This Mercury retrograde begins with the mercurial planet conjunct Neptune in Pisces, which may well add a little vagueness, especially for the next few days. This influence will hang around in some way for the whole retrograde period, and probably until Mercury comes back to the conjunction with Neptune, around 23rd March.
Where Mercury is precise and detailed, Neptune is nebulous and vague. Mercury is rational and logical, while Neptune is intuitive and imaginative. Mercury is the mind in mundane life, while Neptune is at one with spirit. And in Pisces, the Neptunian qualities will be exacerbated, meaning that there is a chance for delusion to go along with the heightened imagination.
So, you put all that together, and it is unlikely that the mind will be working in a straight line, especially this weekend! If it all seems perplexing, bewildering, befuddling … then that’s probably because it is! Go with it.
But, looking on the positive side, the interaction between Mercury and Neptune is a channel between the logical mind and intuitive. Used wisely, this is a magical time for connection with higher consciousness.
Neptune is turning direct today, after being in retrograde since early June. When a planet turns direct, it’s energy shifts from being internalised to externalised. Neptune is the planet of source, some might refer to it as god-consciousness. It’s energy is about inspiration and compassion. This is the planet that rules Pisces, so you might know it best in that ethereal, otherworldliness of Pisceans. So, when this energy turns outward it opens up the opportunity for us to have more intuitive connection with other, and with source. For the last 5 months this energy has been internalised, helping us to find connection with our own consciousness. Now we get to connect with the universe. Neptune dissolves egoic bonds in the psyche and liberates true energies of consciousness, freeing us to return to a native state of connection with one. For Neptune, all is one.
Ok, so there’s a good chance the next few days could be a bit weird! With the combination of an eclipsed Aries full Moon (Saturday morning for those in Eastern Australia), Mars opposite Neptune (Sunday) and Mercury turning retrograde (Monday) there is a high likelihood of misunderstandings and confusion.
An eclipse is a time when emotions (Moon) are in shadow, we are disconnected from our feelings. So, we can feel out of sorts and act out of character. And when you get that happening to everyone at the same time, weirdness ensues! As this full Mooon is in Aries, watch out especially for Arians and Librans (and of course Cancerians, because they get whatever is happening to the Moon), they’ll be feeling it hte strongest.
The Mars-Neptune aspect is a physical and a psychic wobble … Mars is about physical energy, assertiveness, the yang nature. Neptune blurs the boundaries of everything it touches, it both creates and shows the illusion of it all. So, when these two planets are pulling in opposite directions we can get anything from clumsiness on a physical level to deceptions and delusions on an intention or spiritual level. It is not really a great time for precision in interactions, so don’t bother getting drawn into discussions of the minutiae … it’ll just end in a messy argument! But it probably is a great time to spend in the spa or the sea (with Neptune being so watery).
And then there is Mercury going retrograde, which I’ve talked about before, essentially the things ruled by Mercury (communications) don’t quite work in a straight line … Mercury retrograde 26th June – 21st July 2013. and here … Mercury retrograde is not an excuse for stuffing up!.
Put all that together and I reckon that the next few days are going to be just a little tricky, especially when it comes to communicating or expecting that our communications have been precisely delivered! It is a time for allowing and being forgiving, rather than judging and expecting. A time for fantasy and dreams, rather than illusion and differences. A time for calm and flow, rather than control and certainty …
And of course it’s not causal, just a reflection of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things …