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.
Investments, financial contracts, partnership agreements, and other intimate matters will see forward movement. This is especially true as it relates to ongoing talks and communications; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it’s been retrograde since December 2022 bring misunderstandings and technological glitches.
In fact, increased correspondence, short trips, and other activities of the mind are highlighted throughout the months of January and February. If finalizing settlement on property in a new community, moving through salary negotiations, or making a final car payment, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, bring some level of calm and peace, Scorpio. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, domestic matters, activities centering family and loved ones, as well as your own anchor, roots, and foundations, will undergo major shifts as two momentous cosmic events develop above: Saturn will ingress (enter) the sign of Pisces on March 8, and Pluto – your ruling planet in Astrology – 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, Scorpio, you can consider this an emotionally regenerative time. Where there’s been pain, loss, feelings of uprooting, and childhood trauma (big “T” and little “t”), you will be encouraged to reclaim what brings you joy and to heal old wounds that keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns stemming from your upbringing.
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 confirming investments and/or divestments. 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, encouraging lifestyle changes that better serve your quality of living.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, bringing challenges to important connections. If you are trying to get into a new routine with a romantic partner, a business partner, a medical specialist, or family member, it will feel like you’re taking two steps forward and two steps back as you navigate certain adjustments. But these things will resolve when the Messenger planet stations direct on May 15, and most likely in your favor.
The lunar eclipse peaks in your sign on May 5, meanwhile, wrapping up personal matters, independent pursuits, and important lessons learned that have led to your own self-improvement. Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter shifts into the sign of Taurus on May 17, connections with others may grow stronger as a result of your own growth. You may be making new connections that serve you, aligning with close partners (friends, relatives, spouse/romantic partners, etc.) that support the person you’re becoming.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice in the meantime. This year is fast and furious! Travel, academic pursuits, career matters, and social engagements fill your schedule in exciting ways.
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd bringing an assessment on the career front. You may be undergoing a performance evaluation, being considered for a promotion, or thinking about retirement – 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, networking will have picked up; you may be in the midst of an extensive interview process or experiencing back-and-forth with an employer regarding a raise. Delays as they relate to your involvements in different professional settings 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 will conclude in a company or organization. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern finally lifts!
Your birthday season sees the last of two eclipses, meanwhile. A solar eclipse on the 14th brings rest and retreat, while the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up ongoing activities involving significant others. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses. If dissolving a union or offloading the care of a loved one, you finally get a reprieve that will create space for you to tend to your own garden.
Remember, much of 2023 sees you on nurturing your roots and foundations, which may beg the need for better boundaries with family and relatives who rely too heavily on your giving nature. This is quite timely as you prepare to celebrate another solar return. It’s as if a seed will be planted during October’s solar eclipse that grows into new self-awareness and inspires personal goals and ambitions.
As we close out the year, the pace of life will pick up! Personal goals and ambitions dominate, as well as money matters and financial dealings. Actually, November through December sees a surge of energy building around your resources – you may be working with a financial planner or on the receiving end of a hefty holiday raise/bonus.
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13, which could see financial documents go missing or back-and-forth negotiations around a salary adjustment. Holiday gift purchases may be out of stock or late to arrive, which sees you waiting for a refund!
Not to worry, Scorpio – these matters will resolve in the new year, and again, most likely in your favor. Aside from Mercury’s end-of-year backspin, your year ends on a rather sentimental note!
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