By Nix Chace

Mars retrograde from April 17 until June 29 leaves all the signs some space to think about intense emotion, anger, passion, and individuality. Taurus’ time to shine is soon to come and already this has been a season of change, revelation, and breaking free. Now that mars has entered a retrograde, it’s time for everyone to find their footing and pave their own paths into a new future. For fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), this means going with your gut, and overcoming insecurities. For earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) this means starting over and letting go of the fears holding you back. For air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) this time is about navigating your role in your interpersonal relationships. For water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) try following through on what you believe is best for you is true.

ARIES 3/21 – 4/19

The Aries new moon earlier this month was a big one for you. You’ve realized there’s changes in your life that seem exciting, hopeful, and scary. I know things can get busy but the only one getting in the way of your new life is yourself. Your ruling planet is in retrograde which means that it’s time to invest in yourself and let go of your past fears. This is still your time to shine, and you have all the potential in the world.

TAURUS 4/20 – 5/20

Letting go of past pain and trauma is hard. Processing the past hurts. But it’s like removing a bandage, once it’s off, the hard part is over and you’re able to move on. Start over, pull out those deep roots and plant some new seeds. Your season is here! And with it will be spring flowers and a sense of a new beginning.

GEMINI 5/21 – 6/20

Lately you’ve been questioning your place in your friend group. With a new season sprouting, let new friendships do the same. Invest your time in in those you believe to be worthy, maybe take some space away from people who don’t appreciate you. Part of starting over means choosing the people to start things over with.

CANCER 6/21 – 7/22

Your path seems a little fuzzy, it may seem as though everyone knows what to do except for you. The secret is, no one is 100 percent sure what will happen next, it’s all just a game of chance. Don’t be afraid to play the game, Cancer. Bet on yourself and your future. Take the steps laid out before you and you’ll see that entering a new season, a new quarter, a new phase in your life isn’t as hard as it seems.

LEO 7/23 – 8/22

You’ve had time recently to rethink the way you see the world, you may have been feeling cleansed and renewed in the past couple weeks. Don’t let go of that feeling too quickly. Be careful, the world can be harsh and you need to retain that new feeling you’ve gained. The mars retrograde may leave you feeling a little confused as to how to release your emotions. Trust that you are making progress, you don’t need to over-do everything to prove it to yourself.

VIRGO 8/23 – 9/22

This season hasn’t been affecting your outward life as much as it’s been affecting your inward self. You’ve been using the past as a fuel, something to learn from and not let happen again. Your blossoming is more of an inward one, but it’s also important to blossom outwardly, learning from your past will help you grow and change in a more positive way.

LIBRA 9/23 – 10/22

It seems lately that things have not been going your way. In a season that’s supposed to be about growth and positive change, the world has seemed cruel to you. This is a chance for you to understand the complexities of those around you, and complexities within yourself. Change isn’t always bright and shiny, sometimes it’s harsh and painful, and the truth isn’t always what you want it to be, and that’s completely okay. Accept things not going quite how you imagined, you’ll see that it could turn out better than you planned.

SCORPIO 10/23 – 11/21

You need to re-evaluate. Mars retrograde will have you questioning priorities and what it is you really want. Maybe outlets for expressing your emotions aren’t working anymore? Now is the time to think about what changes you want to see in your life, and changes you want to see in yourself. You have to believe that you are worth that time and energy, because you are more than worth it.

SAGITTARIUS 11/22 – 12/21

So far, this spring has been cathartic for you! You’ve managed to channel your past pains into creativity. Mars retrograde is stationed in your sign. This means that you have all the access to Mars energy! Explore how you want to express who you are to the world and keep up your creative spark. No one knows how to go with change better than you!

CAPRICORN 12/22 – 1/19

Electrifying changes have been sparked deep within you. Your relationships, family dynamics, and friendships are all desperate for a change. Lately you’ve been thinking about what it is you want out of others and now is the time to think about what those changes look like. Mars retrograde looks tricky for you, don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself to mull things over and question the way others handle your heart.

AQUARIUS 1/20 – 2/18

You’ve been thinking about the past in a different way, not by distancing yourself from it, but reaching back into it. Maybe there’s an old friendship you want to rekindle? Maybe there’s someone you’ve been missing? Mars retrograde asks you to look back and see who was always there for you, and who has just been using your kindness. This season doesn’t have to mean removing all your roots, you could just get a do-over.

PISCES 2/19 – 3/20

You need no help when it comes to processing emotions, you’re perfectly capable of analyzing what’s going on in your head, but maybe that’s what needs to change? Let yourself have some space from your own head. Go out and experience something that feels good. Be with people who are rooting for you, get out and breathe in the fresh spring air. Try being your own cheerleader.