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Friday, March 23, 2018

Mercury Retrograde in Aries

Mercury entered the sign of Aries on March 6, 2018 and isn’t leaving until May 13, 2018 because it stationed retrograde on March 22, 2018, inspiring me to tweet:
This is a ten week transit of Mercury in Aries and when Mercury is retrograde in a fire sign it can be even more challenging because fire signs are known to be more blunt and impulsive in their communications.  And we have quite a posse of planets in Aries these days: Uranus is winding down its transit in Aries before it enters Taurus on May 15, 2018, Venus has been in Aries since March 6, 2018 and the Sun entered Aries on March 20th, when I tweeted:
What can we expect when Mercury is retrograde in Aries?  In addition to the usual cautions about signing contracts or buying a house or electronic goods, Mercury retrograde in Aries carries the added potential for getting into an argument from receiving the wrong information.  Mercury in Aries is fast talking and impulsive and speech tends to lose its filters when Mercury is in Aries because it wants instant gratification. And there is also the danger of making rash decisions that we might later regret.

The Aries energy is particularly volatile during the first weekend of Mercury retrograde.  On March 23, 2018, Venus in 16 degrees of Aries is forming a very challenging square with Pluto in 21 degrees of Capricorn which can definitely wreak havoc on relationships.  Venus in Aries is very me oriented, passionate and wants what it wants NOW.  Pluto in Capricorn is very much into power and this aspect (which I have natally, so I am all too familiar with its pitfalls), so when these two planets in cardinal signs square off, the themes of passion, obsession and power struggles run rampant.  Relationships might very well be put through the ringer under the influence of this aspect.

The volatility ramps up a notch on March 24, 2018 when the sun in Aries forms an exact square with Mars in Capricorn in 3 degrees of their respective signs.  This will certainly stimulate passion but the sun square Mars (another aspect that I have natally) is tense energy that requires constant action or can become easily frustrated.  A creative or physical outlet is key to resolving the fiery willpower and competitive spirit that accompany this aspect. Sun square Mars has a high energy, “me first” vibe about it. The fact that it is occurring with the sun in Aries is exacerbating the volatility of the aspect.  Sun squaring Mars in cardinal signs is frequently accompanied by impulsiveness and short tempers.  So the Mercury in Aries retrograde energy of impulsive energy is being fueled by both Venus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn and the Sun in Aries squaring Mars in Capricorn.

Despite the fact that the sun is no longer in Pisces, Neptune is still in Pisces and Chiron is concluding its transit of Pisces, set to enter the sign of Aries on April 17, 2018.  Chiron in the last two degrees of Pisces is forcing a lot of people to deal with their existential pain and grief these days and one way of dealing with the retrograde Mercury in Aries is to try to be a little more sensitive and compassionate towards others.  Please try to think before speaking and empathize with the collective pain that seems to be so pervasive these days.

Otherwise, just remember the re in retrograde and use this time period to review, renegotiate and research any matters in your life that require major decisions before implementing any major changes.  That is truly the best way of surviving the transit of Mercury Retrograde.

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