A Week of Clarity and Invention 

For the week of May 20-26, 2009.

The planets are aligned in simple patterns this week, and their simplicity offers opportunities for clarity. Don't get me wrong — the seemingly incessant intensity of daily life does not disappear. We're still in Mercury Retrograde, after all, which translates into an unrelenting need to pay attention to the smallest of details. But overall, we get a little break, and if you're as tired as I am, the lack of astral complexity is a welcome relief.

We're in the last ten days of Mercury Retrograde, which means we're in the last ten days of a slow-mo, rewind review of most, if not all, things in our individual lives related to communication. Conversations, letters, e-mails, contracts, negotiations, term papers, and everything connected to computers — if language is being used at all — is certain to have suffered during this retrograde. Mercury goes Direct on May 30, but we probably won't feel the keen wind of its forward motion until June 1 or 2. Remember, the don't-initiate-anything-new rule still applies for three days after Mercury turns around. So try not to let frustration motivate you to jump the gun.

But there is good news about the last days of this Mercury Retrograde phase. First, from this week until the middle of June, Mercury squares the Jupiter/Neptune/Chiron conjunction, a powerful interaction that amplifies altruistic endeavors. As Mercury squares this conjunction, it activates imagination as it simultaneously stimulates inspiration. Be prepared for lots of ideas, all of which could have a strong visual component capable of revealing the entire design in one great flash of brilliance. This square also stimulates conversation — lots and lots of conversation. So if you are a writer, spend your words on paper before they slip away through dialogue or idle chatter.

The second bit of good news is a Mercury/Uranus sextile, which also is in effect through the middle of June. This positive union generates an inventive mindset, as it simultaneously encourages all sorts of interests, from the technical to the intuitive. This is one of my most favorite interactions because it provides the potential to shift out of stagnant patterns. It also provides the energy to break free from intellectual habituations that inhibit rather than enhance creativity and transformation. The best news about this Mercury/Uranus sextile is that it has the capacity to amplify the altruistic intentions of the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction by providing dazzling flashes of how those humanitarian longings can be concretized. Remember, Uranus embodies the thunderbolts and lightning of change, often thought to be guided by divine intention. And those Uranian thunderbolts have the power to illuminate previously unseen or unconsidered choices.

It's a good week to clarify confusing situations, even and especially those circumstances that seem mired in muck. You'll need to be direct and precise, but you'll also need to be patient with yourself and others.

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

ARIES It's a choice: Get lost in potent emotions that could distract, or take a deep breath, refuse to engage in petty squabbles, and stay focused on success. Sounds like a no-brainer, but keeping your feelings in check will take some doing.

TAURUS Seize the opportunity for clarity, especially in your career concerns, and you'll be able to sort through what's important to you and what isn't, which will create the perfect environment to make any necessary adjustments and improvements.

GEMINI You're still dealing with a lot of difficult decisions, but that doesn't mean you're not up to the challenge of making the right choices. Take a moment to prioritize your goals and you'll find it easier to organize your time and energy.

CANCER Use this time to sort through difficult interactions with friends and/or significant others. Be aware, this isn't so much about who's right; it's about understanding how unconscious motivations, yours or others', may affect the situation.

LEO Try not to rule out inspirational encounters with people who will not only stimulate your creative process but also assist you in gaining greater clarity. Stay open to vital, positive feedback, and you'll make tangible gains.

VIRGO The trick is figuring out how to be patient, innovative, and grounded all at the same time. I'm not saying it can't be done; I'm saying it must be done. And if anyone can combine those three approaches, it's you.

LIBRA Your week actually is all about balance, especially maintaining your creative equilibrium. If you are rigorously honest about what matters most, you'll be able to handle the subtle and not so subtle changes with ease.

SCORPIO At first glance the situation at home appears unsettled, but a deeper look will reveal a strong current of change. If you can tolerate the uncertainty for a little while longer, you'll be pleased with the outcome.

SAGITTARIUS Yes, there are mixed messages from significant others, personal and professional, but that doesn't mean you need to be confused. So rather than react, sort through each situation one step at a time.

CAPRICORN Your current financial picture isn't as much about lack as it is about security. Use the clarity of the week to review your finances and see if you can come up with an innovative solution that will shift your attitude.

AQUARIUS You have complete permission to feel confident in your choices, so go ahead and share your opinions. Not every idea will "stick," but some of them will make a real difference.

PISCES Try not to worry if some of what's said is repetitious — we're in a retrograde, and that means repetition is assumed. And by the way, some things are definitely worth repeating.


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