This retrograde period is a continuation from Taurus starting April 9, now running in Aries through April 20 – May 3.
Planets in retrograde are not actually spinning backwards – it is entirely an optical illusion as seen from Earth. Backwards motion appears to happen when Earth passes slower moving planets in the outer solar system. In astrology, this illusion manifests as a “backwards” functioning of the planetary roles. Click here to learn more about retrograde.
Mercury turns retrograde approximately three times a year, more frequently than any other planet. Mercury is: communication, the mind, travel, expression, technology. As you have likely noticed, these realms are particularly affected during Mercury Retrograde. Think delays, cancellations and sudden changes to travel/social plans; technological failures, especially cell phones, laptops or automobiles; communication breakdown; disorganization; confusion; impaired decision-making; mysterious disappearances or lost/stolen items; malfunctioning of anything and everything! I do not recommend major purchases or signing important (read: any) contracts/documents. This is not a good time for long-distance travel, life-altering commitments or investments. In a nutshell: no new endeavors.
Mercury Retrograde in Aries is meant to be empowering and it’s all about self-love. This is hardly poetic, but gritty and real. The Universe rises to her full height with merciless eyes. We must work tirelessly to overcome egotistical impulses, but not just impulses which bolster the ego. Deflate vulgar inner voices with compassion. Turn lovingly toward the rudest of them all. Take this wounded inner child, hold him in your arms. Will you allow rage to sabotage love, even for yourself?
Retrograde periods return to lessons which have been ignored or forgotten, and this round it’s about working together. Mercury in Aries is pointed, staccato. It is wise to speak less and do more. With so much constantly imploding inside the ram, not everything gets communicated properly. The magic of Aries is unlocked only by acting, being, sweating. Burnish yourself anew, crisp as a blood red crocus.
On April 24 Mercury trines Saturn for a sobering day. Not at all “light,” this day is best spent meditating and ironing out internal kinks. Some heads will be in over-drive, and clearly centered in the left brain, and other more sensitive humans will have to cope with this rigid energy. Lastly on April 28, Mercury is conjunct Uranus, god of the unexpected. This signals a time of travel and discovery. Things seem to come together out of nowhere: a plot designed with the highest good in mind. We will feel both profoundly excited and overwhelmed, to the point of being distracted, impulsive and impatient. It will be difficult to concentrate at this time and plan-breaking may happen. Nothing wrong with this, however, because whatever beckons will be an invigorating force, thoroughly new, unique, and healing in its sudden nature.
Even though Mercury is sliding “backward” here, he’s moving from heavy earth to combustible fire. There will be a palpable difference. Not just more physical and sexual energy, but a loosening of the tongue, a freeing of the mind, an awakening. Travel, hike and BE. Go outside! Run around like a child! Scream and shout! Just remember to be nice. Have fun!
Be a warrior with Aries Yoga. If you were born with Mercury in Aries, you’re in for part II of your Mercury Return. To determine your Mercury sign and whether he was direct or retrograde at the time of your birth, click here.
Mantra: change is good