What Does Wellness Mean For You in 2022? Here's What Your Horoscope Says – POPSUGAR

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As joyous as ringing in a brand-new year can be, it can also feel stressful, especially if you allow yourself to become hyperfocused on a lengthy list of goals you have yet to accomplish. This is one of the many reasons why setting realistic New Year’s resolutions will not only bring you closer to the emotional fulfillment you seek, but it will also inspire you to keep pushing on, all while remaining focused on your overall 2022 intentions. This is especially significant when it comes to your health and general well-being. Instead of being so hard on yourself at the start of 2022 and rushing whatever goals you have in mind, you’ll see that your 2022 health and wellness horoscope will encourage you to take your time in creating new habits. Mastering a productive wellness routine requires a delicate balance, and prioritizing time to nurture your mind, body, and soul is no exception.

Fortunately, in addition to staying disciplined and inspired, harnessing the sacred language of astrology can serve as a helping hand. While there are many factors within your 2022 health and wellness horoscope to consider, there are a few noteworthy planetary transits to keep in mind. To start, go-getter Mars is the planet of energy and physicality, but the zodiac sign it’s transiting through can help determine where most of your energy may be going. Interestingly enough, the red planet will station retrograde (or slow down) in the multifaceted sign of Gemini from Oct. 30 all the way through Jan. 12, 2023. Governed by Mercury, Gemini prefers a variety of options, as it’s also notorious for its fickle personality. Therefore, 2022’s Mars retrograde cycle will not only encourage you to take it easy, but also to challenge your modus operandi when it comes to the way you assert your energy.
When it comes to your 2022 health and wellness routines, perhaps it’s time to think outside the box and consider new options, especially for maintaining your physical health and your go-to problem solving skills. What’s more, Jupiter, planet of abundance, blessings, fortune, and expansion, will make its first official ingress into Mars’ courageous sign of rulership, Aries, from May 10 until Nov. 23. During this time, you may find you’re more competitive, feisty, and enthusiastic about your successes, which can give way to much wellness inspiration. Don’t get me wrong; every transit has its ups and downs. But, you will have plenty of energy at your disposal.
Here’s what your 2022 health and wellness horoscope has in store for you, according to your zodiac sign. Also, be sure to read your zodiac sign’s 2022 overall horoscope, your 2022 love and sex horoscope, your 2022 money and career horoscope, and your 2022 friendship horoscope for an even deeper look at what lies ahead.
Despite the general highs and lows of your hot-headed planetary ruler, Mars, you still have the advantage of its fiery energy and warrior-like mentality, which means you can pretty much execute whatever you set your mind to. You have plenty to look forward to this year, but if you’re looking to improve your overall health and wellness routines, the first Mercury retrograde of the year may come in handy. Mercury rules your sixth house of health, daily rituals, and general mindfulness, but it will station retrograde in Aries and your socially conscious 11th house of community and friend groups on Jan. 14. You might want to start looking for a workout pal or even explore signing up for an online Pilates class. Either way, this Mercury retrograde cycle at the start of 2022 is encouraging you to take a step back and reflect on your connections relate to your health.
Before making its debut in your sign on May 10, Jupiter will first transit through Pisces via your 12th house of closure, karma, surrender, and coping mechanisms, which means you’re being called to reunite with the inner parts of yourself you’ve unconsciously neglected. Mercury will also slip into Pisces and this area of your chart on March 9, bringing awareness to your subconscious mind. Because this area of your chart also governs institutions, sacrifice, and therapy, it’s important not to sleep on your mental health.
Just in time for your birthday season, the April 1 new moon in your sign will offer you a well-deserved new beginning and an opportunity for you to set intentions. Think: how can you improve your health habits? What area of your life needs more love? It’s time to prioritize your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Then again, you can always wait to kick-start these intentions until mid-May when your red-hot ruler, Mars, returns to your sign. There’s no place Mars would rather be, so use this energy to work on your fitness,, before Mars retrograde at the end of October slows things down.
Taurus, self-improvement has been top of mind for you for quite some time, and come 2022, you’re finally starting to see the results you’ve been hoping for. The year kicks off with your planetary ruler, Venus — which also happens to govern your health-conscious sixth house — retrograde in Capricorn. Spinning through your adventurous ninth house of adventure and general expansion, this retrograde cycle is encouraging you to reflect on the results of your current health and wellness routines, as well as the value of your personal investments. Are your daily rituals aligned with your exciting long-term goals? This period is presenting you with an opportunity to explore other, newer options for a daily routine that may inspire you more.
Jupiter will make its first official ingress into Aries on May 10, igniting your 12th house of closure, rest, and surrender. This is not only an excellent time to go outside and spend more time in nature, but also to meditate, journal, and get some shut-eye. In short, take a load off. In August, Venus enters Leo and your domestic fourth house of home, family, and emotional foundations. The sun will also be hovering over this area of your chart, but with Venus — ruler of your sixth house of wellness — in the mix, you may do well to opt for some indoor activities that are equally as beneficial as they are entertaining. Zumba via Zoom perhaps? Otherwise, you can always shake it off to your favorite classes or songs in front of your own mirror. This is also an opportunity to indulge in some royal treatment, even if that means taking a much-deserved mental health day, or two, to catch up on your favorite sitcom with breakfast in bed.
Tending to your health is a no-brainer for you this year, Gemini. In addition to having the guiding North Node in Taurus over your 12th house of the subconscious mind, the release-hungry South Node will be transiting through your health-conscious sixth house of mindfulness, daily rituals, and day-to-day routine. Take this as a sign that this year is all about nurturing the relationship between your mind, body, and soul and releasing whatever doesn’t.
This new year’s eclipses will also activate both of these astrological houses, which could trigger significant breakthroughs in these areas, both when it comes to your unconscious wellness patterns and your general health responsibilities, like your annual doctor’s visit or an exercise routine. That said, if you’ve been doing everything in your power to break free from a bad habit, or perhaps overworking yourself to the point of exhaustion, this year’s eclipses are here to help you move past those habits. This, of course, depends on whether you’re willing to work on yourself.
October will be action-packed, so don’t get too comfortable toward the end of the year. On Oct. 29, your planetary ruler, Mercury, will enter your sixth house of healing. Although, Mars will station retrograde in your sign the following day, meaning everything from your daily routine to your health habits will be under the spotlight. The not-so great news first? You may be running low on energy while this happens, but that isn’t the end of the world. Retrograde transits are all about slowing down, so consider this your time for rest. On a brighter note, this is also an excellent time to take a step back and reassess what next steps you want to prioritize with regard to your health. If you’ve been feeling mentally overloaded, or you know you’re prone to overthinking things, Mars retrograde in your sign could offer you a necessary period of quiet relief for your mind.
Cancer, while your people-pleasing tendencies come from a really good place, you’re finally ready to take your power back. At the end of 2021 and into the start of 2022, Venus retrograde in Capricorn, via your seventh house of significant others, will set a powerful tone for the rest of 2022, as the North Node will also be shifting into Venus-ruled Taurus and your 11th house of community affairs and kindred souls. That being said, you’re kicking off the new year with a completely different approach to your future, as you are ready to reap the fruits of your hard labor.
Believe it or not, the amount of time you spend nurturing and supporting others, if left unchecked or spent on those who don’t replenish your energy, can take a toll on your own mental health and take time away from your day and personal wellness routines. This will be at the forefront of your mind when Mercury stations retrograde in Aquarius on Jan. 14, giving you a chance to reflect on your energetic investments. Where in your life are you giving too much of yourself and not getting anything in return?
You’re simultaneously experiencing a powerful rebirth in other areas of your life. With Jupiter — celestial ruler of your sixth house of health and daily rituals — transiting through Pisces via your ninth house of adventure, you’re ready to take a leap of faith and test the waters on a new wellness journey. Whether it be a meditation course in which you can prioritize decompressing and releasing stress, or a spiritual retreat overseas, the cosmos are positioning you for a spiritual breakthrough. Mars will also retrograde toward the end of October, through your 12th house of solitude, bringing forth the opportunity to relax your mind. Don’t hesitate to lean into this well-deserved hiatus.
You aren’t wasting any time come 2022, Leo. The year kicks off with Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This is happening via your health-conscious sixth house of day-to-day lifestyle, due diligence, and general well-being, so it’s no wonder you’re so eager to succeed in your health goals. Saturn-ruled Capricorn, a representation of self-mastery, also governs this practical house in your birth chart. More importantly, however, with Venus retrograde and Pluto hovering over your health sector, you’re being called to reflect and reassess everything from your productivity levels to the repercussions of overworking yourself. If your place of employment has been taking a toll on your mental health, this is where you are being called to choose yourself. Create more time for your mind, body, and spirit to thrive. You’re worth it.
Fortunately, with lucky Jupiter transiting through mystical Pisces and your eighth house of shadow work for the majority of the year, there’s an opportunity to heal and, more importantly, to get to the root of your unconscious stressors. Saturn will eventually clash with the North Node in Taurus via your 10th house of career, challenging everything from your professional schedule to your general peace of mind. Granted, everything is circumstantial, but if your current occupation is a trigger point for your health, that may become clear during this year’s eclipse series.
Moreover, Jupiter’s reunion with Neptune in Pisces on April 8 is encouraging you to lean on your best pals and/or significant other(s) for the support you seek. You’ll also benefit greatly from diving into spiritual practices, such as meditation, reiki, or perhaps even crystal healing, that allow you a period of quiet during the day. Overall, you’ll likely find the way you “do” life is changing for the better this year.
There’s no such thing as perfect, but your zodiac archetype may as well be the epitome of health and wellness, Virgo. Your mutable Earth sign is a representation of mental, physical, and spiritual development, and part of your divine mission is to heal yourself and what surrounds you. More importantly, with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius — via your ruling sixth house of mindfulness and daily duties — for the past year or so, you may have sensed a greater emphasis on everything from your daily health habits to your general time-management skills. Structured and disciplined Saturn will continue to activate this area of your chart until May 2023, and rest assured, the amount of work you put into shaping your daily wellness routines will benefit you in more ways than one. The dark side? You could be feeling more pressure than usual in these areas of your life, but there is power in how accountable you are.
Between September and October 2022, Saturn will face off with change-maker Uranus via your expansive ninth house of wisdom, unknown territory, and belief systems, but this has been an ongoing pattern for you since 2021. Granted, the tension stemming from this aspect is undeniable, as you are being pulled in two completely different directions with regard to the logistics of your current reality vs. the path toward your ultimate goal. The friction will lead to something much greater in due time. The remedy in the meantime? Developing and prioritizing wellness routines that are equally as challenging as they are liberating. In fact, the mental and physical transformation you may experience during this time could surprise you. This could be anything from an unexpected change to your eating habits or a new fondness for strength training. All in all, your mental, physical, and spiritual endurance will reach great heights during this time, and it will be a humbling, but rewarding, experience.
Thinking of turning your guest room into an at-home gym, Libra? Your planetary ruler, Venus, will be retrograde in Capricorn — via your domestic fourth house of family and your humble abode— until Jan. 29. Venus represents everything from your personal aesthetic to your spending habits. But in structured Capricorn, this Venus retrograde encourages you to reflect on the value of your alone time, as well as your long-term health and wellness investments. How can you improvise and create more space — mentally and physically — for your health journey? Whether you decide to invest in an exercise machine or an online Pilates program, the celestial synergy of Venus and Pluto will serve as a catalyst for your personal growth and transformation. In other words, Venus wants you to feel your best, Pluto triggers transformation and rebirth, and Capricorn perseveres forward with discipline and focus. Now, it’s your turn to make a change and commit to your fitness routine.
Until May 2022, lucky Jupiter will also be transiting through its traditional sign of rulership, Pisces, via your health-conscious sixth house, bringing abundance, expansion, and growth to your mental and physical well-being. For some, this may start with incorporating new, healthy options into your meals and meditating before work every morning, while others of you may decide to go so far as to hire a life coach — the possibilities are endless. Jupiter can also symbolize travel, so if you’re feeling the call to sign up for a cool spiritual healing retreat, this could be a sign to take the leap. In fact, larger-than-life Jupiter will meet with Neptune, the planet of compassion, spirituality, and universal love, in your health sector on April 12, making spring break 2022 prime time for vacation or staycation of self-love.
Scorpio, despite this being one of the most magical years of your life, you’re also being challenged to level up. The year kicks off with Venus retrograde conjunct your modern ruler, Pluto, in Capricorn via your third house of communication. This area of your chart goes far beyond the buzzing notifications on your smartphone, as it also has to do with your mindset and the way you process information. Maybe you’ve been secretly avoiding social situations or simply delaying your routine doctor visit. Whether this has been consciously or unconsciously, this transit is going to shed light on everything from your mental blockages to your general fears. It will also clue you in to the people, places, and things you value and prioritize, especially if they’re not necessarily worth your time and precious mental energy.
Energy flows where intention goes, but if there’s anything this year is trying to teach you, it’s to get out of your own way. Fortunately, once Mars — your traditional ruling planet and celestial ruler of your health-conscious sixth house — joins Venus in Capricorn, you’ll have both the mental drive to create more discipline in your health routines and the physical endurance to get it all done.
On April 14, Mars enters Pisces via your fifth house of fun, passion, and self expression, and this is a great time to get creative with your exercise routine, especially with bountiful Jupiter in the mix. Consider dancing off any extra stress. On May 2, harmony-seeking Venus will make its dazzling debut in Aries via your sixth house of daily habits, closely followed by Mars on May 24. The bottom line? This spring and summer should be an energizing, inspiring period that revitalizes how you see and approach your health and wellness practices.
Your consistent inconsistency is working in your favor this year, Sagittarius. This is especially true when considering Uranus’s erratic transit through your sixth house of health, daily rituals, and general mindfulness that continues for the next four years. In other words, you’re overdue for a reset in your daily routines. Uranus is the planet of disruption, innovation, and unexpected change, and it’s been activating this area of your chart for quite some time now, all while squaring taskmaster Saturn via your third house of communication, thought process, and immediate surroundings. This more than likely triggered an overload of jumbled, miscellaneous thoughts that eventually led to more stress than you bargained for.
Despite the undeniable friction stemming from this challenging square — you are prone to experiencing tension between your idea of structure and the desire to break free — Uranus in Taurus has been shedding light on the barriers and limitations of your current routine. You may have been used to taking a more conventional approach to health and wellness, but with the help of Uranus’s revolutionary spirit, you’re feeling ready to explore alternative methods and routines. Keep in mind, Venus — celestial ruler of your sixth house of health — will retrograde in Capricorn via your second house of money and value systems. The amount of time, money, and energy you’ve invested into daily routines is being brought to your attention, and chances are, you’ll uncover some changes you need to make.
With the South Node in Scorpio — via your 12th house of closure, karma, escapism, and surrender — in 2022, you’re being called to purge something that’s no longer serving you. What exactly this is will become clearer during 2022’s eclipses, which continue to bring emphasis to the idea of approaching your wellness routines with spontaneity.
Capricorn, you get to start the new year celebrating your birthday, so it’s time to make it count. And if there were ever a time to diligently prioritize the best version of yourself, it’s 2022. The year starts with Venus retrograde conjunct transformative Pluto in your sign. Despite the positive effects that could come out of this transit in the long run, this retrograde is not for the faint of heart, as it could bring about a pivotal change to your general sense of security, both personally and with regard to your health.
The good news is, you know a thing or two about persevering and working tirelessly toward your goals, and you also know most good things don’t always come easily. Generally, retrograde cycles encourage us to slow down in order to reflect and review what’s been hidden from the conscious mind. For you, Venus retrograde will shed light on themes surrounding everything from the relationship you have with your physical body to your outlook on health. This is an opportunity for you to go within and recognize your overflowing value in all areas of life — your worth goes far beyond your business-savvy mentality and incomparable work ethic. Your happiness also plays a crucial role in your mental health, but it’s up to you to make time for the things that nourish it.
On Oct. 30, Mars stations retrograde in Gemini via your sixth house of daily rituals and health habits. Mars is naturally hotheaded, as it is the planet of energy, drive, and combat. In Gemini, Mars thrives in fast-paced situations, where it can tap into the mind for problem-solving. Mars retrograde in Gemini? Not so much. This retrograde transit will challenge you to take a step back from your tedious to-do list and focus on activities that allow you to check in with yourself. You will have no choice but to slow down and make more time for yourself and your well-being, perhaps with activities like a refreshing jog before work or simply taking a longer lunch break.
How do you deal with stress, Aquarius? Like it or not, this is something to really think about in 2022, especially if you’ve been putting your mental health on the line or on the back burner as a way to cope with chaos. 2022 starts with Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, which will highlight everything from your unconscious thought patterns to the past relationships you may still be grieving over. Where are you oversacrificing your peace of mind and mental well-being for the sake of another?
You may find yourself confronting self-sabotaging behaviors during this time, too, but it’s all for the best. After all, the 12th house sits right across the street from your sixth house of health, daily rituals, and acts of service, with the exception that the 12th house is more spiritual than practical. This is important to note, because the moment you liberate yourself from a tricky spiritual entanglement or detrimental coping mechanism, everything from your daily productivity levels to your overall mental well-being will begin to improve.
Keep in mind, Saturn continues to transit through your sign until March 2023, which challenges you to step it up in more ways than one. Saturn tends to trigger feelings of limitation and restriction, which could become burdensome to your mental health. Journaling, breathwork, and spending time in nature may help you combat this and cultivate a positive mindset in the long run. Finally, you’ll want to set a reminder for Jun. 28, when a new moon in Cancer occurs in your health-conscious sixth house. Use this lunar event to set some intentions for the healthy habits you want to materialize over the next several months.
Pisces, if you think you’re a powerful manifestor now, just wait until both of your celestial rulers — Jupiter and Neptune — meet in your sign on April 12. The magical, serendipitous synergy of this union, along with Jupiter’s general journey through your sign, will not only heighten your intuition and relationship with the spirit realm, but it will also help you grow and expand your horizons. It’s also the perfect excuse to adopt wellness practices that lean into this growth, like starting to meditate or, better yet, getting certified for Reiki Level 1. If you’re into swimming or spending time near bodies of water in general, water aerobics like aqua jogging are an excellent alternative for a full-body workout. You are, after all, a mutable water sign, so working within your element can set you up for success. Others of you may opt for yoga by the beach or perhaps under a full moon. Spending time in nature, or something as simple as being conscious with your breath, goes a long way.
Keep in mind, you also have taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius until March 2023, hovering over your 12th house of closure, karma, solitude, and surrender. This is challenging you to confront unresolved feelings of guilt or yearning. You may decide to seek out the help of a counselor or therapist, considering Saturn is wise and this area of your chart has everything to do with unpacking your subconscious mind.
The end of July, when the sun and Mercury enter Leo and your health-conscious sixth house of daily routines, is a wonderful time to work on your fitness and decompress with physical activity. Devise a plan during the new moon in Leo on July 28, which will bring significant new beginnings to this area of your life and help you get started.
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