Jan. 25-31, 2008
Faithful readers already know that Mercury turns retrograde on Monday, the 28th, in Aquarius, the sign of satellites, sociopolitical concerns and the New Age. The Messenger will be retrograde until February 18; however, after it goes direct, it doesn't return to 24, the degree at which it flips, until March 9, the Sunday Daylight Saving Time begins. Instead of thinking in three-week increments -- the usual length of a messed-up retrogression -- consider planning six weeks ahead so you're more likely to make real progress. On the 30th, militant Mars turns direct at 24 Gemini, the degree it occupied way back in mid-September. Mars went retrograde in mid-November at 12 Cancer (a mere one degree away from the USA and George W.'s natal sun) and doesn't get back there until April 4. I'm not sure what all this means, only that it's relevant. Stay tuned.
Starting on the 28th, Mercury pulls its retrograde routine in your Aquarius house of high hopes, good intentions and the groups you hang with. Watch out for a built-in margin of error; the customary retrograde mess can make you as misinformed as an independent Arian gets. But don't let that keep you from enjoying the emotional and financial stability offered by Venus' favorable trine to time-tested Saturn. These benefits should also help smooth the rough spots caused by your retrograde Mars ruler's change of direction next Wednesday.
"The more things change, the more they remain the same." Sound familiar? Whether in English or in French, that old saw need not apply to you or describe what'll happen when your Venus ruler, tightly wrapped in the arms of possessive Pluto, enters Capricorn's corporate world. After the freedom afforded during Venus' transit of Sagittarius, will you still be able to go where you want to go? This week, restrictive Saturn favors staying put, but Venus' merger with lucky, farseeing Jupiter next Thursday should open doors. To the casino?
If a financial matter recently passed you by, take heart. You could get another crack at it while your Mercury ruler revisits the topic during this retrogression. Foreign investments, tax breaks, the small print on an insurance policy? Detail-oriented Mercury will be re-examining that section of your solar chart until March 9, something to consider before filing your tax return. Twins born in mid-June may feel out of sorts when acidic, infectious Mars in late Gemini changes direction on the 30th. Bundle up, and no reckless behavior.
Anticipate receiving more monetary rewards from a partnership arrangement as appreciative Venus in your Capricorn marriage house confirms the good fortune Jupiter bestowed on you last week. Only this time around, cautious Mercury will have just turned retrograde. If legal agreements must be reviewed, or financial participation determined, be aware that you may have to wait another three weeks, until Mercury is direct again, before the business end of the negotiations is completed. Not so for the creative side.
The days are definitely getting longer, so if you do fall into a midwinter funk, don't use sunlight-deficiency syndrome as an excuse. In fact, there's precious little, save for Mercury turning retrograde in your Aquarius house of partners, to bring you down. Lots of activity in your house of creativity might be somewhat stressful at the moment, but the potential for success is enormous. And energetic Mars turning direct in your house of friendships and social commitments after two months in abeyance suggests that the party is just beginning.
No doubt, despite its being retrograde the past two months, having irritable Mars in your career midheaven has presented its fair share of problems. However, run-ins with the boss and communication crises could end after Mars goes direct on the 30th, but by then your Mercury ruler will be retrograde. How much damage can the Messenger do as it swings back and forth in your Aquarius house of work and health? Enough to make your daily duties, e.g., ordering your vitamins, walking the dog, getting along with the hired help, more problematic than they've been.
Mercury turning retrograde in your Aquarius house of children and other creations may be annoying, but the delays caused by the change of direction will eventually benefit your current work in progress. Incidentally, along with traveling and communication, Mercury also represents young people. Don't take the typical retrograde hassles too much to heart, because while the little guy remains in a compatible air sign, it won't have much of a negative effect on another air sign, such as Libra. The same goes for Mars in airy Gemini flipping on the 30th.
As sensitive to nuances as a Scorpion claims to be, will you feel any different when your Pluto co-ruler enters Capricorn Friday night after spending 12 years in Sagittarius? How about next Wednesday, when your Mars co-ruler faces forward after being retrograde since November 15? Will you wind up in the same situation you were in mid-September, when Mars was at the same degree of Gemini it is this week? Are these too many questions to ask while Mercury is preparing to turn retrograde Monday afternoon?
Romantic, adorable Venus leaving your sign after four short weeks may bring a sad farewell, but Pluto's exit, after 12 years of grime and gritty power plays, could be cause for jubilation. No matter how your weekend turns out, you'll still have to deal with Mercury's change of direction Monday in your third house of catching planes and sending off e-mails. For the next three weeks, while the Messenger is retrograde in high-tech, airy Aquarius, don't expect anything to work the way you're used to. Plus, ballsy Mars in your Gemini house of allies will finally turn direct on the 30th.
In case the skeptical Goat is not yet impressed with lucky Jupiter being in your sign for one whole month, the entrance of lovely and loving Venus on Friday might soften your outlook. And if that doesn't work, if you don't morph into the most popular person on the planet, then the beneficial trine that Venus forms with your Saturn ruler on Tuesday might do the trick. Unaccustomed as you may be to enthusiasm and optimism (the goodies Jupiter bestows), try to look on the bright side and discount the damage Mercury turning retrograde in your money house can do.
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More often than not, a sense that "all's right with the world" comes over you during positive planetary alignments between your house of friends and your partnership zone. This can be the case this week as artistic, affable Venus makes friendly overtures to Saturn in picky Virgo. Along with a coveted invitation, there may also be an exchange of gifts both beautiful and practical. So, despite possibly feeling on edge because Mercury in your sign is shifting into reverse, enjoy the camaraderie while it lasts.
No clarion calls announcing the entrance of Venus and Pluto into the hallowed halls of Capricorn. However, you may eventually realize that during their joint exit from fiery Sagittarius this weekend, they took some of the pressures they've laid on you with them. Venus may actually show off her beneficence while she supports whatever Saturn in your Virgo marriage house is demanding at the moment. Because both planets are in earth signs, you can bet that the reward will be the material kind, and a hefty one at that. Need a new fridge?