Mercury Stations Retrograde in Pisces February 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm ET.
Mercury enters The Shadow phase on February 2, 2020 at 3:44 am ET which occurs in Aquarius before Mercury enters Pisces on February 3, 2020.
Mercury is Retrograde for 3 weeks, until March 9, 2020 at 11:49 pm ET and finishes in Pisces on April 11, 2020.
Of course, with Mercury Retrograde lots of mishaps, miscommunications, misconceptions and misunderstandings are heightened as usual. Computer glitches, lost emails, text messages, and the like could get jumbled. Make sure you are absolutely sure you want to send that message before you click that send button. If your intuition indicates you are unsure whether you should say or share information, it would be wise to wait and think about it longer before you do. Signing contracts without reading the fine print should also be avoided during this period. If you encounter any word combinations that are confusing or unclear, ask for clarity.
Expect your mind to play tricks on you while Mercury is Retrograde in Pisces. Perception of time can be off during this period so double check your schedule, appointments and any itinerary. At times, you could feel like you are living in a dream world or the Twilight Zone. Bizarre coincidences with strange timing, deja vu and similar mind-bending phenomenon just might have you questioning if you’re living in some kind weird Matrix.
We are all likely to change our minds about a lot of things during this period. While Mercury is Retrograde in Pisces we will experience a lot of dichotomies between our minds and emotions.
The main themes we are going to see with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces are:
- logic vs. feelings
- facts vs. fiction
- truth vs. lies
- reality vs. fantasy
- common sense vs. nonsense
- what’s real vs. what’s not real
- endings and beginnings
- philosophy, life and the afterlife
When Mercury is Direct in Pisces it indicates our minds leaning towards intuition, higher consciousness, beliefs, faith and a more compassionate mindset. This can be a good time for creative artists and poets to explore a variety of ideas associated with big shifts in thoughts and feelings.
Most people don’t think of Mercury Retrograde as positive because of all the mishaps, issues and errors that can arise during this period. But, the positive side of Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is that we are encouraged to clear our minds of debris that has built up over time, especially all the things that block us from experiencing the world from a more spiritually conscious perspective.
When Mercury is Retrograde in Pisces it indicates looking back into our past to avoid repeating mistakes. This is an important time to cleanse your mind of junk and negative thoughts that have built up over time, like regrets, sorrow, past words exchanged between you and another, and clear the karmic baggage that has been weighing on you and that you want to let go and surrender. Some may find this period emphasizes the need to practice forgiveness and asking for forgiveness to release the past and become lighter and more spiritually centered.
As Pisces is associated with endings and the afterlife, with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces now we can expect to have more sentimental thoughts about people in our lives, the meaning of life, spirituality, philosophy and religious thoughts.
If you feel like you are out of tune with your spirit or can not find any meaning or higher purpose in your life, this period can be challenging but hopefully enlightening once completed. With all the complexities of emotion and thought during this period, some may reject faith, while others will return to faith and prayer to access higher wisdom. I talk more about this in the self reflection section below.
With the Coronavirus on everyone’s mind, more of us will inevitably be thinking more deeply about what we are doing here in the world with our temporary lives and the time we have. This is a time to ponder deep, spiritual questions. As anxieties can increase at this time, self care and meditation are recommended.
Pisces represents what is hidden and beyond our perceptions, which germs and viruses certainly would fall under. Mercury is also ruler of Pisces’ opposite sign, Virgo, which is very much about health routines, hygiene and cleanliness. With Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, we could see obsessive compulsive tendencies to increase as people think more about hygienic practices.
Mercury in Pisces is not considered to be the most positive placement and is considered to be weakened, in detriment and fall in Pisces.
Mercury is all logic, while watery Pisces is geared toward feelings and imagination, so there can be a conflict between what makes sense and what is actually real or not.
Pisces is more about spiritual thought, imagination, visualization and broad, profound, philosophical concepts, higher wisdom, fantasy and beliefs which can be irrational and illogical. Whereas Mercury is rationality, information exchange, common sense, gossip, small details and tends to be more superficial, only looking at the immediate, surface of things.
We can expect to see a lot of issues that revolve around a lack of emotional intelligence during this period as people’s minds and emotions are conflicted.
The big types of question with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces are, “Is this really true? Do I really believe this?”
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces can indicate an increase in confusion, perplexity and doubts. Trust in what to believe can be difficult at this time especially with so many different, conflicting perspectives being presented.
Interpretations can be totally off with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces. What one person says, another could think or believe means something very different. Your words, tone of voice and attitude could be easily misinterpreted, so extra effort to be clear is recommended. It can take longer to explain things to people, and they still may not believe it or understand the point.
Mercury symbolizes exchanges of information and therefore is associated with the media. Conflicting information leads to confusion. A lack of context and intentionally omitted information can strongly influence what people believe, so do be careful of getting caught up in those intentionally misleading headlines now.
The benefit of Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is that an increased sense of doubt and lack of trust encourages more people to question the hidden motives of the messenger. The news media is likely to be under a lot of scrutiny and mistrust during this period.
Mercury Retrograde is known as The Trickster and in Pisces, this influence could seem like The Trickster on steroids. Delusions and illusions are hard hitting and people with an agenda might stop at nothing to create deceitful perceptions to get what they want.
We are going to see a lot of disagreements and debates about what people believe to be true while Mercury is Retrograde in Pisces. Changing history and what people believed about the past is also likely on the agenda. What is actually true and how information is intentionally manipulated to create illusionary ideas that influences what people think and believe about reality is up for debate now. Brainwashing is certainly a topic of consideration during this period. Whether it is faith, religious or spiritual beliefs, or political ideologies, we can expect to see that there are more than two sides to every story. Can we believe the information presented?
Speaking of faith and beliefs, we could see talk of false prophets now and we could also see news of religious leaders putting their foot in their mouth, saying something strange or controversial, accidentally revealing information, or even be investigated while Mercury is Retrograde in Pisces. We could also see curious talks about cults and ancient mysteries.
This is a time to put in extra effort to not let marketers, advertisers, promoters of ideas to sell you an idea, or brainwash you into accepting what they want you to think. With fact and fantasy at odds, we could see more talk about propaganda style ideologies in the media floating around influencing our collective consciousness.
Those with clout in the field of media communications are likely to work overtime to distract and deceive according to their biases. Blindly trusting what you hear, especially when it is based on opinion, beliefs and hearsay, is not recommended. As Judge Judy says, “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s usually not true.”
As we can expect many trust issues to come up while Mercury is Retrograde here, skeptical and inquiring thinkers could actually find this period to be useful as there can be an increased interest in rooting out deception, delusions, secrets and lies. This could be prime time to dig deep into the abyss to discover the truth and reveal the source of hidden secrets and lies. Though naive types can be more easily swayed and could have the wool easily pulled over their eyes during this period, the skeptical types can see through deceptions much more easily to negate them.
Since Saturn and Pluto are a huge influence in Capricorn now influencing all of our lives, we could certainly see more questions about authority figures, as curious Mercury dives deep to find the truth among the secrets. Trust of information from authorities is likely to be decreased at this time, even more than usual, just the same as heightened mistrust in the media is to be expected. We can expect liars to be outed, lose credibility or have to face the music during this period. We are likely to see a lot more corruption to be exposed this year regarding those in high positions in society, and Mercury Retrograde will bring in lots of conflicting perspectives now. Jupiter is also the ancient ruler of Pisces and in Capricorn brings greater emphasis to politics and media. Big talk can influence the perception of legacies.
Here is a universal truth: Lies can never survive questioning. Eventually the lie will fall apart.
Then there is this: Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it is the truth.
Mercury is also associated with money, numbers, time and exchanges. We could see curious insights into how the financial system operates and how numbers are manipulated in deceptive ways. Trust in the stock market is likely to be decreased during this period and we are likely to hear mixed talk in the media about the financial world. We may also see bankers, financial institutions and methods of money management investigated at this time.
The realization that we don’t really know much of anything at all in the grand scheme of things can lead to revelations once Mercury goes direct in a few weeks. Our minds are like computers and what people believe and repeat is based on the information we are exposed to. It is wise to admit that there are always people and special interests working overtime to manipulate information and alter perceptions of reality according to their own hidden motives and biases, so do be attentive to where you are getting your information.
By seeing through people’s secretive, deceptive and dishonest behavior, we can release those negative influences from our lives and move toward wisdom, higher consciousness, truth and honesty again after Mercury is finished the Retrograde cycle.
Mercury is about thinking processes. Where Mercury goes, the mind goes. Mercury Retrograde does suggest a greater focus on internalized thinking and can be a great time to do research and ask deeper, probing philosophical questions about the meaning of life, that you may not usually think about.
Dreams can also become much more profound and deep with symbolism but may not make sense and could be difficult to interpret.
As Pisces is associated with spirituality and religious beliefs, and there can be many conflicting thoughts and perspectives now, people could feel an increase in doubts about what they believe. The mind and emotions change from moment to moment and a lack of trust and faith in humanity can possibly lead to discouragement. Depending on the individuals circumstances, some could lose confidence in religious and spiritual beliefs and have a loss of faith, but others that feel lost and lacking faith could find Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is a most appropriate time to get reconnected and dive much deeper into their personal spiritual side.
You can expect information from the past can come up again for review while Mercury is Retrograde in Pisces. People from your past may come back into your life or try to reconnect. This can be a good time to look through old photo albums together and reminisce about life back in the day.
Because Mercury Retrograde in Pisces can lead to such polarities of viewpoints about what’s going on in our world some may choose to turn off the TV all together or just watch old reruns and retro television as a way to escape the mess of current issues. Some will choose to step away from social media for a break as a method of self preservation of the mind.
The way the mind works with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces could be thought of like waking up from a dream. You could have a fascinating revelation in your dream state, but then when you wake up it slowly fades away like clouds quickly becoming hidden from you consciousness, like a secret mysteriously vanishing again. Though you try to hold onto the thought, the harder you grasp the more it fades. Pisces signifies a secretive, hidden quality and does not easily reveal what is hidden. One thought can lead to another and another, seemingly like you’re in a labyrinth or diving into a rabbit hole. You may go around in circles, get lost in thought, and get confused by conflicting information, but heightened curiosity to wade through the water and find true information can unveil a lot during the process. So, when you do have a thought that is like a revelation or an aha moment, write it down right away. Don’t assume you will remember it later. Writing down your thoughts without hesitation is recommended to help you not forget important revelations.
People could have more emotional swings now. With a lack of clarity, a lot of people could feel lost, so do be compassionate when possible and understanding that others may also not thinking or feeling clear.
This can be a good time to get real about addictions. Whether you are addicted to altering your perception of reality with drugs and alcohol, or the virtual world of the internet, social media or video games, Mercury Retrograde is likely to make you more aware of how the fantasy world of your addiction interferes with your real life.
As Pisces is a sign of karma, this is a good time to rethink the reality you have been creating and what to stop doing so you can make a positive karmic change.
Events during this time could bring a greater understanding to the importance of how compassion is an important part of life. Suffering people and animals in need of help could lead to sadness, shedding tears, pull at your heartstrings and awaken your heart and soul. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces can bring a return to innocence.
Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius
During this Retrograde cycle, Mercury will also enter back into Aquarius for a couple of weeks between March 4 and March 16, 2020.
- Mercury Retrograde enters back into Aquarius on March 4, 2020 at 6:14 am ET.
- Mercury then stations Direct in Aquarius on March 9, 2019 at 11:49 pm ET.
- Mercury going Direct in Aquarius will then enter Pisces again on March 16, 2020 at 3:39 am ET.
Mercury Direct in Pisces
Mercury leaves Aquarius after a couple of weeks while direct, entering Pisces again on March 16th.
When Mercury is direct in Pisces we could find clarity arises from all the mixed messages that bubbled up to the surface during Mercury Retrograde. Awareness of lies and deceit, manipulation, misinformation and miscommunications is likely to be brought into consciousness so higher truth can be recognized. The desire for real truth rises as delusions become more apparent and obvious while Mercury has been Retrograde. Wisdom and higher consciousness should be prioritized as Mercury gets ready to head forward.
Mercury conjuncts Neptune in Pisces on April 3, 2020 at 9:13 pm ET, then finish in Pisces on April 11, 2020 at 11:47 am ET.
This is a good time to reset your karma and look toward more philosophical concepts to tune into your higher intelligence and wisdom. This Mercury Retrograde in Pisces period can profoundly transform your mind and soul.