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While Mercury turns retrograde three times a year and Jupiter does it annually, it's rare that these events occur within two days of each other. Both planets exert a tremendous influence on education, the media, and travel, and this time, both are transiting emotional water signs. Will you be able to see your way through murky waters? Probably not, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a respite from the usual retrograde routine. Still and all, before Mercury flips on the 2nd and Jupiter on the 4th, try to fix what needs to be repaired, order what you can't live without and after that, relax.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
The upcoming Mercury retrograde period might not have a noticeable impact on your daily doings, but it could reveal a lot about the workings of your subconscious mind. Now would be the appropriate time to undergo hypnosis, either to recover memories of past behavior, tap into past lives or break a noxious habit for good. A constructive connection between your eager Mars ruler and stable Saturn, the first in over a year, bodes well for dealing with your parents or a touchy situation concerning the place you call home.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
The Pisces new moon may point you towards another level of commitment to a group project; perhaps it'll bring a colleague with similar interests to that table. And because Mercury backpedals through the sign of the Fish until late March, you'll have reasons to wonder if those joint efforts are being effective. Since Jupiter in your Scorpio house of significant others also turns retrograde next weekend, you shouldn't assume that the people who have been most supportive will continue to do so. They're probably reevaluating their contribution, too.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Zero in on what, in your heart of hearts, you want to know but have been reluctant to ask. Come Tuesday, when your Mercury ruler is in a good position to challenge secretive Pluto in your Sag marriage house, pop the question. This week, the element of surprise works in your favor. After Mercury turns retrograde for the next three weeks, everyone concerned may decide to review, and possibly rue, the answer. Meanwhile Jupiter's four-month retrogression could put a health or work issue on the back burner until July 4.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
It appears that March won't be the best month for Crabs who want to move ahead with all due speed. That's because Mercury in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio, the other water signs, will be retrograde and more concerned with helping you reevaluate your past performance than plan for the future. Please, no moaning and groaning; you probably could use some time to decompress and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Plus Venus, by moving out of your rigid Capricorn complement, may let you off her "Pay more attention to me!" hook.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Having strict Saturn in your sign is probably a more demanding, more restrictive force than a cheerful Lion is used to living with. Therefore you might welcome the news that energetic Mars, after six months of coming on strong, then doing an about face, is urging Saturn to accomplish something you can be proud of. Their constructive sextile aspect is exact on Tuesday, about the time you're celebrating your version of Mardi Gras 2006. P.S. Mercury turning retrograde in your area of joint investments suggests you proceed slowly.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
It's one thing to adjust your routine because your Mercury ruler is turning retrograde again. By now you should be used to the drill. However, Jupiter doing a back flip in your house of travel, communication and sales at the same time can make the next three weeks a freaky compilation of scheduling delays, cancellations and missed messages. Jupiter's retrogression lasts for four months, so if you're contemplating future trips, look ahead to the July 4th holiday, which, irony of ironies is when Mercury goes retrograde once more.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Hope springs eternal in the heart of the lovable and loving Libra. So it's natural to assume that the Pisces new moon will mark the beginning or, better yet, the deepening of a romantic encounter instead of introducing another employment opportunity. With Mercury turning retrograde in your job-health-dues zone, why not use the three-week retrogression to renew your gym membership, revise your diet or pay off a debt? Welcome a breath of fresh air when your Venus ruler leaves Capricorn after four months of toeing the line for independent Aquarius on the 5th.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
The sympatico Pisces new moon on Monday can introduce a gentler, kinder approach to a long-standing situation at home. It might also change some of the conditions or remove one of the players from the playing field. Meanwhile Mercury turning retrograde in your house of romance and creative risk should provide a valid reason to revise your opinion or rework you latest project. Retrograde periods can be annoying, what with the lapses and misunderstandings, but they also relieve pressure and leave wiggle room for improvement.1
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