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January 27-February 2, 2016


For All Signs:  The planet Mercury, symbol of communications and travel, has been retrograde since late Dec. of 2015.  It turned direct on Monday, Jan. 25..  For most of this period it has been traveling through Capricorn, the sign that rules business and all corporate bodies, including governments.  It is understood by astrologers that initiatives begun during this retrograde need to be completed before the planet turns direct.  Otherwise, the project may be tabled until the next Mercury retrograde, or perhaps dropped altogether. The zodiacal location of this retrograde in Capricorn has been challenging because the planet has been dragging its fanny back and forth across Pluto and square Uranus for the entire month.  This is a really intense combination that affects almost everyone.  It feels as though important decisions must be made, yet our inner self is uncertain of just what action to take.  It has been paralyzing for many individuals and corporate groups.  The sign of Capricorn is one that deals with long range planning and building toward a greater future.  Most of us have felt we need to make changes in areas specific to us, but the answer comes slowly.  In a couple of weeks Mercury will have retraced its retrograde path and we will feel freer to take a plunge. Check your sun and ascendant signs below to read what areas are affected in your life.  

Aries:  So many changes are happening in your life that you can hardly clear your head.  The circumstances concerning your home, family, and your life direction are altering and each affects the other.  It is complicated indeed, but you will find your footing soon, beginning with life direction.  

Taurus:  You are exploring new options to expand your life direction.  Challenges to finding what you need can be found in an unconscious desire to live in an alternative lifestyle to the norm.  So you will need to work with a therapist or other helping soul to find that inner rebel.  

Gemini:  Your attention has been focused on matters of shared resources.  These can include time, things of material value, energy, investments and sexuality. The territory is wide, ranging from the mundane study of the budget all the way to important discussions with partners over the need for greater intimacy.  

Cancer:  You may be tap dancing to suit your partner’s whims during this period.  Restlessness is in the air.  Maybe it is your own, though Cancerians often don’t recognize the need for change.  It is generally a good time to discuss relationship issues with partners and close associates.  

Leo:  These months of Dec. And January have generally disorganized all your systems of maintenance.  Daily work continues to shift, including the people with whom you do business.  You may be adapting to new equipment or new high tech gear.  Your physical and emotional health might have been an issue, but will soon improve.  

Virgo:  This Mercury retrograde has stirred up relationships to children and/or lovers.  You have a need to be creative, but small issues keep interfering, I.e. Inability to find needed items, or time constraints.  If you have children, their schedule requirements may be challenging.  You could be thinking about taking a break from a lover.  See how things feel next week before you decide.  

Libra:  Home and family matters are hanging like helium balloons on the ceiling.  You are normally fond of quietude and peace.  However, during this period people have been coming and going far beyond the norm.  You might even be in the midst of moving your household or reorganizing it.  You’ve been unclear about how you really choose to live.  

Scorpio: The intensity for you has to do with your daily routine, roommates, neighbors, and/or siblings.  Problems could evolve with any of these relationships.  Your work requirements could be interfering or altering the usual situation.  Vehicle difficulties may have put you in the position of bouncing from place to place in unusual ways.  Have faith.  This will be over soon.  

Sagittarius:  You have a fairly good idea of the direction in which you want to go.  However, financing the new start may have been a problem.  So you could be deciding what you can sell to access the necessary cash.  This may be a period in which you cobble together two or more jobs to keep you afloat for the more important change to come.  

Capricorn:  Your sign has been the place for all the action, or maybe it is inaction, while Mercury retrogrades through it.  It is possible that the situation has afflicted your health in some way, but that will be better soon.  Home and family circumstances may have suddenly changed, causing you to alter previously made plans.  In a couple of weeks the circus will settle.  

:  You may have been in conflict over whether to stop or go forward.  Under these planetary circumstances it has been best to remain still while all the competing thoughts settle themselves in the back of your mind.  It is unfortunate that you have felt compelled to brood over things that you cannot control.  Try to let go.  

:  You may have been bothered by an old grudge which has kept you from participating in one or more group situations.  These things have a way of surfacing when Mercury is retrograde, particularly when it interacts with intense planets.  This is one more opportunity to fix your psyche.  It is well known that the grudge hurts no one but you.

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