Time Stops: Forecast for Feb. 18-24, 2013

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How are you liking the water? Figured out how to move through, with, in or on it? Used to the temperature yet?

Make peace with it, if you haven’t. Decide to have fun with it, too, because the water level is only going up. Another body is moving into water signs this week, for a total of six, two of which are going retrograde. All that water, mist and fog are affecting how we get around, our ability (and desire) to get anything done, how and what we perceive and communicate, and our awareness of pain, our pasts and each other.

Everything has the shimmer and morphing form of water in motion. Calendar entries are more like suggestions than commitments. How much rescheduling have you been doing? I’ve been finding the day’s schedule reshapes itself as the hours pass. Ancient flotsam and jetsam are coming to the surface and bobbing alongside us as we pursue our current lives — chronic physical problems, long-standing wounds, men who were once important to us. Music has played a huge role for some people, nostalgia for others.

This misty, free-floating atmosphere requires special navigational gear: fog lights; an inner GPS, higher guidance; the heart leading the mind. It also requires letting go of the clock, expectations regarding timing and your personal estimation of what’s most important. Go with the flow is the mantra of the moment, and it’ll be useful for longer than you are going to want.

Saturn is beginning a four and a half month retrograde on Monday. This week, as he stations, we may feel suspended in time; when the slowest influence in the sky effectively stops, the pace grinds to a halt. Once he begins his apparent backward motion, life will continue to feel as if we’re dragging something behind us in the water, but events won’t have the dropped-in-molasses air they do this week. (Can you say: snowstorm?)

His retrograde allows us to revisit and go deeper into issues of what and how we invest and share with others (trust, intimacy, sex, time, money) and what we get in return. All those newly forged connections are entering deeper waters, challenging us to new, rarer levels of sharing, and possibly putting us face to face with some personal demons.

In the meantime, we get a double-dose of braking action now, because Mercury is also stationing retrograde on Saturday. He’s moving backward (or so it will seem) through the middle of March. The Mercury retrograde cautions go double and then some when the trickster god of communication and transportation is retrograde in the all-connecting, nonrational waters of Pisces. Thoughts, words and moving objects are probably not as they seem. You may be confused, other people may be confused, and someone could be lying.

Double and triple check fine print; put off signing contracts (unless you want to renegotiate later), making major purchases and launching new projects. Don’t assume you understand the words in or intent behind any important communication; the two sides could interpret the terms differently. (I once signed a book contract under a retrograde and watched it get terminated under a later retrograde; we never agreed on what the book was supposed to be about.)

On the positive end, Mercury retrograde is an excellent time for researching, for investigating and for finishing up old business. This retrograde has a direct feed to a cosmic crystal ball. Ask for guidance and answers; work with your dreams; listen to your intuition and your heart.

Several other factors heighten the week’s slowed, dreamlike atmosphere and encourage floating in it. The Sun is moving into Pisces on Monday and gliding toward a super-conjunction with Neptune that spans Tuesday through Thursday. Their link baffles “reality” in gauze or cracker smoke or fairy dust; it encourages escapism, sentimentality and viewing everything (people included) in the best possible light, no matter how damning the evidence. Use this channel to calibrate your guidance. Allow love to flow through you. Taking in a movie or music would also harness the vibe. Looney alert: keep in mind that some people are going to be coming unmoored from rationality.

As if to underscore the importance of going with the flow, long void of course moons will undo anything we shove forward. Watch for them Tuesday afternoon and all day Friday till nearly quitting time.

Continuing last week’s caveat: More than ever, it is critical to monitor and maintain your boundaries. We are all sponges, soaking up each other’s energy as well as whatever’s bubbling in the complicated stew of the collective unconscious. It is appallingly easy to be influenced by other people’s wounds, pains, dramas, beliefs, insanities, issues, fears, anxieties — get the picture? Emptying yourself periodically is essential. I give several simple techniques for doing this in my one-hour talk Navigating the Shift With Ease. If you haven’t listened to it yet, download it for free here.

More’s in my extended weekly forecast, which includes day to day analyses. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast. Please give it five stars on iTunes! You can also get my podcast as an app for Android and Kindle Fire at Amazon and as an app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod! Apple product info under this week’s podcast.

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