The planets continue to align in several patterns, all of which speak to surprising plot twists that continue to transform a mundane Mercury Retrograde into an exceptional one. So don’t be surprised if one thing or another rattles, startles, shocks, or shakes you into a different perspective. People—including you—are making unusual choices, and as situations shift to reflect these eclectic decisions, personal proclamations, yours or others’, are likely. Anticipate individual declarations of independence to steal the thunder of Presidents’ Day festivities, and be prepared for the consequences of these emancipation proclamations to linger for quite some time.
What’s more, we’re in the final stretch—seven more days—of Mercury Retrograde, which means that the one dreaded task you’ve been refusing to handle is going to rear its head and demand that you pay attention to it. Whether it is a loose wire or a loose screw, neglect could finally make it all fall down. Or perhaps it is a conversation with someone you dearly love but also really need, and that need is getting in the way of telling the truth about a certain situation. Or it’s finding out that certain bills you thought were paid still linger, which means you don’t have as much money in the bank as you thought you did. Whatever verse of the Retro Blues you find yourself singing, you’re sure to be joined by others, equally encumbered by procrastination.
But don’t despair. Hidden amidst the debris of this final week of Mercury Retrograde are some stunning astral interactions that could help you gain clarity and (believe it or not) find a way to laugh (when appropriate) at life’s ironies:
(1) That retrograde Mercury, in Aquarius, sextiles Saturn, in Sagittarius, forming a positive alliance that brings a penetrating fire to Mercury’s review of the facts and figures. Allow this partnership to help you clarify what details still need your attention.
(2) Uranus, moving ever more tightly into its square with Pluto, sextiles the Sun, providing the impetus for all those proclamations of liberty and freedom. Sun/Uranus contacts are the starry muses of revolutionaries, and under their brilliant creative influence, ideals have the power to take form. We’ve been under this Sun/Uranus sextile for the last week, and this week, as it pulls apart we’re more likely to feel its effect. Be prepared to move into action.
(3) The Sun/Uranus sextile also includes Jupiter, in Leo. Jupiter opposes the Sun as it simultaneously forms a trine with Uranus, and because Jupiter amplifies whatever planet it’s interacting with, its presence ramps up those Sun/Uranus urges for personal freedom. And since Jupiter is in Leo, the Sign of drama, you can anticipate melodrama as part of the process. But that’s not all….
(4) While the opposition pulls things to extremes, the trine between Jupiter and Uranus, signals sudden and unforeseen changes of fortune. Close to zero in the bank one day and easily paying the bills the next—or the other way around—is just one example of how Jupiter/Uranus contacts can shift circumstances in the blink of an eye.
All week long these interactions are going to challenge your picture of reality. Unforeseen information, secret alliances, hidden agendas, as well as non-charged, positive exchanges all have the power to shift perspectives. Use this power. Notice where you are holding on to an old point of view that no longer serves and be willing to break free from outworn ties that have bound you out of obligation to hold on no matter what. I’m not suggesting cavalier behavior that only serves a narcissistic purpose. I’m simply suggesting that the force of these planetary alignments can assist in generating the necessary impulse to move out of stasis and into growth.
And one last thing: Try to be patient with yourself as well as with your fellow travelers this week. Remember, we are all feeling the stress of the retrograde and some of us are still learning how to handle the strain with greater skill.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Lighten up and your entire worldview will brighten, if only a little bit, but just enough to lift your spirit and the spirits of those you love. This optimistic view isn’t necessarily a cure for what ails, but it is a remedy for the heart and the soul.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Sometimes knowing that we have the power to be free is enough to liberate an attitude that is keeping us enslaved. Go after the opportunity knowing that reaching for it is as important as attaining it.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Just express yourself—you have too much valuable wisdom to remain silent. Of course, you don’t have all the answers—who does? No one is expecting you to be omniscient, and holding back isn’t helping anyone, especially you, to break free from patterns that are keeping you stuck.
Cancer June 22-July 22
There are real opportunities to make money, but to take advantage of those moments you have to be willing to do all of the necessary hard work. Remember, all beautiful gardens start with the hard work of tilling the soil and spreading the fertilizer.
Leo July 23-August 22
There is absolutely no reason for you to be singing the blues, unless of course it’s that old David Bromberg song, “Someone Else’s Blues.” Allow yourself to be joyous about your situation, and focus your attention on all the things that are right in your life.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Yes…this retrograde has hit you pretty hard, but if you take a deep breath and try to get a broad perspective, you might discover that despite the difficulties, it has provided a wealth of information for you to ponder when deciding on your next steps.
Libra September 23-October 22
While the week is jam-packed with work, there are still opportunities to socialize. And hidden in those encounters are surprising interactions that catalyze a new way of thinking about how you form alliances. Be open to the possibility of reevaluating your role and you’ll learn a lot.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Seize the moment or allow the moment to seize you—but whatever approach you try, take advantage of the surprising career opportunities that are possible. Forget that it’s a retrograde and jump into these openings with both feet.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Instead of having faith or believing in something with an absence of proof, be confident that you are making the right choices for yourself and those you love. Yes…there are hard decisions to make, but you have the strength and stamina to make all the necessary choices wise ones.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
I know finance is one of your major concerns—notice I didn’t say “worries”—and sometimes it’s wise to be circumspect. But this week there are opportunities for you to come to a different understanding about the power of money, and that new perspective could be more beneficial than you realize.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
There’s no need to hold back, so simply say what’s on your mind, because significant others are really interested in what you have to say. They may not agree with every point or idea, but they will be supportive and pleased with your attitude and approach.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Have the courage to plumb the depths of your emotions, and if it feels overwhelming, seek the help and advice of a qualified counselor. These waves contain valuable information but you need to be able to move past the intensity to gather the wisdom skillfully.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-212-222-3232, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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