We survived the Eclipse… read on to see what the stars have in store for you this week…
August 23–September 22
Your ruling planet has been traveling retrograde in Virgo, and its next move is to sneak back into your soul corner, luring you to retreat further into your own head. You might find yourself mulling over unfinished business from the past, in search of understanding and closure. It’s natural to wonder why things have unfolded the way they have, but you need to forgive yourself for any mistakes you’ve made, and let go of regrets. Although you’re known for your common sense, this transit invites you to ponder your dreams, poke around in your subconscious and listen to your hunches. When Mercury and Mars join up over the weekend, throw yourself into an imaginative or compassionate endeavor. Try to catch yourself if you’re about to argue or act without a clear head; this transit puts you in danger of shooting yourself in the foot! A Mars-Uranus connection, on the other hand, alludes to exciting — and possibly surprising — sex or emotional breakthroughs. Give yourself permission to break free from your inhibitions.
September 23–October 22
After Mercury backpedals into your network zone this week, you might start running into old friends and acquaintances, or one in particular might cross your mind and inspire you to reconnect. A misunderstanding could arise, and you should avoid group gossip at all costs. It will only fan the flames! Technology glitches can be annoying, so try to keep your sense of humor. As a social Libra, you’re likely to belong to more than one organization and may opt to examine your affiliations now. Are they all still relevant to who you are today? Are you happy with the various roles you play? Do you associate with groups that support your interests, ideals, hopes and goals? This would be a good time to rejoin a group or revisit a dream that you’ve put on the shelf. Mars is favoring teamwork, and his convo with Uranus suggests you might meet someone new while collaborating with others. You also might have an unexpected experience, so give people a chance to surprise you in a good way!
October 23–November 21
This is a great week to review your goals, given that Mercury is doing a big U-turn into your ambition angle. Be careful what you say around higher-ups, as communication with people who are senior to you is apt to be a minefield. But you can absolutely use this retrograde phase for revamping your PR and your professional image as well as for researching careers, reconnecting with an old boss or mentor and redefining what success means to you. Merc is backing into a conjunction with feisty Mars, so you might find yourself walking on eggshells with a parent or boss. On the other hand, you can motivate yourself to reapply for a position or redo an action step in your career plan. Plus Mars is in sync with Uranus, which bodes very well for you. You need to keep finding new kinds of work and new ways of working. Operate independently if possible. Showcase an uncommon skill. Pursue your goals via methods that interest you. Be productive, not predictable.
November 22–December 21
Mercury will be revisiting your exploration corner as of this week, challenging you to take another look at your belief system, your vision of the future, your personal ethics and your faith. Coax yourself to question long-held views. Does your way or looking at the world expand or narrow the range of possibilities in your life? Do you err on the side of big-picture thinking, painting with such broad strokes that you gloss over details? This is an excellent time to regain your perspective, revise something for publication, go back to school or travel to a place you’ve been to before. Merc’s meetup with Mars could pull you into a heated debate, and no one is thinking matters over thoroughly or expressing themselves gracefully now. You might have some success circling back to a cause you’ve championed in the past and fighting the good fight. On the other hand, a Mars-Uranus dialogue can inspire you to simply find new ways to enjoy life. An impromptu adventure or romantic encounter has the ability to excite you and even change you.
December 22–January 19
This week, Mercury reenters your depth sector, inviting you to reinvestigate a matter; resume an intimate conversation; pay off a debt; revisit a past loss; reclaim your power; reconnect with a sexual partner; and reflect on a secret or psychological issue. Since Merc will be rendezvousing with Mars, you’ll probably be tempted to act on your thoughts and might wind up doing something ill advised. You could also have a disagreement with someone close to you and struggle for control. Believe it or not, Pluto in Capricorn isn’t the culprit this time! When planets are scuffling in this house, their energy can get quite intense and they sometimes act a little power hungry. Luckily, Mars and Uranus are making music together, giving you an outlet for the intensity. Some options: Throw yourself into a project that improves your living situation. Do some digging into your family history or the past in order to gain liberating emotional awareness. Probe your psyche for clues to breaking an old pattern. Have the courage to get close to someone new.
January 20–February 18
Retrograde Mercury crosses back into your one-on-one angle this week, upping the odds of misunderstandings with other individuals. However, this is the perfect transit for renegotiating the terms of a connection — spoken and unspoken — and looking at the way you communicate in your relationships. You might dredge up an old discussion with your s.o. or cross paths with an ex (or even a nemesis!) Since thinking and talking have an atypical cadence now, it’s often possible to make peace with someone you’ve quarreled with in the past. If you have a romantic or business partner, it’s a good time to look at them with fresh eyes, since the retrograde phase invites you to see everything from a different angle. Mercury’s meetup with Mars could cause you to get defensive, or you might encounter defensive people and exchange terse words. Remember that everyone is dealing with Merc retro, and take a breath before you react. Fortunately, Mars is gelling with your ruling planet, helping you to think on your feet and find alternate ways of making things work.
February 19–March 20
This is a good week to revise your to-do list, reorganize your workspace, rethink your schedule, research a health issue, relearn a skill, review your habits and revisit a problem in search of an alternate solution. Mercury is traveling in reverse and heading back into your efficiency corner, compelling you to take scheduling snafus and on-the-job miscommunication in stride. Doublecheck your work because details are apt to trip you up during this period. Mercury’s encounter with Mars may trigger overly critical, sharp words, but it may also fuel you to do vigorous mental work. Focus on one thing at a time, and compete with yourself instead of with others. Mars is vibing with Uranus, and that suggests a link between your productivity and your worth. Working hard can boost your cash flow and make you feel better about yourself. Win-win! And looking at it from the other direction, making clever use of everything you have at your disposal (including untapped talents) will boost your productivity — so be aware of what you have going for you, and work smart.
March 21–April 19
With Mercury backing into your love-and-joy zone this week, you might start reminiscing about an old flame or run into one out of the blue. If you’re dating, arranging to get together may turn into a complicated ordeal, or clicking with someone new might become extra challenging. In a relationship? Be patient if the two of you seem to be on different wavelengths, and don’t jump to conclusions. Merc’s rendezvous with your ruling planet will probably tempt you to act on impulse, expecting instant gratification. During the retrograde, your best bets may be to rediscover a former hobby or source of pleasure, revise a creative project and reconnect with your inner child. You might also reconnect with an ex; just try to resist attaching expectations to the outcome if you can. Mars is teaming up with Uranus in Aries, encouraging a bold move that shakes things up. You won’t be satisfied with coloring inside the lines. Taking a risk will make you feel more alive. Do something that shows the world a different side of you.
April 20–May 20
When Mercury slips back down to the bottom of your chart this week, your mind may start to drift into the past, and you may also become preoccupied by private feelings. Miscommunication on the home front is possible, but you could get back in touch with a relative you haven’t seen in a long time. There are a few ways to take advantage of this retrograde phase, especially given the fact that Merc is hooking up with Mars. Resume a domestic project you’ve been ignoring. Research your genealogy. Sort through photos, culling and organizing (and reminiscing!) as you go. Probe your backstory in search of insights. How has your family history shaped your identity? Have specific events or teachings from childhood colored the lens through which you view the world? Is there a communication pattern or behavior pattern stemming from your upbringing that you’d like to break? A Mars-Uranus meeting implies that confronting the past will help you understand yourself better and can get you unstuck from an old emotional cycle. Free yourself and travel lighter!
May 21–June 20
Yes, your ruling planet is still retrograde! But this week, it’s skipping back into the house in your chart that’s naturally associated with Gemini stuff. So hopefully you’ll have an easier time figuring out how to navigate Mercury’s trademark trickery. Try to laugh off the annoying little delays and detours as you go about your day, and enjoy bumping into people unexpectedly. Keep track of important, fleeting thoughts by recording them on your app of choice. Relearn, reread or rewrite something. Listen carefully and doublecheck to make sure you’ve got your facts straight. Reconnect with a sibling or neighbor. Quell nervous energy with meditation or a breathing exercise. Mars is linked with both Mercury and Uranus, which could help you to get your point across by being bold and inventive. Teaming up with others on a community-improvement project, doing some professional networking or taking a short trip with friends would be great uses of these planetary pairings. A big caveat with the Merc-Mars encounter: Think before you speak — and choose your battles!
June 21–July 22
Cancers are known for being security-conscious, and that often results in sound financial judgment. But after Mercury reverses into your resources house this week, impulsive spending could lure you out of your safety zone. Even if you’re being careful, an unforeseen expense or delayed payment might lower your bank balance. But you could also received unexpected money or find something you lost. Plus it’s the perfect time to take a fresh look at everything you have going for you (including hidden talents!) and dream up new ways of earning income. You can successfully reshuffle your priorities and possessions by asking yourself, “Is this really important to me?” It’s also worth questioning what you base your self-esteem on — and whether you believe you deserve to get what you want. As Mars joins forces with Uranus in your ambition angle, find clever ways to pursue your goals and make a living. Using a resource you haven’t tapped into or using the same ones in a different way will be the difference between spinning your wheels and making progress.
July 23–August 22
Now that Mercury is backtracking into your sign, you might start to feel more tongue-tied and misunderstood. If this is the case, don’t focus on the fact that people perceive you in a way that doesn’t thrill you. Use this retrograde phase to reconsider the image you project. What signals do you send out to others? Does your appearance reflect who you are on the inside? Does your true personality come across? Do you possess qualities that you’d like to play up more? What message does your body language transmit? Don’t jump into makeover mode just yet, though. Even if you can find the words to describe exactly how you want your hair to look, the stylist may hear something different — she’s coping with Mercury retrograde too! Still, if you’ve been rethinking a personal decision or action, you might get back to work fixing matters. Mars in Leo is vibing with Uranus, clearing your path for an adventure or learning experience. Seeing things differently allows you to do things differently.