Here’s the skinny on Mercury retrograde: Three times a year, Mercury “appears” to go backwards relative to planet Earth. There are also two shadow periods: beforehand, as it slows down; and afterwards, as it catches up to the degree it was when it went retrograde. Do we care? Yes! These are poor times to buy Mercury-related items: cars, trucks, bikes, computers, cell phones and printers. They are also poor times to initiate anything. Howevah! Mercury retrograde encourages introspection and it helps us finish old business. In two weeks, Mercury will slow down before going retrograde at the end of the month. This is a heads up for anyone who wants to begin something new. Remember: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” And for the procrastinators: So is tomorrow.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a productive week for you because both the Sun and your ruler Mars will help you get a lot done. “Oorah!” In fact, you’ll be so busy accomplishing things, you will start delegating to others. Midweek, you might feel less energetic for 48 hours. You might be confused about your motivation; or perhaps your energy will feel low. Whatever the case, don’t worry about this because it’s temporary. This is a lovely week to deal with those who are closest to you because your exchanges with others will be spontaneous. Warm feelings will abound because both Mercury and Venus are opposite your sign. This is your week to work hard and party hard!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Lucky you! This week you’re in play mode! Grab every chance to enjoy the company of others and explore social outings including playful activities with kids. Sports events will appeal. If you are in competitive sports events, know that in midweek you might feel less energetic. This might also be a confusing time for romance. Of course, all is not “play and no work” – you will be very hands-on when it comes to your job. In part, this is because coworkers are supportive. In fact, some of them are so supportive, a work-related romance will begin. Meanwhile, your public reputation continues to shine in the eyes of others. You rock!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Some kind of chaotic or demanding situation at home requires your attention. Be aware of what’s going on because there might be an element of confusion, especially midweek. Take care of what you can and focus on the needs of a parent (if appropriate). Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus will attract many opportunities for playful outings, socializing, sports events, fun activities with kids and opportunities to enjoy the arts and the entertainment world. Fun possibilities for this week! Look for opportunities to travel or explore avenues in education, the media, publishing and anything to do with medicine and the law because these are the areas that favour you this year.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your fast-pace continues! Not only are you keen to learn new information about something (this is a great time to study); you want to enlighten people about what you know. You’re enthusiastic something. Be aware that you might encounter some kind of hesitation or confusion that makes you second guess yourself. Meanwhile, issues at home are positive. You’re interested in DIY projects and repairs at home as well as redecorating. You also want to entertain at home. Family discussions might take place this week. If so, someone has your back because relations with family members are mutually beneficial right now.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Money continues to be a major focus for you. Money, earnings, cash flow, and also your possessions. This might also involve a major purchase? Be careful midweek because of on Wed. and Thurs., you might be confused about something. If this is the case, do not act. Don’t make a financial error on a bad hunch. Your urge to communicate to others is strong now. This is why you’re eager to talk to siblings, relatives, neighbours and friends. This same influence will make you just as eager to read and learn new information, or write and share information with others. So much to do! So little time. Continue to look for ways to make money from your words because they exist!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This continues to be a powerful time for you because the Sun is in your sign along with feisty Mars. This gives you energy! Admittedly, midweek around Wed.-Thurs., you might be confused about something and not sure whether or not to act push your agenda. If you have doubts – do nothing. Better safe than sorry. Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus are in your Money House, which is good news! Trust your moneymaking ideas and be confident in your financial negotiations with others. When shopping, you will want to buy pretty things for yourself and others. Also, you will tend to attract money to you, which is why this is a good time for negotiations because you will might up feeling richer!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Messages are coming your way this week. Both the Sun and Mars will encourage you to keep a low profile, and work alone or behind the scenes. (Same as last week.) However, Mercury in your sign makes you eager to talk to others. You have something to say! Furthermore, with Venus in your sign, you feel more sociable and friendly with everyone. In fact, this week is the perfect time to make peace with others, especially if you have been at odds or fighting. Or perhaps, you will act as a go-between to help others? Of course, this kind of role is your metier – you excel at bringing people with differing views to the point where they find a common ground. You are the peacemaker.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This continues to be a popular time for you, which is why people will seek you out. Someone might want your advice. Almost certainly, you will take a leadership role in a group or an organization. You might be involved in some kind of competition with someone at this time. If so, be aware that your energy could be challenged midweek (Wed.-Thur.). The Moon is an excellent time to define goals for the future. Meanwhile, your ability to research is enhanced because of the placement of Mercury at this time. You might ferret out secrets. Speaking of which, some of you are involved in a secret love affair.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week, the Sun is still at high noon in your chart, which is good for you. (It happens only once a year for four weeks.) It’s important to know that you have this advantage, so that you can use it to advance your agenda with bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs. However, do not press your case on Wed. and Thurs. because everything will be “weaker” for you. Just tread water. Meanwhile, interactions with younger, creative, talented people will likely enrich your life in some way. Be receptive to this. Actually, any kind of group setting will benefit you. This week, friendships will thrive and grow because your enthusiasm and you positive take on life will attract people to you.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This continues to be a great time to study or do anything to expand your grasp of politics, religion and social issues. Your desire to learn and broaden your horizons is strong this week. (Like last week.) Therefore, grab every chance to travel and learn new things to satisfy your sense of adventure and your desire to expand your knowledge of the world. Discussions with parents and bosses will be successful because both Mercury and Venus are at the top of your chart paving the way for relations with authority figures. You will be confident in share your views; and they will be willing to listen to you. In fact, relations with authority figures will be very warm and mutually receptive at this time. (Perhaps even romantic.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This could be a tricky week when it comes to financial negotiations. In one way, you are confident and strong; however, midweek, you might feel confused about financial negotiations or about pressing your case. If so, do not act. Wait until everything is clear and obvious to you. Midweek something could be confusing or misleading. Meanwhile, travel appeals! Especially travel for pleasure and good times. Some of you might strike up a new relationship or even a love affair with someone who is “different”, perhaps from another culture or a different country. With Jupiter in your sign now, you can’t go wrong. Everything will tend to go your way. It’s important to know this so that you can take a chance or play the longshot.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Remember that at this time, while the Sun is opposite your sign, you will need more sleep than usual. (Go to bed.) Partnerships are important for you now. In fact, with the Sun opposite your sign, you have more objectivity to see your style of relating in your closest relationships. Meanwhile, keep your pockets open because both Mercury and Venus will attract money, gifts and favours from others to you. This includes cash! This week is an excellent time to ask for a loan or mortgage. This is also a passionate, romantic week. New relationships that begin now will be powerful – and memorable! Nevertheless, be patient with others.