That’s because this Mercury retrograde cycle has an especially discombobulated quality since it’s taking place in the sign of dreamy, subjective Pisces. When adrift in the sea of Pisces, Mercury isn’t transmitting from its clearest channel. This isn’t to say that Mercury in Pisces is “bad.” Every planet/sign combination has a divine reason and place. But some combinations are certainly less complicated than others. In Pisces, Mercury is swimming through uncomfortably murky waters, and those cute little wings on his feet and hat get a bit soggy. Mercury likes the kind of knowing that results from a clear train of thought. Pisces represents the subjective knowing that we might get from dreams or non-linear experience. So already, retrograde or not, in Pisces, Mercury ‘s usual speedy disposition and sharp cognitive process is altered. Add the retrograde piece and poor Mercury appears to have fallen down the rabbit hole.
And as usual, that’s not the end of the story, because the sky is always more complex… From the end of February throughout most of March, we’re all awash in sea of Piscean energy, with the Sun also in Pisces (since February 18), Mars in Pisces (through March 11), and Neptune in Pisces. And Venus would never be left out of the party by choice. She dives into Pisces during the wee hours of February 25th, giving us 5 planets in Pisces at once!
So what’s the message here?
With all of these planets in Pisces we’re being asked to spend more time in Pisces territory – we could say “God’s country” tuning in, zoning out, merging, meditating. And we’re asked to do so during a time when it might feel naturally against the grain. For we’re still riding the wave of the forward-moving New Year energy, and many of us have our sights set on taking action and making things happen. Astrologically, Jupiter has been egging us on in these kinds of endeavors ever since going direct at the end of January. Jupiter has been contributing that extra burst of optimistic expansiveness we’ve needed to get our new plans going. So why are we now being asked to put the brakes on?
If you’ve been feeling the whoosh of forward momentum, it’s important to know that the wind is being taken out of your sails for a reason. With all of these planets in Pisces, we’re being asked to make a shift. But it’s not necessarily a shift in action – it’s a shift in consciousness. And that shift will eventually have a profound effect on our actions. But we can’t move forward without it.
We have something to learn now not only from our inner world, our imagination, and our dreams, but also from consciousness itself. We’re meant to have a few more “spaced out” moments than usual. And if we’re wise, we’ll make time for these moments. There’s no exact recipe for what your tuning out should look like. You could find yourself staring out the window, taking a walk by the ocean, listening to some nice music, getting lost in a fantasy book or film, or even enjoying an impromptu afternoon siesta. Don’t feel like you have to sit in formal meditation, although that counts too. Use the mantra; if it feels good it is good. And it’s done when it’s done. Try not to put too many structures or rules around your space-out time.
But here’s a caution: If you find yourself losing the keys a lot, that might be a message from your angels that you need to make more time to tap into the deep well of consciousness intentionally. Yoga wizard Erich Schiffman loves to say that it’s important to spend time every day “getting online with the divine.” There’s something you need to “get” right now that isn’t linear, and it may not even be logical. Inspiration, faith, feeling connected with all of life – these are all experiences that don’t “make sense” but that we need in order to feel meaningfully engaged with the world. And it’s time to get a little more of that.” Tony Howard