Horoscope By Triana J. Elan August 1 – 7, 2011


Retrograde Mercury Alert

Yes, we make a big deal out of retrograde Mercury because even when something doesn’t show up during one, starting something new during one will show a disappointment/failure in about two years’ time. The effects aren’t always instant; this is because our decision-making skills, thinking and communicating are somewhat out of sync with reality during a retrograde Mercury and potential pitfalls and failures are often seen but unheeded. So, you know the drill.

Mars will change signs this week as well, moving from swift-thinking Gemini into emotional Cancer. Sensitives will be more so during this period and tempers could flare as the undercurrents will be strong but somewhat hidden. May as well bring them out into the open for inspection and repair. It can be done, it just isn’t very comfortable. Mars in the sign of our nation may also trigger a massive fear reaction due to the political climate right now; I advise all of us to stay out of it personally and protect what we have since our country is in the predicted state of collapse and transformation. This isn’t a bad thing, it just is what it is and the results aren’t in yet.

For my Island’s Weekly readers, I profoundly apologize for the two missing weeks. A recovering father and a dead laptop caused me to get way off schedule but I’ll sacrifice a machine any day. My dad is recovering, getting better daily and I will be returning to Bellingham as I am not needed here because of the excellent care my dad has and his huge circle of friends who are happy to step in for the incidentals. Crisis over; a three month odyssey is finished. Thanks for all of your kind thoughts, prayers and emails!



Aries (March 21- April 19): Some more planets changing signs alters the terrain this week and month; first of all, Mercury goes retrograde in your sector of Work/Health on Wednesday and will back into your sector of Creative Expression/Children during its reverse course. You know the drill. Don’t start anything new during this time. Your Ruler Mars will move into your sector of Home on Thursday and Mars is not happy in the sign of Cancer so don’t be surprised to find yourself rather emotional. Jupiter and Venus are holding strong to do you some favors during this time, so hold a steady course.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Mercury goes retrograde this week, so don’t start anything new until the end of the month. Your Ruler Venus is sending you a lot of energy on the home front, and Jupiter in your sign makes everything easier. That doesn’t mean you won’t have to sprint now and then, but in general it’s looking pretty good for you this week. Fiery Mars moves into your sector of Thinking/Communicating so there may be some emotional intensity around family issues but keep your thoughts, interpretations and assumptions in check and you’ll breeze on through.


Gemini (May 21- June 20): Your Ruler Mercury goes retrograde this week from your sector of Home; this could mean something going weird with a recent rental contract or changes to your home that you weren’t expecting. You are quick on the draw though, so don’t expect to have your confidence shot down in flames. Jupiter and Venus are helping you keep yourself steady so you have ample planetary support to keep your ship from capsizing but that doesn’t mean you won’t have some thought-provoking listing going on. What would you ever do without the spice of life?


Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday, and it is going to back into your sector of finances so keep a close watch on your bank accounts and credit cards this month. Venus in your sector of finances will determine a positive outcome but not without you standing firm. You can do that, you have a hard shell and pincers to wave around and get attention! This month will be very active in many ways, so you should be busy enough to not have time to brood and worry. Keep your eye on your target and don’t let the riffraff distract you.


Leo (July 23 – August 22): Venus in your sign gives you a real boost and that’s terrific since Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday and tries to stir up some anxiety. With both Venus and Jupiter helping you, you will be more annoyed than anything at what Mercury throws at you. Your tenacity and sense of reserve is your bedrock, so spend the month celebrating yourself since it is your birthday time! Fiery Mars moves into your sector of Endings/Collective Unconscious this week and you should be picking up on all kinds of strategies.


Virgo (August 23 – September 21): Mercury goes retrograde in your sign on Wednesday and will quickly back into your sector of Endings; this indicates that something you thought was finished isn’t finished. Something or someone from the past may show up as a friendly reminder that some unfinished business needs to be addressed. So, address it and get ‘er done. This will be a very good month to wrap things up as Jupiter and Venus are both supporting you with a lot of stabilizing energy so you don’t go off your rails. As we enter this most intense month of summer, enjoy this week and give it your best shot.


Libra (September 22 – October 23): Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday; it will go into reverse motion from your sector of Endings and quickly move into your sector of Friends/Goals. If you have an active project going on, be sure to take extra care to verify that everyone on the team is on the same page. Fiery Mars moves into your sector of Career and gives you an opportunity to discover some underlying feelings around you so that you can sort your head out (and other people’s as well). Your Ruler Venus also gives you great support this month.


Scorpio (October 24- November 22): Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday, moving from your sector of Goals/Friendships into your sector of Career as it continues in reverse. This will trigger the same nagging icky stuff that goes wrong during any retrograde, and you will have to spend more time communicating than you really care to because no, they don’t get it. Not right now and not all month. Jupiter and Venus give you a big boost though, so you’ll be able to quickly right the wrongs and make your way through the obstacle course.


Sagittarius (November 23 – December 20): Mercury goes retrograde this week from your sector of Career and later backing into your sector of Expansion. For you, this is a time where you will be picking up something you left behind and tweaking it to suit who you are now. There will be bumps in the road due to Mercury going backwards, but the good news is, esteem-building Venus is holding strong in your sector of Expansion, your Ruler Jupiter occupies solid Taurus in your sector of Work/Health and energetic Mars will enter your sector of Shared Assets. These positions will really get things moving, so pay attention to details, troubleshoot and go over everything twice.


Capricorn (December 21 – January 20): Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday, beginning in your sector of Expansion and proceeding quickly into your sector of Shared Assets. Something will need to be readdressed in a timely fashion this month, but being the one who takes the initiative, you’ll get it done. Just do the retrograde protocol. Energetic Mars moves into your sector of Relationships also, so revel in the niceties of your closest and dearest one (s) and be grateful for allies. Jupiter is still beaming solid luck your way and esteem building Venus is holding strong in your sector of Shared Assets/Intimacy; this will offset the things that go in a silly direction.


Aquarius (January 21 – February 20): You’re all over the place, but that’s nothing new. It’s your job! Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday in your sector of Shared Assets/Intimacy then backs into your sector of Relationship where Venus is already holding court and Venus is stronger. You will have to frame your words carefully and sincerely; one thing about you is that you don’t tell people what they want to hear so no one will expect anything less than the truth from you. Give it to them but don’t make your honesty brutal unless someone’s in your face; all bets are off in that case.


Pisces (February 21 – March 20): Mercury starts out in your sector of Relationship and goes retrograde on Wednesday, moving back into your sector of Work/Health. You may see a health issue come up that you weren’t expecting, but get it taken care of if it happens. Venus in your sector of Work/Health and Mars in your sector of Creative Thinking give you an edge this month. Jupiter is still emanating his benevolent vibes at you from your sector of Thinking/Communicating so you can pretty much trust that the information you get is solid, but check to be sure due to Mercury. This is going to be a very active month!