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. Such blocks and thwarted motivation can be frustrating for us down below. 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.
Daily affairs, work, health, and other important routines will get back in rhythm, Capricorn, just the way you like it! Levels of productivity will expand leading to greater achievements throughout your day-to-day. This will be especially important as it relates to personal goals and ambitions if you’ve been lacking motivation; Mercury will also station direct in your sign on January 19, where it’s been retrograde since December 2022 bringing self-questioning and uncertainty.
In fact, self-assertion, personal drive, and independent pursuits feature throughout the months of January and February – fitting for your birthday! If you’ve been working on the launch of a project that has your stamp attached, considering a vanity change, or simply revamping your lifestyle in ways that support self-improvement, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, lead to greater focus on finances and resources, Capricorn. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, your values and relationship with the material world will undergo major shifts as two momentous cosmic events develop above: Saturn – your ruling planet in Astrology – will ingress (enter) the sign of Pisces on March 8, and Pluto will ingress the sign of Aquarius on March 24 (ending a 16-year tour of your constellation, dear Sea Goat).
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, a period of personal transformation and restructuring will be complete, leaving you more empowered and self-assured. Confidence will be restored motivating you to redefine your worth and command material wealth in ways that support the new you that has emerged. You may decide to expand upon your financial literacy, as a result, shifting a scarcity mindset to one of abundance. What you think is what you are, Capricorn. Be prepared to sharpen your intellect and mental acuity as you continue to blossom in the coming 12 months.
Spring will be the time to direct your energy in assertive ways. You will feel quite driven and determined as Mars continues to move in forward motion increasing daily affairs. Opportunities during this first quarter or 2023 may beg the need for you to get clear on your overall direction in life. This will be amplified on April 20 when a solar eclipse peaks, bringing new chapters on the home and family fronts. Property matters, relocation, and family milestones all feature.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, bringing challenges around children, creative projects, and even romantic links. If moving in with a partner, doing renovations around your home, or undergoing domestic change with children, it will feel like you’re taking two steps forward and two steps back. These things will resolve when the Messenger planet stations direct on May 15, and most likely in your favor.
The lunar eclipse peaks on May 5, meanwhile, wrapping up activities within certain groups and affiliations. If leaving behind a work setting or network of friends, it may be because you’re relocating or even possibly going on family leave. Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter shifts into the sign of Taurus on May 17, you may be, “feeling the love,” so to speak, as expansive energy impacts romantic ties, children, and child’s play.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice in the meantime. This year is fast and furious! Relationship matters, new commitments, and aspirational goals will amplify!
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd bringing an assessment around intimate matters. If you are settling on a home, considering a romantic commitment, or merging in a business venture, there may be some level of review or ongoing processing. These are just a few 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, opportunities to further yourself in new directions feature. If considering marriage to someone of a different background, or applying for a loan or scholarship to go back to school, delays in these areas are likely courtesy of Venus and Mercury retrograde.
Such matters will resolve in September when Venus stations direct on the 4th and Mercury stations direct on the 16th. An academic application process will be confirmed. New investments toward entrepreneurial endeavors can now move forward. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern finally lifts!
October brings the last two eclipses of the year, meanwhile. A solar event on the 14th inspires new chapters on the career front, while the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up ongoing affairs centered around children, romance, and creative aims. You may finally be able to launch an artistic collaboration that brings public recognition, or return to work after time spent on family leave. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipse.
Much of 2023 sees you living more authentically, Capricorn. If you’ve forgotten what it’s like to indulge play and pleasure, this is the year where you reclaim and rediscover your inner child. Activities with children could inspire happiness; so, too, could greater love and affection. Of course, this begs the need for you to open to receive such heartfelt sentiments, and for increased vulnerability on your part.
As we close out the year, the pace of life will level out. Time spent resting and in retreat will do you some good in preparation for your next solar return. Actually, November through December does bring some “down time” even with the hectic holidays upon us.
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13, which could lead to internal dialogues around personal aims and ambitions. You may be considering important decisions or contemplating what new year resolutions you wish to manifest. Give yourself permission to indulge this period of introspection, Capricorn. And don’t worry, you will feel more motivated to assert independent aims once more in 2024.
Aside from this Mercury’s backward spin, your year ends on a rather intentional note!
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