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Mercury Retrograde. What is it and what is it about? A lot of people don’t even know the meaning, let alone its existence. What is so significant about this phenomenon that has people acting strangely or occurrences happening without any rhyme or reason to it?



Since the first Retrograde of the year falls into the Water signs, they rule the hidden elements within your life, the feelings, the intuitive connection with the Divine and your life purpose.



Mercury retrogrades have a cycle in which the Retrogrades have an exactness of covering the same signs, the same degrees and approximately on the same calendar days. This exactness is seldom thought about Mercury Retrograde, with the seemingly chaotic and confusing situations we experience during the Retrogrades. The exact Mercury retrogrades we will experience in 2013 were the exact same signs, same degrees and approximately the same calendar days of 1934. This cycle is seldom talked about in the astrology world, but is the cause of major course corrections for humanity. We can look back at history of 1934 to see the impact of Mercury retrogrades covering the same time frames, the same signs and the same degrees. We are coming to an important time as was experienced in 1934. Few people are old enough to recount the transition of that time, but it becomes history repeating itself to give us a chance to grow as humanity, as a society and to make a difference. The Planet of Mars also follows this same cycle and the sequence of Mars combining with Mercury’s influence of ideas and attitudes and Mars brings these ideas and attitudes into action. The phrase “thoughts become things” certainly brings home the combined energy of these two planetary connections.



Mercury Retrograde in Pisces and Aries:



Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

If you’re considering some sort of financial move, you may want to hold off until you clear up communication problems surrounding the agreements that are involved. When Mercury travels retrograde through Aries and your 2nd House of Finances, it’s a tough time to know if you’ve covered all your bases — especially when you tend to see what you want to see rather than what’s really there. If you’re trying to make something go forward and it keeps getting stopped in its tracks, your very best instincts will tell you to wait. Listen to them. Mercury will come back to tickle your imagination during the first part of April. Keep yourself busy visualizing projects, and then arrange your finances when you’re clearer about what you really need, as well as what you can afford.



Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You might believe you’re ready to take on the world, but when Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on March 12, you’ll have to be content taking a few steps forward and several back. After March 23, when Mercury backtracks into Pisces and your 12th House of Subconscious, go into the deepest state of self-reflection you know how to induce, and consider what your true motivations are. It’s easy to go through life being driven by your knee-jerk reactions, but there’s so much for you to reap when you move with more care and deliberation. This could be the opportunity you need to institute the practice of quiet meditation and keep it in your life for good. When one moves as fast as you do, it’s good to stop every now and then to make sure you’re flying like a rocket in the right direction.



As a newcomer into this realm of understanding human behavior through astrology, visions, dream interpretations, and past lives, I am beginning to have a new outlook on human behavior and what makes people ‘tick’. From a personal perspective, I have gotten to see and understand this phenomenon first hand within the last few weeks. Not knowing what was going on, a person that I have been somewhat talking with and seeing, suddenly, out of the blue, tells me that I have ‘too much drama in my life’ and he wanted no part of it. I can honestly say it was a complete and total shock. No indications had been forthcoming so this was a HUGE surprise since I hadn’t heard from him in almost three months. After he had his ‘emotional outburst’, a week later, he’s not only fine, but calling and wanting to talk to me like we are old friends. He sounds normal, but talk about an emotional roller coaster ride. As the parent of a female Aries, I have seen the opposite. She is more focused and calmer than ever before, and we have had more conversations that had not led into disagreements based on misunderstanding the other person somewhere in the conversation.



As we start on the downside ‘peak’ of this first Retrograde of the year, it is amazing to see how things tie in together and how people are not only affected, but how they respond to different types of undercurrents or circumstances through these natural phases throughout the year. It will be interesting to see how the year progresses with the remaining two Retrogrades and how people react and learn from them.



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