Mercury has entered its shadow in preparation for its retrograde station which formerly takes place on February 16. In the time period leading up to that date you will start to get acquainted with any challenges that will come to fruition on and during the retrograde and will need to be addressed and/or fixed at that time. Pay careful attention during the next two weeks as mechanical devices may start to act funny, or you start having more interesting types of miscommunications with certain people that will be formerly addressed after the 16th. Stuff like that. For instance, I’m having a hunch (Mercury is in Pisces after all) that a friend of mine is dissatisfied with me about something and neither of us has said anything. I’m ruminating on it because perhaps I may be a bit paranoid. If there is something to my intuition most likely on the retrograde is when it will come to light and be addressed.
Mercury is in Pisces for quite a long time; from now until April 11 (with a brief retro back into Aquarius from March 5 – March 16). Pisces is the sign of Mercury’s detriment so it has to work harder here to be understood. Mercury likes facts, details, logic and precision and Pisces is a sign antithetical to those principles as its style is dealing with things through the imagination, fantasy, poetry, intuition, and more non-verbal ways of communicating. This retrograde can be twice as confusing in the sign of Pisces and much information can be left out, forgotten, erased and at its worst consciously manipulated through lies and obfuscation. This will be a horrible retrograde for getting the truth about something unless of course you’re a writer, poet, sculptor, artist, musician, shaman, guru, healer and help people understand the truth through illusions and ethereal types of techniques. This retrograde will be great for re-examining the emotional past.
You would be wise to get as much practical stuff done before the formal retrograde on February 16th. Place your orders on line now for tickets and purchases of any kind.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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