Hello to readers in Williamsburg!
It’s Mercury Retrograde until February 11 and as its effects—delays, detours, and snafus of every variety—continue to dominate daily life by disturbing regular routines. Try not to succumb to retrograde dyspepsia because you forgot to set the alarm, put gas in the car, or neglected to pay the bills on time, take a deep breath and just do what needs to be done. Try not to blame anyone for making the same or similar mistakes. And really make an effort to be kind to your fellow travelers—we could all use a little more tenderness and care.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Continue to use the retrograde to reflect on past, present, and future alliances and partnerships. Consider the following questions: What qualities do you crave in a partner? What qualities do you provide? What’s necessary for you to feel supported? How do you support others? Try not to use this review as an opportunity to blame yourself for past transgressions. Instead, concentrate on how you can refine your role in an effort to form better partnerships.
Taurus April 20-May 20
It’s all about work—and not just what you do, but how you do it. Be willing to reexamine the power of your internal attitude to determine your external behavior. Are you assessing your situation through the widest possible lens? Are you only complaining about what’s wrong? Or (my favorite), is your attention focused on all the things that are going well in order to sustain a positive approach? Don’t be afraid to just sit with this process. While it may be frustrating, it can also help you to move through persistent negative habits.
Gemini May 21-June 21
It’s too early in the process to start reconciling the disparate threads of your current situation. At the moment, there are just too many contributing factors to gather into a coherent pattern, and insisting on a specific outcome could result in even greater retrograde frustration than normal. Just continue to let things unfold at their own pace. Of course, you can add a tweak or two—just a nudge, not a push. You will know when the process is complete. And you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
Cancer June 22-July 22
The retrograde continues to stir a deep process of transformation, so don’t be fooled into thinking that nothing is happening. You’re in the midst of sorting through several significant issues, all of which relate to how to align your personal values with your professional standards. It’s not your way to cut corners, but every once in a while, even the most diligent among us are tempted to let something slide. I’m not suggesting that you’re making a mistake; I’m simply suggesting this isn’t the moment to shrug off the details.
Leo July 23-August 22
The secret to handling this retrograde phase is surrendering to the process and allowing it to lead the way. I know that sounds a little esoteric, but for you, so is this Mercury Retrograde, if only because it’s highlighting a very important piece of your relationship puzzle—how to blend with your partners without losing your individuality. This is no small feat, for while many of us wrestle with this theme, for you it also involves handling the need to be the star as you simultaneously encourage others to assume a leading role.
Virgo August 23-September 22
The emphasis is still on self-care, and while you may think that I am repeating myself—and I am—it’s for a good purpose. Mercury is your ruling planet and because of that strong influence, you tend to feel a retrograde more keenly than most. So don’t underestimate the stress and strain of retrograde frustration on your nervous system, and when possible, bump up your meditation and other stress reducers. Also, use this time to review what other ways you can improve your health.
Libra September 23-October 22
It’s okay to feel confident about your choices—even if you change your mind, which you may do as you continue to weigh your options. This retro phase is one of the few times indecision could work for you. Continue to review the situation, and when necessary, ask others for their insights. You don’t have to agree with their opinions; you just have to consider alternate points of view. Remember, this phase is not about putting anything in motion; it’s about revising, reconsidering, and reflecting on how to move forward when the time is right.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You’re still in a deeply thoughtful retrograde phase that is focused on what you need to feel at home, inside and out. Part of this process includes the notion of “family,” specifically, how important it is for you to participate daily with those you love, whether it is your family of origin or your family of choice. There’s no need to hurry this process—and of course you can’t hurry a retrograde—plus it wouldn’t be like you to skip over any part of it, even those aspects that are uncomfortable.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
I could repeat myself and run the risk of contributing to your retrograde frustration by telling you just how much you are likely to be repeating yourself. Or—and I think you might like this—I could open up a different channel by suggesting that all the conversations you’re having, even the ones you think are repetitive, are covering subjects that are still in need of your attention. Rather than think anything is a done deal, take your time and go over the details. You might discover previously overlooked and valuable information.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
It would be a worthwhile process for you to continue to reflect on what matters to you most—and why. I completely understand that financial matters of every denomination play a significant role in the formation of your worldview. While the importance of financial stability is self-evident, sometimes it is important to push beyond your comfort zone into previously discounted realms. Notice value systems you would rather avoid, and then be bold and explore those arenas, if only to gather data to support your position.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Read Leo above and add this: You’re longing for an enthusiastic, good-natured partner who has the capacity to joyously embrace the world. Great…let that yearning be a reflection of your own desire to spread your wings and fly to greater heights. Just use this retrograde phase to reexamine persistent patterns that keep you from being yourself in partnerships—personal as well as professional—with significant others. Make your mantra, “I am true to myself” and you’ll benefit from this retrograde.
Pisces February 19-March 20
I could go on and on and on in true Mercury Retrograde fashion about not allowing yourself to brood over the past, especially relationship issues, past, present, or future. But I won’t—I’ll just remind you that there are many alternative ways to process important information about interactions with others, and not all of those ways are through discussions. Pay attention to your dreams, for they have the power to deliver powerful messages on potential next steps.
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