The key to having a successful year is knowing how to work with these energies, so you end up coming out on top. That's why we've created a handy chart highlighting all the most influential transits happening throughout the year! Keep reading to learn more about the peaks and pitfalls of Talk about a cosmic kickstart to help you start your New Year off on the right foot!
A Solar Eclipse in Capricorn is going to highlight a new beginning in some area of your life. Because this eclipse is closely aligned with Saturn, also in Capricorn, you're ready to embrace this opportunity by rolling up your sleeves and getting down to business. And with all the persevering Goat energy floating around, you can be sure that any groundwork you lay during this eclipse will have serious long-term potential. Use this energy to set yourself up for long-term success!
With Neptune's illusory energy and Jupiter's expansive energy, you could find yourself very easily deceived when these two planets aspect. This might be the time when you trust someone you shouldn't or wear rose-colored glasses with a potential love interest.
You could feel more optimistic than usual -- but exercise caution as this misleading energy could take you down a much riskier path than you'd care to go down. Fortunately, once you get past September 21, you won't have to worry about this energy for another six years. Talk about a Total Lunar Eclipse of the heart! Because this eclipse takes place in the loving sign of Leo, matters around your deepest desires and whether they're being fulfilled could come into focus for you. What do you crave? Are your needs being met? Are you holding onto outdated beliefs of what love is supposed to look like?
This eclipse not only serves as a reminder that we accept the love we think we deserve, but it also highlights that when we stop searching for something, we might realize it was in front of us all along. The impossible becomes the not-so-impossible when stabilizing Saturn syncs up with idealistic Neptune. All those dreams you've had but could never quite bring to fruition become possible now. Saturn helps you focus Neptune's blurry lens, meaning that you're able to hold onto your wildest fantasies, while also applying hard work and a sensible approach.
This is truly a dreams-do-come-true transit, so don't let this energy go to waste. After November 8, you won't have another opportunity like this for another 12 years! This retrograde period could be a doozy! Mercury Retrograde on its own gets a little messy for all of us, but when the planet of communication goes haywire in the spacey sign of Pisces, you could feel yourself becoming depleted, showing up late to appointments, and having an inability to concentrate. But this retrograde period isn't all bad news.
You can use this Mercury-Pisces combo to your advantage by indulging in a little escapism, allowing yourself to daydream and fantasize more than you normally would. Uranus entered Taurus back in May but backpedaled into Aries during its retrograde period. Once Taurus re-enters Taurus, he'll remain there through April Taurus is a sign that loves things to stay the same, while Uranus likes major shake-ups.
This means that this transit could chip away at the foundations you've set up in your life, encouraging you to reinvent yourself in some way. Taurus is about values and the materials world, so you could see major changes in these areas of your life during this transit. Total Solar Eclipses are potent enough on their own, but the eclipse in Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn. What is Mercury Retrograde? Retrograde-station-direct cycles are essentially illusions that result from our point of view from Earth, simply because the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets.
Mercury turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet.
It can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun, and whenever it reaches its furthest distance from the Sun, it changes direction. As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury has rulership over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state.
Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting. Watch what you say, because it may not come out, or be received, the way you intended. Double-check that the person who uttered those words really meant it the way you thought they did!
Mercury Retrograde Cycle October-November Times are Eastern. Graphs and data from the excellent Day Watch software. Read more about Mercury Retrograde.
Where is Mercury Retrograde transiting by house in your natal chart? Does it conjunct a natal planet, your Ascendant, or Midheaven? Read interpretations of Mercury Retrograde in Transit for a more personalized meaning of the transit cycle. What is Venus Retrograde?
Occasionally, Venus appears to be moving backward in the sky. Venus is Retrograde approximately days every 18 months. As the planet of love and values, Venus retrograde periods are times when we re-assess what—and who—we value. It is a period that most astrologers consider inopportune for getting married or starting a new relationship. Brand new financial undertakings are not advised during this period as well.
There may be delays or confusion in relationships and financial affairs. Read more about Venus Retrograde cycles. What is Mars Retrograde? Occasionally, Mars appears to be moving backward in the sky. When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature.
Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection. We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. Jupiter is retrograde in from May 14 to September 12, , in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn is retrograde in from May 10th to September 28th, , in the sign of Capricorn. Note: Uranus completes its retrograde cycle that began on August 11, , on January 10th, , and will retrograde again in August Uranus is retrograde from August 15th, , until January 14th, , in the sign of Taurus. Neptune is retrograde in from June 22nd to November 28th, , in the sign of Pisces.
Pluto is retrograde in from April 25th to October 4th, , in the sign of Capricorn. See more years of transiting chart patterns. See the Eclipses page for more information about current and upcoming eclipses.