(Mosaic Artist – Carol Shelkin)
This week we enter the final week of this Mercury retrograde cycle. Reconsideration may begin to yield some new insights and changes in perspective.
On Friday Venus, the planet of love, ease, and “coming together,” leaves the sensitive sign of Cancer, moving into the sign of Leo. It’s getting easier to be more enthusiastically self-expressive. Leo Venus gives us a platform on which to highlight our talents. What begins to flow may be personal pride, confidence, the ability to attract larger, more appreciative audiences, to become “well known,” famous or infamous.
Uranus, the planet of sudden breaks, moves into harmonious alignment with Jupiter, expanding our lives through unexpected opportunity. It is possible that we will be suddenly freed of some long standing restriction that encouraged us to underestimate our talents, to keep ourselves “safely” contained while “playing it small.” It is possible now to have it all – all that is relevant for us.
Saturn continues to backtrack through the highly significant placement of 0 degree Sagittarius. This week we are on the sensitive edge of being escorted back through an important threshold (next week). Once on the other side, we’ve entered powerfully complicated and familiar territory where we believe we’re in danger of “losing the thing that keeps us alive.”
This rarely plays out on a physical level. More likely it reaches into our soul and asks for a surrender of our compulsive need to control. It asks us to trust the process, to trust another, and to trust ourself, despite some previous betrayal. It requires that we “keep our hands to ourself” and let the universe do its job. This week we feel “on the cusp.”
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ARIES (March 21-April 21)
This week Mars, the ruler of your chart, moves through the sign of communicative Gemini. Forceful communication of some kind is your tendency. Maybe you’re in the presence of someone else who is speaking directly and forcefully. It is likely that you will be exposed to information that significantly changes things for you. There is the possibility that “new facts” must be considered. Those may change your perspective and open up your life in a major way. There is a truth that comes to light that could change everything. You’ve most likely been seeking some answers for a long time and this week those may finally be “gifted” to you. When this happens your confidence returns, life becomes fun again, love flourishes, and you’re able to “live life large”, the way the universe always intended.
This week the ruler of your chart, Venus, moves into Leo and into your “base of operations.” Foundationally you identify with fiery leadership, especially when it comes to home and family. Now there is the need to smooth things over in some way, to take the lead in making sure that everyone cooperates, compromises, remains flexible, and is motivated to “get along.” There is the need to make things enjoyable through cooperative effort and to assert your leadership ability in this regard. What unfolds may be revealing in terms of where you’re headed. A partner may be used to complicating things, to playing an antagonistic role, or otherwise refusing to bend or acquiesce to your natural leadership and emotional needs. You may be on the cusp of an important surrender in this regard that paradoxically gets you where you want to be.
Gemini may be rapidly expanding their knowledge base, their ability to communicate, broaden their reach, contacts, and ability to create a platform for showcasing their skills. It is impossible to over estimate how life-expanding and mind-enhancing this actually is. What is most necessary is to keep your mind open for maximum effect. Ideas that seem illogical, “out there,” eccentric, or counter to everything you’ve always known to be true, are the ideas that will ultimately be the most productive. You are on the cusp of returning to a complicated place where you begin, once again, to doubt you skills, to be overly critical of your work, to feel some guilt or powerlessness in terms of your ability to transform and “purify the masses.” I suggest that you resist any urge to become frustrated by the need to backtrack into territory you thought was resolved. Surrender to it while knowing that it won’t stop you.
This is a week to gently slip into alignment with your higher mind. This allows you to explain the universe to yourself in terms of it having some knowledge and greater understanding than you currently possess. You don’t have to know any of the answers as long as you believe that something “out there” knows what they’re doing and has a better plan than anything you can come up with. As things mysteriously don’t go “according to plan” this week, know that that is an illusion. Maybe they’re not going according to your plan, but the greater plan is progressing nicely. As you feel yourself on the cusp of returning to a complicated place where love and confident self-expression eludes you, devise a plan to scrap your old repertoire. The universe is trying to coerce you into a new phase of surrender, making you more receptive to love than ever. Doubt your power to control everything and trust the truth.
This week Venus is completely on board with your desire to “showcase to the max” your talents and skills. She’s making it easy, providing you with the right platform, a well-lit stage, a bigger than usual audience, and some adoring fans. Your ability to dazzle and delight, after a period in the wilderness, is returning full force. Confidence is high and gratitude for being given the magnitude of talent you possess may be wise. Inspiration may come from deliberately surrounding yourself this week with beauty, performances of “excellence in motion,” and those who routinely work tirelessly, in obscurity, to hone their skills to perfection. As you feel yourself on the cusp of a move back into more complicated territory involving home or the past, consider the value of a surrender into a more trusting frame of mind. Instead of assuming things will spiral out of control, consider that they may not.
This week you may be “on your own” when it comes to achievement of your most cherished goals. Rethinking some area of life having to do with the elusiveness and confusion of relationships may occupy your time and energy. It may be necessary to make some kind of sacrifice in order to ultimately get where you want to be. The haziness of it all requires a deeper connection within yourself – a connection with the trusting part of you that is willing to let it all unfold organically, of its own volition, separate from any personal agenda you may have in mind. If you can’t find that part of you, then embrace the fearful part that has been hurt and deserves a flood of compassion and love. Either way leads you to a more receptive and powerful place. You are on the cusp of being thrown back into that complicated maze that is your mind. Consider the option of not having to figure it all out this time.
This is a time when knowing the truth may be enormously beneficial even if you’re afraid of what the truth might be. Keeping communication constrained, confusing the facts with a desire for the future to unfold in a certain way, or arranging the facts to reflect your current beliefs, may not be serving you well. You may feel safe not knowing, operating in the dark, or sticking your head in the sand, but the truth sets you free and you need to be freed. An important truth is that you can handle the truth. You are on the cusp of returning to a complicated place where money, power, control, shortcuts, and poor self worth combine to produce “shoddy products” and unstable foundations. A willingness to let go of fear puts you in a position of strength. A willingness to “see what is actually there” frees enormous amounts of energy.
This week Scorpio moves whatever truths they’ve realized over the past couple weeks into the realm of actual manifestation. Whatever wisdom gained, renewed faith in yourself, openness to new possibility, broader, more inclusive perspective you’ve adopted, you may now feel the need to operate with a higher, more expansive purpose in mind. Scorpio’s strong will and stealthy methods allow them to achieve whatever they want to achieve. Your power is unmatched. The “icing on the cake” is that Venus is facilitating your efforts to bring vitality and light back into forgotten corners of the world and neglected parts of you. On the cusp of returning to the complicated terrain that is your mistrusting style and approach to life, it is possible that your “bigger mission” requires more freedom from mistrust and that you will risk surrendering it, at least when the “higher good” is at stake.
Sagittarius may be reconsidering some beliefs about relationships, love, and “keeping things alive, moving and energetic” that hold tremendous possibility for personal growth and a brighter future. The notion that relationships, by allowing them freedom to expand and change, can be a source of unending interest, mental stimulation, and happiness, is a conclusion worth considering. On the cusp of a return to the complicated terrain of our subconscious mind, – the unknown, the uncertainty, the darkness, the powerfully undermining, and discouraging – it is possible that you will, once again, respond by clamping down to prevent change, reinforcing rigid routines, and overdoing whatever makes you feel safe. It is also possible that you will recognize how change enhances your life and can be trusted to do so. When we change our relationships change and our life expands. It pays to keep that in mind this week…and next.
Capricorn, mostly influenced now by Pluto in the middle degree (15 degrees of Capricorn) may feel the relentless weight of some past challenge and with no visible signs of relief in sight. This is an illusion. There is relief, though it may not yet be in sight. The important thing is to reinforce a belief that whatever feels endless is not and to keep that in mind when you generate ideas for the future. In the meantime you are developing stamina and patience and its all part of the bigger plan. If you don’t believe me, try tuning into the support you’ll feel coming your way by Friday. Most likely it will be unexpected, generous, and may convince you that sometimes you’re just plain wrong. You are on the cusp of returning to a complicated social place where fitting in or measuring up feels difficult. Try not trying too hard and what may emerge is your own tribe waiting to welcome you home.
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 21)
As Venus moves into your 7th house of relationships others bring good fortune, relationships become easier, love flows, and the public recognizes and acknowledges, with gratitude, your existence. Putting the final touches on self-love and what you’ve learned since January of this year, it’s time now to “take your show on the road” more secure in the knowledge that Venus is and always will be traveling with you, surrounding you with support, smoothing your path, and creating what appears to be “good luck.” Making yourself more receptive to the goodness coming your way by expecting it, then expressing your gratitude is advised. You are on the cusp of returning to complicated terrain where fear of failure is a challenge. Continuing to recognize and expect evidence to the contrary keeps your mind clear and the truth right in front of you.
PISCES (February 21-March 21)
Pisces may be moodier than usual this week. Being the powerfully psychic creature you are, you may sense an impending return to complicated issues related to faith in yourself, faith in the universe, fear of uncontrollable thoughts, pessimistic projections, and negativity. Hopelessness may be part of the picture. You’ve spent the past couple years fighting this and seem to have gotten a short reprieve, but soon the “dark life” will be back on the menu. Darkness is always half the picture. Your ability to choose the light, though, depends, paradoxically, on your willingness to recognize the dark as a valid option of choice. You don’t have to live there. You don’t have to fear living there for awhile, though, if that’s where your mind wants to go. Don’t forget that there is a choice of focus. The truth is a combination of light and dark. Evidence of both is always available.