At the moment, Mars is currently transiting your sign, Virgo. Most definitely, this is welcomed news! You'd be wise to take advantage of the energy surge, as you will surely benefit. Mars moved into the sign of Virgo last November of 2011, so many of you have already felt a shift. You should know, however, that this is no ordinary six week transit – Mars is scheduled to stay in your sign through July of 2012. This nine month visit is still very exciting. But it does come with a warning for you to pace yourself. Too much of anything is never really a good thing, and this is even more true for you as Mars turns retrograde on January 23rd.
A retrograde planet gives the visual image of moving backwards in the sky. It signals a time for us to reevaluate any projects or initiatives that have been recently implemented. This retrograde period explains why Mars will be in your sign for so long. The planet is currently moving forward in the constellation of Virgo; it will turn retrograde this month retracing its steps all the way through April; after which, the planet will begin to move forward again, leaving your sign this summer never to return until 2014. Out of all the celestial bodies in our Solar System, Mars is probably the toughest planet to work with while in retrograde. As we attempt to reassess the plans we’ve laid out, we are put on hold, unable to act. But to be fair, a retrograde planet does show some benefit in allowing us to review and redo those things we may have missed.
For Virgo, a sign known for its perfection and attention to detail, you can be your own worst critic at times. You may feel overly confident while Mars is moving forward in your sign, but a heavy feeling of anxiety could take over when this planet begins to backtrack. That is why I advise you to pace yourself with this energy. There's abundance at your disposal, so this would be the time for you to put to use your signature practicality. After all is said and done, Mars will have been a wonderful asset to have by your side. Come July, you will be amazed with your level of productivity, and ready to accomplish your end of year goals.
Happy New Year, Virgo!