Your Horoscope by Susan Miller
A second problem coming up is that Mercury will go retrograde in the middle of the Mars retrograde, adding to the overall slowdown of September, October, and the first half of November. The mail will slow down noticeably, so will transportation and negotiations, and communication mishaps will be common. A lot of decisions that government leaders and business leaders make will need to be reversed in the light of events. I know we all want things to go back to normal, but we need to be a little more patient.
I see a correlation between Mars, his little brother Mercury’s slowdown, and a conjunction happening with Jupiter and Pluto. I need to backtrack to give you a little background. Pluto rules many things, from big financial deals, the masses, government, and also viruses. Jupiter is usually the giver of gifts and luck, but in this role, he is using his talent to expand everything he touches. Jupiter has been helping Pluto spread the virus since they first met this year on April 4. (You always feel the approach of two big, slow-moving planets like Jupiter and Pluto one month ahead.) We all saw Italy suffer and New York City too, during March and April.
Things began to ease a little by June, but by the end of June, Jupiter and Pluto met again on June 29, and news reports of terrible outbreaks in Brazil, India, Russia, and Turkey began pouring in. Here in the United States, we had outbreaks in Florida stretching all through the south, through Texas and Arizona, and up through California.
Jupiter and Pluto will meet one more time, November 12, before they spin off and go their separate ways, not to meet again for 13 years. (This is normal for these two planets.) I expect October and November to bring a big outbreak. Where that outbreak happens is largely up to you. If you are careful and follow the authorities’ advice—wear your mask when out in public, keep your distance from others, continue to wash your hands frequently—you will have a far better chance than others to avoid infection. The virus seems to have intelligence and, like a snake, lies in wait for people who become vulnerable by letting down their guard.