Mercury madness is descending upon us yet again!
A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often because it's nearest to us, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
The shadow of this Mercury retrograde begins February 27th and ends April 23rd, lasting two months. The first storm period will be from March 8th - March 18th, and the second will be from March 28th - April 13th. The exact retrograde begins March 11th at 3:49AM ET and ends April 4th at 6:11AM ET.
When Mercury turns retrograde, it will be at 6 degrees Aries, early in the sign. This could present most problems for March-born Aries. Tempers will be flaring like crazy during this first storm period with Mercury in fire sign Aries and Mars, ruler of Aries, retrograde at the same time. People are going to be arguing all over the place. Inadvertent fights may come around from people not thinking about what they say before they say it, a common trait of Mercury in Aries. On March 18th, Mercury will conjunct (be in the same spot as) Uranus, which will likely result in unexpected arguments, or things coming up spontaneously. There may be more fires and accidents as well.
Mercury will leave the sign of Aries and go backwards into the water sign of Pisces on March 23rd at 9:22AM ET. Emotions may seem clouded and confusing, with people unable to communicate effectively. Chances are, we'll all be confusing each other. Our communications will be more based off of our feelings at the moment rather than being logic-based. There might be a lot of people walking around with hurt feelings, acting more sensitive. When the retrograde ends on March 23rd, it will be at 23 degrees Pisces, so those Pisces born after March 11th may experience the brunt of it.
For you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
And if you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you're one of the lucky ones! Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
Let's just all take a deep breath and try to get through this with as little fighting as possible!
March 2012 Full & New Moons: Full Moon in Virgo & New Moon in Aries
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are exactly opposing one another in the zodiac. It tends to signal a time of endings, culminations, and things coming to fruition. A new moon occurs when when the transit Sun and Moon are in the exact same spot in the zodiac. It tends to signal a time of new opportunities, growth, and optimism.
March 8th 2012 Full Moon in Virgo
A full moon occurs at 4:39AM at 18 degrees 13 minutes of Virgo. In Virgo, this Full Moon is good to end a project at work that's you've been putting a lot of time and energy into. Some may begin to feel restless at their job, wanting a change in their working environment. This moon can impact health, by being a good moon to evaluate your diet and exercise routine and make any changes. We all may not be as dedicated to our routines either. If you want to end a bad habit, this can be a good moon to do it under, like biting your nails, leaving your clothes on the floor, or smoking. If there's a daily task you've been doing that you want to stop, you can here. If you're a Virgo Sun, Moon, or mid-Virgo rising, you may feel the effects of this moon most.
March 22nd 2012 New Moon in Aries
A new moon occurs at 10:37AM ET at 2 degrees 22 minutes of Aries. A New Moon in Aries is traditionally a good period to try something new, however this New Moon occurs during Mercury retrograde, which will be in the same sign of Aries, so we all may feel tempted to try something new, but it likely won't go well. If you do want to try something else, it'd be best if it was something you've tried before. This New Moon will conjunct (be in the same spot as) the retrograding Mercury, so there will likely be a lot of communicating going on around this moon. We'll all just have to be careful that we're choosing our words wisely and not setting off needless arguments. If you're an Aries Sun, Moon, or rising, you may feel the effects of this moon most.
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Venus enters your sign of Aries on the 8th, likely elevating your sense of beauty, creativity, and making you more artistic, romantic, and attractive. Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th, and you may feel less like communicating with people, keeping things to yourself. Your mind may be active when you’re alone, but have more trouble when you have to deal with others. The Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, which could make you want to spend more time alone, recharging your batteries or dealing with old issues that need to be cleared out.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and you could find that you’ll begin cleaning out the clutter more and allowing yourself to let go of things. It may not be easy, but necessary. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th, and in your opposing sign of Libra. You may find your close relationships are more difficult to deal with, that you have a harder time dealing with people one-on-one, or that your partner is getting under your skin more. Resist the temptation to react immaturely.
The Full Moon on the 7th in Leo may make you want to be social, spend time doing a hobby or with your children, or go out on a date. If you’re in a love relationship, it could be good to bring it to the next level. The New Moon on the 21st in Pisces may make you want to focus on others more than yourself, and spend time doing something for a good cause.
The Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, and you may want to spend more time with friends or in groups rather than by yourself or one-on-one. You could do more to further a future dream. Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th, and you may find it easier to communicate with others in a group, and your mind may be more active when you have multiple people to bounce ideas off of. Venus enters Aries on the 8th, and you may feel like only being affectionate with someone in private. You may also feel more creative or artistic when you’re alone, and you may be inclined to hide your feminine side.
Saturn turns retrograde in Libra on the 7th, and you may not feel you have the best energy health-wise. You may feel more physically drained, and find it very difficult to get done the daily tasks that you need to do. You may resist chores and to-do lists like they’re the plague. Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and you may want to end a friendship with Neptune in this sign, or possibly develop a strong desire to do something to help others in a big way.
The Full Moon in Leo on the 7th may be good to finish a home improvement project or explore your spiritual foundation. If something needs to be settled with a family member, this could be the Moon to end it, just pick your words carefully. The New Moon in Pisces on the 21st may bring a good time to do something productive about the path your future is taking.
Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th and you may find many of your communications are geared towards or involve your career or life path, or with older people who can give you sage advice. The Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, and you may want to focus more on the path your life is on, where you want to go, and what kind of person you aspire to become. Venus enters Aries on the 8th, and your friendships may go along more smoothly, and you might feel more at ease in groups rather than alone.
Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and this may bring difficulties with your social life. You may not feel like going out with people as much, not having the desire to have fun as much as you normally do. Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and you may find it good to get rid of anything that’s holding you back from the life you want to have. You may be struck with the desire to do something with water, music, the arts, or the metaphysical.
The Full Moon on the 7th falls in Leo and you may have more communications or dealings with technology, but you may have difficulties with them. It could be good to end a small project. The New Moon on Pisces on the 21st may be good for you to expand your mind more, especially in a way that strengthens the foundation of your life.
Venus enters Aries on the 8th and you may find things go your way easier in your career or when doing more to further your path in life. Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th, and you may find yourself wanting to explore other cultures more, or do things to broaden your way of thinking. You could develop an interest in the law, and if you’re a writer, you may be more inspired to write. The Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, and you may want to travel, discuss philosophy, or feel more optimistic about things.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and over the years Neptune is in its home sign, you may find you’re more attracted to the metaphysical, exploring your subconscious, and understanding all that’s hidden. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and you may find you don’t want to deal with your responsibilities to your home or family, feeling more lazy than usual. Try not to neglect them too much, otherwise you’ll have a lot to fix once Saturn turns direct.
The Full Moon on the 7th falls in Leo, and you may have to deal with a financial issue, or feel less confident in yourself. The New Moon on the 21st falls in Pisces, and you may want to try something out of your comfort zone that gives you insight into other ways people live. You may want to take a trip, take a class, or take a stand on something.
On the 13th, Mercury enters Pisces, and you may be more interested in serious subjects, like psychology or forensics, or the more serious aspects of your life. You may want to make a change in your mental state to help you grow. You may have zero patience for ideas that are trivial or mundane. On the 19th, the Sun enters Pisces, and it could be a good time to transform something in your life. Venus enters Aries on the 8th, and your mood may lighten a little with it.
Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and your mind may not be as sharp or fast as usual. You may have more difficulty understanding ideas, and you may not want to spend much thought on anything. You may feel mentally lethargic and become mentally drained more easily. Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and you may find the best ways to regenerate yourself are through the metaphysical, the occult, music, or water.
In Leo, the Full Moon on the 7th occurs in your sign. This could be a good Moon to end something, clear out anything you need to get rid of to start anew, or deal with a subconscious issue or bring out something hidden to let it go. The New Moon on the 21st falls in Pisces, and you may want to explore issues in-depth related to your relationships, doing what you can to strengthen them or start new ones.
Mercury enters your opposing sign of Pisces on the 13th, and your communications may be centered around your relationships. You may find it easier to converse with people one-on-one, and with loved ones rather than strangers. The Sun also enters Pisces on the 19th, and you may put even more focus on your close relationships, and feel more like yourself in one-on-one situations. Venus enters Aries on the 8th, and you may find it easier to deal with serious subjects, or make some sort of change in your life you’ve been needing.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and with its tour through Pisces, you may find some relationships being cleared out of your life to start, and others being elevated to a new level. You may feel your judgment is more clouded in your relationships, and you’ll need to be more realistic. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, which could present problems with your finances. You may feel like being less financially responsible, or something could come up that throws your budget off.
The Full Moon on the 7th in Leo might have you getting rid of a lot of baggage that you don’t need anymore. You could bring things out into the light that you don’t need to hold onto anymore. The New Moon on the 21st in Pisces could be a good time to explore your relationships, especially regarding your work, or begin a new relationship, especially one that furthers you in your work.
Venus enters Aries on the 8th, your opposing sign. You may find things go smoother in your intimate relationships or when you’re dealing with people one-on-one. You may feel more romantic, or want to have more romance in your life. Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th, and your thoughts may be geared towards your work. You may have more communications at work or with coworkers. The Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, and you may focus more on work or shine more at work. You may deal with something with your health, or have an increase in vitality.
Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in your sign of Libra, so you may feel more lazy, avoid responsibility, or act immature at times. Things may seem like they’re not going your way and you may have no patience, or move at the pace of a slug. Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, and you may become more interested in alternative health practices, work that involves the metaphysical, music, or water, or feel more charitable towards animals.
The Full Moon in Leo on the 7th may have an issue with a friend brought to the forefront. If you belong to a group, you may have an issue with them, or may want to cut ties entirely. You may need to make a change regarding a future dream, or let go of one. The New Moon in Pisces on the 21st may want you to have a little more fun and let yourself go a little more - less work, more play.
Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th and the Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, and you may be up for some more fun than usual. You may want to spend time pursuing a hobby, being with children, embracing your inner child, going on a date, and just being playful. Venus enters Aries on the 8th and you may find things going easier for you at work and with coworkers, with your health, or with your pets.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd and your hobbies may tend to deal more with the metaphysical, water, music, and the arts. You may not be the best judge when it comes to love, and may need to spend more time forcing yourself to be realistic about it. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and you may feel your baggage is weighing you down somewhat. You may not want to keep holding things in, or feel that you have to hold everything in. Old problems could rear their ugly heads.
The Full Moon on the 7th occurs in Leo, and you may finalize something regarding your career or life path. It could be a good time to end a career project. The New Moon on the 21st occurs in Pisces, and you may want to have more fun, but at home or with your family. It could be a good Moon to start a new home improvement project or do something fun with a family member, or strengthen your spiritual foundation.
On the 8th, Venus enters Aries, and you may feel more artistic or creative. You may want to spend more time pursuing romantic interests, feeling more flirty and romantic, and wanting to have some more romance in your life. On the 13th, Mercury enters Pisces, and you may find yourself having more communications at home or with relatives. You may feel you can think more clearly at home and have many conversations with family members or about your family and home. On the 19th, the Sun enters Pisces, and you may feel you have more energy at home and want to spend more time at home.
Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and you may have difficulty with your friendships. Problems could present themselves with your friends, or you just don’t have the time or patience for them now. You could see some friendships end. You may have problems with your future plans, and want to make changes. Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd and you may find yourself wanting to be around water more, and may be drawn to live somewhere near water, and you may explore your spiritual foundation.
The Full Moon on the 7th falls in Leo and you may end something related to a legal issue, a writing project, or a class you’re taking. The New Moon on the 21st falls in Pisces and you may want to learn something new, take a short trip, spend time with a sibling, deal with something in your community, or get a new piece of technology.
Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th, and your mind may move quicker, your thoughts sharper and more honed. With the Sun entering Pisces on the 19th, you may feel more like yourself when you’re engaging your mind and broadening your mental capabilities. Venus enters Aries on the 8th, and things may go smoother for you at home or with your family. You may feel more at ease and relaxed at home than usual.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd and your mind may become more focused on the metaphysical, dreams, or fantasy. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and you may encounter problems in your career. You may hit a snag, feel things are stagnant, or not feel up to your duties and responsibilities. There could be too much to do, not enough time, or you may feel tempted to give up.
The Full Moon on the 7th occurs in the sign of Leo and you may want to focus on something serious, or need to make some sort of change to bring something to an end. The New Moon on the 21st occurs in the sign of Pisces, and you may find something come up regarding your finances. If you need to create a budget, plan for or make a purchase, or make some extra money, this could be a good Moon to do it under. You may feel more confident or want to do something to make you feel more secure in your life.
Venus enters the sign of Aries on the 8th, and you may want to focus more on the arts. If you’re an artistic person, this could be a good period for you. You may also want to focus less on serious things. Mercury enters Pisces on the 13th, and the Sun enters Pisces on the 19th, and your finances may become more important to you. You may need more money, need to buy something, or plan a better budget. You may also become focused on improving your sense of self-esteem/self-worth, or developing your values.
Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in the sign of Libra, and you could have issues with long-distance travel, philosophical beliefs, the law, in-laws, or writing. Neptune enters the sign of Pisces on the 3rd, its home sign, and you may find you’re not quite as good with money as you used to be. You may have more difficulty sticking to a budget and remembering where it’s all going. You could also make money through Neptune-related things, like water, the metaphysical, music, or the arts.
The Full Moon on the 7th falls in the sign of Leo, your opposing sign. Things could come to a head in your close, one-on-one relationships, and you may have to end something with someone you’re close to. The New Moon on the 21st falls in the sign of Pisces, and you may want to try something new, feel more positive, or set a new goal.
Both Mercury and the Sun enter your sign this month, with Mercury entering Pisces on the 13th, and the Sun entering Pisces on the 19th. You may feel stronger, have more vitality, your mind may be sharper and more active. You may have more communications and find people wanting to talk to you all of the time. Venus enters the sign of Aries and you may have an easier time making money, and an even easier time spending it, and your self confidence may be stronger.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, so the natural ruler of your sign comes home. This could help you feel more at ease with yourself, and more comfortable in your own skin. You may come across as more you than before. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th in Libra, and deeply-rooted issues may become a problem during this time. You may not want to deal with the more serious things in your life, and shirk your responsibility to do so.
The Full Moon on the 7th falls in Leo, and you may want to end a bad habit that’s been no good for you. You could end a health regimen that’s become boring or is no longer working, or you may think this is the right time to leave your job. The New Moon on the 21st falls in your sign of Pisces, so you’ll be likely to feel strong and focused. You may clear out the clutter so you can start something new and exciting.
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