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Astrology: Mercury Retrograde 2.16.2020

Mercury Retrograde is upon us again! While many of you have heard this term used and connected to a time of misfortune, technological mishaps, and dreaded texts from exes- it’s a bit more complex than that.

To begin with, a retrograde is when a planet appears to be moving backward in the sky relative to our position here on Earth. While the planet is not actually orbiting backward, it has the energetic effect of doing so. Its energy is inverted and impacting us internally rather than having external influence. This does not always indicate a negative outcome and retrograde planets can be considered to be in a state of resting and replenishment.

All of our planetary bodies, except for the sun and moon, go retrograde every so often and Mercury happens to be the planet that does this the most. Mercury goes retrograde about 3 times every year. In general, Mercury retrograde impacts our thinking, communication, technology, and short distance travel. Although this can have some negative impacts, it is meant to be a time of reflection and retrospect.


On February 16th, Mercury goes retrograde in the zodiac sign of Pisces. In Pisces, Mercury is opposite its home sign of Virgo and therefore has more difficulty expressing like it normally would. Mercury expresses in a more metaphorical or poet nature in Pisces; in a way that connects more to feelings than facts. The sense of rationality can feel overshadowed by the intuitive mind. So during a retrograde in this sign, miscommunications and confusion can be especially present. However, Pisces is also the sign connected to spirituality and karma so this can be a time of deep, internal, and spiritual reflection and healing.


Mercury will be retrograde in Pisces until March 4th when it re-enters Aquarius and then stations direct on March 9th. During the time in which Mercury is stationing, it is seemingly standing still and this period is referred to as the shadow period. Big decisions are discouraged at this time as it is meant to be a period of observation and understanding. Of course, life cannot simply stand still because of Mercury retrograde. This is why it’s important to know which house(s) of your birth chart Mercury retrograde is transiting. This can give some guidance as to which specific area of your life you need to slow down and rethink. The most important thing to know is that Mercury retrograde isn’t here to ruin your life with computer crashes and unwanted texts from your ex. It’s actually here to teach you, to show you things you didn’t see before, and to help you grow. I can promise you that by focusing on the more positive aspects of Mercury retrograde, you’ll begin to see what looks like a setback as an opportunity.


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