by Sarah Bartlett
This week’s cosmic line-up brings us all a chance to start afresh. We secretly long for future happiness and sometimes we secretly wish that the past and all that we have experienced, thought, felt or seen, would disappear forever. Our memory traps us, and we want to run into the future and find what we are looking for. But if we try living ‘in the moment’ of love, this week, we’ll have a realisation that what we want, is to be found in the here and now.
You’re missing someone. You’re thinking about them a lot, perhaps wondering why you feel the way you do, or maybe regretting what happened once. And of course it’s niggling you. You don’t particularly like feeling your feelings, when there’s more fascination to be had in the endless spectrum of knowledge of any one moment. When we miss someone, there’s a lack in our life. We feel a gap, a hole, or it’s like we’ve lost a piece of ourselves somewhere. Whether you make a hit with someone new, or you miss someone, you will soon be able to move on and put the past well and truly behind you.
Those people who are all fire and brimstone may well get to you this week. Yet you’re the one who’s actually feeling fiery, restless, in need of adventure. You need to loosen up, experience new dimensions of life or meet a new admirer if single. Suddenly life seems a joy rather than a trudge. Remember you’re a creative earth sign, you need to produce something. You’re inspired by the visionary, the gypsy, the dissident. But it doesn’t mean you’re about to dump your partner, nor are you about to leap into some madcap affair. In fact, remember the promise you made to yourself about loving you, and your magical self? Well, let someone else do so too.
If attached, you realise that you can sustain a close relationship as long as you have some space to do your own thing. It’s only if you feel crushed or trapped that you recoil with resentment and escape to breathe the fresh air of freedom. Thanks to Jupiter, this week is one of romantic vivacity, mental mobility, and charming flirtatious strangers. Communication improves, love becomes free-spirited and at last you feel (yes, ‘feel’) free from the burdens of the past or emotional demands. John Waite’s lyrics, ”every time I think of you I always catch my breath’ sums it all up for you right now. Feel it, let it move you, and then you can truly move on to greater love.
Being a water sign, you’re innately more aware of your feelings, emotions and reactions than the other elements. Fire people are noisy and demanding, air signs are logical and cunning, earth signs are sensible and sensual. But you are cautious, vulnerable, erratic yet intense. And this week, will seem as if a red hot thunderbolt of passion falls into your quiet, calm sea. It will feel odd. It might seem as if you’re suddenly turning into a fire sign yourself, frustrated by the world of objects, people, and good old reality; fiercely heroic in the face of opposition. With an impulsive desire to get out of that black hole of emotional neediness, it’s good news week indeed.
Mercury’s current influence will stir up your ego, force you to show how much you love someone, promote your ideals about the perfect soul-mate, get all romantic about courtly love and then probably wish you’d never said any of the above. Your partner, Mr or Miss Amazing, might be literally standing right in front of you, but because of your vivid imagination, they’re totally eclipsed by a future perfect ideal partner, who you’re convinced will turn up one day. This week, take care with your heart and don’t delude yourself.
You begin to realise that love isn’t logical or sensible. It doesn’t have rules and regulations. It’s not calculated and planned. And there’s no wrong or right time for love. In fact it’s all blood, sweat, passion and sometimes tears. It flows and is flawed and there is no law. And your partner or that new admirer you meet, can’t be changed and probably doesn’t want to change (people just don’t). And you will need to make compromises and take the odd risk and accept that love can be dangerous because it’s about passion and people. Enjoy passion, new lovers, or maybe just enflame familiar people.
The planets are passionately grabbing hold of you and saying, go for it, break the fear, enjoy the impulse, be a romantic, make the odd mistake, get in a mess. But as the flames flicker on, you attempt to return to normality (whatever that is for you). Feeling overthrows impulse, emotion blankets passion, and you see the truth of what love really means for you. Someone may awaken you to the wildness within you, but it’s time to nurture your secret dreams and realise that love is waiting out there for you, or is already by your side.
Often the most fascinating times we have, are those spent with virtual strangers. We have no hidden agendas, no snippets of inside knowledge hidden up our sleeve, or silly preconceptions which get in the way of who, or what, we are, or have been ourselves. This week, a new contact will certainly give you this kind of dynamic buzz. Yet the speed at which you get closer is both exciting and frightening. Consider cooling your heels just a little bit, or at least until you’ve got to know thir faults as well as their finer points. Better to slow down now, than to regret having said too much, too soon, later.
You’re attracting admiring glances and adoring words wherever you turn. If single, people are relaxed around you and you’re enjoying an easy period of sociability without the pressures of a lover, or wannabe partner who demands more of your time than you’re willing to give. But don’t ignore someone special just because of a flirtatious gesture from a dark horse. Listen to your intuition and the workings of your analytical mind. Do you want to change your love life, improve it or stick with the tried and trusted? This week decisions will be made and futures determined.
It’s been said that ‘love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.’ Cynical yes, but also the one truth most of us really don’t want to face. Reality or Saturn, says, you can’t expect this romance to go on forever can you? And Venus dances behind with a twinkle in her eye, a spring in her step, a seductive sway, and a giggle or two saying, “yes, it can, yes it can.” For without that cheeky, light-hearted and anticipatory taste of in-loveness how would we ever begin to understand the magic of love? Without that madness, how would we ever know who we really are? It is only through our relationships, good and bad, that we can come to really know ourselves. This week you will.
Who needs silver-tongued admirers when you can share secrets and laughter with a few old pals? Well, there are times of course when the former would be a bonus. After all, they boost your ego. They look good on paper and they make you feel like a teenager again. But the downside is, they inevitably don’t stay for long and are usually more interested in preening their bodies than admiring yours. So, this week, it’s those friends who you’ve come to rely on over the years who will come to the rescue (if you need it) or just entertain you without even trying. But it pays to steer clear of pretty words and bright young things of the opposite sex. For they may lead you further astray than you had wanted.
You’ve looked beyond the moment and seen how to make love more positive, more fulfilling, more passionate. You’ve accepted your weaknesses (for even you have the odd flaw) and tried to be more tolerant of others and their faults too. And this kind of self-improvement and it’s pathway to self-love, begins to work in your favour. And the frustrations of the past will soon be replaced with the big, wonderful, bold strokes of love’s theatrical canvas again. After all, if there’s no drama in your life, then you aren’t being true to your own needs and values. As Rumi, the 12th century Sufi poet wrote, “passion is the elixir that renews; how can there be weariness when passion is present?” Time to be loved for that passionate presence; unweary and vitalised.