"Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
-- Milan KunderaThe communication planet is going out of phase for the first time in 2015 from January 21 through February 11. Let the disgruntled conjecture begin! Yes, as always, it’s a good idea to back up your electronics, especially as this particular Mercury Retrograde is in a techy sign. Look to the area of your horoscope where Aquarius falls and expect to undergo some revision in that department for the next several weeks.
In general, this is a time for all of us to rethink our long-term goals, as in your 5-10-20-year plans. Aquarius rules the bigger wishes and dreams, plus the tribe and social networks that take us there. All of this is up for review now. If you don’t like where your life is heading, take time to reassess under this retrograde.
On the fun side, old friends and tribe could suddenly reappear in your life after a long absence. If they do, they're probably returning to help you redefine your future mission statement. This is also a time when we're reflecting upon where we belong in the greater whole. If we don’t feel like we’ve found “our people” as in kindred souls with similar values and goals, this is a chance to really reflect on what’s out of alignment or what we need to do to find our crew.
Some friendships may be on the outs while other missing-in-action besties unexpectedly return to the scene. Aquarius loves to add the unexpected twist to any situation, so this is a great opportunity to think outside of the box. We’re also more likely to have a greater sense of detachment and objectivity under this influence, which can be immensely helpful for mental breakthroughs where we once felt way too emotionally attached. That said, communication on social networking could be disastrous during this retrograde due to quirky misunderstandings or status updates gone awry.