After three weeks of red tape and false starts, a plan begins to emerge that could get the green light you’ve been waiting for. Consensus as hard to come by while Mercury backed up through Aquarius from January 14 to 25, and once it slipped into Capricorn, debates turned into frustrating power struggles.

Don’t expect things to repair themselves. You may need to call a summit or extend an olive branch. Overnight fixes are also out of the question, since Mercury retrograde’s shadow (aka “retroshade”) lingers until February 24, when Mercury retraces its steps and makes it back to 10º19 Aquarius, the degree where it began its backspin. Forge ahead, but be patient with the process.