Uranus/Pluto Square: Part Two 

For the week of May 30-June 5, 2012.

The planets continue to speak boldly, and as their messages sweep across the skies, daily life reverberates with increasing intensity. No one is exempt from this quickening, even those among us who are making great strides toward joy — their joyousness will only increase. The current celestial influences are amplifying all areas of human endeavor, and as we attempt to adjust to this period of change, emotions are sure to run high. Don't be surprised if you or those near to you are raw one moment and defended the next. And don't be startled if you find yourself withdrawing from situations you would normally embrace — or embracing situations you might otherwise avoid. Give yourself permission to be authentic, and let that authenticity be your guide.

Several interactions contribute to this increased level of intensity. We are still in the throes of Venus Retrograde, and as the goddess of love continues to revisit her recent past, so do we. Don't despair if you're dwelling on memories of springs past; be willing to recognize your part in it, and then use those reflections to grow. Venus' domain includes relationships of every conceivable denomination, from lovers to friends to cousins to neighbors to pen pals to pets, so don't limit yourself to amorous interactions.

On June 6, a rare astronomical event occurs — the transit of Venus — during which an actual Venus/Sun conjunction can be seen. It won't happen again for another 105 years. (This particular event happens in pairs; the last one was on June 8, 2004.) I'm not certain how to interpret this occurrence through an astrological perspective, but it makes sense to see it as a further illumination of Venus' current position in Gemini, the Sign of communication. Ultimately, Gemini is about intimacy; twins are its symbol, and it is through day-to-day exchanges in our local environment that we learn to share our feelings and speak from the heart. When we are children, that means sharing with our family, and as we grow, our expanding environment includes friends, classmates, neighbors, and co-workers.

On June 4, a lunar eclipse occurs nearly one degree opposite the transit of Venus, at fourteen degrees Sagittarius. Lunar eclipses put the focus on practical matters, which means we can expect a lot of shared data (translation: shared feelings). Interestingly, during this eclipse, Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, occupies the degree at which Venus began her retrograde. Be clear and direct as you engage with others, and remember to listen just as carefully.

At an even deeper level of activity, we're at the start of a nearly three-year sequence of interactions between Uranus and Pluto, the two most powerful astral agents of change, and their combined light illuminates a profound cycle of individual and collective transformation. There are no shortcuts through this inexorable portal of change, a condition that could make many of us anxious — even if what's happening is positive and expansive. Try to quell that anxiety by remembering that the ultimate creative power is always in the present moment.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

ARIES Chose your words carefully; what you say has an almost immediate effect. Even your sarcastic remarks will be examined for clues to a deeper hidden meaning.

TAURUS You think it is a financial issue, but it's really about how you value yourself. Take a moment to assess your most worthy attributes, and then move into the next phase on the basis of that assessment.

GEMINI It's all about you, and there is every reason to make the most of it. Put all self-consciousness aside and forget what anyone thinks. This is your cosmic moment; share your abiding beauty.

CANCER Pay attention to your dreams — sleeping and waking. They are opening a wide window to your unconscious, a window that will allow you to explore your imagination and relish in its fullness.

LEO Allow your innate generosity to help you to identify where your gifts can be of greatest use to your community. You don't have to start a movement, but if you do, make sure it is in keeping with your true values.

VIRGO You're in a culmination phase, where recent experiences are coalescing into a new level of responsibility and recognition. Stay focused on your goals and you'll manage the spotlight with ease.

LIBRA Venus places the focus on your spiritual quest, and it doesn't matter whether you're searching externally, through travel, or internally, through contemplation. You'll know your truth when you experience it.

SCORPIO Read Taurus above, but add this: If you value yourself on the basis of how others see you, you'll never arrive at an accurate assessment of your own worth.

SAGITTARIUS You are definitely in a relationship intensive, and that means all your relations, from the goldfish to the person who delivers the mail. Watch your responses and you'll gain insight into who makes you happiest.

CAPRICORN Whether it's a health- or work-related issue, you are certainly looking at your notion of service. Remember, help given with a grudge helps no one and can be especially harmful to you.

AQUARIUS When we're in the midst of a creative process, we're not watching, we're participating, which is why the creative moment always feels vulnerable. Continue to follow your muse, and don't worry about being exposed.

PISCES While "home is where the heart is" is a cliché, like all clichés it contains a gold nugget of truth. Make finding the home of your heart a priority, and that quest will have exponential and lasting benefits.

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