Mercury turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet. It can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun, and whenever it reaches its furthest distance from the Sun, it changes direction. As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury has rulership over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth.
All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting. Watch what you say, because it may not come out, or be received, the way you intended. Double-check that the person who uttered those words really meant it the way you thought they did!
Mercury is retrograde from October 31 to November 20, , in the sign of Scorpio. Times are Eastern. Graphs and data from the excellent Day Watch software. Read more about Mercury Retrograde.
Where is Mercury Retrograde transiting by house in your natal chart? Does it conjunct a natal planet, your Ascendant, or Midheaven?
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Read interpretations of Mercury Retrograde in Transit for a more personalized meaning of the transit cycle. What is Venus Retrograde? Occasionally, Venus appears to be moving backwards in the sky. Venus is Retrograde approximately days every 18 months. As the planet of love and values, Venus retrograde periods are times when we re-assess what—and who—we value. It is a period that most astrologers consider inopportune for getting married or starting a new relationship. Brand new financial undertakings are not advised during this period as well.
There may be delays or confusion in relationships and financial affairs. Read more about Venus Retrograde cycles.
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What is Mars Retrograde? Occasionally, Mars appears to be moving backwards in the sky. When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection.
We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. Jupiter is retrograde in from April 10 to August 11, , in the sign of Sagittarius. Saturn is retrograde in from April 29th to September 18th, , in the sign of Capricorn.
Saturn Retrograde Cycle in Starts April 29, Uranus completes its retrograde that began on August 7, , in on January 6th, , and will retrograde again in August Uranus is retrograde from August 11th, , until January 10th, , in the sign of Taurus. Neptune is retrograde in from June 21st to November 27th, , in the sign of Pisces.
Neptune Retrograde Cycle Starts June 20, Pluto is retrograde in from April 24th to October 2nd, , in the sign of Capricorn. See more years of transiting chart patterns. See the Eclipses page for more information about current and upcoming eclipses. The following is a January 1st, chart with 0 Aries houses. Note that the year begins at different times around the world and the chart will be a little different in different areas. Outer planet transits in the year , excerpted from the Day Watch Report Package.
In the Day Watch report package, the following transits are mixed with personal transits. This is a broad time for taking that second look at what life seemed to offer, or that it claimed to promise. The answers, in general, will be for the moment that optimism fails — hopes lead to disappointment and a lot of other confusions that result from both unclear desires and fuzzy thinking.
This is a roughly yearlong stretch when life for society at large can seem steadier—when what is believed true can appear reliable and the powers that be for the moment either tolerate or co-opt the spiritual world. Thus, it is sometimes a period of seeming spiritual progress.
Although this is a universal experience and has little application on any one specific level on a day-to-day basis, it does raise the universal opportunity to make short-term gains out of what others may believe are long-term trends. There begins an inexorable seven-year build-up of recently-learned harsh truths that actually makes structure out of revolution, but at a price that will only be appreciated afterward.
Because of previous breakdowns, much is tolerated that would not otherwise be put up with, all in the name of a new deal, which may be learned from but have to be at least partially undone afterward.
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The answers, in general, will be for the moment that optimism fails—hopes lead to disappointment and a lot of other confusions that result from both unclear desires and fuzzy thinking. December 14 to 30 — Jupiter conjunct Saturn culminating on December 21 brings opportunity, growth and good fortune.
You may have a feeling of completion and contentment with your achievements thus far. Or perhaps you realize you can go no further in your career or just feel like a new challenge. Fated events, lucky breaks or deliberate actions will create opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Your Aquarius horoscope is authentic because it is based on planetary transits to Aquarius Decan 1, not to houses, zones or sectors. Until January 6 — Venus in your decan starting on December 27, is one of the best times of the year for romance, socializing, asking for favors and borrowing money. Heightened beauty, charm and sex appeal make it more likely that you will find your perfect match if dating. Shopping, investing and decorating benefit from your good fashion sense and an eye for a bargain. January 10 to June 5 — The January 10 lunar eclipse could be emotionally challenging for some.
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But it gives you increased self-confidence, emotional strength and intuition to protect yourself against bullies and to protect more vulnerable family members and friends. This eclipse favors the powerful and wealthy but also gives compassion, faith, and inspiration. January 21 to 28 — Mercury in your decan is one of the best times of your Aquarius horoscope for sitting exams, applying for work and doing business. April 12 to 29 — Mars in your decan gives the strength, courage and initiative to complete the hardest of tasks and start new projects. So long as you channel this aggressive and competitive energy constructively, you can get a lot of hard work done in a short amount of time.
Increased sex drive and physical attractiveness add passion to your love life. June 5 to July 5 — The June 5 lunar eclipse is not a good omen for strained relationships but strong relationships will withstand the test through patience and unconditional love. Increased emotional strength and intuition will help overcome any relationship challenges. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony. June 21 to October 10 — Uranus square your decan is only felt directly by those born on January 30 and The rest of you will experience this confusing influence next year.
It brings disruption and unexpected change.