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.
Pisces ♓: Lots of communication. Writing, signing, talking, reading, thinking, making lists, exchanging ideas, playing games, being social, short trips. Organize your life! The physical home, family and our significant others, partners and closest friends may be a focus. We are learning about ourselves through Others. Old friends might make contact, dead or alive. Vivid dreams. Good time for personal therapy or reading books about psychology, astrology or health such as The Souls Code by James Hillman, The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest or Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza.
Aquarius ♒ : Spend money and resources on books, games, socializing, short trips, your children and pleasurable activities. You might also find yourself spending your spouses money, inheritance money or paying off debts or taxes. Practice your communication skills. Organize your finances. Read books about money and economics like The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist or Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.
Capricorn ♑: Learn about your community. Talk to your neighbors. Organize your community. Siblings may be taking short trips, learning new things or dealing with a lot of paperwork, errands, writing or speaking. Religious, philosophical or foreign figures in your community or neighborhood. Read a book your sibling recommends to you or a book about how to think or speak more effectively such as The Art Of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli.
Sagittarius ♐: Thinking about home improvement or moving homebase. Organizing your home. Short trips to visit family. Partners and close friends coming to visit your home or spending more time there than usual. Reflections on how your career or goals might be effecting your home-life. Reading about your homeland or ancestors or the concept of family, such as It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn or The Myth of The Family by James Hillman.
Scorpio ♏: Your children's studies or school involvement increasing or your children doing a lot of writing or speaking or taking short trips. You taking short trips for pleasure. You learning or thinking about children in general or your children (even if they are grown). Thinking about or organizing fun. Being aware of a friend that needs to have some fun. Read something fun, just for pleasure or reading about birth or children or read a children's book, such as Sacred Birthing by Sunni Karll or His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman or read a book your adult children recommend to you.
Libra ♎: Learning, thinking or talking about illness and healing; your own or someone else's. People that work for you taking short trips or behaving mercurialy. You taking short trips for work. Read books about health such as Cosmic Nutrition by Mantak Chia or The Complete Guide To Fasting by Jimmy Moore.
Virgo ♍ : Your intimate partner, business partner, best friend or spouse may be doing some writing, speaking or taking short trips or feeling extra scattered. Friends or partners from the past might say hi or your partner or closest friend may get an important email or letter. Great time for couples counseling or learning about attachment styles in relationships. You might be very wrapped up in relational stuff right now. Read books about relating such as A General Theory of Love by T. Lewis or Sextrology by Starsky & Cox or The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm.
Leo ♌: Talking and thinking about or organizing Wills or Inheritances, Taxes or Debt. Wait until Mercury goes direct to sign anything. There may be a sense of increased responsibility with your resources. Getting organized with your feelings towards death. Read books about death such as Who Dies? By Stephen & Ondrea Levine or The Tibetan Book Of Living & Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche or Walking Each Other Home by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush.
Cancer ♋: Talking, thinking or learning or changing your opinion about God, spirituality, religion, foreign culture, philosophy, the law or astrology. You may find your siblings or kin or neighbors traveling, going to church, taking classes or studying or talking about philosophical topics. Read sacred texts or about sacred texts or books about the philosophy of astrology or academic books such as Paths To God:Living The Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass, The Fated Sky by Benson Bobrick or Ecopsychology, edited by Theodore Roszak (forwarded by James Hillman).
Gemini ♊: Thinking about, planning, organizing and communicating about your goals and aspirations. Important communication or thoughts regarding your career or public reputation. You may find yourself or your family in the public eye. Read books and learn about Power, such as Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman or The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
Taurus ♉: Friends or groups taking short trips or communicating with you more than usual. Thinking about your hopes & dreams. Bringing fun and pleasure to your friends, group or tribe. Spending money or resources on your friends. Taking short trips to see friends. Organizing your friends. Read books about the future like The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein or The War On Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future By Andrew Yang.
Aries ♈ : Open up to your intuition. Learn about intuition. This is the perfect time to practice meditation, experiment with altered states of consciousness or do dreamwork. Might be something happening with siblings, neighbors or kin spending time in institutions like schools, hospitals or jails or being or feeling isolated. Read stories. Tell stories. Read books like Harry Potter that help you escape into an entirely new world in your imagination or books about intuition like Blink by Malcolm Gladwell or books about the sleep like The Healing Night by Ruben Naiman.