Retrogrades through May 9!
By Lilly Roddy
We start our month off with Venus retrograde. Venus symbolizes desire, commitment, love, and money—the very things we pay more attention to when she is retrograde. All partnerships will undergo some aspect of review, even if things are perfect. If your relationship is not doing very well, Venus retrograde will force a decision to either continue in your relationship or go your separate ways. Venus is retrograde until April 29—but by that time Mercury will be retrograde, so the period of review will continue through May 9.
The first half of March is a little more relaxed, while the last half of the month is a lot more active and decision-oriented. Good days for March are the 6th, 8th,18th, 24th, 25th, and possibly the 27th. Days to stay alert are the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 12th, 16th, 23rd, 26th, and 30th.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). The energies this month continue to be mixed. You are very self-aware with Venus retrograde in your sign for the next couple of months. A part of you will want to break free of any limitations or restrictions that you experience. You may not feel that you have very much patience, so part of you wants to escape and avoid any drama or conflict if you can. The latter half of the month is a much more action-oriented time for you. Be careful that you don’t overcommit this month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Friends and community organizations can benefit from your efforts this month. You may feel a bit sluggish as the month begins, but Mars, planet of action, enters your sign on the 9th for a 40-day visit. Although you are more active during this time with Venus, your ruler, retrograde, the actions you take will be about things that you’ve been dealing with for a long time. This should help bring some resolution to any persistent negative problems. In the last half of the month you will need more time for rest and retreat, even though there may be a lot of demands on your time. With Mars in your sign, it will be easier for you to say no.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). The planets are bringing you recognition and responsibility. This is a good time to take on a different position at work. You are looking for a greater level of satisfaction, so it may be especially hard to do routine things this month. With Venus retrograde, you are reexamining your friendships and the people you really want to be in a relationship with. Don’t be surprised if you find things aren’t as you thought they were! At the beginning of March, choose your company carefully, as you will be more sensitive than usual. You are clearer by midmonth.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). This entire month continues to be a busy time for you. The ongoing Venus retrograde will be affecting the career and social-responsibility areas of your life. You may connect with clients or friends from your past. You are also more direct and less patient with the people you work with. It’s a creative time for you, and that can be good for writing, traveling, or publishing. Relationship energies can be quite edgy, especially in the latter half of the month. Choose your words and comments carefully. Overall, this is a good time to review the bonds and commitments that you have with your romantic or business partner.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Although you continue your overall theme of cleaning up and reorganizing your life, you are in a more creative and playful time. The first half of this month is good for you to take a break or focus on your creative projects via writing in your blog, teaching a class, or taking on a leadership position in a community organization. By the middle of the month, you are much more focused on your career, social responsibilities, and obligations. Be careful with commitments—especially those associated with your work—until after May 9. This is a good month for you to connect with clients or friends from your past.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). You are paying much more attention to your relationships this month. With Venus (planet of love and money) going retrograde, you will be very interested in reaffirming the bond that you have with your partner. For relationships that are doing well, this can be a very positive time. For those that are not doing well, you will want to find a resolution to the problems even if you decide to end the relationship. Continue the focus on getting your financial affairs in order so that you don’t feel so trapped and overwhelmed by it all. By the end of the month, you will be ready for a break in your routine.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Your ruling planet, Venus, is retrograde until the end of April. Venus is the planet that rules relationships and commitments, so with her being retrograde, it’s an important time of introspection. You will be more aware of how well your boundaries work—or don’t work. You will be more outspoken and direct, expecting others to compromise while you hold your ground. This will bring about some sort of resolution with problematic relationships, and the end of ongoing problems. Your financial future and investments take on a stronger meaning in your life, particularly at the end of the month. Remember, you are in a time of review until the end of April. Hold off on the really important decisions until after that time.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This month, you continue to focus on getting your work life and routines in order. You have been doing a lot of rearranging of your schedule, your office, and potentially your own health and exercise regimens. In addition to that, you are in a very creative time, and you’ll want to share your efforts at creative play with others—especially as we get to the end of the year. Freedom of choice is a big thing for you, so keep your exit strategy handy. At the end of the month your focus shifts toward relationships, and it will be time to give some care and nurturing to that part of your life.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Your sense of home and security, family, and emotional well-being is activated this month. Your home needs to be a sanctuary where you can escape. Relationships with family members are going through a change, and some of this is tied to last month’s eclipse. This may also be a time when you want to redecorate, move, or potentially relocate to another area where you are less known. On the fun side of life, this is a good time for you to get away for some R & R! By the end of the month, you are back into your work routines and are pushing to get things completed.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This month you are working on your boundaries. You have been especially busy since the year began, and now you may be feeling that you are overcommitted at work, in your relationship, and especially with your family. In the first half of the month, you are really needing some time alone. You need to step away and take the time to make sure that you are happy about what you’re doing. Nevertheless, this continues to be a good time for career opportunities, travel, education, and possibly even relocation. The latter half of the month will continue being active and busy. You will need some more time for fun and play at the end of the month. Don’t forget to put that on your schedule, or you may not find any time for fun and play.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Your daily habits and routines are being emphasized this entire month. You have extra energy, and you’re taking care of all of those small jobs and chores that you have been putting off. You are communicating more clearly to others, so it’s an excellent time for writing, getting your daily correspondence in order, cleaning out your computer, or connecting with siblings that you haven’t seen in a while. This is also a good month for you to focus on how to use your own talents and resources better. This is a good time to look for new outlets for your work and personal expression. It would be best to wait until May 9 before you make any decisions or commitments to these new directions. Family life becomes more important at the end of the month.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Happy birthday to all the mermaids and mermen! This is your personal yearly cycle when you take a look at what you did last year and think about what you’re going to do for the coming year. As part of your overall goal of getting your life organized and more focused, this month you focus on making better use of your current talents and resources. You are rethinking where you invest your time, love, money, and what you are getting back from your investments. This can be a very good time to reconnect with old friends, despite the fact that you are extra-psychic and sensitive at this time. Your boundaries are working better now, so you won’t feel as drawn in to other people’s problems and issues. By the end of the month you are ready to get out and be more mobile.
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