For the week of March 8th thru the 15th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:
The tendency for Aries is to always be busy and keep moving. But with all of this watery Neptunian weather this month, even Aries is being asked to be still for now. This is important. It benefits your mental, emotional and physical well-being. It also allows you to assimilate and make sense of what is going on within you and without. Mercury retrograde periods may be annoying, but they are also important times for processing, reflection and assimilation. You may never be quite so psychically attuned as you are right now. So make the most of this sublime weather while you may. With the recent entrance of Uranus into Taurus, a new order is emerging, and you will want to be mentally and psychologically prepared. For Aries, this ingress into Taurus is important, for it is compelling you to ultimately put your priorities in order. For the past 7 years Aries has been redefining and reacquainting themselves with themself. Now it is time to follow through. And in the process, you might want to ask yourself, what risks are you willing to take in order to make this chosen path a closer reality?
I am quite convinced that more than one Taurus will be raising a few eyebrows over the next 7 years, now that Uranus is traveling in your sign. Uranus can be energetic and electrifying and inspiring, as it brings you into new avenues of experience and expression. People may even remark on the changes you are going through. But the truth is, in the long run, the changes that are occurring, are allowing you to be a more authentic, more honest and truthful expression of yourself. Even when and if it feels as if you are being thrust from the comfort of your previous reality, whatever changes that occur over the next 7 years are all conspiring to bring you where you need to be. And this is all in order to embrace the new you that is emerging, and/or to follow your true calling. Take heart: sometimes Uranus can sometimes enter with calamities and sudden upsets. But even if that does happen, even if Uranus comes in and shakes up the very foundation of your life, remember that Uranus tears up the old rotten roots and obstacles that are standing in the way, so that the new roots hidden below, can then have room to grow.
We often focus on the difficulties of Mercury retrograde: the distractions; the mistakes; the miscommunications. But there are some positive things that arise during these periodic shifts. These are times of reflection, of assimilation, and of processing information. By doing this important work, we actually make sense of what we are seeing, observing, learning and hearing. It can also be a time in which to cultivate better mental habits and routines. It can also be a particularly fruitful time for insights and perspective. This is particularly so as we approach the Inferior Conjunction of Mercury late next week. In order to facilitate this, research, explore, read, analyze, study. See what is being revealed. With Uranus now in Taurus much will be coming to the surface that had previously been hidden. In fact, for the next several years you are likely to find that circumstances are going to be forcing things out into the open so that you can deal with them once and for all. You will be taking on the ginormous task of clearing all this space junk that had taken up residence in your mind.
Many may be feeling the urge to throw caution to the wind, now that Uranus has entered Taurus. This can bring the urge to make changes all that much more pressing. However, what it can also bring is the illumination and hope to fulfill a cherished wish. You might even consider simple changes that you can make that will help to put your aspirations, hopes and wishes more in alignment with your true purpose. Over the next 7 years you might also see some of your associations changing, as you will have less patience for anyone or any group that attempts to make you conform, or limit you in any way. That’s the long range view, but you might even be feeling it now. Late next week there is the inferior conjunction of Mercury. This is an ideal time to consider creating positive mental habits and perspectives. Dare to make yourself informed. Allow yourself to be guided by what fascinates you for now. But also remember that what you fill your mind with, is what is going to be coloring your perceptions from here on. Therefore fill your mind with joy, with kindness, with only the most wonderful things.
This is due to be a low energy month for many, Leo included. Like a slow leak, it could drain your energy if you push just too hard. However, what this month is good for are: deep insights and reflection that unearths buried truths; creative inspiration that reinvests all that you do; and finding activities that heal both the mind and soul. What are those activities that bring peace to your heart, as well as to your body and mind? Can you make room for more of that? Now that Uranus has entered Taurus, many a Leo will be reassessing their goals and/or career as they look to the future. Perhaps after a series of illuminating surprises it will soon become apparent that a new direction is emerging. It may not be right now, or even in the immediate future. But at some point over the next 7 years you are likely to be considering the audacious possibility of doing something quite different, more creative, something that allows you greater freedom of expression. Something that will let you just be yourself.
By now there should be no doubt that Mercury is retrograde. If not, just give it another week. Perhaps some of the most insidious repercussions of this retrograde are the distractions, the miscommunications, or the feeling that no one is hearing what you have to say. Watch for any signs of hopelessness and despair arising. Realize that things are not quite as dismal as they seem. There are a lot of positive things that can also emerge at this time. Retrograde periods are times of processing and assimilation. But it can also be a time of releasing. One way of overcoming negative states of mind, is by cultivating positive mental states. Therefore fill your mind with only the most beautiful, peaceful thoughts and nudge the others away. You have better things to focus on. Uranus entering Taurus is attempting to open up your mind and your perspective. There are many ways to do this, and over the next 7 years, you are bound to experiment in more ways than one. Explore the vast possibilities: travel, study, read, allow yourself to be inspired. Your world is daring to grow in ways you are not yet even aware of yet.
It may seem counterintuitive while Mercury is retrograde, especially in Pisces, but these are often times to cultivate better mental habits and routines. Not necessarily new ones. Just better ones. In other words, in the distractions and malaise of irregular routines, perhaps some things work better than others. Perhaps eating at certain times of the day work better than others. Just observe for now. Then when Mercury is direct again, you can apply what you have learned. This could be helpful in the mean time. Especially in any times of transition and change that may be imminent. One thing about Uranus entering Taurus now, is that for Libra it could literally mark the demarcation between one phase of life and another. This could involve an ending, a move, a transfer, a shift of some sort. Things may be ending, people may be parting, a very way of life ending, because it is time to begin anew. And the new life needs room to grow. And any restrictions, any limitations that are holding you back, will no longer be tolerated. You are shedding an old skin.
Taurus is not the only sign that will be impacted by Uranus now entering their sign. Scorpio will also be strongly affected as well. The trajectory may be less direct, but it could be just as transformative in your life as it is for Taurus. For instance the decision to reinvent yourself, or go in a whole new direction could come about through a series of surprising events that open your eyes to the reality of your situation. And once your eyes are open, you will never be able to see things quite the same way again. It is not unusual for truths to be revealed through others. Or for there to be a sudden change in the status of a relationship. With these changes come stark illumination. You will no longer tolerate others trying to define or limit you according to their expectations. Uranus wants us to live up to our potential. In the mean time, we are still awash in the watery Neptunian weather lingering from the recent New Moon. Allow yourself to bathe in her sublime waters: visualize, fantasize, dream. In some deep way you are being asked to be inspired. Allow yourself to do so.
In the midst of the distraction, confusion and the low energy of this Mercury retrograde period, it is a good reminder not to waste your energy, but to seek positive opportunities for stillness and retreat. It is not just about wasting your physical energy. There is a reminder here as well not to waste mental energy. We have so few hours in a day, why waste them? It is also true that these retrograde phases are actually good times to cultivate more positive mental habits and routines. Even in the midst of distraction. One way to do this, is by noticing what works for you and what is not. This is especially helpful to pay attention to, now that Uranus has entered Taurus. For Sagittarius this heralds a 7 year period in which you are being asked to implement more positive routines in your life, paying attention to diet, exercise, sleep, but also how you use your valuable time during the day, and what you spend it on. Any area where you have got yourself into a rut, or where you got off track, Uranus will swoop right in, in order to get you back on track. Be forewarned.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with negative or distracting thoughts during this Mercury retrograde period, see if you can replace these with more positive, illuminating thoughts, ideas, or experiences. If you look for sadness, you will find it; if you look for negativity, you will find it. So why not look for kindness? Why not do things that make your heart sing and your mind soar? There are practical reasons for this as well. A more positive outlook leads to a more constructive lifestyle. All the more so now that Uranus is in Taurus. For Capricorn this ingress is about embracing all the unique qualities that make you who you are. No excuses, no explanations, no apologies. Just celebrate who you are. Many a Capricorn is going to be redefining their lives this year and next. Honoring your own truth, and your own unique path, will make all the difference. If something is ending, remember that it is to make room for the new roots that were hidden below, to grow.
The traditional ruling planet for Aquarius is Saturn. However many modern astrologers also consider Uranus to be a co-ruling planet for this sign. And if this were indeed the case, then Uranus recently entering Taurus would be especially significant for your sign. However, even if it were not, it still would be significant for all the fixed signs any way, including Aquarius. In fact for Aquarius, this shift could ultimately bring changes in some of the more personal and intimate areas of your life, over the next 7 years. For some Aquarians this could indicate a change in the home or family dynamic. Someone may move out, or in; or you may decide yourself to move. If that is the case then that move will have a significant impact over the direction of your life, perhaps bringing you greater freedom and opportunity in the long run. Sometimes it can feel as if the rug is suddenly being pulled out from under you feet, or that you are being thrust out of the nest. But if that happens that just may be Uranus’ rude and abrupt way to get you out of a rut. The ultimate aim for Uranus is to have you grow in some significant way.
Without doubt, this is your weather. Limitless, emotional, deep, you can feel yourself awash in premonitions. However, you could also feel yourself awash in foreboding. Keep yourself appropriately grounded in order to avoid going into the deep end of the pool, and to be able to discriminate between free floating fantasy and anxiety vs. reality. What this weather is good for: deep penetrating meditation and inner understanding; reflection, memory and connecting with your dreams; it is also an opportune time to process and assimilate what you are hearing, seeing, and understanding. All the more important now that Uranus has entered Taurus, a sign that has a lot to do with the mind and perspective for Pisces. In fact the changes that this ingress will bring to Pisces is more about this change of perspective, than anything else. This change could come about through a sudden realization that prevents you from being able to see things quite the same way again. If you are willing to be flexible and open, no matter how surprising things may be at first, there will also be a great deal to be learned that will impact your life for many years to come.