We have a dance happening with Mercury, Venus and Mars the first half of 2014. On January 31, Venus in Capricorn stations direct and Mercury leaves Aquarius for the fluid waters of Pisces. A few days later Mercury will station retrograde on February 6 and begin to dancing backwards into Aquarius. Mars in Libra is currently waiting patiently in the sidelines before he takes his turn stationing retrograde on March 1 . . . the day after Mercury stations direct. Whew! Venus will station direct at 12° Capricorn within a degree of Pluto in Capricorn whilst Mercury will be cozying up to Neptune in Pisces when it stations retrograde at 3° Pisces. This means both faster moving planets will spend several days in the vicinity of Pluto and Neptune, much longer than usual. The Venus-Pluto conjunction could seriously curtail spending, especially on what Pluto deems unessential items. This may have been a theme for many during the past month or so of the Venus retrograde and we are getting one last firm reminder of the importance of sensible spending habits. The feeling I have about the Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces is it will temporarily suspend our preoccupation with all the bad things happening around the world. Aquarius is big on letting everyone know what will happen if we continue on our present course of action, for better or worse. Annoying enough, they are often right. Pisces comes along and reminds us to have faith because someone out there loves us, so relax already. Now Mars will station retrograde at 27° Libra square Venus in Capricorn . . . putting stress on our relationships with loved ones. In this instance Venus is moving at her usual speed so this will likely be a mere speed bump on the road to True Love. Though it kind of depends on whether or not Saturn stationing retrograde at 23° Scorpio on March 2 is affecting your natal personal planets. Interesting times!! These back to back retrogrades could be the Universe reminding everyone to slow down and think about what we’re doing instead of dashing from one emergency to the next. Venus retrogrades usually remind us there are more important things in life than money, Mercury retrogrades teach us why we need listen carefully whilst Mars retrogrades offer lessons in pacing as in slow down and live longer! The headlong pace so many embrace is not always healthy, OK?