The Astrology Blog – w/b 23 June 2014
All times stated are in BST.
Well, one more week of retrograde Mercury to go. The stories continue to flood in, and with Mercury now reversing through his own sign of Gemini my two winners are the mobile phone dropped off a boat to sink to the bottom of the sea with nine years worth of telephone numbers on the sim card, and a friend who switched his phone to a new server only to find that this automatically erased his entire address book…. Oops.
Mercury turns direct next Tuesday 1 July but in the few days beforehand he’ll be “stationing”, slowing right down in readiness for switching direction again. When he turns retrograde that run up period can be troublesome, but conversely the run up period to turning direct again can be helpful. Hurray. So look out for signs towards the end of this week that things are “turning” and getting you back on track. Here’s a checklist for some signs of Mercury getting back to business:
Important information comes to light
People get back to you
Decisions can be made, yours or someone else’s
Rumours are squashed when the truth outs
You find the right person to deal with the problem
Computer glitches are solved/disputes are settled
Lost objects are found
So if any of these points strike a chord with you there’s not long to wait. In the meantime Wimbledon starts today with an official start time of 11.30am so the chart for the beginning of the tournament has a Virgo Ascendant. This means that the chart is ruled by Mercury – who rules Virgo – and to have the ruling planet of an event horoscope in retrograde motion generally signifies that things won’t go as planned. The favourites are unlikely to win or there will be some other major surprises in store. There are other features in the horoscope that make the overall picture very uncertain so not sure who I am putting my money on just yet… but my friend and colleague Sally Kirkman is great at sports stuff and she has a Wimbledon feature on her website:
What else? There’s a busy week ahead. Venus changes sign today, moving into Gemini at 13.25. Traditional astrology doesn’t recognize this combination as a particular strength but I like it. Venus is love and pleasure, Gemini is youthful, fun, light and flirtatious. This is a positive new cycle for love, whether it’s meeting someone or getting to know someone. If you’ve been bogged down with money and practical issues with your other half (Venus in Taurus since the beginning of the month) now you can change the record. Make a point of talking about other things, put a limit on how much time you spend “managing”, in the home/kitchen etc, and bring back variety and spontaneity.
The flip side to Venus in Gemini, sign of the Twins, is infidelity. Venus is women and lovers so for some this marks the transition of leaving one relationship for another, or it can signal meeting someone who is still involved. Look out for “it’s complicated” love scenarios, especially as Venus’ next aspect is a square to Neptune at the weekend, just as Mercury is stationing. This can spell either deception or discovering where you’ve picked up the wrong message, or vice versa, where someone has misinterpreted you. If you are in any love situation that is currently confusing, especially if there’s a triangle involved, the astrological picture would suggest that events unfolding this week will have a significant say in how things are going to pan out.
The other love planet is Mars and he too is in conflict, with an opposition (challenging aspect) to Uranus, exact on Wednesday at 09.26. Uranus is the classic spoke in the wheel, the unexpected or the agent of very sudden change and separations. This aspect is part of the Wimbledon picture for surprises – especially in the men’s games, Mars being men and ruling one to one sports. Out in the world remember that Mars is god of war and this clash with Uranus is a tinderbox for any political or military unrest. At a more personal level look out for upheaval or upsets that could create some chaos, especially if you have planets at 16 degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn. Uranus rules technology so finally, and especially as Mercury is still retrograde and in mischief making mode, back up important work!
Friday brings the New Moon in Cancer. This is a powerful New Moon as she is “dignified”, in her own sign, and at a universal level this is good news for any matters related to family, home and property matters. The New Moon is when the Sun is exactly conjunct the Moon in the same sign, and the Sun’s next aspect will be a trine (harmonious) to Neptune, also dignified in his own sign of Pisces, on Sunday at 08.24.
Astrology loves puns – the water signs are dominating so if you’ve had water related/plumbing problems of any kind you are heading towards resolution. Symbolically the element of water rules the emotions so, similarly, if you have anything sensitive to deal with the end of the week will bring “the right time” although there may be “good and bad” to deal with. As mentioned earlier Venus is also aspecting Neptune on Sunday evening by square – friction – and this can also show in overdoing things. Venus square Neptune says get some beauty sleep, cut back on alcohol, restore your perspective and do nothing when you are tired, upset or in a hurry. Overall it’s a mixed bag of a week so keep your wits about you.