Weekly love horoscope by Sarah Bartlett.
If you’re a bit or a lot into astrology, you’ll know that Mercury retrograde phases (one starting this week) signify delays, hold-ups, machinery breakdowns and lack of communication. But it doesn’t always have to be negative. If we see that reflection, review, re-charging our batteries and many other words beginning with ‘re’ are actually hugely positive, then we can twist this mercurial back-tracking energy to our favour.
So reset the fast-forward button, take time out from high expectations, don’t worry if the washing machine breaks down, and go with the flow of love in whatever direction it takes you. You may be pleasantly surprised and stress free.
This week, learn to respect that your partner or admirer have their own ego to boost too. As someone once said, "at the feast of ego, everyone leaves hungry." So, this week remember that lovers, new admirers and the world out there, are part of you, as you are part of them. This is the joy of accepting an ancient connection to the world soul, and to your own too.
You need to know where you stand. For a start, does someone love you and only you, and that when they promise something do they mean it? Now you're thinking, can you really demand this? Aren't you supposed to be accepting, kind, and place no conditions of love? But for once in your life you're going to be a little selfish and make it clear you have needs. Why not start today?
This is your chance to romantically leap ahead and do all those crazy things you never believed possible. In fact, many moons ago, you would have been horrified at the thought of doing something which you can now take in your stride. Forget your fears, cast off self-doubt and remember that thing about the law of attraction? It's coming your way.
Right now, it may feel as if you are being pushed into making changes which aren’t the ones you ever intended to make. Being a Cardinal sign, you don’t like being told what to do, even though you often resign yourself to doing whatever it is, and begrudge it later. But if you think about it, any ‘change’ now is really just waking up to the truth of who you are and what you need in life. This week, you can make positive and love-inspiring plans for your future.
Communicate your true needs rather than assume your partner or new admirer knows what turns you on. That way, together, you can form an unbreakable bond and forget the mind games. Whoever we are, whatever we think ourselves to be, there's always a bit of us we don't really know. This week, shape your love life like a beautiful sculpture, so you can you begin to see the truth.
As much as some people keep raving about how everything is changing for the better, you aren't convinced. At the moment, it seems that remaining a bit of a pessimist means you can't get let down. But it’s actually time to engage in a risk-taking, madcap romance which could lead to spectacular times. Not only that, but you'll also be liberated from all your doubts and fears about long-term love.
This week, the planets reveal it's time to take a deep breath and re-ignite good intention, then act accordingly. If single, do you want to guard your independence but take on a lover, or are you looking for a traditional commitment? Answers come thick and fast as you look around and realise there is someone out there. If attached, you begin to see how to change your relationship for the better.
As soon as you feel you're getting involved, there's a tremendous desire to totally possess the other, or get out as quickly as possible. And this week, you'll probably notice this reactionary behaviour more acutely than you have for a long time. Yet at the same time the desire to be in that place of a happy ever after land lures you ever on. Making a choice could be hard, but prevaricating may mean you miss out on passion.
This week, you feel like blurting out the kind of honest, yet tactless truths about what you want and don't want. For example, 'I love you today, but I might not tomorrow, because I can't guarantee it's forever'. Quite frankly, this week is not going to be easy. But with the planets reminding you that love is fragile, opt for the romance of love rather than revolution.
Express those thoughts or feelings that hurt or niggle you. Either to yourself or to a close friend who won't judge or disapprove. Accept that the mysterious nature of love is part of you as it is of someone else. As one ancient philosopher said, 'You yourself are another little world and have within you, the sun, the moon and all the stars.’ Be part of that cosmic truth and let yourself shine with love.
Right now, you're one of those people who may have itchy feet or who is ready to move on. And you can have what you want if you are prepared to change your outlook on love and what it means to you. The root of successful relating is to first have a good relationship with yourself. In the next few months, someone special will be the catalyst for this major turning point in your life.
You're in one of those hyper-critical moods. If single, every possible right person, becomes wrong. And all this cursing about life, people and love, is simply because you hate to be imperfect yourself. You long for a perfect world where all is ideal and good, and you're at the centre of someone else's existence. But, the hard truth is this week, other people have themselves to think about.