Mercury goes Retrograde on March 5, 2019 at 29 degrees of Pisces and will turn direct once again on March 28, with the post-shadow period ending on April 16. We entered the pre-shadow period on February 19th. It is during the pre-shadow time that we often see the conditions set up for the retrograde phase that follows, where we may have skipped important details, made false assumptions or made errors in our communication. It also sometimes shows trouble with traveling and transportation.
During the retrograde phase, we see the consequences of our inattention to detail and our desire to take the easy way out. Any wrong assumptions we have made are also revealed as well as errors in communication and transportation may come up for some. This is the crucial time to pay attention, practice due diligence and to check and recheck the details of important matters. I always advise making backup plans.
Mercury Retrograde has gotten a bad reputation over the years, although it doesn't really deserve it. The retrograde cycle, while sometimes inconvenient and annoying, is actually a time for us to discover what is not working properly in our lives. It is a good time for revealing the real issues in our lives that need our attention in order to resolve them. It is also a good time for attending to those things you have put on the back burner, a time for reflective thought, inner work, spiritual work and finding yourself.
On the mundane level, Mercury retrograde can add to the confusion, delays, errors in communication and transportation we see all around us and there isn't much we can do about that. But we can prepare for any bumps by taking the time to double check things and to plan ahead.
On the personal level, we can manage the retrograde period by being centered; conscious and aware of what is going on around us. Most importantly, we can manage this time best when we are acting from the heart.
If we instead react from our needs, our hurts, our fears or our personal triggers, then we are acting from our shadow self. But this is what Mercury retrograde is all about. It is a time to clear your tendencies to react to life from the shadow self and the shadows of others. It is a time to re-group, review, rejuvenate and to renew. And most importantly, it is a time to realign yourself to your Spirit.
Depending on your chart, this Mercury retrograde will effect you differently. Look for 29 degrees of Pisces in your chart to know which house it is happening in for you. If you need help discovering this information, contact me with your birth day, year, time and place and I will run a quick chart for you and let you know where this is occurring in your personal chart.
Remember to practice patience during this period and be sure to be prepared with backup plans. For some extra tips, here is my quick survival guide!
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