Mars goes retrograde in Virgo from January 23rd to April 13th (discussed in this post). This will be a time of refining and perfecting. New projects/romances begun during this period may not last past the retrograde but anything started before January 23rd will benefit from a second look. Mercury moves into Aquarius on January 27th, introducing inspired thinking and unexpected messages. It's time to entertain some new possibilities.
When Mars (your ruler) goes retrograde, you could experience delays or intensifications of work and health matters. Double check facts and figures, get a second opinion and do your homework. Diet and health routines may hit a snag as you re-consider your methodology. Rather than charging ahead in frustration, use the delays to perfect your technique. As Mercury enters your social sector, be prepared for a busy time involving friends and groups. New associations, multiple group obligations and uncharacteristic communications from friends are all possibilities.
Mars retrograde puts the brakes on a creative project, personal goal or new purpose. Know that a delay is beneficial because it will allow you to perfect certain details. Use this time to polish up what you've accomplished so far. Mercury enters your career sector, setting off a flurry of messages, emails and information. New job prospects, discussions with management or sending out your resume on a whim can have surprising benefits. What you have to say makes you stand out from the crowd.
Mars retrograde triggers a temporary slow down on home or family developments. This may come as relief as changes have been coming at you. Use delays as a chance to double check details relating to mortgages, relocations, rent agreements, family changes or renovations. Now you can catch any mistakes you may have missed earlier in your haste to get things done. As Mercury (your ruler) moves into your opportunities sector, watch for information concerning travel, long distance, education, legal matters or teaching. Something exciting has been brewing and you're about to take one more step outside the box.
Mars retrograde in your communications sector pushes you to re-consider. Bold statements or messages will need to be double checked for accuracy. Do you have all the facts? If you're waiting on news, use this opportunity to tailor your response or research more facts on your own. Alternatively, siblings could have a change of heart. Hold back on your reaction because things could change again once Mars goes direction April. Mercury brings you information about loans, debts, taxes, inheritances or your partner's finances. Shared finances may be a special concern to you at the moment so keep an open mind and consider all viewpoints when discussing.
Mars retrograde intensifies security issues. Emotional and financial resources have been a prime concern as you've been working to increase both. Now you'll have to check your goals, methods and details. Mistakes/overspending may pop up if you were too hasty in establishing something. Don't panic; just be systematic as you re-prioritize. Mercury in your partnership sector highlights romantic discussions and relationship facts. Fresh perspectives and enlightening information keep things humming.
Mars retrograde in your sign can keep you buzzing as you perfect the new you/project/ambitions. You may not experience this as a slow down so much as a intensification of your focus. Now is the time to refine what you've started since Mars entered your sign. Mercury (your ruler) in your sector of day to day activities keeps you busy. Routines, work and health matters will be hopping with information and messages. This is an excellent time to do your own research or consider some fresh alternatives; you can help yourself out in surprising ways.
Mars retrograde in your sector of hidden things could have you exploring the overlooked, unnoticed or forgotten. Give something/someone a second chance as there might be more than meets the eye. Watch for the entrance of someone new (whom you feel like you've always known) into your life. Fated connections are a strong possibility. Mercury helps you sparkle socially with flirtatious encounters, inspired creations and unusually confident expressions of your purpose. This is your moment to stand apart and be noticed.
Mars retrograde intensifies certain connections with friends and has you reconsidering others. The social action slows down a bit as you focus your attention on a few key groups. Now is the time to sort out the keepers from those who aren't adding any value to your life. Be discriminating. Mercury moves into your sector of home and family, stirring up discussions about relocations, renovations and family dynamics.
Mars retrograde can push you to re-think your career strategy. Close examination of your goals and options is featured. Do some research and check the fine print; is your current position the best you can do? Alternatively, watch for errors from the past few months to be pointed out by management. Mercury enters your communications sector, keeping you busy with new messages and original ideas. This could be your breakthrough moment as fresh information seems to come out of nowhere.
Mars retrograde pushes you to re-examine new opportunities or the idea of broadening your horizons. You may narrow your focus to a few, select choices or take another look at opportunities involving travel , education, publishing or legal matters. Alternatively, your outward flow of energy may be temporarily internalized as you seriously consider your next step forward. Mercury brings up documents, discussions and information regarding your fiances and security. Financial freedom/independence could be an issue.
Mars retrograde gives you a breather and allows you to establish some control. Taxes, debts and other shared finances could become easier to handle as you discover overlooked information. Alternatively, past financial mistakes could come back to haunt you now so watch the details. You may explore issues regarding intimacy/boundaries that re-appear; a shift in the pace is a chance for you to determine what you want. Mercury enters your sign, giving you an added buzz and more ideas about your next step.
Mars retrograde in your partnership sector could have you hitting the pause button on a relationship as you determine if this is what you really want. Take your time and examine all the facts; this is about you deserving the best. Alternatively, someone from your past or a new yet oddly familiar romantic prospect may appear. The tide may shift again after April so try to avoid major romantic commitments until then. Mercury stirs up hidden/overlooked information but some of the facts may be out of your line of sight. Allow information to reveal itself but don't act on it just yet.