All the planets in our solar system do what’s called, “retrograde,” with Mercury (your ruling planet in Astrology) 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.
Career matters, professional goals and ambitions, as well as activities at the office will begin to move forward, once more, after a period of slowdowns. This is especially true as it relates to artistic launches, youth, and entrepreneurial collaborations; Mercury will also station direct in the sign of Capricorn on January 19, where it’s been retrograde since December 2022 bringing hiccups around creative projects and activities centering children.
In fact, students, child’s play, authentic living/being, and even love affairs feature throughout the months of January and February. If working with youth in an education setting, launching a creative collaboration, or figuring out a work romance (!), the direct stations of Mercury and Mars may very well be connected.
This will, no doubt, influence busy days, Virgo. Interestingly, by the time we enter the spring months, energy connected to lifestyle changes and balance, overall, 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, Virgo, daily affairs, ongoing work matters, and other elements of your regular routines may experience a kind of restructuring (or even dismantling) if it inhibits you from curating a healthy and sustainable way of life. What’s more, important others feature, whether merging lives with a romantic tie or forging a business partnership. These things come with added weight and responsibility.
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 increasing professional demands. 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 you to take more risks in intimate matters (business, financial, or relational) that see you stepping outside of your comfort zone.
However, Mercury will station retrograde again the day after the eclipse on April 21, bringing delays to new investments and aspirational aims. This is especially true if taking out a business loan or merging in a union with someone of a different background. 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 ongoing communications and negotiations. Discussions around intimate matters may conclude, whether negotiating a salary, a prenuptial agreement, or experiencing breakthroughs in a therapy setting.
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 take new leaps of faith that prove furthering, Virgo. It’s as if you’re working through a “process” that on the other side, sees you feeling hopeful and rejuvenated. Jupiter’s transit through the sign of the Bull gives you wings to explore.
A surge of energy continues as we reach the summer solstice, in the meantime. This year is fast and furious! Social engagements, time spent resting and in retreat, and personal goals all feature!
That said, the close of July sees Venus stationing retrograde on the 23rd inspiring a deep dive inward for self-inquiry and reflection. Inner thoughts, considerations, and behind the scenes questioning regarding a romantic link or even financial uncertainties 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 in your sign once more, just a month later on August 24. It’s your birthday season at this point of the year – personal goals, self-assertion, and an independent agenda are where you’ll be focused. But there could be some back-and-forth as it relates to personal changes and decisions. Whether recovering from a health scare or lacking motivation when your solar return hits, a swell of momentum may be delayed 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. Internal angst and contemplation, for examples, will lead to new insights and greater clarity. Personal decisions can be made having spent time in reflection. What may feel like a suspenseful holding pattern finally lifts!
October sees two more eclipses, meanwhile. A solar event on the 14th brings a new start to financial matters and the lunar eclipse on the 28th wraps up activities that have been broadening and aspirational. FYI, these eclipses are connected to the spring pair of eclipses.
You may be on the receiving end of a license or professional certification that can be leveraged for higher pay. Same is true if paying off student loans that free up more resources to use at your disposal, or finalizing an academic degree that can be applied to your career.
Remember, much of 2023 sees you focused on high achievements that lead to a life of greater meaning and fulfillment, Virgo. Whatever chapters conclude as they relate to new experiences and expanded opportunities will remind you of your worth and what you value in life. Consider these lunations to be the catalyst for important lifestyle changes (as previously mentioned) that put you on a new personal trajectory.
As we close out the year, the pace of life will pick up! Short trips are highlighted, along with new learning and education, increased correspondence, and of course, home and family matters as we veer into the holiday season.
Actually, November through December sees a surge of energy building around time spent with close loved ones. And Mercury will retrograde one last time on December 13, bringing hiccups on the domestic front.
If visiting family for the holidays, travel delays could disrupt your plans. If hosting relatives, unexpected repairs at home could bring stress. This could also be interpreted as tension with loved ones. But not to worry – these matters will resolve in the new year!
Aside from Mercury’s backward spin, Virgo, your year ends on a rather hopeful note!
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