Discuss finances. Take care of business and sign papers. Focus on the money today and tomorrow. Limit household spending. Compromise, in a disagreement over style. Work together to make shared dreams come true. Learn as quickly as possible.
Avoid overspending on fantastic schemes. Ephemeral expenses can drain funds if unchecked. Make sure you have all the facts, especially when chaotic. Clean up a mess close to home. Do a favor for your partner.
Do the homework. Plan a trip, but don't go yet. Make a packing list. Clarify the itinerary, and confirm reservations. Rebellions or disruptions could flare up. Use your wits and your words to solve a problem.
Begin a new phase at work with this Full Moon. One door closes and another opens. Learn new talents and skills while mastering old ones. Close one door and open another in group activities with this New Moon. Team collaboration magnifies what can be accomplished. Your team helps with itinerary. Communicate carefully for the next three weeks with Mercury retrograde. Repeat orders back, just to be sure. Review and revise a collaboration.
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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.