Let’s all breathe a big sigh of relief as Mercury, which has been in retrograde since April 21, finally stations direct on May 14. This shift in energy will gradually improve our ability to communicate with one another.
We can now begin to clear up the misunderstandings that arose during the retrograde period. This is not a simple reboot. First, the lingering effects of the Mercury retrograde may persist for a while. And even once a planetary shift is in full effect, down here on Earth it takes us some time to set the record straight and gain forgiveness, too.
The Sun remains in practical Taurus throughout the week, in a harmonious aspect that encourages us to break free from routine and embrace new ideas. It’s a good time for all of us to consider how we might adopt a “Twenty Summers,” point of view, whether we can get to the Hawthorne Barn or not. That idea incubator’s 10th season opens this week, offering an infusion of how others are imagining a better future “for 20 summers from today.”
Imagining the future will, for most of us, feel right this week, with Mars in emotional Cancer squaring Jupiter. We’ll be feeling restless and eager to change the world and ourselves. The caveat is we’ll likely take on more than we can handle.
That’s why as you dream of this summer and the next 19 to follow, it’s essential to be cautious and avoid overextending yourself. Confronting and resolving hidden issues or power struggles in our lives will help clear the way.
March 21 – April 19
Expand your horizons this week. You’re ready to embrace change, and you know that when challenges arise you can face them head-on.
April 20 – May 20
You’re looking forward to so many things. But remember to stay grounded in the present and enjoy the moment.
May 21 – June 20
What kind of creative or spiritual pursuits are possible for you? Let yourself go after them. Your determination will provide all the stability you need.
June 21 – July 22
You may notice a new and harmonious energy in your relationships. Embrace it and you might find yourself supported by greater commitment.
July 23 – Aug. 22
You may be feeling a renewed sense of creativity and the urge to express yourself. Use this time to do it, starting with showing your feelings openly.
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
You’ll be dealing with lingering communication issues. Your analytical nature is going to come in handy there. Meanwhile, new opportunities may require a leap of faith.
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Your diplomatic skills will be essential to resolving the misunderstandings brought on by the Mercury retrograde. Consider tapping your spiritual connections for insights.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
This week is serving up plenty of transformation and growth opportunities for you. To take advantage of them, focus on understanding yourself instead of analyzing others.
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
If things have been hard for you these last few weeks, know the challenges will begin to ease. Take heart and express yourself.
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
You love your focused routine, but now’s a good time to give it a break and explore something new. Personal growth (I know that sounds scary) could follow.
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Are you feeling it, early adopter? It’s a good time to explore new opportunities. Also: deeper connections with loved ones doesn’t mean abandoning your individuality.
Feb. 19 – March 20
Nurture and strengthen bonds with those you care about. That’s where you’ll find stability to balance your tendency to go with the flow.