Pay your bills, count your chickens, check your tires, and check your attitude! This week, mischievous Mercury (the sign of communication) goes retrograde in Aries through April 23rd. If you act like a know-it-all at this time, your words will get misconstrued as outright arrogance, so try to keep yourself extra humble the next couple of weeks.
Especially this weekend, when war-craving Mars also moves into Aries. All signs should keep their head low, their facts right, and don’t do anything scandalous that could fire up your haters.
It’s not all bad. When Mercury slows down, it gives you a breather to actually start focusing on details and not just move at a frenetic pace. Want to know more specifics? Go forth and read the details on your sun sign! If you know your rising sign, read that too.
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)
Hello, nurse! Five planets are engaging in some hardcore games on the Aries playground this week. Starting this weekend, Aries’ ruling planet Mars joins the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus on the Aries jungle gym.
We bet you can already feel the heat. Aries, you will have extra dynamic energy; You could sell ice to an Eskimo if only your mojo wasn’t so hot it would melt it.
This all sounds fantastic and usually it would be the perfect time for you to go out on dates, speak in public, or get half a years worth of ideas cemented into the minds of those that matter. But remember–Mercury is in retrograde.
Even though you feel like rushing forward and skimming over the stuff you deem superficial, take a deep breath and make sure you do everything impeccably. If you have to sign a contract, make sure you know what it says. If you have turn in a report for work, make sure you read over the thing three more times than you normally would.
Be patient and detail-oriented with your new-found energy and great things are bound to happen in the next six months.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20)
Ugh, Mercury retrograde is not only affecting your future and present, Taurus, it’s also making you retrace your past steps. Because of Mercury retrograde, If you’ve done anything in your past without the utmost involvement, you might have to go back and clean up a mini-mess. I
n general, this will not be a stellar career week, but there are other aspects in your life that will make up for that. Or, distract you at least.
Taurus, there is no way to beat around the burning bush: you’ve gone through a tough time personally. But you’ve made a lot of steps towards personal healing and you almost have all the tools (and humble perspective) to start changing aspects of yourself or your life that haven’t spoken to your true self and your personal integrity.
This is a great time to start therapy, reassess your spirituality, or start praying.
The new moon in Aries helps you move past your stubborn Taurian denial of your problems, finally surrender your subconscious ideals, and move forward with focused introspection.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, so you think that the normally chatty, social Gemini would be instructed to crawl into a cave until Mercury turns direct.
Actually, you might be fighting off all your old crushes and high school bullies as they pop up through the magic of social networking or even old school style–the phone.
Considering the highly potent energy of five influential planets in Aries, you might actually start a creative project with one of these old, friendly faces that you reunited with. Remember the adage that old friends are gold?
Well, you might be feeling this to an extreme as you feel a disconnect from some of your “newer” friends. You aren’t indebted to anyone. Be polite and move on to more positive pastures.
The new moon in Aries might aid you in your endeavors to create relationships that will take you to fantastical places and not just being the coolest person in a small town. The wonders of the internet are that you can communicate to the entire world, so start thinking global.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This Saturday, the ever-motivated Mars enters Aries in your tenth house of career with the Sun, Jupiter, Mercury, and Uranus. While your horoscopes has been basically screaming career for the last couple of months, with this stellar motion towards success you will be even more goal-oriented.
You’ll want to go full force and push yourself to inhuman limits. Go ahead and do this, but make sure you focus on only a few tasks, otherwise you’ll spread yourself way too thin and with Mercury in retrograde this will burn you out.
It’s OK to be ambitious, but make sure you are being conscientious of how other people feel around you and that you are striving towards goals that benefit humanity–not just yourself. When you are at the height of your energy, you sometimes rub people the wrong way and this week, we want everyone to play on your team.
Especially someone from your past, like an old co-worker or boss.
Leo (July 23-Aug 22)
Get ready to show-off those quintessential Leo traits of compassion and diplomacy. Leo, you’ll want to stay as flexible as possible and if you come at a situation with grace, the combo of your innate conscientiousness and the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus in other fire-sign Aries are ruling your ninth house–your house of expansion and dreams–will help you achieve immense success.
The best way to move through this week (and through the rest of Mercury retrograde) is to focus on the big picture. Not what do you want at that moment, but what do you want in the next year? Two years? Ten years?
A consummate gambler, your Leo instinct is for instant gratification. Mercury in retrograde will help you practice patience and moderation, mostly because you won’t be getting everything you want right away.
For a few rare weeks, you might actually have to try more than once to be good at something or to make sure something is taken care of, Leo.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)
People always forget that Virgo is also ruled by Mercury. Virgo’s are also fantastic communicators, but unlike the constantly moving Gemini, Virgos communicate in more subtle, profound ways.
The subdued nature of the Virgo might have had you craving more interpersonal connection in your life lately, Virgo, but unfortunately Mercury retrograde means that for the next few weeks, you will still have to hold your breath and proceed with caution.
Luckily, everyone else will slow down as well so you can pull back and really take a look at the inner workings of the people around you. Are their core values compatible with yours?
If you can find a connection with someone during Mercury retrograde, that person might be your next best friend or lover.
Just make sure you take it all in stride.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22)
If you want to grow and evolve as a person, Libra, you are going to have to stop being all about the party and more about honesty. Sometimes Libras have a hard time connecting with people on a deeper level with people, but they are always liked because Libra’s are usually beautifully turned out and full of charming social grace.
However, deeper relationships can’t operate on this level for too long. Aries in your relationship house is a grand reminder of this and when Mercury turns retrograde you will start pondering some of your mistakes from your past.
If people stop being amusing to you or trying to serve your ambitions, you tend to subconsciously turn on them, Libra. It’s not that you are self-absorbed, you just aren’t comfortable in emotional situations.
With Mercury in retrograde, you might begin to view yourself (and others) differently. Don’t be surprised if you get a call from an ex-boyfriend or an old friend.
Here’s the thing: Learn from your past mistakes and move on, but don’t think you have to rekindle that relationship. Keep moving, but this time, remember that other people are only human. Just like you.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
You can get a little obsessive-compulsive about your external environment this week, Scorpio, but honestly it’s sort of refreshing from your usual bouts of highly internalized anxiety.
Just try to take a deep breath and find ways through your stress and anxiety. Get a massage, do yoga, or talk to a therapist.
There is a lot of positive movement in your career sector, but with your indescribable neurosis and anxiety this week, you’ll have to find a way to deal with that stress–even though it is positive stress.
In order to counteract those highly charged feelings, go out of your way to do things that you would normally deem as “boring,” but that are the opposite of what you feel. If you usually have an engagement every night of the week, lay low.
If you go running after work, go for a walk and do some meditation. If you eat meat, try going vegetarian for a little while. Anything to get you out of the frazzled Type A phase you are currently going through.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)
With Mercury turns retrograde in your sector of drama, fame, and public attention you should try to make a good impression–or keep your head low.
This might be impossible, because you are getting a lot of extra attention these days and the incredible independent Sagittarius is not usually comfortable with the spotlight. It’s inevitable, but make sure it’s for the right reasons, not because of your sometimes overly frank i.e. tactless nature.
Think of yourself as a product. You want to brand yourself the right way and make sure you are putting forth the right message to your audience. While everything is slowed down with Mercury in retrograde, you’ll have time to really think about how you want to appear to the world.
An example of how this may manifest, is that an ex or an old friend might pop up and remind you of the person you once were. Was that person awful? Do you wish you could more like the past version of yourself?
Deeply ponder your true identity. If you strive for personal authenticity, you will be more likely to have the fun and spontaneity you constantly crave.
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)
Capricorn, you’ve been sort of skating along drowsily, like a bear that wishes it were in hibernation, but has to go through the motions of life to pay the bills.
With Mercury in retrograde and Mars irritating the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Uranus there, you will finally have to deal with whatever issues you’ve gone through–especially family issues.
Capricorns can get cranky, but are usually way too nice for their own good. During this time, you better make sure you communicate everything you are feeling, even if it is dissent. In fact, a lot of people haven’t respected you because when you are too nice, people start to think you are being insincere.
Show them what really matters to you, Capricorn.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)
While Mercury retrograde is going to effect your house of communication this transit, you will also have a lot of forward momentum to…communicate more than usual.
What this means is that instead of spouting off on every typical Aquarius revolutionary idea, you’ll have to censor yourself to a degree. That is if you want to actually get the things you want from life.
As an Aquarius, you have no problem pissing people off and making intellectual enemies, but this time around you have to be extra careful to say the right things to the right people or suffer consequences that might keep you from achieving your goals.
Because Mercury retrograde (which rules communication and travel) is in your house of communication and travel, you are going to want to hold off on purchasing anything new like a computer or a car.
Your natural inclination is to move forward as quickly as possible, but you will be well-served by a little bit of patience, Aquarius.
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)
We know: Pisces are one of the most creative signs in the zodiac and what that means is sometimes, well, to be frank, most of the time, Pisces has a huge problem with money.
Luckily, that creative mojo can usually keep Pisces in a pretty good place but when Mercury turns retrograde you are going to want to be extra conscientious of what happens with your money.You’ll want to go on pretty princess shopping sprees, when you should be saving up and investing in your future a little bit.
This can be a very powerful time for you if you actually follow that credo, Pisces, because a little bit of focus for you can go a long way.
You’ll be attracting all the people necessary to accomplish long-term goals and you are going to want to make sure that you have a polished package to present to them.
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