"Confusion" is the keyword for the week. So don't be too hard on yourself if you're feeling like the Mad Hatter. There is so much contradictory astral activity that even the best multitasking efforts are likely to resemble a smattering and scattering of energy, intentions, goals, and objectives. Last Friday, Mercury went direct, freeing us from its retrograde snafus. But before any of us had a chance to calculate and apply personal course corrections, we were immediately immersed in the doldrums of Mars Retrograde, on March 1, a condition that only worsened when Saturn went retrograde on March 2. Yet these are not the only start-stop contributors to the disorder, disarray, and disruption of daily life.
Odd, polarized rhythms turn the pulse of daily life erratic, and the world wobbles from the stress of extremes. One minute the routines of daily life slow to a crawl, and the next, a rapid, staccato pace jars nervous systems into hyper activity. The lack of a consistent identifiable backbeat makes confusion probable, especially when certain situations, which don't appear to be significant, surge forward, and others, which actually seem to matter, fall apart. This flux is part of a powerful astral turbulence generated by a collision between Mercury Direct on Friday, February 28 and Mars Retrograde on Saturday, March 1. This clash is likely to override all efforts to move almost anything anywhere with ease. Pay attention: The best way through the psychic debris is to wait until at least March 4 before setting anything new in motion.
We're in the final stretch of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2014—it ends on February 28. But, unfortunately, relief isn't really in sight. While there is only one more week of communication and travel delays, detours, and disasters, routines aren't going to revert to "regular" any time soon. We're only in the third lap of a five-retrograde relay that defines the first six months of 2014.
We’re stuck in the staccato rhythm of Mercury Retrograde for the next couple of weeks, and as daily life unfolds to this stop-start-stop-and-start again pattern, nervous systems struggle to maintain a steady grip. Life is unsettled—something we don’t need the stars to tell us—and in the sharp and often confusing pulse of this retrograde, moods are sure to turn edgy, irritable, and intolerant, making it difficult to whistle while you work.
We are at our best when we care for each other. When we love, we live in the deepest, most profound regions of the heart, the place where spirit dwells and enlivens perception, perspective, and participation.
From time to time I write a long letter at the beginning of the year that attempts to set the tone for the months that lie ahead. This year, that letter is long—very, very long. And part of the reason for its length is that I am taking off the month of January. I’ll see you back here on February 5, 2014.
I want to thank you all for your support this past year. Your kind words about the column are deeply appreciated—and I am still answering the many emails you sent sharing your feelings. I am deeply grateful that my words are so well received.
Deep currents of emotional intensity drive these final days of an already too intense year. You, someone you love, a person you just met, or strangers on the train, bus, or plane are certain to have moments when the littlest thing suddenly turns into a gigantic brouhaha, replete with finger-pointing blame, bruised egos, and vows never to love and/or trust again. Even those with barnacle encrusted emotional bodies, whose hearts are under lock and key are bound to have strong responses to something they would normally be oblivious to.
The stars and planets are as busy as Santa's elves this week, and the hustle and bustle of daily life here on Earth mirrors the hubbub in the sky. For those that thrive on being busy, rejoice! Your moment is now, as schedules, appointments, meetings, and deadlines drive intensity—just be prepared for plenty of changes in plans and projects. Also be aware: A deeply emotional component underlies all the action, and on certain days, feelings effortlessly override reason and/or common sense, which could result in melodramas—and these meltdowns aren't limited to over-stimulated or disappointed children.
It's on. It's off. It's on. It's off. Again. And so it goes for this week and next, as Uranus prepares to go direct on December 17...AND...Venus gets ready to go retrograde on December 21. (Yes, I left that bit out last week.) Expect the stop-and-start effect of this forward/backward planetary pattern to disrupt individual as well as collective equilibriums. And because Mars, currently in Libra, also begins its opposition to Uranus this week, anticipate that more than a few of those disruptions will be in the realm of personal relationships.