Mercury Retrograde is back for the first of its tri-annual tours to tease, taunt and tickle our fancies. Yes, Mercury moving backward, from our experiential perspective, has a way of messing with all modes of communication with confusions, conundrums, tantrums and even tears as common reactions. Disruptions to our technological devices are one of its favourite frolics. However, not all its antics produce frustrations and negative results. We can choose to tune in and play along, to accept its slanted communication style and thereby receive the gifts it brings. It is when we are not aware of its contribution and the usual upsets that tend to accompany its tours that reaction are highest. This is one of the many advantages that Astrology has to offer. It increases our awareness and understanding of ourselves, others and the rhythm and flow of synchronistic events. Getting mad at the mythic winged messenger does not help much either, probably just the opposite. Mercury is the master of mind-bending riddles and rejoices in a play of words, concepts and perceptions. So, tune-in and pay attention to observe the pranks and antics of this playful if annoying archetype. Take it to the test and ask yourself if it is just ‘all in your head’. Or is there something after all to this synchronicity stuff? The cycle begins on February 6 at 3 Pisces 18 and ends on February 28 at 18 Aquarius 10 in the Tropical Zodiac. It will then take another 3 weeks taking us all the way to spring to recover the ground lost while travelling back from where it began. This ‘shadow period’ is not nearly so strong but the ring of Mercury’s bells will still linger and echo on. P.S. Now might be a good time to back-up your hard drive and the like.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
Your sights are set on the future. The pace is quick now and you are determined to persist. Change brings opportunity and production, yet sometimes casualty as well. This may be especially true on relationships fronts and this cycle will continue all month. Aim to give equal attention according to priority to bring all you’re your relationships to higher ground.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)
As busy as you are and getting a lot of attention, you may be equally engaged and active behind the scenes. You likely feel extra committed these days so are able to take it all in stride, despite the overtime. A swell, you may have to retrace some steps over the coming weeks. Weaving stimulating cultural activity into the mix should keep your spirits elevated.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)
Your social agenda of late is probably very full. Expect this trend to continue. Fortunately, you are in a playful and provocative mood. Still, you have to endure some pointed lessons. At best these are making you stronger, as sobering as they may be. Otherwise they will prove disruptive. If so, you will benefit from definite goals producing stronger boundaries.
Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Managing a steady flow of changes continues. These are linked to finances, friendships and generally what you consider most important in life. Dealing with these has perhaps gained more attention that you want. Making efforts to step back and close the curtains from unwanted eyes and noses will feel good over the coming weeks.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)
Opening yourself to new people and ideas is in the spotlight. Yet, some of these may not be so easy to embrace. However, learning new things and then expressing them, at least verbally and ideally in writing, could produce enlivening new realizations. It may take a week or two to formulate your thoughts clearly. Activate new ideas to integrate fresh perspectives.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Some cycles carry a heavier workload than others. The emphasis here is upon inner work. Your basic task includes nurturing a healthy self-regard. Your inner critic may be extra loud now. Making some needed improvements is a good idea, rather than succumb to frustration or depression. Balance constructive self-criticism with healthy doses of self-acknowledgement.
Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)
This time of year often produces the blues. See this investment as a way of paying some dues. Generally this is an expansive time for you, even though it requires more concentration than usual. Taking the time and making extra effort to socialize is important as well. Aim to share your vitality and beauty for positive and pleasant returns.
Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)
How can you get a lot done without leaving home? This may sound idealistic, but if you could you would. At least once you get home you will want to stay there. That does not mean you will be idle. You are ambitious to get a lot done. This does not include catering to the whims of others. You have creative work to do and you mean business.
Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)
Getting measurable returns for your efforts is on your mind. Beyond the usual routine, you are on a quest for answers. Keeping your confidence and enthusiasm levels high is part of the challenge. Knowing who you are and where you truly belong are lingering questions. This is a soul searching process. Here’s a clue: you are a soul. Meditate upon what that means.
Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)
Getting clear on what is most important to you is a central theme now. This is prompting an experiential and experimental approach. You will poke and provoke to get new answers, insights and results, especially this week. Just be ready to receive some responses that challenge your comfort zone. This entire theme is a feature of a pioneering social expansion process.
Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)
You are entering new territory. While you may feel a bit overwhelmed just now, your focus will sharpen over the coming weeks. Already your ambitions are spurred. Your convictions will be strong and clear provided that you feel there is meaning and purpose in your chosen path. If you feel confused and conflicted now, seek counsel.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
A busy time behind the scenes continues. The kind of work depends on you. Your imagination is racing; make sure to keep it on a healthy track. Sometimes dealing with illness offers its own lessons and wisdom. Either way, you seek seclusion for a while. Attaining knowledge is featured. The prospects of future goals, dreams and ambitions are prime motivations.