The week begins with the Moon in Aries and first impressions might have you running for cover. Yet the Moon's opposition with Jupiter on Monday is more important than you might think, as well as being a bit of a smokescreen. Just nine days after Jupiter's direct turn in your relationship sector, this will push some buttons, evoke some strong emotional responses and even some relationship tension. Yet all is not what it seems. The biggest danger in the weeks after a direct turn, is that after months in retrograde motion the suction of the past is hard to break free from. So an opposition for the Moon is exactly the shunt that relationship matters need. It also helps that it comes while the Sun and Mercury, planet of communication are in their final days in your communication sector. This could lead to a real breakthrough.
All eyes are on Venus, planet of love this week, as she gets an important wakeup call. Venus has already been in Taurus for over two weeks and that should be fuelling a sense of urgency. Yet so far that hasn't happened. There is two reasons for that. The first is that Venus has just spent nearly four months in a nostalgic part of your chart. Secondly, you have had planetary activity in Taurus since early February. Both of these facts suggest that you have plenty of time to work with the planet of love, right? Wrong. On Tuesday, the same day that the Moon returns to Taurus, Venus will move into her final two weeks. This will bring the wakeup calls that will galvanise the planet of love into fuelling a new sense of urgency. Especially when it comes to your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year.
Don't be alarmed if there is a feeling that things aren't going well. By the time you move into the new week relationship tensions have been running high for nine days, while romantic pressure will only just come to a head on Monday. However, all is not what it seems, with what appears to be going wrong in fact going very right. The romantic pressure is the easiest to explain and live through. This is simply the Moon putting pressure on Jupiter on Monday, for the first time since he turned direct in your romantic sector. This is simply the Moon jump starting anything still stuck or stalled. Relationship tensions are more complex and won't really drop back until the Sun and Mercury leave Gemini on Wednesday. This is simply your personal and relationship needs in opposition.
Apart from Venus, who moves into her final two weeks in a social and serendipitous part of your chart on Tuesday, there is not a lot of romantic focus this week. Even there, Venus is more focused on supporting your relationships. For it's on the relationship front that things are starting to brew. Yet when you step back and look at the different ingredients, what you have is the recipe for a breakthrough. Those ingredients are support for your relationships, especially from Venus for friendship and relationship building, open communication lines and pressure. Pressure won't come to a head until later next week, but already there are rumblings. Mercury, planet of communication's return to Cancer on Wednesday will provide the support needed to keep the communication lines open.
This is one of those weeks where you can't judge a book by its cover and where, by the end of the week you'll have a whole new perspective. So how does that cover read? Saturn, in retrograde motion in your romantic sector is the main player on the romantic front and in fact the only real player since Venus left an adventurous part of your chart. While a Full Moon in your romantic sector earlier in the month was a romantically charged event, since then the pressure has been on. The Full Moon put pressure on Saturn, an opposition with the Sun put more pressure on last week and this week begins with Mercury in opposition. You could feel sorry for Saturn and romantic matters, right? Wrong. A major 15 day romantic chapter kicks off on Thursday and by the weekend you'll realise this was nothing more than the right wakeup calls at the right time.
Something very special happened on the relationship front late last week, something that you might still be cautious about. It was late last week that Neptune turned retrograde in your relationship sector, opening the doors to the past and second chances on the relationship front. This is enough to sound the alarm bells. Since returning in 2012 Neptune has turned retrograde each June and for the last two years this has been challenging. Yet none of those challenges are there this year and with support from Mars, this began with a huge amount of confidence. The roadblocks of the last two years really are behind you. With the doors also open to the past and second chances on the romantic front, this is something that can now go hand in hand. There is even a potent mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia in the air, especially in the early part of the week.
Starting the week with the Moon in your relationship sector could see you run for cover, especially as this may push some buttons. Yet any relationship tension this might create will drop back as soon as the Moon leaves on Tuesday, revealing that this was nothing more than the monthly checks and balances. By the time you reach the weekend you'll look back on the early part of the week as the blessing in disguise that it really is. For it is on Thursday that a major alignment between Eris in your relationship sector and Saturn in your communication sector will begin. This can only happen between your communication and relationship sectors and they only come together like this every three decades. They will remain aligned for 15 days, so if the Moon can flush any remaining issues out in the open just days earlier, this can only be a blessing in disguise. A major breakthrough is possible.
You have reached a special week for both romantic and relationship matters. Though for the most part they are in their own lane and with such separate agendas that they will complement each other, but without getting into each other's way. This is dreamy Neptune's first full week in retrograde motion in your romantic sector. The doors are not only open to the past and second chances on the romantic front, but with a huge amount of support from adventurous forces from the get go. Until the Sun and Mercury get on board on Wednesday the main support is from Mars, who is fuelling a potent cocktail of romantic, adventurous and passionate forces. It is the Moon's return to your relationship sector on Tuesday that triggers a sense of urgency, coming just as Venus moves into her final two weeks. On the relationship front you're looking to the future and the journey ahead.
Starting the week with the Moon in your romantic sector might feel like a mixed blessing at the time, but is anything but. Since last September it has been impossible for the Moon to move through your romantic sector without moving into opposition with Jupiter. This may create some pressure and roadblocks, especially on Monday. However, as the Moon's first visit since Venus left, you need these wakeup calls. It is these romantically charged lunar vibes and any wakeup calls they bring that are the perfect stepping stone to a major romantic push from Thursday. This is when a 15 day alignment between Eris in your romantic sector and Saturn in Sagittarius begins. This will empower you personally, but also romantically. If the Moon can get your attention just days earlier, any wakeup calls will be worth it.
There is a lot happening on the romantic and relationship fronts this week, with just the right amount of friendly rivalry and competition. However, while each will try and convince you how urgent their agenda is, the only real urgency is on the romantic front. As is often the case, the Moon will play an important role on both fronts. It starts with the Moon's return to your romantic sector on the Tuesday. This is the first and only visit while Venus, planet of love is here, but more importantly the last before all planetary activity for the year runs its course. With Venus leaving 14 days later, all of a sudden things are a lot more urgent. Even more urgent than the Sun and Mercury's return to your relationship sector on Wednesday or the New Moon here over the weekend. A relationship journey is just starting, while a romantic journey is drawing to a close.
With the Sun and Mercury both leaving your romantic sector on Wednesday, you should expect a lot more urgency this week. Often, this can bring all planetary activity for the year to a close. When the solar spotlight moves away from matters of the heart you're often left on your own, especially with Mars having been and gone. Over thinking things could lead to a false sense of urgency and even some tension in their final days. However, by the time the Moon returns on Thursday it will always be clear that the spirit of romance hasn't gone off the boil. As these romantically charged lunar vibes kick in, they will not only sense that Ceres is still here but Venus, planet of love has yet to arrive. Rather than miss the boat, the most romantically charged weeks of the year haven't even begun. They will begin when Venus returns early next month.
Things become a little more serious on the romantic front this week and while that is good news for you, Mars might not be so happy. As you move into the new week Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos has been in your romantic sector for two weeks, fuelling your romantic passions and fighting spirit. Having supported dreamy Neptune as he turned retrograde last week, this has even helped to fuel your romantic dreams and fantasies. So to have the Sun and his reality checks return and Mercury's tendency to over think things, is not what Mars wants. Your job is to keep Mars' romantic passions, dreams and fantasies alive, while still keeping it real enough to turn desires into reality. It is over the weekend that things really come alive. Romantically charged lunar vibes don't only kick in from Saturday, but will trigger a New Moon, with the potential for new beginnings.