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Yes, Mercury, Too


Amidst all the hoopla about Mars recently flipping to retrograde motion for 2 months, we mustn't neglect to discuss that Mercury will also be retrograde during the next few weeks (Apr 28-May 22).

Mercury's latest retrograde is less remarkable news, seeing as it endures this apparent backwards-tango routine three times a year. Mars, on the other hand, is only retrograde once every two years or so.

Still, to have both these fast-moving bodies simultaneously relegated to the temporary limbo of retracing their recent zodiac steps doubly emphasizes the 'pause, reconsider, regroup' themes associated with personal-planet retrogrades.



Not Letting Mars Retrograde Get the Best of Us


You've heard me talking about it for months. Now it's happening, one of the biggest pieces of astro-news this year. As of Sunday (Apr 17), Mars will be retrograde for ten weeks, not returning to direct motion until Jun 29.

If Mars is the planet of our physical initiative, courageous spirit, assertive advances, and forceful fights, then a retrograde Mars threatens to bring reversals, detours, and/or delays in where we're directing our will, how effectively it moves us forward, which battles we're waging, and what tactics we use.

Though this general summary correctly describes a range of expressions we can expect during these next 2 months, I freely confess I find Mars retrogrades trickier to interpretively pin down than almost any other astrological event.



Reexamining the Outer-Planet Backdrop


As we approach Mars's imminent retrograde—beginning on April 17, just a couple of weeks from now—I felt it might be useful for us to review the broader astrological backdrop against which it's occurring.

Mars is considered a 'personal planet' because of its relatively fast pace (when it's not appearing to decelerate in advance of retrograding, that is) in comparison to the other planets from Jupiter outward, which are farther from the Sun and thus orbit it more slowly.

When a personal planet like Mars (or Mercury or Venus) is retrograde, it's such big news because this faster-moving body essentially becomes 'stuck' in a certain sector of the zodiac-wheel.



On Compromise


On account of the lunar eclipse full moon on Wednesday (Mar 23) in Libra, I'm thinking a lot about compromise.

In this day-and-age I've been observing on the news and via social media, we've convinced ourselves that a willingness to compromise is somehow a sign of weakness…

… as if inflexibly insisting upon our unerring righteousness is the morally appropriate position to take (because, of course, we already know we're right due to our lived experience), even if it means overpowering other people in the process, voiding the validity of their lived experience (because it so brazenly contradicts the conclusions we've drawn from our own)…



Eclipse Page-Flip


Just as they are known to do, the new-moon solar eclipse this coming Tuesday (Mar 8) will coincide with a distinct transition from one chapter of our life-story to the next.

This palpable sense of changing astro-energies is only punctuated by the dual sign-shifts of both Mercury and Mars, into Pisces and Sagittarius respectively, occurring just a few days earlier (on Sat Mar 5).

Every six months or so, eclipse-periods (i.e., the few weeks immediately surrounding a pair or trio of eclipses) serve as sort of 'chapter-markers' in the narrative development of our circumstances…



Chasing Dreams


Can't come to the phone right now. Out chasing wildest dreams. Please leave a message, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can…

These dreams are nearer than ever. Feel the brush of their incipient reachings against our fingertips, as we stretch to grab 'em? The tempting sensation's like a tease. Are you really as close-by as you seem?

I would like to discuss this with you, friend to friend, really I would. But who has had the time? I feel as if this is the first moment I've had to sit down and think in a week or more.



Mars Enters a Familiar Shadow-Zone


As of this coming week (Feb 17), Mars will be officially within the shadow that precedes its upcoming 2-month retrograde (Apr 17-Jun 29).

That means the steps through the zodiac-wheel which Mars will now make, as it approaches its mid-April station (the point where it appears to change direction and start heading backwards), will be retraced twice more before Mars finally leaves its post-retrograde shadow during August's second half.

This is important news to factor in as we direct our assertive energies, pursue our desires, and/or propel ourselves toward one goalpost or another.