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.
All the important relationships in your life – close friends, relatives, roommates, medical specialists, spouse, romantic partner, business partner, etc. – will become the center of your life. Where there has been tension, strain, or disagreement, things are moving forward. This will be mostly felt as it relates to financial talks and considerations with others; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it’s been retrograde since December 2022 bringing stalls around money matters.
In fact, increased activity on the money front is likely throughout the months of January and February. If you’ve been trying to refinance your home, identify a financial planner, negotiate a salary increase, or waiting for money owed, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, lead to greater understanding and communication, Sagittarius. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, your mindset, the ways in which you engage your surroundings and the important others in your life will undergo major shifts, 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, Sagittarius, a restructuring of your mind will be underway, especially as it relates to learned behavior that no longer serves you. Whether immersing yourself in new environments if relocating, going back to school, working in a therapy setting, or utilizing new forms of technology and writing platforms for expression, you will be experimenting on how best to, “speak up,” as you take on greater responsibilities at home and with loved ones.
Spring will be the time to direct your energy in assertive ways. You will be feeling quite motivated and inspired as Mars continues to move in forward motion bringing momentum on the relationship front. 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, inspiring authentic living and fertility, whether giving birth to physical children or brainchildren in the form of artistic ideas.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, bringing challenges to daily affairs that could involve children or creative projects. End-of-school activities may prove disruptive. Doctor appointments may need to postponed. Date nights may need to be rescheduled – 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 for you behind the scenes. If you’ve been contemplating important decisions involving pregnancy/parenthood, or the investment in an artistic collaboration, you may find clarity that prepares you for new chapters during the solar eclipse.
Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter – your ruling planet in Astrology – shifts into the sign of Taurus on May 17, you may finally get your bearings as it relates to ongoing chores, tasks, health matters, and responsibilities that inspire you to curate of life of better balance.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice in the meantime. This year is fast and furious! New commitments, aspirational goals, and career matters will amplify!
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd bringing an assessment around broader pursuits and even travel. If you’re booking a trip abroad, reviewing academic programs, or questioning your own personal beliefs and philosophies, there may be some level of review or ongoing considerations. 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, professional activities will have picked up. You may be waiting for travel documents to attend a conference overseas, or encounter administrative setbacks in an application process for a special training or certification. 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. A period of review around vocational growth and advancement will conclude. Delayed travel plans can be scheduled and finalized. 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 sees you aligning with new groups and affiliations, while the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up ongoing daily affairs and routines. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses.
You may be leaving behind an office setting if starting at a new company, or recovering from a health matter that allows you to enjoy time spent with friends and social engagements. Remember, much of 2023 sees you getting your life in order, Sagittarius. If you’ve been disorganized, overstressed, and with ailing health, the Universe is motivating you to develop a better quality of life that sustains and gives you energy. You will be getting clear on what you value, in other words, prioritizing your life as you see fit.
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 solar return. November through December does bring some “solitude” before the end of the year gets hectic, once more, for the holidays and your birthday!!
That said, Mercury retrogrades again on December 13, which could throw a wrench in birthday plans and celebrations. A delayed holiday bonus could limit your ability to book that trip, or you, personally, may choose to have a low-key birthday as you come out of a sleepy period.
Not to worry, Sagittarius – you will be more motivated to assert personal plans and ambitions in the new year, so lean into rest for now. Yours is an optimistic sign, anyway; aside from Mercury’s backward spin, your year ends on a rather intentional note!
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