How are the stars aligning for you this week?
January 20–February 18
Mercury wraps up its retrograde phase in your subliminal sector this week, and you should gradually start to feel less circumspect. You’ve been keeping your own counsel and relying on your instincts and will get a better handle on things as the fog slowly clears. You may reach conclusions soon about signals you picked up on intuitively. If you’ve been lost in dreamland, your musings will start to gel in the coming days — ideally to the point where you can make use of them. Mercury, Uranus and Pluto revisit the battles they had last week, so continue to be mindful of what you’re saying. Introspection should be a bigger priority than self-expression. An opportunity for a loving sacrifice that has spiritual value may present itself.
February 19–March 20
With Mercury turning direct in your network zone this week, you might want to clear the air with friends or colleagues if you’ve had a misunderstanding in the last few weeks. If you’ve reconnected with someone from the past, take a step to get your new relationship off the ground. You may have been reassessing a particular friendship or your association with a group and will get additional clarity soon — and perhaps come to a decision. Mercury has the same battles with Uranus and Pluto that it had last week, requiring you to sidestep disagreements over money, values and possessions and focus on a new objective or interest. A Venus-Neptune encounter encourages you to network, socialize and share your dreams.
March 21–April 19
Mercury goes direct at the top of your chart this week, permitting you to think more clearly about your goals and communicate more effectively with authority figures. You may start to formulate a workable plan for success, based on your thoughts from the past few weeks. Your ability to see where you’re headed and promote yourself to people who have the power to help you get there will improve. But Mercury resumes its difficulties with Uranus and Pluto for a bit so, once again, you’ll need to guard against impatience and power struggles. A Venus-Neptune meetup hints that inner faith and an acceptance of what has already transpired will be good for your public image or creative success.
April 20–May 20
Now that Mercury is finishing up its retrograde period in your expansion house this week, travel will become less problematic, and your perspective should come into sharper focus. Your ability to put things together in your mind and find their meaning will improve, as will your ability to articulate your beliefs. Learning new subjects will get easier as this cerebral planet picks up speed. But Mercury, Uranus and Pluto get into the same tangle they were in last week, upping the odds of a difference of opinion. Pay attention to the subconscious impulses that are sure to influence your speech. Valuing a wide range of people, viewpoints, ideas and experiences will help you to feel in step with a group now.
May 21–June 20
Mercury resumes forward motion in your depth sector this week, facilitating intimate dialogue, research, investigation and psychological inquiry. If you’ve been trying to figure out what you can expect to get from an outside source or another person, your thoughts should begin to come together soon, forming a clearer picture of support and sharing. Any holdups with a loan, grant, inheritance or refund will start to get sorted out. Mercury runs into the same trouble with Uranus and Pluto that it had last week, so again, try to resist the temptation to obsess, pry, control or argue. Getting to the bottom of something that directly concerns you may be worthwhile. Trust and partnership can help you feel like you’re headed in a positive direction.
June 21–July 22
With Mercury beginning to move forward again in your one-on-one angle after backtracking there for the last three weeks, you should be able to resolve your differences with someone if you’ve experienced conflict. Mutual understanding is within reach, so give each other the benefit of the doubt and try to sort out any crossed wires. If you’ve been rethinking a relationship, you’ll begin to have a clearer perspective of it. Mercury, Uranus and Pluto are still feuding, so conversations could be intense and you may still have some anxiety about the outcome. But a Venus-Neptune meetup puts you in a more agreeable mood and hints that faith in the future and a feeling of connectedness will enhance your relations.
July 23–August 22
After spending three weeks backpedaling in your efficiency zone, Mercury goes direct this week — a welcome development that should gradually straighten out scheduling snafus, miscommunication on the job and various glitches in your everyday life. If you’ve learned anything about your health lately, you might want to consider getting a second opinion or rerunning a test now. And recent thoughts about your work, diet, fitness, habits or approach to a problem or task will begin to crystallize, enabling you to feel more on-track. A replay of last week’s Mercury-Uranus and Mercury-Pluto troubles requires you to continue avoiding excessive criticism and fixation on the right way of doing something. But a Venus-Neptune encounter suggests working on a close relationship will prove beneficial.
August 23–September 22
Fortunately, Mercury — your ruling planet — ends its retrograde period this week, facilitating clearer thinking and communication. If you’ve been playing around with a creative idea, it may be time to turn it into something doable. And if you’ve found yourself reflecting on your love life, your level of happiness or your personal fulfillment, those musings can begin to come together, spurring you to reach a conclusion and perhaps even a decision. Since Mercury still has to contend with Uranus and Pluto, you may need to guard against obsessing over a past love or venting your frustration with a current one too rashly. A fortuitous Venus-Neptune connection encourages you to simply show your affection and fondness for someone.
September 23–October 22
With Mercury turning direct at the bottom of your chart after three weeks’ retrograde there, communication with family or housemates, your thoughts about your living situation and your understanding of your underlying emotions should begin to improve. Your recent introspection can now give way to productive insights into how you got to where you are in your life. Mercury is contending with Uranus and Pluto again, so you should continue to look at the ways in which your innermost feelings, your family and the past could be affecting a relationship. Thanks to a connection between Venus and Neptune, nurturing yourself and maintaining a pleasant, pretty home environment will enhance your sense of wellbeing. Mothering someone who needs you may also feel good.
October 23–November 21
Mercury goes direct this week, so your thinking and speech will begin to sharpen, and misinformation should start to get cleared up. Delays and crossed wires won’t hold you up, as they’ve done in the past few weeks. Although you may have felt confused or unfocused, the ideas and theories you’ve come up with recently may be of use — if you consider how you can work with them. Mercury’s battles with Uranus and Pluto resume briefly, again making control issues, explosive words and anxiety over everyday frustrations potential landmines. But Venus is in that same house and vibing with Neptune, so appreciating the love and beauty in your interactions and environment and allowing yourself to feel happy are essential to making this a positive week.
November 22–December 21
With Mercury wrapping up its retrograde phase in your worth house this week, payment delays, misallocated resources, poor financial judgment and confusion over values or priorities should start to become a thing of the past. If you’ve been reassessing your budget, means of income, possessions or self-esteem, such thoughts may begin to gel now, allowing you to formulate a plan for acting on them. But Mercury, Uranus and Pluto are resuming the same squabbles they had last week, meaning you still need to keep an eye on impulse spending and questionable risks. Thanks to an opportune meeting between Venus and Neptune, this could be another good week for pondering the personal value of possessions and purging some to cleanse your space.
December 22–January 19
Mercury turns direct in Capricorn this week, after backtracking in your sign for most of the month. You’ll start to feel less tongue-tied, confused and frustrated, as the planet that rules thinking and talking picks up speed. If you’ve been engaged in private introspection, your discoveries could gradually lead to some positive changes. In the meantime, Mercury has to fend off Uranus and Pluto yet again, cautioning you to continue to watch out for obsessiveness, emotional overreactions and combativeness. Getting to the bottom of what’s going on inside you might be the most productive use of these planetary battles. Luckily, a Venus-Neptune meeting hints that love, empathy, spirituality and peacefulness can have a positive influence on your mindset and interactions.