Mercury in Retrograde — When the planet of thought, communication and technology stumbles backward through our solar system, our messages get jumbled, gadgets go haywire and projects suffer setbacks and delays. This time is legendary for its unreliability and fluctuations — major decisions or commitments should be saved until after October, when Mercury gets its land legs back.
But don’t blame the messenger (planet)! You can get something out of this backpedaling aspect: It’s a great time to reflect, re-evaluate and revise your methods. Which are working, and which completely align with Einstein’s famous definition of insanity? Also, reconsider whether certain connections are working for or against you. Right now, you can uncover mistakes or streamline your process to get incredible results — just try not to set the plans into motion ’til November!
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March 21 — April 19
You’re in top fighting form this week, Aries, fired up and ready to do whatever it takes to have an adventure and broaden your horizons. That could different things for different people — perhaps you desire a literal adventure, itching to travel or even move altogether. It could also mean joining a group or class to deepen your skills or learn new ones. Do something new that excites you. You’ll also be feeling quite expressive and eager to share your ideas — even to the point where you could come off as dominating or dogmatic at times — remember that other people are allowed to possess and express their own views, too. If you do happen to be in a position where you must defend your position or skills, you couldn’t ask for a better aspect. Your words are powerful, and yes, you do benefit from some constructive rebellion, with your ruler in a lucky aspect with revolutionary Uranus. Trust your instincts, especially when it comes to your relationships this week. When you apply your energy to building something you’re passionate about, you can work wonders now.
April 20 — May 20
Tread lightly, Taurus — which is no easy task for a bull, I know. You have the negotiation skills of The Godfather this week, and a similar potential for mayhem, revealed secrets or backroom deals — so like the man said, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” Astrologically speaking, of course. Yes, there will be power plays this week, and you’ll be in no mood to let others run over you — but for your own good, try to temper your reactions. Some possible jealousy and manipulation is forecast — refuse to entertain this in yourself as much as you do in others. Your ruler Venus’ head is still spinning from her dance with erratic Uranus, making all of your interactions with others changeable, unusual or even shocking. And you may end up causing a stir yourself. Any strife that you experience this week is an invitation from the Universe to truly know, and therefore embrace, yourself and honor your true needs. If a sense of disappointment, alienation or loneliness haunts you, exorcise the ghost by finding the source and setting it free. It’s in your hands.
May 21 — June 21
It’s the perfect time for a little personal re-invention, Gemini. With your ruler, Mercury, blithely skating through Scorpio and backward into Libra through this month, you’re being asked to reevaluate a recent judgment. This is not necessarily an indicator that you made a wrong choice, but more an opportunity to go over your work and make sure that you are completely satisfied. Some interesting insights and even visionary solutions are forecast at your work — expect others to be impressed with your assessment of the situation, and your quick-on-your-feet responses. Your Houses of Creative Expression and Communication are both exceptionally blessed now, so it’s a perfect time to present a revolutionary idea that could, at any other time, seem risky — you have the astrological gravitas to make yourself heard and trusted. New or more energized partnerships are forecast — have you considered combining your efforts? Regarding your work question, there’s an answer coming, but things will be foggy for a while yet. Relax. All in good time.
June 22 — July 22
You’re best known as the nurturer of the Zodiac, Cancer, but what many people don’t note is your offbeat, sleight-of-hand sense of humor. It’s gotten you out of many a jam (and probably into a few, if we’re being honest), and you can expect it to save your bacon again this week, especially with your family. With the Sun and Venus warming up your House of Home, this is an ideal time for R and R with your closest beloveds right in the comfort of your own home. You might host a get together, or simply find yourself entertaining a few guests at an impromptu gathering. Reconnections are forecast. Career boosts come from strange corners now, and they come when you are willing to “put yourself out there” and take a daring risks that align with your real needs and ideals. What is that strange, exciting entrepreneurial project you’ve put aside? Pick it up again — sit down and write a few chapters, hammer some nails, paint a few strokes — whatever it is, consider it a brilliant and beautiful investment in your future.
July 23 — Aug. 22
You can have anything you want this week, Leo, if you assess the situation and ask the right way. That said, we often want things that aren’t best for us — are your goals befitting of you? Your chart forecasts that this week, you could sell snow to an Eskimo, your powers of persuasion are so acute. Add to that the heap of charm that Venus is pouring into you, and you’re nigh unstoppable. Consequently, the strong temptation to get whatever you want by means of manipulation or otherwise exerting your influence will permeate this week. Add to that the general sense of “meh” you’re feeling toward rules and obligations at the moment, and you could find yourself in some hot water with higher-ups or authority figures. You have great energy and instincts this week, so channel that incredible persuasive power you’re currently endowed with into your passions or projects. This energy is great for networking, selling ideas and creating connections. Hold yourself to a high standard and you can’t go wrong.
Aug. 23 — Sept. 22
Your valuables are on your mind this week, Virgo. I don’t mean only prized possessions — to what and to whom, in your life, do you attribute real value? Like no other sign in the Zodiac, you are able to assess a situation and quickly separate the useful from the excessive or unnecessary — but this week, your stars have confounded you. With your planetary ruler Mercury calculating in his backward-spinning time machine, it’s time for you to make some revisions of your own. Which actions in the last three months have worked for you, and which have yielded more trouble than treasure? This aspect, though it can be somewhat tiresome, can bring you clarity in order better to move forward. You’re being given the opportunity to see things as they truly are. The first quarter of your chart is chock full of planetary energy now, indicating that you’re viewing the world from a very personal perspective — which is normal, but can become isolating if you can’t see where others are coming from. Be willing to adjust your perspective.
Sept. 23 — Oct. 22
So much power is brewing in your chart, Libra, that temptation was bound to stir. Your ruler, Venus is playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with potent Pluto, daring you to bend your powers of charm, attraction and diplomacy into seduction, manipulation and obfuscation. Resist orchestrating any power plays this week, which are forecast to end in disaster. Venus is also getting a jolt from erratic Uranus, making you eager for excitement, change, and even some outright rule breaking. Calm yourself, Libra! In fact, if you can sit with these feelings for a few moments and listen to them, rather than chasing them toward their conclusions, you have the chance to reflect and learn a lot about what you want and where you want to put your energy next. A little time to yourself is called for, so if other seem hard to reach or caught up in their own problems, accept that everything comes in its time. Things are looking great for you; once this rollicking week is over, you’ll definitely have learned something useful.
Oct. 23 — Nov. 21
As the sign of death and rebirth, Scorpio, it shouldn’t shock you when I say: It’s time again for another part of you to die. Yes, some part of you has outgrown its use, and it’s time for you to lay it down, lighten your load and keep moving forward. With the Sun in your House of Secrets and Sacrifice, the pain of the past must be brought to light — and it will be, no matter how hard you fight to keep it in the dark. This is not a punishment or a taunt from the Universe — it is a cry for you to speak your truth, accept your power and become yourself. How many times must history repeat itself before you decide to stop reading the same chapter of your book? Your ruler, control-freak Pluto is digging in his heels, squaring off with freedom-fighter Uranus, and the message is clear: Assume crash position, Scorpio, because the change is coming whether you like it or not. If you brace yourself before impact, you can break something; but if you choose to relax and accept these changes, you might find you crash land somewhere amazing, and with hardly a scratch on you.
Nov. 22 — Dec. 21
What do you consider your potentials, Sagittarius, and what do you consider your limitations? Your ruler, big, benevolent Jupiter, is squared off against measured Saturn — pitting your ideals and goals against your fears and insecurities. This could manifest externally as being presented opportunities that seem exciting, but that you’re afraid you may not be capable/qualified for. This can be a frustrating influence to work under, but as always, it’s also an astrological opportunity in disguise: one to help you discover whether your perceived lack (of experience, of knowledge, of confidence) is objectively accurate/appropriate or not. Sometimes insecurity masquerades as boisterous arrogance, or arrogance masquerades as self-effacement. Be honest with yourself — if what you need is more experience, find a way to get it. If you need more training, research, time, encouragement, go get it. If you know that the only thing holding you back is your own fear of failure or success, for goodness’ sake, leave that behind. Great things are ahead.
Dec. 22 — Jan. 19
Should you stay or should you go now, Capricorn? You’re being tugged between the echo of the past and the lure of the future — and for someone so invested in their roots, it’s hard for you to choose the latter. The choice you make is not Written in the Stars (shameless plug) — it is up to you to decide which path leads to your most fulfilling life and best self. But I can tell you the hallmarks to look out for: a choice between growth and avoidance — the chance to decide you’re capable of taking on more responsibility to get where you wan to be, or to decide that you are about as good now as you are ever going to be. There’s unfinished business forecast, and the tying up of loose ends. Some frustration is also forecast, so take particular note that I did not say “noose ends.” With your ruler Saturn turning its back on sentimental Venus this week, it’s forecast that you may feel unappreciated, isolated or just misunderstood by some of your closer loved ones. Take heart: this too shall pass, and time will certainly tell if they are worthy of your investment.
Jan. 20 — Feb. 18
Take a step forward, Aquarius. The full Moon rides through your sign on Friday, indicating a time of completion; the moment that one decisive step forward can complete an entire cycle. What are you ready to let go of, and what are you ready to embark upon? You’ve always been an individual, and rarely one to abide by all the rules, but this week you’ll be more inclined to mock and rebel against authority than usual. Others may find you a bit too compulsive and erratic to understand, so if you decide that someone is deserving of your righteous rebellion, make sure that you get your point across in a way they can even comprehend. This energy can be powerfully positive for breaking down your walls and illuminating patterns you didn’t see before. There’s great potential for ending a destructive or draining cycle, with your ruler, freedom-fighting Uranus settling a score with power-playing Pluto in your House of Sacrifice. The past rears its head, hidden enemies (real or psychological) appear — and not from a vacuum, water bearer. Ask yourself where you factor in.
Feb. 19 — March 20
How are you enjoying these sips of power and influence you’re tasting lately, Pisces? They should be sweeter for the fact that they are well-earned. It’s a great time to be you — even when problems come up, your stars say that they only arrive in time for you to mastermind a creative solution that shocks nobody more than you when it works out perfectly. Problems that seemed impossible to solve before suddenly become manageable — it’s becoming clear to you (and others) that you have an incredibly deep well of inner strength, vision and passion to draw from, and when you have the courage to share it, the world transforms in the face of your dreaming. Trust your intuition this week, and don’t worry when humdrum tasks like budgets and grocery shopping seem to drain your energy. There’s no need to force anything. Instead, take a power nap, and when you’re rested and refreshed, get back at it, and you’ll find that you complete so much more than when you “push it.” Inspiration and compassion bring great rewards this week.