Kitten Days of Summer: Forecast for Aug. 6-12, 2012

We pause now for station identification — and we’re tuning in with our hearts.

Two gear shifts define the week. They will slow, sweeten and soften the wild wobbliness we’ve been experiencing lately. And they might loosen a few tears in the process as well. Don’t shrink back from the notion. Emotional release can be healthy and cathartic.

The first is Mercury stationing direct. (He’s in his station as the week begins and turns direct Wednesday.) Many people have been vocally looking forward to the end of this particular retrograde and the disruptions it has ushered in. Who can blame them? Since this retrograde began July 14, we’ve had an epidemic of closed roads, lanes, ramps and bridges,* the plug being pulled on Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney mid-song in a London concert and the unthinkably widespread failure of the power grid in Northern India.

*Among my observations: the Southwest Freeway buckling in Houston and stymying westbound rush-hour traffic, bridge and lane closures snarling all three westside crossings into NYC, my personal mystery of five consecutive exits off the only highway on my side of town (including the three roads into my town) being blocked by orange cones late one Saturday night for no visible reason and with no alternate route marked. Oh, and the photo up top? The main road I travel daily, taken on August 5.

Two things to keep in mind as the communication planet turns around. (1) He is taking his time and will not really move forward until Sunday. As a result the whole week may feel suspended in time (don’t squawk; you may actually welcome this, after the past couple of weeks), as if we’re waiting for ketchup to flow from an upended bottle. (Who else is hearing Carly Simon at this point?) These are supposed to be the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, remember? We’re getting those first two qualities at last, for possibly the first time this season. In other words: Take it easy. Chill. After what you’ve undergone lately, haven’t you earned some kicking back time?

(2) The road disruptions aren’t going anyway anytime soon; we’ll just be more accustomed to them as part of the fabric of existence. That’s because Mercury went retrograde at the same time as Uranus, who is in charge of the ripping up and dismantling end of the protracted infrastructure work he’s co-chairing with Pluto. The coinciding retrogrades gave us a trial-by-fire immersion in the disruption of familiar, direct routes. Once Mercury’s direct, Uranus will remain retrograde, into December (not coincidentally, the entire length of the scheduled partial shutdown of the George Washington Bridge into NYC). Unannounced and unforeseeable detours are a way of life for the rest of the year, metaphorically and concretely. Don’t whine. Adapt.

The second gear shift is Venus entering Cancer late in the day Tuesday. This move ends a significant leg in the journey of our hearts and ushers in quite a different vibe. Since April, Venus has been in Gemini, flitting through attractions and connections (from the past as well as current time) in a long, intellectual exploration of what she wants and values. We have made definite choices about our personal value and values — what we’re worth inherently and financially, what we want from others, what we are open to receiving in terms of money and love. Although some of those choices have involved, affected and permanently ended or locked in certain relationships, the real and major decisions have been internal and personal.

With Venus moving into the Moon’s home waters, our experience of what we want — and each other — is dropping from the intellectual into the emotional. We know better what we value; now we want to take care of it. Venus’ shift in mode is increasing sweet and tender feelings, protectiveness and the impulse to nurture, feed and snuggle with objects of affection. Sentimentality and nostalgia will be on the rise, along with a heightened sensitivity leading to tears of joy, or crying at commercials, or weeping for no immediately discernible reason.

Her first few days in the water promise magic, because almost on impact she is linking to Neptune, bringer of dreams, illusion, transcendence and grace. An open channel between worldly and higher love will open hearts, not to mention the floodgates to compassion, understanding and enlightened perspectives. Choose to see everyone and everything in the best possible light, and notice how different your life feels.

Do keep your grounding cord tied down solidly, though. This link could make fairy tales come true — and also give some illusions deceptively solid appearances.

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