With Mercury Retrograde taking place in the emotional sign of Pisces, you can bet it is going to be one wild ride.
Thankfully, we have your horoscope for this major shift, so you will know exactly how to handle the waves without drowning in the emotional waters.
It all starts on March 5th, and lasts until March 28th. During this time, Mercury travels through the deeper, darker parts of our soul and our subconscious in order to gain new insights, receive new downloads, and unearth buried truths.
During this time, we need to trust our intuition more and tune into our other senses. We need to rely on our gut feelings and listen to the clues the Universe may be sending our way.
When Mercury is finally ready to go direct again, we often find that we have gained new insights and understood things on a deeper level than we realized before.
You may want to look at each Mercury Retrograde cycle as a small wake up call and an opportunity to notice when you are caught up in the patterns of your shadow. It is then that we tend to be less conscious, and not as aware as we could be. Moreover, when we act from this place, we set ourselves up.
The Mercury Retrograde cycle is a good time for introspection and to become more aware of your own patterns. Let’s see what each Zodiac sign can expect from this shift.
Aries can set themselves up for challenges with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle when they begin to let others define them. It is when their focus shifts as a result of others defining their enthusiasm and response that Aires is more likely to react seeking independence through impulsive actions and rash decisions, leading to carelessness and mistakes.
When independence or self-directed action is lost, then often there may be an attempt to regain it by seeking attention, being argumentative, irritable, overly reactive, out of touch with feelings, acting out of emotions, hiding when hurt.
Taurus can set themselves up for challenges with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle when they do not take care of their boundaries, when they allow others to determine their value, and when they fail to protect the necessary steps they need in order to achieve their goals.
An over focus on outer value or outer form can also set Taurus up when it ignores function or true value. This can occur for example in the process of acquiring something and not taking care to read the fine print, conditions of sale or delivery. It can also occur when something is acquired that can not be afforded.
Because Mercury Rules Gemini, there tends to be greater sensitivity to Mercury Retrograde cycles where it applies to communication, local travel and scheduling.
Where Gemini often sets themselves up with the retrograde is in not checking the accuracy of facts or the opinions of others, or by sharing facts too early, before they have been checked or vetted. Also it is important to recognize opinions that masquerade as facts, but are actually extrapolations based on judgments and false beliefs.
Cancer can set themselves up during the mercury retrograde cycle by being overly concerned with nurturing and taking care of the feelings of others and thus ignore what they feel themselves. For Cancer, it is important not to ignore the impressions and feelings that may let them know that something is off, unclear or not quite right.
When the focus is on others through nurturing or taking responsibility for how others feel, then important hints may be ignored and the right choices may be overlooked.
Leo can set themselves up for mercury retrograde by the need to shine, to be generous or to have an appreciative audience experience. When Leo acts out of pride or the need to make the grand gesture, they may overlook the consequences. For example, they may end up picking up the tab in the restaurant, but forget how it may affect their account balance, or be over-generous with their offer of time or support, and when others take them up on it, find themselves juggling their schedule and priorities.
When caught by their pride, Leo can be at risk for taking on tasks beyond their experience or abilities. An over-confidence can pull Leo to risk or let the dice roll with without assessing the full consequences of their choices.
Mercury rules Virgo, and thus there is much greater sensitivity to the retrograde cycle.
There are two key ways that Virgo tends to set themselves up during this cycle. One way is to become tunnel versioned with respect to tasks, products and promises. In this way, the better solutions are overlooked, because the creative solutions that would reveal themselves in the serendipitous absorption in the task is lost. As a result, obvious or appropriate solutions or choices maybe overlooked.
The other way that Virgo may set themselves up during the Mercury Retrograde Cycle is by not engaging their trust and acceptance, or tuning in or listening to the whole issue, and instead being attached to repairing or fixing something, when it may not be the best outcome.
It is the tendency to over-focus on the needs and attention of others that can set Libra up with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle, because under those circumstances, details that need attending to may be ignored. Sometimes details may be left out that are important because there may be a sense that others may not wish to hear them or there is delay waiting for the ‘right’ time to mention them.
Another contribution towards the retrograde cycle can occur through delaying action, not taking the initiative or avoiding confrontations, and thus not addressing a timely matter that may lead to difficulties later.
Scorpio can set themselves or others up in the Mercury Retrograde Cycle by allowing emotions to cloud, disrupt or ignore boundaries or what other’s may value. This can occur through vengeance, secretiveness or willfulness, and set in motion situations where the drama overtakes proper attention to resources and details, not only for themselves but also for the people around them.
It is important for Scorpio to learn to clear and let go of emotional baggage in order to be more present with respect to the resources that they may be engaged in or the people they may be working with.
The classic way that sun in Sagittarius sets themselves up for the Mercury Retrograde Cycle is to ignore the details and to avoid checking or asking others for their input because there is a sense of ‘knowing’ what they are doing.
When that ‘knowing’ comes from intuition or an inner sense of one’s truth, it can lead to the next positive expansion. But just as easily, if it does not come from this place, but instead comes from judgment based on a false premise, then it can lead to difficulties. Often the hint for sun in Sagittarius that their sense of knowing is incorrect occurs when the choice is made to ignore checking the facts.
un in Capricorn often sets themselves up during the Mercury Retrograde cycle by putting the cart in front of the horse so to speak. And then the horse tramples the cart. This can occur when an attitude of the “end justifies the means” ensues, and the consequences of the way the goal reached and its effect on moral is ignored.
An over-focus on rules and goals can ignore the feelings and enthusiasm of everyone involved, and that in many ways is the horse. Mistakes and errors can follow when people feel used or do not feel well treated, or if Capricorn puts aside their own feelings or best interests because responsibility takes over. This is where errors and unexpected difficulties can occur that may not have been part of the ‘plan’.
There are several things that sun in Aquarius needs to be mindful of in order not to set themselves up during the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Often the issue is about the need to re-establish a sense of autonomy and freedom when there is a sense of feeling caught, trapped, held back or challenged. If the response towards protecting freedom is reactive, willful, rebellious or confrontational, then the risk is that better judgment is cast aside and important details are overlooked because of the heated exchange or the need to re-assert the will.
Especially at the beginning of the retrograde cycle, it is important for cool heads to prevail and to re-check if a decision or course of action is beneficial or needs to be revisited and adjusted.
The tendency of sun in Pisces people to tune to others and absorb their emotions, needs and negative patterns puts Pisces at risk of being more confused and to cloud their judgment and purpose. This can set them up for not looking at the details or checking if some of their decisions are in their best interests. It is important for Pisces to reestablish themselves by tuning to their own spirit and feelings in order to retain clarity.
Another way that sun in Pisces can be set up for the Mercury Retrograde Cycle is to avoid having a plan with tangible steps towards its realization. Pisces tends to trust that things will turn out ok, but during Mercury Retrograde, that trust may be misplaced.