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.
Home, family, domestic matters, property matters, and renovations around the house will begin to move forward, Pisces. If you’ve been held up in a prolonged settlement process, or navigating domestic change, you can expect progress. This is especially important as it relates to new company environments or friendships you wish to cultivate if you find yourself in new surroundings; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it’s been retrograde since December 2022 bringing delays in group settings.
In fact, networking, time spent with friends, social occasions, and other special events are highlighted throughout the months of January and February. You may be planning a major conference or celebrating your solar return! If you’ve been trying to get your bearings in new groups and affiliations, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, lead to some needed rest and retreat, Pisces. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, the elements of your subconscious self and ego drives will undergo major shifts as two momentous cosmic events develop above: Saturn will ingress (enter) your sign – the sign of the Fish – 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, inner transformation, personal discipline, and self-focus are highlighted. You’re entering a period of profound change from the inside out – a period that will reshape both your internal workings and outer evolution.
Spring will be the time to direct your energy in assertive ways, then. You will feel quite driven and determined as Mars continues to move in forward motion bringing domestic stability. 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 opportunities around finances and resources. Whether purchasing negotiating new streams of income or on the receiving end of a hefty tax refund, money matters are highlighted.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, bringing miscommunication and back-and-forth around money. A scholarship process may take longer to complete, or misunderstanding around financial contracts are likely. 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 centering aspirational aims, higher learning, and even travel. Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter shifts into the sign of Taurus on May 17, learning endeavors, classroom activities, and new settings that stimulate the mind will motivate you to indulge new curiosities.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice in the meantime. This year is fast and furious, Pisces! Fun, recreation, busy days, and relationship matters will amplify!
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd bringing an assessment to your quality of life. This may be inspired by a health matter, you may be considering new routines, or undergoing a performance evaluation. 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, significant others – close friends, spouse, romantic partner, business partner, etc. – will dominate your time. You may be identifying ways to care for an ailing loved one or figuring out the ins and outs of a team project at the office. No matter your experience, 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. Back-and-forth with business associates will move forward. A relative in need of your care and support has found their way. Personal health matters are no longer interrupting your levels of productivity. 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 investments and intimate dealings, while the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up education programs and online projects. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses. You may be finalizing a scholarship agreement, completing a certification program that can be used as leverage for higher pay, or paying off student loans.
Much of 2023 sees you immersing you mind in new ways, be it as teacher or student, and in new environments that pique new interests. A learning curve is underway – one that will bring fresh insights and awareness that inform personal change and decisions. Remember, Pisces, a period of transformation within is currently in effect, inspiring you to think differently and unlearn outgrown perspectives.
As we close out the year, the pace of life will pick up! Travel, new experiences, and fresh opportunities feature that may very well feed growing excitement on the career front. Actually, November through December sees energy building in your profession, Pisces. Whether pursuing a new position or launching a business, you have quite a bit of cosmic support.
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13, which could bring hiccups on the work front. A possible promotion may be postponed. Interviews get pushed back. Misunderstandings with higher-ups could bring stress.
There’s no need to worry, however; matters on the career front will resolve in the new year. Aside from Mercury’s backward spin, 2023 ends on a rather ambitious note!
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