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Mercury Is In Retrograde—Here's What It Means for Your Sign

Get ready for the usual retrograde drama.

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Peter Lindbergh

This year’s astrology has been relatively easygoing, especially compared to the retrograde-eclipse-nightmare astrology of 2018, but there’s a storm brewing! Mercury is at the final degree of Pisces, just aching to splash out of the emotionally turbulent water sign and into bright Aries. But on March 5, it retrogrades in Pisces for a couple of weeks, bringing not only the usual retrograde drama of miscommunication, travel delays, and tech glitches, but all the extra waterworks of being in an emotional water sign.

This particular retrograde is a real clusterf*ck because of the planetary action leading up to it. Mercury has already moved through the entire sign of Pisces, and whenever a planet is at the very very end of a sign like Mercury is now, it wants to hurry up and move over to the next sign. You’re SO over the emotional issues of Pisces and although the relaxed, daydreamy vibes of this sign have been nice, you’re ready to get back to reality. This need to hurry up and move on is even more powerful, since Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac and is all about wrapping things up, finishing cycles, and preparing for new beginnings.

Mercury retrograde in Pisces is calling you to focus on your imagination, emotional connections, and how you communicate your feelings to others. Pisces is an infinitely emotional and compassionate sign and Mercury here wants to inspire creativity and love, but because of this sign’s sensitive nature, you’re also likely to feel very overwhelmed by the tiniest things. Anxiety, difficulty expressing your emotions, and unclear boundaries with others will be the biggest issues you face this month with Mercury retrograde in Pisces.

This retrograde gives you plenty of time to review what matters to you and tie up any loose ends.

Mercury’s close conjunction to Chiron, an asteroid that represents healing and pain, right before the retrograde suggests that tears and heartbreak are on the agenda this month. On top of that, a minor angle between Mercury and disruptive Uranus (which is in the last degree of fiery Aries and pushing for change) suggests that by the end of the cycle, your approach to communicating and opening up about your feelings is completely different now, even if you have to go through a confusing retrograde process to figure it all out. If sticking up for yourself leads to a breakup, you know that it's for the best.

In fact, there’s also a weak connection between Mercury and Venus, planet of love, which softens any harshness from the retrograde and promises growth in your relationships. The new moon in Pisces right after the retrograde is another big indicator that bigger, better things are starting up, and this retrograde gives you plenty of time to review what matters to you and tie up any loose ends before it happens. Hang in there, and read below for your sign’s Mercury retrograde horoscope!


Aries

Pisces season is a snooze-fest for your sign and you’ve been twiddling your thumbs, impatiently trying to wait it out. As much as you love action and surprises, the types of upsets Mercury retrograde brings your way might leave you wishing you were just able to nap through the rest of the month! Friends, relationships, and projects from the past that you thought were long-gone show back up now for you to review them. Is anything worth taking back? Are the people you’re currently invested in better for you, or do they reflect the patterns and habits of the past? Mercury retrograde is helping you redefine emotional boundaries and make concise decisions on what to take into the next year of your life—just in time, too, because your season starts on the 20th, just a week before the retrograde ends!

Taurus

When it comes to most things, you like to keep it simple. The ways you work and think are very one-track-minded, and the way you communicate is very cut-and-dry. Your approach is great when it comes to your goals, but your relationships suffer when it prevents you from deeply connecting with others. Embracing people's differences as differences and not necessarily flaws is where you need to grow the most right now, and Mercury retrograde is testing your ability to emotionally open up to your friends and family and accept them for who they are.

Gemini

With your ever-changing tastes and interests, staying satisfied at work or in a relationship or even a hobby is a challenge! Mercury retrograde is hitting your sign pretty hard—it usually does, since it’s your ruling planet, but right now, it's also drawing attention to your life path. Mercury in daydreamy Pisces fills your head with ideas of what could be and where you want to go in life, but you struggle fitting these dreams into reality. Look at your current place in the world and how it relates to the vision you have of yourself one year down the line, or five, or ten. Do you even have a clear-cut vision of where you want to be? Over the next three weeks, try to develop that idea of the future into something more concrete so you can tackle it with confidence when the retrograde ends.

Cancer

As a sensitive water sign, your approach to the world is ruled by your feelings. Your powerful emotions and stubbornness reinforce your strong opinions, but can also close you off to others’ views and lead you to disregard their feelings. When people feel like they aren’t being heard, they begin to distance themselves, which you may have noticed already with some friends! This month, work on really listening to different opinions without pre-planning your counterargument before someone's even done talking. This lets your loved ones know they're being heard, which ultimately strengthens your relationships! You might also realize that areas of life you were uncertain of become more clearer with this more nuanced perspective.

Leo

You’re a star and people gravitate towards you naturally, but when it comes to your closest commitments, the focus needs to be less about you and more about your loved ones' needs. When your partner or BFF tells you they feel shafted or always stuck in second place compared to you, listen to them. Mercury retrograde in Pisces wants you to review your closest relationships and readjust the way you exchange emotional resources. Relationships are a game of give-and-take, and yours have lost the balance necessary to keep them afloat. Open up and acknowledge other people, make a point of accommodating them, and Mercury retrograde in Pisces won’t leave you drowning in feels.

Virgo

Your sign and Pisces actually have a ton in common, despite being opposites. Both of you are all about working to help other people, even if it means stretching yourselves thin. You see your more practical approach to help as the best way to relate to people, but when you lack the emotional openness of your sister sign, you can come off as cold. Your obsession with perfecting others’ lives comes off as critical and can easily end up pushing your loved ones away, so try to loosen up this month! Show everyone that you’re a human with feelings, too, and that not everything has to be backed up by logic or completely perfect in order to be relevant. A little emotional competency goes a long way, and this retrograde seeks to teach you that.

Libra

Life on the job is always a struggle with Pisces season. Whether you’re working a corporate 9-5 or waiting tables part time, you’ve been going non-stop without a chance to come up for air. The stress is also affecting your health and mental wellbeing, and you might feel like you’re going to crack under the pressure. If you can, call out of work for a “me” day over the next few weeks and try to get your life back on track. Rearrange your hectic schedule into something more manageable this month and really commit to de-cluttering your life. Don’t know where to start? Try tidying up your home—that alone is sure to reduce the chaotic feeling you’ve had lately. Adjust your availability and slowly start taking better care of your actual body. Old habits are hard to kill, especially during Mercury retrograde, but if you squash them now and develop better lifestyle choices, you’ll be thanking yourself when life suddenly becomes way easier down the road!

Scorpio

Since you’re the most secretive sign, the emotionally wide-open attitude that comes with Pisces season isn’t your usual gig, but it still vibes well with your water sign nature and helps you thrive. You’re expressing yourself more openly now, but since others are so used to your quiet and walled-off demeanor, you’re really throwing them off balance! Continue to be honest with yourself, speak your mind, and be genuine as you can. It’s confusing and tricky at first, but the more you open up to the world, more and more possibilities for fun, creativity, and love appear for you as well! Your sign gets off pretty easily during the retrograde, so count your blessings and enjoy the ride!

Sagittarius

When was the last time you called your loved ones? You’re notoriously non-committal thanks to your mutable sign nature, to the point where you don’t even like to maintain a steady personality. You seek out adventure and new experiences wherever you go, which is great, but all these constant changes can also lead to forgetting your roots. Pay attention to your family this month, and take time to acknowledge your origins and upbringing. You’re a forward-thinking world explorer and want to leave the past in the dust, but even you need a break every now and then! By getting in touch with the fam, you can develop a newfound appreciation for who you are now when you realize just how much you’ve grown and expanded as person over the years. By the end of the retrograde, your self-image is way more detailed, and your plans for the future change, too.

Capricorn

Even though earth signs like yours and water signs like Pisces are naturally compatible, you have a tough time seeing Piscean traits anywhere in yourself. Your sign draws power from being structured, reliable, and constant, while Pisces is a coursing river, unpredictable and equally as strong in its own unique ways. Aka, the recent addition of Pisces season’s emotional whirlpool has accelerated and complicated your life plenty. Mercury retrograde is setting an ambitious goal for your sign this month—allow yourself to talk about your feelings and push the usual business-oriented mindset to the side. Show others that you have the emotional competency to understand and welcome their emotions. Incorporating your sensitive side and taking feelings into account instead of only caring just about the bottom-line does wonders for your relationships!

Aquarius

As a fixed air sign, you and mutable water sign Pisces are clearly cut from a different cloth. You both have a ton of compassion for people, though—yours is in the form of maintaining solid friendships and group work, and Pisces’ compassion is sourced from their vast emotional resources and idealistic view of what the world could be. This Mercury retrograde wants you to take a look at your sensitive side—yes, you have one despite your detached tendencies!—and determine where you’re pooling your emotional resources. Are you wasting time and energy on relationships or projects that just aren’t going anywhere? Are you working on too many things at once, contributing too much to the point where you have nothing left for yourself? Sometimes, people or projects are just a drain on your energy that would be much better spent taking care of yourself. This is your Mercury retrograde lesson: Get rid of the baggage in your life so your time, money, and emotional assets can be spent in better ways and have stronger lasting value.

Pisces

Watch out, little fishie! Mercury is already debilitated in your sign, so for the retrograde to occur here can spell out trouble! When the going gets tough, your first reaction is to swim away to safety and avoid your problems, but with Mercury retrograde in your sign, there might just not be anywhere else you can go! This month asks you to hold yourself accountable for the way to communicate. Mercury in your sign has helped you to better verbalize your complex emotions, but when your feelings change all the time and become more and more complicated with each day, it wears down on others and erodes their image of you. Like a stream of water, nothing can pin you down, and that makes it hard for you to commit, even if you want to! A little consistency goes a long way, and your reputation as a vague daydreamer can be improved this month if you learn to back up what you say and do with more than just your mood.

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