surfing on through the skies
Mercury turns retrograde on 23 February (in Sydney Australia) at 19 degrees of Pisces. It will head backwards until the 18th March when it goes direct at 5 degrees Pisces.
For a general explanation of Mercury retrograde go here: Mercury Retrograde, generally speaking
Check out the chart for the minute Mercury goes retrograde in Sydney Australia:
The interesting thing about this particular Mercury retrograde period is that it further emphasises the immense amount of energy in Pisces thanks to the build up of planets there.
Wherever Pisces is in a personal horoscope chart, there should be a theme being played out thanks Neptune, Chiron, Mars and Mercury currently in there, and Venus also about grace the sea with her presence.
Mercury in Pisces brings the planet which governs our thinking function traveling through dreamy, foggy and inspirational Neptune land. The quick air element, so used to flitting about, traverses the sea. So this transit in itself allows the cerebral messenger god to go a bit deeper than than may usually be expected. Think a bit deeper. Move beyond superficial assessment and examine deeply. Perhaps think and act a little more consciously and deliberately.
Conversely, Mercury might get lost in the sea for a bit. He is mutable, as is Pisces. He probably likes a drink, being the sociable soul he is, and since the options for altering consciousness are abundant in the realm of Pisces, it’s possible to overindulge to avoid the deep reality of situations. Or be a bit thwarted and distorted in our thinking.
So Mercury in Pisces retrograde in a sense doubles the energy described above. For a start it almost triples the time Mercury spends in Pisces, and it ensuring we do not miss the message of his visit, in whatever way we choose to experience it.
Traditionally astrologers warn against signing contracts, making important purchases or commitments during this period, and ensuring we back up our digital worlds. Of course it is cogent to try to think clearly at all times, and worth paying special attention to “warnings” about retrograde Mercury.
Mercury retrograde in Pisces also gives us energy and opportunity to workshop, re-examine, run into the past, correct mistakes, make further plans, see things from a different perspective, reverse a decision, make a lucky escape from something and of course communicate about all our Pisces stuff.
It is worth noting, that once Mercury goes forward it is not until he reaches the degree at which he went retrograde that we are said to out of the “shadow” of Mercury retrograde effects.
So how might this period play out for us?
As Pisces is such a busy place currently the manifestations of Mercury retrograde in your own life have many possibilities based on your natal chart set-up.
For example, if Pisces is the sign of your 4th house, domestic, family and your “roots” are being emphasised. There could be a change in family structure, issues around where you “come from”. A house sale might fall through, or you could find out information pertinent to your clan. You might be exploring where you feel “at home”, safe, what your base is. Mercury retrograde here, might mean going through boxes of old family photos, reminiscing about them, or your home base might seem fragile, fluid and subject to change.
To understand how it might manifest for you, it is worth checking out your natal chart. www.astro.com is a place you can do it for free. Or post a comment with where Pisces is in your chart and we can have a quick look.