You heard right — Mercury retrograde leaves us this week…. How happy are we right now?
April 20–May 20
With Mercury resuming forward motion this week, you’ll start to feel more clued in, as the messenger planet’s retrograde trip through the last house of your chart has left you somewhat out of the loop. You’ll still be more in your own head than in communication with others, but your inklings and instincts will start to fall into place. The sun in Taurus is harmonizing with Neptune in your network house, making it easy for you to be yourself around people and understand each other. Although your birthday season naturally puts you front and center, this transit tunes you into the needs of others and favors endeavors that serve humanity. You’ll express yourself well through empathy and charity and can bond with people over mutual interests.
May 21–June 20
Your ruling planet is wrapping up its retrograde phase in your network zone this week, facilitating better communication, especially in groups and among your friends and peers. Recent misunderstandings can be cleared up in the coming days, or you might come to a decision regarding a friendship or your ties to an organization. And redoubling your efforts to get in touch with people you’ve had difficulty connecting with are apt to pay off. A sun-Neptune confab connects your solitude and ambition houses, encouraging you to lay low and focus on achieving a dream. Putting your ego aside to serve the greater good can give you a sense of spiritual purpose. Ironically, the less attached you are to receiving recognition, the better you’ll appear.
June 21–July 22
This week, Mercury kicks it back into gear in your ambition angle, making communication with authority figures, career planning and self-promotion more straightforward matters than they’ve been of late. You’ll find you’re able to think more clearly about your objectives and plot how to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. If you’ve been reconsidering an old goal, now may be the time to decide whether you’re truly committed to it. The sun in your network zone is vibing with Neptune in your expansion sector, possibly providing an opportunity to engage in a group endeavor connected with your ideals. An encounter with someone outside your circle could be illuminating, so don’t limit yourself to interacting with people you already know.
July 23–August 22
After Mercury turns direct in your exploration house this week, the big picture should begin to come into sharper focus. You may have had a crisis of faith or felt uncertain about what the future holds; expect your optimism to return as Mercury picks up speed in the coming days. And travel will get easier as well! The sun—your ruling planet—is in your achievement angle and gelling with Neptune in your depth sector now, potentially giving you a chance to make progress and even shine as a result of a smooth-running partnership, exhaustive research, deep self-understanding or healing from a loss or crisis. Success may require you to tweak your mindset, and saying yes to too much could pose a problem.
August 23–September 22
Thanks to your ruler—Mercury—finishing up its retrograde phase in your depth sector this week, communication in a close relationship will gradually get back to normal, and you’ll be able to process any discoveries you’ve made in the past few weeks. Whether you’ve been delving into a research project, a financial situation, the inner workings of an important relationship or the mysteries of your own psyche, the complexities should start to seem more fathomable. Introspection, investigation and intimate dialogue will begin to yield increasingly apparent results. And with the sun in your expansion house meshing with Neptune in your partnership angle, a shared adventure could enliven a romantic relationship, or getting outside your comfort zone could bring about an organic connection.
September 23–October 22
When Mercury starts to move forward in your interpersonal angle this week, one-on-one communication will slowly get better and you can mend fences if you’ve had misunderstandings. Discussing conflicts that arose between you and other individuals becomes a simpler undertaking as Merc picks up speed in the days ahead, and you have a good chance of resolving your differences. False assumptions can be cleared up when everyone’s thinking and speech recuperate from the retrograde muddle. And with a sun-Neptune collaboration linking your depth and productivity zones, the connection between psychological and physical health is underscored, nudging you to take a holistic approach to your wellbeing. The sun’s skirmish with Jupiter hints you may need to cut back somewhere personally in the interest of sharing.
October 23–November 21
The big news this week is that Mercury is turning direct after three weeks of backtracking. Its current position in your efficiency corner cues you to try to iron out details that may have been missed recently and to consider putting changes in place to improve your health, daily routine or work life. If you’ve been musing on productivity or wellness lately, those thoughts may start to take shape and translate into practical solutions. A tête-à-tête between the sun and Neptune in your partnership and fulfillment sectors coaxes you to share your feelings, personality and creativity with other individuals. You could form a spiritual bond, have a romantic encounter or enjoy an imaginative collaboration, so make a point of connecting with people.
November 22–December 21
With Mercury finishing its retrograde phase in your fulfillment house this week, your creative block should also be coming to an end. You’ll find it easier to express your sense of humor without being misunderstood and can also share your feelings with less risk of crossed wires. If you reconnected with an old love or rediscovered a past pleasure, you’ll start to figure out whether this resuscitation will last. The sun in your productivity corner is harmonizing with Neptune in your foundation angle, inspiring you to work hard to declutter your home or release lingering emotions. A good spring-cleaning can make you feel more at peace in your surroundings and create a better flow of energy in your space.
December 22–January 19
Now that Mercury is beginning to pick up speed after a few weeks of backpedaling, if you’ve been a bit lost in a wave of nostalgia and introspection, you should start to feel more present and better able to comprehend what’s going on inside you. Your communication with family members and roommates will also gradually improve. If you’ve been contemplating your living situation, you might come to a decision soon. The sun in your joy zone is clicking with Neptune, which could give you a chance to share your creativity or show someone how much you care. A sun-Jupiter skirmish calls for you to do your best to juggle work and play and reminds you not to be too brash around higher-ups.
January 20–February 18
Mercury’s direct turn in your thinking-and-talking house this week is a welcome development, as the various nuisances associated with the messenger planet’s retrograde phase will begin to dissipate. That means communication, travel, paperwork and technology become less glitchy, and your thought process takes a straighter path. You’ll have an easier time learning, getting around, connecting with people and conversing. If you’ve been tempted to make an important decision or have a big talk, you have a green light to do so now. And since the sun is syncing with Neptune, you’ll be able to assess your intangible resources, self-confidence and spiritual values and link them with your current emotional state. Ask yourself what need you can let go of to gain peace of mind.
February 19–March 20
As Mercury goes direct in your worth sector this week, your financial judgment will improve and you’ll have a firmer grasp of reality when it comes to what you have and what you need. If you’ve been reevaluating your budget, assets, income or priorities, you could gradually gain a clearer understanding of how to incorporate changes. And if you had to put negotiations on hold or wait for funds to come through, you should see progress in those areas. The sun in your cognition-and-communication house is joining forces with Neptune in Pisces, enabling you to express who you are and what you think with a great deal of vigor and creativity. This is a good time to make your intentions clear to others.
March 21–April 19
You won’t feel nearly as tongue-tied, puzzled and misunderstood after Mercury wraps up its retrograde spin through your sign this week and resumes forward motion. You may have been sending out mixed signals without meaning to, as you turned things over in your mind and tried to get your bearings. If you had an urge to change something about yourself, making that choice will be less risky going forward. With the sun in your worth house syncing up with Neptune in the last house of your chart, you have a chance to make the connection between strengthening your self-esteem and letting go of the past. You might also be led by your values to make a sacrifice for the benefit of others.