Planetary power surges pulse through the week turning the days and nights uneasy with frustration, impatience, and anxiety. It’s an astro stress test and it’s likely to surface coping mechanisms you thought were long gone, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself steeped in addictive behavior. What’s more, old agreements, political, economic, or personal evaporate in the light of a current need for action, and before you can blink, impulse overthrows caution. From a positive perspective, this same erratic rhythm provides enough energy for extraordinary efforts, especially if the goal is freedom from whatever enslaves, again, personal or collective.
The source of the tumult is two-fold. First, this is the start of the second week of Mercury Retrograde and as most of you know, when Mercury retraces its heavenly path, here on Earth all things related to communication go awry. Mercury rules language, communication, negotiations, and day-to-day travel, which means when its attention is turned behind instead of ahead, contracts, faxes, phones, computers, and every other type of communication device are likely to experience a breakdown. Unfortunately, because most of us are completely techno-dependent, when the equipment breaks down, we melt down. Remember, Mercury Retrograde is a planetary invitation to slow down and pay attention to the details. So use this time wisely and until January 22, when Mercury goes Direct, review, reflect, reconsider, and try to be patient about delays and hassles. (And in keeping with retrograde snafus, in last week’s column I wrote that Saturn was ending its nearly two and a half year journey through Cancer. Oops, make that Gemini instead!)
But beneath the “normal” Mercury Retrograde problems beats a more demanding and impatient energy — Uranus square Mars — and this fractious interaction both ignites tension and stimulates the desire to fight. Uranus is the planet of sudden developments, Mars is all about ambition and will, and when they butt heads, they feed the urge for quick, decisive action. This configuration also has little tolerance for opposing points of view. Collectively that spells trouble in all those places already too troubled by polarized disputes. From a personal perspective, this square provokes one argument after another about every sort of situation from petty disputes to truly significant power struggles.
This week, rather than risk overwhelm by attempting to keep up with the frustrating and fluctuating pace, find a comfortable personal stride and don’t worry, even if you lag behind, you won’t be left behind.