Mercury Retrograde: Delay start of new projects.
By Lilly Roddy
As we start the month, Mercury is retrograde until May 29. It’s better to pay attention to existing projects and delay the start of new projects until after that time. Mars is also retrograde, which is making us feel a lot more sluggish. Mars retrograde is also not a good time to start new things. It will be mid-July before the time is right to start new enterprises. Focus on finishing what you have in front of you.
Positive days this month are the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 30th. Days of greater tension are the 21st, 22nd, 24th, and 26th. The effects of Mercury retrograde are strongest on the 20th through the 24th, when Mercury is at its slowest movement.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). With your ruler, Mars, retrograde, you are a bit more laid-back. This is a great month to get your financial affairs in order. You are also re-evaluating your sense of self worth and may be considering asking for a raise or increasing your fees. Your focus on improving your health continues, and is even stronger as we get near the end of the month. You are in an internal place this month, but it does get a bit lighter near the end of May.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This is an interesting birthday time period for you. Normally, this is your personal yearly cycle where you begin to finish personal projects and establish some new goals. However, with Mercury retrograde in your sign, this is a very introspective time for you. You may need some time to yourself to get centered. Friends can be very supportive at this time, if you open yourself up to them. Relationships take on some of the spotlight toward the end of the month. Address your problems and don’t let them bubble up to the surface. You are more communicative after the end of the month.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). With your ruler, Mercury, retrograde, you will want to slow down and take your time for the whole month. You are naturally more introverted during this time of year anyway, so you may not notice your desire to retreat some from your activities and obligations. Toward the end of the month, relationships become more of your focus. Overall, you are still in a big time of review about your life, your career, relationships, and plans you are considering for the future.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Friendships, along with community and business organizations, are dominating your attention as the month begins. You are reconsidering your role in any organizations you belong to. You will also hear from people from your past. Continue on your health regimen, even though you are not feeling as motivated. That will come back in mid-July. Toward the end of this month, you are in a retreat period prior to your birthday. You may need more time to yourself than you have had in the past. Make healthy choices about your love and your time.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Your career is in the spotlight this month, especially with Mercury retrograde influencing that part of your life as well. This can be an excellent time to re-evaluate your career choice. You will be able to see the problem areas more clearly, even if you are just trying to get that part of your life in better order. Family issues resurface at the end of the month. This would be a good time to connect with family or to have a barbecue in your backyard. Friends and community organizations could stimulate your life toward the end of the month.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). You continue to be busy even with your ruler, Mercury, retrograde until the end of the month. Opportunities continue to open up for you. You are taking your time about accepting things, which is the right course until Mercury moves forward. Relationships are very positive now, and it seems to be even easier to connect to your romantic partner. With this retrograde, it’s a good time to reconnect with business clients from the past. By the end of the month, you are beginning to focus on your career even more strongly than you are now. You have more time than you think.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). For your relationships, this is a time when you will be looking to gain a greater sense of emotional intimacy with those you are closest to. This applies to romance, business, and close personal friends. This is a good time to get away and renew those ties with your romantic partner. On the more mundane side of the world, this is an excellent time to focus on finances and getting that part of your life more organized. As the month ends, you are in a lighter mood, which should continue through next month.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). May is always the time of the year when you focus more on your relationships. This is going to be more intense than usual with Mercury retrograde in your arena of relationships as well. You can use this time to renew your partnership via a trip out of town or to bring old issues to the surface to be dealt with. Relationships that are difficult can often be eliminated at this time. Paying more attention to your health regimen can be especially fruitful over the next three months. This is a great time to get rid of those bad habits.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Until recently, you had been moving forward in a slow and steady manner. There have been lots of new developments with your relationships that have forced you to pay more attention to the now! You are finally getting some time to think about where you are. Pay attention to your routines so you don’t overdo it. You will need more time for rest and retreat through mid-July. Relationships are highlighted toward the end of the month, but you are ready to do what you have to. Career energies are still positive, but you need to watch your commitment levels.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Normally, Capricorns are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. They look for things to do even when they could be resting. This is a much easier month for you overall. You are not feeling the pressures that were driving you for the last couple of months. Even with Mercury retrograde, you are able to lay back and let the energies work for you. Toward the end of the month, you are ready to get back into your routines with both health and work. Be careful that you don’t take on too much as the end of the month comes around.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are paying attention to your home and family this month. With Mercury retrograde there as well, you may be doing a whole spring cleaning! This is a good time to finish up those weekend-warrior projects. This can be a great time for a family reunion! You have been re-evaluating your participation in groups and organizations. You are wanting more from where you invest your time, love, and money! You could be considering taking on a leadership role, but you may delay your decisions about that until mid-July. You are more creative and playful toward the end of the month. Take your inner child to the park and have some fun!
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You are, and have been, in a big time of review-and-renew in almost all areas of your life. You are reviewing your career direction, and needing to make a commitment to a specific direction. You are hesitant, but you will definitely feel clearer about this in mid-July. You are also not as tolerant as you usually are. Immature people can really bug you! You are just not able to hold in your feelings for the sake of others, as you would have done in the past. You will feel a bit more stable at the end of the month. Home and family take center stage!
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