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While Mercury turns retrograde three times a year and Jupiter does it annually, it's rare that these events occur within two days of each other. Both planets exert a tremendous influence on education, the media and travel, and this time, both are transiting emotional water signs. Will you be able to see your way through murky waters? Probably not, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a respite from the usual retrograde routine. Still and all, before Mercury flips on the 2nd and Jupiter on the 4th, try to fix what needs to be repaired, order what you can't live without and, after that, relax.

Aries

The upcoming Mercury retrograde period might not have a noticeable impact on your daily doings, but it could reveal a lot about the workings of your subconscious mind. Now would be the appropriate time to undergo hypnosis, either to recover memories of past behavior, to tap into past lives or to break a noxious habit for good. A constructive connection between your eager Mars ruler and stable Saturn, the first in over a year, bodes well for dealing with your parents or a touchy situation concerning the place you call home.

Taurus

The Pisces new moon may point you toward another level of commitment to a group project; perhaps it'll bring a colleague with similar interests to that table. And because Mercury backpedals through the sign of the Fish until late March, you'll have reasons to wonder if those joint efforts are being effective. Since Jupiter in your Scorpio house of significant others also turns retrograde next weekend, you shouldn't assume that the people who have been most supportive will continue to do so. They're probably re-evaluating their contribution, too.

Gemini

Zero in on what, in your heart of hearts, you want to know but have been reluctant to ask. Come Tuesday, when your Mercury ruler is in a good position to challenge secretive Pluto in your Sag marriage house, pop the question. This week, the element of surprise works in your favor. After Mercury turns retrograde for the next three weeks, everyone concerned may decide to review, and possibly rue, the answer. Meanwhile, Jupiter's four-month retrogression could put a health or work issue on the back burner until July 4.

Cancer

It appears that March won't be the best month for Crabs who want to move ahead with all due speed. That's because Mercury in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio, the other water signs, will be retrograde and more concerned with helping you re-evaluate your past performance than plan for the future. Please, no moaning and groaning; you probably could use some time to decompress and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Plus Venus, by moving out of your rigid Capricorn complement, may let you off her "Pay more attention to me!" hook.

Leo

Having strict Saturn in your sign is probably a more demanding, more restrictive force than a cheerful Lion is used to living with. Therefore you might welcome the news that energetic Mars, after six months of coming on strong, then doing an about-face, is urging Saturn to accomplish something you can be proud of. Their constructive sextile aspect is exact on Tuesday, about the time you're celebrating your version of Mardi Gras 2006. P.S. Mercury turning retrograde in your area of joint investments suggests you proceed slowly.

Virgo

It's one thing to adjust your routine because your Mercury ruler is turning retrograde again. By now you should be used to the drill. However, Jupiter doing a back flip in your house of travel, communication and sales at the same time can make the next three weeks a freaky compilation of scheduling delays, cancellations and missed messages. Jupiter's retrogression lasts for four months, so if you're contemplating future trips, look ahead to the July Fourth holiday, which, irony of ironies, is when Mercury goes retrograde once more.

Libra

Hope springs eternal in the heart of the lovable and loving Libra. So it's natural to assume that the Pisces new moon will mark the beginning or, better yet, the deepening of a romantic encounter instead of introducing another employment opportunity. With Mercury turning retrograde in your job-health-dues zone, why not use the three-week retrogression to renew your gym membership, revise your diet or pay off a debt? Welcome a breath of fresh air when your Venus ruler leaves Capricorn, after four months of toeing the line for independent Aquarius, on the 5th.

Scorpio

The simpatico Pisces new moon on Monday can introduce a gentler, kinder approach to a long-standing situation at home. It might also change some of the conditions or remove one of the players from the playing field. Meanwhile, Mercury turning retrograde in your house of romance and creative risk should provide a valid reason to revise your opinion or rework your latest project. Retrograde periods can be annoying, what with the lapses and misunderstandings, but they also relieve pressure and leave wiggle room for improvement.

Sagittarius

Although it's an annual event and you should be used to it, when your Jupiter ruler turns retrograde, you could get thrown for a loop. Recover your bearings as quickly as possible, because Mercury goes retrograde this week too, this time in your Pisces house of gardens and family trees. Now would be a good time to trace your roots, finally print your Christmas photos or think about installing a bigger bathroom or hot tub in time for the Fourth of July holiday. That's when Jupiter in Scorpio faces forward again. FYI: In 2006, water might be your salvation.

Capricorn

It's official: Scintillating, sociable and occasionally sweet Venus leaves your sign on March 5 and won't return until December 10. If you've taken sufficient advantage of the goddess's four-month trip through Capricorn, then you should be able to capitalize on her one-month transit of your Aquarius money house. Jupiter turning retrograde in your house of group involvement may affect your willingness to participate in those activities. And Mercury's reversal in your house of communication and travel could double the trouble with machines.

Aquarius

The Pisces new moon in your house of assets and income could bring something of significant value to your attention in the next few days. Don't be shocked if you're taken by surprise. During the sun's annual meeting with your Uranus ruler, you're likely to look at comfortable things and familiar attitudes in an entirely different light. Happily for most Water-Bearers, the arrival of beautiful, beneficial Venus to your sign on the 5th suggests that you'll be even more desirable than you already are. But for those who have an anxious partner (Saturn in Leo), it's not such a blessed event.

Pisces

This time it might not be that easy getting all your ducks lined up before the retrograde deluge sets in, but that's no reason not to try. Mercury in the latter degrees of your own sign doesn't flip until the 2nd; Jupiter in mid-Scorpio waits until the 4th. While Mercury's three-week retrogression could bring a fair amount of soul-searching (e.g., "Why did I do what I did?"), the four-month Jupiter reversal suggests that plans for expanding your knowledge through graduate courses or foreign travel may have to be put on hold until the summer.


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