by Lilly Roddy
As the month begins, we are in a Mercury retrograde. This is a good time to review the past and correct any mistakes that you have made. Mercury returns to forward movement on the 14th, so you can start any new projects after that date. Venus is going retrograde in October, so get all you can done in the last two weeks of this month. • Some of the harsh alignments of the planets during the last four months are finally behind us. We should have some intense times during the third full week of September, but that will pass. And there is another Mercury retrograde during the December holidays. The first day of fall, with the Sun entering Libra on September 22, is the autumnal equinox—when day and night have the same number of hours. • The Sun enters Libra on the 22nd, while Mercury remains in Virgo, retrograde until the 8th. Venus starts the month in Libra, her own sign, but enters the shadowy sign of Scorpio on the 8th. Mars is moving through Libra and also enters Scorpio, his ’hood, on the 14th. Jupiter is in Aries as we start September, but moves back into Pisces on the 9th. Saturn remains in Libra, Uranus in Pisces, Neptune in Aquarius, and Pluto in Capricorn.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Mercury’s retrograde should really help you with cleaning things up and putting order in your life. You are more focused than usual on the details. You are also more concerned about your health and your current diet regime. Relationships are important this month and next. You really need some renewal in this part of your life. If you don’t, then you will see your cranky mood coming to the surface as you poke at your partner until you get a response. Your career direction is not as crazy, but you are still looking at some radical change.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You are seeking more pleasure and downtime this month. There could be projects to do—ones that you have already invested some time and interest in. Changes are easier to address this month. Lots of things are changing in the friends and groups sectors of your horoscope. You are letting go of some groups, and are ready to have new people come into your life. Wait to start this new project until after the 14th. By the end of the month, you are ready to get back on your agenda with a new set of goals.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). With your ruler retrograde, you are supposed to be looking back on past home and family events in your life. You may also be starting some cleanup at your house. Old family issues may resurface for you to deal with. Children can be hard to deal with this month, as they are acting very headstrong and want to run their own lives. If you don’t have children, then that child is you. You will want to play and only do things that you want to do. You’ll be back on track after the 14th.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). With Mercury retrograde in your area of communications, just try to communicate—go ahead, just try! Make sure that you are clear about what you are saying and who is supposed to hear it. You will be hearing from a lot of people from your past—those with whom you have not chatted in awhile. You are doing some work around the home, and that will continue well into next month. You are a bit agitated, and have not been sleeping well. That clears up after the 16th. Security becomes a bigger issue at the end of the month. You will want to make your nest a much nicer and safer place.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Time to get a handle on your financial picture this month. With Mercury retrograde there, you will be able to look back and get that part of your life straightened up. Be prepared for financial errors from institutions that you deal with. Make sure you check your bank statement and any deposit slips. Life is more serious for you, and you are looking at how things fit into your life and into your future. Career goals are easier to set after the 14th. Relationships can be fiery or volatile. Don’t ignore that part of your life after the 16th.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). This is your birthday time—when you are supposed to look back over the last year and consider what you have accomplished. With your ruler Mercury retrograding in your sign, this is an especially introspective time for you. Many of you are closing out some big parts of your life. Relationships are a part of this process. You need to be looking at revitalizing your personal and business partnerships. You are slowly focusing on getting your financial picture in order, and that continues well into next month. Make time to reinvent yourself.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). It’s time for some needed rest and retreat. You are feeling the urge to get on with things, but you need to wait just a bit until after the 14th. You are more sensitive than usual, and need to make sure that you have healthy, non-toxic people around you. You are not the most patient person this month, but you have plenty of activities to keep you busy. Don’t push too hard, as you might end up getting in your own way. After the end of the month, you are ready to get your life organized with goal-setting. Potential new career paths could bring you added responsibilities and mo’ money. Enjoy your rest!
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This is a great month to visit old friends and reconnect with groups and organizations that you were a part of in the past. You are better at using the connections that you have, rather than creating new ones. You are feeling very playful and will not want to come in the house just because it’s getting dark. You are more sensitive at the end of the month, and you should watch with whom you surround yourself. You will have a very low tolerance for drama, especially after the 16th. Use the last two weeks of the month to start any new projects or exercise programs.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You will be focusing on renewed career interests this month. You are really looking at what you have been doing. You might be feeling bored, particularly if you are redoing something you thought you had completed previously. Your interest in community organizations and groups will be waning this year. You must take on positions of responsibility, or you may have to look for other groups to participate in. Expect to hear from old lovers this month. They are back forever, not just for a cup of coffee. Some of you are considering moving or downsizing where you live. You don’t need to get this done today—you’ll have until November to decide.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Finally, you are getting some breathing room. Things have been so intense that you may not have been able to get clear on just what direction you should move in. Some of you are considering new career directions, dealing with the downsizing of your current company, or possibly retiring. You will feel freeer about making decisions after the 14th. Close friends can be especially helpful this month. But overall, you are about to establish new boundaries that will define what your responsibilities are. Keep the big picture in mind.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are having a bit of retreat time as the month begins. You are in a very serious mood, and you don’t want just anyone traipsing through your life. Some may think you are distant, but you are just being choosy. Current relationships need some realigning of goals this month. You are ready to talk about the things that aren’t always so nice and pleasant. At the end of the month, you are ready for a break from that. Career energies take over, and there are some new projects in store for you.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Relationships are on your menu this month. And with Mercury retrograde in your relationship area, you are really looking at your own old relationship patterns and finding them very easily. An old lover or two may show up, but they are only here for a short visit. You are really reviewing relationships on a very deep level. Some of these relationships are with co-workers. You are tired of picking up after them, and you’ll decide that you just won’t do it. You won’t have to tell them—they will notice they’re knee-deep in their own stuff whenever they get up from their desks.
Read Lilly Roddy’s forecast for all of 2010, which appeared in OutSmart’s January issue. For more astro-insight, log on to lillyroddy.com.