A mixed week…
It’s a mixed week this week as the planet of action, drive and determination, Mars, appears to slow right down and starts to move backwards in one of its rare retrograde cycles.
Whereas Mercury goes retrograde about four times a year, Mars only does so around once every two years.
What’s Mars retrograde?
So what does Mars retrograde “mean”. We need to look at it symbolically. Mars is usually the planet that rages ahead. It’s the engine of the zodiac. So how is a car with its engine running backwards? Yeah. Not all that functional!
When Mars is going backwards, you’re likely to get very frustrated very quickly if you try too hard to forge a new path. Far better to be content to run on the spot for a while, so to speak. In other words, don’t push too hard in this cycle and you won’t end up feeling like you’ve wasted a lot of energy.
The secret, as ever with astrology, is to learn honour the cycles. Just as we need to allow ourselves downtime in the Moon’s waning cycle (which we are in right now), so we need to take our foot off the accelerator pedal as Mars reverses.
One upside of this cycle is diminished levels of anger – hopefully. See what your life is like when you’re slower to respond in upset or to take offence, or to attack someone who has displeased you!
Also this week, the Sun opposes Saturn which sounds like the Universe trying to teach us a lesson. If you find yourself being lectured to by someone, see if they have a point and perhaps you have something to learn. And if you find yourself lecturing someone, do it with a higher purpose rather than just wanting to crush someone’s spirit!
How to win the week…
Overall it’s a week to say less and learn more. If you find yourself getting drawn into a bit drama with someone, go easy because it will be very tempting to speak now and regret your words later. The person who wins this week is the person who goes slow and steady, even when being provoked!
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This week marks the start of a four-week period when you need to get really clear on what you want. Not just in general, but specifically. For example, do you want to move, to write a film, to get your own tv show, to climb a mountain, raise X amount for charity, go on Masterchef, sow a garden or learn to sew? As the Sun moves through your Wishing Zone over the coming month, fulfilment lies knowing what you want.
Your friends will probably be top priority this month, as you have a double dose of cosmic influences highlighting your friendship sector. You’ll have Venus in Cancer onside until June 13, adding a lucky, sweet and supportive vibe. Friends may be in a position to help you out, or connect you to a great opportunity. Trust and loyalty may be highlighted when Venus speaks with Pluto on June 6, so keep your promises or a friend’s confidence then.
With Mercury in Cancer from June 12 – 29 you’ll be curious to get to know your mates better, and more interested than usual in meeting new people. Extra time to hang out, catch up and generally chat about your dreams for the future will be essential. Whether you facetime or meet in real life quality time with your besties can soothe your soul and inspire you for the future. A group event may be worth attending, even if you normally prefer to avoid crowds.
A study or work project may take extra time when Mars passes over the karmic South Node on June 8. If you’re unsure about expectations then, check before you start to make sure you don’t waste time. A health and fitness goal might be important too. If so, take care you don’t overdo it. You might think you can do more than you can so setting a realistic schedule will be important this month.
June also brings the possibility of success, thanks to the Sun in Gemini. You may hear great news about a project at work or with study, or find out you’re in the running for an award. Others may be impressed by your leadership skills so don’t be shy about taking charge, especially June 1 and June 14.