Tips To Manifesting During Mercury Retrograde in March 2019 According To Your Zodiac Sign

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.




Surviving Mercury Retrograde Effects On Relationships

Mercury Retrograde (& how it affects us) is a mystery to a lot of people, especially when it comes to relationships. That’s why journalist, Natalia Lusinski, wanted to get our take on this astrological influence and gather tips for their readers to help them stay ahead of the game. Here are some excerpts from the article:

Jaye at, says wires get crossed and mixed messages tend to occur during Mercury Retrograde, but there are ways to keep communication clear. “It’s a challenging time for couples to communicate, but if you triple-check information, reread emails and texts before you hit send, and try to break information down into smaller pieces to make sure everything is clear, you can still express what’s in your heart.”

You know when you’re dating someone and everything’s going great, but then suspicions start to come up? Well, those may be more common now, during this current Mercury Retrograde. “If your relationship has been going well and suddenly a dark cloud of mistrust appears out of nowhere during Retrograde, try not to jump to conclusions,” she says. “Be kind to your other half and check in with them before making any accusations. During Mercury Retrograde, people can have a conversation with each other, but not realize they’re talking about two totally different things, and messages can get jumbled.”

As the study above found, a lot of breakups happen these couple weeks before Christmas. But instead of becoming one of the breakup statistics, there are ways to make it through the stressful holiday season with your significant other before just abruptly ending things. “Holiday time can also trigger unexpected feelings, and deep emotions can surface for lots of people,” Jaye says. “So instead of eviscerating your good thing, it will be advantageous to come from a supportive, loving place to straighten things out together. In addition, to keep stress at bay during your holiday travels, make sure to give yourself plenty of extra time, because Mercury Retrograde loves to reroute and complicate journeys.”

I don’t know about you, but I know traveling with a significant other can be tough, with or without Mercury Retrograde. As long as you are aware that traveling now may be especially challenging — knowledge is power — you should be able to make it through the next couple of weeks.

Overall, during Mercury Retrograde now — remember, just until Dec. 22! — spending time with your significant other may have more ups and downs than usual, so it’s important to be flexible and patient when it comes to plans and spending time together. “Mercury Retrograde can be frustrating for sensitive people that haven’t figured out how to use these astrological settings to their advantage yet,” Jaye says. “Delays, electronic malfunctions, and miscommunications are typical for these times. If you two are at odds because pesky Retrograde has thrown a wrench into your plans, help your sweetie out by being a loving oasis in the middle of the madness. Cooler heads prevail (and may be get rewarded with more presents at holiday time!).”


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What Mercury Retrograde Means For Holiday Hookups

The holidays can bring surprises, especially when they’re coupled with planetary retrogrades. Here are some excerpts from the article “What Mercury Retrograde In December 2017 Means For Your Holiday Hookups”, written by’s Amanda Chatel with photographs by Andrew Zaeh. We wanted to share it because Gifted Astrology was featured in this article and because retrogrades effect us any time they show up, holiday or not. The full article can be seen here:″>


By Amanda Chatel

The holiday season is basically made for hooking up. Between the ever-popular cuffing season, going home and running into that crush from high school or that fling from college, and all those holiday work parties where everyone indulges in far too much alcohol and merriment, if you’re single, you’re bound to find yourself in one, if not all of these scenarios. Basically, if you’re looking to hook up, having a little romp with some blast from the past or a one-night stand with that painfully adorable co-worker, the holiday season is totally going to play in your favor. But, we’re also in the midst of the last Mercury Retrograde of 2017; something to seriously consider during all this hooking up.

“Some say a retrograde planet’s purpose is to link us to past lives and revisit our old karmic issues that need tweaking and, in the best case scenarios, clearing,” Jaye at tells Bustle. “Mercury rules the mind and when it’s in reverse (retrograde), it can make life and relationships hazy, but it gives us the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.”

In other words, keep your eyes open and your expectations to a minimum, because Mercury Retrograde is in control for the next couple weeks, and there’s no exception when it comes to your holiday hookups.

  1. You’re Probably Not Thinking Clearly

As Jaye points out, Mercury Retrograde is going to dump a whole boatload of haziness on how you see life and relationships. What this means is that you might not have a good reading on your feelings and could possibly interpret hookup scenarios differently than what they actually are. Because of this, you want to be aware of the fact that your mind isn’t where it’s usually at, so you can sort of fight against it and at least try to see things as clearly as possible — even if this attempt is in vain.

  1. Everything Might Feel A Bit Odd

“Mercury Retrograde energies can stir up a very personal, introspective phase for people,” explains Jaye, “which can be an odd combination with social holiday invites.”

If you’re stuck in your head, overanalyzing everything that’s going on with you, then it can be hard to relate to other people. This means your hookup might feel strained or a bit a off. But if you’re aware of this being a possibility then, ideally, you’ll be able to do your best to not overanalyze and sort of go with the flow.

  1. You Might Not Be On Top Of Your Game

“At this time of year it’s typical to have more invitations to social events, office parties and gatherings,” says Jaye. “But with Mercury in Retrograde, you might not feel like going out and being social, and that’s completely OK because a lot of people will be feeling the same way.”

If you find this is the case, but you push yourself to go to these events, if you find yourself hooking up, you might not feel totally comfortable. Don’t force yourself to do something you really don’t want to do; there’s always next year’s holiday hookup season.

  1. Things And People May Be Delayed

“Mercury in retrograde likes to delay plans,” Jaye tells Bustle. What this means for you, at least in regards to your holiday hookups, is that you want to give yourself enough time to get to social events, so you’re not running late, possibly missing out on your intended hookup and you shouldn’t freak out if you get to a holiday party and the person you’ve been waiting all year to hookup with isn’t there yet. Don’t worry; they’re on their way, it’s just that Mercury Retrograde is making them late.

  1. Any Hookup You Have Will Likely Be Temporary

Even if your hookup extends past a one-night stand and you two end up making it an ongoing thing, keep in mind that it’s still very temporary, so getting attached is a bad idea. In fact, if you want to avoid any unnecessary heartbreak and disappointment, you might want to end it sooner than later.

“When you spot that cutie at a holiday party, remember that Mercury Retrograde hookups are mercurial,” explains Jaye. “Read: temporary, impulsive, unstable, flighty.”

  1. Be Wary About Keeping In Touch With Them

Not only will any holiday hookup during Mercury Retrograde be temporary, but if you have an urge to keep in touch with that hookup, don’t expect them to respond anytime soon — or ever, Jaye says. These hookups are, after all, flighty.

  1. Unless, Of Course, You Think They’re The One

While there’s no guarantee that your holiday hookup will feel the same as you, in regards to being The One, you never know until you put it out there, right? If that’s the case, if you’re really feeling like this is more than just a hookup and you’ve found your legit soulmate, then it’s time to understand that timing, thanks to Mercury Retrograde, is everything.

“If you think he or she is The One and you’re ready for a lasting love, get their number and set a date after December 22nd, when Mercury goes direct and energies are more supportive and stable,” says Jaye.

Although holiday hookups are great, especially since it’s such a festive time of year and most people are feeling happier than usual, it’s important to take into consideration the effect that Mercury Retrograde will have on these hookups during the next couple weeks. You may not be able to control things, getting them just as you want them, but in simply being aware, you can prepare yourself accordingly.