it’s soon time for another round of Mercury retrograde, this time we get a dose of the quicksilver planet moving in reverse between 6th and 28th February in particular affecting 3 degrees Pisces and 18 degrees Aquarius, the degrees where it stations. We are now well into the shadow zone and you may have noticed an increased amount of technical and computer breakdowns as Mercury was in Aquarius within the hit zone I mentioned above.
The details of this particular Mercury retrograde sees Mercury turning conjunct to Neptune and sitting on the star Sadalmelek, one of the luckiest stars in the constellation of Aquarius. Mercury will be sitting on this star from tomorrow (4th February) until 10th February. This conjunction is one of extreme confidence, even complacence that things will work out and go beautifully, but the conjunction to Neptune can mislead and cajole one into a false sense of security. Be careful that you are not a victim of someone else trying their luck on you during this week long period while Mercury is stuck in the swampy wastelands of early Pisces. If you are using your mind, then Mercury retrograde can be very inspirational in the initial days of this particular retrograde, at least until the 13th February before Mercury back up into more logical Aquarius and the possibility for technological breakdowns will again increase substantially. Remember that the thought processes are now internal and you will be entering a review period of whatever part of your chart that Mercury is moving through. Beware the 19th of February as Mercury makes a tough square to Saturn. Things may go seriously awry on this date especially in regard to where Mercury is moving - to check this look down for Mercury and your rising sign below. If you don’t know your rising sign, click on the following link to find out - Find your ascendant/rising sign...
Mercury slows to a stop on 28th turning on the really positive and lovely star Sualocin in the constellation of Delphinus, the Dolphin. Again this is a time of being rather creative with the truth, and you should be wary of anything or anyone who offers far more than they can realistically deliver. This conjunction will be active between 26th February and 2nd March, by which time Mercury will be picking up speed again, retracing it’s steps and heading rapidly for the sign of Pisces.
Ok lets have a quick look at the Rising Signs and how it may affect you personally
Aries Rising - Mercury Retrograde for you will in the main be a time when other people including friends and groups will play a bigger part in your life than normal. You may catch up with colleagues and buddies who you haven’t seen in a while or you could feel that some friends have outlived their purpose and you will decide to cut ties with them. Be careful not to get mixed messages from friends as confusion could occur. This is a time also to review your hopes, your dreams and your plans for the future.
Taurus Rising - This Mercury Retrograde period will primarily focus on work and career issues. You might get a promotion or you may lose your work position under this influence, or you may have to deal with duties and matters from the past in your job. In a similar vein, it will be a good time to complete work that you had already started, however be careful in taking on any new work clients or contacts during this time as they could cause you problems. Be careful not to make mistakes, check things thoroughly and also be careful how you talk to bosses and senior people as they may take thing the wrong way.
Gemini Rising – This Mercury Retrograde is a time to review what you believe in, what you know and what you think the future may hold for you. Are you really following the philosophy in life that you are setting yourself or do you need to make a change of course now? This is a great time to re-enter education and to learn something you always wanted to learn. Be very careful if you are taking a long trip or going abroad as unexpected delays and hitches could affect your journey.
Cancer Rising – For you Mercury Retrograde focuses in on issues of sharing and whether you are getting a fair deal from your partner or spouse. This is a time to review debts that you have and pay off monies owed and reassess shared financial issues. Try not to take out new loans or repayment contracts now. Try to purge things out of your life that are of no use and if you need to psycho-analyse yourself, you will be able to carry this out successfully now. In your most intimate relationships, it would be a great time to talk about things openly to work out if you can improve this part of your life with your partner.
Leo Rising – Mercury Retrograde here asks you to review your partnerships, both personal and professional. It may be time to get things out in the open and to discuss the real issues so that you can set a fresh course. Not doing so could lead to confusion, misunderstandings and eventual problems. Partnership issues from the past that may have affected you could come up again. Try not to make new associations with people, or make formal arrangements under this influence. Be careful not to upset those who you know oppose you, as their revengeful actions may cause you significant difficulties.
Virgo Rising – This Mercury Retrograde period focuses on work, routine and health for you. Are you feeling well and if you are not what are you going to do about it? This is a time to look at your general well-being and to see where you may be able to improve it. You may find that you will react well to a new fitness regime or a change of diet. Relations with co-workers could be difficult now as misunderstandings may happen at work. Try to adjust your work routine and your tasks or even the place where you work to make it better suited to your needs.
Libra Rising – This time around Mercury Retrograde may blunt your creative edge and you may feel that inspiration is not with you now, so why not try and get some ideas from other people instead? An person from the past who maybe you fancied may reappear now and if you feel that your emotional life is not as it should be, so maybe now would be a time to spice it up a little; please try not to start up a new relationship now as it may not go to plan. Fun times can be had with children, especially if you connect with them through games and mental challenges which will stimulate you both.
Scorpio Rising – This Mercury Retrograde period may affect issues to do with your family, your home, your domestic situation, relations with women and issues to do with things that have gone before. Maybe your family members or women from your past will re-enter your life, maybe you will review your home situation and work out what you need to do to make your living space a better place, might you need to redecorate or rearrange things? Confusion and misunderstandings between you and the people you live with could occur. Try not to initiate a house sale now as things may not go as planned.
Sagittarius Rising – Mercury Retrograde this time around will affect communications, transport, local issues and maybe your brothers and sisters. Letters, emails or parcels potentially could get lost or people may get the wrong impression about the messages you are trying to put out. This is a time when I would double check any paperwork and documents, what you write and what is written to you. Technical issues or transport delays could hamper you and you may try to reconnect with brothers, sisters and people in your local area.
Capricorn Rising - This time around with Mercury Retrograde you would be well advised to look carefully at your financial situation and what you really value in your life. Do you actually need what you own and are these things you have really serving their purpose? If you are lacking in self worth, why is this? Payments could be delayed or there could be confusion over financial issues now, or you could actually get lucky and receive a windfall. Business deals could get murky and surrounded in confusion, tread carefully…
Aquarius Rising – This Mercury Retrograde period occurs mainly in the most personal area of your chart and now you will be reviewing who you really are and how you appear. Do you need a change of image now to bring yourself up to date? Is the way you are expressing yourself really true to yourself or not? This is a time when you must take your own inner feelings and transfer them to the outer you that you show the world; be true to yourself now.
Pisces Rising – For you Mercury Retrograde this time is all about retreating into the background a little and finding a little inner peace and calm. This may be a conscious decision or then again circumstances may force you into this action. Whichever way it occurs, you can connect with yourself in a more spiritual manner and possibly you can work out and solve any psychological problems or hang-ups that you have been having recently. Helping other people to improve their lives will bring great satisfaction to you now. You may have to return to a hospital or clinic in regard to a medical issue or psychological matter from the past.