The Astrology Blog – w/b 2 June 2014
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It’s a quiet start to the week but don’t be fooled. Mercury is now stationing (slowing down) in readiness for turning retrograde at the end of the week so in some ways things are suspiciously quiet …the sort of quiet that happens when the dog is happily chewing through your computer wires or your child has found your hidden box of Lancome eye shadows. More on that in a minute.
What first? Venus is now travelling through her own sign of earthy Taurus. This is good news for all Venusian issues – love, money, beauty and fashion, anything related to produce and nature. Venus’s only aspect this week is a sextile (harmonious) to Neptune (Wednesday 14.17) who of course is also in his own sign, being on his long journey through Pisces that will last for many more years to come. As above, so below. I love the way that astrology reflects the world, your thoughts, plans and events. Even before I had checked this week’s astrology I had decided on a day off for my sister and myself this week as we’ve both been working nonstop so far this year – the eternal pitfall of being self employed is failing to stop and take proper time off, which you will immediately get if you are self employed yourself or if you work from home. I had already suggested an afternoon at the spa, a swim (Neptune in Pisces) and a massage (Venus in Taurus). So if you need a day off, if you need to de-stress, treat/pamper yourself and/or a loved one then this is the week to do it.
Otherwise Venus – Neptune is brilliant for all romantic concern, for socializing, especially throwing dinner parties or going to live music, and also for all acts of charity. Give or do what you can if you’re called upon, quietly and with grace. It will come back to you in so many ways.
The Venus – Neptune contact falls in the feminine elements of earth/water but the second major aspect of the week is the Sun sextile Uranus (Friday 12.21) which is in the masculine elements of air/fire. This is much livelier, possibly dramatic. Listen out for the unexpected such as news that takes everyone by surprise, especially as this aspect forms within 24 hours of Mercury turning retrograde. Also go with everything that is spontaneous even if it involves a big change of plan.
Business wise – and everything wise – look out too for themes of doubles as the Sun is currently on his way through Gemini, sign of the Twins. Seeds sown on last week’s New Moon in Gemini may start sprouting and things could move quickly but, again, not necessarily in the way that you had expected.
The backdrop to all plans, decisions or major events now unfolding is of course Mercury, who turns retrograde on Saturday at 12.58 at 3 degrees of Cancer. Mercury will slide back into the previous sign of Gemini on 17 June, and will turn direct again in Gemini on 1 July, but until then here’s the usual quick checklist for how to survive Mercury mischief:
Assume nothing, double check everything
When in doubt, do nothing
Keep a close watch on all belongings – especially phones, keys, cameras and any techno goods
Ensure phone is fully charged when you’re travelling
Don’t travel unless you have to
Take extra care with form filling/signing on dotted lines
Buy yourself time re major decisions
Back up all your computer work
Operate by “re” words – review, rethink, rework, revisit, regroup etc
So think ahead more than usual and allow extra time for all important matters, such as getting to a meeting or any destination, and catch yourself when trying to force square pegs into round holes. Avoid arguments, especially of the type that no side can win, accept differences of opinion for just that – differences – and abandon anything that is not A Good Idea.
Note that retrograde Mercury signals that second thoughts of all kinds are there for a reason and favours information gathering. You know what you think, now’s the time to find out what other people’s opinions are. This includes everyone from your other half to someone who’s an expert in their own field. Also be easier on yourself. If a resolution has fallen by the wayside you can always try again, if not tomorrow then at least by the end of the month when Mercury turns. Also note that nothing is written in stone right now, even if you’ve been told that it is.
Also remember that retrograde Mercury is great for getting “back” in touch. That person who keeps flitting across your mind? Call them. Also get back to plans and ideas that have been on hold and rework them. “Re” anything captures the right vibe. Wishing you a productive and interesting week.
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