This is the point in the year when 2021 starts to prove itself to be a very different year to 2020, where the motion of the planets slowed right down and with even Venus and Mars both spending months in retrograde motion last year. Neither will retrograde this year and instead are speeding up and with Mercury recovering from his retrograde phase in February, the solar system is speeding up but as the planets race through the heavens, there is change and variety. So much so that towards the end of the month you will welcome a chance to spend some time in life's slow lane.
This won't be caused by a retrograde phase, though Pluto's retrograde turn in your relationship sector on 28th April will open the doors to the past. Instead, the slow lane will open up when Mars returns to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 23rd April, to begin the wind down of your current Mars cycle. Because of Mars' retrograde phase last year this has been a particularly long cycle, finally ending when he leaves here and returns to Cancer in June. Until then, while life will continue to flow at pace, the wind down of a Mars cycle does require more time to hear yourself think and to recharge your batteries.
Meanwhile, the month begins with a lot of action on the professional front, with Venus in your career sector until 15th April, the Sun until 17th April and Mercury here from 4th April to 19th April. While all three visited your career sector in 2020 and this is where Mars spent nearly seven months, due to a retrograde phase, they were never this tightly bunched. As Mars only wrapped up his longest visit in 32 years in January, this is a chance to tie up loose ends and bring things home. It is then that first Venus, then Mercury and finally the Sun will leave and return to your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking, where they will end the month.
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While the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in an adventurous part of your chart before returning to your career sector, this isn't the shock to the system that this would suggest. Life doesn't suddenly go from an adventurous to a professional focus in a way that it has done in the past. That is because since 2012 you have had dreamy Neptune in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery and even when the faster planets aren't moving through, she is there to keep the dream and the spirit of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure alive. Starting the month with the Sun and Venus here simply highlights this, bringing this from the background to the foreground of your life.
If you have ever wondered why you find it hard to fully embrace the holiday spirit over Christmas and the New Year but then reach the end of February and want to make up for lost time, this is why. The Sun will always turn the solar spotlight onto all things adventurous in the last 10 days of February and the first three weeks of March. However, it is Venus and Mercury who are working as the perfect tag team this month. Until she leaves on 22nd March, Venus will fuel a desire for adventure as she works to leave you with a bucket list, while from his return on 16th March to his departure early next month, Mercury will work to turn this into a game plan and resolutions.
Meanwhile, this is when Venus will follow the Sun into your career sector, which will have positive implications on the job and career fronts. There has been a chance to let things settle since Mars left your career sector in January, ending his longest visit in 32 years, with a chance to take things up again though with a chance to create a new normal. That new normal includes not working yourself as hard as you may have done in the past, with Mars returning to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 4th March to begin the wind down of your current Mars cycle as he prepares to return to Cancer next month.