Hello lovely ones and happy almost New Moon and Mercury turns retrograde!
Tuesday March 5 is the start of the first retrograde of 2019 which also happens to be a Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully you will have all read the Mercury in Pisces post from a couple of weeks ago which would have highlighted what some of this very long transit of Mercury in Pisces means for each of us and how best we can use it.
But now Mercury is officially retrograde and so it is a good time for us to remind ourselves of what this retrograde is all about, what to be wary of and how best we can use it to our advantage.
Mercury rules communication of all sorts (listening, speaking, the spoken and written word - and mail comes into this!) our minds (how we think, what we think about, our mental processing) travel (of all kinds), technology and contracts.
Even though Mercury retrograde is in many ways a planetary illusion. I know I refer to the planet doing a backwards dance and it does in terms of the zodiac degrees, but it doesn’t actually turn around and move in another direction.
Nonetheless, I think most of us can attest to feeling all the feels (and not necessarily in a good way!) when good ole Mercury turns retrograde.
Communication can get tricky. People can misunderstand each other through miscommunication. This can result in mixed messages and even conflict. We may not receive certain messages (those texts, phone calls or emails which go missing into cyberspace). We may experience delays in receiving our mail, causing us issues elsewhere.
We may experience travel hiccups.
From a flat tire, to dreadful traffic (I kid you not it is amazing how much worse the traffic is during mercury retrogrades) to missed flights and more.
We may find our thinking really fuzzy and find it difficult to get clarity within our own minds on something important.
We may experience brain freeze and find it difficult to harness our minds at work or in creative projects.
Contracts can be an issue at this time. Whether formal contracts or verbal ones, prior contracts can come back to haunt us at this time.
If we are trying to enter into a contract it may prove difficult to pin the other party down and we may have to take extra care as the contract as it stands may not truly serve us.
Technology can go horribly wrong at this time. Gadgets breaking. Computers crashing.
All of this can slow us down as we attempt to go about our daily lives and progress our plans and can lead to a sense of frustration and irritation.
And then the past comes knocking…perhaps things we need to revisit, reconsider, reconcile, review etc….
This isn’t always easy (or welcome) as we may be completely blindsided by the past coming knocking and/or it may be a painful experience.
But as always, we must remember, that every aspect has a duality to it and that Mercury retrograde also offers us a powerful opportunity to s l o w down and to do all things RE and indeed allow ourselves to revisit and ultimately reset/restart an area of life.
Sometimes the past coming knocking for reconciling (within our psyches and in real life), sometimes for final resolution and sometimes for a resounding success (my green card application which I REsubmitted during a mercury retro shadow period was finally approved during the mercury retrograde - a merc retro miracle indeed!).
In the days leading up to Mercury stationing retrograde the shadow period will have felt very intense.
Notice what happened over the last five days/week.
It may give you a clue as to what this retrograde means for you…or some of the themes you may need to be dealing with over the next few weeks.
Now Mercury retrograde in Pisces is going to be interesting for various reasons (and please do re-read the Mercury in Pisces blog from a couple of weeks ago as it has pertinent information which you should pay attention to) but in short, it is likely to mean we may feel ever so slightly lost at sea, or adrift, over the next few weeks.
This is because Pisces is a sign which (regardless of our zodiac sign) rules the psyche and the subconscious mind and given Mercury rules the mind, this combination could bring up a lot of ‘stuff’ that we are not totally clear on, which is unexpected and which makes us feel a little mentally (and emotionally) out of sorts.
Pisces also rules what we keep ‘hidden’ and secrets and so this might be a time when some past secret/thing we keep hidden currently raises its head and makes us feel a little out at sea (all these references to the sea are because Pisces is ruled by Neptune and Neptune is the god of the sea).
And of course in each of our unique charts Pisces rules different life areas/themes.
So we need to be aware of what these themes are (see Soulstrology zodiac guide below) and that they will need to be revisited over the next few weeks and as per the Mercury in Pisces blog from a couple of weeks ago, that if any old wounds resurface, they come up for final healing and closure, so we can each experience a sweet, new chapter.
Note that this Mercury retrograde takes place at the all critical final degree of Pisces (29 degrees) meaning that it is a particularly powerful retrograde which we are likely to feel for all the reasons laid out in the Mercury in Pisces blog from a couple of weeks ago (namely the end of the transit of wounded healer Chiron in Pisces).
This Mercury retrograde will be impacting the New Moon in Pisces which takes place the following day (the cosmos certainly has a sense of humor!) and you will be able to read about that in separate posts coming very soon.
For a general Mercury Retrograde do’s and dont’s and a throwback , ‘revisiting’ past astro posts of my own (in true Mercury retrograde style) please read my Huffington Post blog from 2014 as the advice still stands true to this day.
Wishing you a mindful start to this Mercury retrograde! Don’t forget to listen to a soundbath or two to help you out (there is a specific Mercury retrograde soundbath and plenty more for you to access!)
MERCURY RETROGRADE IN PISCES SOULSTROLOGY ZODIAC GUIDE
Aries/Aries rising: Healing, psychological matters, work you do behind the scenes/in private, secret projects.
Taurus/Taurus rising: Friendships, groups and organizations. Your soul tribe. Your hopes, wishes and dreams for the future.
Gemini/Gemini rising: Career, success, status and ambition. Your soul's legacy.
Cancer/Cancer rising: Higher education, spirituality, foreign places or people, travel, legal matters, publishing.
Leo/Leo rising: Joint finances, sex, transformation and merging.
Virgo/Virgo rising: Close partnerships of all kinds, platonic, professional and romantic.
Libra/Libra rising: Daily lifestyle, work and routine. Health - mind/body/soul.
Scorpio/Scorpio rising: Love, dating, romance, fun, self-expression, creativity, children.
Sagittarius/Sagittarius rising: Home, domestic life. Who and what you consider home/family.
Capricorn/Capricorn rising: Your mind and communication, your voice in all formats and associated projects. Siblings, neighbors and your local community.
Aquarius/Aquarius rising: Your personal finances and income, possessions, your values and self-esteem
Pisces/Pisces rising: Your identity, appearance and how others view you. The essence of you.