Hoorah! The first of three, and arguably one of the most chaotic Mercury retrogrades is officially over, but not quite out of the water.
What is Mercury?
In astrology, the planet Mercury represents your mind, thought, communication, and everything associated with it (like your phone, email, car and deliveries). Unless you’ve gone off grid to live the eco dream in a forest girt yurt, you live in the information age like most of us. No surprise Mercury is a big player in modern life.
When Mercury rolls into a backspin life can turn upside down and inside out. No wonder it grabs headlines from thousands of social media accounts all the way up to large mainstream media platforms, as computers crash, mobile phones are dropped in toilets or, as we saw this time around, Facebook and Instagram go down for extended periods. Phew!
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All about retrogrades
Retrogrades ask us to take time to reflect and ‘course-correct’ as there’s usually something we’ve missed. Something may not have worked out for a reason. Do you need to let it go, or does it require a fresh take? What new information came to light over the past three weeks?
Mercury has been in Pisces – here’s what that means
Pisces is a particularly romantic and nostalgic sign. Like all water signs, the past is never far away as it operates in an emotional or psychic, non-linear zone, beyond the reach of time. What did you find yourself daydreaming about, reminiscing or literally dreaming? Who wafted in from your past, either in person or in your mind? These events are worth noting. Mercury represents the messenger, so make the best of any chaos or confusion by contemplating the messages hidden in synchronicity.
As Pisces is a water sign, consider your inner voice, knowledge you can’t explain, and dreams. Pisces is illusory and non-tangible at the best of times so Mercury in this sign can leave us on slippery ground in terms of definitive communications.
Where to from here?
Mercury continues direct in Pisces until April 17. Unofficially known as ‘retro-shade,’ over the next three weeks Mercury covers terrain it backtracked through over the retrograde period. Meanings will become more apparent and you get a second chance at whatever has emerged from the foggy mists of your mind! Continue to use this time to dream, let your mind wander and float, try your hand at poetry, painting or any other creative way of expressing what you mean, feel or even channel!
Watch for: illusion, delusion, the unseen, misunderstandings, missed messages or deliveries, lost data.
Mercury in Pisces survival pack
The following mantras will help out if you’re feeling the effects of Mercury in Pisces:
“I easily hear and acknowledge my inner mystic (voice).”
“I easily notice and understand the subtle information I pick up.”
“I easily express myself creatively.”
“I easily express my highest truth’”
“I easily communicate in a way that others hear and understand.”
Mercury in Pisces for each sign
Aries | Aries rising
Self-worth, possessions and money require the genie treatment. Value your inner voice Aries and you’ll know exactly what to do and when, to hit pay day. It may seem like you burn through money but when you spend it on what means the most to you, it tends to manifest more as if by magic.
Taurus | Taurus rising
The sign of communication in the area of communication doubles up on learning to literally ‘read the signs’. Do you have a calling to study something that doesn’t quite make sense? You don’t like the non-tangible, so put in extra effort to trust your inner voice. You may feel it as a gut instinct or other physical sensations in your body. Up and expansive means yes, downward and contracting is a big no or at least, look for more information.
Gemini | Gemini rising
Mercury is your ruling sign so when it goes into retrograde you notice! This month it’s been causing chaos in your home. Take the time to dream on the sofa or journal by a breezy window. Do you need to straighten up some misunderstandings at home? Now’s the time.
Cancer | Cancer rising
Mercury is direct, move forward with creative projects or new creative techniques you’ve been thinking about. If single, a romantic situation may resolve somewhat. Coupled? Bring in the romance with poetic settings, poetry and lighting! Children are highlighted, you may become clear on what’s happening with yours now! How can you creatively course correct your relationship with them?
Leo | Leo rising
Mystery ailments will resolve, comms at work, need work, and your routines need some extra mystic dash. If you don’t meditate or practice mindfulness, this one maybe asking you to on the daily. It will straighten up a lot of issues for you. What insight appeared for you over the last three weeks in these areas? Time to set them straight.
Virgo | Virgo rising
Virgo, your one on one partnership/s, work or personal, will be course correcting. Seek the oneness together with your significant other, bring the empathy into your comms with them and notice what you’ve been tuning into. This one’s been nostalgic so tap into anything that needs clearing from your past to set your current flame alight.
Libra | Virgo rising
What has emerged from the hidden depths of your soul over the last three weeks Libra? This ones in your shared resources sector, ie, sex and deep intimacy. You may have picked up on some hidden or taboo topics that others prefer not to reveal, or you may need to flush out some of your own hidden depths.
Scorpio | Scorpio rising
Scorpio, your personal philosophies are up for extra soul, whatever that means to you. Bring the spirit in to enhance meaning in your life. The area of international travel, foreigners, media and teaching are all up for adding a splash of the mystic.
Sagittarius | Sagittarius rising
Career magic and mayhem have been ensuing for you, while your public image has been undergoing a mystic makeover. If you’ve been resisting, don’t. Listen to the guidance of your inner voice in terms of career and course correct any communications that need attention. Follow up missing leads and be open to a more creative approach generally.
Capricorn | Capricorn rising
You like to be purposeful, however this month, trust your instincts and go with the flow while social networking. You may uncover some crystalline gems that you never expected. What needs course correcting in your larger circle? If you’ve ever felt like joining a creative or spiritual group, now would be the time.
Aquarius | Aquarius rising
The area of dreams, the unconscious and your mystic connection the collective are the perfect domain for Mercury in Pisces. Look particularly close at your dreams and what they reveal. What has been repeating or standing out for you over the last three weeks? Take time to find a quiet place to tune into your mind, mediate and notice what is revealed.
Pisces | Pisces rising
Since this retrograde has been in your sign, I know you’ve been feeling even more dreamy than usual. The way you express yourself in new situations, your general outlook and concept of self is in creative chaos. How can you communicate the holographic unicorn that you experience inside yourself, to the rest of the world? Stand tall and be proud of your ethereal connection.
February 20th- Initial retro-shade (foreshadowing events to come)
March 6th- Mercury Retrograde (what came up over this time?)
March 29th- Retrograde Direct (Start breathing again, through a reed)- Mercuries re-rack over the retrograde zone, known as retro-shade)
April 17th- Totally in the clear-You’ve surfaced!