Imagine tranquil waters within the mind where the chatter ceases and only quietness remains where thoughts are clear. Imagine droplets of inspiration coming in and storing them in a beautiful box until you are ready to act on them. This is all very possible as Mercury shifts into retrograde phase in the sign of Pisces at 19 degrees on February 23rd through March 17th, 2013 ends at 5 degrees Pisces. As Mercury in Pisces transit unfolds, we are given plenty of opportunity to restore peace within the mind, practice being still or in silence, being receptive and open as well as acceptance of the higher purpose to things in life.
Be attentive to the realm of feelings, intuition and perception beyond borders and boundaries. Mercury in Pisces symbolizes thinking with fluidity and speaking with sensitivity. How do our words, thoughts and ideas make us feel or others feel? It is possible to revise or review our perceptions and see if they are viewing things through dualistic point of view the: right/wrong, good/bad, high/low etc. or a more unified Soul-level perception. With the Soul-level or higher perspective, one is able to flow right to the heart of the insight and gain better understanding of the nature and purpose of the issue, lesson and experience.
Mercury is the planet that symbolizes communication, thinking and the rational processes within the mind, siblings and short-term travel. The astrological sign of Pisces is a water element, therefore we are invited to dive into the world of feelings, emotions, non-linear, intuitive, mystical, Spiritual, creative processes and the imagination. We may easily adapt to changes, feel versatile or possibly scattered and indecisive as Pisces is a mutual mode of energy.
Mercury in Pisces: the potential to “Think like a Poet.” Mercury in Pisces brings out our inner poet, dreamer and romantic. We may yearn for words, ideas, music, colors that evoke healing, love and joy within us and in the environment around us. It is helpful in engaging in non-linear creative processes and allowing quiet time to play within the imagination.
When Mercury in Pisces is Off-Balance: extremely spacey, delusions, illusions, blind-spots, irrational fears, constantly indecisive, lacking clear communication, not able to fully concentrate to get things done, escapist tendencies. Too much fantasy and not enough reality.
With Mercury retrograde in Pisces, key issues around emotional aspect of life and experience are up for review and reflection. We must look closely at which illusions keep us from seeing clearly or perceiving from a Soul-level. We may be returning to old stuff around communication and thinking. It is possible people from the past resurface and you have a chance to heal or resolve something. Use this to help restore peace within the mind and mental energy. It is helpful to forgive and allow yourself to heal to move forward in your life.
One example of how to work with this Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is having small increments (or longer) of time where one is silent. No words or reading or thinking. Simply being and basking in silence and stillness. Total relaxation for the mind, body emotions, and Spirit. There are wonderful retreats where one rests in silence. And whatever comes up in the space of quiet reflection one is able to pay attention to. This is a meditation as well.
Mercury retrograde is not to blame, nor is any other planet in Astrology. This or any retrograde phase has symbolic meaning and it is there to help you understand what shift in Consciousness is happening and how it influences your life. Some situations with astrological aspects may be literal. Yet, if you give your power away and blame or a retrograde phase you will feel very helpless. Remain empowered, use the symbols in Astrology so they are supporting to you to recognize and face the issues coming up within Consciousness now.
Quick Overview Mercury Retrograde phase:
- Retrograde Begins: February 23rd, 2013 at 19+ degrees Pisces
- Direct Motion: March 17th, 2013 at 5 degrees Pisces
- Out of the Retrograde zone: on April 6th, 2013 when Mercury is at 19+ degrees Pisces
It is helpful to:
- Give the nervous system some quiet time, meditate, relax, be non-linear and creative.
- Clear out debris, clutter, shred old papers, clear away old paper-work.
- Organize, sort, label and store
- leave plenty of extra time for travel, in between appointments and triple check details around work/travel/emails.
- People from the past revisit or resurface via communication
- Revisit old issues and unresolved situations to bring healing and resolution
- Revise, restore, review, recheck… all the “Re” activities is great to engage in under a Mercury Retrograde phase
Where does this Retrograde Phase happen for you?
In your Natal/Birth Chart find the house that contains Pisces between 17-23 degrees. And find any planet near there in Pisces or in Virgo/Sagittarius/Gemini at those degrees as it will make an aspect to them as well. This is the Mercury retrograde will be symbolically re-tracing and putting you in touch with issues.
Mercury goes Direct: at 5 degrees Pisces on March 17, 2013. Our thinking may feel refreshed and renewed and we may be able to convey our dreams and ideas more fluidly. Intuition may guide us to seeing certain situations in a new light and in a more unified way instead of being lost in duality (right/wrong). We have the opportunity to communicate with loving-kindness and compassion as we may feel empathetic towards another person’s situation. Early April 2013 provides a fresh new opportunity for the inspirations to flow and be expressed.
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