After roughly three weeks of retrograde motion, the tiny, yet influential planet of Mercury, stations direct to begin the week. While it is technically out of its retrograde period the few weeks that follow the station are also important because they represent the degrees which the planet reversed. This is called the “shadow” period. Once Mercury moves past the shadow period its influence is less impactful. While we all may feel frustration and doubt during the retrograde it is important to note that this same time frame offers us an opportunity to reconsider our path forward.
In that capacity it is a useful time frame to reset our course, so to speak. Mercury is the only planet that is now stationing direct. Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are still slowly moving in reverse from our perspective on earth. While this is not uncommon, it does allow us to “re” everything. Review, reconsider, reinvent, restate, reset and so on.
The other big event this week is the Sun’s ingress into Virgo. Mercury is the ruling planet of Virgo, so it is timely that its ruler would be spreading its influence in a positive fashion during this period. Virgos are known for being service-oriented. As a result we often find them in caregivers situations.
They are those who serve. People who serve are those whose purpose is to provide help and comfort. We find doctors, nurses, dentists and others share this sign. Virgos are also known for being overly critical at times. They are a mutable earth sign and tend to accommodate rather than lead. These are generalizations of course, but they remain largely true. Attention to details is also an important character trait. Since they are ruled by Mercury they also have a strong leaning towards communications and writing. This is Virgo’s time of the year as we begin to consider returning to our “winter” schedule and school’s beckon as the summer winds down.
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
By week’s end your ruling planet Mars will station direct after two month retrograde period. This should provide you with an opportunity to refocus on career topics and shift them into high gear. Advice from a close friend or significant other could help to point you in the right direction. Onward, upward.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
You may try to avoid expanding your skill set but the universe has different plans for you. With that in mind why not seek out a blending of the old and the new? You might find that working while attending classes in the evening works to satisfy both ends of your life. You are being asked to improve.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Jupiter may be pulling you to improve yourself or to receive greater exposure on the job. As a result don’t be surprised if you are approached regarding a written report or faced with making a presentation that could significantly enhance your position. Expect action to unfold with large organizations or legal entities.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
You might be in conversations with your partner about your future plans together. Naturally the topic of money and resources is highly likely as you try and forge a plan that you can both work with. Creativity is at an all time high so push the envelope and see what transpires. Soar.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
It is quite likely that you daily work routine is under question this week. You may be waiting word on the status of your next contract or seeking out alternatives to your present plan. A fruitful conversation may provide some clarity. Unusual offers may come your way from unanticipated quarters. Avoid being pushy. It could backfire.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The Sun is now in Virgo so take notice. You might be surprised by an offer of travel or education that comes along quite out of the blue. Any offers that appear to be of value, even remotely, are well worth the time to pursue. You never know how you have been presented and the opportunities therein.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Venus is gliding through Libra. This warm and welcome influence may sweeten the story for you in every way. Domestic topics may pull your attention but you are well-equipped to handle them. Diplomacy and tolerance are best if you can aim for a high bar. The responsible approach may work the best.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov 21)
Jupiter continues in Scorpio and that may bode well for you especially regarding conversations about work. You could be bogged down in a report or presentation that has been assigned your way. Look for an unusual suggestion from your significant partner. Work should progress quite well with business alliances.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Long-term finances may face new scrutiny this week so keep an eye on that topic. Career is highlighted this week so that may be where the answer lies. A tap on the shoulder may prompt you to investigate a health topic. Family may be highlighted as a transition lies ahead. Responsibility.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Education or travel may figure prominently this week. If so, try to use this influence to re-direct your path in some manner. Fact finding may be useful, especially if you are investigating alternatives for employment. Test every contact or angle that comes your way for potential new direction. You are being reinvented.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
A possible unusual romantic connection may appear out of nowhere this week. Be cautious of appearing over zealous or headstrong. People met under this influence may linger within your circle for some time. Career aspirations may be high and well thought out. Transition may be in the air so pivot to meet the upcoming change.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You may be somewhat unrealistic in your desire to travel. Education is highly influential at this time. Be certain you are seeing clearly. If so, this could be a marvelous opportunity to fulfill a long-held dream. Business associates are key so pay close attention to them. Large organizations and elderly relatives may be important.