Retrograde Turnaround

For the week of September 8-14, 2010.

Finding a consistent personal pace this week won’t be easy. Several planets are changing position as two others change direction, and the combined effect of their activity is likely to manifest as excessive interruptions and disjointed routines. It’s not that progress isn’t possible. It’s just irregular. Think “two steps forward and one step back” and you’ll get a handle on the odd rhythm. Be prepared to make on-the-spot adjustments — physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual — as shifting moods and attitudes produce powerful riptides that could pull you off course if you’re clinging too rigidly to a specific perspective. The good news is that none of the current planetary activity carries a pernicious signature. But because transitions are often awkward, some of us could be distressed, disturbed, and discombobulated by the change in astral weather.

Here’s the deal: Both Mercury and Pluto go direct this week. Mercury, retrograde since August 20, “turns around” on September 12, which will alleviate the stress of gazillions of communication and travel snafus. Just don’t expect miracles on Monday. It will take several days for Mercury to gain forward momentum. But by the middle of the week, the retrograde delays and detours should be behind us.

On September 14, early in the morning Eastern Daylight Time (September 13 PDT), Pluto also goes direct. Retrograde since April 6, and as Pluto makes its “course correction,” it will plough through six months of previously covered ground. Although the effect of Pluto Direct tends to be less obvious than Mercury’s, Pluto’s presence should never be underestimated. Just ask those individuals born in the early phase of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn how life has been unfolding for the last two years — and then be prepared to listen to a litany of transformational “opportunities.” Remember, Pluto seeks authenticity, and by that I mean it invites us to explore what lies beneath. Responding to that invitation usually means plumbing the depths of our emotional and psychological worlds with the intention of discovering hidden, often unconscious patterns that have a profound effect on conscious choices.

Venus enters Scorpio on September 8, followed quickly by Mars on September 14. As most of us know from all sorts of non-astrological sources, Venus and Mars represent the female and male principle, and when they travel together, as they have since the middle of August, they stimulate sexual and sensual impulses. Couple those urges with the decidedly erotic signature of Scorpio, and many of us may find ourselves in passion’s inexorable pull.

Jupiter retrogrades back into Pisces on September 9, forming a tight conjunction with Uranus (not that they’ve been very far apart). Jupiter’s move back into Pisces is sure to trigger an almost constant state of déjà vu, but that doesn’t mean your mantra has to become “same as it ever was.” The facts of the situation may be the same, but your response may have shifted over the last several months — and that could make a world of difference.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

ARIES If you acknowledge the depth of your desire for success, you’ll have an easier time navigating the powerful undercurrents affecting your career choices. This isn’t about lessening your ambition; it’s about strengthening strategy.

TAURUS There’s no need to push the situation so hard that you push yourself right over the edge. Relax and allow the situation to unfold on its own, and you’ll be pleased with the outcome.

GEMINI Although you are tired, this is not the time to withdraw or capitulate. You don’t have to work until you collapse, but you do have to stay on the field until you win.

CANCER The need for solitude persists, but this week it collides with an equally strong need for fun. Rather than see these two desires as oppositional, figure out how they can be combined to produce a joyous experience.

LEO Despite the external turmoil, you have an opportunity to feel grounded in your inner center. If you haven’t created that internal safe haven, use this time as an opportunity to do so. If you have, anchor yourself deep within.

VIRGO Daily life is evolving to include even more responsibilities, which means learning to skillfully delegate responsibility is essential. Instead of micro-managing, assign the details to someone you trust.

LIBRA Pluto disturbs the bottom of your psychic pond, bringing deep issues of security to the surface of daily life. Resisting Pluto is like trying to keep your eyes open when you sneeze. Rather than fight the inevitable, embrace the process.

SCORPIO Mars and Venus place you perfectly in your element, so don’t even think about holding back. Take center stage and let yourself shine. Just remember to be polite and to say “thank you” to all your fans.

SAGITTARIUS While it looks like a financial issue, it is actually about more than just money. At the core, this is a problem of self-worth. So before you blame it on “not enough bucks,” see if you can shift your attitude.

CAPRICORN Spend time with those you love and give yourself permission to enjoy the company of friends and family. This advice is not an outworn cliché; the comfort of connection will nourish your soul.

AQUARIUS Be clear about your priorities. Venus and Mars place the emphasis on your career, which means there are plenty of opportunities for you to make progress — if that’s what you want.

PISCES Jupiter’s presence back in your Sign signals additional opportunities for expansive self-realization — and for those less introspective, travel prospects. Whatever avenue you choose, new worlds of knowledge are opening up.


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