It's a week of pulling back and looking inwards, as Saturn goes retrograde (in Scorpio) on February 18th, followed by Mercury retrograde (in Pisces) on February 23rd. Saturn's retrograde period will last until July 8th; goals, rules and commitments that have been established (or are being considered) will go through a reevaluation period. Delays or obstacles that you encounter are signs that you may need to find an alternate route, or ease up on the pressure. Mercury's retrograde will last until March 17th; miscommunications, confusion and shifting answers are all possibilities. While it's best to delay signing official documents or making final decisions during Mercury retrograde, life does not always wait for the stars to line up. If you must move forward with an important Mercury ruled activity (communication, exchanging information) during this time, have a back-up plan and double check to ensure that no details have been missed. Mercury retrograde in Pisces is excellent for intuitive communication, reading between the lines and uncovering secrets.
Saturn retrograde in your sector of shared resources can delay plans involving taxes, debts, loans or your partner's finances. It may be time to re-structure your financial approach, or refinance loans. Secrets and hidden limits regarding intimacy may be uncovered during this period. Much of what happens will be beyond your control, so don't push for a resolution. Mercury's retrograde happens in your sector of hidden things; a plan, project or idea may be on hold for quite a while. You could also discover/confront something that you've been ignoring (up until now). This is an excellent time to explore hidden talents, creative urges or surprising potentials that you never considered before.
Saturn retrograde in your partnership sector can slow down relationship plans/goals. This may be your doing, or your partner's doing, but someone won't be quite ready to solidify things. Use this time to thoroughly explore what you're getting into, because a commitment (or ending) during a Saturn transit will likely be permanent. If you're single, you could find yourself reevaluating your options or re-structuring your approach to love. There's no rush; if you're going to do this, do it right. Mercury's retrograde in your sector of groups can bring an old friend back into your life, or you may meet someone new who you feel you've always known. Certain friendships may be up for review as you pull back and become less social.
Saturn retrograde in your sector of routine can delay work plans, bring up old issues with authority or cause difficulties with health, diet or exercise. At times it may feel like you're swimming through quicksand, so your best bet will be to focus on what needs to be fixed/healed. Health issues that you've been ignoring may now demand your attention, and certain duties to others will be unavoidable. Buckle down and get it done. As Mercury (your ruler) retrogrades through your career sector, you may re-think your your immediate job duties, your position or your work contacts. Work communication (especially with higher-ups) can be confusing; think carefully before you give your answer. If possible, try and delay contract negotiations until Mercury goes direct. If you must sign on the dotted line or give a response, be prepared for the details to shift. This is the time to consider other job options, but not the time to apply for anything new.
Saturn retrograde in your sector of creativity and celebrations can put the breaks on a personal project, goal or new romance. It's time to restrategize your approach and consider if what you're pursuing is really in your best interests. It may very well be, and if it is, it will move forward once Saturn goes direct. In the meantime, work with what you've established so far, or take a break. Mercury retrograde hits your sector of opportunities, asking you to pause and consider recent new developments. Something new/exotic/far reaching may require a second look. Also, watch for delays with long distance travel, education, legal matters or publishing.
Saturn retrograde in your sector of home and family can bring up what you thought had been banished. Issues with parents, old habits, addictions and family dynamics may come back full force. You can't avoid this, so confront it instead. Alternatively, there may be delays with home businesses, mortgages and relocations. Mercury retrograde in your sector of shared resources can cause confusion/miscommunications with debts, loans or your partner's finances. If at all possible, avoid signing financial documents until this retrograde ends. Discussions involving intimacy can be very revealing, even if someone changes their mind about how much they want to share.
Saturn retrograde in your communication sector can see you pulling back and measuring every word. What you say and how you say it become more important than ever, and you may not be in the mood to communicate at all. If you feel like saying less, that's fine. Use this energy to focus on increasing your verbal boundaries and considering how much respect/authority others grant you when you speak. This influence is about strengthening the foundations of your communication skills. Mercury (your ruler) goes retrograde in your relationship sector, signalling possible miscommunications with partners, but also revealing conversations (if you know how to listen). What's behind your partner's words are important; watch for subtle hints, clues and gut feelings.
Saturn's retrograde happens in your security sector, indicating possible delays with paycheques or other sources of income. This influence will push you to reevaluate your current security base, both emotional and financial. Saturn's transit through this sector has encouraged you to become more strategic with your money and your needs; this retrograde will act as a check point to ensure that your strategies are working. You may need to tighten things up a bit more, or let go of something entirely. Mercury retrograde can cause confusion with co-workers, routines and health issues. Watch for miscommunications/mixed messages involving work duties and medical diagnoses. It may be difficult to stay on track/stay organized, so focus on dealing with what's immediate. Wait until after Mercury retrograde ends before you add any new tasks or routines.
Saturn retrogrades in your sign, urging you to slow down or (in some cases) pull back completely. Saturn has set up some new rules for you; how have you been working with them? If you've been unreasonably tough on yourself or others, you'll feel a push back now. You may also be compelled to let go of something (or someone), at least temporarily. Mercury retrograde in your sector of creativity and success could bring an old romance/fling/playmate back into your life. You may also revisit a hobby/creative interest or personal goal that you dropped. This is an excellent time to take another shot at a desired objective, but not the best time to launch any brand new projects or romances.
Saturn retrograde happens in your sector of hidden things, and you may find yourself hesitating before you let go of that one, last bit of the past. Major transformations can't be rushed, so use this period to do all the soul searching you need in order to make peace with the past and move forward. Mercury retrograde can bring up old family discussions, or someone from your childhood could make an appearance. This trip down memory lane (whether it's pleasant or not) is meant to help you tie up loose ends. Alternatively, watch for delays involving mortgage/rental agreements or relocating. If possible, try to delay any moves until after Mercury goes direct.
Saturn retrograde in your sector of friends and groups can introduce some serious revisions with your relationships to others. You may pull back and become less social during this influence; use the time to consider your approach to the outside world and your future aspirations. Do you feel like you're on the right track to getting where you want to go? Mercury retrograde in your communication sector can trigger significant misunderstandings, mixed messages and possible deceptions. None of this may be intentional, but make an extra effort to say what you mean, and don't jump to conclusions if you hear something you don't like. The intended meaning may be much different. If possible, try to hold off on delivering formal announcements or sending critical emails until this influence ends. If you can't avoid this, make sure you follow up after you've sent your message, to ensure that it was received in the right way.
Saturn retrograde in your career sector can see you pulling back from your current career path and reevaluating your goals. A course adjustment may be called for, but it's best to save the major changes until after Saturn goes direct. In the meantime, consider how the current structure is supporting you, or how you're handling the authority you've been given. Mercury retrograde may trigger some second thoughts about a financial or relationship scenario. Some questions you may ask yourself include: Is this worth it? Am I getting what I need? The answers will be foggy right now, but your decision will become clear once Mercury goes direct.
Saturn retrograde can trigger a serious slowdown with new opportunities. Issues involving long distance travel, education, legal matters or anything that involves expansion will be reevaluated. It's time to retreat, check out or consider your options. Attempting to break new ground during this influence is not advisable; there will be plenty of opportunities for that once Saturn goes direct. Mercury retrograde in your sign urges you to reconsider before you say "Yes" or initiate that conversation. Final decisions will shift back and forth during this period, so pull back and see what happens. If you're questioning recent choices, don't push for an answer right now. The answer may present itself when you least expect it.