In the weeks (and especially days) leading up to it we start to notice its influence as Mercury slows down and comes to a stop before moving the other way. This is known as the ‘pre-shadow’ period which began on February 19th. If you have read my previous Mercury retrograde articles, the first two sections of this article are nearly the same and you can skip to the third section if you don’t want to re-read all the general themes associated with these periods.
The other sections are more specific to this edition of it. Mercury retrograde is known for the problematic effects it often has on communication technology, transactions, motor vehicles, anything with moving parts, and commuting in general. Some people even get headaches near the beginning of it. We could experience some challenges, misunderstandings, and errors around our communications, numbers/details, and commerce, as well as changes, cancellations, or delays in our schedules. We may also feel more challenged when we are doing excessive analytical work without using our internal guidance. Although there is a higher probability of experiencing more of these problems during this time, they won’t necessarily apply to every situation. Some people may not notice these energies as much, depending on what types of things they are doing and how the astrology is playing out unique to the person’s astrological blueprint. Mercury Retrograde can also be a good time to revisit or redo tasks, projects, ideas, or anything else that was initiated in the past. It can give us a different perspective or shift in thinking that can help us to approach these things in ways we wouldn’t have done so before. This may also be a period of reconnecting with old friends, family, sometimes lovers, or others you haven’t seen in a while. Ultimately, Mercury Retrograde is a time for us to recalibrate and adjust specific areas of our lives as well as how we apply our minds towards these issues. It is a period in which we may receive important insights and see things in a new light. In most cases, it can be mildly transformational, but in some cases it can facilitate more major transformations depending on how it corresponds to your personal astrological chart. During and following the retrograde, certain areas of our lives can go through changes or shifts, or we can experience a reorientation of some sort which influences how we proceed over the coming months or in some cases, it can have a more long-term significance. In the 2 weeks afterwards, known as the ‘post-shadow’ period, we move forward with some sort of new awareness, adjustment, as well as new ideas and thoughts that have been seeded which will develop as time progresses.
The things that you have been doing or circumstances in the two to three weeks leading up to this period could determine how and where this energy plays out. It is also possible that there could have been changes put in place at that time which may go through a sorting out process.
There could have been unknown variables, both positive and negative, that were either unseen or hadn’t been conceived yet, which may become apparent over the coming weeks.
The sign(s) and element(s) in which Mercury retrograde travels shows the energy we are re-orienting ourselves with. More importantly, if you are more familiar with your natal astrology chart, your house(s) or any planetary placements being affected will show more specifically what areas of life you will be experiencing its energy in. For the astrologically literate, it begins at 29’39 degrees of Pisces and will retrograde all the way to 16’06 degrees of the same sign, before turning forward again. Mercury retrograde always happens in primarily one element for between 1-2 years. This is the first of a series occurring in water signs with the final one happening in the Fall of 2020.
The water element is about emotion, feelings, sensitivity, intuition, and fluidity. This period is about re-aligning ourselves with these themes and expressing them in new or revamped ways. This one is more specific to a reorientation around Piscean themes which is mystical, spiritual, divinely inspired, imaginative, idealistic, healing, compassionate, and empathic. Pisces is about the subconscious, dreams, faith, and oneness. It is also associated with large bodies of water and creative outlets such as visual media, music, and poetry. Negatively, Pisces energy can be delusional, flaky, forgetful, deceptive, evasive, confusing, and can lack direction and understanding of boundaries. Escapism and intoxication are also potential Pisces shadows that could come up during this period. Below, are some of the dates and information for some of the major astrological configurations during this retrograde. I also regularly post about the astrology through my social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook. You can follow me on those platforms for more forecast content. *The dates below are based on the Americas.
The further East you are located you may need to consider it as the next day. March 5th-7th Mercury begins its retrograde at 6:19pm Universal Time on March 5th while in a semi-sextile with Uranus transitioning signs. We are also having a New Moon in Pisces on March 6th.
The days surrounding this period are a time in which complications may be amplified, but you may also start to get a better sense of what this retrograde can mean for you. Uranus is connected to this and is changing from Aries to Taurus 14 hours after the retrograde begins. Expect some surprises, new developments, sudden changes, or even potential disruptions. Adjustments may be required. This Sun and New Moon are aligned with Neptune, which can be a time of heightened sensitivity, spirituality, and intuition. However, this can also reflect confusion, escapism, can be hard to focus, lack direction, and in some cases some sort of physical impairment or limitations could occur. March 13th-15th Mercury in a trine with the North Node, Inferior Conjunction with the Sun, and both square Jupiter. Mars is in a trine with Saturn. This is generally the most insightful period of the retrograde, yet the potential for complications can also be heightened,. Considerations of the past and future may come up and this can be a time in which we can be reflecting on whatever adjustments that we need to make to assist us in our purpose. It’s important to look at the big picture. We can learn or realize some important understandings at this time. Ideas and thoughts that are seeded now may develop over the coming months. We may be mentally scattered yet this can also be a productive period as well. In some cases, conflicts around beliefs, opinions, and judgements could come up. March 24th-April 3rd Mercury conjunct Neptune Intuition and imagination can be heightened yet we can have a harder time with mundane details, schedules, and rational thinking. This can be a great energy for developments or re-orientations connected to spirituality, creativity, healing, or endeavours centred around compassion. Confusion could also be a theme during this period as well.
There can also be realizations or shifts connected to escapism, intoxication, or delusional tendencies. March 28th Mercury goes stationary direct Mercury ends its retrograde and will slowly begin to move forward over the coming days.
The areas of our lives that have been affected by this retrograde will start to become more clear and things will fall into place more easily as time progresses. Keep in mind that Mercury’s alignment with Neptune (mentioned above) is also very strong at this time until April 3rd. — I am doing a Winter Sale on Astrology Readings. 20% – 30% off until March 10th. More information here..
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