The work week begins on a rather tricky note. The Moon in Gemini seeks comfort through facts and clear, well though out information. The Pisces Sun seeks satisfaction through inspiration and imagination. The combination of the Sun and the Moon in harsh aspect can lead to hearing about 4 different voices in your head. Which voice to listen to can be confusing. It really depends on the situation at hand. You must stay flexible and adaptable. It can be extremely difficult to decipher facts from fiction today so do not trust others blindly without doing due diligence. It can be a wonderfully inspirational day where the imagination has the upper hand. Just be sure it is being used for a higher purpose rather than pulling the wool over another's eyes. Liars and illusionists can have a field day today, especially the talented ones.
Today's energy is wonderful for yoga, meditation, spa treatments, music, photography and communicating through non-verbal mediums. When communicating through the mind, speech and words try to inspire others rather than confusing them. Working in partnership with another can prove fruitful if one is more connected to logic and facts while the other to imagination and idealism. Marrying the two schools of thoughts can produce highly valuable work content.
This weekend is all about Mercury turning retrograde in the sign of Pisces. The official time is Sunday at 7:54 pm (EST) but it's the two days before, day of and day after the retrograde that are often the juiciest in terms of the challenge that comes about. The challenge isn't necessarily bad, as a matter of fact, good things often happen on a Mercury retrograde. Of course it all depends on how it aspects planets in your natal chart, as well as what house it falls in. I have a great example from yesterday. Three weeks ago a Doctor's office rejected my health insurance because they claimed they no longer accepted it. Today I called my insurance company to get another recommendation and they said that this Doctor was indeed in-network. I called back the Doctors office immediately and was told he just recently reinstated this insurance, and that I happened to fall between the cracks. So, I wound up getting an appointment with this doctor after all. The Mercury retrograde in this case is the rescheduling of the appointment and the rectification of a past mistake. Pisces rules doctors and medicine and the confusion and miscommunication is such a retrograde in Pisces energy.
It's always nice when there's an example of the positive side. There often is a constructive side to Mercury retrograde like editing, rewriting, reconnecting, reanalyzing, recalculating, recommunicating, readdressing and any permutation of doing something over to make it better. But the trickster can be very harsh as well and in the sign of Pisces this could be out and out lying, deception and the uncovering of facts and information that have been hidden from you for one reason or another. This is an extremely absent minded and flakey energy and things can get lost very easily. This is a retrograde where profound insights may be realized especially if you're a person who has a great gift for reflection, revels in the yin side of intuitive intelligence and is in tune to psychic kinds of vibes. This is a wonderful energy to make an internal spiritual trip and examine your soul. Listen and speak with more empathy and compassion. Avoid the pity party nature which is the less enlightened form of Pisces.
Pisces is the saint or the sinner and Mercury retrograde in this sign provides a choice of which thought-path to take. For some it may be necessary to do a little bit of both. Listen to the internal music of your soul. Connect the mind and the heart.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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