Practice physical routines. Neptune retrograde inspires domestic dreaming. Reconsider household possibilities. Let go of unsatisfying pursuits. Take care of yourself so you can serve others.
Prepare for a professional challenge or test. Keep checking tasks off your list. All is not as it appears. Stick to reliable sources.
Associates provide valuable input now. Stick to your budget. Don't spend on a group outing or class. Don't believe everything you hear. You're gaining influence.
A romantic relationship transforms. It's all for love and love for all. Slow down and avoid burnout. Let go of unsatisfying pursuits. Practice compassion to yourself, as well as serving others. Privacy soothes. Practice patience. Over the next ten weeks with mars retrograde in your sign, revise personal goals. Love's a requirement, not an option. This full moon shines on a spiritual fork in the road.
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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.