Those of us lining up resolutions for 2023 had best get ready for a strong headwind. Which means keeping in mind that progress, while it may seem to be temporarily stymied, can yet be had — if you’re willing to put in the work.
While Capricorn can often be the consummate cynic, don’t underestimate this sign’s propensity for practicality and determination. It’s the sign of authority as well as achievement, so there’s power here to propel you forward.
While Mercury’s retrograde in this sign means a harder uphill slog, there’s still no hurdle you can’t overtake with a little bit of panache and persistence. Don’t make yourself out to be a Sisyphus, even if what you’re pushing ahead doesn’t quite reach a climax.
Capricorn and Mercury retrograde double down on delayed gratification, so just remember that facing down challenges will pay off eventually. Tap into last week’s advice on the Capricorn new Moon’s practical magic. Not every spell you cast will turn swine into pearls.
When in the dark of doubt, remember that forgiveness and empathy balance disappointment and failure. For every step back, there are two more forward.
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.” This week’s horoscopes reflect Mercury’s retrograde through the zodiacal houses.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mercury’s retrograde through your 10th House of Career demands out-of-the-box thinking for working out solutions to woes at work.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
In your 9th House of Purpose, this retrograde takes away the roadmap you’ve relied on and pushes you to navigate by your nose.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury retrograding in your 8th House of Transformation deals with transactions of both the financial and situational sort. Count your blessings.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
With Mercury’s retrograde in your 7th House of Relationship, looking back means looking with love upon past stings. Don’t forget that you can heal.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Mercury’s retrograde through your 6th House of Health means a major self-care movement in which you carefully reassess your habits of happiness.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
In your 5th House of Pleasure, Mercury’s retrograde pours cold water on your hot heat. Make amends with former flings or finish up a project.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Mercury retrograding in your 4th House of Home has you watering your roots and maybe even repotting neglected relations.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
With Mercury’s retrograde in your 3rd House of Sharing, you may find a foot or two in your mouth, and I don’t mean the fun way. Watch your words.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Mercury’s retrograde in your 2nd House of Value challenges your sense of self-satisfaction. Sometimes what we think brings stability just doesn’t.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
In your 1st House of Self, Mercury’s retrograde might mean a total self-reevaluation. You know who you think you are, but do you know who you want to be?
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Mercury’s retrograde in your 12th House of Endings means breaking ties with fears that hold you back. Find a quiet place and rejoice.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
With Mercury’s retrograde in your 11th House of Blessings, lean into what you’ve learned from your hardest lessons. Go with the grain.