The month begins slowly or gently with three of the personal planets in the sign before yours, Taurus, and your ruler Mercury joins them on the 1st. This hidden sector of your chart rules secrets, things going on behind the scenes and retreat.
You may be out of action or caught up with a busy life that allows little time to do more than anything essential. The energy turns inward with planets in this sector of your chart and focuses your attention on unfinished business.
Saturn currently opposes the Taurus planets from the sign of Scorpio ruling your work, routine and health and as Saturn slows things down, it’s likely to be one of these areas which is the reason why life is on go slow.
Take note of what happens on or around the 1st and 5th when first Mars, planet of action, and secondly Mercury, planet of communication, are opposed by Saturn. You may find an obstacle in your path, be up against authority, your own fear or doubt or simply find your options are limited.
The turning point comes on the 10th when there’s a solar or New Moon eclipse in the sign of Taurus. This is a tipping point, a break-through and a chance to close a door on the past and start afresh. Eclipses often involve external circumstances as they bring what’s hidden to light. There’s an intense energy on or around an eclipse date and often a compulsive desire to act and make something happen.
As this eclipse takes place in the most hidden sector of your chart, this may involve a secret, letting go of a habit or addiction or a deeply personal event. It suggests that something has to be let go of in order for you to be able to move on.
After this date things begin to move quickly and it’s a positive and lively picture, quite the opposite from the first ten days. Venus, planet of love and relating, enters Gemini the day before the eclipse and on the 15th, Mercury, your ruler, also moves into your sign. Heading towards your birthday month, the planets begin to build in Gemini, adding energy and confidence to the mix. With the love planet Venus in your sign it’s a brilliant time to date, meet someone new and make love a priority. Mercury gives you the gift of the gab so be flirtatious and use your Gemini wit to attract admirers.
Venus and Mercury together are sociable and fun and when they meet up with the planet of spontaneity, Uranus, on the 18th and 21st, take the initiative. Whatever you want to ask for, do it; whoever you want to see more of in your life, make things happen. Uranus is in your friendship sector so catch up with old friends, especially if you’ve not seen some of your closest friends for a while.
The real peak dates of the month, however, are the 27th and 28th, when first Mercury and then Venus connect with Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and opportunity. Jupiter’s been in Gemini since last June 2012 and will move on from your sign at the end of next month. This is the last blast of Jupiter energy so make the most of it. Jupiter’s an expansive quality, ruling foreign connections, travel, study, religion, publishing and the Law. It’s the planet of good times and if you’re involved in any of the above areas of life, this combination signals success. You will be able to see the three planets, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, together in the night sky so do look out for them and make a wish.
The Sun enters Gemini on the 20th and connects with Jupiter next month but for now the Sun is moving towards another eclipse with the Moon. This takes place on the 25th and it’s an emotional lunar or Full Moon eclipse square to Neptune. This is the last eclipse in the eclipse cycle that began in December 2010 cutting across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. It’s about you and your relationship with key one-on-ones in your life. This may be your partner, an ex or someone else who plays a significant role, a parent or boss perhaps and the eclipse suggests this is crunch time. A big decision needs to be made and there may be a new arrangement or important factor to consider.
Of course, what comes your way depends on your personal situation but eclipses can flag up a triangle situation when 3 into 2 won’t fit, or the need to close a door on the past so you can move on. Engage your heart and soul and be honest about your own feelings and open to hearing what someone close has to say. With Neptune, the watery planet, connected to this eclipse, this does feel deeply emotional but be aware that Neptune is more about fantasy than reality.
The plus side of Neptune is that it brings fantastic ideas and creativity and Neptune is currently at the top of your chart ruling your career and vocation. So this would be a wonderful weekend for a spiritual or creative retreat or workshop. As long as you keep your feet on the ground and don’t disappear into the ether, put Neptune’s creative and compassionate vibe to good use.
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