In Pisces

So how are people feeling? This Mercury retrograde has been a bit of a ride with Uranus involved, and doubly frustrating with Mars retrograde in Mercury-ruled Virgo.

When Mercury was retrograding in Aries, I still felt the urge to revisit and revise things; when it moved back into Pisces, however, I just felt like staying in bed.

The Mercurial energy for rationalising, organising and making lists doesn’t do that well filtered through the hazy Piscean mist, as I mentioned before. But more subtle messages may filter through as our propensity for doing slows down. Mercury in Pisces calls softly, subtly, almost like a whisper from time — we just have to listen closely.

Here’s an excerpt from an article from Planet Waves about what to pay attention to as Mercury stations direct in Pisces: 

Mercury stationing in Pisces will have an impressionistic or emotional quality. Notice your environment, in all forms of that word: the people and things around you, what you eat, the energy fields if you’re able to perceive them. ‘Energy fields’ encompasses anything from the emotional vibes to the tone quality of conversation to what you may notice on the subtle planes. With Mercury swimming around in Pisces, your dreams may be particularly revealing. As we often suggest, keep a notebook handy.


Notice, as well, your relationship to the past. Pisces is famous for its relationship to everything that we tend to forget, or want to forget. However, you may be remembering, so — remember. Notice what ‘comes up’.


Here’s excerpt from an article from Aquarius Papers:

In Pisces, Mercury’s energies show down to rethink in a movie-watching or witness mode. It is over-attracted to the past and re-examines endings and universals that may be beyond words. It is in an intuitive mode, and not quite sure of what it is seeing, hearing, or knowing.

There may be visions from the distant past, as information is constantly coming in from the collective consciousness or Collective Unconscious. This position is highly receptive to subtle signals from the subconscious, whether one’s own or that of another. There is often a lack of clarity about these signals and their meaning, resulting in ambivalence or an inability to decide anything with certainty.

There may be feelings like being lost in a fog, pressure drops into sorrow, as the mind is shifting in empathy with its environment. Mercury here is able to become a living conscience witnessing the universal human experience.

This position reasons intuitively, sees whole situations, but may have a hard time communicating satisfactorily. There is an atmospheric sensitivity and an environmental impressionability. In Pisces, Mercury retrograde can offer a gift of visionary poetry, and use a subtle sense of humor to communicate universal truths.


Back-end shadow period (30 January to 9 February):

  • Met up with a colleague from a previous place of work who just joined my current place of work
  • Lost credit card, had to get a new one


My mobile phone has been found. Mercury really is the ‘cosmic trickster’!

Mercury needs to hurry up and move forward already. The past week has basically been one long string of delays and technological mishaps. The internet server at work has stalled multiple times, I’ve found it impossible to make long distance calls the past couple of days without a loud screeching in the connection, and yes, I seem to have misplaced my phone, which I last saw this morning.


I meant to post earlier but Mercury going direct has meant that my schedule’s picked up again! Since I’m no astrologer, I won’t attempt to relate Mercury Rx to recent world events on my own, but instead put together a sample of what other astrologers have foreseen.

Pat Paquette, of The Pisces Chronicles, wrote on 25 February 2006 that:

As Mercury retrogrades through Pisces, I expect that some embarrassing truths are going to emerge about what the White House has been up to. This may include information about who our real enemies are and to what extent this administration has been involved with them.

In her update on 26 March 2006, a day after Mercury went direct, she identifies the following incidents, and I quote her directly:

  1. The most sensational revelation came during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, who faces the death penalty for his alleged connection to 9/11. FBI Agent Harry Samit told the court that he repeatedly notified his superiors in the month prior to 9/11 that he suspected Moussaoui was part of a terrorist plot to fly an airplane into a building, but that no one would approve his request to get a warrant to search Moussaoui’s apartment.
  2. A close second for “best secret” came out of another criminal proceeding. Court papers filed by lawyers for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, indicate that his trial on perjury charges could become a major embarrassment for the White House. The documents themselves aired plenty of dirty laundry, including evidence that high-level officials manipulated intelligence on WMDs to justifying invading Iraq.
  3. […] a report released by the Pentagon on Friday asserts that Russian spies in Baghdad obtained information from the American military command about the impending U.S. invasion and relayed it to Saddam Hussein. Not only is this embarrassing to the White House, but it could affect U.S. relations with Russia. [….]

I’ll post more as I find them.

Paquette, Pat. The Pisces Chronicles. Accessed 13 April 2006.

Mercury retrograded from 26° 55′ Pisces to 13°11′ Pisces, from 2 March to 25 March 2006.

What I’ve done during this period:

  • Revised an old paper
  • Applied for new jobs
  • Started three blogs
  • Learned to accept writing as my vocation and practice
  • Meditated far more consistently than I ever have in the past year
  • Returned to some old haunts and old friends

Not a bad month’s work at all, I have to say.

I came across this very interesting post on Aquarius Papers which mentions the benefit of travel during Mercury Rx periods. This is really interesting as we are conventionally advised against travelling during Mercury Rx due to the higher potential for delays and missed connections.

This is what it says about Rx travel:

I have found that as long as one is flexible, retrograde travel is actually a good thing. So is research, reflection, review, rehearsals, and returns from the past. It’s also a great time for reconnecting with old friends, finding people and things thought lost, It’s a great time to explore possibilities, as long as no definitive decisions are made, since they are usually modified or reversed later on.

Interesting, since I’m travelling tomorrow (later today rather) – and am timing my connections with plenty of time to spare – back to my old university to submit a thesis that took 6 years to write (feels like a lot longer!). Given the current AUT action boycotting assessment, the marking of my thesis might actually be delayed, but since it’s Merc Rx, I’ve learnt not to panic.

The second interesting thing is, one of the job applications I mentioned was to this old university of mine, and I had hoped to attend the interview during the period of my visit, but I think my application got lost in the mail. Again, because of what I’ve learnt of Merc Rx over the years, there’s no use fretting about it. Maybe it’s for the best, maybe something else will work out later.

Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing old friends again too.

I guess the thing about driving in reverse while looking through the rear-view mirror is that one arrives in old places with new eyes.

Wilkinson, Robert. Aquarius Papers. Accessed 21 March 2006.

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