Written By Jessica Lanyadoo
Mercury goes station direct on the 3rd – finally. When a planet goes ‘SD’ or station direct, it means that it's no longer moving backwards, but it isn't moving forward at its normal speed either. When a planet is SD, it’s a great time to pause and catch up with things rather than moving full-speed ahead. While you can expect your computer to stop acting funny and communication issues to start clearing up, things aren’t quite back to normal yet.
Last week on the 26th of April, Mercury retrograded to sit back on top of Uranus again (the last time you felt this was on March 26th), and it’ll go on through May 13th. Uranus rules the central nervous system and Mercury is your mind; this means that you can expect to feel nervous, hecka genius, on edge, and/or spontaneously ready to combust. The combination will make you quick to jump to conclusions but restless with whatever you settle on (FUN!). Sleep may be hard to come by, so get your breath work and meditative practices on because we’ll be feeling the effects of this transit most strongly this week around the 9th.
No matter how tempted you are, it’s wise to avoid gossip and smack talk during this influence because you’ll find that secrets have a way of coming out in the most awkward ways. You may feel ready to cut ties or just cuss someone out, but try to sit on your reactions, lovers. If things feel that serious after this transit passes, have at it, but resist the temptation to pick fights that don’t actually need to happen. This energy can be really disruptive, so strive to make those disturbances creative instead of destructive. The potential here is that you see things from a new angle and find ways of working with information or relationships that are expansive. The risk is that you’re careless and end up hurting yourself and others in the process.
The good news is that when that stressful Mercury transit peaks on the 9th we’ll also enjoy a deepening Sun trine to transformative Pluto. This intensifies your ability to see the truth and grow from what you learn. Be open to meaningful encounters, whether they’re with yourself or another person; this energy represents the power for creative change, but you’ve got to chose to make it happen.
The best approach to this week’s astrology is to observe the ways that you experience, and react to mental stress. Bring awareness to your own patterns so that you can either better accept yourself, or change what isn’t serving you. This is a unique and transformative time – seize it with intention!
Inner peace is a practice, not a destination, lovers.
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March 21-April 19
You’re a person with strong preferences, and that’s a beautiful thing. When you don’t honor your truth, however, you end up feeling weird, like nothing quite fits. This week you’re on call to own the ways that you haven’t acted in integrity with what you know to be true. It’s no small thing, but it’s also not the end of the world. Identify and express the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you, Aries. Be a willing participant in the direction of your life, my love.
April 20-May 20
The truth is not a slippery slope; it’s a steady plateau. You’re at war with something that is irrevocably true, and it’s hurting you, Taurus. Instead of struggling against the tide, take a pause and look at what you’re trying so desperately to protect. Change, instability, and growth all come with a price tag, but stagnancy is way more expensive. Love yourself through the instability of this moment, and avoid random fights that distract you from your real problems.
May 21-June 21
The most stressful things can bring you to your greatest potential. Instead of shrinking in the face of your insecurities, this week your challenge is to embody the resourcefulness that you’ve been working so hard to cultivate. Take control of your life, Twin Star. If you’re willing to outgrow some parts of your life, you have to be ready for everything to change. Don’t hold yourself back this week. Let go of the old, and embrace a new adventure.
June 22-July 22
The needs of others can be totally counter to yours, and that doesn’t mean that anyone is exactly at fault. It’s complicated, and the more willing you are to be here for the messiness, the more able you are to have real and lasting intimacies. Your anxieties, triggers, and IRL situations are all shaken up by the snow globe of life. Don’t succumb to your worst fears without giving your relationships a fighting chance; avoid jumping to conclusions this week.
July 23-Aug. 22
There are some nagging fears nipping at your heels, Leo. These aren’t brand new concerns, they’re deep old beliefs running on loop. Your job right now is to figure out if they’re trying to protect you or keep you stuck. There’s often a very fine line between the two, but you’ve got to get out your magnifying glass and find it. Seek the creative potential in what you chose; while it can be therapeutic to go through difficult things, that’s not the only way to heal, my love.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
You’re ready to make changes, and it’s super exciting, Virgo. Growing is scary sometimes because it’s pretty inevitable that you’ll outgrow people and things, but you shouldn’t let it stop you. This week you’re on call to expand beyond your ideas about who you are and how you get to be. Instead of maintaining the status quo, now’s the time for you to take steps to create a greater peace than you’ve yet to experience. Take radical steps towards security this week.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
You’ve got to be brave, Libra. There’s only so far that diplomacy and niceness will take you – sometimes you’ve got to assertively push yourself forward. Confront your fears and negative beliefs about what will happen if you break ranks with your old ways and become more. Avoid obsessive thinking if you can, and if you can’t, try to insert a positive belief or statement into your busy brain. You’re going places; don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Love is a healing and regenerative force, as is happiness. Make the conscious choice to align yourself with the situations, people, and things that spark joy. I’m not suggesting that you act like a Pollyanna; life, and the world at large are stressful. What I recommend this week is that you earnestly strive to seek the positive, the potential, and the growth opportunity in every annoying, scary, or upsetting thing that comes up.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
When you take on too much it’s pretty much inevitable that you’ll get overwhelmed and shut down sooner or later. The question for you to ask yourself this week is what specifically you’re rushing towards; is there anything that you could do a better job of appreciating or investing in, in the here and now. It’s time to slow down and do a better job of valuing where you’re at. In doing so your plans will get richer and more effective, as will your outcomes.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
The past has a way of repeating itself, but it doesn’t have to. If you’re willing to learn from your own history – to look at the choices you made that were and weren’t on point for you – you can make meaningful changes to how you interact with your current circumstances. This isn’t your first rodeo, and it’s on you to make use of the wisdom you’ve accumulated, Cappy. Take the risk of doing things differently this week; you’re likely to be happily surprised by what happens next.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
You have a fantastic imagination, Aquarius, and that’s an amazing gift to have. The trouble with it is that you can fantasize yourself into a deep, dark hole and conjure up all manner of impossibilities from there. If you’re going to guess into your future or pretend you know what other people are thinking or feeling, thenthis week your challenge is to come up with creative, positive, or at least neutral visions. Don’t make life so much more stressful for yourself than it needs to be, my love.
Feb. 19-March 20
One way or another, you’ve chosen the path you're on. The question you need to ask yourself again and again, is: do I chose this? Am I down for this? Because if the answer is no, you have choices. They may not be great options, but they’re yours. The more keyed in to your free will you are, the easier it’ll be to align your actions with your intentions, Pisces. This week your fears may be screaming in your ear, but that doesn’t make them right.