Mercury in Retrograde
Mercury Retrogrades in Pisces from March 23 – April 15, 2018
What does this mean?
Well, when the planet of communication, speech, intelligence and commerce is stressed during Mercury Retrograde usually.
The second Mercury Retrograde of 2018 occurs with Mercury in Pisces. In Vedic Astrology, we call this Mercury ‘weak’ or extra ‘challenged’ (read more about that below).
When Mercury is weak you can expect to watch each of the areas mentioned above, to give you some life lessons around mindful communication and help you develop your listening skills!
We all will not be functioning as well in communication and clarity.
We might not say what we mean as clearly, or we might miss details easily and this could have repercussions financially when the planet of money-deals and the nervous system is weak. On top of that, the planet is retrograding. This is an opportunity to shore up your defenses with all your technology, backing data up, buying a new device if the current one is dying (before the retrograde ideally) and reversing habits related to technology.
Consider this a great time to break up with your phone, or at least reduce your screen time. Science shows screen time really does change your brain, and your attention span gets shorter the more you train it to function in short spurts.
APRIL 15 – MERCURY GOES DIRECT – THIS MARKS THIRD PHASE IN CYCLE, and WE IMMEDIATELY ENTER LAST PHASE OF MERCURY RETROGRADE CYCLE
After Mercury goes direct, this marks the resolve of Mercury Retrograde – the stage where answers and solutions to our communication or tech problems can be integrated into our lives.
After Mercury goes direct, we are not finished with the retrograde cycle yet!
MERCURY RETROGRADE PHASE IV APRIL 16 – MAY 4
Mercury Retraces its path: Integration of solutions and insights occur during this time.
Mercury Finishes its full Retrograde cycle May 4.
The last stage of the Mercury Retrograde Cycle has been quietly presenting you with new ways, solutions and answers to how you communicate, and how you understand some BIG thing in your life. Mercury crosses the point where the Mercury Retrograde began on May 4, completing the cycle, but Mercury is still challenged! So, that is why I still suggest nature breaks often. Consider learning more about Forest Bathing. It is a deeply healing practice that you can do just one time a month that boosts anti-cancer effects within your immune system.
Keep trying and integrating these changes and discovering answers, since it takes a little extra effort right now to finish these kind of tasks.
If you are an entrepreneur or just trying to adjust your technology use, or make a web site, or update communications, stick with it. Mercury is still challenged right now, and as you replenish yourself with frequent nature breaks, you are reversing DNA, nervous system and cellular damage.
- Exercise with fresh air
- Get nature time or hang with the trees
- Break up with your phone
- Design electronic-free times in the day to help your nervous system heal.
through May 10.
May 10, 2018 Mercury finally moves out of its VERY LONG travels through Pisces where it weakens our ability to handle all things technology. The blow-up with Facebook security occurred during this time for a reason. Mercury usually is only in Pisces three weeks every year. In 2018, Mercury will have been in its weakest place for communications, technology, relationships communications, marketing, learning, teaching and education for TWO long months.
This can be particularly exhausting this spring since we have had simultaneous stress events – Mercury Retrograding in its weakest place in the heavens and Mars crossing Saturn all at the same time. This is why Kathleen spent time mapping out the ‘zones of intensity’ for the year in her free class to anyone who joins the mailing list, so that you could be prepared and poised in 2018.
There are more Zones of Intensity to come in 2018 too.
Mars crosses Saturn during Mercury Retrograde
This event is what Kathleen M Whalen calls one of the ‘zones of intensity’ for 2018.
Mercury is considered to not function as well in Pisces in the Vedic Astrology system, giving even less ‘conductivity’ to our nervous system (weaknesses in these areas will appear more easily: issues with innervation, speech, learning, and brain function).
Communication is challenged too; we might be more challenged to get the thoughts and words from our brain to our mouths and back again, and our ability to function in an ever stressful environment shows where we can improve ourselves. So look at what isnt functioning as well, and improve yourself!
Extra Stressful time
Mars crosses Saturn from April 1 – 9, 2018 and this ramps up intensity.
[Mars Saturn update: April 14, 2018 Did you notice the UK-Russian (poisoning of UK spy and his daughter), US -Russian and US-Syrian issues heat up during the Mars crossing Saturn time?
And with Mercury Retrograde at the same time? Well, to say there was mis-communication in each of the respective governments is an understatement.]
That was Mars crossing Saturn all right. And most people I knew either had a major issues with health events in their lives or knew someone that did, or was dealing with annoying tech issues. There was some kind of stress or surprise or worry during that zone of intensity with just about everyone I have spoken with.
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image – Mercury from NASA’s Messenger Satellite