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.
Aspirational goals, travel, academic pursuits, changing philosophies and worldviews, as well as vocational growth will see forward movement after a period of slowdowns. This is especially true as it relates to family and domestic changes; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where its been retrograde since December 2022 bringing hiccups on the home front.
In fact, property matters, family milestones, and emotional healing are highlighted throughout the months of January and February. If relocating to a new country, moving into a dorm on a university campus, or supporting loved ones abroad, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, inspire authentic living and recreational endeavors in new settings, Libra. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, fertile energy connected to child’s play, creative endeavors, and even romance 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. Consider this your “curtain call,” Libra. You are being thrust out onto a stage that begs the need for you to be seen for all that makes you special, unique, and deserving of love. If you’ve been clinging to comfort, uncharted territories await. If you’ve been on the fence about a romantic attraction with someone who has different beliefs, you may decide to take a leap of faith.
What follows will inspire lifestyle changes, too. If you are moving abroad or publishing that manuscript, you day-to-day may come with more weight and responsibilities. This can also impact your overall health. But, the more you indulge new curiosities, the more you will be able to reclaim and rediscover your own inner child. Stay committed to the task.
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 inspiring you to indulge curiosities and explore foreign terrain (literally and figuratively!). Opportunities during this first quarter or 2023 may beg the need for you to get clear on your life’s direction. This will be amplified on April 20 when a solar eclipse peaks, encouraging you to open up to new partnerships and connections with others.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, bringing challenges around trust and intimacy with another. This is especially true if considering a new romantic commitment or a business partnership that comes with some level of risk and vulnerability. 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 financial matters, whether selling property, moving past feelings of low self-worth, or finalizing money negotiations that lead to new partnership dealings.
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 inspired to let your guard down and bet on yourself, Libra. It’s as if you’re clearing space for more intimate moments, especially if you’ve been reluctant to share all of yourself with others – this is why the Universe wants you to be fully seen.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice in the meantime. This year is fast and furious! Professional advancement, networking, and even a few mini vacations feature.
That said, the close of July sees Venus – your ruling planet in Astrology – stationing retrograde on the 23rd, bringing an assessment of certain networks and affiliations. Entry to new groups, friendships that may be more than platonic, as well as where you fit in and belong, 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, you will have entered into a rather deep period of reflection that could bring up questions and uncertainty around your associations.
Whether waiting for a probationary period to end in a company setting or ciphering through different social groups that might connect you with people of like minds and shared causes, delays courtesy of Venus and Mercury retrograde are likely.
Such matters will resolve in September when Venus stations direct on the 4th and Mercury stations direct on the 16th. A period of reflection that sees you clearer on where you best align and can join with others will conclude. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern finally lifts, and just in time for your birthday season!
October sees two more eclipses, meanwhile. A solar eclipse in your sign on the 14th brings a new personal new chapter (happy birthday to you!), and the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up investment dealings. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses.
You may be unmooring yourself from entanglements that inhibit personal growth and development, or finally experiencing psychological breakthroughs in a therapy setting that leads to healing and self-improvement.
Remember, much of 2023 sees you focused on ways to trust again, Libra. If you’ve been burned in the past financially, in a business tie, or marital tie, the Universe wants you to forgive, starting with self-forgiveness, so that you can commit to the things and people that serve your best interests. New partnerships, sexual ties, and even financial investments could prove lucrative and rewarding.
As we close out the year, the pace of life will pick up! Money matters and short trips feature, especially if splurging on a holiday vacation or signing up for an online correspondence course that brings new knowledge. Actually, November through December sees a surge of energy building around increased communication and mental pursuits (writing, research, etc.).
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13, bringing transportation glitches and misunderstandings. If visiting family for the holidays, travel delays could disrupt your plans. If sitting for an important exam, test dates may need to be postponed. Same is true if sending holiday cards that are all returned!
Not to worry, Libra – these matters will resolve in the new year. Aside from Mercury’s backward spin, your year ends on a rather hopeful note!
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