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.
Social engagements, time spent with friends, conferences, and other events that see you connecting with more people will begin to move forward. This is especially true as it relates to work matters, ongoing projects, health, and other duties; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it’s been retrograde since December 2022 bringing hiccups to your regular routines and daily affairs.
In fact, busy days, doctor appointments, new chores and tasks, and growing responsibilities all feature throughout the months of January and February. If returning to an academic institution after the holiday break or submitting a proposal for work within a company or affiliation, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, inspire new partnerships and collaborations, Leo. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, energy surrounding all-important connections (spouse, friend, relative, business partner, etc.) 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, Leo, unions forged – be they business or personal – will experience significant change and restructuring, and come with weight.
You may be merging in entrepreneurial endeavors that bring lucrative reward, or merging in a marital tie that sees you combining your assets and resources. What’s more, intimate matters feature in ways that could see you taking some risks, and beg the need for vulnerability. Where you are investing your time, energy, love, expertise, money, etc., may come with added pressure but important gains.
Spring will be the time to direct your energy in both assertive and entrepreneurial ways. You will feel quite driven and determined, too, as Mars continues to move in forward motion connecting you with different associations. 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 dream a little bigger, step outside of your comfort zone, and aim for the stars.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, which will bring delays around new chapters. This is especially true if considering a work opportunity abroad, or editing the manuscript that could lead to public recognition for your skills and talents. 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 on the home and family fronts. Domestic obligations may finally conclude, paving the way for you to branch out and pursue new experiences that give you meaning and purpose.
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 riding a wave of professional success that sees you building upon your true vocational path and legacy. The energy above is conspiring on your behalf, Lion.
In the meantime, a surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice and your birthday season. This year is fast and furious! Time in reflection, vacations under the Sun, personal goals, and financial dealings all feature!
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde in your sign on the 23rd, bringing a self-assessment and evaluation. Vanity changes, personal goals, and performance reviews 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, money matters, purchases, and new streams of income feature. A salary increase may be linked to that performance review. Personal goals may need to be re-assessed if resources are limited. 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 self-assessment that enhances your own self-esteem and self-worth, for example, will be completed. Financial talks and discussion may work out in your favor, providing you with the resources to assert independent aims. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern finally lifts!
October sees two more eclipses, meanwhile. A solar event on the 14th brings a new start to learning endeavors and the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up activities on the career front. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses.
You may be on the receiving end of a professional license or certification that can be utilized in group trainings. This could also be interpreted as the end of your tenure within a company setting as you return to academia.
Remember, Leo, much of 2023 sees you focused on the legacy you’re meant to leave behind. Whatever chapters conclude on the career front will feed new starts in the way of education and knowledge sharing. Whether teaching what you know to others, sharing your expertise as a public speaker, or putting your wisdom to paper in the form of a motivational book, be open to new directions that pull you into uncharted territory.
As we close out the year, the pace of life will expand around home, family, creative projects, time centering children, love and affection as we enter the holidays! November through December sees a surge of energy building as it relates to times spent with close loved ones, and even a romantic link.
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13, bringing hiccups around children, creative projects, and romance. A love affair may be hard to launch during the busiest time of year; this could also look like interruptions courtesy of young ones in your family out of school on winter break. But not to worry – these matters will resolve in the new year, Leo. Aside from Mercury’s backspin, 2023 ends on a rather hopeful note!
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