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.
Money matters, possessions and property, financial investments, and self-esteem/self-worth will soon intensify as Mars gains traction. You may be finalizing a salary negotiation or working up the courage to advocate for yourself when it comes to the give-and-take in important relationships. This is especially true as it relates to travel, academic pursuits, and activities that further vocational aims that may have been delayed due to financial constraints; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it has been retrograde since December 2022 bringing hiccups around aspirational goals.
In fact, journeys afar, international endeavors, and broaden pursuits that expand your sense of purpose will be highlighted throughout the months of January and February. If you are applying for student loans or taking a sabbatical abroad, the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This could inspire career matters, too, Taurus, especially if sitting for an important exam that leads to professional advancement or being selected for a prestigious work opportunity overseas. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, momentum on the career front 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, Taurus, you can consider this a time of restructuring as it relates to your legacy and vocational path, especially having spent the past two years working hard, developing your expertise, and claiming some level of authority as it relates to your chosen career field.
What’s more, if entering a new department at work via promotion, or building a client base after launching your own business, the pressure will be on to branch out, connect, and solidify new contacts that serve career aims, leaving behind associations (personal and professional) that hold you back.
The fact that this all coincides around your birthday season is significant. Spring will be a time to direct your energy toward entrepreneurial endeavors, and you will, no doubt, feel quite driven and determined, especially with the potential for financial gains and reward as Mars continues to move in forward motion.
New 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, planting seeds and intentions that will blossom in to personal change and transitions throughout the year. A period of restlessness will soon follow as you embark upon a new season of life.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, which means new chapter beginnings may be delayed. And FYI, this retrograde is happening in your sign, dear Bull, which may see you going back and forth around personal decisions, career opportunities, and levels of confidence.
It will feel like you’re taking two steps forward and two steps back as you enter dialogue with self (and others) before formulating certain conclusions. 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 ongoing activities in important partnerships. Whether dissolving a union or finalizing an agreement with significant others, something will conclude, clearing the way for momentum around personal decisions under consideration since the solar eclipse.
Of course, with Mercury retrograde, there will still be delays. But as Jupiter shifts into your sign on May 17, you may grow a pair of wings and soar to new heights! Jupiter expands whatever it touches; consider this a personal chapter that sees you more self-focused and assertive of independent aims. The seed that was planted back in April is beginning to bear fruit as we enter the summer season.
A surge of energy continues reaching the summer solstice – this year will be fast and furious! Short trips, learning endeavors, and other educational pursuits come into focus as domestic matters, activities centering youth and child’s play, and even romance increase with momentum.
That said, the close of July sees Venus – your ruling planet in Astrology – stationing retrograde on the 23rd, bringing an assessment around home and family matters. A property settlement, home renovation project, or care for an elderly relative 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, children, love affairs and creative projects feature. There may be domestic changes with a child off to college. You may be merging in a domestic partnership, or doing creative projects around the house – 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 home/family assessment will be completed. Activities involving children and/or a love affair return to normal. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern will finally lift!
October sees two more eclipses, meanwhile. A solar event on the 14th brings new routines and responsibilities, and a lunar eclipse in your sign on the 28th brings a personal chapter ending. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses. You may be completing a cycle of self-growth and development that leads to lifestyle changes, or focused on a new work opportunity that brings a bit of “self-sacrifice.”
As we close out the year, the pace of life will expand with busy days and eventually energy surrounding significant others will increase (close friends, spouse, business colleagues, family, etc.), adding to growing daily affairs.
November through December sees intimate dealings coming into focus, meanwhile. You may be contemplating a new business partnership, merging in a romantic tie that failed to launch during the summer, or signing a new contract agreement centering aspirational aims.
That said, Mercury retrogrades one last time on December 13 instigating some back-and-forth discussions around contract negotiations or even property settlements! But not to worry – these matters will resolve in the new year. Aside from Mercury’s backward spin, Taurus, your year ends on a rather solid note!
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