It’s the First Mercury Retrograde of the Year: Here’s Your Horoscope for the Week of February 17

Weekly Horoscope

The first official Mercury Retrograde of the year is here. With Mercury retrograding through the sign of Pisces, we may feel our emotions and intuition heighten. This means that we might receive the answers to all our questions through meditation or dreaming, or that we may feel the urge to express ourselves creatively.

Since Mercury is the planet of communication, we might find our words overpowered by our strong emotions which may or may not lead to desirable outcomes. Be wary of miscommunications, indecisions, and impatience at this time.

Here’s how you can protect yourself from this month’s Mercury Retrograde.

Aries (March 20 to April 19)

Things are finally looking up for you, dear Aries, as things are going much better than you had initially expected. Things you’ve worked hard for are likely to be successful and it’s making you feel energized, confident, and braver to do more. Just remember to stay committed to what you started and to not rush through the process. Stay patient and optimistic that everything will eventually fall into place!

Taurus (April 19 – May 20) 

Bad news for you, Taurus: the beginning of the Mercury Retrograde will put you in a state of emotional instability as things may not go as well as you’d hoped. Be wary of taking disappointments and hurt too much to heart that you won’t be able to move forward in a positive direction. It’s also likely that unresolved issues from the past will resurface this week. Remember that fear and self-doubt from what you cannot change will hold you back from growth. Forgive and learn from your mistakes.

Gemini (May 20 – June 21)

Good things will happen to you soon and it’ll inspire you to keep pushing yourself to your limit, expressing yourself creatively, and finding new things to be passionate about! Be careful about rushing into things without thinking, though. If you don’t keep your feet on the ground, you may risk losing yourself and losing things you value.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

If you’ve been running away from a huge change or a huge problem, this is the time to stop and face it head-on. Confronting your fears won’t be easy but this kind of hardship is a necessary part of life. How will you be able to grow and learn from your mistakes and experiences without making them and going through them? Trust that this will lead you to a new beginning. So let go of the hurts and the things you can no longer change and focus instead on creating something new. Take this time also to appreciate the friends who’ve been supporting you through it all.

Leo (July 22 – August 23)

Stop trying to beat yourself up over disappointments, minor inconveniences, and failures. Nobody is meant to be perfect and challenges are a natural part of life. You’re only hurting yourself by telling yourself constantly that you’re not good enough, that you keep ruining things, and that things will only get worse. Nothing good will come out of such way of thinking. Instead, be open to receiving help from those around you. You can always rest your head on your friend’s shoulders when you need emotional support. But remember, you’re the only one who can pick yourself up from the ground. Be brave, be kind to yourself, and keep moving forward.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

A huge change is coming and there’s no use resisting it. In fact, you shouldn’t resist it. Holding onto things that you should be letting go of will only make it much more difficult for you to cope with the changes. Worse, the end result will still be the same whether or not you choose it, but you will feel much more bitter about it. On the other hand, if you decide right away to let go and move bravely forward, you will feel empowered that you chose to rid yourself of something that wasn’t good for you anymore. Trust that this change will lead to something amazing.

(In case you missed it: It’s A Full Moon in Leo: Here’s Your Horoscope for the Week of February 10)

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