Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
June 21–July 22
Once a year, a new moon in your sign offers you a chance to set your intentions for the coming year. This one links with Mercury retrograde, putting you in an introspective mood. Don’t try to articulate your heightened emotions, as backpedaling Mercury practically guarantees misapprehension. Rather, reflect on your feelings about the changes taking place in your career and your relationships and get in touch with the spark of inspiration within you that keeps you moving forward. You may scurry sideways like a cautious Crab, but nonetheless, you’re on the move. It’s okay for now that you’re casting a backward glance over your shoulder, because you need to find some semblance of closure in order to continue on the path of growth that Jupiter in Cancer is co-creating with you. You’re discovering a healthier philosophy of life and seizing opportunities for self-expression. Now as Mars enters your sign, conceive ways to act in your own best interest this year.
July 23–August 22
Your ruling planet the sun joins up with the moon in your spirituality-and-solitude sector this week, laying the groundwork for a new restorative practice. Mercury retrograde links with the sun and moon, suggesting that looking at the ways in which you release, heal, connect with soul and replenish yourself will help you to see where change is called for. How can you best protect yourself from outside stresses and replenish your reserves? Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are your nerves frazzled by the juggling act of daily life? What centers you and gives you peace? What can you do or where can you go to get to a quieter place in your head? With motivator Mars landing in this angle of your chart later in the week, think of at least one thing you can do to enhance your spiritual life or unwind on a regular basis this year.
August 23–September 22
A new moon in your networking-and-objectives house invites you to ponder your friendships and professional connections as well as your current accomplishments. In order to find a new footing in the world, it’s useful to look at how far you’ve come and whom you’ve got on your team. This is a social part of your chart, but verbal Mercury—Virgo’s planetary ruler—is currently traveling retrograde there, so it’s best not to try to communicate your thoughts just yet. Instead, formulate new hopes and wishes in your mind. What do you want to achieve next? Who do you know who can help you do it? How are you feeling about your place in the group? Do you feel connected to your circle? Would it help for you to meet some new people who share your interests and goals? Courageous Mars is entering this same house later in the week, giving you the chutzpah to put yourself out there more and find a better fit, socially and professionally.
September 23–October 22
The new moon in your ambition angle spars with unpredictable Uranus and controlling Pluto this week, possibly triggering a work crisis, especially if you respond emotionally. Retrograde Mercury’s in the mix, making it difficult to convey your point of view, so take a timeout if there’s trouble brewing on the job. Whether or not anything transpires externally, check in with your feelings about your career and your status in the world. This lunation beckons you to reassess past goals and set new ones. You want so much to feel good about what you’re doing every day and to feel like you can take care of yourself. This is a time for rethinking your career trajectory and tweaking your game plan. Mercury’s backward motion implies that intuition will be favored over other modes of thinking. Fiery Mars heads to the top of your chart at the end of the week, fueling your forward progress and prompting you to create action steps for the coming months.
October 23–November 21
You may not know whether you’re coming or going this week when a new moon lands in your future sector and links with Mercury retrograde, which has turned your thoughts to the past. Although this lunation carries a contradiction for all of us, the answer for you is to revisit how you used to see your future, so you can cultivate new beliefs that will serve you better. You’ve been experiencing a massive shakeup in how you think and how you do things, and you need inspiration to continue the hard work of changing your life. Creating a personal mantra, motto or mission statement may help. But don’t share it with other people, because with Mercury retrograde, making yourself understood can be next to impossible. This is a time for you to privately commit to your vision of the road ahead. With Mars joining the planetary pack hanging out in your vision sector later in the week, you’ll gain forward momentum and possibly some wanderlust. Whether you’re traveling or not, start pushing yourself to bravely expand your horizons.
November 22–December 21
With the new moon in sensitive Cancer conjoining crossed-wires Mercury retrograde in your intimacy zone this week, listen carefully to what someone close to you is trying to get across—and do your best to tune into their emotions rather than scrutinizing their words. The moon’s contact with abrupt Uranus and dominant Pluto makes a sudden shift in a power dynamic possible, but resist the urge to overreact. You can work your way toward a deeper level of emotional connection and self-awareness if you adopt the proper frame of mind. With or without an intense interaction this week, you’ll gain insight into your own psyche if you honor your sentimental (and perhaps touchy) mood. Catalyst Mars is heading into your hidden-matters house over the weekend, pushing you to bravely delve into feelings and become more intimately acquainted with yourself or with a significant person in your life.
December 22–January 19
Your ruler Saturn just came out of its retrograde phase and is slowly getting back up to speed in your network sector. And a new moon lands in your partnership angle this week, further emphasizing the need for you to tend to your connections with others. Sharing your feelings with people—especially now when Mercury retrograde is complicating communication—makes you feel vulnerable. But the moon prompts some type of new beginning in how you relate. You may start a new relationship, revise your take on an old one or reconcile with someone from the past. Regardless of the specifics of your situation, it’s important to heed your intuition, even if you’re not thrilled about what it’s telling you. You’re undergoing a fundamental shift, and this week offers a chance to gradually ease into a better understanding with people. Your personal bonds are vital to your growth, and as Mars crosses your partnership angle, he’ll fire you up to strengthen them.
January 20–February 18
The new moon in your discipline house this week induces you to turn over a new leaf and change how you go about your business. A radical shift in thinking and the willingness to kill off something in your life that’s holding you back are vital to your success. Mercury retrograde in this part of your chart implies that reassessing your habits, methods and routine will lead you to determine what to do differently going forward. Career opportunities may well open up as a result of some adjustments on your part. With authoritative Saturn retrograde in your ambition angle for the past several months, it probably felt like your goals had been put on hold, but Saturn recently went direct. And nourishing your self-esteem and its subtle effect on your financial attitudes will alter the overall picture as well. Just-do-it Mars marches into your work zone later in the week, providing you with extra energy for self-improvement and the drive to learn new skills.
February 19–March 20
You may get extra emotional this week when a new moon in your self-expression house links with reminiscent Mercury retrograde. Your fluctuating self-esteem and shifting objectives come into play and incite you to rethink what will make you happiest going forward. Take a fresh look at your love life, your creativity, your level of personal fulfillment, your playful pursuits and your children, if you have any. What do you truly need in those areas in order to feel like you’re making progress? What must you let go of first? Healing past hurts and espousing a new outlook on the future go hand in hand. Mars charges into this part of your chart next, heating up your desire to find new ways to bring joy into your life. Don’t try just yet to make anyone else understand what you’re feeling, because Mercury’s retrograde phase is infamous for miscommunication. Instead, quietly resolve to act on what you discover about yourself this week.
March 21–April 19
The new moon in your roots angle makes contact with several other planets, including forward-thinking Uranus in your sign. Mercury—which conjoins the moon—is currently retrograde, causing all of us to think back, not forward. Whatever private feelings, family matters or childhood recollections have been on your mind lately, they can point to an area of your life where you need to put something to rest and move into the future. What gives you a healthy source of comfort and security? What grounds you and helps you to relax into your most authentic self at the end of the day? Given the changing nature of your ambitions, the feelings that you’ve been working to resolve, the tinge of sadness behind your verve and your impetus to keep going, can you create a new emotional practice or change something in your home environment that will give you tranquility this year? Your ruler Mars is moving into that part of your chart, so you have the ability to act on this.
April 20–May 20
Retrograde Mercury in your cognition-and-communication sector is muddling your thoughts and speech, and your head may feel like a tangle of emotions and memories lately. A new moon in that part of your chart connects with the releasing south node of the moon in your sign this week, coaxing you to let go of the past so you can embrace the future. A half-conscious urge to change your life and a perhaps-painful metamorphosis of your belief system are driving the current necessity of looking at things differently. In the process of reminiscing, you may detect a pattern of thinking and style of relating that are keeping you stuck—precisely what you need to push past now, to make room for fresh ideas and healthier interactions. When Mars enters your mentality zone late in the week, he gives you the impetus to actively change how you think and connect.
May 21–June 20
The sun and moon come together this week to form a new moon, and the two luminaries also join with your ruling planet Mercury, which is backtracking through your worth zone. This planetary combo calls for you to review what you’ve got going for you, in anticipation of implementing changes. The challenges you’ve been having in getting what you want from other people keep underscoring the importance of self-reliance. Reassess your finances, talents, confidence, values and resources, and note what’s not working. Do you handle your money in a way that reflects your priorities? Are you making full use of your unique gifts? Listen to your gut instincts when it comes to reorganizing this area of your life, even if you have to face up to some tough truths. As Mars moves into this house, you gain the energy to act.
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