Your horoscope from January 22 to 28, 2015

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      Hitting the refresh or repeat button in a significant way, Mercury tours retrograde to February 11. Communication snafus, power outages, mishaps, accidents, and electrical, mechanical, and vehicle issues are typical. As best you can, stay on top of repairs and double-check plans, instructions, and expectations.

      Over the next three weeks, you could be challenged to stick to what you know. At the same time, what you know may not cut it or be all there is. You may be forced to explore alternate options and/or get more creative. Peppered by Aquarius this time around, Mercury retrograde is sure to add a twist when you least expect it.

      Who you know, how you’re connected, and/or whether you stay connected is also a developing story. Surprise reconnections are the fun part. Coincidence, controversy, intrigue, and politics are on tap. You/we can be directly or indirectly affected by a friendship, an association, a group dynamic, or a social, community, or global matter.

      Just before Mercury began retrograde, it was on a buildup curve with Jupiter. The turnaround may have played out as a crisis averted, or an almost-but-not-quite-there-yet situation. Consider the retrograde cycle a reprieve opportunity, time to upgrade and regroup before pushing on. Mercury and Jupiter will allow passage through the turnstile by March 1.

      Friday goes easy on us. Saturday/Sunday puts more fuel in the tank. Venus enters inspirational Pisces on Tuesday, but a serious or cautious overtone continues through the end of next week.

      March 20 - April 20

      Some things and people never change; some things and people do. As is typical of Mercury retrograde, you can expect serendipitous re-meets and repeats with a few surprises tossed into the mix over the next few weeks. Don’t expect things to flat-line. Do expect one thing after another. Fresh insights, inspirations, and creative solutions are the gift of the transit.

      April 20 - May 21

      While Mercury is retrograde, you may not have a lot of control over outside factors. Aim to instigate effective change from the inside out. Don’t dwell on the “can’t” list. Peruse the “can-do” column, and there’s sure to be an option you can work with. Circumstances have a life of their own. The timing isn’t always within your comfort zone, but so be it.

      May 21 - June 21

      A trip, a getaway, a cut-out period, or a trial run can be ideal while Mercury travels retrograde. Revisits, temporary studies, a project, a sideline, or an add-on can also be well timed. Do you write, perform, agent, or advocate for others? The next few weeks can ignite a lucrative and creative spurt. While things don’t always go according to plan or preference, an unexpected portal can open.

      June 21 - July 22

      A review of finances is in order. Is there a purchase that you can put off? What’s your contingency plan? When Mercury is retrograde, it’s never a good idea to buy big-ticket items or count on a promise before delivery. The retrograde could pull the plug on a financial stream or derail a relationship. Unforeseen expenses or complications are all too common.

      July 22 - August 23

      You’ll see folks and situations in a different light, now that Mercury retrograde is in full swing. Vice versa is also true. Not so game or hot for it now? The switch can go suddenly off or on, perhaps to an extreme. Positive or negative, watch for a strange twist of fate or a surprise sidetrack to claim your time and attention.

      August 23 - September 23

      Interruptions, inconveniences, and time and money wasters are to be expected for the next three weeks. Your daily schedule or the machine called your body can go out of whack while Mercury in Aquarius tours retrograde. Bringing safeguards to the forefront is an excellent idea; still, the unexpected can one-up you. When caught off guard, take it one step at a time.

      September 23 - October 23

      A change of mind or heart is to be expected while Mercury in Aquarius tours retrograde. Something out of the blue could rev you up or take the wind out of your sails. When in a quandary, sit back, observe, and let circumstances play out. A creative spurt, a trip, or a short adventure dishes up the best the cycle has to offer.

      October 23 - November 22

      Whether through memories or an actual revisit, a throwback to the past is typical of Mercury retrograde. Of course, when the cycle happens in Aquarius, very little is typical, ordinary, or the same. Upheaval, uprooting, or the unexpected can occur regarding home, family, or real estate. Stay on guard for electrical, mechanical, or Internet problems. Health could throw you for a loop too.

      November 22 - December 21

      A delay, a sidetrack, or a backtrack is likely now that Mercury has turned retrograde. Still, you can put the cycle to good use when you aim for quick and temporary solutions, projects, measures, et cetera. Along with Venus into Pisces, it’s a time to pull back on social involvement in order to regroup, heal, submerge in a creative project, or simply be here now.

      December 21 - January 20

      You aren’t likely to be in the mood for more of the same while Mercury tours retrograde. As well, you can find yourself distracted or short on patience. Never a dull moment; expect the next couple of weeks to busy you with one thing after another. There’s more guesswork, up-in-the-air, or trial and error to get through.

      January 20 - February 18

      Happening this time in your sign, Mercury retrograde can provide an opportune second chance or a fresh wind. A complete start-over or make-over is within possibility too. If the start of the cycle has brought you to “almost but not quite there yet”, you’ll simply have to chalk one up. More time, sorting-out, or setup is necessary.

      February 18 - March 20

      Personally, creatively, and healthwise, you have more going on than meets the eye. While Mercury tours retrograde, having quality time to yourself is ideal. A vacation can be too. Get off the hamster wheel every chance you get. Venus in Pisces, starting Tuesday, revitalizes you. It also boosts your ability to attract attention, favour, and romance.