Releasing the past creates space for what's ahead over the next six weeks with Mars in Scorpio. Give away things you no longer need. Clean closets, garages and attics. Exercise and meditate.
Postpone travel. Home draws you in for the next few days. Get into a household beautification, repair or renovation project. Collect inspiring images, budget and make your plan.
There's a possible conflict between fun and chores. A deadline could infringe upon your family time. Delegate the tasks you can, and hide out, if necessary. Finish as soon as possible.
Re-evaluate what you have and want. Make a change. Seek a new level of excellence. Let go of an old habit. Visit uncharted territory. Launch an exploration. Travels, adventures and studies take new ground now that jupiter stations direct. Expand your terrain. A new phase in your self-confidence blossoms under the full moon in your sign. It's easier to travel and launch new projects, with mercury direct. Discuss options with your partner. A "glass ceiling" is dissolving.
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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.