I read once that retrograde Mercury periods (3 times a year, each of 3 weeks duration) are about being presented with the things we need to learn. There may be some truth in that. Obviously, we learn all the time, but a retrograde Mercury seems to make the lessons more noticeable.
Mercury is currently retrograde in Pisces – the sign of mutable water that rules the sea, the feelings, mysticism and all altered states of consciousness and the means thereof – eg meditation on the healthy side, drugs/alcohol on the other side! So far in this retrograde period the most serious lesson came when my dog was attacked by another dog on the beach. She ended up bleeding and half drowned but she fortunately didn’t need stitches. My reason for telling you this story is that the other owner swore her dog had never done anything like this before but as she’s opening up a cafe on the beach it was as well that she found out now. I pointed out that it could’ve been a child. I like to think that some child, or another small dog, has now been saved. But it’s the ultimate retro Mercury cautionary tale – no assumptions. Just because something has never happened before doesn’t mean that it can’t happen now.
Otherwise – I’ve had food poisoning. Lesson to self is never to eat reheated rice. Have as a result totally cleared out the fridge – made me muse on the symbolism of what else in life might be past its sell by date or not worth reheating? My body is saying a loud NO to wine for now which reminds me that it is in fact poison. At least I’ve lost 4 kilos. Oh yes – plumbing story ongoing, nobody has turned up to look at it never mind fix it – and the hotel where I’m staying overnight next week in Athens has now ignored three requests for driving instructions. Next note to self is to do everything possible to ensure that we don’t end up driving around in small circles in the rain in a city I don’t know… stress recipe.
Mercury plays a big role this week –
- Conjunct the Sun today
- Conjunct Venus, trine Saturn and sextile Pluto early Wednesday (the latter two being repeat aspects from 12 February)
- Square Jupiter early Sunday (repeat of aspect first made 9 February)
In brief – look out for re-runs or second chances. Remember your “re” words – revisit, reappraise, rethink and review. What do you really want? What would you have to change now to get what you want the most in the future?
These are important questions as slow moving Saturn retrograde in Scorpio also repeats an aspect, the sextile to slowest of them all Pluto, that was exact first on 27 December at the end of last year and will be exact again on 21 September this year. These contacts bracket a nine month period of intense change – especially if you have planets around 9 degrees of Scorpio or Capricorn (if you don’t know you can send me your birthday and I can tell you if this applies to your horoscope or not).
The important point is that the midpoint of this long transit is now, not April/May which would be halfway through the nine months, and whatever major event/issue dominates your horizons right now could set the tone for months to come. However, there is still a sense of a lot going on at a hidden subterranean level so please bear in mind the usual retro Mercury advice which is to buy yourself time wherever necessary.
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