June 21–July 22
With Mercury finishing its retrograde phase this week, things start to come into sharper focus. But the mental planet is still hiding out in your subliminal zone, so you’ll get more valuable information from your intuition than from outside sources. The retrograde afforded you additional access to your unconscious; this is a good time to think over what you learned without trying to share it. Keep your own counsel, perhaps journaling or meditating instead of talking. Social Venus is in that same hidden house of your chart, while the sun is heating up your sign. Both planets clash with Pluto now, making one-on-one relationships an area of potential strife. A power struggle is apt to be destructive, so temper the drives of your ego and allow someone else to serve as a mirror, reflecting the impulses of your psyche back to you.
July 23–August 22
Thankfully, mixed signals and misunderstandings with friends and colleagues will begin to dissipate after Mercury goes direct in your network house this week. You’ll be able to get your message across better, and group relations should become smoother. Socializing and communicating won’t be nearly as trouble-prone when the messenger planet regains forward momentum. Amiable Venus is also in this part of your chart, putting you in the mood to see people. However, your ruler the sun is in your seclusion sector, so you probably feel the need for some alone time as well. Both of these planets are quarreling with Pluto now, which suggests that a health issue, work pressures, a shifting schedule or a compulsion to control how things are done could pose a problem. Make the mind-body-spirit connection to improve matters.
August 23–September 22
Your ruling planet Mercury stations direct at the top of your chart this week, facilitating goal-oriented thinking, communication with higher-ups and the conveyance of a public image—areas that were problematic during the retrograde phase. If you’ve been reassessing your career path or a particular objective, you’ll be able to wrap your head around moving forward with a revised plan now. It will become easier to point yourself in the right direction and express where you’re headed to other people. With Venus in your achievement angle and the sun in your group zone fighting with Pluto in your pleasure sector, ambition, friendship or socializing could come into conflict with creativity, romance, self-expression or children. Given the angles that the planets are forming with each other, the best solutions are adjustment and compromise—so stay flexible.
September 23–October 22
Mercury has been traveling retrograde through your exploration house, throwing a wrench into travel plans and spurring you to reexamine what you thought you knew. With Merc turning direct this week, the big picture should begin to come into focus. The retrograde’s alternate rhythm tweaked your perspective—perhaps subtly—and now your mind will reengage with the world, hopefully equipped with an enriched viewpoint. Optimism increases, as growth experiences such as travel become less problematic. Your ruler Venus is in this part of your chart as well, bringing a desire for freedom and a longing for limitlessness. Meanwhile, the sun is in your achievement angle, heating up your ambition. Both of these planets are skirmishing with Pluto, highlighting a family struggle, a change in your living situation or tumultuous emotions. Do what you can to nurture and ground yourself.
October 23–November 21
Mercury goes direct in your depth house this week, so something complex you’ve been turning over in your head will begin to come into sharper focus. One-on-one communication should get easier, and insights into your own psyche can start to be integrated. If you’ve been reviewing an issue concerning debt, a loan, a grant, inheritance, taxes or joint finances, you’ll be able to tie up some loose ends. Your mind has been on the mosaic of intersections between you and other people and how close relationships really work. Venus is upping your desire for closeness, but her clash with Pluto pits that desire against your compulsion to maintain a sense of control over your life. The sun’s fight with Pluto contrasts optimism and future-oriented thinking with a darker, more intense transformation unfolding within you. Sidestep disagreements, and mull your own state of mind.
November 22–December 21
After Mercury turns direct this week, you’ll find it increasingly easier to get your point across—and to understand someone else as well. One-on-one interactions become smoother, as misunderstandings blow over thanks to clearer heads. You definitely need and want to stay engaged with others now, since both chatty Mercury and social Venus are in your relationship angle. Venus usually facilitates harmony and compromise when she’s in this house, but her squabble with Pluto could spell a conflict over money, possessions or values. The sun is also wrestling with Pluto, upping the chance of tension over trust, intimacy or sharing. Resist the temptation to get into a power struggle if it arises. Much of your energy is directed at what you want from other people. Focus instead on your ability to redefine your worth and rebuild your resources.
December 22–January 19
The news that Mercury is stationing direct in your efficiency house this week should come as a relief, since scheduling snags, duplicated efforts, miscommunication on the job and confusion over details and methods should cease to be such a daily hassle. Merc’s retrograde forced you to rethink something related to health, work, habits, your modus operandi or your schedule, and hopefully you hit on a potential improvement. Now you get to integrate that idea. But Venus in that house is battling Pluto in Capricorn, driving home the point that you can’t have everything exactly how you want it by sheer force of will. The sun in your relationship angle is also battling Pluto, which could create a strain between you and others. Be aware of your intense urge to impose your will, and ease up a bit, in the interest of peace.
January 20–February 18
During Mercury’s retrograde phase in your joy house, you recalled a past love or source of pleasure, reworked a creative project or reconnected with something in your heart. Mercury is turning direct this week, so you can take what you’ve learned from this period and start to express yourself in a slightly different way, incorporating a new piece of information that helps you tell the world who you are. Venus is also in that house, increasing the flow of affection, creativity, amusement and love. The sun, however, is in your work zone, meaning a large slice of your energy is going toward your job, health or self-improvement of some kind. Venus and the sun are battling Pluto in your subliminal sector, making it likely that inner turmoil will threaten outer pleasure and productivity. Accepting your darker emotions will lessen the chance that they’ll undermine you.
February 19–March 20
When Mercury goes direct at the bottom of your chart this week, your thoughts on family, home, memories, emotions, security, self-care or old patterns will become less foggy, and you’ll be able to express them more easily. Recent reflection can now be used to inform better choices. Thoughts about feelings and feelings about thoughts should begin to come together, helping you to formulate a new understanding of yourself. Venus is hanging in your roots angle, giving you a desire to nest. But her disagreement with Pluto suggests that group pressure, socializing, friendship or a new goal could keep you from fully enjoying the comforts of home and family. The sun is also fighting with Pluto, pitting your pursuit of personal pleasure against the need to consider the circle of people in your life. Juggle and compromise; don’t give up.
March 21–April 19
Following Mercury’s direct turn in your cognition-and-communication sector this week, you should start to feel more tuned into your environment and engaged with other people. During the retrograde, you were living inside your head more than usual, but the tempo of everyday life is likely to pick up and draw your attention outward again. Your energy will probably veer toward your strong compulsion to achieve something in the world—a preoccupation signified by powerful Pluto’s long-term transit through your ambition angle. With Venus and the sun sparring with Pluto now, your emotions and sense of wellbeing will be impacted by your drive to find, change or develop your life direction. Perceiving that process will help you to avoid externalizing the consequent tension and acting it out through a power struggle. Observe what’s going on inside you before you react to what’s going on outside you.
April 20–May 20
Financial matters should begin to clear up after Mercury goes direct in your worth zone this week. You can trust your judgment more as the mental planet gradually gets back up to speed. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to think about an issue related to possessions, self-esteem, money, prioritizing or making use of your talents. Your perspective is deepening, and you may have an overwhelming urge to travel, learn, pursue new experiences and push past old boundaries on your way to making your mark on the world. Your values, confidence or finances aren’t quite in agreement with that urge, as Venus battles Pluto. Pluto can make you rather obsessed with your personal journey and your beliefs. Try not to let that manifest as a difference of opinion. Instead, take a closer look at your own shifting views.
May 21–June 20
Mercury turns direct in Gemini this week, so your thoughts and words should start clicking into place again. Everyone feels out of sync during retrogrades, but it can feel personal when the planet concerned both rules your sign and is in your sign. You Twins have probably felt especially off your game recently. But this disorienting phase gave you an opportunity for introspection. Now you can begin to express what you’ve discovered. Venus in Gemini is squabbling with Pluto in your sharing sector. So an intense (possibly unconscious) urge to maintain the upper hand in a relationship, to have control over what you’re getting from someone or to change the power dynamic between you and others could be at odds with what you want. Don’t dwell on what you can’t get from outside sources; focus on what you can draw in yourself.