Mercury entered Pisces at 9:55 am EST today, where it will remain until mid-April. Mercury in Pisces has been occurring for as long as astrologers have been tracking the movements of the planets — astrology is an ancient art — but it has never been more important than it is now.
Before I get into Mercury’s latest visit to the last sign of the zodiac, I want to give a nod to the Tuesday-Friday astrology service offered by Planet Waves. Eric’s horoscopes are foremost among the new growth from astrology’s old roots. His interpretations of the Cosmos are both instructive and useful, unerringly addressing our needs now.
As for the current sky: Mercury will remain with mutable water for so long (about two and a half months) because its first retrograde of 2013 will take place entirely through Pisces, beginning February 23, wetting the tone for the entire year. That’s not a typo. This will be a fluid year. The only setting will be in motion. Mercury’s motion this week will be a good time to begin thinking that way.
Fluid thinking means not being rigid, either intellectually or emotionally. This year, the established order will need to revise its standards. As part of that revision, you will be called upon to be creative.
Being creative often entails going through discomfort with a purpose. With sincere respect to those who choose hairshirts and the like, that is not to say discomfort should be your purpose. It is to say that finding a better way often takes you through the uncomfortable territory of releasing strong attachments to what does not work anymore. That requires integrating intellect with emotion.
Mercury expresses in your life as the various manifestations of the intellect. For astrology, the elemental water part of Pisces energy represents, among other things, emotion. You can begin your creative journey now by working through the discomfort of perceiving how the prospect of Mercury going back and forth through Pisces for more than two months is an amazing piece of good fortune.
In reality, the actual planet Mercury never goes back and forth. It only appears to slow down and reverse its motion when it approaches to pass between Earth and the Sun. From that appearance comes the symbolism of ill repute.
It is a reputation to which many people have formed an attachment. Attachment to negative perceptions of Mercury retrograde will not work for you this year. Therefore, releasing that attachment will be the perfect exercise for harnessing your intellect with your emotions in creative teamwork this week.
You can begin with what you know intellectually — that Mercury’s periodic reversals are illusions. From that knowledge comes a logical question. What would make you inclined to perceive the illusion as negative when it would be just as easy to see it as representing a good thing? To answer that question, you will probably have to bridge over to the emotions.
Modern culture often emphasizes and idolizes progress. Many have an emotional aversion to reversal in any sense of the word. While progress is not inherently bad, it is not always appropriate. Sometimes you want to go back and find what you lost, discover what you didn’t see, or heaven forbid, correct yourself. In reality, the events negatively associated with Mercury retrogrades often serve precisely those purposes.
In reality, both forward and backward motion have their time, and allowing for that, seeing that, working with that, rather than resisting it, is a creative act. Following the lead of the Cosmos is one way you can be guided in your creativity.
When the Sun moves in the sky, it is a representative of the Cosmos telling you what time of day it is so you can make the most of the day’s light. By the same token, the innermost planet approaching to pass between Earth and Sun is telling you what time of year it is. To have the symbol of Mercury retrace its steps in Pisces is, in turn, telling you what time of your life it is. If you embrace the symbolism, you will make the most of your own light.
Embracing the symbolism of Mercury’s impending retrograde begins by convincing your intellect that it is not inherently a bad thing, and noticing the emotions that come up when you do that. You can do that now.
Following those emotions back to when they came from is the next thing. That step that actually emulates both Mercury’s apparent retrograde motion and the emblematic water that, in part, identifies Pisces, placing you in harmony with both. It is not too soon to do that either.
Then, working with the mutability that also identifies Pisces means being creative on the most fundamental level, with yourself. Seeing things differently means creating a different reality for yourself, setting things in motion for an eventual new season in your life.
There will be a lot of other important and pertinent details, aspects and such, that accompany Mercury’s long tenure of Pisces. There will also be a lot of elaborations upon the astrology of the water signs (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio) as the year goes on, and Mercury takes a long turn back through each. For now, however, please keep it simple, and fluid.
Do what you can to wet the tone of your life and enhance your creativity by working with both your intellect and emotions to overcome discomfort by creating alternatives to your attachments. That begins with what you are attached to concerning what Mercury retrograde is supposed to be. If you can do just that for now, you will have made a good start, which is all now ever calls for.
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