Preparing for going backwards

Mercury turns retrograde in Cancer on Thursday.  More details about what it means in next post (and of course it doesn’t actually go backwards, it just looks like that from the perspective of the Earth), but in the meantime, if you’ve got any fine detailed thinking to do, it would be a good idea to get as much of it done before Thursday as possible … things like loans to finalise, contracts to sign, tickets to buy, bookings to make, IT systems to network, communication equipment to upgrade, software to install, bookkeeping to sort out … it’s not that you can’t do this stuff after the retrograde begins, just that stuff-ups are more likely to happen then.  Funny timing with the end of financial year and all that, but the next few weeks are not such a good time to be sorting out your tax!

Astrology isn’t causal, it’s just a handy insight into the art of timing …

Cancer caring … week of 23rd June 2013

winter solstice image

At the winter solstice yesterday the Sun moved into Cancer (yep, the two events are linked, it’s the same as how the Sun moves into Capricorn at the summer solstice … and I’m talking about the Southern Hemisphere here), and with Venus and Mercury already in Cancer and Jupiter about to join them next week (on Tuesday), we are indeed in the midst of the sensitive and nurturing energy of the crab … a gentler time than the fervour and frivolity of these past few Gemini weeks.  Venus and Mercury are still hanging out together, so this weekend is a great time for communications that require empathy and sensitivity.  Mercury has slowed down, preparing for its (apparent) retrograde period that starts on the 27th June.  This will be a time when thoughts turn inwards, when it is best to focus on internal processing rather than overt projections … more on Mercury retrograde in next post … Over the next few days the Sun connects into the Grand Water Trine with Saturn and Neptune.  While this won’t be as dreamy as when Venus got mixed up in this trine last week, it should be a time of heightened insight and intuition … this coming week is more of a romantic tear-jerker than an action thriller!!!

winter solstice

Week of 17th June 2013

By my read, this should be a fun week, a time to enjoy and play … a few days of light in between all the madness of late and the challenges of Mercury retrograde coming in a couple of weeks.  The Sun catches up with Jupiter on Thursday, think of this as a time of playfulness and growth, the mood will be energetic and optimistic … the only risk is over-indulgence!  About the same time Venus and Mercury get together, which suggests harmonious and gentle communications, a great time for conversations that require empathy and awareness.  And in the middle there’s a little aspect between Mars and Uranus that should be rather energetic and enthusiastic … and definitely not mundane!  I I reckon the people who organised the Happiness Conference ( in Melbourne this week must have consulted with an astrologer to work out the date.  Nice timing.