Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)  
Your sign has the singular distinction of “hosting” Mercury’s first retrograde for the year, starting this Thursday. Before you cringe or worry, let me say outright that this ends well for you. When Mercury retrogrades, it’s actually the beginning of a “new year” for Mercury, no matter when that retrograde happens during the calendar year. It’s as if the Earth is an express train speeding past Mercury as a local train is about to stop at a station.  For your sign to be the 1st station where Mercury stops is an excellent opportunity for you to take your time making decisions. It’s also a good idea to check in with your spiritual connection. Regardless of your particular spiritual or religious beliefs, you could find yourself more deeply attuned and stimulated by your dreams or what others may be feeling around you, even more than usual. Resist the impulse to rush. Mercury will speed up soon enough later this month.

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