You know the drill

It’s that time of year again for the last Retrograde Mercury of 2021. (And aren’t you thrilled?) Actually, instead of beating your head against the wall, here are some pointers about using this active little planet’s foibles to advantage.

Aries: March 21-April 19 

Did you get started de-cluttering and then stop? Now is the time to get that coat closet cleared out – yes, all the way to the back. Throw out those grungy tennis shoes and either wash or shoot the socks which have been stuffed into them. While you’re sorting and re-arranging, consider how your current relationships could be improved too – and work on your part in them, not focusing on what the other person ‘needs’ to do.

Taurus: April 20-May 20

Time to clear off your desk at work and really implement a system for tracking files, folders and projects – physically or the ones crammed into your computer. Check to see if you can’t reduce some redundancy among all of those items – three copies of every file surely aren’t needed, unless you work for the government. But proceed with caution. Don’t toss out everything in one mad melee – check thoroughly before discarding.

Gemini: May 21-June 21

Kids driving you crazy? Set down with them and ask what they’d like to have your help or input in doing. Schedule play time with the rug rats and get everyone some healthy outdoor exercise. If they want to set up the tent in the backyard, what’s it going to hurt? (But no unsupervised campfire.) Teach them a card game, go for a walk to see what’s new in the neighborhood, watch a really old movie (with popcorn) together.

Cancer: June 22-July 22

The paint’s still waiting for the new look in the dining room, or you wanted to put chalkboard paint on one wall of the kids’ room. DIY now sounds like a winner. Probably it’s best not to find and hire your contractor if you’re starting a major remodeling project, but it’d be a good time to review profiles and get recommendations. You may also want to compare which renovations add most to the value of your house before proceeding.

Leo: July 23-August 22

Want to have the neighbors over for a socially-distanced barbecue? Of all the signs, Leo, you can make something like that a great deal of fun. Seriously, you’re a great host and can turn restrictions geared toward keeping guests healthy into just details that don’t make someone feel uncomfortable. It’d take a Lion to dream up a masked ball with everyone being chess pieces on a huge backyard board, and make it the Party of the Year (at least!).

Virgo: August 23-September 22

Check out the various financial experts online, as well as the plethora of plans and daily/weekly columns so you can finally decide the best place for your hard-earned savings – but don’t sign anything, of course, until October 18th. You may even invest in a few classic money management books, although it’s questionable whether some of those theories still work well in these uncertain times.  

Libra: September 23-October 22

You’re the folks most apt to get slammed during this retrograde period, as the entire span occurs in Libra. If you’ve got a detailed, high-pressure, stressful career, and are due some personal time off, why not take it now and simply rest and rejuvenate? Take a staycation while the season-changing weather’s unpredictable and meditate, sleep, find a better diet. Indulge in just one tv or movie binge and enjoy yourself.  

Scorpio: October 23-November 21

Do your dreams and intuitive nudges become more vivid during the Sun’s transit of Libra each year? If so, resolve to do something about that, as you have a chance right now to write down as many of those dreams as you can capture each morning. You may have recurring dreams (which are actually trying to steer you in a new direction), but you hadn’t realized how often they occur without writing them down.

Sagittarius: November 22-December 21

Answer those emails, write real letters and contact old friends now – you’ll be glad you did. You could even send out holiday cards really early – everyone would definitely respond, even if only to ask you why you’re so far ahead of the calendar! Get the photo album put together too, as some of your relatives may ask if you have any pictures of your Aunt Matilda or her cousin Henry.

Capricorn: December 22-January 19

Read everything you can find about innovations and new developments in your career for three days – and then don’t touch those sources for the rest of the retrograde period. Having ‘stoked’ your subconscious with valuable information, give it plenty of time to carefully consider and digest all you learned – and then expect it to produce some stunningly bold solutions for problems, or invent something completely different in your field. You may be implementing those new projects for years to come.

Aquarius: January 20-February 18

If someone asked you what your personal philosophy about life is, or what you really believe about the afterlife, would you have an answer? This might be a good time to read about other religions, or visit different churches or worship centers in your area. It’s very likely you don’t belong to an organized denomination, but you’ll enjoy meeting and talking with others who are also on a quest for deepened spirituality.

Pisces: February 19-March 20

What are you planning on leaving your children, close relatives, or favorite charity? It’s an uncomfortable question for most people, but one which needs to be considered. Do you want your grandmother’s furniture appraised by an antiques dealer and then sold for the money to send all your grandkids to college? Or wish to sell your house upon your demise and have that money turned over to your heart-felt causes? If not written down, your wishes can’t be fulfilled. Make notes to yourself and then draw up a will after Mercury goes direct once more.

Instead of dreading the glitches a Retrograde Mercury can toggle, resolve to move forward on some important project – at least by doing the thinking said project involves. – MZ  

#Madame Zombra