(Mosaic Art – John Sollinger)
On Thursday, after five months in retrograde motion, Neptune changes direction. A “direct” Neptune’s influence is different. You might notice the change.
The fog of deception surrounding us on personal and global levels has intensified since April of 2011. During Neptune retrograde periods (once every year) – the latest being June 13th through November 19th, 2016 – our intuition kicks into high gear. We become more internally sensitized to subtle environmental cues than usual. Those cues can tend not to jibe with the “concrete” information we we’re receiving. “Do I believe my lying eyes or go with my gut” during a Neptune retrograde period becomes a complicated, anxiety producing dilemma for most.
When nothing feels real or true, we’re vulnerable and we guess. We feel our way through the dark and the chances of a miscalculation are high. Deliberate deception, neglect, confusion, mass manipulation, addiction, and escapist tendencies run rampant. A major loss is usually in the works, but it tends to progress undetected.
One of the outcomes of Neptune’s change in direction, may be a role reversal. The “deceivers” may change places with the “deceived.” Through some form of “magical thinking” those who achieved objectives through devious means may now be the ones in danger of a serious miscalculation.
On a different track, Lynn Koiner describes Neptune retrograde as a time designated to work on flaws existing within us – flaws that might be invisible to others. Emotionally it’s a time to exhume old pain and heal the root cause. It’s a great time to undo bad habits that contribute to poor health.
If we fail to take the opportunity for enacting some measure of self-improvement, the problem becomes much worse when Neptune moves direct.
This week we’ll begin to feel our way through the haze that obscured a harsh reality. The picture isn’t pretty but it feels more clearly defined. “Magical thinking” can be used in practically constructive ways when Neptune moves direct. We can envision what might be possible while avoiding despair. Saturn (the anti-dote to Neptune) encourages us to control our thoughts – to not allow the mind to become a run-away-train that leads to an outcome that was actually avoidable.
On Monday the Sun moves into the sign of Sagittarius changing our focus. We may define our circumstances in a more detached and philosophical way. We begin to see the rays of hope shining through. Optimism is an option. An adventure may be in the planning stages. Foreign travel is likely.
Immigration, freedom, and the truth are highlighted. We may be searching for some new meaning that will motivates us as we come to terms with what’s been lost. “The Sagittarius season” is a season of hope… and it couldn’t be arriving at a better time.
Have a great week.
Thanks for reading,
RN., MS., NMH., RYT., C.A.P.
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San Juan Capistrano, CA.
ARIES (March 21-April 21)
This week there is a mysterious, sexual power of attraction surrounding you. It’s best to welcome it if you can and to use it in a way that’s beneficial to you and maybe a cause you’re passionate about pursuing. At the risk of being misunderstood I’m not saying you should have sex with everyone under your spell. I’m also advising that you not take advantage of others or waste the spell-binding power you can now wield. This is the universe bringing you the people you need to create what you want to create. This is the universe bringing passion and joy back into life. There is a weird interplay between wild abandon and social responsibility. You are being asked to strike a balance and to choose between meaningful meaningful work and suffering for the sake of suffering.
TAURUS (April 21-May 21)
Venus in Capricorn encourages a responsible approach to managing your future this week. Resisting the urge to feel nostalgic or emotionally swayed is not a good idea, though you may be used to me advising the opposite. Venus, the ruler of your sign has entered into the sign of Capricorn. This is a good time for a self-disciplined approach to financial planning and learning more about your options. This is not a good time to give up on the beloved vision for the future. The issue of love itself – what you believe about love, the responsibility that goes with it, setting limits, raising your standards, and whether you are what you say you are when it comes to love – are issues that may be highlighted. Who loves you back may also be clarified. You’re coming to the end of a challenging phase within the realm of relationships. Deepening your experience of joy – possibly through intimate encounters.
A recent breakthrough in your level of understanding, the destruction of an old belief, or a willingness to see things differently has freed your passion for life and love. The role you play within relationships is under the powerful healing influence of Neptune changing direction. You may feel your ability to experience joy and to play a more joyful role within the realm of relationships expanding. An old sticking point may be in the process of dissolving, freeing you to play a role that is more in sync with who you are. This week the Sun moves from your 6th house of work, responsibility, and health into the 7th house of sharing, cooperation, and harmonious interaction. You may feel your workload or health become less of an issue. Routines have been established that allow you time to reintroduce yourself to others and to the bigger world.
Cancer may be on the verge of forcefully rebelling against old fears and influences that have traditionally rendered you powerless to start something new. The place to begin is at the beginning and the time to begin is fast approaching. It is likely that you have something of value to offer the world that has been withheld. There is a tendency to believe that you’re not quite prepared enough to take on the challenge that you’re actually more than well prepared to take on. Something shifts this week with regard to your future, what you’re capable of, and how you can get there. You have an abundance of creative know-how that can be used in very unique ways to heal and assist others. First you have to heal and assist yourself. This week would be a good time. Next week you begin to address the details of a practical plan for making yourself useful on a bigger scale.
LEO (July 21-Aug 21)
Savoring what there is to savor in the moment is your task this week. It is likely that at some point you grew removed from a source of pleasure and grounding that once allowed you to enjoy your responsibilities, your means of generating an income, and your life. It’s time to get back to that. It’s also time to re-inhabit your body if managing your anxiety has separated you from pleasurable sensation. Cosmically speaking if tending to your responsibilities has distracted you from feeling relaxed and sensually alive, that’s irresponsible. Do what it takes – get a baby sitter, find a lover, take a day off, get a massage, turn off your phone. Stop pretending that achieving your goals is all that matters. I will remind you that Leo was put on earth to show everyone else how much fun it is to be alive. This is the week to crawl back into your own skin.
This week old dreams and memories may be revived in ways that can be effective how you will approach your future and a stubborn sticking point. Your future is connected to your past in many ways. Meditating on the “dreams that got away” could be especially useful now because decision time is fast approaching. Will you continue a pattern of being somewhat disappointed with what you have? Or will you make the necessary changes that free you from a mindset that assumes the need for self sacrifice. It is the responsible thing to do to arrange for your own dreams to be fulfilled. You have nothing left to prove by sacrificing what you want for the sake of another. You’re already good at that and it’s not really a meaningful challenge for you anymore. The ultimate question may be can you do it differently than your mother did it? Or does her life experience continue to haunt you?
This week your mind flips into overdrive as highly progressive thoughts flow through your brain. Combined is the power of thought and the nature of the future. Old work relationships or connections may remind you of something you once passed up or lost because you couldn’t see how it could develop – or the momentum just wasn’t there. But now, generally speaking, the fog is lifting. A market may be developing for the type of creative innovation and talent you can offer. Your gift is your uniqueness. You are one of a kind. If someone chooses to take a pass on you, it is unlikely that another will come along who could fill your shoes. A general expansion of consciousness opens doors for you. Make sure you think it through before you deciding not to walk through them.
SCORPIO (October 21 – November 21)
Scorpio’s traditional ruler, Mars, resides for the next six weeks in the sign of rebellious, revolutionary Aquarius. This week he moves toward a direct communication link with Neptune and your heart. Compassionate action is triggered in the direction of soothing what’s been wounded. You may be more willing to go out on a limb, to offend others if necessary to clear the way for something more caring and kind. The status quo may feel intolerable. Reality may hit you more harshly this week as you feel the pain of the victims of a cold and calculating system. You may have the means and the opportunity to make a difference within your immediate environment. Art forms and beautification may be tangentially or centrally involved. Your contribution may turn out to be connected to an opportunity for more financial independence, though that’s doesn’t seem to be your motivation.
You are at the end of what I would call a haunted phase – a month long period when you came to face to face with your worst fears – especially those related to powerlessness, the mundane nature of your future, the feeling that you have nothing to say that is original or interesting – or that you do but you can’t muster the courage to say it. (Something like that). The good news is that this phase is ending. The part of life that is actually more fun and adventurous is about to unfold. That should put any fears of moving toward an unexciting or small future to rest. Expect to feel energized by early next week. Expect to be feel optimistic about the prospect of working in a focused, productive way toward one of your most cherished goals.
CAPRICORN (December 21-January 21)
This week a shift occurs within the realm of communication. Connecting and influencing the shift is a new sensitivity, a healing influence, and maybe a new revelation regarding your own deeply embedded fears and anger. You may attract angry people who have traditionally been capable of triggering old, upsetting memories and automatic defensive responses. This week, though, it seems you’re capable of a less reactive, higher response – or may be experimenting with something different. Maybe the lines are becoming less blurred between you and others, between the past and the present, and between what’s efficient and effective and what’s not. Being freed is the part of yourself that is continually in touch with the soothing truth of who you are – no matter how emotionally intense those surrounding you may be.
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 21)
The Sun moves into your 11th house this week. Your focus for the next month involves reaching out to others and connecting with those you find interesting and capable of expanding your mind and your world in some way. Highly creative communicators, foreign language experts, new friends from overseas, and anyone with a highly energized mind and goals for expansion qualifies. It is possible that you need someone who can provide a solid foundation for you in a far away place. This week your innate intuitive talent leads you in the right direction. It’s a good week to act on intuition especially if that involves contacting another for the purpose of sharing information. Your willingness to be generous is key. Ultimately your income could soar as you let go of the notion that sharing and partnering renders you powerless. The opposite is actually true as long a you’re discriminating and it feels right.
PISCES (February 21-March 21)
There are different ways to slay a dragon, especially the ones that live in your head. The most effective may be to ignore the phone calls, to dismiss the advances, to fail to extend an invitation, or respond in any way to what depletes you. This week is an opportunity, through benign neglect, to allow something to simply fade away through lack of nourishment and attention. It’s a smart strategy. Something more aggressive and forceful could cause resistance and potential backlash. As Neptune moves direct, it’s a good week to redirect the focus of your energy. There are some specific, practical improvements you could make with regard to the role you play with others or the kind of relationship you currently have with your career and life direction.