by Robert Wilkinson
Today we will take a new look at what Mercury retrograde in Pisces is good for. Mercury re-entered Pisces at 6:22 am PDT, 1:22 pm Greenwich, on Friday, March 23, and will remain RX in that sign until it goes direct on April 4, 3:11 am PDT, 11:11 am Greenwich, at 24 Pisces. This article offers insights into
Before we go into the specifics of Mercury RX in Pisces, we'll briefly revisit what I told you a couple of weeks ago. We know Mercury retrograde is supposedly not good for signing contracts, making purchases of electronics, making major moves or decisions, and are supposed to hang out with the energies, taking a view that that things may not be as they appear, and so on. I also noted that Mercury retrograde can be good for traveling, as long as one is flexible.
As I noted, Mercury retrograde periods are also good for research, reflection, review, rehearsals, and reconnecting with old friends. It's a good time for doing things left undone, or neglected, from previous times.
It's good for resuming something from the past, while remembering it may not look like it used to or will require a different approach. It's also good for filling in gaps in understanding or activity, and doing things that seem to go in one direction but lead you to new information and understanding.
It's a good time for resuming things begun in previous retrograde periods, or for picking up threads that had to be set aside while other things developed. It usually indicates a time when you need to be able to build in a time lag with whatever you're doing, since retrogrades often show that there are things yet to develop that will ultimately fill in whatever is missing in the present.
In my book, "A New Look At Mercury Retrograde," I included a chapter on Mercury retrograde in the signs. And yes, I’ve finally begun to make progress in re-publishing it as an e-book. Should be happening sometime this year (probably during a Mercury retrograde period!)
Obviously what sign Mercury retrogrades through makes a huge amount of difference in what is appropriate during that period. Since it is retrograde in Pisces, I'll offer you some possible manifestations of what we may expect, regardless of what Sun sign we are or which house(s) it moves through in our individual chart. That said, here's a bit about Mercury retrograde in Pisces from the book.
In Pisces, Mercury's energies show down to rethink in a movie-watching or witness mode. It is over-attracted to the past and re-examines endings and universals that may be beyond words. It is in an intuitive mode, and not quite sure of what it is seeing, hearing, or knowing.
There may be visions from the distant past, as information is constantly coming in from the collective consciousness or Collective Unconscious. This position is highly receptive to subtle signals from the subconscious, whether one's own or that of another. There is often a lack of clarity about these signals and their meaning, resulting in ambivalence or an inability to decide anything with certainty.
There may be feelings like being lost in a fog, pressure drops into sorrow, as the mind is shifting in empathy with its environment. Mercury here is able to become a living conscience witnessing the universal human experience.
This position reasons intuitively, sees whole situations, but may have a hard time communicating satisfactorily. There is an atmospheric sensitivity and an environmental impressionability. In Pisces, Mercury retrograde can offer a gift of visionary poetry, and use a subtle sense of humor to communicate universal truths.
Mercury in Pisces is in its own 7th sign. Here compassion is a constant self-renewing opportunity, and deceit a constant self-renewing judgment. Here one sees the equality of all beings and the universality of human experiences through all times. This position offers the opportunity to witness another's selfhood, or balance another's karma through offering alternatives.
It is also in its own 10th sign, offering compassion as its own fulfillment and the culmination of the communication process. There may also be deceitfulness that will inevitably show itself in some public way. This sign position gives an awareness of universals, the ability to know and teach the true nature of personal responsibility, and the ability to mitigate the karmic process when appropriate. Knowledge comes from feeling the vastness around the immediate; knowledge also comes from passing on the truth to those who also serve.
On a final note, I would suspect the coming two weeks will be a good time to harvest the best of the old Solar year. Forgive much, let go of old sorrows, karmic patterns you no longer need to live with, and any lurking ambivalence about the new life that's presented itself since 2010.
Do not allow the mind to wander off into self-pitying points of view. You can bet that intuition will be up, but so will misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and self-deceit. Remember we're all going to be more attuned to signals from collective consciousness, some of which are polluted and distorted, while others are sublime and divine. Still, it should be a great time for compassion, empathy, and universal insights of the highest order.
Which brings us full circle to something I said in the first paragraph: Hang out with the energies and information, pay attention to details while remembering that a lot of it won't make sense for several weeks or months, and don't believe everything you're told. It will be a great time to make progress due to Mercury sextile Venus for some time to come, as well as in areas influenced by Jupiter in Taurus, with gifts coming via the quintile to Neptune in Pisces.
While Mercury is in Pisces, it’s a great time to say goodbye to and flow out of old misunderstandings, old motives, and old seductions. Just let go, embrace a vaster point of view, take a look back to see the seeds of what's emerging, and be willing to close things out patiently and compassionately. A whole new set of life patterns have already begun to stabilize, and we’ll begin to know a whole new field of activity by the end of this retrograde period when it goes stationary direct at 24 Pisces on April 4, 3:11 am PDT, 6:11 am EDT, 11:11 am Greenwich.
As usual, here are links to recent articles on what this March-April 2012 Mercury Retrograde in Aries and Pisces is all about:
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