With Mercury retrograde in Taurus we will be re-examining all aspects of our physical lives and making any necessary changes. Are we happy with our health and the food we eat? What about our physical appearance, clothing and possessions? Do we feel financially secure and does our outer life reflect our inner values?
Mars Retrograde through Sagittarius and Scorpio – Acting with Integrity
As we saw in the last Stellar Stuff post, one of the most important transits in the middle part of 2016 is Mars Retrograde. Mars has recently slowed down to about 30% of his normal speed and on the 17th April he turns retrograde in fire sign Sagittarius. He will then spend 75 days travelling backwards through Sagittarius and Scorpio. The symbolic purpose of the Mars retrograde cycle is to show us where our actions and goals (Mars) are out of alignment with our true nature and purpose (Sun). Once we understand this, we can take steps to balance these opposing forces and live a life of integrity.
Sagittarius is a sign of passion, adventure, truth and belief, while Scorpio plumbs the depth of the unconscious to fearlessly expose deceit, denial or lack of integrity. If something’s not right in your life, you won’t be able to put your head in the sand when Mars is travelling backwards through these passionate zodiac signs. To prepare for the Mars retrograde transit, think about any area of your life where you’re doing things out of duty, habit or lack of will or energy to change. Ask yourself what action you can take to improve things. Or as Steve Jobs put it: “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you’re about to do today?”
Mercury Retrograde in Taurus – Embracing the Physical
Mercury like Mars will be turning retrograde this month on the 29th April for a three week backward journey through earth sign Taurus lasting until the 22nd May. The Mercury retrograde transit occurs right in the middle of the Mars retrograde transit, providing even more impetus to look within for answers over the next couple of months. With Mercury retrograde in Taurus we will be re-examining all aspects of our physical lives and making any necessary changes. Are we happy with our health and the food we eat? What about our physical appearance, clothing and possessions? Do we feel financially secure and does our outer life reflect our inner values? And as always with Mercury retrograde, pay particular attention when driving, travelling, signing contracts, negotiating agreements and in all types of personal and business communication. Mercury retrograde can cause havoc, so slow down, be patient and double check everything.
April Full Moon – Releasing the Past
The April full moon falls on the 22nd in emotional water sign Scorpio. A T-square between Neptune, Jupiter and Saturn forces us to strike a balance between how things are and how we would like them to be. With retrograde Mars close to Saturn progress will be slow. The energy of this full moon is tense and explosive, so keep your cool and avoid making hasty decisions, especially in personal relationships. Seasonally and astrologically this is time to release the past in order to move forward but working through problems methodically and patiently will be easier said than done. Sometimes delays and setbacks can be blessings in disguise!
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
Full Moon 22nd
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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