It’s the first full week of Mercury Retrograde, and Mercury’s in the fiery, bold sign of Leo. Everything feels more passionate and in your face as the week begins, kind of like a dramatic play. It’s your choice how you choose to react. There’s no need to hide what you’re feeling, but also avoid fanning the flames if you can tell people are just itching for a reaction or know how to push your buttons. There is power in remaining in tune with your inner peace, even if the outside world is triggering you or testing your patience.
The Moon in Libra on Monday and Tuesday will help you put yourself in other people’s shoes and see things from their perspective. Avoid getting too defensive if someone calls you out on something or tells you something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Listen to understand, rather than to immediately respond. Then make sure you also have the opportunity to express yourself and speak your truth. Yes, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Chiron all being retrograde can increase misunderstandings, but it can also lead to greater clarity if you’re unafraid of diving to the root of what the misunderstanding’s about. If there’s an issue with jealousy or possessiveness, for example, the root of that issue may have to do with insecurity or trust issues. Get serious about what needs to be dealt with so you don’t end up running around in circles.
Chiron, the asteroid that represents our inner wounds, goes retrograde this week in the sign of Aries. We will feel the effects of Chiron Retrograde as we acknowledge moments when our own egos have gotten in the way of cultivating true human connections. Pay attention to your pride and how easily your self-esteem may be tied to how others feel or think about you. If you find yourself overly self-critical at this time, you should take time this week to ask yourself why you’re always pushing yourself so hard. The more you treat yourself with love, the more you’re able to forgive yourself, the more others are able to follow your lead and do the same — forgive you, and most importantly, forgive themselves. This week you may at first end up thinking it’s your job to save or fix a relationship, especially if you think you had a role in whatever mishap occurred. But relationships are a two-way street, and it’s best to just focus on your own journey, acknowledge your missteps, learn from them and move on. Chiron Retrograde will teach you that wounds can heal faster if you stop picking at them.
Romantically, Venus spends its first full week in Cancer, hanging out with the Sun. You are feeling more romantic and sentimental than ever. If you’re happily boo’d up, this is a great time to write your lover a love note, cook them their favorite meal, make them a home-made gift or do something th that shows them just how much they mean to you. If you’re navigating challenges in your relationship, find peaceful ways to communicate. This week separates us from next week’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, making it a good time to clear the air before everything gets activated once more. Have an internal convo with yourself first before approaching the one you love, that way you’ll already be sure of what you’re feeling and what needs to be said.
And if you’re chillin’, single, and/or mingling, use this week to make sure your home is your ultimate haven and that you feel safe, loved and protected there. Make room for your ideal lover to enter your home soon. Make sure there’s extra pillows next to you when you sleep, and room in the closet for their clothes. Live in the vibration that what you seek is seeking you. It’s an eclipse month, and lovers may manifest out of the blue.
Scorpio, be sure to set your New Moon Intentions this week if you haven’t yet, and listen to my New Moon mantra whenever you need a pick-me up or have moments when you’re doubting yourself or the value you can bring to the world.
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