All the planets in our solar system do what’s called, “retrograde,” with Mercury being the planet that retrogrades most frequently throughout the calendar year. A retrograde planet gives the optical illusion of orbiting the almighty Sun backwards, which can be symbolized as a nudge from the Universe to pause and reroute where necessary, based on where the planet is affecting us in our natal charts.
Now, Mars in Astrology connects us to how we initiate our deepest passions. But while retrograde, assertive efforts feel blocked. No doubt, such blocks and thwarted motivation may have felt especially frustrating to you, dear Ram. So, as the Warrior planet gets back to its regular pace and orbit, you can anticipate that the affairs of life will amplify, a momentum that continues through the spring and summer seasons.
Learning endeavors, trainings at work, short trips to new places that stimulate the mind, writing, research, and forward communication will soon intensify as Mars gains traction. You may be sitting for an important exam or finalizing contract negotiations. This is especially true as it relates to your work and profession; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it has been retrograde since December 2022 bringing hiccups on the career front.
In fact, career matters will only expand throughout January and February. If you are facilitating workshops or settling on a salary adjustment, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected. Networking will pick-up, too, as you begin interfacing with groups and associates that further vocational aims. You may be attending conferences or launching a business platform that draws in clients.
Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, focus will shift toward new associations and the groups/affiliates with which you align as two momentous cosmic events develop above: Saturn will ingress (enter) the sign of Pisces on March 8, and Pluto will ingress the sign of Aquarius on March 24.
Both these planetary shifts are set to bring important lessons to humanity below, especially in the way of social unrest, spiritual growth, and revolutionary coups. For you, Aries, you can consider this a time of great introspection and awakening. You will be focusing your energy inward for the sake of internal awareness and enlightenment, which may inform (or be influenced by) structural changes in a company setting or the groups/friendships where you belong.
What’s more, all this coincides around your birthday season. Spring will be the time to direct your energy toward entrepreneurial endeavors. You will feel quite driven and determined, even as you become more reflective and contemplative about the affairs of your life. It might be worth learning, sharing, and exploring new insights as Mars continues to move in forward motion.
This inward dive could be the catalyst for personal new chapters that begin during the first eclipse season of the year. On April 20, a solar event peaks in your sign, an eclipse that will inspire self-growth and personal improvement. This lunation will have wings as the planet Jupiter moves through your sign, too.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, which means new chapter beginnings may be delayed, especially if there are financial changes and questions that need resolution before launching your own agenda. If waiting on investors to greenlight a personal project that has your name attached, or pooling resources that would allow you to embark upon a new path, these things will resolve when the Messenger planet stations direct on May 15, and most likely in your favor.
The lunar event peaks on May 5, meanwhile, wrapping up certain agreements and other commitments. If completing a tax return that results in a major refund, you may be waiting for that check to arrive before using it to further independent aims. Same is true if the government finally forgives your student loans. You will have more resources at your disposal to initiate personal plans.
Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter shifts into the sign of Taurus on May 17, you may find that opportunities for financial growth and expansion bring abundance, personal wealth, and security.
The summer months continue to be hype with active energy in the meantime – this year is fast and furious! Domestic matters, activities centering children/child’s play, and even romance increase with momentum, which will eventually lead to busy days and growing responsibilities!
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd, bringing an assessment around a child, creative project, or romantic entanglement. A love affair may be re-ignited. A child’s learning plan may need to be revised. An artistic endeavor may need to be re-evaluated before launch; these are examples of how Venus – the planet that connects us to love, beauty, money, and personal aesthetics – will be of impact while retrograde.
This gets a little dicey as Mercury stations retrograde once more just a month later on August 24. At this point of the year, busy days are amplified with more chores, tasks and responsibilities on your plate, and there may be disruptions to your levels of productivity with both Venus and Mercury retrograde.
Ongoing fertility treatments, for example, could impact your work schedule. Creative project assessments could prolong your launch timeline. A sick child may need your undivided attention. Such matters will resolve in September when Venus stations direct on the 4th and Mercury stations direct on the 16th. An assessment will be completed. Interrupted schedules will return to normal. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern will finally lift.
October sees two more eclipses, meanwhile. A solar event on the 14th initiates a new relationship beginning, and a lunar eclipse on the 28th brings completion around money matters. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses. You may be investing your resources in a business partnership or merging your resources in a marital tie.
As we close out the year, the pace of life continues to expand with energy surrounding significant others (close friends, spouse, business colleagues, family, etc.), and this activity will lead to more intimate matters, commitment, and investments. But November through December sees wanderlust creeping in! With so many planet events above bringing shenanigans to us below, you may be ready to get out of dodge, travel, and try something new!
This would be a good time to book your flight, take a new course of study that could lead to professional growth, or finally write that manuscript. That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13, responsible for travel delays and pauses around vocational advancement.
Not to worry, Aries – these matters will resolve in the new year. Aside from Mercury’s backspin, your year ends on a rather thrilling note!
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