Mercury's return to your relationship sector last week begins a new chapter that is set to put the focus onto your relationships, for the first time this year, staying that way right through to January. However, this does not mean that romantic forces have run their course and if anything this is when they'll start fighting back. With Mars firing up your romantic passions and fighting spirit and Venus, planet of love turning direct in your romantic sector at the end of the week, the spirit of romance is not going down without a fight, benefiting from some healthy competition from relationship forces. The Moon's return to your sign midweek might push some buttons and create some personal and/or relationship tension but will also give Mercury, planet of communication something to work with.
Mercury's departure from your romantic sector last week has done nothing to slow down the spirit of romance and with the Sun and Jupiter working as a team, you have the weight of the solar system behind you. With the Sun shining the solar spotlight on your heart, romantic options and matters of the heart at this time every year, but Jupiter in the early weeks of your luckiest year for love and matters of the heart in over a decade, you're able to look at both the short and long term. With Mars not returning until the 25th September and Venus not returning until the 9th October you're still exploring your options and getting a feel for these new conditions. While Mercury left you with the means to give your heart a voice you're likely to find your excuses being challenged this week.
For the first time this year you're moving into the new week with a planet in your romantic sector and the love gods finally investing more into matters of the heart and all things romantic than simply a sense of direction. Mercury's return last Friday began what is normally a 15 day mission to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page, yet not due to leave until November the planet of communication has found a new home for the next few months. It's not just the length of time Mercury will spend in your romantic sector that matters or that turning retrograde in a few weeks' time he'll open the door to second chances, but that his time here coincides with the arrival of some major support and a point where the love gods are ready to give it their all.
As well as having provided a much needed opportunity to embrace a sense of adventure over the weekend, a Full Moon that is still in play during the early hours of the week is a reminder that in all aspects of your life it's all about the journey. This comes at a point where, with Saturn in his final weeks in your romantic sector and Pluto and Ceres in their final weeks in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, the love and relationship gods are looking to the long term. This comes at a point in the year where both matters of the heart and your relationships are well supported. Your relationships are being supported by powerful communication forces, though the focus is still on the past, whereas romantic forces are focused on the future, supported by adventurous forces.
With Venus and Mars not only aligning in your sign this week, but Venus turning direct at the end of the week, there is a new sense of anticipation in the air and also intensity. Whether it's buying into Mars' passions and fighting spirit or a sense of romantic nostalgia that Venus is evoking, simply waiting for romantic moments to happen you're ready to make them happen. However, there is a sense of anticipation and confidence that can't be explained by anything happening this week and is more that Saturn is just weeks away from your romantic sector and the start of a major new romantic chapter. In the meantime, the Moon's visit to your relationship sector late last week has left you with a more authentic sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
While the Moon will leave your relationship sector on Monday, during the early hours of the week the weekend's Full Moon is still in effect and emotions could be running high. Yet even after the Moon moves on don't expect personal and/or relationship tensions to ease back and if anything they might intensify. Don't panic, this is not a sign that something has gone wrong and is all about timing. You will have a Full Moon in your relationship sector at some point during your birthday month every year and until Neptune leaves your relationship sector in 2026 the Sun will also move into opposition once a year. This year, just as the Full Moon ends the Sun and Neptune move into opposition, which doesn't give tensions a chance to die down, but at the same way getting everything out in the open.
As Mercury, planet of communication spends his first full week in your sign he's being put to the test by the Moon's return to your relationship sector in the early days of the week, a test he and you are likely to pass with flying colours. This is mainly to do with a lack of urgency on either part, with the Moon's opposition with Mercury on Tuesday bringing a lot less urgency than is normally the case. Mercury visits your sign once a year, but normally for just 15 days, so there's around a 50 percent chance the Moon will move into opposition and if it does, there is a frenzied push for a communication breakthrough. Yet with the Moon treating this as a practice run for a total lunar eclipse at the end of September and Mercury here until November, communication forces are doing the same.
Right in the heart of some of the most important weeks of the professional year the love gods have mounted a counter attack, with the weekend's Full Moon in your romantic sector still in play during the early hours of the week. While the Moon will leave your romantic sector on Monday, like a bell that can't be unrung a week that begins with a romantic thrust from a Full Moon brings one of your best chances yet of finding a balance between work and play. The love gods are also challenging your excuses, as they hold the doors open to second chances. The Moon's return to your relationship sector midweek could prove challenging, but in way that will benefit you and your relationships. An opposition with Saturn on Friday will get to the heart of what your relationships need from you.
Where the weekend's Full Moon was focused more on work/life balance issues and making your life as love and user friendly as possible, the Moon's return to your romantic sector on Monday and position here in the early hours of the week is a practice run for something far more spectacular. This is the Moon's last visit before returning on the 28th September as a total lunar eclipse and with the doors already open to second chances there'll be clues to what the love gods might be cooking up behind the scenes. Due to leave on Wednesday this will see the Moon move through your romantic sector during Venus's final few days in retrograde motion in an adventurous part of your chart. An alignment between Venus and Mars creates a potent cocktail of romance, adventure, nostalgia and passion.
The Moon's first visit to your communication sector since Mars left your relationship sector on the 9th August was always going to be important, but as a Full Moon this has brought a chance to get everything out in the open. With communication the key to keeping your relationships on track, the weekend's Full Moon in your communication sector, which won't run its course until Monday, is the perfect chance to get the ball rolling. You've had a few weeks to let things settle and with a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you it's time now to make communication a priority. The magic happens in the second half of the week, with the Moon's return to your romantic sector just as Venus' final days in retrograde motion stirs up a lot of romantic nostalgia.
Sometimes it's not the event itself that is significant but the timing and that's especially so of the Moon's return to your communication sector on Tuesday. As a practice run for a total lunar eclipse here in late September this is an important event in its own right, with a chance to give your emotional responses a voice. Yet returning to your communication sector on Monday and leaving on Wednesday this fortuitously puts the Moon here as Venus and Mars align in your relationship sector on Tuesday. With Venus in her final days in retrograde motion and Mars ready to fight for your relationships, this is when everything comes together, with your relationships finding their voice at the perfect moment and just before the doors to the past are about to close.
At some point during the Sun's month long visit to your relationship sector each year two things happen. First a Full Moon in your sign sees your own needs fight back, something that happens at this time every year. Second is something particular for the age we're in now, in that until Neptune leaves your sign in 2026 an opposition with the Sun will happen at this time every year, though not necessarily on top of each other as they are this week. That Full Moon fell over the weekend and while the Moon will leave on Monday, with the Sun moving into opposition with Neptune on Tuesday personal and/or relationship tensions are likely to stay high until later in the week. Yet it's the Moon's return to your communication sector on Wednesday that turns this into an opportunity for a breakthrough.