About 3 weeks ago, on 22nd February, Mercury began it’s retrograde motion in the zodiac sign of Pisces. It went from 19 degrees backwards to about 5 degrees in Pisces. Now Pisces is one of those signs that is thought to be dreamy, inspirational.. etherial and nebulous. In it’s rather negative side, it’s also about confusion, bit of chaos, urge to escape..and deceptions. Add this to the fact that Mercury ..when retrograding brings out issues like mis-communication, negative thinking, stressful mind states, problems with local organisations and travels.. you can see that this combination..and the resulting 3+ week period can be a very trying time on so many level for everyone..
Pisces, Gemini & Virgo people would have been more severely affected, and those with these signs as their ascendant (rising signs). For the rest of the people (signs), which ever house where Pisces falls within would have had the troubles.. Things may have started to unravel drastically or even begun to dissolve .. !
GOOD NEWS.. you can stop holding your breath, or gasping for fresh air. Mercury retrograde period (this one) is now over.
Mercury goes direct today.. 17th March, at about 8.03pm (gmt). The last few weeks may have stirred up all sorts of troubles …and as Mercury now goes direct, not only do those hindrances start to fade away, on a personal level, you can take the initiative (mercury rules the mind), and get to resolving issues that have come up.
Miscommunications, arguments, contractual problems, agreements that stalled, commercial ventures that took a nose-dive – can all be attended to now, and successful be sorted – mostly in a positive way!
Although Mercury is now going forward, it has to catch up to the place where it got to before… So it will take Mercury till 6th April, to get to it’s previous position (19 degrees Pisces).. So until then, you have an opportunity to make every effort to resolve issues that have been coming up in the past 3 weeks. And then things can really take off..
So…breath – smile- and bravely tackle the issues with a positive frame of mind.. with imagination, compassion and your highest ideals (positive qualities of Neptune which rules Pisces)..and all will turn out very well indeed.
My promised monthly forecasts did not materialize after mid-January 2013 (let’s just say I was at the mercy of those very aspects!) I hope to resume the regular forecasts soon… But first, it’s useful to all to look back at the stellar landscape of stressful aspects and transits. Why only the stressful ones? Well, no one worries about the positive enhancing stuff, but the difficult days of your lives tend to linger in your minds for a long time.. and giving it perspective allows you to understand and let go of it..
Note 1. Which aspects:Only aspects of semi-square & Square are shown, as in my view, they tend to create the most internal stress (which can flare up a person or situation and create external conflicts).
Note 2. Which signs? Letters in bracket (Aq, Scorp) refers to the signs where those two planets are.
Note 3.Who does it affect? Remember that any transits/ aspects will influence all of you.. albeit a particular sector of your life (home, wealth, romance, work, social etc). But the aspects will be felt more intensely..by the people whose zodiac signs are directly involved in the aspects, as well as the zodiac signs that are ruled by the planets involved. I’ll indicate this next to each event.
Note 4. Duration – The energies of the aspects `build’ a day or so before the actual aspect…so that’s when the stress may have been felt the most.
27th – Mars semi-square pluto — Primarily affects Aries, Scorpios. (Adversely influences Aquarians & Capricorns). Full Moon in Leo. So additional energy around for a lot of emotions to bubble to the surface. Mars & Pluto rule Scorpios… Moon rules Cancer a water sign, and as Scorpio is also a water sign, this will be a particularly hard one for Scorpios.
Also Jupiter goes direct ..which is a positive change for Sagittarians, after they have been facing many a challenges for the past 4 months of many (As Jupiter has been retrograde in Gemini for 4 months, they too will have been facing challenges for 4 months!). Shifts will occur now.
23rd – Mercury retrograde starts – One of the planets whose retrograde affects not just Gemini’s (mercury rules that sign) and Pisces (Mercury is in that sign) but everyone.. Communication problems, arguments, confusions, missing documents, issues with commerce, troublesome young people etc are all signs of Mercury retrograde period. Will last till 18th March.
25th – Sun square-Jupiter – -Affects Leos and Sagittarian. As Mercury retrogrades in Pisces and Sun is in Pisces, this will have a stronger impact on Pisces too. (Also Pisces & Gemini)