It’s a bumpy ride this week. The planets are in transition, and so are we. And while I don’t and won’t blame the stars for cranky attitudes, as most of us know, shifts—emotional, psychological, spiritual, or physical—are often uncomfortable, especially if you’re feeling tired, overworked, stretched too thin, or just downright suspicious of what’s going to happen next.
Anticipate resistance, yours or others’, as many of us try figure out how to handle these jarring rhythms of change. Just be aware, the pushback may simply be a reflexive action rather than a real refusal to cooperate. Also be prepared to feel out of sorts with no plausible explanation for your malaise. Of course, it’s not all bad news—plenty of people are thriving even in the midst of the current state of transformational intensity, particularly those who are living from the inside out, making peace with what is, even if that means breathing through moments of profound uncertainty, trusting that the eventual outcome will be positive.
The first obstacle to a smooth flow is the second Mercury Retrograde phase of 2013, which begins on June 26 and lasts until July 20. For those unfamiliar with Mercury Retrograde, it’s a period of time when Mercury, from Earth’s perspective, appears to be moving backwards. Of course, we know this is impossible, but from an astrological perspective, during Mercury Retrograde, all things within Mercury’s vast domain, which includes all things related to communication and travel, seem to have a life of their own. From mail of every variety to planes to trains to automobiles to computers to cell phones—you name the device or method of transportation and something is sure to go wrong. Back up your computers, now. Don’t wait until tomorrow; the three days before and after this phase are part of the retro-zone, so don’t procrastinate. And don’t be surprised if all week long, nothing seems to move as it “should.” Patience is the best position to assume during a retrograde.
The Sun enters the Sign of Cancer on June 21, marking the start of a new season. And on July 25, right after that transition and just prior to Mercury Retrograde, Jupiter changes Signs, moving from Gemini to Cancer. Jupiter symbolizes expansion, abundance, and enthusiasm, and its transit through Gemini, the Sign of communication and information, placed the astral emphasis on data of every dimension. Now, as it moves into Cancer, the emphasis shifts away from facts and figures to feelings. Expect to feel slightly disconcerted as the locus of perception shifts. Jupiter’s journey through Cancer will stir a wide range of responses to the issues of safety and security, as well as to the ties that bind us to family as well as home.
As Jupiter enters Cancer, it moves into a trine with Saturn and Neptune, forming a Grand Trine in Water that will culminate on July 17. During the next several weeks, we will feel the swell of this positive configuration as it unites the personal concerns, through Jupiter, to the concerns of the many, through Saturn, in Scorpio, to the transpersonal, through Neptune, in Pisces. And while the start of this new cycle might take some getting used to, this is a powerful tide for transformation that even the delays and detours of Mercury Retrograde cannot put asunder. Set an intention to ride it well, and when possible, help your fellow travelers to do the same.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Handle the uneven pace by hunkering down at home and nurturing yourself and those you love. This is the perfect opportunity to take a well-needed break.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Conversation and dialogue continue to be the focus of daily interactions. As long as you speak from the heart, your authenticity will inspire an equally heartfelt response.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Create greater clarity by organizing your finances. Even if you’re hesitant to know the truth of your situation, turning chaos into order could provide beneficial results.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Step into the spotlight and even though it’s not your first choice revel in the attention. Embrace your charismatic glow and allow yourself to wear it well.
Leo July 23-August 22
Despite the discomfort of transition, dream large. And whether it’s Technicolor or HD, don’t let any negativity interfere with your inner vision. Remember, you can’t create what you can’t envision.
Virgo August 23-September 22
While you may not be sure where your help is most needed, allow the thread of your altruistic musings to lead you into action—you have the talent and power to make a difference in your world.
Libra September 23-October 22
Opportunities to expand your career or to modify your situation continue, and they aren’t going to disappear. Take your time getting clear on your next move.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Contemplate what holds your foundation—internal as well as external—in place. This is not so much an exploration of faith as it is recognizing what you know to be true.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
You’re no slouch when it comes to change, which means you have the courage to embrace the next phase of personal growth without spending too much energy resisting the shift.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Acknowledge your need for intimate connection, and you could be surprised by how many opportunities there are to forge deep, intimate bonds with significant others.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Do whatever it takes to put your best foot forward. You’re being dialed up to a new career frequency that includes greater recognition of your expertise.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Creativity is not just an art or a craft—it’s an attitude that translates into a way of life. Live each day as a creative expression and you’ll be surprised at what that sets in motion.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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