Mercury in Pisces retrograde: March 5 to 28
It’s that time again. Yep, Mercury retrograde. By now, you know what to expect. Pay closer attention to all you hear, see, feel, and do. Put extra safeguards in place, especially regarding passwords, information, health, and wealth. It is easy to get sidetracked, to misplace things, be forgetful, and/or to lose or waste some time, effort, or money. Have you been over indulging as of late? Mercury retrograde in Pisces has a propensity for slacking off, wimping out, or getting in too deep. Boundaries dissolve, walls can evaporate, momentum can be lost. There are times to ease up and go with the flow, and times when letting it go could trip you up. While Mercury is retrograde in Pisces, it can be easy to miss something important. This is likely to be an especially emotional Mercury retrograde. Know too, that the body is also more sensitive and vulnerable. Do not take chances with your health. Local news reports of a significant measles outbreak. Watch your alcohol intake, be careful not to mix/mix up your meds, and if you do hard core drugs, know your supplier!
After several weeks in the sign, Mercury begins retrograde on March 5 at the very last (anaretic) degree of Pisces. This is a culminating or turning point degree, but it also a destabilizing degree. Make no assumptions, don’t bank on the promise, the potential, etc. Time reveals all.
The Pisces archetype correlates to our ideals, to the search for ultimate truth, value, and meaning. Saviours, iconic people, hope, faith, spirituality, mass consciousness and the collective experience also correlate to the sign of the fish. Via Pisces we can be inspired, or we can be disillusioned.
Mercury forms an inferior conjunction with the sun on March 14. While still on karmic or actual review, this is the switch from a completion replay track to the incorporation of a fresh element, piece of information, or creative track, and/or or the prompt of new viewpoint or the stirring of a new instinct or impulse. A subtle shift can speak volumes/hold great potency and effectiveness.
New Moon in Pisces conjunct Neptune in Pisces, Vesta in Pisces: March 5
Uranus ingress into Taurus: March 5
This is an especially watery new moon! Receiving extra turbo from Neptune in Pisces, (ruler of the sign), the new moon holds plenty of potential and promise. It sets up an excellent few weeks for a regroup. Take a vacation! Dis-engage from outside distractions and redirect attention to your inner life, to spiritual replenishment, to reconnect with your higher self, your creative centre, your heart. Allow more time to imagine, to dream, to conjure, to find better sources of inspiration. Vesta, keeper of the flame, in Pisces is about creating sacred space. It is about tuning in to the sound-scapes of our individual and our collective souls. It is about finding safety and sanctuary within, finding the words to communicate, stoking the fire so that we may feel safe, feel whole, and heal.
We all feel the same, we all want the same. The Pisces archetype demonstrates how are all in it together, how we are all attuned to the search for more and better. We hope together, we dream the reality together. We all feel the same sense of loss when our ideals are not met, when our special ones let us down, etc.
The ingress of Uranus into Taurus aligned with this very potent new moon and the start of Mercury retrograde sets the dial to a reawakening or bring it to life time passage of significance. This cluster of planetary influences can expose or reveal something of great worth, of great value and meaning to your soul. It can prompt the discovery or unlocking of buried treasure, that which contained within your heart, mind, or soul. On the outer world front, watch for more revelations uncovering, and reclaiming in the weeks ahead. These transits can target/reveal something key and essential.
Uranus in Taurus puts everything to do with climate change, global warming, financial, social and political reinvention and survival on this planet onto an acceleration track. Uranus sets the dial to radical change. Uranus in Taurus also puts the spotlight on matters to do with fertility, mortality, sexuality, genetics, science, and technology. Expect crypto-currency and other such inventions to become major contributors to the new reality. An 84-year cycle, the previous Uranus in Taurus cycle (1934 to 1942) marked the time of the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler, and the launch of WW2.
Vernal Equinox, Sun Enters Aries: March 20
Full Moon in Libra: (0:09 Libra)
(Please note, I did not cover the equinox or full moon in your individual sign forecasts but watch for March 20 to 23 to be a triggering time.)
The spring equinox coincides with a full moon at 0 degree of Libra, Venus in Aquarius turning a corner with Mars in Taurus (last quarter square aspect) while Mars is trine Pluto in Capricorn. Mercury retrograde is on productive/creative opportunity track with Saturn (crescent sextile). As I have gathered from the weather reports (at least locally) we are in for an abrupt change of season. The Vernal Equinox suggests the season ahead will be dynamic on the social, economic, and political fronts, especially considering Brexit happens on March 29, and both Trump and Trudeau are in the midst of political turmoil. The fight to heard, for justice, for equal representation/an equal playing field, etc., has been playing out for weeks here in Canada as Jody Wilson-Raybould an indigenous woman of pedigree, matriarchal lineage challenges Prime Minster Justin Trudeau on appropriate conduct and observance of the rule of law. Both are embroiled in a high stakes battle. The combination of Vernal Equinox on the full moon in Libra is a suggestion that things have to swing to an extreme before they can come into better balance. Mistakes have been made, the court of public opinion holds much sway. March 20 to 23, the transiting sun conjuncts Chiron in Aries. For Justin and Jody, and for each and everyone in our own way, this transit suggests that the battle is inevitable and that it must be faced. The warrior may be weak, wounded, and handicapped but he/we must still fight. Courage, initiative and truth serves the order of the day. Chiron always extracts a hefty price, but there is no greater glory than cracking the code and setting yourself free to live another day.
Mercury ends retrograde: March 28:
Mercury ends retrograde on March 28 within one degree of a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces. It is an appropriate transit for the Brexit launch. There’s still plenty of the unknown to sort out. Mercury’s close conjunction with Neptune extends from March 25 to April 2 in a completion phase (balsamic phase). Expect what is launched or experienced to take time to reveal itself fully. Mercury will remain active for the duration of its tour through Pisces (to April 16), this in terms of keeping situations fluid, keeping the guesswork gong strong while exposing more.
The stars are particularly active this month and next! Go gently on yourself, go gently on others too. The best you can do while Mercury retrograde and Pisces influences run the show is to go with the flow, to pause for reflection and replenishment as often as you can, to allow for the moment/the answer to reveal itself – and always, to stay hopeful.