by Sarah Bartlett
With Mercury’s change of direction for the better this week, we’re also changing relationships, giving up one thing for another, and becoming more realistic in our goals.
We’re all divas or stars of some personal show, but, as always we get brought back down to earth this week, and accept that the illusion of materialism still binds us to a way of life that may not be right for us personally. Yet, we still have the chance to enjoy living life to the full. So show you are passionate, not passive, and are ready to be active in love’s world of imminent change.
Try to convert your partner or new admirer to the virtues of why the world must be saved now, and you’ll be facing a week of disapproval or disappearing acts. Now one of the reasons you’re feeling particularly feisty is because you’re an idealist. And like any idealist, if something doesn’t live up to that ideal, then you simply want to move on to the next person or thing or idea, which perhaps could live up to it better. And right now, you’re searching for more, more of anything. More love, more passion, more answers, more meanings. And the searching, questing, restless side of your nature is simply in need of expression. This week, show your desires, and you will live your dream.
Do you really like living a nine-to-five existence and taking the same route home every day? If the answer is no, then it’s time to shake out the ‘you shoulds’ and ‘if I were you’s’ and ‘this is the way to do it’ and instead say “I will shoot my arrows high, and even though they don’t achieve what I really want in love, then isn’t that better than aiming too low?” With challenging links this week, if attached, the energy is just right to generate the sort of lively, but jovial interaction you enjoy. And single, you meet those who can fuel your own inner enthusiasm for making connections or seeing different perspectives of love itself.
A week of endless romantic possibilities, at last. But which to seize, which to ignore, which to reflect upon? Yet the influence of the cosmos gives you the inner strength and focus to take your time, plan your route, know your limitations. Whether single or attached, I know you’re afraid of commiting yourself to tangibles and people, because that means you have to face not only the limitations of the ‘real’ world, but also that you’re not so cosmic and boundless as you wish yourself to be. So forget the fantasies of what might be, enjoy who you are in the here and now. After all, love doesn’t necessarily make the world go round, but it does make the ride worthwhile.
Do you really know your lovers, friends or partner? I mean, are some of them as honest as they make out? What are they thinking of when they’re in your company, are they listening to your dreams, hoping you’ll make the success out of this that or the other? Probably not, because essentially we’re all thinking of ourselves. However altruistic or compassionate we appear to be, there is usually an underlying motivation for our generous spirit. So why not nourish your own ego this week? Take off on a whim alone if you dare, and be inspired by art, culture of the great outdoors. Leave all partners at home. It’s time to get a taste of personal freedom.
Has anyone told you how much you’ve changed in the last few months? The shift in the way you react and behave in relationships is much more directed and enthusiastic. Most of all, more honest and intuitive. You’re taking the reigns and changing course when life doesn’t deliver the total contentment you desire. Your vision and ability to change for the better is providing the opportunity to create a lifestyle you’ve long aspired to. And that’s one that’s more heartfelt and less logical. Where previous lack of motivation was causing problems in your closest relationship, you’re suddenly re-discovering the importance of playfulness. Go strut your stuff and reign supreme in all of love’s domains.
Adapt to the art of comparing that two people have often opposing needs. After all, relating isn’t just about emotions, it’s about differentiation and mergers. And suddenly you’re seeing how certain people can work and live together, and how certain people can’t. One relationship is taking on a very harmonious angle right now, and yet you’ve still got that idealistic belief that someone better might be round the next corner. With Jupiter giving you potent ideas about the very dubious grey areas of love, remember that no-one gives and takes in equal portions, not even you. Don’t expect too much, and you won’t be disappointed.
We all have a different view of what love is. And there are as probably as many different perspectives on love as there are people. In the zodiac, Taureans, for example, generally see love as a sensual experience based on material security; Pisces – an utter merger of spirit, soul and body. And you? Well, this week, the key theme behind your kind of ‘love,’ is sharply in focus. How can you be a couple but still maintain your individuality? It just doesn’t make sense. Yet, the secret romantic in you comes alive. Forget emotions and heavy atmospheres, you want light, laid-back conversations and fun, and by golly you’re going to get it.
This week, you reflect a little harder and longer about what love is all about. Being vulnerable and in love has a price to pay. It means you feel weak, it all gets too personal, and that’s kind of scary. And so back comes the belief in how it’s better to be single and loving it anyway. And if attached, well, NO-ONE can live up to your expectations so you might as well just get on with your career, and who needs love anyway? But, before you leap off to fight for the rights of whales, think of this. We arrive at that place of love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing the imperfect person, perfectly. You now have the chance to see both the joyful romantic, faults and all, within yourself ,as well as the flaws in someone else. And most of all, loving them and yourself for it. Don’t deny yourself that right, it’s all yours.
You have a roving eye this week, and it doesn’t seem much point trying to deny or ignore it. After all, if you’re not looking for connections, meaning in life or just a reason to celebrate, you wouldn’t be you. Someone out there around the 8th, might just have the ingredients necessary to combine the whole lot in a whirl of activity, passion and magical hilarity. With your ruler Jupiter’s excessive energy, an all-consuming desire for getting out and about needs some expression. Find it in you, find it without, either way you’re destined for a hoot a minute.
There seems to be a sense of being ‘not good enough’, or that someone is not good enough for you? But if someone isn’t good enough for you, it tends to imply you don’t feel good enough about yourself. And currently, Pluto is forcing you to become very aware of that dark place of need, of wanting, or not getting, or of feeling you’re never getting enough because no-one is ever good enough. And whether single or attached, this is not greed, it is just emotional hunger because you feel empty. So please stop grabbing the depressing rain clouds that pass by, and instead let them pass on by. Instead grab the rainbows, butterflies, bubbles of sunshine, and the thoughts that make every day worth living. Because they are you too.
Love will grow and develop as it must when you grow and change and develop too. And with electrifying links between the planets, this week is one where your direction begins to become clearer. Love, like a raw diamond needs to be cut, worked on, polished and nurtured before it can become something of beauty. And you’re beginning to learn how to do exactly that. Now you can play the kind of game which is about being sensationally skilful in love. You are stronger, wiser, more sure of your direction. Relationship power games or subversive behaviour won’t get to you. There is a wild spirit in you, a creative one and a humanitarian one. Time to chose who you want to be, and never look back.
You’re in one of those childish. careless moods. And this is very unlike you, well, most of the time. But if you don’t express your feelings, it will all get very tense. Right now, you have a sense of responsibility for your emotions, and everything gets terribly literal because you have a little bit of trouble with other people’s assumptions. So why are you making a fuss and tossing your hair back when normally you’re so grown up about love?Well, it’s hardly surprising, when the communication channels are well and truly shut as tight as a submarine hatch. Time to open them gently and let the calm seas flow over you again.