Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde
March 5
1:18pm EST
29 Pisces 38

Mercury’s journey dates:
Feb 19 shadow begins 16  Pisces 6
March 5 station retrograde 29 Pisces 36
March 28 station direct 16 Pisces 6
April 16 shadow ends 29 Pisces 36

Every year Mercury goes into Pisces and things get fuzzy.    It is as if our brains are driving in a rainstorm with broken windshield wipers.   Things get muddy and unclear.  Our thinking gets muted.   And that’s just a normal three weeks of Mercury in Pisces.  Now we have a retrograde which is rife with miscommunication, sloppiness, forgetfulness misunderstandings and just plane old mistakes –in the sign of fuzzy Pisces!   So, what are we supposed to do when confusion joins confusion and takes our brains hostage?
Take a deep breath.
Slow down.
Then…… you gotta go into the muted fuzzy stuff.   Fears will be up.  Confusion will be up.  Insecurities will be up.   Crazy will be up.   In the journey of a hero this is the darkest night of the soul –this is 29 degrees of  Pisces.  The final degree of the zodiac.   It is the metaphorical final day of winter and even though we can feel spring — our brains are trudging backwards for more winter.  We are going back for therapy, faith and maybe some karma.

There is a mess up.  Or something breaks.   Or someone will say or do something that rattles our cage.  Why are we shaken?  Are we believing something stupid or is it real?  And if it is real do we need to clean up something whether it is a pattern or habit or some wreckage from our past?    What does our soul say?  Where is our spiritual motor?   Mercury retrograde in Pisces is a time when we can find faith.   Perhaps we have been phoning in our spiritual awareness for awhile and now when we get pushed and pulled by crazy just enough that we feel compelled to get quiet and ponder if there is something bigger out there guiding us.   Maybe we pray.  During Mercury retrograde in Pisces we benefit by going inside and finding our radar.   How can our intuition be tapped?  Do you even remember how to access your intuition or inner compass?   This is the power of Pisces which lives in dream time, mystical, creative and spiritual.    Take the opportunity to relish this period of greater connection to Spirit and finding the areas of our life that need a little introspection.    A little prayer can go a long way.

The shadow period started Feb 19.  Have you had hints that there is a retrograde on its way?   Yeah, I know what you mean.  Total pain in the butt.  The retrograde starts on March 5.  And we’ll all be there on the other side of the retrograde March 28.    We may be a bit humbler but that’s okay our brains will be ready for spring by then!

Blame the Dog – or Blame Theresa May?

We’ve been otherwise engaged for the past few days so I haven’t got around to preparing blog posts – blame the dog[-sitting]! Pooh-dog is back with his new humans now, bless his little running jumping feet!

From any news-reading I’ve done lately, I note that the Brexit scenario hasn’t improved any. My jaw can’t drop any lower than the floor, but it is certainly grinding the carpet to dust!

Saturday and Sundry Thoughts: Bernie Sanders’ Astrology & 2020

The entry of Senator Bernie Sanders into the 2020 presidential race is, by now, old news. He announced his intention to run early in the week. To match the pattern I’ve followed for other hopefuls, hats already in the ring, I’ll peruse Bernie’s natal chart for any clear signs of change of status, due in late 2020. For now, I’m limiting these 2020 posts to that process.

Anyone who read this

30 Degrees of Separation – The Semi-Sextile

There’s little I can write about in astrology that I haven’t written about before, at least once during my many years of blogging. While preparing a weekend post, I began scribbling about the semi-sextile, referred to a piece by astrologer Donna Cunningham….then took a quick look back at my archived posts. Lo and behold – I’d written about this in the past – in 2014. Ah well, waste not

Virgo Full Moon February 19

 

February 19
0 Virgo 42
10:53am EST

As always it is important to look at the landscape surrounding any full moon and Tuesday’s Virgo Full Moon is remarkable terrain.

The day before the full moon, Chiron wraps up its time in reflective Pisces and moves into firestorm Aries.    For many people our warrior has been either asleep or ignored but now as we begin this new seven year journey we will find things stirring inside us.   Weapons will be picked up, eyesight will sharpen, boots will begin marching as we slay dragons, perhaps patterns of victimhood, addictions, sloppiness and karma debts.  Both personal and public dragons will be put on notice that there is a new warrior among us.  And it is in the mirror.   This is not a fast transition since Chiron won’t wrap up this journey until 2026 but we may find the fiery energy arrive soon after Feb 18 and our psyche will whisper, “You know that thing that has been bothering me for a long time that has felt bigger than me, yeah, I’m over it and I am starting to tackle it now.”

Then on the other side of the Full Moon we have Uranus move into Taurus on March 6.   This too is another cycle that lasts for seven years.  Chiron in Aries fires us up to find our self and protect self with warrior actions.  It is not a passive cycle.  Uranus in Taurus will support creativity and ingenuity in practical ways. New avenues of solid actions will either open up or our inner warrior will fight to find that opportunity.    Both speak to new beginnings and in between these jumping off points is this Virgo Full Moon. It is auspicious timing.

Virgo Moon opposing Sun in Pisces speaks to balancing daily reality versus faith and the great unknown.  Virgo asks us to build our daily calendars filled with every thing we must do and want to do to take care of our lives and when we go to bed every night we get quiet and our dreams speak to us and of course we assume we will wake up but that is an unknown and we must rely on trust, and that is Pisces.    What needs our practical focus? Where do we need trust?  Both questions are important during the three- day full moon phase.

On this full moon chart, the Sun sextile Mars & Uranus while the Moon trines Mars & Uranus.   The full moon could activate subtle sparks that excite something new in us that affects our schedule.   We plan to do one thing and find ourselves doing something completely different.  The unplanned item that arrives may be important for that warrior that is slowly waking up or perhaps it will make sense after March 6 when we go out into the world looking for new ways to get our practical on.

Venus conjunct Saturn on the chart asks that practical love, money and values that make sense be on our daily to do list.   We seek a new level of sobriety.   Mercury conjunct Neptune is the one wild card in the chart.   Neptune is fuzzy and vague and uses intuition to inform. Mercury which rules our brain likes communication that is easy to digest in simple bites.  Being fuzzy is tricky to Mercury.   The solution is to be adaptable with our thinking and check in with our gut to make sure we are not wasting time.   Perhaps the illumination of this three day full moon will support us in some way to not waste our energy, resources and time  by going down dead ends for the next seven years.    See how this full moon pushes on your to clean up those kinds of bad habits.

I’ll be doing it, too!

Full Moon Virgo: The Art Of Surrender

Mercury conjunct Neptune Pisces – February 19 2019 (06:37 GMT)

Full Moon [0 Virgo 42] – February 19 2019 (15:54 GMT)

This coming week, the Sun enters Pisces on Monday 18th February followed swiftly by the Full Moon on Tuesday 19th February at 0 degrees Virgo. The Sun in Pisces opposes the Moon in Virgo.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury and Pisces’ co-ruler is Neptune. On the same day as the Full Moon, there’s a Mercury/Neptune conjunction at 15 degrees Pisces. Therefore, Pisces energy is coming in with a real whoosh. This could be an emotional Full Moon.

Virgo v. Pisces

During the Virgo Full Moon, there’s usually a sense of busy-ness, when you want or need to be productive and get things done (Virgo’s realm). At this Full Moon, however, the planets in Pisces have the stronger pull.

They are whispering to the Moon in Virgo to give in, to surrender and let go. Consider whether this is relevant for you and how you want to make the most of this strong Pisces energy.

What will bring you fulfilment? You may choose to devote yourself to a creative, romantic, spiritual or caring activity. You may choose to let go and rest deeply and find a spa bath, a warm sea or a fantasy world to lose yourself in.

Whereas Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury enjoys the busyness of the mind, Pisces’ modern ruler Neptune wants to go with the flow, be intuitive and tap into its sensitive nature through dreams and imagination, not words.

Both points of the Virgo/Pisces axis are highlighted now. Through the confusion of ideas, thoughts and feelings which emerge, your goal is to find a route to clarity, efficiency, order. Yet, there might be another way, one that’s connected to not knowing, being willing to go wherever life leads, to surrender to life rather than try to direct it the way you choose.

Mercury’s Shadow Phase

This fits with Mercury’s shadow phase which begins during this Full Moon. I don’t often pay close attention to the shadow phase of Mercury which elongates the three week Mercury retrograde phase to eight weeks.

This time around, there’s a good case to make the most of this extraordinary period when Mercury’s diving deep into Neptune’s realm. If you’re ready to lose yourself, go off piste, experiment, try something different, here’s your opportunity.

The only proviso is if you’re already feeling untethered or unsafe. Mercury, the planet of precision, isn’t comfortable in Pisces’ boundless realm. If you’re in danger of losing your mind or the fine line between madness and creativity tips too far in one direction, don’t cast aside your anchor in gay abandon.

Instead, focus on the earth sign energy that’s currently strong, take one step at a time and feel your way forwards while keeping your feet firmly on the ground.

Mercury’s Long Swim

If you are in a romantic, creative or spiritual phase in your life, know that this will continue throughout March while Mercury is retrograde in Pisces. In fact, it’s only during mid-April, when Mercury finally completes its journey through the star sign that represents wisdom, spiritual knowledge, vulnerability and escapism, that your long swim through Pisces’ realm is finally over.

There’s no one way to experience this boundless Full Moon. Instead, consider the symbolism laid out for you and apply this to your current situation.

What do you need right now? Is life urging you to let go and surrender? Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for the needs of others? Do you want to lead your life differently so you can tap into your subconscious, stir your imagination, listen to your dreams and encourage your creative and/or spiritual source to emerge?

It’s a peak moment in the astrological year when you’re being encouraged to dive in, connect with your self on a deep level and reach outwards to connect with humanity, the universe and life.

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Mars Conjunct Uranus: Handle With Care

Mars conjunct Uranus [29 Aries 11]

– February 13 2019 (06:21 GMT)

Mars is fiery and furious over the next couple of days. The red planet that rules anger and action is currently strong in Aries: the strident activist, the daring hero, the martial arts expert. This Mars knows what it wants and is out to get it. Mars in Aries is fast, direct and takes no prisoners.

This is great news if you need to be assertive, make things happen, take charge. Yet, it’s important to know that Mars is currently teaming up with unpredictable Uranus at the last degree of Aries.  This will fan the flames of Mars as temperatures swiftly reach boiling point.

This is an important planetary conjunction because these two lively, volatile planets have been involved in a love affair for many years. Since 2010/11, Uranus has been in Mars’ sign of rulership, Aries. Last year, 2018, Mars spent almost six months in Uranus’ sign of rulership, Aquarius as Uranus took a six-month vacation in earth sign Taurus. Uranus moved back into Aries in November 2018, when Mars left Aquarius.

Mars/Uranus In The World
One example of how this played out in the world was the Yellow Vest movement in France. The demonstrations began in November 2018 but the movement started in May 2018 with an online petition that grew over the ensuing months, reaching 300,000 signatures by October.
You can see the symbolism clearly here; Mars went underground last year, when it turned retrograde while activism was spreading virally, online and by social media, Aquarius’ domain.
Once Uranus leapt back into Mars’ star sign, Aries in November 2018, the violent demonstrations began, primarily in Paris, but elsewhere in France too over the coming weeks. Anti-government, the people were rioting over higher fuel taxes and demanding an increase in the minimum wage.
Therefore, this week’s Mars-Uranus conjunction in the final degree of Aries is potentially volatile, there are no two ways about it. This is one final clash, one push for victory before Mars leaves Aries on February 14th followed by Uranus leaving Aries on March 6th.
Mars/Uranus – It’s Personal
On a personal level, look at what you’re not prepared to put up with any longer or where you’re ready to get things moving and fast. The Mars/Uranus conjunction can act as a trigger for change.
This planetary combination is independent and excitable, decisive and wilful. It is important to look closely at your motivations and be wary about taking foolish risks. If you’re feeling unsure, use your passion constructively and rein in your impatience. The Mars/Uranus conjunction is the proverbial ‘leap out of the fire into the frying pan’, i.e. acting impulsively can make things worse.

There’s a real danger that this ‘flick-of-a-switch’ Mars is about to be activated and rage out of control. So, take care over the next couple of days. Know that this is a volatile period, do battle when necessary but also trust when to turn the other cheek.

Red Tuesday

I just discovered that today is one of the most popular days to split up! 48 hours before Valentines Day. Rather neatly for this article, the phenomenon is called ‘Red Tuesday’ – red is Mars’ colour, Tuesday is ruled by Mars and Uranus is the planet most often associated with splits, i.e. break ups!

Mars conjunct Uranus – handle with care and take good care!

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