Retrogrades are like a celestial reverse gear, turning energies inward and calling for deep introspection. That’s why they have such a bad reputation – who really likes forced self-analysis? If you’re not ready to hear what the stars have to say, Pluto’s retrograde this week will be particularly difficult for you.
Still, just because they’re tough doesn’t mean they’re not important. Indeed, it is the challenge itself that makes these events so critical. Will you voluntarily step out of your comfort zone or push your heels in? Stars have the upper hand – it’s really a matter of difficulty you want to do for yourself.
What internal changes are the stars calling your sign to make this week?
March 20 – April 19
Be careful not to confuse productivity with ignorance of your real problems. Isn’t it funny that as soon as we’re tasked with something unpleasant, we find a million reasons to procrastinate? What are you hiding from as you dive headfirst into work? More importantly, what deep-rooted needs are you holding back from yourself?
The only way to get over this bump is to learn to separate your fertility from your feelings. Your passion for life and accomplishing your goals is commendable. But if you spent half as much time chasing dreams as you do taking care of yourself, you probably wouldn’t feel as bad as you do right now.
April 19 – May 20
New perspectives present themselves to you, what do you intend to do with them? The stars offer several different options. On the one hand, you could change your mindset and open yourself to the potential for change. On the other hand, you can put these new perspectives aside and keep moving forward.
Unfortunately, the stars cannot choose for you. Jupiter is waiting for you to follow first, helping you achieve your goals and reach new heights. Meanwhile, the escaped Neptune is waiting for you to take his bait. Guess which route will end up being the most productive.
May 20 – June 21
Lately, you’ve been feeling dissatisfied and it’s starting to creep into every aspect of your life. Your job performance has suffered, your relationships are strained, and your self-esteem is hitting new lows. While this rut may seem inescapable, rest assured that it is not. You have the power to pull yourself out of this hole, Gemini.
You developed the tools you needed to meet this challenge as a child. Maybe your parents went through similar situations, or maybe you had to develop some coping mechanisms to overcome conflict in your childhood. Either way, you’ve encountered these problems before. You’ve conquered it once, and you can do it again.
June 21 – July 22
You cling to heartache for an extraordinarily long time. Yet you struggle to do the same for joy. Those happier times seem to come and go all the time, while the negative times stay forever. Eventually, your sense of identity is so entangled in your past hurt that you can’t separate the two.
Unsurprisingly, this only prepares you for a life of After disappointment and heartache. Indeed, this self-fulfilling prophecy of feeling bad, ruminating, and repeating only attracts more negative energy into your life. This week, try practicing small moments of gratitude. The more you practice, the happier you will be.
July 22 – August 22
Having your ruling planet as the Sun is a double edged sword. On the one hand, the Sun governs the paternal energy. You embody many traits of the men who raised you, both good and bad. But because of your conflicting ego and insecurities, negative traits can also cause the most conflict in your life.
Try not to be too hard on yourself when this happens. It’s so easy to ignore the negative in ourselves that we forget our downfalls when we see these traits in others. It is important to extend grace not only to yourself but also to those around you. Nobody’s perfect, not even you, Leo.
August 22 – September 22
The stars have split a fork in the path before you. You can leap to potential success and satisfaction. Or, you can stick with what’s familiar in your comfort zone. Both have advantages and disadvantages. And depending on the context, one can significantly outweigh the other. In the end, it’s up to you.
Know that the decision you make now will have a lasting impact on you. It could manifest as a life philosophy, a change in your ego, or a change in a relationship. The stars suggest that this change will play a formative role in shaping your identity in the future. Whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage is up to you.
September 22 – October 23
You have reached a milestone in a specific aspect of your life. Yet others seem to fall through. As hard as you try to keep things balanced, you always seem to drop one thing you’re juggling. It’s starting to hurt your self-esteem, but the stars are urging you to be kinder to yourself.
Specifically, they call you to appreciate the ebb and flow of all living beings. You see it in the tides, the seasons, the Moon – why should you be any different? Try to appreciate the things that are goes well before dwelling on those that are not. Eventually, things are bound to change. Enjoy the moment as it presents itself right now.
October 23 – November 22
Do you remember all those weird feelings you’ve struggled with over the past few weeks? You can blame your ruling planet, Pluto. Pluto’s impending retrograde casts a shadow over your judgment and self-esteem, making you more sensitive but less perceptive overall. This week, Pluto will be fully retrograde and you will have work to do.
Retrograde Pluto calls us to observe what needs to change within us. How will your soul transform next? Which direction are you going to take? You find it difficult to listen and trust your intuition – maybe you should start there. Nothing special has to happen for you to trust yourself. You can simply choose today that you will.
November 22 – December 21
You were itching for adventure and it seems like the opportunity is finally here. And luckily for you, the stars are aligned in your favor. Connecting with new people (or strengthening old bonds) will give you much-needed nourishment for your soul. Take your time to explore these new relationships.
But beware, Sag, the stars never give a 100% sunny forecast. Neptune is behind the scenes, waiting to disillusion you with the twinkle novelty of all that. Soak it all up and enjoy it while it’s here, but remember it won’t solve your problems. Learn all you can now so you can effectively tackle these challenges later.
December 21 – January 20
Your pragmatism and diligence can be both a blessing and a curse. In a way, that makes you an incredibly responsible hard worker. In another, it can blind you to the reality that not even you get straight all the time. Yes, Cap, no matter how hard you try, there are problems that you can’t always solve (or that arise from you).
Of course, deep down you already know that. Your intuition has been flashing the internal “check engine” lights for a while now. However, you ignored them for fear that things would fall apart if you slowed down. Rest assured, Cap, the train will keep rolling even if you take a break for a day or two (or three).
January 20 – February 18
When the stars keep offering the exact same lessons, it’s usually because we haven’t fully learned them. You felt a tense square between your ruling planet and Saturn, located under your sign. Therefore, you struggled between the need for excitement and a need for stability.
Your revolutionary spirit finds stagnation almost repulsive. But there is beauty in learning to appreciate stillness. The stars have offered this lesson to you time and time again, and you have continued to overcome it. Rather than trying to wait for the stars (they are more patient than you are), try to take a fresh perspective during this downtime.
February 18 – March 20
Some might call you overly sensitive, but there is power in your empathy. Your intuition has led you down a positive path and the rewards are beginning to reveal themselves. Now your biggest challenge is accepting them as they come. You have a harder time accepting joy than sorrow. This week, try to focus on the first.
Part of the reason joy seems scary is that it highlights what doesn’t work. When something makes you feel good, you notice that other parts of your life don’t get the same reaction. This clarity can be uncomfortable if you are not ready to deal with it. But the stars are not concerned with your comfort, Pisces, only your growth and well-being.