Mercury Retrograde Fiddles

temperenceToday is the day. At about 4:44pm EST today, February 6th, most of us will be dancing to the off-key tune of Mercury Retrograde. I say most of us because most people were born when the planet, Mercury, was going direct. To those relatively few who were born while Mercury was retrograde, the tune is quite melodious. They can more easily understand and be understood by their world.

The retrograde begins in the early degrees of Pisces and then retreats into the sign of Aquarius, where it will stay until it goes direct again on February 28th. Pisces governs the unconscious and what is hidden from view. As Mercury moves backwards through the sign, it’ll be digging up old and often suppressed memories, habits and thought processes. Aquarius governs brilliant flashes of knowledge and Divine insight. When Mercury moves back into Aquarius, it will shed a bright and uncompromising light on all that was once previously hidden from your consciousness.

This is a good time to examine and get clear about how old, outmoded beliefs, neuroses and things that go ‘bump’ in the night of our unconscious are operating without our knowledge. Once discovered, in the light of the conscious mind, we can keep what we want and banish the rest.

And of course, the usual cautions do apply– try to avoid getting overly emotional or all worked up over little and big things. As with all Mercury Retrogrades, plans and communications screw-ups can take you on a wild and confusing ride. Since Mercury rules communication, transportation and contracts, when it’s retrograde, all manner of mistakes and misunderstandings can occur. If you can, hold off on buying (or leasing) any big ticket items. It’s also a good idea to triple check any and all plans you make. This is an excellent time for research, as those things that are usually hidden from view, show themselves more easily during a Mercury Retrograde period.  Wait until Mercury goes direct on the 28th before making any big decisions.

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