Your essential guide to the week ahead from Citizen Femme’s resident astrologer, Zana Wilberforce.
The planetary forecast is looking relatively calm this week, though there are a few key dates to take note of before planning your next trip. Mercury is still recalibrating after a three-week backwards stint in Gemini, a phase referred to as ‘retro-shade’ or ‘shadow period’ and is felt by some more so than others.
Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, has entered fiery Leo – a fun and flirty transit that spurs a steamy start to the summer season. The prospect of travel could finally feel less clouded for some, while others remain close to home to ride out retro-shade and the waning moon.
December 22 – January 19
The slightest change of scenery will be enough to reinject some vigour back into your daily routine this week. From a seaside jaunt in Brighton or Margate to a cultural getaway in Lewes or Bath, novelty is on the horizon.
January 20 – February 18
You’re probably on a plane as we speak or sprawled out on the beach with a summer read submerged in sunscreen. If not, now’s the time to set some travel plans in motion. Check out this CF roundup to the hottest hotels in the Balearics for inspiration.
February 19 – March 20
You could experience a searing need for freedom following in the wake of a full moon. This lunar phase is referred to as the waning moon, a time to focus your energy on a far-flung spiritual stay that’s in close proximity to water. This CF roundup has got you covered – from scuba-diving spots to the photograph-worthy beaches.
March 21 – April 19
With love planet Venus in flamboyant Leo, you’re feeling fun and flirty. This is a complementary transit that magnifies your passionate nature. Check out CF’s timely podcast episode, Podcast to… Female Liberation, for a thought-provoking examination of society’s cultural norms and attitudes towards sex and sexuality.
April 20 – May 20
A surge of restless energy is normal in the wake of a full moon. If you’re planning a spontaneous trip anytime soon, Ven Store always delivers. The luxury cashmere essentials are made for the modern traveller with a practical mindset (you), providing pieces that are foldable, rollable, and easy to pack.
May 21 – June 20
You’re not quite free from Mercury’s retro-shade just yet. Try to occupy yourself with heightened physical activity during this astrological hangover. The Mitre’s ‘Fit for a King’ series offers an array of workout classes – perfect for appeasing your need for constant change and variety.
June 21 – July 22
For the next few weeks, you’re happy to travel close to home with Mercury retro-shade still causing disruptions until 7 July. Anchoring yourself in the wake of a full moon and tending to your home is a grounding experience. Consider a trip to Chelsea Harbour’s contemporary craft fair, Artefact, for decor inspiration.
July 23 – August 22
Venus, the planet of love, has entered your sign. You’re feeling theatrical and extra flamboyant under the influence of this transit, making grand style gestures fit for an Oscar Wilde novel. Book a stay at Mayfair Townhouse to channel your inner dandy.
August 23 – September 22
Venus in Leo puts you in a celebratory mood. You’re a natural host, and a summer of sophisticated soirées has only just begun. For a party to remember, look into swish events service, Limonsier, for spirited, romantic setups with an understated elegance.
September 23 – October 22
While Mercury recalibrates after a whirlwind three-week backspin in Gemini, you may still feel some ‘retro-shade’ until 7 July, putting travel on the back-burner. This way you can bide your time for summer-ready skin. Look into the GetHarley app for seamless skincare plans delivered to your phone or inbox.
October 23 – November 21
Travel plans could remain slightly clouded until 7 July during ‘retro-shade’, Mercury’s shadow period and recalibration phase. If you’re considering a trip with the whole family, this CF guide covers cosy country getaways, lakeside retreats, and everything in between.
November 22 – December 21
Venus in Leo is a joyous transit as you mingle with ease in between social circles, stealing glances from secret admirers across manicured lawns. Consider investing in resort wear to harness the easy-breezy simplicity of this complementary transit.