Thursday, Feb. 6, Mercury makes its first 2014 retrograde (from 3 Pisces to 18 Aquarius). We’re familiar with generalized guidelines for Mercury retro. No major purchases, signing contracts, buying homes or cars, expectations of being heard/understood, strange driving and drivers, less and less understanding, messages not received, misunderstandings, etc. Mercury retrograde times can be magical, comedic, absurd, otherworldly, unreal and unbelievable. Actually Mercury retro (and all retrogrades) is a time of rest and recollection, of integration, assessment and review.
A time offered humanity to re-evaluate, renovate, re-invent, re-form, and redo things, sometimes three times over. At the beginning and end of retrogrades we’re unsteady; there are mistakes, misjudgments, misreadings. Mercury (our minds) is neither here nor there. It’s slipping through the worlds, backward and upside-down. We don’t know what we want or why. It’s even more confusing in Pisces. Here Mercury’s afloat (or drowning) in Neptune’s waters. Communication has Pisces overtones (watery, hopeful, visionary, drug-induced, dreamy, imaginary, drowning, dramatic). Mercury retro is a cosmic gift, an offering to humanity. When Mercury retros our minds, overwrought with too much information, we need a time of reflection. We remember, too, during Mercury retro, everyone becomes a Virgo!
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Feb. 6–12, 2014 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
You try to be in charge as usual but you’re not. You can’t, preferring others to be in charge. You want freedom to rekindle old loves, friendships, groups and business partners. You realize communication isn’t working as usual anyway. Negotiate all misunderstandings with the realization that Mercury’s placed everyone’s mind into a state of retreat. Observe and listen carefully. You will learn much. And be humored.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Don’t think there are obstacles creating roadblocks to your work in the world. Simply set about reworking and readjusting all situations, taking different turns, reviewing previous choices, especially a choice made nine years ago and all-important choices since. Have confidence in the fact that everything and everyone’s in a state of review concerning their lives. Take the time to review your life.
Gemini May 22–June 20
It’s a time for you to daydream, night dream, to envision adventures, trekking, journeying, and traveling to specific places in the near future. Now is the time to research possible schools, studies, teachers, things you want to learn about. We learn the most during Mercury retro times. First we review all that we know about a subject. After more study, we allow our minds to integrate, order and organize all materials. Impressions then occur.
Cancer June 21–July 20
The coming weeks offer opportunity to review finances, investments, taxes and everything to do with resources. Money matters are crucial now. Call upon professionals, advisors and investors you trust. A good place to begin is to read www.solari.com/blog. Choose only “green” investments and business focusing upon a sustainable future. Clear up any disagreements concerning money in common.
Leo July 21–August 22
Refrain from introducing new thoughts, ideas, plans, foods, etc. to relationships, partnerships, those intimate and close to you, co-workers, pets or any of the kingdoms. This is a time only of review and reassessment. It’s not a good time for new elements or negotiations. Even if old realities come to a standstill, let them be. Everything and everyone need a time of rest, of catching up. Know also that hardly anyone is listening.
Virgo August 23–September 22
You know what it’s like to be very sensitive to what others say and think about you. Therefore it’s best not to participate in gossip. We have a prayer recited each morning in meditation. I share it with you. “We think no thought and dream no dream that could harm our brothers and sisters thereby dimming their light. We see our brothers and sisters in the Light & with them, hand in hand, walk toward the Light.”
Libra September 23–October 22
Cherish your relationships (intimate, friends) these coming weeks. Let nothing separate you from them – no thoughts, temptations, work, weariness or issues from the past. Be aware that no one is capable of listening or hearing very well. Therefore show your love, care and gratitude in ways other than communication. Be available, create happy times, harmonize unresolved issues, don’t let the past (like lovers) be a disturbance.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
Find the best place to retreat. If you hide away, crawl under, be concealed, veiled and out of sight, you will be safe from difficult disagreements and misunderstandings. Neighbors, siblings, close friends—all could suffer from difficulties and misjudgments through unclear communication. Make no promises. Remember this. Be tolerant in the midst of disharmony. Family may need extra help. Offer to help.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Take care of your car(s) and all things mechanical. Take care of communication. Absolutely do not purchase a car or anything else technological or motorized. If maintenance issues occur, check everything three times. Something is always missed during retrogrades. Take no long trips. Short trips are iffy. For both, delays will occur. Remember when stuck somewhere, look around. There are messages to be seen everywhere just for you.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Revisit all monetary transactions from the last four months. Order, organize and re-organize important files and papers. Assess money amounts coming in and going out. Reorder and revise these also. Look for hidden costs. If items are needed in your life, do quality research first. But do not purchase them. Not yet. Or they will soon break down and not work. There’s something you need. Do you know what it is?
Aquarius January 21–February 18
You may be so internalized that coherency of thought and speaking may be hampered. Everything may make complete sense to you. However, others may look or seem puzzled when you speak. Ask everyone what they heard you say. Then you will have a clear picture of how you’re communicating. Nothing’s wrong or amiss. It’s simply that your mind is focused on bringing order to your self-identity and hasn’t much room for outer things.
Pisces February 19–March 20
Your mind senses and feels, remembers and is focused upon private issues, things from the past and it’s difficult to bring language forth from such depths. You’re examining the past for answers, assessing what occurred, seeking to find the tincture of truth that will reveal understanding. You need quiet and solitude for this redemptive work. You need uninterrupted sleep. Creative artistic endeavors are important now. Create mandalas.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.