My mom used to tell me that “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Thus, I regret to inform you all that there will be no Love Horoscope this week.
Ha! Kidding! This week should only prove problematic for some of us. Well, maybe most of us. Your mileage will depend on how your life has been running in the last couple of months, and in a larger sense, the last couple of years. That’s a result of two very important retrogrades. But before I get to those, let’s cover the other news for the week. On Monday, the Sun is conjunct Uranus in early Taurus. A Sun-Uranus conjunction can occasionally make for great results, especially if you find yourself in a position where you need to stand up to someone or need to get creative to overcome some obstacles. It also means that people around you may very well be a little more prickly and unpredictable than usual. Either way, treat it as if your ego and the egos of those around you have had one espresso too many.
More closely related to the subject of sex and romance: the biggest single governing factor this week is exact on Saturday morning but makes things a little loopy for the entire week and for most of next week. Mars square Neptune makes for strange times with your ambitions and your sex drive. Whether your intentions are romantic or otherwise, you could find yourself having a hard time gaining any traction. This aspect also makes for increased potential for ill-advised and/or intoxicated hookups. You’ve been warned.
Now about those retrogrades: Sit back and have a look at your recent history. Has anything been going unusually wrong (or unusually right) in your life in the last couple of years in general, with a specific emphasis on the last two months, and possibly around the time of last week’s Full Moon? That’s probably because of Saturn and Pluto. Pluto has been grinding away at 23 degrees Capricorn lately, and on Wednesday Pluto turns retrograde. It stays that way until October, when it goes forward again at 20 degrees Capricorn.
I sometimes half jokingly refer to the whole “forward, retrograde, forward” nature of a transit as “the truck hits you, the truck backs over you, then the truck goes ahead and hits you again.” That loud beeping sound you may hear this week is Pluto, shifting into reverse. What’s been really complicating things recently is the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. It’s not exact until January but it has been in effect lately. And although Saturn does not turn retrograde until next Monday, it’s slowing down to a halt now, magnifying the effects of the conjunction.
Don’t panic. You’ve probably been through worse in your time. On the other hand, I’ll bet some of you are wishing right now that I had finished this forecast after the first paragraph…