Mercury Retrograde In Pisces: Swimming In Dreamtime

Mercury Retrograde In Pisces
Entered Rx zone Feb 19th at 16 Pis 06
Rx begins Mar 5th at 29 Pis 39
Stations and goes direct Mar 28th
Leaves Rx zone Apr 16th

The 2-month-long Mercury stay in the mutable water sign of Pisces is unusual. Typically the speedy planet spends two to three weeks in each sign. So when the Messenger of the Gods settles in for such an extended period, astrologers notice. Part of what is causing the long visit is Mercury’s first retrograde of 2019. Mercury will be retrograde from March 5th through 28th.

During a Mercury retrograde we are cautioned to expect delays, travel disruptions and technical malfunctions. Another popular rule of thumb is to look for the prefix “re” (reconsider, revisit, revise, review, rethink, etc.) and apply it to the circumstances that materialize during a retrograde. And while backing up one’s computer is advisable, at anytime, the Neptunian aspects surrounding this retrograde suggest that in order to find its true meaning, we need to look beneath the stereotypical surface.

Pisces ruling planet Neptune is halfway through it 15-year-transit of the sign. When the Sun entered Pisces on February 18th, Mercury and Neptune were aligned at 15 degrees. At the end of this retrograde, Mercury and Neptune will meet again at 16 degrees. So Mercury will be experiencing the world through Neptune. The planet of artists and musicians, addicts and alcoholics, and monks and mystics, Neptune can be very hard to pin down. Partly, this is because its long transits work like water slowly eroding rocks. On a daily basis, it’s hard to appreciate the magnitude of its influence. Yet in the end, its transformative power becomes undeniable. Neptune’s association with water, in fact oceans, also makes its meaning hard to grasp. One only needs to wade out into the ocean several feet or yards before the ability to keep one’s feet on the floor and one’s head above water disappears. We recognize that things are much deeper than we are accustomed to perceiving and navigating them. And so it is with Neptune. It asks us to step back, to reflect and meditate, and to consider the big picture.

As we move through our daily activities, we may feel guided to reevaluate their relevance to our longterm goals and sense of purpose. We may also be drawn to the incredible pool of Neptunian creativity formed by these planets. We may find ourselves seeking refuge from the busyness of life to find quiet and time for contemplation. Or we may simply enjoy dwelling in the dreamlike state of mind this time brings. In mid April, we will emerge from the shadow period of this retrograde. Like those rocks, we may find our lives subtly and unmistakably changed. Because Neptune is also strongly associated with illusions and deception, my advice is to sit back and watch the show. Consider the possibilities that present themselves, but set aside big decisions until all of this has passed. The shadow of this retrograde fell under the second of three Supermoons, and the third Supermoon will happen during it. This retrograde is also coinciding with fellow outer planet Uranus moving into Taurus, on March 6th, for its seven-year-stay. Uranus is the wild card planet of astrology, and Taurus is the fixed earth sign. It may take several weeks for the planet of chaos to settle down and settle in. So if there’s one “re” that is agreeable to a Pisces and apt for this retrograde, perhaps try relax.

Neptune In Pisces
Feb 3, 2012 – Mar 30, 2025
Oct 22, 2025 – Jan 26, 2026

Mercury In Pisces: Messages From The Deep

On February 10th Mercury entered Neptune’s home, Pisces. As if to tune our psyches into the significance of this transit, this week the Extreme trans-Neptunian object Iwamoto’s Comet will pass between Earth and Mars. With its 1371 year obit, the comet has not visited Earth since 648 AD and will not be back until 3390. Known as the fast, fleet-footed Messenger of the Gods, Mercury is the speediest planet in astrology. If one of its infamous retrogrades is not involved, it typically only stays in a sign for two to three weeks. But on Sunday Mercury slipped into Pisces for an extended two-month stay, one that includes its next retrograde (March 5th-28th). The Sun is poised to visit Pisces from February 18th through March 20th. And at 15 degrees of Pisces, slow moving Neptune is now midway through its transit (2011-2026). Add the visible presence of a Neptunian body to this cosmic soup, and we have a cycle when Neptune is bound to leave its indelible stamp on this Mercury transit of Pisces. But Pisces being Pisces and Neptune being Neptune, we are unlikely to fathom much until at least April 17th when Mercury heads into Aries.

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Pisces is mutable water and astrology’s twelfth sign. Mutable signs complete their respective seasons, and Pisces placement at end of the wheel underscores themes of integration, transformation and completion. In their productive roles, Neptune and Pisces are artistic, holistic and spiritual. Illusions, addictions and fantasies are also associated with both. Neptune is named for the Greek God of the ocean and Pisces is the final water sign. Now that Mercury is in the mix, emotions will color our thinking and feelings rather than logic are likely to function as our navigational devices. With such an unusually long stay in Pisces, and its next retrograde, Mercury’s February 10th through April 17th visit is likely to be a time of meaningful change. After all, this is also when Uranus settles into Taurus for the long haul. But it may be much later in the year before we fully perceive the import of this transit. For now, with Neptune steering the ship, absolute certainty and precise planning are unlikely. Yet clarity is possible.

Oceanic Neptune connects us with intrinsic truths and its power can relax the logical mind (Mercury), allowing us to open up into something much bigger, perhaps the mind of God. Studying metaphysics, meditating, keeping a dream journal or taking up a spiritual practice, such as saying prayers, are favored for the next two months. Forgiving, processing grief and unresolved grievances. accepting loss and giving an audience to painful, old feelings and memories are all also supported by the incoming tides. Pisces aims to wash us clean of the emotional baggage we’ve carried and are needing to release, making us ready for Aries and the next turn of the wheel. Moving through the coming weeks contemplatively and honestly will avail us to the healing, wisdom and peace now reaching our psychic shores.

Mercury Pisces Stay & Rx
Entered Pis Feb 10th
Enters Rx zone Feb 19th 16 Pis 06
Rx 29 Pis 39 Mar 5th
Direct Mar 28th
Leaves zone Apr 16th
Leaves Pis Apr 17th

More About Pisces on Kristy’s Connection To The Soul


I had a great time visiting my friend and colleague Kristy Ayala today on her blogtalk show.  We covered the upcoming Pisces cycle.  If you want to know what energies are coming in, you can listen here.

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Sun Into Pisces 2013: The Urge To Merge

As the Sun enters mutable, integrating Pisces on February 18th, 2013, Saturn will be stationing to turn retrograde in emotional and intense Scorpio.  A few days later, on the 23rd, Mercury will follow suit and turn retrograde in Pisces.  But the planet influencing the cycle ahead most will be Pisces’ ruler Neptune.  The oceanic planet of dissolution is after all now at home in Pisces.  There it will connect directly with the Sun on the 20th and Venus on the 28th.  Moreover, its considerable, if imperceptible magnitude will resonate throughout this cycle as the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Chiron, Venus and the new moon of March 11th travel through Piscean realms of creativity, compassion and completion.

Concerned with all things esoteric, Neptune imparts a sense of the Oneness.  Under its influence we can easily experience altered states of awareness.  In them, we can feel unconditional love for others and perceive the shapes of things to come.  Notoriously nebulous and deceptive, Neptune is also the planet associated with addictions, religious cults and delusion.  In 2013, escapist tendencies will be kept in check by a full moon in orderly Virgo working in concert with expansive Jupiter is in sharp-witted Gemini.  From there the planet of opportunity will cut through the confusion and challenge unrealistic aspirations and unhealthy diversions when it squares the Sun on the full moon of February 25th, Venus on March 4th and Mercury on the 9th.



March 6, 2013

Also adding sobriety to the mix will be Saturn and Pluto. These planetary guardians of discipline and truth will be well-aspected during the cycle ahead.  On March 6-7th Venus and Mercury meet at 11 degrees of Pisces where they trine Saturn at 11 degrees of Scorpio and sextile Pluto at 11 degrees of Capricorn.  Neptune is reputed to require a sacrifice.  What is standing between us and our bliss?  Where are we failing to take practical action in order to attain our dreams?  What are we willing to give up to get from here to there?  Saturn’s retrograde through fixed Scorpio, occurring under a simultaneous Mercury retrograde, is asking us to take an honest inventory.  Transformational Pluto in austere, structuring Capricorn is echoing the Piscean call to release that which is no longer serving us.  The purging and assimilation are preparing us for the new astrological year ahead and the Lightwork we came to do in 2013.

While the Sun doesn’t enter endeavoring Aries until March 20th, the new moon of March 11th will give us a glimpse of what’s in store.  On that day, bold, decisive Mars emerges from the Pisces fog and makes its homecoming to Aries.   The planet of courage and audacity takes two years to orbit the zodiac, so its return to initiating Aries is auspicious and enlivening.  But before we move into the fiery domain of the Ram, it’s time to pay homage to Neptune.  In this year of the coming Grand Water trine and the further seeding of the Divine Feminine on planet Earth, the planets are gathering in the reflective and regenerative waters of Pisces.  As we embody their waves of forgiveness, release and peace, we merge with the Oneness.

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