Practice to master basics. Nurture health and well-being. Faith, dreams and spirituality can seem missing with Neptune retrograde over five months. Practice compassion, especially with yourself.
Stick to basic physical routines. Disciplined efforts pay off in the long run. Get advice and training from experienced coaches to advance faster.
Spend time with your partner and resume negotiations. Report your progress to someone who needs to know. Collaboration is key.
A new personal phase dawns with this New Moon in Gemini. Develop your talents, capacities and skills to new levels. Consider spiritual questions. Faith can seem missing with Neptune retrograde over the next five months. Practice compassion, especially with yourself. For about ten weeks with Mars retrograde, watch the road ahead even as what's behind calls your attention. Back up your work. Keep mechanical equipment repaired. Reach a turning point with this Capricorn Full Moon. Work out the next phase together. Balance responsibilities as you complete old projects to make way for new.
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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.