Though I knew the Mercury retrograde was coming up, I just now realized that I am going to be traveling through the thick of it! I leave the 11th for Arizona and Colorado and return the 22nd! I shall name this trip one for immense self discovery. It’s going to be a wild ride but I’m pleased to be out there in the midst of the energies, exploring other areas, people, etc. In fact, my solar return has Mercury retrograde in it, so I have a feeling that this period is going to be more fruitful and inspiring than a normal retrograde for me. You can look up your own solar return at astrotheme.com.
Those who have 12th house planets, planets in Pisces, or a Gemini sun or Virgo sun will be most intensely affected by this period, though everyone will be affected in some way.
Now for the fun part! What exactly do we have in store for the coming month with Mercury turning retrograde?
This Mercury retrograde, starting officially February 6th (though you’ll feel waves of it now), is in Pisces. I am personally excited by this because Pisces is the emotion traveler, the diver into the depths, the dreamy siren. Anywhere you go, there will be psychic undercurrents. For those not familiar with these, it can be a confusing time. You may feel like you’re losing your sanity, or perhaps just discovering a whole new layer of existence. GOOD. This is the point. You cannot just idly sit by curled up in your covers waiting for Mercury to turn direct again, you will be thrust into the collective unconscious, and even your covers will turn into bustling waves filling your lungs and forcing you to sit up and cough out all the old to make way for the new. This is the time where the invisible world is very close to our physical world, almost overlapping, which is why communication can get muddled or things we thought were set in stone can dissolve in front of our eyes. The key is to go with the flow. Sometimes it will be rough storms, but other times it will be a steady flowing river. Flow with any of this weather and OBSERVE. This is not the best time to make decisions, but it is a good time to gather information and mull it all over. When flowing down the river, trying to grab onto rocks to steady yourself will just end up spinning you into chaos and leaving you spotted with bruises. You’ll be licking your wounds and miss the wonders that the waters have placed on your path so lovingly. Neptune rules this retrograde, emotions are high. Neptune is sensitive, you will be highly sensitive, but there’s a shield you can pull out any time to keep away from the downfalls. That shield is compassion. Keep yourself equipped inside an aura of compassion for everyone, every circumstance, and yourself. Things aren’t going to go as planned, you have been warned, take that warning and protect yourself from unneeded frustration. Taking advantage of the situation during the Mercury retrograde will bless you with fantastic new insights that will bloom when the retrograde ends on February 28th. By helping others keep their heads up, explaining intentions loud and clear, and utilizing a creative outlet for all that heightened sensitivity, you will be just fine!