’s in his sign, and he’s in hers. This is a rare opportunity to put yourself in the other’s shoes, which could go a long way toward healing rifts between you and a loved one. If you experience any major developments with a romantic partner, leave a comment here
hehe… is THAT what happened yesterday?! ;-)
there was some major role reversal going on in my relationship yesterday! my fiancee and i even ~noticed~, it was *that pronounced*! (all day, numerous things)
it’s like i became her, and she became me
now i know why! :-) thx Pat!
“Practice the fine art of being bonded to another person without being attached to any particular outcome.”
Brilliant! Thank you.
Hmm… my SO and I have been snapping at each other much more than usual in the last month or so. I wonder if this 3rd conj of Venus and Mars indicate more harmony on the way.
I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for sex and chocolate, I’d prefer staying in a disincarnate state in another part of the galaxy.
lol those are good reasons as any to take on flesh! :o)
Yes, last week was challenging! But I needed to work through some old stuff and by the weekend I was clear and open to appreciate all the good things in my new relationship.
At the same time, we might feel a little lazier than usual, with Mars in Taurus. Maybe you’ve seen the bumper sticker slogan, “My get up and go got up and went.” Well, that pretty much describes Mars in Taurus.
Hey, who you callin’ lazy?! I have Mars in Taurus! Granted, with Neptune squaring it now… ;-)
Hey, who you callin’ lazy?! I have Mars in Taurus! Granted, with Neptune squaring it now…
So do I, Les. And he’s in permanent opposition to Neptune. So I guess it takes one to know one. :-)
My husband and I have been toying with the idea of moving house. We’re in love with where we are, not yet ready to make a move. But it’s interesting to explore anyway.
We can say that there’s no other town or city to call home, right now. Moving means leaving behind a huge part of ourselves. However, we’re establishing that we’d move right along with the winds of change if need be…
At the same time, we’re enjoying some delectable brownies. And while I bake from scratch, usually, I’ll take this moment to admit that the BEST brownie mix (if you prefer the speedy route, sometimes) is sold at Trader Joe’s. Their chocolate truffle brownie mix RULES and I’ll remain a fan as long as I live.
Also, I’ve been sleeping a LOT. Eh-heh.
This week, we should see movement on many fronts. Indeed, it may be faster than is comfortable
You weren’t kidding, were you. It hit, today. At work. Holy chocolate cow!!!! I almost vomited from the stress. I mean that literally. But thank goodness: keyword = almost!
I don’t know how I’m gonna make it through the next couple of weeks (the next week especially), but somehow, I will. (We all will, won’t we!)
if you’ve felt that someone was withholding important information from you, it should come out soon.
It did… today! Boy did it ever!! Now I have to deal with it!!! And FAST!!!
I haven’t seen any movement on the romantic front at all. In fact, the guy I met recently and really liked might be out of the picture altogether. He has Mars in Taurus natally and I’ve been told he’s “very slow-moving” in love matters. But either way, I think I may have blown it.
Mem, I concur. Romance has been swinging in extreme directions. Very push-pull on the part of this Mars in Taurus. I think this full moon on my descendant is time to say goodbye, I can’t keep playing this game anymore.
I totally felt the drag last week. I was tired and cranky with everyone. I have a natal 12th house Mercury in Leo (retrograde), can we say touchy? Anywho, this week I feel so much better and am trying to catch up for all that I was unable to do last week. Retrogrades are ht or miss for me. This one affected my body more than technology or communication. I am hoping this full moon in sag brings some much need insight. Thank you for your astrological analysis. I appreciate you.
Hh72: Sigh. Let us know how that turns out, if you want to. And if not, that’s okay, too.
The interesting thing is that the misstep I made gave me an insight. Here’s the story. I met a guy thru a friend. He & she text every day and are friends since childhood. He and I hit it off and began texting (I guess it’s the new thing in courtship). Anyway, he told me that he would be having surgery on Monday. On Tuesday I see my friend and she happens to mention that he was working until really late that Monday night. And I immediately went, Huh? I didn’t say anything but then went back to my desk and thought that suppressing my natural reaction was more of my Pisces Moon again. Plus, suddenly I immediately wondered if he was playing me for a fool. I just assumed that he’d lied to me and I told her that I was confused, that he’d told me he had had surgery on Monday. Turns out he had and that he just hadn’t told her.
What was interesting is that I felt weirdly grounded about it. I had had a feeling that I shouldn’t say anything but at the same time, I didn’t want to repeat this pattern of burying my head in the sand. I did feel badly, though, because I’d blown a confidence so I apologized but didn’t get a chance to speak to him. Even though I could tell he was angry and I didn’t blame him for being angry, I sat there and realized that I was feeling very angry myself. And I thought, Well, what am I so angry about? And it hit me: I don’t like to be burdened with someone’s secrets. I resent it. In this case, I didn’t know it was a secret (after all, he & she are very good friends so why would he tell me but not her–I guess he wanted to establish trust with me and I blew it so I can see how he would be very angry). But my anger had nothing to do with him. I sat there and remembered being a child and having my grandmother burden me with her confidences. And I’m a naturally outspoken person so keeping quiet was HARD, asides from the fact that it was a totally inappropriate thing to do to a child. I don’t need to know that my grandfather is unfaithful, thank you very much. I also remembered that I had just come out of a relationship in which I had to keep a secret and that was a terrible strain. In short, I deeply resent being in the position in which I have to watch what I say, especially if you don’t tell me that so-and-so doesn’t know.
Now I think I understand this terrible fear I have that I’ll say the wrong thing.
And at the same time, I totally can understand if he feels betrayed and doesn’t want to see me again because it was his privacy. And maybe I’m not quite equipped to handle this stuff. I don’t know.
Mem: If he didn’t explicitly tell you it was a secret, then you did nothing wrong. How would you possibly know that you weren’t supposed to mention it to your other friend? Are you a mind-reader? Do you actually know that’s he’s angry, or are you trying to mind-read that, too?! I think our minds are prone to picking up on our own fears and spinning stories base on those fears that may or may not be correct.
Hmm. Good point.
I have a very hard time with this stuff, probably because I’ve been having to keep so many secrets lately and because I have been surrounded by so many Scorpios. No, he didn’t tell me that he was angry, just that he was peeved I told her. Thank you, Les.
This is becoming a very nurturing community, Neith and Pat. I like it.
Hi Mem, thanks for the sympathy. I’ll see how it goes. At the moment I’m exhausted with the on-again, off-again rollercoaster. I’m waiting to see if this Full Moon is going to lance the boil…
I don’t think you can reveal a secret if you didn’t know it was one.
Hey Mem – I agree with HH72. If he didn’t tell you the information was a secret, then there is no reason for you to feel badly about revealing it.
This has me wondering if this is a passive-aggressive mechanism on his part to sabotage relationships. Trying to guess someone’s “rules” is super crazy-making IMO.