For the most part, this week’s romantic outlook is fairly gentle, as Venus carries on through the middle of Cancer relatively unaspected — that is, relatively unhassled by the other planets. You may want to focus on Venus in Cancer’ sweetness and nurturing when it comes to your personal relationships this week. With both the Sun and Mercury currently in Leo, the mood will be bright and cheerful for some but a little too rambunctious for others. On the other hand, if you’re a big fan of “rambunctiousness,” the zodiac has a gift for you on Thursday. That’s when the New Moon is happening at 5 degrees Leo. This places the Sun, Moon, and Mercury all in the sign of the Lion. And if you’re thinking, “Hey, that sounds like a good time to cut loose and plan a month of partying,” you might be right. As always, though, be cautious. Leo may be fun-loving, but when it loses its temper, it’s loud and proud and you’ll want to have earplugs handy.
Thursday is also the day that Jupiter turns retrograde just short of 9 degrees Aries. Quite often in an astrological forecast, there will be some cause for worry or pessimism whenever there is a retrograde period beginning. I’m not going to be doing that here with Jupiter. In fact, let’s play the Jupiter hand and be as optimistic as possible about this. If you have any major placements in your birth chart in roughly the first third of any Fire or Air sign, then Jupiter has given that placement some kind of a boost in the last two or three months. That boost is about to happen again as Jupiter retrogrades back into Pisces, which it reaches at the end of October… and then after that, you will get one last pass from the lucky planet from between the end of December into February. So hey, why not? Let’s celebrate that and not worry about things like America having its Pluto return. Or that crazy thing Mars is going to start doing next week.
So: take a breather, play into that Venus in Cancer mood and call someone up or send them a message and say something nice about them for no obvious reason whatsoever. The little things can add up to big change in the long run.