If there is going to be pressure on your relationships this is the week that it's likely to be, with a massive amount of discord between the planets having a particularly strong impact on any personal and/or relationship tensions. Yet with this is a chance to get everything out in the open, especially what you're fighting for or for either a breakthrough or turnaround. The days of pretending are over and with a need for something more authentic and real, there is likely to be a sense of relief by the time the week is over. On the other side is an opportunity for rebuilding, new beginnings and a chance to start over, learning from the past but looking to the future. It will be a long time before your relationships are put to the test like this again, nor will they need to.
While the Sun's return to your sign over the weekend has brought your own personal needs much higher on your priority list and over the coming weeks this will put your relationships on alert, making it important to make personal and relationship balance a priority from the get go, there is no urgency. Instead, as you move into a new week, your birthday month and a new solar year, the message from the love gods is that it's all about the journey. This is encouraging you to make the most of the long weekend and the chance this gives you to invest in your relationship and to start looking at what you want and need from this new solar year. With Venus and Saturn on especially good terms, this creates a special week for friendship and relationship building, safe from life's realities.
Where last week's lunar eclipse in your romantic sector brought a lot of strong emotional responses to a head and gave you a much better sense of where your heart stands, this week it's your romantic passions and fighting spirit that come to the fore. Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos is moving in retrograde motion through your romantic sector, opening the door to second chances as he fires up old or dormant romantic passions, in a way that he hasn't done in decades. As Mars moves into opposition or into strife with no fewer than 3 planets this week this is going to challenge your excuses, but also evoke your fighting spirit, making it a lot clearer to see what you're fighting for. Missing out or accepting the status quo is no longer an option.
There is just the right mix of pressure and support from the love gods this week, creating the potential for a major breakthrough and a chance to start fighting back. It's an opposition between Jupiter in your sign and Pluto in your relationship sector that began last week and peaks this week, that for the third time since last August but for the last time in your lifetime, brings personal and/or relationship tensions to a head in a way that you're able to get everything out in the open. Yet it's support from Saturn in your romantic sector and Venus, planet of love in an adventurous part of your chart that gives you the courage and confidence to listen to your heart, while remembering that it's all about the journey. It's all about balance, realising you can't change what you can't see.
You have reached a week where holding onto a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you is essential. For as you reach the toughest and most challenging week of the year, while your relationships aren't being directly impacted by a pair of crisscrossing oppositions, they are likely to support some collateral damage if they aren't ring fenced. The Moon's visit to your relationship sector mid week is likely to be a mixed blessing, exacerbating any tensions at what will be the toughest point of the toughest week of the year, but also as the last visit since Venus, planet of love left, bringing a timely reminder of the relationship intentions she left you with. This is the point where the real journey begins, realising there is always room for improvement.
The Moon's position in your romantic sector in the early days of the week is a mixed blessing, exacerbating any tension but at the same time making it easier to see what you're fighting for. Pluto, planet of change and revolution is the smallest planet in the solar system and in retrograde motion in your romantic sector he's under pressure from Jupiter, the largest. Yet this is where Pluto comes into his own, for on a mission to release old and suppressed romantic needs and feelings, when this is stonewalled a sense of rebellion will ensue. There is a romantic rebellion taking place, with a loveless life or relationship no longer an option. It's later in the week that Venus will have her turn, on a mission to establish what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
This is the week where you need to be on guard and alert for relationship tensions, expecting them but in a way that sees this as an opportunity not a challenge to get through. What makes this week so tough is that a pair of crisscrossing oppositions, bringing work/life balance and the other personal and relationship balance issues, both come to a head at the same time. Where last week's lunar eclipse may have created a chance to start clearing the air, this is when everything collides in a way that there is no denying your personal and relationship needs and any conflict between the two. Yet with this is an opportunity for a breakthrough, with the Moon's return to your romantic sector midweek and right in the middle of any tension creating a chance to put things in perspective.
The Sun's return to your relationship sector over the weekend and his first full day here on Monday, while the long weekend is in play, makes this the first week since last May where the focus is now on your relationships. Having the Moon in your communication sector as you move into the new week is no doubt going to give you a chance to start the way you intend to go on, with the communication lines open, yet this is more a support for your communications than your relationships. This comes just as communication issues and tensions are coming to a head, with the Sun's return to your relationship sector creating the potential to turn this into a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. From the get go, this annual relationship review means business.
The Sun's departure from your romantic sector over the weekend brought your annual review to an end, but a romantic push is far from over and if anything this is when the real journey begins. While your romantic sector and therefore all things romantic and the heart's feelings and responses in general, are being directly affected by this week's pressures that come to a head across the board, with this is a chance for some major breakthroughs. With Mercury leaving your romantic sector on Wednesday, the early days of the week are essential for working to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. It won't be until Venus, planet of love returns to your romantic sector early next month that you'll realise what a blessing in disguise any current wakeup calls are.
While an opposition between Jupiter in your relationship sector and Pluto in your sign began last week, it's only now that the personal and/or relationship tensions this is creating are coming to a head, bringing a need for not only keeping it real but to avoid sweating the small stuff. While your relationships are being put to the test, this is only because the bar has been raised on both the personal and relationship fronts, with an opportunity for a real breakthrough and for something more authentic to come out of this. It's support from Venus, planet of love as she moves through your communication sector that turns this into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough, with a real turnaround possible from midweek. You'll get back what you choose to invest.
While your relationships aren't caught up in this week's tensions, which are likely to come to a head across the board, they could become collateral damage if they aren't ring fenced and if you don't make communication a priority, without turning it into another challenge. With Venus, planet of love returning to your communication sector early next month and lucky Jupiter returning to your relationship sector in July to kick off your most important relationship year in over a decade, the future is looking bright on both fronts. For now it's more about keeping it real and taking the steps needed to ensure the communication lines are open in a real or authentic way. This is not the time to create challenges where there are none, while facing with courage those that are very real.
Lucky Jupiter faces the biggest challenge of his 12 month visit to your romantic sector this week, with his third and final opposition with Pluto coming to a head, just as a lot of life's other challenges also come to a head. Yet with support from Venus, planet of love in your sign and from Saturn in an adventurous part of your chart, you're able to see roadblocks for what they are, a challenge to raise the bar. With Venus giving you a clear sense of where your heart stands, of what you're fighting for and that the love gods are on your side and Saturn reminding you that it's all about the journey, this creates the potential for a breakthrough. The love gods are challenging your excuses, providing the wakeup calls that refuse to let these lucky romantic conditions go to waste.