With Venus having left her retrograde last week and Mercury stationing direct this week, we heartily welcome some emotional reprieve and levity. The tough lessons of the past weeks of retrograde, however, must be reconciled with our intentions for the future. We’ve all been pushed through a pinhole, with worries about everything from finances to relationships to general miscommunication preoccupying us, at the least — so we can’t just let all the hard work of squeezing through it go unconsidered.
Emotional and technical difficulties aside, self-reflection is the essential nature of any retrograde. At this point, we now know many valuable things that we didn’t know before. Closely reviewing our challenges and the changes they will lead to can fortify us for the next journey into the woods.
This will prove poignant soon, when the Sun enters the Piscean dreamscape, and we drink the final dregs of a cold winter.
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars trine Uranus: You’ll likely experience a burst of energy in terms of projects and physicality. For maximal results — and pleasure — don’t hold back.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus trine Uranus: You may find yourself trying something new this week, which can range from hobbies to partners. Stimulate yourself any way you see fit.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury sextile Neptune: You could find yourself more compassionate than usual this week. Let that inform both your relationships and your creative pursuits.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon square Venus: You’ll find it difficult to do anything besides indulge in pleasure this week. Don’t overdo it, of course, or you’ll feel totally drained in the end.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun conjunct Saturn: You’ll benefit most this week from finding ways to bring efficiency to your life. If something isn’t working, don’t waste time trying to fix it.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury sextile Neptune: Your creative, sensitive side takes precedence this week. Do things that relax you and help others along the way.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus trine Uranus: You could find yourself reaching out for something shiny and new this week. Whether it’s a new membership or something even better, make it worthwhile.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars trine Uranus: You’re going to want to get up, get going, and likely get off with all the energy bubbling inside you. Don’t hold back from scoring any way you can.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Jupiter trine Mars: You might find your competitive edge this week but don’t let it become selfishness. Opportunities for growth necessarily involve other people.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Sun conjunct Saturn: Your diligence will have no patience for lost causes this week. If something’s not working, put it aside and focus on fostering efficiency.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Sun conjunct Saturn: You’re good at making the most of what you’ve got. Efficiency will serve you well this week so don’t get caught up in the small stuff.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Jupiter trine Mars: You may see room for growth but consider at what cost. As long as it’s not to the detriment of your relationships, you’ll find fortune in abundance.