Romantic and relationship matters aren't being directly impacted from this week's lunar eclipse and the intensity around it. However, while they could temporarily experience some short term collateral damage, they will definitely experience long term benefits. This week's lunar eclipse is mainly a clash between your home and professional lives and is the last real push in an ongoing battle to find the right work/life balance. In the first half of the week, in particular, keep life's tensions right away from your love life and relationships. Yet despite any challenges you might be facing this week, the work/life balance battles being waged come just as things are taking off romantically. With even more romantic developments next week, the kind of romantic experiences opening up can only be fully embraced with the right work/life balance.
While things are fairly low key on the romantic and relationship fronts this week, this is the way you want it. After the Moon made its monthly visits to both your romantic and relationship sectors last week, this has already given Venus all that she needs in order to make her last full week in your communication sector count. As the planet of love, Venus is on a mission to give your heart and your relationships a voice and will be using this week's lunar eclipse here to take advantage of the breakthroughs this can create. With no planetary activity on either the romantic or relationship fronts but a new romantic surge next month, the focus this week is on Venus, as she works to give all the emotional responses generated a voice. Venus will find that job a lot easier when Mercury, the planet of communication retrogrades back into your communication sector on Friday, adding a chance to give the past and unsaid words a voice to the mix.
Starting the week with the Moon in your relationship sector can be a mixed blessing and that has definitely been the case for each monthly visit, over the last four months. Yet everything about the visit that wraps up on Monday is different, both because of what was and because of what wasn't there. Missing was the push back from planets in Gemini, which over the last four months has created relationship tension. Instead, there was not just support from the communication gods, but the right kind of support. Until retrograding back out of your communication sector on Friday, Mercury is on a mission to give the past and unsaid words a voice, just as Ceres is moving in her final days in retrograde motion in your relationship sector. Ceres will turn direct a day before Mercury retrogrades back out, but with Jupiter in retrograde motion there until next month that mission will continue. The tides are turning on the relationship front, but the doors are still open to the past and second chances.
There is no sugar coating the fact that this could be a challenging week on the relationship front. However, there is also no escaping the stunning opportunities this is also creating. There is not only a direct link between this week's lunar eclipse in your relationship sector and a solar eclipse here in January, but to another solar eclipse here in December. It is the lunar eclipse in December that will fall just days after lucky Jupiter's return, kicking off your most important, auspicious and empowered relationship year in decades, if ever. This week's lunar eclipse might put pressure on the Sun in Cancer, just when your birthday month should be making it all about you, this is shaking the tree in order to get rid of any deadwood. Especially when it comes to facets of the past that you are holding onto and which might be holding you back. The relationship gods are clearing a path for new growth. By the weekend the love, relationship and communication gods will have come together, turning this into an opportunity for a breakthrough.
While the Moon will leave your romantic sector on Monday, with the very tail end of a visit over the weekend grazing the early hours of this week, its impact will influence the whole week. It was the Moon's alignment with Ceres and Jupiter over the weekend, for the last time while both are still in retrograde motion, that highlighted the fact that old barriers are gone and in their place is nothing but support. Ceres will turn direct here midweek and Jupiter next month, with the tide getting ready to turn, while keeping the doors open to the past and second chances for a while longer. Support from planets in Leo and an adventurous part of your chart brings together an exciting mix of nostalgia, romance, passion and adventure. Meanwhile, the Moon's return to your relationship sector on Wednesday might fuel some strong emotional responses and even push some buttons, but the timing couldn't be better. With Mercury in Leo until Friday, this will put the planet of communication to work in his final days.
The Moon will visit both your romantic and relationship sectors this week and while one will be more spectacular than the other, they are both equally important. It begins with the Moon's return to your romantic sector on Monday, beginning the lead up to a lunar eclipse less than 48 hours later. This is a follow on from a solar eclipse here in January, but more importantly a stepping stone to another solar eclipse here over Christmas. It is the eclipse in December that is the gateway to your luckiest year for love in over a decade, with this week's eclipse a chance for the love gods to start moving things into position. As this is an eclipsing Full Moon this might come with some challenges, with a need for some blind faith in the love gods. Meanwhile, the Moon's return to your relationship sector over the weekend will be less spectacular, yet comes with a lot of support from Venus, the planet of love.
It was the Moon's return to your communication sector over the weekend that kicked off something special that will impact the whole week, despite the fact that it leaves in the early hours of the week. It all comes down to timing. This was the Moon's last visit before Ceres turns direct in your communication sector midweek but also as Chiron, the planet of healing is spending his first full week in retrograde motion in your relationship sector. With Mercury, the planet of communication in his first full week in retrograde motion and at a friendly aspect to both communication and relationship forces until Friday, this creates a perfect storm. A perfect storm that is when it comes to a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. Meanwhile, the Moon's return to your romantic sector on Wednesday brings the promise of some light relief and not just on the romantic front.
While Venus, the planet of love won't leave an adventurous part of your chart until late next week, she is going all out to make her last full week here count and she knows exactly how to do that. It is midweek and fortunately on the other side of this week's lunar eclipse, that Venus will move into a friendly aspect to Neptune, in retrograde motion in your romantic sector. The planets of love and dreams have come together like this once a year since Neptune's return to your romantic sector in 2012, but this time you aren't being haunted by old ghosts. Venus and Neptune will be most tightly aligned on Thursday and Friday, creating a potent mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia. However, the Moon's return to your romantic sector just as they are starting to move apart sets the scene for a romantically charged weekend. These romantically charged lunar vibes will continue to keep a mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia fuelled right through the weekend.
Whether it is Chiron, in his first full week in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, Ceres in her final days in retrograde motion in Sagittarius or Mercury, in his final days in retrograde motion in an adventurous part of your chart, there is more than a philosophical bond between the three. They are all close enough to have a positive impact on each other and so to is Mars, in direct motion in an adventurous part of your chart. This is creating a potent mix of nostalgia, romance, passion and adventure that will only deepen over the coming weeks. With Chiron already in retrograde motion and Eris turning retrograde over the weekend, by the end of the week both planets in your romantic sector will be in retrograde motion and it will stay that way for the rest of the year. As the doors open to the past and second chances on the romantic front, the support is stunning.
While this week's lunar eclipse falls in Capricorn, as this is an eclipsing Full Moon that is a result of the Moon's opposition with the Sun in your relationship sector, there is the potential for some relationship tension. If not tension then at least some strong emotional responses, intensity and some buttons pushed. Yet what you have is the last real clash between what can only be considered the giants of the solar system. There are powerful forces, beyond what lies behind the eclipse itself, on both the personal and relationship fronts and they have been battling for equality. With Venus, the planet of love on the relationship side of the support and on especially good terms with Neptune in your communication sector this week, the ingredients are there for a breakthrough. Where in the past you may have compromised your own needs and let your relationship needs come first, that is no longer an option. From this something authentic is being born.
There are still some mixed messages on the relationship front but that will change by the weekend. Last week began with Mars and Mercury aligned in your relationship sector and while this is when Mercury turned retrograde, they were still on the same page. A week on there is enough separation to highlight their different approaches. Mars wants to move your relationships forward, while Mercury is pulling you back, into the past. However, with Mercury retrograding back out on Friday and both the Sun and Venus returning next week, the balance of power was always on moving forward. The key to making the most of Mercury's final days here is not to see there as a competition between the past and moving forward but instead, a valuable chance to work with the planet of communication to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
With the Sun and Venus on the other side of the sky and right in the firing line of this week's lunar eclipse, there could be at the very least the perception that there are roadblocks on the romantic front. Yet with both in their last full week in your romantic sector and Mercury retrograding back in for a double dip visit on Friday, the romantic heartbeat is too strong to be knocked around. If anything you might find that you are juggling too many balls or there are roadblocks that mean love's path doesn't flow as smoothly as you would like it too. Yet by Thursday the romantic pulse will reveal just how resilient it is. The Moon will confront Venus a day before the eclipse, with the planet of love likely to respond by fuelling a sense of rebellion. This might be the push needed to move out of a romantic rut. With Venus not leaving until later next week and Mercury offering an opportunity for a do over when he returns on Friday, the weekend is set to be the most romantically charged part of the week.