Mercury goes retrograde on the 15th and direct on June 15
by Lilly Roddy
Mercury retrograde is always a good time to organize, clean up, clean out, finish old projects, reconnect with old clients, or go to a high school reunion—but it’s never a good time to start anything new. • During the Full Moon on the 3rd in Scorpio, we will be feeling very intense and protective about the things that belong to us. The New Moon on the 17th is in Taurus, and we will be examining ways to increase our incomes and future financial security. • Positive days this month are the 6th and 16th. Days to stay cautious are the 3rd, 4th, 9th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 29th. Make sure you take plenty of time for yourself on these days.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). As May begins, you are focused on your resources. You are organizing your financial situation so there is less waste. This is also a good time to ask for a raise or to increase fees for your services. In the latter part of the month, we are really working on reducing all the clutter at work and at home. Communication and transportation could be problematic this month. The 15th, 17th, 22nd, and 29th will be days when you can expect delays. Keep a good attitude—that will help a lot.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Happy birthday to the Taureans. This is the time of year when you get in touch with your personal yearly cycle. Take some time to look at past achievements and prepare to put new endeavors into action. Get your activities started before the 15th, or wait until after June 16 to start. Mars, planet of action, continues to be strong in the first half of the month. This is a great time to work on an exercise or diet regimen. • Illustration by David Eduardo Flores Perez.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). This can be a very interesting month for you with your ruling planet, Mercury, going retrograde mid month in Gemini. You are already in a very introspective period, and this will only increase with Mercury retrograde from May 15 to June 16. You will be especially focused on yourself when Mars also enters Gemini on the 11th. Try to make sure that you take some time for yourself, especially in the last half of the month. You will find yourself pushing back if people bug you.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Your social activities are highlighted this month. This is a good time to get out and be social, get involved in a community or business organization, or just meet with old friends you haven’t seen in a long time. You will want to be loved and appreciated more than usual this month. It’s a good time to be updating your wardrobe—if you can do it before May 15. In the last half of the month, you will definitely need a lot more time to yourself.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Your upbeat and positive attitude has returned! There is a lot of focus on your career, especially in the first half of this month. This could be a good time to focus on establishing your own business, looking for a promotion, or taking on additional duties and responsibilities. In the latter half of the month, make sure that you spend time contacting old friends and reconnecting with a more playful side of your personality. It would be very beneficial if you got involved with some business organizations—and don’t be afraid to take on a leadership role. In the latter half of the month, relax and let things come to you.
VIRGO (August 23–Sepetmber 22). Try to get all of your new plans and activities started before your ruling planet goes retrograde mid month. Otherwise, you will have to wait until after June 15 to start things. You begin the month feeling very confident in your skills and your knowledge base. You are connecting with people more easily, but you do feel the need to work on future plans to make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Mercury is retrograde in your career sector. Take some time to look at what you’ve been doing and how you might change things to be even more efficient and effective with your energy. After June 15, put all of your new plans into play.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Personal intimacy and sharing resources (both physical and emotional) is what’s important to us this month. This can be a really good time to sit down and have a talk with your partner about where your relationship is headed. In the second half of the month, you are much more concerned about getting organized, using your time wisely, and figuring out a plan to move things forward. It would really be good to get away for a short vacation to help put things in perspective. Look for a surge in your energy after June 15.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). Relationships are highlighted this month. With Mars (planet of action) in your relationship sector, you are looking to either rekindle the flame in your existing relationship or go out looking for someone new. Your confidence level is higher than usual, and that allows you to take more risks. In the latter half of the month, you are working on your internal dialogue and looking at trust and abandonment issues. Despite your misgivings, career energies are still positive and pushing you forward.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). We are a lot more serious as Saturn, planet of future security, moves through Sagittarius. We are examining what we want to keep and what we want to throw away—including people, things, and career directions. In the last half of the month, the planets (including Mercury retrograde) are spending a lot of time in your relationship sector. Don’t be surprised if you hear from people from your past, or if you manage to reconnect with friends from your past. Negative relationships won’t do very well. Some resolution has to occur, or some of you will experience your relationship coming to an end. Wait until after June 15 to make specific decisions if you can.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). The last couple of months have just been really stressful, so you should be enjoying some time to yourself this month. Try to get away during the first half of the month—after mid month, you’ll be focused on improving work conditions. This could be a time when your company needs new computers or even to move to a new location. You will be feeling the stress, so it would be very good to get out there and burn off some of this energy with exercise. Pay attention to your health. If you’re feeling bad, do something about it.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). As the month begins, you continue to be focused on getting your home in order, repairing any problems, and generally making your home environment a more comfortable place to be. Family could be a bit troublesome, but you are willing to just speak your piece and let things fall where they may. Relationship energies continue to be very positive. If you’re involved, this is a good time—and if you’re not involved, put yourself out there. Get most of your activities done before the 15th, or wait until after June 15 to start new projects.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You’ve been working very hard this month to communicate clearly and be specific about the things that you want. Since you are normally a more easy-going person, people may perceive you as being a lot more pushy and less patient. By mid month, it’s time for you to take a look at your home life and evaluate how comfortable and safe you feel there. Mercury is retrograde in your home sector, so you may hear from family members that you haven’t heard from in a while. Keep your agenda flexible in the latter half of the month because you may have to change it at a moment’s notice.