Venus into Leo …

Venus reflected in the Pacific Ocean

Venus reflected in the Pacific Ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Venus, the planet of love and attraction, moves into Leo today, the sign of romance, creativity and drama. So, expectthe next three weeks to involve dramatic expressionsof love and romance!  This sounds like fun, though with Mercury retrograde at the same time I suspect there might be a bit of muddle-headedness in the communications … romantic requests going astray, accidentally pushing the ‘send’ button or with the wrong person in the ‘To’ header … oops!!! As I say, it could be fun! But whatever confusion Mercury might add to the mix, Venus in Leo is a time for love and a time to play.

Venus transits around the zodiac once a year, it’s always less than 60 degrees (ie, one or two signs) away from the Sun.  At the moment it is zooming, so this Leo transit only lasts three weeks … get in quick!

If you know your birth chart, look at the House where Leo is, as this is where you will be attracting love and beauty into your life over the next few weeks.

If you know someone with Venus in Leo in their natal chart, and especially if you’re their lover, you’ll know that this placement loves to adore … and to be adored.  They tend to be affectionate, romantic, generous and playful in relationship, and they really need to know that they are your number one … don’t leave them guessing, it won’t work!  For these people, while Venus travels through Leo over the next few weeks, expect them to be even more magnetic than usual … and maybe even more demanding, after all, this is their time to shine!!

Mercury retrograde 26th June – 21st July 2013

MESSENGER image - First look at side of Mercur...

MESSENGER image – First look at side of Mercury not seen by Mariner 10 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ahh, Mercury retrograde … it seems I’ve already been hit!  when I checked my ephemeris (the program that tells me what position the planets are in at any particular time) the other day and wrote that the retrograde period started on Thursday, I got it wrong!! Apparently I had used Summer Time, rather than Standard Time.   So, Mercury retrograde begins today, at 11.08 pm, to be precise (in Eastern Australia and I double checked it this time).  The influence of the retrograde does last longer than the three week period when it is happening … there is what is called the ‘shadow’ period.  It’s a bit of an explanation … you can find more about it here – http://www.astrologycom.com/retroframe.html.  So, it seems we are already experiencing the retrograde.

Mercury rules thinking, perception, communication, commerce, education and transportation. When it is retrograde, the energy is directed internally, so the external expression of these things doesn’t work so well … hence, misunderstandings, delays, glitches, breakdowns in any of these areas.  Major traffic disruptions are more common, and I’d be fascinated to know what the experience of the next few weeks will be for those who work in IT … I imagine there will be more call outs to fix stuff that’s not working.

It is not that we shouldn’t sign contracts during this tie, but as our thinking and communicating tends to get a bit foggy, it’s important to double check everything (like the time on the ephemeris generator!). And not everything is negative, this is a good time to be doing internal work, and with the retgrograde in Cancer, an especially good time for emotional processing … just don’t expect to be able to tell anyone else what you’ve worked out!!

The retrograde tends to affect people differently.  Geminis and Virgos, who are ruled by Mercury, are most affected … give them a bit of leeway over the next few weeks, especially towards the end of the period (it turns forward on 21st July) as their words and thoughts get more and more muddled as the retrograde goes on.  On the other hand, people who have Mercury retrograde in their birth chart tend to be more effective than usual during this time, particularly at thinking issues through.  Generally, it is a better time for introspection than for expression.

So, take care, double check the detail and laugh at the stuff-ups … it’s not causal, but it is a useful insight into the art of timing!!

Preparing for going backwards

Mercury turns retrograde in Cancer on Thursday.  More details about what it means in next post (and of course it doesn’t actually go backwards, it just looks like that from the perspective of the Earth), but in the meantime, if you’ve got any fine detailed thinking to do, it would be a good idea to get as much of it done before Thursday as possible … things like loans to finalise, contracts to sign, tickets to buy, bookings to make, IT systems to network, communication equipment to upgrade, software to install, bookkeeping to sort out … it’s not that you can’t do this stuff after the retrograde begins, just that stuff-ups are more likely to happen then.  Funny timing with the end of financial year and all that, but the next few weeks are not such a good time to be sorting out your tax!

Astrology isn’t causal, it’s just a handy insight into the art of timing …