Hold On For Uranus Retrograde 

For the week of June 24-30, 2009.

Fasten your seatbelts. Or should I say tighten them? Uranus goes Retrograde on July 1, which means this week and next are going to be more than a little bumpy. I can already hear the collective moan: "More than the last few weeks, with all the mishegas and madness so many people have been facing?" Yes ... much more, because when Uranus changes direction, daily life increases in intensity, and little earthquakes, personal and collective, send shudders through regular routines. Be prepared to be off-center, and more than a little disoriented. Anticipate sleep disturbances, and also be prepared for pulses to exhibit erratic rates. The stars incline, as the saying goes, they do not compel. But Uranus, the planet that symbolizes breaking the rules, often breaks that rule, if only because we tend to experience such dramatic extremes before and after it changes direction.

Uranus signifies shift, so when it "turns around," which it does once a year, for approximately five months, we tend to experience turn arounds as well; its "revolutions" become our retrospectives. The current retrograde phase lasts from July 1 through December 1, which means for many of us, the next five months of Uranus Retrograde translates into a reexamination of decisions made over the course of the last five months (February-June), especially decisions made in haste or in the heat of the moment. Love affairs you thought were kaput could be rekindled. Projects you thought were lost are suddenly revived with new enthusiasm. Out of the blue, you're offered an unanticipated promotion. Just be aware, when Uranus goes direct in December, all the positions reversed during its retrograde phase could be reversed again. Uranus is, after all, the planet of startling plot twists.

There is no way to prepare for Uranus Retrograde, other than to practice yoga on every level — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual — for flexibility is the best way to handle surprising events. What Uranus always does, whether it is moving backward or forward, is catalyze whatever is stagnant or stale. Uranus abhors the status quo but only if the status quo has hardened into an untenable rigidity. The good news about Uranus is that its presence is so blatant, it's hard not to notice what it is trying to shake loose from either a personal or collective perspective. Pay attention to your resistance or where you are clinging to a position — political, philosophical, or financial — and you'll be able to identify what Uranus is catalyzing. Remember, resistance is futile when it comes to Uranus, so make sure you're willing to surrender what is no longer vital in your life.

We've been in the midst of so much change for so long it seems almost impossible that the ante in this game of stress could get any higher than it already is. Nervous systems already fragile from prolonged states of adrenal emergency need tender care during these times. So be kind to yourself, as well as your fellow travelers during the coming week. A small gentle gesture can soothe an anxious heart.

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

ARIES Stay focused on the details, even if it means continuing to take one painstaking step at a time. If you're clear about what you are putting in motion, you'll eventually be pleased with the results.

TAURUS Try not to let emotionally charged conversations throw you off balance, or allow careless words to morph into brain worms and steal your inner equilibrium. Just keep breathing and you'll get through.

GEMINI Idle chatter will only squander your potential to make tangible career gains. So rather than waste time gossiping, concentrate your time and energy discussing subjects that will yield valuable information.

CANCER Compassion will turn the situation around, but only if you're authentic about your desire to make peace. Compromise doesn't have to be capitulation; it can also be synthesis.

LEO There's no need to allow any distractions to deter you from your goal. I'm sorry to sound like a cliché, but if you whistle while you work, you'll be extraordinarily pleased with the fruits of your labor.

VIRGO While the pressure is lighter, the intensity levels of your relationships, personal and professional, remain high. So continue to notice what is being mirrored to you, as you also continue to take responsibility for your participation.

LIBRA The challenge is how to unite seemingly opposing forces into a cohesive team. Spend some time listening carefully to all sides, and you'll begin to hear what all the participants have in common.

SCORPIO No one, not even the strongest among us is completely self-sufficient. So while you often find it comfortable to rely on others, it's still not a bad idea to ask for help when you need it.

SAGITTARIUS All work and no play, at least for now, would be the best choice. If you're willing to put in the sweat equity, you will derive satisfying dividends for your efforts.

CAPRICORN Do not be fooled by appearances. At first glance the emphasis appears to be financial, but a closer look reveals that the situation has more to do an internal assessment of your true value than an external one.

AQUARIUS Give yourself permission to hunker down and relax into the safety and security of home. Of course there is still plenty to do, but right now, rest and relaxation are the most important activities on your agenda.

PISCES Grounded exchanges with significant others, personal or professional, and members of your immediate family will help you to gain perspective. Listen carefully and you'll expand your sense of well-being.


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