written by Zaida Cseke, calligraphy by Rachel Feldman
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Hey, hunter herd! I hope your resolutions (and this new semester) are going well. If you’ve fallen off the wagon a bit, don’t get discouraged, just hop back on! It’s only February and we’ve still got plenty of time to get all our affairs in order. This month, Mercury goes into retrograde. During this illusory period of the planet’s orbit reversal, miscommunication and mischief are bound to be close companions to us all. But don’t fret! Just remember that your determination to have a good day will always be stronger than the negative influences!
We’re in your season now, Aquarius! The cosmos is smiling upon you and wants to support the changes you’ll soon be making for your life. Hopefully you meditated last month on what it is you want to achieve, because now is the time to build your foundation! Take this time to figure out how you’ll be tackling your goals. Gather your wits about you! You’ll need them in the months to come if you want to achieve success!
Final Thoughts: When planning your steps, the key is to be realistic about the time-frame and resources you have available to you, otherwise victory will always feel out of reach. To forgo discouragement, start small!
Sadly, Pisces, we are all affected by this retroshade period; and while you won’t be facing many problems in communication or intuition this month, you may experience some heavy delays. In other words, if you were expecting an important phone call or email, don’t worry, it’s on its way– it’s just taking its sweet time. I know waiting can be an agonizing experience, especially if it’s for news that has the potential to change your life– like an acceptance letter or a job offer– but try your best not to stress. It will only leave you with a headache, premature wrinkles, or both.
Final thoughts: If you don’t end up receiving the news you were hoping for, try to remain positive. Everything happens for a reason, even if we aren’t always privy to what it may be. As a Piscean, you have the ability to easily adapt to new situations, so flex it, baby!
Aries, you may be facing a bit of communicative chaos this month. Meetings may not go well, messages you thought you sent might not be delivered, and colleagues or peers whom you share responsibilities with may turn out to be a bit unreliable. Don’t let any of that stop you from handling your business! Be proactive and triple check that you were properly understood, or that the job got done like it was supposed to. You’ll thank yourself later for it.
Final Thoughts: Retrograde periods can be draining. Your energy levels may be down right now, so rely on your intuition when deciding what tasks to prioritize.
Pay no mind to any negativity that may come your way from work or school drama, Taurus. Focus yourself on your own projects. You can’t afford to be caught up in anything but progress and productivity – especially this early on in the year! Prioritize yourself over the distractions, and if you feel insecure in your capabilities at work or in relationships this month, just try to shake it off. Now, repeat after me: “It’s not me, it’s retrograde. I’m doing my best and that’s enough.”
Final Thoughts: Sometimes people will put your work down, or just won’t “get it,” but that’s OK. Be your own biggest critic and your own biggest fan.
Since Mercury rules both you and Virgo, the two of you will probably have it the toughest these next couple of months. Try to be especially careful with your words and their timing, Gemini. Even if you don’t mean to offend anyone, you very well might. Although you may be able to clear up those misunderstandings, why not try to prevent them altogether? You know how they say, “Think before you speak?” Well, go ahead and crank that old adage up a notch: Think, think again, and then maybe don’t speak at all. Maybe just listen.
Final Thoughts: You can still have a stellar time during retrograde, but only if you understand that things are more likely to go awry for you. Have a little extra forgiveness for yourself and others during such a pesky time!
Cancer, while the rest of us have battened down the hatches and are preparing for the retrograde apocalypse, you’ve been daydreaming about going on an adventure, haven’t you? Does it involve traveling abroad, or just locally? Is it for business, pleasure, or both? Whatever the case, start pulling a few dollars out of every paycheck and putting it towards that fund! You’ll be amazed how fast it adds up! Keep it going and you’ll be chilling in first-class in no time.
Final Thoughts: If you already have the money, just book the flight! (Worst case scenario, you end up cancelling, but only if you absolutely have to!) You’ve got to start making those commitments to yourself to stop letting your dreams be dreams. In the trusty words of Shia LaBeouf, “Just do it!”
Leo, your charismatic charm is about to be exponentially magnified! Being in the spotlight comes naturally to you, but get ready because everyone — and I mean everyone — will notice your presence this month! You may want to utilize this opportunity to nail some interviews, establish potential business connections, or even make some new friends in class! Sure, its retrograde, but this is your world, Leo, #AmIRight? Mercury itself may just as well be one of your pawns…
Final thoughts: Careful – you may feel tempted to boss people around this month, but controlling is never a good look; and you’re too majestic a creature to look anything besides fabulous!
Virgo, the only thing standing between you and your most authentic, happy self is a lack of understanding and/or honesty about who you are. Try hashing it out creatively this month! Your ruler, Mercury, may leave you feeling a lot of intense emotions. Instead of dwelling on the bad, turn that energy into something productive! Perhaps you like to write, dance, draw, or sing. Try all of the above! Even reading can help you gain a sense of self while exercising your mind.
Final Thoughts: Try investigating the source of any potential emotional turbulence to get a clearer view of yourself.
This is no time for your self-doubt, Libra! You’re on your way to success, so keep it up. You may feel like you’re supposed to be further along in terms of your goals than you actually are, but remember – Rome was not built in a day! When you feel like you’re not getting anywhere, try thinking back to where you were last year. A lot has changed and you know it. Remind yourself of that the next time the little voice inside your head is giving you flack.
Final Thoughts: Be careful not to juggle too much, lest you end up dropping everything. Narrow your focus, and take it one achievement at a time!
Be careful not to jump the gun on anything, Scorpio. This retrograde business may have you feeling a bit too pumped for your own good. Before you accept any proposals from work or within your relationships, consider whether you’ve really thought about what it is you’re getting yourself into. Don’t get discouraged to take on new things, but make sure you consult yourself — and maybe others — on the matter before you commit.
Final Thoughts: Sometimes we don’t realize we have an aptitude for something until we challenge ourselves to try it. However, if you still don’t feel comfortable after a while, it’s OK to look elsewhere. Walking away from what doesn’t feel right for you doesn’t count as quitting!
Try your best to keep your cool in situations where you are confronted with opposing opinions, Sagittarius. Miscommunication will be at an all-time high and your fire will burn extra hot this month thanks to, you guessed it, the retrograde period. Rather than going to that party next weekend, maybe just do a quiet night in with your favorite book or series!
Final Thoughts: You don’t have to ignore or avoid people (unless you want to), but try to change the subject if you think the conversation has the potential for getting too heated.
Take some time this month to check in with the family and the self, Capricorn. Discover what makes you feel supported, whether it’s a person or activity, and practice relying on it for when the going gets rough. Lean into the love in your life and allow its support to fuel your engines. You’ll be needing the energy you cultivate now to drive full-speed ahead toward the finish line of your goals later on in the year.
Final Thoughts: Don’t get overwhelmed now. You’re still doing great, even if you don’t have it all perfectly planned yet.