We are in the thick of it as they say -- the time between the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 15th when events come to a head and the New Moon Solar Eclipse on the 29th when we can get revved up for a new beginning. It is like slogging home through a wind and rain storm. There's no other option but to trudge through it.
You might think, 'Oh, well that wasn't so bad,' or on the contrary, you might have life circumstances filled with sudden shifts and/or aggravated tension with no place to turn.
Some of us, whose natal placements connect with the current planetary positions, will be more "effected" than others. "Effected" is a funny word. It implies that the planets are causing these things to happen. That is not the case. Planetary positions are not "causes." They are signs and symbols of acute time periods when shifts are likely.
What happens during these high stress time periods is entirely up to us and to the level of consciousness, or awareness and perspective we bring to the situation, whether we try to "resist" in order to maintain the status quo or move on and "go with the flow." Remember the shift happens in our thinking first, before it appears in the outside world.
Aries (March 21 - April 20) Your ruler Mars is one of the corners of a box today. Look carefully in all four directions before you step off the curb or move out into traffic. Any pressure you may feel must be tempered by finding a safe outlet. Go to the gym or take a yoga class and chill.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20) The Sun moved into your birthday month at midnight on the 19th. Mercury followed suit this morning. Late night on the 25th, close to midnight, when the two planets come together in an inferior conjunction, thoughts are wedded to purpose, giving you focus along with stability (your strong suit). You should feel empowered.
Gemini (May 20 - June 21) You might like to spend some time in retreat this week. Your brain can rattle along like an "Eveready" bunny, and needs some time to be still and spacious. If the opera is in town on Saturday, you might enjoy the reprieve in just listening not thinking.
Cancer (June 21 - July 20) Thursday and Friday this week should be especially nice for you. With Jupiter in your sign and the Moon in Pisces, your nurturing nature should be on the surface, not hiding under your hard shell. By showing your feelings you help others who are not so aware of them, do so. There is a time to cry and hug.
Leo (July 20 - August 19) This week, especially today, can be tricky for you as you have planet Saturn to deal with. He is the one that gives us a "reality check." Being a "fixed sign," or a sign when a season is most in evidence (and in this case it is summer) means you are characterized by entrenchment. Of course when the Sun is high and we are all at the beach we like it, but unfortunately those high sunny days do not last. Nothing remains forever, except change.
Virgo (Aug 19 - Sept 21) A healing in relationships is called for now. At the Full Moon last week it should've been apparent. If not, make it happen this week. Surrender, forgive, and feel the bliss all around. You have the potential to make a long-lasting connection these days, but you might have to stop seeing all his/her faults.
Libra (Sep 21 - Oct 19) Mars in your sign is still "causing" a conflict in you. Sometimes you might feel like starting a war and other times feel like making peace. But sometimes it is best not to do anything, especially if you cannot decide what to do, a curse for Libras in the best of times.
Scorpio (Oct 19 - Nov 20) How passionate you are! Above all other signs you need to be involved in only that which you can commit to completely. This is very serious business these days with Saturn in your sign until 2015. Saturn travels in front of Scorpio only every 30 years, the last time being 1983-85. If you are old enough to remember, you might be having a déją vu. If not, you are having your Saturn return and the ripening into adulthood has taken hold. In any event, be sure, as what you are beginning is going to last a long time.
Sagittarius (Nov 20 - Dec 21) Because your ruler Jupiter is in one of the four corners of the box, you might feel like there is no place to go, even though it pains you to say it, loving the open road as you do. Feeling your way out of the box might be the only solution. You have Venus and Saturn to help stabilize your unusually deep feelings at the moment.
Capricorn (Dec 21 - Jan 19) Liking purposeful action as you do, you might feel stymied this week. Friday will probably be the nicest day all week -- when the pressure to do and achieve is lessened and you can relinquish control somewhat.
Aquarius (Jan 19 - Feb 20) The Moon in your sign at the beginning of this week may be more of a hindrance than help. You are one of the signs that need flexibility, especially in groups. Be open to what others have to say and be willing to adjust your attitudes.
Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 21) You have both the planet of love, money and compassion in your sign as well as the "wounded healer" Chiron. Expect hurts, either given or received, be careful of being insensitive to another, and forgive and forget. Don't play the victim. You are here to love and be loved in return.