Review the numbers, and file papers. Handle short-term tasks and urgencies. Don't take on more than you can handle. Watch out for conflicting orders. Don't forget an important engagement. Share the status with your partner.
Begin a new adventure with Venus, the Sun and New Moon (Solar Eclipse) in Scorpio. Expand your territory, and travel uncharted waters. Set long-range goals over the next two days. Embark on educational exploration.
Finish an old job so you can take off on a new adventure. Act on a fantasy. Allow yourself to get persuaded to go beyond what's considered "reasonable". Find an answer in a dream. Reveal your feelings.
For about three weeks, listen carefully and be respectful, with Mercury retrograde. Misunderstandings can cause delays. Re-organize and make plans. One door closes and another begins with this Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aries. Contemplation, meditation and spirituality provide a new level of satisfaction over the next six months. Create peace. The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio heralds completions and new beginnings in your education. Discover and explore uncharted territory over the next six months. Dive into a new adventure. A barrier to your objective is dissolving, now that Mercury's direct. Take action on the plans you made. Communications and transportation flow with greater ease.
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The smallest planet in the Solar System, Mercury's closest to the Sun and completes an orbit every 88 days.
Mercury's retrograde lasts about three weeks, and occurs three times a year. Mercury's the planet that rules over communication, intellect, education, commerce and transportation. Retrograde effects include slowing, blocking, jamming and breakdowns. Listening and reviewing gets more important, as the message can become garbled, lost or delayed.
Mercury's the ruling planet for both Gemini and Virgo, so people born under these signs can be more affected by Mercury Retrograde.
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Mars is the action planet, named for the warrior god in Roman mythology. It takes the fourth planet about 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun.
When Mars goes retrograde, which it does every 2 and a half years (usually for two months), thought takes precedence over overt actions, and pressure can become internalized. Stress can lead to health problems, and impulsiveness can lead to arguments and accidents. Release emotion with exercise. It's a good time to take it slower, review the plans, and re-define goals and methods. Avoid risky business, for love or money. New endeavors can stall or may not go as intended, so it's better to choose a launch date after Mars goes direct.
Mars retrograde affects each person individually according to their natal chart, but in general, Mars rules Aries and Scorpio, so these signs are especially affected.