Aries (March 21st to April 19th)
A revelation may inspire and fuel you to make changes, despite initial negative reactions.
There’s a full moon this week, a retrograding Mercury and Neptune, and a trio of celestial excitement from Mars, Pluto and Uranus toward the weekend. If you’ve wanted excitement, then this is the week to have it. With Neptune appearing to go backward from the Earth’s perspective on Monday, the Cosmos pulls back a veil and then this Thursday’s full moon shines a light on it. So, this isn’t a good time to cover anything up, though that’s not usually your first impulse anyway. In fact, you’re more likely to have proven right about something you only sensed a few weeks ago. The trio of excitement from Mars, Pluto, and Uranus adds grit and gristle (Pluto) to any action (Mars) that you’ve wanted to undertake to renew (Uranus) something that’s outworn or down for the count. This could mean some late spring cleaning or doing whatever it takes to re-work a deal or project to which someone has initially said no.
Taurus (April 20th to May 21st)
Last week you revised your game plan, but this week it’s time to revise your vision of the game itself.
Last week, Mercury’s retrograde brought a revision to the game plan. Neptune kicks off the week with a retrograde, and this signifies how we see the light when it’s dark. Therefore, this week will be more about revising how you see the game itself. When my father first thrust me in a boxing ring when I was 9 years old, I thought boxing was about beating up the other guy. That is until the other guy started beating me up. It took me much later to see that the sport was more about outmatching yourself and your own training while boxing someone else. I realized that you train at your ever inclining best for the fight, not merely for the person you’re boxing. You may have a moment like this with how you’re supposed to reframe your long-term goals. In the interim, your own new vision will quickly shift to action toward the weekend.
Gemini (May 21st to June 20th)
Not facing your own fears may have kept something in the dark that now seems to have come out of nowhere.
A sudden disruption or change in plans, especially with work, is not an automatic no or reversal of fortune. When Neptune appears to go backward from the Earth’s perspective this Monday, it’ll be in the area of career and work in your heavenly chart. When Neptune retrogrades, it usually signifies uncovering something that’s been obscured or not clearly seen. We get a similar message from this Thursday’s full moon. A full moon shines a light on what’s been in the dark. On some level, what appears sudden actually isn’t that sudden. You might have to admit that if something is going wrong now, it always was more within the realm of possibility, sitting there in the dark; but you didn’t want to entertain that probability. Now that this disruption is coming in view, this is when you have to stick to gathering the facts and not shoulda, coulda, woulda.
Cancer (June 21st to July 21st)
You finally start to see what’s been motivating a person’s odd or mysterious behavior.
This Thursday’s full moon along with Neptune starting its own moonwalk, like Mercury did last week, suggests that this will be a very revealing week for you.You could call Neptune the fog planet, meaning that when it’s prominent it brings the haziness of surreality and mystery. So when we say it’s rolling back, it rolls back what’s been under that fog. This may translate as understanding something that’s been eluding you. It’s also possible that you will be able to pinpoint something about somebody that you couldn’t easily define, such as recognizing a specific trauma or pain that motivates his or her mysterious behavior. As the weekend approaches, however, you’ll have to act on the understanding you’ve gained, not just continue to mull it over. In general, it would be a good idea to stay active, even if it means you only keep busy at home.
Leo (July 22nd to August 21st)
Don’t allow yourself to be goaded into action before you’re ready to go.
Only fools rely on provocation or reaction in order to act. A wiser person takes action as necessary, even if he or she doesn’t move at all. Don’t be a fool this week. I said something similar last week, but I have a slightly more nuanced meaning this time. You may feel goaded to act this week, because in some form or fashion you don’t want to appear helpless, even to yourself. This could even be more of a bigger issue around the weekend when the planetary bad boys—Mars, Uranus, and Pluto—get together to “encourage” antics. Oh, and there’s a full moon. However, people seem to forget that action can happen behind the scenes in the mind and heart. Don’t get lured into doing something because you feel like you should do something. Act when you’re clear on what’s ahead of you. However, your attitude and feeling about something is still an action. Choose, internally and externally, what’s best for you.
Virgo (August 22nd to September 21st)
You’re about to learn more about what’s been happening beneath the surface with partners or potential boos.
Just a few days after you adjust to your patron planet Mercury appearing to go backward, Neptune starts its retrograde on Monday. Considering that Neptune is starting his retrograde in your opposite sign, this could be an issue for you with your relationships or how you deal with the general public, if that’s part of your work. Mercury retrograde tends to confuse and cross signals. Neptune, on the other hand, uncovers and reveals what’s been hidden when it retrogrades. With a full moon on deck on Thursday, there’s even more testimony of hidden things coming into light. If you’re single and looking, it could show you a possible love interest you’ve overlooked. If you’re in a relationship, Mercury and Neptune may prompt intense conversations to get at the root of a problem that’s been lurking around you.
Libra (September 22nd to October 21st)
You may have to retrace your steps, but you begin to find a clearer path forward this week.
When you had to start working toward your next plateau last week, you might have lost a measure of your resolve toward the end of the week when Mercury went retrograde. This week starts with Neptune retrograding, so this is an opportunity to get your resolve back, though in an odd way. Neptune signifies how we see the light in the dark. With Neptune’s roll back, along with a full moon on Thursday, you may start to see clearly all that you’ve been missing over the last three weeks or so. Although you may have to retrace some steps, it’s all for the best because you’ll see where you’ve been making your mistakes and can correct them. So roll up your sleeves and keep on rolling forward. You’ll be able to quickly regain your momentum toward the weekend, especially since make-it-happen Mars, up-and-at-em Uranus and powerful Pluto line up to keep things poppin’.
Scorpio (October 22nd to November 21st)
You may see fresher possibilities with your hobbies or romantic life than you’ve seen recently.
Last week, Mercury retrograde brought its own palette of “re” words with which to be reacquainted. This week, it’s Neptune’s turn to appear to go backwards in the heavens. When Neptune recedes, it seems to pull off what’s been veiling or clouding our understanding of the world around us. In your case, this could play out with aspects of your hobbies or romantic life. Before you freak out, consider how this could also be an immense positive. With your hobbies, there’s an opportunity to correct your form or to see how you’ve always done something is not the most creative, efficient, or even imaginative way to do it. Likewise, with your romantic life, you might discover something that you always assumed your partner enjoyed is not the case. On the other hand, you could unearth a new threshold of pleasure altogether. If you’re single, you could, in turn, uncover a potential that you’ve been overlooking.
Sagittarius (November 22nd to December 21st)
You’re more likely to recover what you need to feel like yourself again after a brief chill out period.
If Mercury retrograde was the prankster last week, then this week we can call Neptune’s retrograde “the therapist.” Neptune appears to go backward in the area of your celestial chart that deals with home and how you connect to what grounds you. This becomes the perfect time to discover or recover what nurtures you and fortifies your happiness. On a simplistic level, you might feel like a bit of a homebody more at the top of the week. However, by the weekend, you could have a lot more energy. One helpful indicator is Thursday’s Sagittarius full moon, shining a spotlight on you like you’re a star. The other compelling indication of feeling as if your batteries are recharged and looking to discharge extra juice is the line up of Mars, Pluto and Uranus, the action heroes of planetary pantheon. If there’s a project (or, ahem, person) you want to work on (or out), then this is one good weekend to do it.
Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
Pace yourself during the week, then fly your freak flag with zest toward the weekend.
As an Earth sign, you have a remarkable ability to contain a lot of energy and apparently contradictory dynamics within your body and mind. The wisdom, of course, for all of this is pacing and not attempting to release all that energy or those contradictions at once. Pace yourself to be slower at the top of the week without going to a crawl. This includes your work, workouts, love, and perhaps even how you eat. However, as we approach Thursday night’s full moon and the high-energy, active trio lineup of Mars, Pluto and Uranus over the weekend, you will definitely need outlets for a surge of energy. If you’re in your head rather than your body, barring illness, then you’re squandering an amazing opportunity for a great time. It may be Friday the 13th, but you’re not part of any horror show.
Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)
Slow your roll.
This is a week with many moving, possibly even breakable, parts to it. So moving fast and furious is probably gonna land you in hot water. With Neptune starting its apparent backward motion (i.e. retrograde) in your sign’s money sector, you should take it easy with all things financial, especially toward the top of the week. A nickname for Neptune is the metaphorical fog planet, so when it retrograde, the fog lifts. That sounds like a perfect time to spend, but proves just the opposite: you’re likely not seeing the whole picture as you think it looks. So it’s best to wait to more of the fog lifts. Also, toward Friday the 13th, is when you want to avoid making rash moves. That has nothing to do with it being the 13th and everything to do with a touchy line-up of Mars, Uranus, and Pluto around that date.
Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)
Neptune’s retrograde this week will help you see with fresher eyes, though things may be fuzzy at first.
There’s actually a kind of freedom in not knowing what’s fully going on. We tend to focus more on the stress that erupts when that happens, but that’s mostly because we feel the pressure to get up to speed with things, especially when we’re in a new work environment, for example. Last week, Mercury went retrograde. This week, Neptune appears to go backward in the sky while in your sign. The great news is that this can heighten your sense of intuition, imagination, and overall receptivity. You might even feel like a veil has been removed from your eyes. However, you could have a harder time with activities that require pinpoint accuracy or speed. In fact, it might be good to lose speed and accuracy to have a fuzzier, fresher vision to entertain new possibilities for much needed changes around the home or at the workplace.
Samuel F. Reynolds is a NYC-based astrologer. As an Ebony reader, you’re eligible for discounted fees for in person or by phone/skype consultations. For more info, visit unlockastrology.com, write [email protected] or follow on Twitter at @sfreynolds.