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  • Writer's pictureCarmelina G

Mercury Retrograde Feb 17 to March 10, 2020. How to understand it?


Mercury will be going Retrograde on February 17, at 18 degrees of sidereal Aquarius and go back direct at 4 degrees on March 10th. However, the effects will be felt around the 2nd or 3rd of February lasting until the end of March.


When a planet is said Retrograde, it is not actually going backwards in the sky. It is actually closer to the earth making its energy that much stronger, inciting us to self-reflect and pull back, instead of moving forward. It is an internalizing energy as well as a past karmic effect, when things from the past may resurface once again for us to make things right again or make corections.


Everything related to Mercury is magnified during its Retrograde, since the planet is closer to the earth.


So what is Mercury?

Mercury is about communication (speaking, writing, contracts, cell phones, social media, letters, TV, news, Newspaper, you get the drill), it is the planet of business, short distance travel, our siblings, the body parts related to Mercury are arms, hands, abndomen, and intestines.. Mercury is the faculty of the mind that has to do with logic or rational thought. Mercury helps us to discriminate (right from wrong), it is a quick planet, which has the ability for quick thinking and assessing. Mercury rules the 3rd and 6th house of the natural zodiac,. The 6th house has to do with our daily routine, our work envireonment and style, as well as our health (acute disease), enemies, debts, and legal matters.


* It is important to note that if you do not have any planets where Mercury is Retrograding or at the exact opposite from it (Leo), you may not be directly affected, or just not affected at all.


If you do have planets in Aquarius or Leo and they are close to the degrees mentioned above, then it is advised to be extra careful about all things related to MERCURY, maybe you will have to watch your speech, be careful about putting the correct numbers on that check, maybe holding off from signing that contract is best right now.


To know how you will personally be affected, you will have to look in your natal chart and see which house Aquarius rules, according to your ascendant and your Moon sign.

For example, if you are a Scorpio ascendant (or Moon), then Mercury Retrograde will be affecting your fourth house, this means issues related to the home, your properties, your emotional nature, or even your mother may be effected. If you are a Pisces Ascendant (or Moon), this is happening in your 12th house, this means that it is a time of letting go of certain things, your dream-life may become very active. If you are Gemini ascendant, this is happening in your 9th house, this means there are reconsiderations in terms of your belief system or in terms of your higher studies, long distance travels may be affected, communication with the father may not be so clear, so on and so forth. Hence, it will effect everyone very differently.


Mercury in the sign of Aquarius is quite futuristic and scientific in thought, logic and ideas. Highly intelligent, innovative, and expresses itself in a detached yet direct kind of way, at times we can see an erratic type of expression because of Saturn (ruling Aquarius) and Mercury both being Vata/airy planets, which can create randomness. Some key words and phrases; originality, desires change, social skills, networking, upgrading, many friends yet needs to relate more personally, business skills


Social media may be affected in some way since Aquarius deals with the masses and networking.


You may find yourself using the internet a lot more during this time.

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