This article is somewhat lengthy however I recommend you read all of it. Yes, it is that time again. Breathe!
Mercury is retrograde in Aries from March 22nd to April 15th. Mercury’s shadow period began March 8th, 2018, and ends May 3rd, 2018.
As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules the third house, our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay it to others. Mercury has ruler-ship over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, travel, the mail, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is operating in a sluggish state. Remember mythology students, Mercury is the busy god, the messenger.
Think of Mercury retrograde as when Mercury himself is tired and overworked.
Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. This is a time to be careful how we filter information to avoid the “he said, she said” situations. Things can seem fuzzy. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. It’s a time when being careless with money, our personal information, or paperwork can be costly. However if the details have been worked and agreed to prior to Mercury retrograde, putting pen to paper is merely a formality.
While Mercury is retrograde, we may be rethinking a previous opinion or idea. Looking to the signs and houses it transits in your personal chart can give clues as to what we may be reconsidering. Another component of Mercury in retrograde is communication from the past. I hear from clients I haven’t heard from in years.
Mercury retrograde in Aries:
The sign Mercury is retrograde in plays a huge role in how we proceed at this time. This is a time for reconsidering an initiative or venture. It’s strong for returning to an old project. It can be a time of tension, however, as Mercury in Mars-ruled Aries wants immediate answers and retrograde Mercury can point to delays and indecision. The shortness of Mercury in Aries communications is magnified making it necessary to be especially careful with our choice of topics and wording. The chances of sharp or cynical comments doing damage is high. Even though Mercury in Aries prefers the new to the old, we might consider renewing past ventures where we may have had false starts, but this should be done in a new way for things to work this time around. With Mercury in Aries, we prefer to learn from hands-on experience rather than instruction, and not listening during this Mercury retrograde period can be especially costly. With Mercury in Aries, think before you act.
Keep in mind that Mercury in Aries’ haste to communicate can work against us or can be more consequential during Mercury retrograde as there can be texts or emails sent to the wrong people, for example, or quick commentary that’s considered careless. Also don’t rely on one form of communication or assume a person received your message.
There is absolutely a positive side to Mercury Retrograde. This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting. We look at the world a little differently–through different filters–and can come up with some very important inner revelations. It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but not everything needs to be rationalized.
Mercury retrograde periods can be times of increased consciousness, when meditation, keeping a journal, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work are good. Mercury retrograde is powerful for studies, particularly for returning to old studies or for re-learning or refreshing knowledge in a subject already taken. It is important to note that there is absolutely no reason to suspend projects or anything of the sort during the Mercury Retrograde cycle. It’s not an ideal time to start new ones or to sign contracts, simply because a change of mind is quite likely once Mercury turns direct. However, it’s a fabulous time to do some creative thinking. However, acting on our ideas might be best left for a Mercury Direct period. I have said many times, sometimes you have to do what you have to do thus don’t cave in to Astrological Paranoia.
If you would like to know how Mercury retrograde affects your chart, please contact me for a private consultation. Also, we make and sell Mercury retrograde candles to help counteract its negative effects.