Starting the week with the Moon in your romantic sector is always an advantage, but even more so when this is Venus, planet of love's first full week here. With the Sun still over a month away, Venus has returned ahead of time to get the ball rolling and also to kick off the most romantically charged months of 2018, on her terms. To start the week with romantically charged lunar vibes in play is something that the planet of love will use to her advantage. The Moon's return to your relationship sector on Thursday will give you a chance to focus on relationship matters later in the week, but Venus is making romance the dominant theme this week. The Moon will return to your relationship sector during the Sun's final hours in your communication sector, with a chance to give the emotional responses triggered a voice.
On both the romantic and relationship fronts there is exciting news this week or the kind of developments that can't help but boost your confidence. On the romantic front this would appear to be more fleeting, with the Moon's return to your romantic sector in the early part of the week getting the week off to a romantically charged start. Yet with the Moon gone by Thursday, this shouldn't have the impact that it does. For while lunar vibes are fleeting, support for your relationships and especially on the communication fronts is a lot more solid. Yet by the time the Moon leaves your romantic sector there will be a strong sense of romantic confidence and anticipation. This is not because of anything the Moon might create, but the first real sense of next week's very real romantic developments this alerts you to.
As she spends her first full week in your communication sector Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships is benefiting from having the Moon here from the get go. The Moon might leave on Monday, but this allows you to start the week with your heart on your sleeve, working with Venus to give your heart and emotional responses a voice. Venus has returned to find a momentum on the communication front, which she is now able to syphon off to her advantage. Venus will also make the most of the Moon's return to your romantic sector on Thursday. While the Moon returns to kick off some romantically charged days, Venus is on hand to use this as a chance to give your heart's emotional responses a voice. Venus is on a mission to give your heart and your relationships a voice and she has plenty of support.
As Mercury spends his first full week in Cancer and the Sun when he returns to begin your birthday month and new solar year on Thursday, there is a mix of support and challenges. For the first time in 12 years you have lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector, but for the first time in three decades Saturn in your relationship sector. This is Mercury, planet of communication's first, last and only full week in Cancer, so he doesn't have time to muck around. Fortunately the Moon returns to your communication sector on Monday, doubling your chance of getting the communication lines open. Venus' departure from Cancer last week allows you to start this new solar year with your romantic and relationship desires and expectations banked from the get go. Yet while the bar has been raised on both fronts, on both fronts the doors are also open to the past and second chances.
As she spends her first full week in Leo Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships is aware from the get go that the bar has been raised, especially on the relationship front. Venus returns to Leo once a year, on a mission to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for your new solar year, which is still over a month away. On the romantic front Venus has returned to find that there isn't a lot of focus, mainly because there is plenty of momentum and no challenges. Yet for the first time since 1971 Venus has returned to find Mars not only in your relationship sector, but moving into opposition mid week. It has been 47 years since Mars last confronted Venus while in Leo, bringing the planets of love and passion into conflict. Yet while this might create some relationship tension, the passion being fuelled will quickly turn this into motivation.
The Moon's return to Virgo each week will always support romantic forces, while confronting your relationships. A friendly alliance with Saturn and Pluto, in retrograde motion in your romantic sector is likely to fuel a mix of romantic confidence and nostalgia in the early part of the week. Yet an opposition with Neptune on Wednesday, could create some relationship tension, yet with perfect timing. Neptune not only turns retrograde in your relationship sector on Tuesday, but just as Jupiter is preparing to move into his final three weeks in retrograde motion in your communication sector. The Moon will put pressure on Neptune and your relationships, just as the doors open to the past and second chances. This is the wakeup call and push to seize the chance this creates to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
Starting the week with social and serendipitous lunar vibes in play couldn't be any better, except when this happens to come just as Venus, planet of love is spending her first full week in a social and serendipitous part of your chart. Venus will spend the next three weeks bringing the laws of attraction and synchronicity together. With the Moon giving you a chance to start the week being able to tap into the hunches that have the power to put you in the right place at the right time, this is an advantage that will remain long after it moves on. This week will also see Venus move into opposition with Mars midweek, just as the warrior planet of the cosmos moves into his final week in direct motion in your romantic sector. As the planet of love, Venus is bringing the right wakeup calls, just as the love gods are preparing to open the doors to the past and second chances.
Dreamy Neptune, in your romantic sector since 2012, is at a standstill all week, with his retrograde turn on Tuesday kicking off his most remarkable retrograde phase since returning. For the first time this will be done without Chiron, planet of healing and the need to confront old ghosts or old baggage. This is purely a chance for the planet of dreams to take you on a five month nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. With Venus, planet of love retrograding in Scorpio later in the year, this is the start of something special. Neptune turns retrograde just as Jupiter moves into his final 22 days in retrograde motion in Scorpio. This will enhance a sense of romantic nostalgia, as the planets of love and luck continue to work as a team. Support from Mercury and then from Thursday onwards the Sun in an adventurous part of your chart, will help fuel a mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia.
When the Sun leaves your relationship sector on Thursday, it will not only take the solar spotlight off your relationships, but will bring all planetary activity for the year to a close. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, this has been a chance to throw the solar spotlight on your relationship and on an authentic path forward. Mercury, planet of communication left last week and Venus last month, leaving you with an updated sense of what you want from your relationships and a chance to ensure the communication lines are open. After last week's New Moon brought a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead, the Sun's final days are all about having an authentic starting point. The Sun's is focused on 'what is', knowing that if you can start from a place of truth it is then a case of simply doing what you can, with what you've got, from where you're at.
When Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships left your relationship sector last week, she left you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships. Venus' focus was on the 'what', while things become more objective this week. As Mercury, planet of communication spends his first, last and only full week in your relationship sector, his focus is firmly on ensuring the communication lines are open. Yet whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, things become more real with the Sun's return on Thursday. This is the point of any year when the solar spotlight will always fall onto your relationships. Like Venus and Mercury before him, the Sun will return to find Saturn in Capricorn and for the first time in three decades a balance between your personal and relationship needs being policed from the get go.
As she spends her first full week in your relationship sector, Venus finds the ideal mix of support and pressure. The support comes from where it has always come from for Venus and any planet returning to your relationship sector and that is from the communication front. While different planets have come and gone from your communication sector, with Eris here since 1926 any planet returning to your relationship sector has had guaranteed support. That support could make all the difference when Venus finds herself in opposition with Mars midweek. Venus returns to your relationship sector once a year, but the last time she has found Mars in opposition in Aquarius was in 1971. This might see relationship tensions rise, but as the planets of love and passion battle for your personal and relationship needs, with the communication lines open there is the real potential for a breakthrough.
While Venus, planet of love left your romantic sector last week, the spirit of romance is in safe hands. While the Sun won't return until Thursday, with Mercury spending his first, last and only full week here, he's on a mission to keep the romantic flame burning. As the planet of communication, Mercury's focus is more on giving your heart a voice and putting heart and mind on the same page. It is once the Sun returns that the solar spotlight will fall onto matters of the heart and all things romantic, as is the case at this time every year. Yet with a solar eclipse here next month, there are clues that this is more than just an ordinary annual update. An upcoming eclipse does suggest that the element of fate will come into play, even if it is just setting up for something in the future that you can't yet see or guess at.