Saturn, the planet of discipline, challenges + daddy issues, goes retrograde on the 6th. It will remain in retrograde until August 25th, so it’s time to buckle in for Saturn’s ride. Saturn goes retrograde once a year for about 4.5 months. The last time it was in retrograde last year was from March 25th to August 13th; in the same sign of Sagittarius too! So try + think back to the challenges you were facing during this time, as similar themes will pop up again this year. This Retrograde causes you to reflect on your relationships in the beginning of the month. What relationships still serve you? Which ones don't? The lesson that Saturn wants to teach you from now through August is the ability to understand which relationships don't serve your higher good, and how to say no in order to move on. You'll have a positive opportunity for starting new relationships this month, I'll get to that later on with the Full Moon, and you should totally embrace that experience head-on! Just remember that down the road, you might hear a little voice in the back of your head telling you no. Just remember to listen to it. Don't be afraid of the unknown!
Mercury, the planet of communication + information, goes retrograde on the 9th. It will remain in retrograde until May 3rd, so we all have about a month of putting up with Mercury’s annoying bullshit. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times a year, for about 3 weeks each. The last time Mercury Retrograde was in the Taurus sign was from April 28th through May 22nd of last year. What annoyances and disruptions were you experiencing around then? This Mercury Retrograde will affect your internal + mysterious 12th House. What happens when you make assumptions, Gemini? You'll likely be expecting + assuming during this time, and then thrown completely off guard. It is not a safe time to assume right now--so why not be straight forward! If you are very direct in all lines of communications, you will receive the direct responses you're wanting right now. Don't be too harsh on anyone who doesn't give these direct responses when you're not being direct too, by the way. It might come to surface that you are actually the one who isn't being 100% clear right now. That's okay! Just keep on bein' direct + you'll survive it.
There’s a Full Moon (the Pink Moon!) in Libra on the 11th. This Moon is really about relationships and partnerships this month, and could be negative or positive (depending on your sign). Think back to the Libra New Moon on September 30, 2016. If you prepared properly, your wishes + desires from then will be manifested now. Love and friendship are the themes surrounding your House in this relationship/partnership Moon, so how perfect for you! It's truly a positive time for you. If you want a relationship, go out + manifest one. If you want to start a creative project, ideas will be flourishing. If you just want to spend time with your friends, go out + enjoy them! People are naturally attracted to you during this time + your likability factor is sky-high, so embrace this Moon! Because it's going to be a semi-difficult one emotionally for some of the other Zodiac Signs (just sayin').
Venus Retrograde, which was mostly in Aries, ends on the 15th, stationing Direct in the sign of Pisces. For the past month or so, you were re-assessing your relationships + budgets, and feeling out what fit + and what didn’t. In the beginning, the Aries energy had you wanting to take action relationship-wise, but left you feeling frustrated instead. Towards the end, the Pisces energy likely had you dreaming up some unrealistic views + thoughts about said relationships. Nevertheless, lessons have been learned and you can now move forward + progress further in these themes of your life with the Venus Retrograde behind you. With the reflection period of "how people perceive you at work" behind you, now is the time to fully embrace your work relationships with this new information/realization--put it to the test by taking action! With the Full Moon by your side in addition to this, you'll simply be irresistible + magnetic in the workplace. Use that charm to your advantage! Attract what you want through your networking in the office. This goes outside of the workplace too, making you a stunna this month. So take advantage! The universe give + taketh away--it's all just timing. Be sure to take yours this time around. Or forever hold your peace.
The Sun enters Taurus on the 19th, bringing in the season of the bull! Think: sensual, security, and stubborn. This transit, as well as the New Moon later this month, will help with some of the annoying Mercury Retrograde energy. However, it’s important to note that it won’t necessarily cancel it out completely. You'll likely be all in your head in Taurus season,
Pluto, the planet of power, transformation + rebirth, goes retrograde on the 20th. It will remain in retrograde until September 28th, so. Pluto goes retrograde once a year for about 5 months. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and will continue to remain in that sign until 2024. This long period of time (coincidentally lining up with previous presidential elections), has been about revealing the truth within government and authority figures. While it’s in retrograde, expect new information to be revealed to you. In addition, be conscious of your own greed + desire for power. There are some positive aspects that will help you succeed in your goals, but there are quite a few obstacles as well. This Pluto Retrograde will reside in Pluto's natural ruling House, and in true Plutonian mysterious fashion, it's difficult to say if this is a positive or negative thing. You'll likely have a deeper obsession with all things occult, sexual + taboo, but whether that's good or bad is hard to say. You can certainly strive to make this a positive experience through your awareness of it, but you can also strive to make it a negative one. Whether it will be positive or negative--damn you, Pluto, it's always one-upping me. Just be conscious of it, and use it however you like--but I don't know if you can truly "overcome" this Plutonian energy, which is neither good or bad. Confusing, I know, but it's literally the only confusing planet.
There’s a New Moon in Taurus on the 26th. Now is a good time to go inside of yourself + think positive thoughts in regards to your self-esteem, finances + values. The Full Moon in Taurus is on November 4th of this year, so you can expect to manifest what you set your intent to now. The 12th House energy you've been feeling all month, being very "inside of yourself," so to speak, will come into play here. You're now ready to start fresh after processing things for a while, and it's time to be reborn again! You're definitely ending the month on a more positive note, for sure, so utilize this time + energy as such. But don't forget about all the steps it took to get you to the place you're at now--that not-so-pleasant energy deserves a lot of credit to your growth process. Don't fear shadows--they never hinder your growth, they only expand you on the inside. See you next month!