To all of you who survived last week’s confluence of crap, there is good news:  Venus has returned to direct motion.  We still have to deal with MERCURY RETROGRADE, but overall, it’s a real “sold the goat” situation.  To all of you who didn’t survive, I’m sorry to hear that and hopefully your benevolent overlords will let you have a nice funeral.

I probably gave the game away with the headline, but things are happening on Thursday.  Lately, the planets have been kind of antisocial, refusing to get together in any identifiable patterns that I can use to let you all know what’s going on, but on Tuesday, I’m faced with a challenge of a different sort.  Every single planet is lining up to be part of a giant pattern.  A pattern that looks like this:

Eerie, isn’t it?

Looks kind of like a hang glider, doesn’t it?  Or perhaps a badly-made chair climbing a rope in whatever gym class furniture has to attend.  A stick leaning in a corner?  We’ll come back to the geometrispacial considerations later, but lets see how the planets are arranged to see what their relationship is.  If we look at the prime axis, we have MERCURY RETROGRADE being amplified by the sun, and furthermore we have it pointing from Capricorn to Cancer, or from wisdom to confusion.  In other words, the overall focus of the pattern will be to this guy’s benefit:

He revels in it.

From there, we have two other considerations, both of which are additive to the prime axis while simultaneously being in opposition to each other.  One of these is completion, complementary sexuality, and radical nonsense; the other is a more straightforward emphasis on additive change, new or growing relationships, rekindling of old flames and the like.  Overall, this is a real David and Bathsheba situation or hooking up with a friend’s ex (particularly if they’ve JUST become an ex)  Only one of these relationships is going to survive, but it will be considered worth it in the end.  The last element of this event is the agent of change, in this case represented by the conjunction of Jupiter retrograde and Saturn retrograde (a failing nation, voided contracts, bad-faith negotiations, puncture wounds, fishing accidents, evacuations, bulk regurgitation).

Now returning to the overall construction we see something that was in balance has been disturbed.  So this is a sign of destruction — though not, oddly enough of ending.  Whatever remains of this wreckage is going to persist.

This week the sun is in Cancer, which is of course a reminder to wear sunscreen.   And while the initial transition from one sign to another is typically the most powerful, in this case Cancer has to deal with MERCURY RETROGRADE.  And while this might make things more difficult to deal with, it does not negate the good luck of having the sun in your sign.  So look for opportunities.

In other sign of things carefully balanced being given a whack, the moon moves into Libra, disrupting plans and shifting things that once seemed stable.  And as the best thing about a motion transition is the ending, Venus returning to direct motion in Gemini is the best time to heal any particularly close relationships that have been sundered.

The cards are drawn mostly (9/12) upside down, just confirming that MERCURY RETROGRADE is a thing.

Cancer:  Ace of Cups – House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility, Holy Table, felicity

Leo:  9 of Coins reversed – Roguery, deception, voided project, bad faith.

Virgo:  Justice reversed – Law in all its departments, legal complications, bigotry, bias, excessive severity

Libra:  The Hanged Man reversed – Selfishness, the crowd, body politic

Scorpio:  Knight of wands –  Departure, absence, flight, emigration, change of residence

Sagittarius:  3 of Swords reversed – Mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.

Capricorn:  8 of Swords reversed – Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery, what is unforeseen, fatality

Aquarius:  9 of Cups reversed – Truth, loyalty, liberty, mistakes, imperfections, generosity

Pisces:  The Tower reversed – Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin, unforeseen catastrophe, oppression, imprisonment, tyranny

Aries:  2 of Cups reversed – Friends becoming enemies, dissipated goodwill, lies

Taurus:  Page of Wands reversed – Anecdotes, announcements, evil new, indecision, instability

Gemini:  Page of Cups –  News, message; application, reflection, meditation