Everybody asks astrologers for advice on Mercury Retrogrades because the collective has been manipulated to think that retrogrades are these scary, looming dark clouds that roll in to ruin our lives in a matter of 20 days. Some writers have a tendency to jump quickly to the negative side of retrogrades, setting up their readers with doom and gloom scenarios, keeping them in fear. The truth is, retrogrades are not the worst scenarios in astrology, there’s actually much worse (more on that later). In fact, retrogrades can be fantastic if you know how to use them. Just like anything in life, it depends on your awareness of the energetics and how much action you’re willing to take.
A great reason to study astrology transits is to deepen your understanding of how to be prepared and manipulate (not a bad word, in this case) situations that come up. In astrology, a natal chart is a snapshot of the sky at the time of our birth. Each chart is like a cosmic backpack filled up with our individualized celestial gifts (i.e. natural talents, personal challenges, etc). What you do with the gifts is completely up to you. For example, understanding what Pluto in Retrograde means in your 7th house will allow you to approach one on one relationships in a much different way than others. Transmuting that placement involves not taking the actions of others personally when they get uncomfortable while Pluto completely restructures life as they knew it (or that relationship). People with this natal placement can have a terrible time with relationships, until they can comprehend that they are the catalyst for change. Once it is understood that you carry this Plutonian energy into every relationship, the intrinsic personal power can be glorious and be used for the good all.
When planets go into retrograde (or are retrograde in a natal chart), their main purpose is to shed light on old ways of doing things. Why? So you can do them better, of course! You can use this March transit combination of Mercury Retrograde + Neptune + Mars + Venus to grow into the new you. It’s not guaranteed to be graceful, growing can hurt sometimes, but it’s totally worth the effort if it means life is better on the other side of the change. Here’s how to make the most of this March 2019:
Aries – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 12th house. You’ll be putting in more effort and preparing work by yourself behind the scenes. It’s easy to get distracted, so stay focused and remember the end goal. Everything eventually comes to light, so stay mindful of your actions and don’t over promise during this retrograde. You’ll have 2 sextiles with Mars and Neptune helping out, that will soften any challenges that might come up. Once the retrograde has left it’s shadow period, you’ll be surprised at how much progress you’ve made. Don’t talk about it, just make it happen and surprise them when you’re done.
Taurus – Mercury Retrograde is in your 11th house of colleagues, business goals and resources. You may have a challenge and become aware of mistakes in regards to old contracts, especially if they involve foreign business. Expectations of acquaintances and colleagues can come back up for review. Keep an ear out for gossip but don’t add anything to it. Gossiping will have a possibility to backfire during retrogrades, while holding back could actually improve your situations and make you look good because you took the high road.
Gemini – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 10th house of public persona and father figures/ masculinity. Everything you’re going through will be out in the open and seen by others, even if you don’t want it to be. You may have to make some changes when it comes to how you treat others and make a little extra effort but, ultimately, this should go smoothly, because you’ll be well received when people see you making an effort.
Cancer – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 9th house of big visions, travel and higher education. During this time, it will help to be more flexible with your daily routines as you work towards your big goals. This time is here to help you rearrange things for your greater good and connect with more ambitious people, who will help you out in business.
Leo – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 8th house partners resources and expenses. It will be good to watch your budget. There may be some unexpected expenses that come up, or you may have to spend more than you thought on a project to get ahead. But if you think the new endeavors are a smart decision, you’ll have to spend anyways. Existing partners will be fine, but new connections could have a less than honest motive. Be cautious about dating anyone new and remember that not everything that glitters is gold. Once retrograde is out of it’s shadow period you’ll see clearly if they were actually gold or just cheap gold paint.
Virgo – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 7th house of relationships. Warning: Duck! Here come your ex. Hide your heart if you don’t feel like digging through the old memory banks. If you do decide to be kind and rewind, you may have an epiphany moment and realize why that relationship never worked the first time. What you thought was a conversation between 2 people was actually 2 completely different conversations at the same time. Handle your relationships with care, especially those that are most important to you.
Libra – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 6th house of daily routines. There is being in the flow and not being in the flow. This retrograde is going to take you out of the flow and your plans aren’t going to turn out like you think they will. You can take this as a good or bad thing. But because we like to empower our Gifted Astrology readers, try to reframe these challenges this way: This retrograde will teach you how to surrender. By disturbing your daily routines, work and/or health with some unexpected surprises, you can adopt a favorite phrase, “And I’m okay with that”. In tarot they call these “tower moments”, and the best way to get through these challenges will be finding a new order in your physical space as well as leaning on strong loved ones for their help.
Scorpio – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 5th house. Overall, this retrograde will go smoothly for Scorpios, but make sure to keep communication wide open and don’t hide away. Mercury retrograde is famous for miscommunication, don’t help it out by keeping secrets. Use this time to express yourself in new ways. If it turns into an awkward moment, blame it on Retrograde and keep it moving. Do keep an eye on your spending, especially on romantic dates during this time. You’ll have the urge to splurge on your loved ones.
Sagittarius – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 4th house, so home life will be shifting in some way. Family and property will be affected. You may want to keep an eye out for property damage and have home repairs redone or fixed again by an expert to solve the problem once and for all. Your 7th house of relationships will be lit up at this time. A relationship could start with someone that you already know (but never really had the chance to spend quality time with). It could be coming to the forefront to actually get started for real this time around. But remember, anything or anyone that falls away is for your highest good.
Capricorn – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 3rd house of business, communication and marketing. This is the house where the typical retrograde mishaps occur – misinterpreted emails, important messages getting lost in spam, passwords being messed with – it’s all kindling for the fire this March. Luckily, your Capricorn traits of keeping calm and consistent will help you. If a project needs to be revisited and fixed, don’t fret, the results will be better than it would’ve been without this retrograde. This retrograde is a great time for your creative insights. The world needs those brilliant ideas of yours.
Aquarius – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 2nd house of finances and this time will change your financial circumstances, for good or bad, depending on how you’ve been spending recently. It’s the perfect time to comb through old expenses and find any unnecessary items like clothing, paperwork, and any possessions that you don’t need any more. Financial decisions can be helped with financial savvy family members, too. However, if they’ve already shown you that they’re not financially responsible, ignore their every word and do what’s in your own best interest.
Pisces – Mercury Retrograde will be in your 1st house of self. This month is the perfect time to rework your public image and figure out your long term goals. Don’t fear the big change that’s here because you’ve been waiting years for this, my dear! Make sure to be very clear with communication (they can’t read your mind, you know) and state your business expectations upfront, but use that famous creative thinking to make any mixups an opportunity for the better. This a a very powerful time to upgrade your life. Do. It. Now.