Good news, everyone: Mercury in Retrograde is officially over! As of 8:11 a.m. on January 18th, Mercury stationed direct in the sign of Capricorn, bringing a wave of relief to us all after a pretty heavy start to 2023.
However, there is an even more exciting aspect to the end of this retrograde chapter—it marks a months-long period with absolutely zero planets in retrograde.
That’s right, friends—absolutely none!
If this doesn’t sound like a big deal, think again. The farther a planet is from the Sun, the longer it tends to stay in retrograde (planets such as Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto tend to retrograde approx 4-5 months at a time). This also means planets closer to the Sun have shorter retrograde periods (Mercury and Venus tend to last only a few weeks).
Of course, it’s not that this phenomenon never occurs, but at least for 2023, this will be the only period where there isn’t at least one planet in retrograde throughout the rest of the year. It’s pretty exciting to know that from January 19th-April 21st (aka the entirety of Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries seasons), we will be consistently retrograde-free, and it’s a great time to take advantage of the opportunity.
So how exactly should you make use of this retrograde-free period? Check out your sign below (Sun AND Rising!) to see what you can do during this time.
You already have a lot going for you this year, Aries, so this time will be inspiring and energetic. The entirety of the Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries seasons will fall during this period (Happy Birthday to you!). The main themes throughout this period will include Networking/Friendships, Secrets/Intuition/All Things Unseen, and Self/Identity, respectively.
Aquarius season will be a great period of time for you to not only reconnect and meet new friends, but also a great time to leverage your charm and boldness in networking and making new connections. You have a lot of ambition, but everyone needs a little help to get where they’re going, and with 2023 being a year of opportunities and drive to pursue your path in life, you could use all the help you can get.
Pisces season will be a time of self-reflection and connecting with yourself intuitively. Your dreams will likely play a role during this time, so keeping a dream journal and paying attention to your dreams could unlock some pretty significant insights or ideas you’ve been missing. This is also a great time to make sure you’re resting and making valuable connections, not simply accepting every single offer that comes your way. It’s important to connect and be aware of opportunities, but you’ll know which ones are worth your time and which will drain you, so listen to your gut on this one.
When your season arrives, this will be a great time to reassess the look and image you project to the world. Whether it’s a new style, haircut, or a new way of approaching the world around you, this is the time to show the world the type of person you want to be known for, and let that version of you fully express itself.
Like Aries, 2023 is shaping up to be a big year for you, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the time to prepare yourself for the rest of this year. The entirety of the Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries seasons will fall during this period, meaning the themes of Public Reputation/Career, Networking/Friendships, and Secrets/Intuition/All Things Unseen will be your primary focus, in that order.
Aquarius season will be a great time to focus on your career and public image. With the Sun and a few other planets transiting that 10th House, you may notice more opportunities to prove yourself and even make some valuable connections in your field. The North Node in your sign is already pushing you towards the spotlight, so this may also be a time of unexpected discovery (Aqaurius’ specialty) of adjusting your path to be more aligned with who you are and what you want. You may find that you are recognized for something you love that you never anticipated—don’t take that lightly. You may enjoy your comfort zone, but this is about setting the tone for your life.
Pisces season will be an excellent time to strengthen your friendships and make some brand-new connections. If Aquarius season pushed you into a new role or a new path, take the time to engage in those social circles—you may be surprised at the types of people you connect with if you give them a chance.
Aries season will mark a time of trusting your gut and paying attention to your intuitive aspects. If you have some inner issues or turmoil trying to capture your attention, take the time to acknowledge and work towards some healing (with Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance, also in that house, it may make that process a little easier).
This period of retrograde rest is coming at a great time for you in terms of expanding your horizons and your career, Gemini. With Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries seasons all retrograde-free, the themes of Higher Education/Travel, Public Image/Career, and Networking/Friendships are all going to be your focus.
Aquarius season is a perfect opportunity to either do some traveling or to take some classes surrounding interests you’ve held close for quite some time—anything to enrich your experience about the world around you. Learning is always your biggest asset, and now more than ever is the perfect time to invest in yourself in this way.
Pisces season will shift the focus to your career and public image—be on the lookout for notable opportunities you can take to either further your path in your chosen career or get your foot in the door elsewhere if you’re wanting to pursue a new direction. This also could be a time of getting noticed in a more public way (social media could play a role in this) that could open more doors for you, so don’t be afraid to explore those possibilities.
Aries season will focus on your friendships and networking, whether it’s connecting with old friends or making some brand new ones. Your friends are the support system and hype men you need to keep pursuing your dreams, and with new doors and experiences opening up for you in the previous seasons, you may find this is a time when you are solidifying some new friendships and making good use of your connections for the future, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
This retrograde-less period won’t be lost on you, Cancer. The main themes of Intimacy/Bonds, Higher Education/Travel/Philosophy, and Career/Public Image will be at the forefront, and you’ll certainly want to pay attention.
Aquarius season will bring a bit of soothing balm to a somewhat rocky start to the year. Your House of Intimacy/Bonds will be in the spotlight during this time, which could point to some potential decision-making surrounding some of your closer partnerships. Whether it’s steps towards deepening a more serious relationship or furthering a business proposition, this is a great time to make some decisions about who you want to be connected with and determine if doing so will take you to the places you are longing for.
Pisces season ushers you to shift your attention towards investing deeper into your interests and strengthening the things you believe in. With Pisces ruling this house in your chart, you know how important it is to be open-minded and embrace other schools of thought before you can decide what is right for you—so take the time to explore those avenues without the pressure of forcing a decision.
Aries season will change gears and focus on your Public Image/Career. Boldness can sometimes pay off, and Aries energy is here to give you the boost of confidence you need to ask for what you want and to go after what you feel you deserve. You’ve worked hard to be in the position you’re in, and it’s okay to accept recognition for that effort.
The good news is, this season will be focused on strengthening your closest ties—which is good to handle before Venus goes Retrograde in your sign during the summer. The themes of Close Relationships, Intimacy/Bonds, and Higher Education/Travel/Philosophy will be your focus during this period.
Aquarius season focuses on your relationships: romantic, platonic, and even business partners can all be at play here. Whether you’re forming new connections, discussing ways to make a stronger bond, or seeing someone in a new light, your relationships have the opportunity to thrive during this period, especially if you’re willing to nurture them.
Pisces season will further define some of these relationships in terms of how you choose to commit to them. The 8th House rules intimacy, bonds, shared resources—anything that helps tie you to someone else in a significant way. This period will be a great time to decide how you want to mesh yourself with the people you deeply care for. Whether it’s forming a deeper partnership or making some declarations to prove your devotion, Pisces is asking you to be open and trust your intuition here.
Aries season will turn your attention to your 9th House, which asks you to expand your worldview in one way or another. Have a trip you’ve been dying to take but haven’t had the push? Eyeing classes that will help strengthen your skills and knowledge in your field? Have some friends whose experience differs from yours, but you haven’t talked much about it? Aries is giving you the push to expand the way you see the world because it can only help in the long run.
This retrograde-free span is going to cover the way you treat others, as well as yourself, Virgo. The themes of Health/Habits, Relationships, and Intimacy/Bonds will all shift to a priority during this period.
Aquarius season is a focus on your habits, routines, and the ways you care for yourself. While these traits are often a strong point of yours, Aquarius season pushes you to think outside the box a bit—sometimes the best ways to practice self-care and better ourselves come from the most unorthodox methods, so don’t be afraid to engage.
Pisces season focuses on your relationships: romantic, platonic, and even business partners are all on the table. Whether you’re forming new connections, strengthening bonds, or seeing someone in a new light, your relationships can grow and become stronger if that’s what you want.
Aries season is all about your 8th House which rules intimacy, bonds, shared resources—anything tying you to someone else in a significant way. You’ve likely had some discussions about solidifying and committing more definitely to your connections, but overthinking has probably placed things at a halt. However, Aries season is ready to inspire you to make some bold decisions and commitments that prove where you stand—so lean into it.
This retrograde-free span is a push toward the areas of Romance/Creativity, Habits/Routines, and Partnerships, which is a very exciting time to make some moves in those respective spaces.
Aquarius season is a focus on Romance, Creativity, and Passion for you. This is a great time to consider putting yourself out there with unexpected people—perhaps seeing someone in a different light could be a transformation for you. Your creative endeavors could also benefit from trying something out of the box, so don’t be afraid to take some risks.
Pisces season shifts focus to your habits, routines, and the ways you care for yourself. Sometimes even small changes can make all the difference, even if they feel a little outside your comfort zone at first. Embrace the possibility that your typical fantasies of what’s best for you could be holding you back from what is beneficial.
Aries season focuses on your relationships: romantic, platonic, and even business partners are all possible here. Your sign is known for its desire to partner and connect with others, but you can benefit from learning how to speak up for yourself and communicate what you actually need instead of just defaulting to everyone else.
These three zodiac seasons are all about Home/Roots, Romance/Creativity, and Habits/Routines, which all have the chance to flourish without the hindrance of retrogrades.
Aquarius season brings attention to your Home Life and Roots, and it’s a great time to think about what truly is home to you. If you’ve wanted to redecorate, this could be a great time to explore that, or if you’ve heavily contemplated moving elsewhere, this could be a great time to start that process. Home is essential, but its location and its appearance can change.
Pisces season is a focus on Romance, Creativity, and Passion. Falling in love and letting yourself be free in these areas isn’t always your strong suit—but this could be a great time to show a little vulnerability and let yourself have a little hope. Sometimes romance and creativity come from allowing ourselves to be open and free, so take advantage of this Pisces energy.
Aries season is a focus on your habits, routines, and the ways you practice self-care. Boldness is ideal for you to set boundaries and practices and hold to them. While life can become overwhelming at times, this season could be perfect for implementing some bigger ideas in these areas, instead of just existing on autopilot.
As someone who thrives when they can explore and understand the world around them, this will be quite a time of growth, Sagittarius. This retrograde-less time will be directed toward the themes of Communication/Understanding, Home/Roots, and Romance/Creativity.
Aquarius season focuses on Communication and Understanding, something you and the air sign share an immense love of. Diving into newer books, podcasts, and anything that not only expands your mind, but also your conversations. It’s one thing to simply consume media, but another to share and bond with someone else over it. You may find a greater understanding of yourself and others in the process.
Pisces season brings your attention to your Home Life and Roots and asks you what draws your heart home. If you’ve needed to take care of some healing in this area, this is a great chance to do so. Your sign is known for loving to explore far more than being at home, but this could be a great time to cultivate a deeper love of a safe place to return.
Aries season is focused on Romance, Creativity, and Passion, and it’s an exciting time to discover some new, revitalized energy in this area. Whether it’s meeting new faces, discovering new ways to foster romance in current connections or new ways of approaching creative pursuits, this season is great for bolder attempts and taking a little bit of a risk to see what might play out in the long run.
These next few months are going to shine a light on your Personal Resources and Values, Communication, and your Home Life—all of which have the chance to become a steady foundation to build on if you are willing to take advantage of the moment.
Aquarius season focuses on your House of Personal Resources, Material Things, and Values. This is a great season to look at your budgets and your financial income and see how they can be readjusted. New methods can lead to bigger results if you’re willing to be open. This time is also good to pay attention to what you value and whether your life matches those ideals.
Pisces season focuses on Communication and Understanding and how you connect to the people closest to you. Taking the time to explore what it’s like to understand multiple points of view (outside of your own) is more beneficial than you know. Sometimes you may feel connected to others, but there is always more ground there to explore.
Aries season brings your attention to your Home Life and Roots and your relationship to home. You often feel very protective, even aggressive, when it comes to your home and the people in it. This could be a good season to mend tensions you may experience in your space, as well as viewing it as more than a place you dwell in, but as a place to express yourself fully. Take advantage of making the home feel more like yourself.
Happy Birthday, Aquarius! The gift of a retrograde-free season is bigger than you likely realize—your Identity, Personal Resources, and Communication will all be the focus for you during this time.
Your season focuses on the House of Self/Identity, and it’s perfect for embracing a change if you’ve wanted one. This season is a great time to try new styles, a new haircut, or a new presentation altogether. It can also be a great time to ask yourself who you want to be and then take steps to make that version of yourself more aligned with reality. Whether it’s sharing more of your interests, or connecting with others who share those values, allow yourself to be free in your expression.
Pisces season focuses on your House of Personal Resources, Material Things, and Values. You may have a habit of believing your values and what you own are only as good as what those around you think, even though you prefer a non-conformist ideal. Understand that it’s okay for our relationships to influence us in some ways, but this is a great time to focus on what you want, not what you think others will like.
Aries season focuses on Communication and Understanding, and you should know it’s okay to get excited and fired up about the things you care about. This season is a great time to express that side of yourself and connect with others who appreciate that energy. We all have things we want to excitedly discuss with others, but you won’t find them if you don’t say something. You may have a better chance at finding these people this season than at other times, so take advantage of it.
This retrograde rest is much needed for you, Pisces, especially with how the rest of the year is shaping up for your sign. During this time, your Intuition, Identity, and Personal Resources will all be worth paying attention to.
Aquarius season will be a time of self-reflection and connecting with yourself intuitively. It’s okay to spend some time with yourself and readjust your expectations and boundaries. Sometimes we all need time to sit with our feelings and figure out what our hearts and minds want to communicate with us. Giving yourself that time and opportunity to do so will be much more beneficial this season, so don’t be afraid to do so.
Happy birthday, Pisces!!! Your season focuses on the House of Self/Identity, and while you are a person who can mold and adapt, this is a great time to figure out who YOU are when you aren’t constantly adjusting. It’s okay to embrace what makes you who you are, and now more than ever, you deserve to discover that.
Aries season focuses on your House of Personal Resources, Material Things, and Values. This season will be a great time for embracing new projects and new streams of income, especially with the extra push of Aries boldness. Your worth is more than just what you do, though, and it’s essential not to forget that in the process.