Transiting Mercury enters Retrograde Zone
Timetable (current events in bold):
Mercury enters Retrograde Zone, Sunday, March 26, 24:15 Aries
Mercury into Taurus (mulligan), Friday, March 31
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation, Saturday, April 1, 00:42 Taurus
Mercury Retrograde, Sunday, April 9, 4:50 Taurus
Mercury’s Inferior Conjunction, Thursday, April 20, 00:20 Taurus
Mercury Rx back into Aries, Thursday, April 20
Mercury direct, Wednesday, May 3, 24:15 Aries
Mercury into Taurus, Tuesday, May 16
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation, Wednesday, May 17, 1:39 Taurus
Mercury out of Retrograde Zone, Saturday, May 20
(NB: I’m going to begin to integrate the Sun/Mercury cycles into these interpretations, which is a very Aries thing to do - dive right on in.)
Since we’re going to revisit this final swathe of Aries, I thought it might be useful to write about how a malfunctioning Mercury in Aries might manifest:
Learning: Poor Ms. M has historically exemplified this during math classes. She reads the first half-dozen words of the problem and thinks she has a good grasp of how to solve it and can forge on ahead. Why, just a few days ago, at the ripe old age of 58, she solved a geometry problem using the radius when the problem specifically stated it was the diameter that was given. Oops. In other words, we assume we have enough data to work with, but we don’t. Perhaps we’re too eager to “finish the problem” first? Aries loves to be first!
Thinking: Again, because this is Aries, the problems are pretty obvious. Sometimes we have to make spot decisions based on little data - but not all the time! We’re in too much of a hurry with our reasoning processes, which makes us liable to overlook important facts. Going back to the math example, some of Ms M’s least favorite words are “Show your work.” If she’s right, why should she have to do that? Consider also that our thinking is adversely affected by any anger we have.
Communicating: We’re too loud, we’re too impatient, and we talk too fast. We’re more intent on showing off, expressing our anger, and/or moving on to the next topic. We don’t want to understand the other person, we want them to submit to our way of thinking.
Look at the house(s) where Mercury travels through, for there the problems will crop up, and there we’ll need to review and revise. There’s just one aspect, which is not surprising; this is a narrow slice of Zodiac, after all.
Wednesday, March 29, Saturn/Sagittarius trine Mercury/Aries, 27:44
First of three. This is a flowing aspect, between two planets that (although peregrine) are well-placed by sign. What could possibly go wrong? Well, combine the Aries egoism and the Sagittarian pomposity, and you get, “There is only one right way to think about life, and I’m the one who knows it!” This will come back to haunt you - just how much we don’t know, is going to be emphasized. Might be wiser (Sag!) to set an intent of, “I know there’s more to this, and I set myself to finding out just what that may be.”
Planets/Points affected lie between 26:44 and 28:44 of the yang signs Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius.