All the planets in our solar system do what’s called, “retrograde,” with Mercury (your ruling planet in Astrology) 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.
Personal goals, self-assertion, and increased confidence as it relates to independent pursuits will expand – a surge of energy will be underway. This is especially true as it relates to new commitments and contracts; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it has been retrograde since December 2022 bringing hiccups around certain agreements and investments.
In fact, intimate matters, financial planning, new agreements, and possible business ventures will be highlighted throughout the months of January and February. If you are merging in a new partnership or experiencing breakthroughs in a therapy setting that inspire self-improvement, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This could inspire aspirational aims, too, if applying for a business loan, purchasing a ticket overseas, or receiving an advance for a book you’re ready to publish! Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, motivation around dreams in the making will undergo a major shift 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, Gemini, you can consider this is a time of restructuring as it relates to your sense of purpose, your personal beliefs and philosophies, and what brings you meaning and life fulfilment. What’s more, if pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor or considering a different vocational path, existential questioning will lead to a new legacy and career trajectory that will require great focus and discipline.
The fact that this all coincides right before your birthday season is significant. Spring will be the time to direct your energy toward independent endeavors, and you will, no doubt, feel quite driven and determined as Mars continues to move in forward motion.
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, inviting you to connect with new tribes and communities that further your efforts toward both personal and professional gains.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, which means your involvement in new groups and affiliations may be delayed. This retrograde could see you going back-and-forth around personal change and life transitions. Low motivation, inner angst, and self-questioning may bring pause. It will feel like you’re taking two steps forward and two steps back as you consider your options. But 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 in your day-to-day. An ongoing health matter, work project, or unending responsibilities will reach conclusion as the elements of your regular routines shift or come to a close. What culminates will inspire new beginnings as they relate to the solar eclipse, Gemini. You may be ending your role in an office setting to enter a new department or organization entirely. This could also be interpreted as lifestyle changes that allow for greater social engagements and contact building, and right in time for your birthday!
Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter shifts into the sign of Taurus on May 17, you may feel a greater sense of trust and knowing when it comes to new chapter beginnings. A period of enlightenment will follow as certain insights and wisdom are downloaded, encouraging you to move forward in new directions.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice in the meantime – this year will be fast and furious! Financial dealings, short trips and learning endeavors, as well as domestic matters feature.
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd, bringing an education assessment or contract negotiation. An edited manuscript, possible relocation to a new city, or an administrative review around academic pursuits 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, activities centering home and family feature. You may be considering a move to a new community, or negotiating settlement on a piece of property. These things will undergo delay 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. A property appraisal, for example, will be completed. Adjustments in a new university setting will conclude. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern will finally lift!
October sees two more eclipses, meanwhile. A solar event on the 14th brings a potential new love affair, creative venture, or even news of pregnancy! The lunar eclipse on the 28th brings awareness and possible anxieties for purging – a release of inner angst and/or fears that prepare you for new chapters surrounding the solar eclipse. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses.
You may be working through childhood wounds as you rediscover what brings you joy, or moving past heartache as new love prepares to enter your life. What’s more, as we close out the year, the pace of life will expand with busy days and relationship matters. November through December sees energy increasing in close ties and connections, that may contribute to growing daily affairs.
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13 instigating miscommunications in loving connections, partnership agreements, and intimate dealings. But not to worry – these matters will resolve in the new year, Gemini. Aside from Mercury’s backspin, 2023 ends on a rather cheerful note!
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