Swift-footed Mercury will be zooming past us earthlings for the first time this solar and lunar new year so far. Here's what you might find happening around you or coming to you naturally and some suggestions regarding where your focus of learning and thinking and organizing might be over the course of the next few weeks as well as some rad book recommendations for each sign!
For everyone, Mercury retrograde is generally seen as a time to avoid signing contracts or buying new cars or electronics and if you must do these things, expect delays and revisions and having to go back over and redo things. For everyone it is generally recommended as an excellent time to organize & backup important files, catch up on correspondence, pay extra attention to how well you are communicating and what you are communicating. For this particular retrograde, there is a strong Neptunian influence, suggesting taking care to not be deceived and not make big decisions until it is over.
Another great way to spend time this Mercury Rx in Pisces is attending my online astrology meetup, Snax & Relax, on Saturday February 22nd. The theme of this one is Dreams & Astrology!
The official dates of the retrograde are Feb 16, 2020-March 10, 2020 but a lot of this will have maybe started early in February and will last well through March.
Aquarius rising and sun natives, your planet, Saturn, takes 29 years to go around the zodiac, compared to the sun taking a year and the moon taking 29 days only to go around the entire zodiac. So Saturn spends 2-3 years in each sign. It's been in Capricorn for over 2 years now. What does this mean for you? Well it means Saturn has been in your solar 12th house since December 2017. The 12th house is traditionally seen as a place of isolation. This can range from the kind of isolation of monks in a monastery, to stay-at-home parent type isolation or prisoners in solitary confinement and all kinds of fun ways in between. Traditionally the 12th house is also associated with institutions. Institutions can be many things but usually we think of hospitals, schools, jails and churches.
Maybe you have had some particularly real (Saturn) experiences in those places these past two years, maybe you felt restrained or weighed down by these places or maybe they provided you with structure (Saturn) in a time otherwise easy to get lost in (12th H).
Something important to note about Saturn in the 12th though, is that it means it will be crossing into your 1st house soon (By Dec 2020 it will be there for good but it will dip it's toe in for a few months earlier in 2020).
Saturn's cycle around the chart is sometimes associated with our career cycle. When Saturn is at the top of the chart (10th H), we may be peaking in some way in our current career of choice or some kinds of goals or aspirations we had been working on. This would have been between 2013-2015 for ♒.
Then as Saturn begins to drop into the 12th house, our attachment to that cycle and that career, starts to lessen. Or maybe you just change what you do within the same general field. Maybe you've been a rock star and you start making movies. Or maybe it's something like we might realize it's not quite time to change lanes, or retire, but you know it's coming. Maybe you have retired, thinking it was the end, but have kept working anyways. Now though, now you're really at the end. The 12th house is the end. 2020 is Saturn's last year here for ♒.
When Saturn moves into your 1st house for good in December, it will be the beginning of a new beginning for you, especially related to where your authority lies, where your sense of duty lies, and your career and reputation in general. You might not know exactly where your new path is yet, but it will be starting to take shape over the course of the next 7 years (2021-2027).
Then over the course of the next 7 years, 2028-2034, your new craft will be honed and refined and when Saturn moves above the horizon into your 7th, you will begin to become known as an authority figure in your field & gain recognition or authority in whatever you do or aspire to. 7 years later, you'll be peaking again! Fun right?!
If you are rather new on your current path anyways, or for example maybe you are a teenager, maybe what you've been thinking for awhile now that you would like to aspire to some specific career or life path but I can see the possibility of you making a big change to those ideas and plans come 2021.
That's all for now! Be sure to check out my latest news and events on the home page. As of the writing of this, the next event I am hosting is my online meetup, Snax & Relax, on Saturday February 22 near the New Moon in Pisces and we will be discussing the Astrology of Dreams. Link to more info HERE!