Mercury slides back into Taurus as part of its three-and-a-half-week retrograde period. During this time, continue to budget in more time, money, or energy in order to get things done. Financial decisions may require prudence and caution while our minds are operating on a different wavelength. Mercury also makes a positive contact to Mars, itself getting ready to change signs, from Pisces to Aries. Thoughts and words pack an extra punch during this period, so channel the energy into something worth fighting for.
Relationship expectations come to the fore as Venus makes creative contact with Saturn. It may take a little bit of effort to learn how to support others better, or to reveal what we truly need to feel taken care of. Attending to details and practical matters can bring satisfaction. Looking after art objects or fine items of beauty, especially, can be a joy. Access the love behind the task and no obligation can seem too onerous to fulfill.
Our inner power and nerves of steel rise to the surface as Pluto makes positive contact with both the retrograde Mercury and Mars. The ability to see through illusions and cut to the chase becomes more available. We may find we are more honest and determined about what we want. By the weekend, the need to control people or feelings can run high. Avoid acting or making any decisions out of fear.