On March 12th Mercury will be shifting into reverse… again. At the same time we’ll have outer planets singing in Earth signs, and the Sun will be approaching the Vernal Equinox. In fact, we will have so many positive aspects going on, that I’m not sure we will even notice that Mercury has turned retrograde (well… at least we won’t care). Mercury’s retrograde will end on April 4th without any planetary influences.
When Mercury is in retrograde, he is passing the Earth on our solar race track, thus he creates the optical illusion of moving backwards against the universe. Also his gravitational influence is stronger. Mercury only takes about 88 days to orbit the Sun, so we witness his retrograde about 3 or 4 times a year.
When Mercury is in retrograde, its time to take a look at our past. Many clients have told me that ex lovers and lost friends have contacted them during a Mercury retrograde. Its also an excellent time for paranormal investigations, because the veil between this world and the other side thins. Mercury is the God of communication and short trips, so messages (especially internet conversations) can get confused. If you are traveling during a Mercury retrograde, it is likely you will hit delays and detours. Its best for us to be mindful of duties that begin with “re,” reschedule, repair, refresh, redecorate, for example.
Mercury’s retrograde is really not a difficult time in astrology (unbeknownst to many amateur astrologers who criticize it much too strongly). The only really difficult days during Mercury’s retrograde (and any planet’s retrograde) are when it is at the stations (the days Mercury is switching from forward to reverse and again from reverse to forward). During those days, Mercury is literally burning a hole in the universe. When Mercury’s at his stations, that’s when Mercurial tasks can get a little flakey, like internet transmissions getting lost, or hitting detours on your way to the store. Mercury also rules computers, and hard drives are more likely to crash during a Mercury retrograde station.
This time Mercury will begin his retrograde in the “me first,” sign of Aries, and end in the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces. Going backwards from the first sign of the zodiac to the last is kind of like, “Go directly to jail — do not pass Go, do not collect $200 dollars.” Its going to be time to “re-boot” our lives. We will probably decide to tear down and rebuild a few projects at home or at work during this retrograde.
We will be under the umbrella of a grand trine (the most positive aspect in astrology) between Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto when Mercury’s retrograde begins on March 12th. During the first week and a half, Mercury will be backing up through Aries, and I doubt we will really be bothered much with Mercury’s upsets. It won’t be until the day after the Aries New Moon that Mercury will enter Pisces, March 23rd. Once Mercury hits Pisces, our subconscious minds will be stimulated. We may find our dreams become more vivid, and our intuitions will be accurate. Just remember realistic also begins with “re.” Mercury in Pisces may distort our judgement. Think twice before you act.
Again, Mercury’s retrograde will begin on March 12th and end on April 4th, 2012. This retrograde will travel from 6 degrees 49 minutes, Aries, through 23 degrees 51 minutes, Pisces. How will this retrograde affect you? Look at your natal chart and see what house or houses Mercury will be transiting. The house Mercury will be occupying will give you an idea as to where to focus your “re” energies. For example if Mercury’s retrograde will be transiting through your 6th (health) and 5th (romance) houses, it would be a great time for improving your health and well being. And, this will then enhance the romance in your life. If your not sure you understand, give your favorite astrologer a call. They can explain how Mercury’s retrograde will affect you very quickly and efficiently.
Janet (Sparrow) Moon is a professional psychic and astrologer. You can visit her web site for more articles about upcoming events in astrology, and to read her daily astrology general tendencies forecast. (This article can be reprinted freely online, as long as the entire article and this bio are included.) http://www.sparrowmoon.com/