Eminent astrologer, Felissa Rose, gives us her assessment of the upcoming Mercury retrograde:
THE FIRST MERCURY RETROGRADE OF 2019
Although we’re already a few months into it, one of the many constants of this and all other new years will be the three times that Mercury goes retrograde. The first one in 2019 begins on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:20 pm EST when Mercury is located at 29 degrees 36 minutes of Pisces. The retrograde ends with Mercury turning direct on Thursday, March 28 at10:00 am EDT with Mercury at 16 degrees 6 minutes also in Pisces.
In astrology the planet Mercury governs communication. It’s how one picks up, comprehends and shares thoughts and information. When a planet is retrograde its energy is internalized and with regard to Mercury, there’s a sort of thinking before speaking scenario. Much of the time it’s basically good to think before verbalizing one’s thoughts and/or opinions, a thing that can be more easily practiced and understood during periods when Mercury is retrograde.
During the entire time it’s retrograde, Mercury will be moving through the sign of Pisces along with the Sun . This changes the day of the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring on March 20 when the Sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries, although Mercury will still be moving through Pisces. The sign Pisces is connected to imagination, creativity and spirituality. As previously mentioned, when planets are retrograde much of their energy is internalized which with Mercury moving through the sign of Pisces can be quite productive for one’s ideas and imagination. Pisces is the twelfth and last sign of the zodiac, favorable for reflecting on happenings that have already occurred in one’s life if not in one’s before. This can range from childhood incident to a talk or thought one had the day before, to a song that has just been heard.
Along with the communication Mercury also governs circuits and many mechanical parts. Whatever sign Mercury is retrograde in there’s apt to be the usual retrograde problems. Delays, breakdowns and problems with technological and all kinds of equipment, unresolved and miscommunications, unclear and confused medical diagnosis, mistakes in planning, implementing and operating project are all more likely to occur. The world keeps on functioning but it’s best to slow down the pace and take more care of whatever has to be done.
The sign of Pisces rules the feet. I have found that whenever Mercury is retrograde problems are more likely to arise in the parts of the body the ruled by the sign that it’s moving through. Consider tossing out some ill-fitting, worn out, shoes that look good but are never worn as opposed to purchasing some new ones now. If you must try them on in a store first, especially if you plan to buy it on line. And if you do make sure they are returnable and have a receipt. If you suddenly develop an ache in your feet which continues regardless of the shoes you wear, go ahead and check it out but do so again when Mercury is no longer retrograde. Pisces also rules the immune system of the body for during March many parts of the country the weather veers from cold to warm and back to cold again, it’s best to be safe than sorry. People often get colds after traveling to different climates as well as during seasonal changes.
On March 28 Mercury will be turning direct. You can make those purchases, especially the tech ones that you’ve been putting off, sign contracts, initiate a web site, start a job or business. On April 16th Mercury will be at 29 degrees of Pisces, the degree that it went retrograde at and at that point there should be further clarity and understanding of what one needs to know and be understood. A sort of working out the rough edges of whatever transpired while Mercury was retrograde. So while Mercury is retrograde, turn inward and reflect for it’s a time for insight and introspection.
During 2019 Mercury will also be retrograde from July 7 thru July 31 and October 31 to November 20th.