Taurus Horoscope June 2022

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Venusian Pleasures

Your ruling planet Venus is in your star sign Taurus until the 23rd. Make the most of this, kick back, chill out and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Notice where you’re being pulled or called forward in life.

This might be linked to a desire to escape from some aspect of your life in the here and now. Take slow steps and consider your plans carefully.

Also, there’s a significant turning point for you on the 3rd when talk planet Mercury turns direct in your star sign Taurus. If you’ve been mulling over a big decision since late April or early May, this is an ideal time to set things in motion.

The recent eclipse season may have been dramatic for you as the eclipses cut across the Taurus/Scorpio axis of the zodiac in April and May. This often brings sudden change or external events impact your life and your close relationships. Mercury turning direct may bring the information to light that you need to make sense of things.

The 11th of this month is also lively when Venus aligns with the planet of change Uranus in Taurus. This could bring a sensational high or an unexpected diversion. Be on your toes and ready to act quickly to take advantage of a fast-moving situation. This might be to do with love, money or a personal goal.

Making Money

Money is one key area under the cosmic spotlight this month. In fact, it’s here where things could happen quickly. This is because, the Sun is in Gemini up until the Solstice on the 21st. Plus, talk planet Mercury returns to Gemini and your personal money sector on the 13th.

Therefore, when it comes to money matters, speak up, think quickly and make things happen. There may be a lot to negotiate or discuss when it comes to finances and you’re right to make this a priority. It’s a good month to debate new money-making ideas.

Plus, on the 23rd, your planet Venus also moves into Gemini where she remains until mid-July. Keep things light and move fast when it comes to finances. Encourage the flow of money and treat yourself and the ones you love.

Charities & Fundraising

The planetary activity involving finances may peak during the Full Moon on the 14th. This Full Moon is at the centre of this dynamic activity. It falls across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis of the zodiac highlighting the financial axis of your horoscope.

Full Moons are an ideal time for clarity and making intuitive decisions. Yes, there is a possibility during this Full Moon of being scammed or seduced. Alternatively, other people may over-promise.

This is where your earth sign nature is invaluable, enabling you to make the right financial decision or work out the nuts and bolts, the practicalities of a big goal or project. Keep your feet firmly on the ground and use your common sense.

During this Full Moon, Neptune in Pisces makes a square aspect to the Sun, exact on the 16th. Neptune in Pisces lights up your friends and group sector, also your hopes and wishes. Put all this together and you may be involved in a fundraising event or be helping out someone you care about or a group you’re a member of.

The flip side can kick in, however, i.e. you’re the one who’s gifted money or other people are there for you. Be open to receiving, practise gratitude and encourage the flow of abundance into your life.

Take a Trip

The Solstice takes place this month on the 21st, the day the Sun moves into Cancer. Use this time to go somewhere new, to experiment and shift your perspective on life.

Take yourself off to Stonehenge, for example, and remind yourself of the wonders of the natural world. Being philosophical about life can be the way through any challenges or difficulties that may arise.

This month’s New Moon also lights up the study and communication sector of your horoscope. It falls in Cancer on the 29th. Traditionally, a New Moon symbols new beginnings. This is a nod towards studying or learning something new. You might be fact-finding or gathering new information.

Fiery Mars

Finally this month, action planet Mars is moving through your previous star sign Aries throughout June. This turns your attention inwards. The planet of action and speed is going to be in the most hidden sector of your horoscope until early July.

You could be immersed in inner work or want to take time out to do research or decide what next. Trust your instincts and don’t repress your natural intuition during this time. Notice where your anger goes and try not to turn it in on yourself. Keep physically fit and let off steam if you notice you’re feeling pent up or tense.

This may be linked to what’s happening at work or regarding your future path. Saturn turns retrograde in Aquarius and your career & vocation sector on the 4th. This could bring a shift in priorities or a change of occupation. It might be the right time to step down or take a step back.

 

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Turning Points: New Moon, Mercury Direct

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New Moon [9 Gemini 03] – May 30, 2022 (12:30 GMT+1)

Mercury turns direct [26 Taurus 05] – June 3, 2022 (09:00 GMT+1)

It’s a week of turning points as we move from May to June. Here’s why this week is so important.

New Moon

As the week begins, there’s a New Moon in Gemini on May 30th, a symbol of new beginnings. We’re leaving behind the shadowy world of eclipses and starting afresh. When you first catch a glimpse of the crescent moon in the night sky, be sure to make a wish. New Moon symbolism has magic within it.

Gemini is the sign of duality and rules all forms of communication. Therefore, it’s an ideal time to talk, negotiate, debate, explore new ideas, make plans and catch up with anyone who’s recently been quiet.

There are no challenging planetary aspects to this New Moon and it picks up on the recent fiery energy of the Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Aries, which was exact on May 29th.

Mars/Jupiter

When the planet of courage and action (Mars) meets the planet of freedom and expansion (Jupiter) in the first sign of the zodiac (Aries), you know it’s a time to set things in motion. This affirms the New Moon energy is powerful this week.

It’s a good time to get physically fit and mentally strong with Mars in Aries. Use the Mars-Jupiter power to create a power surge in your life. This is forceful & assertive planetary energy when channelled well.

Gemini Themes

Plus, this is an ideal New Moon to change your mind. Gemini is one of the mutable star signs, changeable and restless. Most Geminis have a dual side to their nature and are often great story-tellers.

Doing nothing isn’t the best option at the Gemini New Moon. Take action, even if it means switching allegiance, changing sides or playing devil’s advocate.

Gemini’s the trickster who keeps everyone on their toes. You may find your ideas changing fast & furiously as the week progresses.

Mercury Turns Direct

Finally, on June 3rd, Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury turns direct. Mercury’s the communication planet and has been retrograde or on go slow since May 10th. There’ve been many stories of mixups, misunderstandings, transport issues and technological glitches.

Mercury turning direct brings new information to light. You can often push things through a few days before Mercury switches direction and this week that’s especiallly true. Chase people up, untangle muddles, solve mysteries.

Mercury turns direct at 26 Taurus an important degree because it’s linked to the last two Full Moon Lunar Eclipses on November 19, 2021 & May 16, 2022. These two powerful eclipses cut across the zodiac at 27 & 25 degrees respectively of the Taurus/Scorpio axis.

Therefore, what comes to light this week may help you resolve an issue linked to these powerful eclipses, harbingers of highs and lows, drama and the unexpected. Taurus & Scorpio are the star signs linked to fertility & sex, money & power, the land & regeneration.

It’s a week of turning points – how are you going to use this dynamic planetary energy in your life?

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French Open Tennis 2022

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The French Open tennis is already underway. I often go away on retreat during the Mercury retrograde phase and didn’t get back until the tournament had started. I arrived home to find there was an issue with my website/hosting and it only got fixed today – thank you Mercury retrograde!

I know a few of you have been adding comments on other pages on the website but hopefully the key astrological interpretations can now be in one place.

Tournament Chart

Let’s leap in with the astrology of the tournament chart – see image above. A Leo Ascendant means that the Sun in Gemini is the chart ruler heading for a positive sextile aspect with lucky Jupiter in Aries.

Jupiter transits are always good news for players and this combination does give a nod towards the favourite. Djokovic was the winner of the French Open 2021 as he knocked out the French Open record holder Nadal in the semi-finals and Tsitsipas in the final.

Lovely Venus is also in Aries on the Aries Midheaven. The ruler of the Midheaven Mars is right at the end of the zodiac in Pisces and about to start a new cycle and make a powerful conjunction with Jupiter in Aries on May 29th.

The Moon is always important to consider in these charts and is conjunct Saturn in Aquarius. However, the Moon is void of course and makes no other planetary aspects before leaving Aquarius. Tradition states that ‘nothing new will come of it’, another nod towards last year’s winner Djokovic doing well.

Two other points to note – Mercury is retrograde throughout the tournament and only turns direct on June 3rd at 26 Taurus. Does this mean that something hidden will come to light towards the end of the tournament? (note to self – it might be worth looking back at previous tournaments with Mercury retrograde to see if a pattern emerges.)

Also, Saturn hardly moves throughout the tournament as it turns retrograde on June 4th, the day of the final. This may not be significant as it switches direction after the tournament finishes. Yet, anyone having a Saturn transit could feel the weight of Saturn more intensely than usual.

Top 6 Seeds

Carlos Alcaraz (6) b. May 5, 2003, time unknown, El Palmar, Spain – Sun Taurus

I’m starting with the whizkid Carlos Alcaraz. He beat Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev at the Madrid Open on May 8th – an astonishing achievement for someone so young. The significant astrology was Uranus directly on his Sun at 14 Taurus. As we have seen in the past, Uranus transits, especially by conjunction, can be spectacular – the surprise element.

Only 19 years of age, he was the major talk going into the French Open which fits his Venus at 16 Aries on the Midheaven of the tournament chart. But can he win? As I’ve been writing this blog, Alcaraz has just come back from a near-inevitable defeat. On the brink of going out, he’s now in the 3rd round.

Alcaraz is born on a Sun/Mercury conjunction in Taurus and we often see Mercury or Gemini factors strong in tennis players. There’s no time of birth for him so we don’t have all the information we need to dig deeper.

Mercury retrograde is at 0 Gemini as the tournament begins exactly conjunct Alcaraz’ north node at 0 Gemini. That doesn’t feel like a win for me but he’s certainly going to get noticed during this tournament if nothing else. I suspect there are going to be a lot of people talking about him.

Novak Djokovic (1) b. May 22, 1987, 11:25 pm, Belgrade, Yugoslavia – Sun Gemini

Djokovic was missing at the Australian Open 2022 – the big story of the tournament. In 2021, Djokovic won two of the four Grand Slams but Nadal’s win at the Australian Open 2022 took Nadal’s Grand Slam tally to 21, one above Djokovic & Federer on 20 each. Djokovic is closing in.

You’ve got to like Djokovic’ astrology this tournament & this year. That’s because it’s his Jupiter Return year. His Jupiter is at 18 Aries 56, almost exactly conjunct the Midheaven – success point – of the tournament chart.

Plus, Djokovic’ Moon is at 5 Aries and lucky Jupiter will be exactly conjunct his Moon on June 13th, closing in throughout the tournament. Action planet Mars has now joined Jupiter in Aries and will also be activating Djokovic’ Moon and north node in Aries. The tournament started on his birthday too.

There is one major progression that’s exact on May 31st – Venus progressed opposite Saturn – but that may be more about what’s happening at home rather than on the court. With changeable Uranus also at the base of his astrology chart, there’s likely some tension in his personal life but it will take a lot to steer him off course.

Rafael Nadal (5) b. June 3, 1986, 7:10 pm, Manacor, Spain – Sun Gemini

Nadal is one year older than Djokovic. His natal Jupiter is in Pisces which is where it was when he won the Australian Open earlier this year. There’s not a lot singing astrologically in his chart at the moment so it would have to be sheer strength of will to see him through to a win here.

And, his chronic foot condition did flare up again only a couple of weeks ago so that Mercury retrograde may be doing him no favours. Nadal’s natal Mercury is in Gemini where Mercury is currently in retreat.

Daniil Medvedev (2) b. February 11 1996, time unknown, Moscow, Russia – Sun Aquarius

Medvedev won the US Open 2021 when Jupiter was in Aquarius and sitting nicely between his Sun/Mars Aquarius. Another player with no time of birth, Medvedev does have Venus at 2 Aries and being triggered by Jupiter at 2 Aries as the tournament begins. Whether this is linked to his career, we can’t be sure without a time of birth but it’s a lucky influence nonetheless.

Alexander Zverev (3) b. April 20, 1997, 3:00 am, Hamburg, Germany – Sun Aries

Alexander Zverev is born on the cusp of Aries/Taurus but he does sometimes wear an Aries glyph on a chain. The earlier of two possible birth times suggests he’s born under the sign of the Ram. He can also be quite fiery on court.

Jupiter in Aries is likely to be good news for him, although it’s more likely to kick in next year when he will have Jupiter exactly conjunct his Sun Aries. He was born with Mercury retrograde and the predominance of Aries planets may do him no harm.

If his time of birth is correct, the eclipses in November 2021 & May 2022 have been hitting the foundations of his chart which can coincide with dramas, highs and lows.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) b. August 12, 1998, 12:35 pm, Athens, Greece – Sun Leo

Tsitsipas is a Sun Leo like Roger Federer. He has a few nice connections to the tournament chart. His natal Jupiter is at 27 Pisces triggered by Mars at 28 Pisces. His Moon is at 17 Aries on the Midheaven of the tournament chart.

Also, Jupiter will be getting closer to a positive trine aspect with his natal Midheaven at 5 Leo as the tournament progresses. Otherwise, nothing major to shout about and he does have a challenging Pluto transit to his natal Venus, possibly about love or money rather than tennis.

Who Will Win?

Djokovic is the one to beat.

Tournament Final Chart

Adding this here to check nearer to the final.

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Total Lunar Eclipse In Scorpio

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Lunar Eclipse [25 Scorpio 18]

May 16, 2022 (05:14 GMT+1)

This month’s Full Moon is special for different reasons. Firstly, it’s a Super Moon which means it’s one of the closest Full Moons to earth and spectacular to behold. Secondly, it’s a Total Lunar Eclipse, when the light of the Moon is ‘eclipsed’ in its relationship with the Sun & Earth. Thirdly, the Moon is in Scorpio, one of the hidden star signs emphasising the hidden nature of the eclipse.

Eclipse Watching

This Lunar Eclipse will be visible to behold in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Check out timeanddate.com if you want to view the eclipse online or find out what time you can see the eclipse where you live.

In the UK, you’ll need to be awake at 4:30am to see the blood red eclipse. It will be very close to the horizon so ideally find a high point with a clear view towards the south-west. The Moon sets just after 5am and it will be at its maximum glory in that short period of time.

Lunar Eclipse Advice

During a Lunar Eclipse, the Sun & Moon are at opposite sides of the zodiac and the karmic nodes or points of destiny are pulled into the major planetary pattern.

The Lunar Nodes are an integral part of the eclipse cycle. In fact, it’s not a true eclipse if the nodes aren’t close to the eclipse degree. During this week’s Lunar Eclipse, the south node is at 22 Scorpio and close to the Moon at 25 Scorpio. The south node is where things can be released as an emptying out takes place.

Eclipses are not by their own nature good or bad. Yes, they can sweep in to move things forwards in life, sometimes at a fast rate and they tend to bring what’s hidden to light. It can be hard to plan for eclipses other than recognise that they often coincide with life’s highs and lows. Eclipses throw a shadow and a new landscape is revealed when the light returns.

Eclipses symbolise a time when the pendulum of fate swings dramatically and that can be both exhilarating and scary. Sometimes change happens close to the eclipse date or seeds are sown and events build towards a major turning point.

The influence of a particular eclipse can last until the next set of eclipses which occur this time around in October/November 2022. An eclipse has the most impact when it falls within of a planet or angle in your birth chart. Sometimes, you can even allow a orb.

Often, an event close to the eclipse date sets the wheels of change in motion and the eclipse energy plays out over the next few weeks or months. This is because eclipses take place in cycles that last for 18-24 months. What can happen is you get a run of eclipses triggering key points in your birth chart and your life shifts significantly within that period.

When you look back on the past, you invariably see that major turning points in your life, moments of destiny, coincide with important eclipse cycles. The current eclipse cycle began in November 2021 and completes in October 2023.

Traditionally, you’re wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before taking action and it’s not thought to be a good date to undertake a major project. Also, talk planet Mercury is already retrograde during this Lunar Eclipse.

Therefore, it may be wise to wait until June 3rd when Mercury turns direct before initiating events or taking action. Mercury turns direct at 26 Taurus, the same degree where the Sun is during this week’s Lunar Eclipse. The two dates are likely to be linked.

Also, note that the last Lunar Eclipse on November 19, 2021 fell at 27 Taurus, a similar point in the zodiac to this week’s eclipse at 25 Scorpio. Once again, these dates may be linked.

Eclipses are often feared because they bring what’s hidden to light, they represent the unknown. They can coincide with external events in your life, where you have to let go of control. Once you know this, you can be more in flow. Lunar Eclipses are often about endings, areas of life where you’re required to release and let go.

Taurus/Scorpio Axis

Taurus and Scorpio are the two star signs linked to money and power. Leading up to this week’s Lunar Eclipse, there was a major crypto-currency crash. Did you notice that one of the bitcoins that was almost wiped out was called ‘Luna’. Here we are with a Lunar Eclipse cutting across the money star signs of the zodiac. Eclipses are notoriously extreme.

Plus, Mercury is the planet linked to the markets. Its name can be found in merchandise and Mercury retrograde is often a time when the stock markets fall. A combination of Mercury retrograde and a Lunar Eclipse indicates a rocky period.

In addition, the planet linked to the unexpected Uranus is halfway through its 7 year transit of Taurus. Uranus isn’t active in this week’s eclipse but it has been active since the Solar Eclipse on April 30th.

Scorpio is the star sign linked to sexuality and taboo issues and there are plenty of examples worldwide that are sadly resonant of Scorpio’s themes of power and control – a woman’s right to abortion that’s currently being threatened and the head-to-toe burqa becoming mandatory in Afghanistan. Body autonomy & the abuse of power is a huge theme of the Taurus/Scorpio axis.

Scorpio is the star sign linked to regeneration and waste products, including pooh. It’s the compost of life, liquid gold, as the leaves mulch down to bring sustenance back into the earth, ready for next year’s bounty. The cycles of nature and astrology remind us of the inevitable cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Other Aspects

The signs are likely that this may be a tough Lunar Eclipse as both the Sun and Moon are square to Saturn at 24 Aquarius. This confirms the theme of endings and suggests a tough decision may have to be made. You might be caught in the midst of conflict or in a seemingly impossible situation. The reality could be that you can do one thing but not the other. There may be people you love at odds with one another.

There is a wider trine aspect to Pluto at 28 Capricorn and a positive Pluto theme can be about transformation or regeneration. Yet, the theme of power remains strong.

Our Queen is one person who’s in the eye of this eclipse as she has Saturn at 24 Scorpio conjunct her Midheaven at 25 Scorpio, the point at the peak of the horoscope. A definite theme of endings or a reality check in her life.

Also, the ruler of the Scorpio eclipse is Mars traditionally. And Mars is about to make a conjunction with Neptune at 24 Pisces on May 18th. Therefore, the Jupiter-Neptune themes of the last few months remain strong and are whipped up once again. The Mars-Neptune conjunction is also trine the Scorpio Moon.

Where are you being asked to surrender to life? Where are you feeling overwhelmed or emotional? Full Moons are often a time of heightened emotion and this Lunar Eclipse period goes deep.

Therefore, take good care of yourself and do what you can to keep your energy levels high. If you’re a Taurus or a Scorpio, you may be finding this eclipse season particularly intense. Yet, Scorpio is the star sign of the survivor, the phoenix who rises from the ashes, the knowledge that there’s always an opportunity to start over.

Go deep, turn within and let go of whatever’s no longer needed in your life. Go on a detox, declutter your cupboards, avoid toxic people, let go of resentment and do what you can to cleanse and refresh your body, mind and soul.

Key Areas To Note

Here’s a guide to the areas of your life where you may experience a theme of endings. Or, you’re being called forth on a path of personal transformation. Read both your Sun sign & Ascendant sign:

  • Taurus & Scorpio: 1st/7th houses – RELATIONSHIPS/IDENTITY – your image & appearance, personal goals, your identity; love & relationships, significant others, agreements & conflicts, contracts & joint ventures
  • Gemini & Sagittarius: 12th/6th houses – WORK/LIFESTYLE – retreat, quiet, solitude, a spiritual path; your health & work, what you sacrifice for others, being of service
  • Cancer & Capricorn: 11th/5th houses – SOCIAL GROUPS/SELF-EXPRESSION – your friends, groups, politics & social issues; your children, creativity, love affairs, what you ‘give birth to’.
  • Leo & Aquarius: 10th/4th houses – FOUNDATIONS/FUTURE PATH – your career & vocation, your status & reputation, where you’re heading in life; your home & family, your past & roots, where you come from.
  • Virgo & Pisces: 3rd/9th houses – LEARNING/BELIEFS – your education, neighbours & siblings, how you communicate; the bigger picture, travel, philosophy, religion, where you find meaning in life.
  • Libra & Aries: 2nd/8th houses – MONEY/SELF-WORTH – money, possessions, where your values lie; your joint finances, sexuality, all things hidden, the unconscious, the metaphysical realm.

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Jupiter Enters Aries: Taking A Leap Of Faith

Jupiter enters Aries, a leap of faith

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Jupiter Enters Aries 

– May 11, 2022 (00:22 GMT+1)

The big news this week is the fact that Jupiter is on the move. Jupiter is the biggest planet in the universe and the best planet in astrology. Jupiter takes twelve years to circuit the zodiac bringing its blessings to each of the twelve star signs in turn.

In mythology, Jupiter was a Sky God, linked to expansion, benevolence and protection. Jupiter is the planet that represents travel, higher education, the law, truth & justice, wherever you seek meaning & purpose in life, the bigger picture. At its best, Jupiter’s influence is jovial, fortunate and lucky.

Therefore, wherever Jupiter goes, you’re wise to follow as this is where opportunity lies. What begins under a Jupiter transit often promises success.

Jupiter In Aries

Jupiter enters the first sign of the zodiac Aries on May 11, 2022 for the first time since 2010/2011.

This is great news if you’re an Aries but potentially good news for all the star signs. It’s been a super emotional and at times overwhelming few months with Jupiter in water sign Pisces.

If you’re ready for action, Jupiter in Aries is the time to be a trail-blazer and take a leap of faith. Jupiter in Aries is fearless & feisty. This is about taking a stand or fighting for what you believe in.

As the world’s axis turns, it’s becoming ever more important to stand up for individual rights and Jupiter in Aries is a reminder that it only takes one person to make an impact on the world.

Jupiter in Aries is the the visionary, the pioneer. Put the planet of optimism and faith in the star sign that loves to start something new and this combination is great for risk-taking and being an innovator.

Jupiter is a cosmic reminder that luck is an attitude. Sit back and do nothing and luck may not find you. Have a big vision, be a risk-taker and have an invincible self-belief and you can fly.

Jupiter in Aries says ‘do it now’, don’t procrastinate.  Jupiter in Aries is a leader but not someone who’s going to bother drawing up the business plan or seeing things through to completion. For that, you need a team around you.

There’s impatience here too, a competitive spirit, a desire to win. Jupiter in Aries promises a great deal of enthusiasm, energy and vision for the future. Notice who or what appears in your life on the day that Jupiter enters Aries, May 11th.

Plan Your Move Using The Timing of Astrology

This may be the start of something new & positive in your life even it takes a while to develop because of the Mercury retrograde phase taking place at the same time. Pay attention to signs and synchronicities. Where are you being asked to take a leap of faith?

Communication planet Mercury turned retrograde on May 10th and remains on go slow until June 3rd. Therefore, plan ahead and get ready to make your move once Mercury is back up to speed next month.

There may be a few twists and turns along the way as there often are when Mercury’s upside-down and back-to-front but Jupiter’s getting prepared and fired up for action. It’s a good time for you to be doing the same.

Jupiter’s leaping in and out of Aries so use the timing of this to your advantage. Here are the dates when Jupiter’s in Aries:

  • May 10 to October 28, 2022 
  • December 20, 2022 to May 16, 2023 

Where Jupiter Promises Success

Here’s a quick guide to the areas of life that Jupiter will highlight in your horoscope in the coming months. Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign.

Jupiter encourages risk-taking, envisioning, enthusiasm and positive vibes. The more you put in, the more you get back in return.

Aries: Jupiter is in your 1st house ruling your physical body, your personal goals and ambitions. The spotlight’s on you when Jupiter’s in Aries giving you the feel-good factor and doubling your luck. Embrace new experiences, be adventurous and say yes to life. An ideal time to improve your image or profile.

Taurus: Jupiter is in your 12th house ruling retreat and quiet times. An ideal time to develop your spiritual side, listen to your inner voice, learn meditation, yoga or go on a retreat. Let the inner journey begin and practise self-care. You may be caring for other people and taking time out to volunteer.

Gemini: Jupiter is in your 11th house ruling friends, groups, social activities and concerns. An ideal time to connect with old and new friends alike, join a club, society or community project, do your bit for a humanitarian, environmental, political or social cause. Breathe new life into your hopes and wishes, create a team of people around you.

Cancer: Jupiter is in your 10th house ruling your career, vocation, status and where you’re heading in life. An ideal time to change career, ask for a pay-rise, go for promotion, take a sabbatical, work abroad, gain new qualifications or pursue a dream goal. This is about your status and reputation and making a new commitment.

Leo: Jupiter is in your 9th house ruling travel, study, philosophy and spirituality. An ideal time to broaden your horizons and remember that life is the journey and not the destination. Emigrate, sign up for a life-changing course, be open-minded and explore life in depth. Step out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone.

Virgo: Jupiter is in your 8th house ruling joint finances, sexuality and all that’s hidden or taboo. An ideal time to pray for what you most need in life, receive an inheritance, improve your financial portfolio, explore your sexuality or embrace celibacy, share resources and pool finances. Dive deep into the metaphysical realm.

Libra: Jupiter is in your 7th house ruling your one-to-one relationships. An ideal time to fall in love, propose or be proposed to, play the field and become a dating superstar, let go of any relationship that restricts you, employ a personal trainer, life coach or find your ideal business partner. Be a double act and do what you do best.

Scorpio: Jupiter is in your 6th house ruling work & routine, service to others and your health. An ideal time to change around the 9-to-5 so you free up your time. Apply for a new job, join a volunteer agency, boost your health and fitness. Jupiter in Aries is likely to be busy for you so prioritise what’s important.

Sagittarius: Jupiter is in your 5th house ruling children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs and fun. An ideal time to give birth, get pregnant, work with children, write your masterpiece, explore your creativity, have an affair, become a socialite, buy tickets for a big event. Play more, work less.

Capricorn: Jupiter is in your 4th house ruling your home and family, your past and where you come from. An ideal time to move home, expand where you live, make a journey into your past, celebrate with family and find your clan. You could become a DIY expert or be proactive in helping others in a home or family-related project.

Aquarius: Jupiter is in your 3rd house ruling communication, siblings, neighbours and your local community. An ideal time to launch a website, tell stories, reconnect with brothers, sisters or people who live close by, join your neighbourhood watch scheme, update your mode of communication or transport, become a teacher or mentor.

Pisces: Jupiter is in your 2nd house ruling money, personal possessions and what you value in life. An ideal time to earn more money, play with your investments, think ‘less is more’ and de-clutter your possessions, show your charitable or philanthropic side, value yourself highly. Ensure you get paid what you deserve.

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Mercury Retrograde: Slowing Down Down

Mercury Retrograde – May 10 to June 3, 2022

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Mercury The Trickster

In true Mercury retrograde style, my Mercury retrograde blog post is relatively late. There’s no point directing you to the advice prior to the communication planet switching direction as we’re already in it.

In mythology, Mercury’s alter-ego was the trickster, the thief. Therefore, when the communication planet is causing havoc, it’s not the ideal time to try and fix things, deal with technology, make sense of what’s going on. Expect for things to be delayed, for life to take you on a diversion, for everyday matters to take longer than usual.

Mercury likes to be in Gemini, one of the mutable, flexible star signs, linked to duality. Gemini’s zodiac symbol is the twins. So, even though Mercury turns retrograde, it may not feel as if you’re slowing down just yet.

Gemini rules the mind & communication so you might be multi-tasking, trying to keep the lines of communication open, be doing research or finding out more. Mercury remains in Gemini until May 23rd.

This Mercury retrograde phase could be devious, discombobulating, a mind-f–k, a double dose of tricks & lies. It is not a great time to be making a major decision or investment.

Ideally, wait until early to mid-June before making the big moves. If you do have to sign or seal an agreement, read the small print, ask all those irritating questions and double check everything.

Keep your feet on the ground over the next few weeks and engage your common sense. Some ideas won’t be worth following up, some promises may not be kept. Mercury retrograde often coincides with misunderstandings & miscommunications. Be discerning and questioning.

What Mercury Retrograde Is Good For

Do, however, allow yourself to escape from the worries of the world, find your retreat and reconsider where happiness lies. Read books, dive deep into a creative activity, reconnect with people from your past. Write letters, learn a language, talk to people you don’t normally connect with.

If you’re a worrier or prone to anxiety, find ways to unplug & quieten the mind. Do puzzles, jigsaws, switch off the news, detox from social media, block out your calendar or social diary, at least for a few days. Learn to switch off.

Mercury Retrograde Second Phase

As you may see above, Mercury is only retrograde in Gemini until May 23rd as Mercury then retreats back into earth sign Taurus.

The second phase of Mercury retrograde could feel very different. Events on or around May 21st when the Sun & Mercury retrograde align might prove pivotal. You may do an about-turn or change your plans completely.

Once Mercury is on go slow in Taurus, this is the equivalent of slowing right down. Taking time out to be in nature and to reconnect with the natural rhythms of the cosmos, the universe.

Deliberately slow down your pace and allow your mind to unwind and your body to rest. Give yourself space to turn inwards where the Mercury retrograde gems are waiting to be discovered.

Potential Turning Points

You may sense a turning point during the New Moon in Gemini on May 30th, a symbol of new beginnings. As Mercury turns direct a few days later on June 3rd, this is when you might be able to push things through.

It’s an ideal time to chase things up, to get back in touch with people you’re waiting on, to find out what’s really going on.

Don’t let trickster Mercury trip you up this month. Stay grounded, quieten your mind, question everything.