A lot of the focus this week, from both the love and relationship gods is on preparation. Now just weeks away from her return to your romantic sector Venus, planet of love is working with the Sun to make your life as love friendly as possible, ahead of the most romantically charged weeks of 2016. While Venus returns to your romantic sector once a year, with the Year of the Monkey an especially auspicious year for love and romance for Aries, it is going to be interesting when the two come together. At the same time Mercury, in his final days in your communication sector, is also preparing for something yet to come, though he's preparing for something that is still months rather than weeks away. While your biggest and most important relationship year in over a decade doesn't begin until September, the push to get the communication lines open has already begun.
While the love and relationship gods are both active this week and in a positive way, their focus is very different. As romantic forces continue to gain strength, confidence and forward momentum, regardless of where things stand in your love life at the moment there is a growing sense of confidence in what the future holds. Yet at the same time, while your relationships have a huge amount of support this week, to start with anyway the focus is on the past. In his final days in retrograde motion in your relationship sector Mars is holding the doors open to the past and second chances, but it is support from the communication gods that also brings a chance to give the past and unsaid words a voice. The communication and relationship gods are working as a highly oiled machine this week, with support kicking in just as the tide turns on the relationship front on Thursday.
What a difference a week makes. Where last week began with a Full Moon during the Sun's last full week in your relationship sector and personal and/or relationship tensions continued to wax and wane throughout the week, you have finally reached a point where a truce between personal and relationship forces has been reached. However, it is now with Mercury, planet of communication in his final days in your sign that the real work can be done, turning the past five weeks into an opportunity for something real and authentic to emerge. With your own and your relationship needs both demanding authenticity and a right to be heard, this sets the scene for something more real to emerge, but only if you're willing to put in the effort to ensure the communication lines are open. The wakeup calls are behind you and the rebuilding can now begin.
The love and relationship gods are both smiling on you this week and while some personal and/or relationship tension might come to a head over the weekend, even there is more a case of a competition between romantic and relationship forces raising the bar. As Venus, planet of love prepares to move into her final two weeks in Cancer on Wednesday, Mars is in his final days in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, with support between the two bringing you to some of the most romantically charged weeks of 2016. Whether in Mars' final days in retrograde motion or after turning direct on Thursday Venus is supporting both the second chances on offer and the turnaround coming. Even the communication and relationship gods have come together again this week, with their partnership peaking on Monday, giving your relationships a voice from the get go.
A sense of romantic nostalgia not only deepens this week but becomes a lot easier as the last of the road blocks start to move aside, revealing on the other side looking back to be much needed wakeup calls. While Saturn will remain in retrograde motion in your romantic sector until August and is less focused on second chances and more on taking ownership of the past, having Venus in a nostalgic part of your chart is softening the hard edges and adding a more romanticised view of the past. While Saturn's retrograde phase is a chance to learn from and conquer the past, Venus' nostalgic trip down love's memory lane is bringing an old Venus cycle to a close and due to return to Leo on the 12th July she's also preparing to open new doors. Whether to revive the past or lay old ghosts to rest, all the romantic focus is on the past this week.
While the Moon will leave your relationship sector on Monday for the first few hours of the week emotions are likely to be running high and the timing couldn't be more perfect. Just hours after the Moon's departure on Monday Chiron, planet of healing not only turns retrograde in your relationship sector but joins planets already in retrograde motion here and in your communication sector. Just three days before Mars is due to turn direct in your communication sector on Thursday this will see an opportunity to give your emotional responses, relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice intensify, but in a way that can now include healing. With support from Venus, planet of love and the guardian of your relationships in your friendship sector this was always going to be an important week for friendship and relationship building, but now it is likely to be game changing.
A week on from last week's Full Moon in your communication sector and with the communication and relationship gods already working together, the Moon's return to your relationship sector is set to take advantage of this. It has been quite a journey that both your relationships and communication matters have been on over recent weeks, but a mismatch between the two. With your relationships well supported but communication more of a challenge this may have made things seem worse than they actually were, but it's the Moon's return to your relationship sector on Monday and the emotional responses this evokes that will test and find that conditions have improved dramatically. Something very small and inconsequential could be the trigger for an unexpected breakthrough, with a chance to give your emotional responses, relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
Following on the heels of Neptune's retrograde turn in your romantic sector midmonth Chiron turns retrograde here on Monday, putting both planets in your romantic sector in retrograde motion and in the process throws the doors to the past and second chances wide open. Yet where Neptune is on a mission to fuel old romantic dreams and fantasies, Chiron is the planet of healing and a result brings a chance over the coming months to heal the past. While Neptune wants to dance with old ghosts Chiron wants them to lay old ghosts to rest, between them deciding which ghosts deserve which fate. Both are supported by Venus, planet of love who moves into her final two weeks in an adventurous part of your chart on Tuesday and by Mars, who is on a mission to bring old passions back to life.
The timing of the Moon's return to your romantic sector this week couldn't be better and not just because returning on Monday this sees romantically charged lunar vibes kick in almost from the get go. More importantly the Moon returns in time to capture the final hours of a magical seven day alliance of romantic forces, one that has spent since last Monday reigniting a sense of what's possible. With the Moon in your romantic sector until Wednesday this gets the week off to the best possible start for matters of the heart and all things romantic. However, the love gods will have to share your attention, for with Mercury leaving your relationship sector on Thursday your relationships not only need your attention, but there is an urgent need to work with the communication and relationship gods to ensure the communication lines are open.
At what is already the most important point of the year for relationship matters, with the Sun and Venus working together to not only put the spotlight on your relationships but get to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, your relationships get some very special support from the communication gods this week. That support comes in a number of forms, but with the Moon in your communication sector from the get go that's a good way to start. Yet Monday is also the day that Chiron, planet of healing turns retrograde in your communication sector and while the doors are already open to the past, second chances and an opportunity to give the past and unsaid words a voice, this introduces an opportunity for healing. Mercury's return to your relationship sector on Thursday brings the communication and relationship gods even closer.
With the relationship gods already warming up, ready to turn the focus onto your relationships next month, there is both a chance to start preparations this week and a new sense of urgency on the romantic front. As you move into the new week it was just five weeks and two days earlier that the Sun returned to your romantic sector and put the spotlight on matters of the heart and all things romantic and in that time Venus, planet of love moved through, yet it all ends on Thursday. Mercury, the last planet to move through your romantic sector this year, is already in his final days by the time you move into the new week, creating a sense of urgency, especially when it comes to giving your heart a voice. In the meantime, the Moon's return to your communication sector on Monday is a chance to start getting the communication lines open, as your relationships get ready for their turn.
With the Sun spending his first and Venus, planet of love her first full week in your romantic sector the Sun is literally shining on all things romantic and on matters of the heart in general, bringing you to the most romantically charged weeks of the year. The only downside this year is just how little time the love gods will be here and with Venus leaving two weeks from Tuesday the one thing the love gods aren't buying into are any of your excuses. This would not be the time for the relationship challenges of the past to rear their heads again and fortunately that's not the case and instead there is nothing but support. As you move into some of the most romantically charged weeks of 2016 you also move into some of the most important for friendship and relationship building. The months of effort put into getting the communication lines open is now paying off.