Full Moon In Libra: Relationship Transitions

We are having a Full Moon in Libra on March 28th/29th, which will appear the brightest on the night of the 28th for the majority of the world except for Western North America in which it will appear brighter the next night.  This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon In Pisces on March 13th. The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Libra and the Sun in Aries. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Libra side and others expressing the Aries side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Aries season began on March 20th and will last until April 19th/20th when the Sun goes into Taurus. Aries is a self oriented and active Fire sign ruled by Mars. It is associated with independence, individual needs, leading, and pioneering. It is assertive, initiating, instinctual, direct, quick, bold, competitive, and courageous. Negatively, it can be too aggressive, impulsive, impatient, selfish, hot-tempered, combative, and restless.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Libra into this Aries backdrop. Libra is a relationship oriented and intellectual Air sign ruled by Venus. It is associated with cooperation, diplomacy, fairness, justice, relating, balance, equality, peace, harmony, aesthetics, art, co-dependence, consideration of others, and finding common ground.

It is compromising, sociable, creative, charming, communicative, and is about weighing out different sides as it is symbolized by the scales. Negatively, it can be indecisive, impractical, insincere, superficial, vain, overly judgmental, passive aggressive, and people pleasing at the expense of individual needs.

Sun In Aries Conjunct Venus & Chiron opposing Moon In Libra

Venus, the ruler of Libra, has been slowly approaching the Sun throughout March leading up to a conjunction this past week in Aries. This was strongest from March 25th-26th but is still occurring during this Full Moon and will still have an influence in the weeks following. This is called a ‘Superior Conjunction’ which is when Venus transitions from being behind the Sun to moving ahead of it in Zodiacal position. Symbolically this period is seen as a ‘purification’ or ‘transmutation’ of Venus because from our geocentric perspective, Venus passes through the purifying fire of the Sun. This is an important phase of the Venus-Sun cycle. ??

Venus rules friends, social life, love, relationships, feminine energy, values, money, worth, aesthetics, art, beauty, sensuality, or things we do for fun and pleasure. However, for each of us it can also rule and affect/reflect other areas of life depending on the layout of our personal natal charts. ?Since early March when Venus was square the Lunar Nodes and up until now, we may have been experiencing endings and/or developments that could be a precursor to new beginnings in these areas of life. ??

As Venus begins to travel ahead of the Sun (from this point until its next retrograde) we can have gradual increased clarity or sense of purpose around Venus matters. Some of the Venus related developments that have occurred in recent or upcoming weeks can be connected to things that have been playing out since late Spring 2020 or following that period. However, this is now a time in which we may experience important ‘next steps’ around these areas and we can move forward in new ways with a better perception. ??

Interestingly this has been occurring while the Sun and Venus have been approaching a conjunction with Chiron which is in its peak at this Full Moon. This ties in themes of healing, addressing wounds, wholeness, integration, and spiritual growth around Venus issues but can be in other ways as well. This energy can also be solution oriented, have a bridging effect around fragmented aspects of our lives, and can also be a trigger for activating our unique gifts and abilities.

This alignment being in opposition to the Full Moon in Libra can bring a conflict and/or lead to a resolution between personal needs, values, wounds, self-worth, personal development, the need for healing and how that plays into our relationships. Perhaps the need for some sort of balance, being considerate, looking at things from different sides, or seeking peace and harmony could also be a factor.

Full Moon in Grand Trine Kite with Mars & Saturn, Quincunx Uranus

This Full Moon is moving towards a Grand Trine with Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius. This is also a ‘Kite pattern’ when we factor in the planets in Aries. The developments happening around this time (as mentioned above) can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is focused, realistic, disciplined, structured, and responsible.

It can also reflect taking action on what is important and worthy of our attention. This can be on an individual level and can also play out within our relationship dynamics. The need to establish boundaries may also come up for some people. It can play out more noticeably from the Full Moon until March 31st/April 1st as the Sun and Venus move towards a sextile with Saturn.

In the days leading up to the Full Moon, Mars was aligned with the Lunar North and is still tied into the astrological configurations at this time. This is a time for actions that are future minded and/or can be beneficial for growth and moving forward in new ways. We may experience developments, or challenges,  that can affect how we work with Mars energy going forward.  Mars has to do with our drive and it rules physical activity, muscles, masculinity, heat, competitiveness and sex. In some cases, this can also be good for positive and constructive outlets/solutions for aggressiveness or tension.

Venus will be in a sextile with Mars on April 5th-6th which is building up in the days leading up to that. This can be good for lively social interactions, creative/artistic efforts, financial pursuits, pleasurable experiences, and romance. We may also feel more passionate at that time or perhaps competitive in a friendly way.

This Full Moon is also in a quincunx with Uranus. This can reflect potential surprises, changes, separations, disruptions, or curve balls we need to deal with that can be a bit of nuisance. Alternatively we feel like it is hard to integrate our emotional and/or relationship matters with our personal freedom. However this plays out, it may require adaptability.

Mercury In Pisces Conjunct Neptune, Sextile Pluto

Mercury has been in Pisces since March 15th/16th and will be there until April 3rd/4th. At the time of this Full Moon and in the days following, it will be a conjunction with Neptune which is a planetary representative of Pisces and therefore amplifies those existing energies. In recent weeks up until early April, we can experience similar types of complications that occur when Mercury is retrograde, such as miscommunications or issues with technology, payments, vehicles, commuting, or other things breaking and getting lost.

This can heighten our intuitive/psychic potential although we may have a hard time perceiving details which can result in misunderstandings and confusion. This can stimulate creativity, imagination, but can also play out as daydreaming or mental escapism. Our thoughts and communications can be more spiritually or compassion oriented.

Mercury then moves towards a sextile to Pluto from March 31st-April 2nd. Although it is still in Pisces and close to Neptune, this aspect to Pluto can bring more depth, focus, insight, and purpose. It can be good for research, investigative efforts and looking at things from beneath the surface. In some cases this energy can be psychologically beneficial and have an empowering effect on the way we think.

Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you in the last week in regards to relationships, friends, love, money, values, self-worth, pleasures, art, or things pertaining to beauty? What is the Universe trying to show you and how should you proceed forward or express yourself in these areas? Can you identify the beginnings and endings? Is there anything that needs to be changed, healed, transformed, or cleared? Are there any wounds or patterns that need to be addressed? Do you need to take a more holistic approach or come up with creative solutions? What aspects of your life or relationships are fragmented and how can you show up in a way that is more whole and integrated?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 6:48pm Universal Time on March 28th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Pisces: Heightened Sensitivity

We are having a New Moon in Pisces on March 13th throughout the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on March 28th/29th.

Pisces season began on February 18th/19th and will last until the March 19th/20th Equinox when the Sun enters Aries as per the Tropical Zodiac. Even though this New Moon occurs during the last week of Pisces season, some of its themes will carry on into the following month due to this lunar cycle initiating in this sign along with Mercury going in there.

Pisces, being the last of 12 signs, is highly attuned to spiritual realms and the oneness of all. It is the least compatible with the physical mundane world which is a reflection of its place in the zodiacal evolution.

Pisces is a flowy sign oriented around emotion, compassion, sensitivity, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. This energy is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. Pisces can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, tranquil, empathic, mystical, psychedelic, musical, poetic, and overall creative. It is forgiving, self-effacing, and elusive.?

Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, confusion, escapism, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, and issues with boundaries. It can lack rationality, mental acuity, and orderliness. Under the influence of Piscean energy, things can be blurry when it comes to boundaries, perception, good and evil, the line between fantasy and reality, and in other ways as well.

New Moon Conjunct Venus & Neptune, Sextile Pluto

This New Moon is close to Venus and Neptune which are moving towards an exact conjunction in the sixteen hours following the start of this Lunar cycle. Neptune is associated with Pisces and is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign by some. They have the same themes/qualities and therefore Neptune’s close proximity to this New Moon (and Venus) amplifies those shared energies.

Venus areas of life that come up such as our social life, matters of love, values, art, or beauty, can be magical, soothing, compassionate, and spiritual.  However in some cases it can also reflect confusion, delusion, deception,  illusion, or lack of boundaries around our relationships or finances. The Venus-Neptune conjunction accentuates the creative and artistic qualities of Pisces. This energy can also play out with developments around gems/crystals, glamour, video games, and escaping through pleasures. For some people it can be highly romantic and/or reflect soulmate types of experiences.

Venus is trailing the Sun and will gradually be getting closer to it until last week of March when they will be in their ‘Superior Conjunction.’ Some of the things that have been playing out recently and in the coming weeks can be connected to endings and/or upcoming beginnings around friends, lovers, values, financial matters, aesthetic/artistic pursuits, or things we do for fun and pleasure. For many people this could have been felt in the first week of March as Venus was square the Lunar Nodes along with the Sun.

Both the New Moon and Venus are moving towards a sextile with Pluto. Although this isn’t a strong aspect, it can be renewing, empowering, revealing, purging, deep, and good for getting to the bottom of things. For some people, this can reflect financial benefit. This energy is mostly present in the hours following the New Moon as well as March 16th/17th, and then affecting Venus areas on the 18th/19th.

Mars Sextile Chiron, Trine Saturn, & Moving Towards North Node

Mars in the versatile sign of Gemini is moving towards a sextile with Chiron in Aries which peaks March 17th-18th/19th. This can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is healing, problem solving, bridging, or helps with our personal development and growth. Coming up with solutions, taking unorthodox approaches, or holistically oriented activities are different examples of the potentialities of this aspect.

Mars then moves towards a trine with Saturn in Aquarius which will be exact March 21st-22nd/23rd. This is supportive for asserting ourselves in a disciplined, responsible, cautious, structured, orderly, steady, protective, solidifying, and stabilizing way. It can also be a good time to initiate building something with hope/intention of it having longevity. It is also possible that there may be positive developments connected to efforts initiated last spring or perhaps other periods in the past.

Following this, Mars moves towards a conjunction to the Lunar North Node which will be exact from March 25th-27th. This is a time for actions that are future minded and/or can be beneficial for growth and moving forward in new ways. This can also be a time of developments connected to how we work with Mars energy that can be very supportive for us. Mars has to do with our drive and it rules physical activity, muscles, masculinity, heat, competitiveness and sex. In some cases, this can also be good for positive and constructive outlets/solutions for aggressiveness.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to bring more zen or magic into your life? Are there any spiritual or holistic modalities that you’d like to explore? Do you have any artistic inclinations that want to be expressed? What are your dreams telling you? What has been coming up for you around friendships or matters of love and what changes do you need to make? Do you need to take a more compassionate or gentle approach?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 10:21am Universal Time on March 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Virgo: Taking Important Steps Forward

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We are having a Full Moon in Virgo on February 27th which will appear the brightest on the night of the 26th for countries West of Central Asia and on the night of the 27th for countries East of there. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Aquarius on February 11th/12th. The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Virgo and the Sun in Pisces. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgoan side and others expressing the Piscean side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Virgo is an Earth sign ruled by Mercury. It is associated with tasks, duty, service, productivity, practicality, organizing, analyzing, perfection, physical health, cleanliness, sustainability, and purity. It is systematic, detailed, discerning, discriminating, diligent, and efficient. Virgo corresponds with problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, Virgo energy can be cynical, overly critical, fussy, high strung, and too much in the head.

Pisces is a Water sign linked to Neptune and traditionally ruled by Jupiter. It is associated with sensitivity, compassion, empathy, spirituality, creativity, art, inspiration, dreams, imagination, oneness, and idealism. Pisces can be psychic, mystical, healing, and retreating. Negatively, this sign can also be unrealistic, flaky, elusive, delusional, and deceptive. Drugs, alcohol, escapism, fantasy, and illusions are also under the domain of Pisces.

Full Moon Opposing Venus and Trine Uranus, Both Planets In A Sextile With Each Other

This Full Moon is in a trine with Uranus in Taurus. This can be a stimulating energy which can be good for trying new things or anything involving originality, innovation, technology, metaphysics, or science. Some people may also experience breakthroughs or surprises in a way that is welcoming and beneficial in most cases.

The Full Moon also opposes Venus in Pisces which will be closely behind the Sun over the next month until they make an exact conjunction in late March. Venus themes pertaining to love, relationships, friends, values, pleasures, money, and aesthetics may also be at odds with duties and other Virgo themes mentioned. This can also emphasize certain Piscean energies such as creativity, art, escapism, and intoxication. However, if we emphasize the Virgo side of the polarity, this can also be good for productive efforts around our relations, finances, art, or other Venus ruled areas of life.

The combination of all of this can also reflect taking new creative approaches to things which can be potentially for our work. Social, romantic, and financially related occurrences and undertakings can be exciting, unusual, liberating, ingenious, tech related, or experience a positive and/or evolutionary change. Generally, Venus in Pisces can also bring a magical, spiritual, or compassionate tone in our relations with others which can also play into this configuration with Uranus. This energy will build up as we approach March 3rd/4th when Venus will make its exact sextile with Uranus.

Virgo Ruler Mercury Conjunct Jupiter & In Post Retrograde Shadow

The ruler of this Full Moon is Mercury which had finished its retrograde in Aquarius on February 20th/21st. From that point until March 12th/13th it is in its post retrograde shadow which is the conclusion of the retrograde process. Certain areas of our lives that have experienced shifts, complications, changes in perception, or revisitation over the last month are becoming more clear. Things will fall into place more easily and we will be in a better position to proceed ahead in a way that is revised based on what has transpired.

Mercury is closely approaching a conjunction with Jupiter in the same sign of Aquarius. This can be good for anything educational or applying our minds in expansive or explorative ways. Thinking or communicating about the big picture, ideals, or undertakings involving media, marketing, or foreign places may also come up. This energy will be strong on March 4th/5th and build up as we approach that date.

Halfway Point Between Eclipses with Squares To Lunar Nodes

This Full Moon is in a square aspect with the previous Lunar Eclipse in Gemini which is also a grand cross when we factor in the oppositions with the Sun. The period between now and the next New Moon in Pisces marks the halfway period between the previous eclipse season in November/December (which also included a Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius) and the upcoming one in May/June.

We may experience developments pertaining to the themes of these eclipses. It can be a time of making important steps forward while also releasing certain expressions of ourselves or expired aspects of our life to help us in our evolution. The areas of our lives that are being affected by these eclipses depend on how they are configured to our natal astrology charts and are also connected to expressions of Gemini and Sagittarius.

Developments connected to communication, information, duality, intellectual matters, our immediate environment, local issues, neighborhood/neighbors, or siblings, cousins, or friends from an earlier part of our life can be part of this process. This is represented by the North Node and previous Lunar Eclipse in Gemini. The Sagittarius side of this polarity can reflect shifts connected to beliefs, opinions, dogmas, judgments, morals, higher education, travel, foreign lands, and excessiveness.

A significant part of this halfway period will be on March 5th/6th when the Sun will be in a square with the Lunar nodes. The themes and potentialities mentioned in the above paragraphs can come up more strongly at that time. Considerations may involve where we are coming from and where we are heading or being stuck between things that can be holding us back and things that can facilitate growth. Activities and developments happening at this time can also involve incorporating beneficial aspects of the past and applying/experiencing them in an evolved or forward moving way.

On March 9th/10th, Venus will also be in a square with the Lunar Nodes. The themes mentioned in the above paragraph may come up again. However, they can also involve Venus ruled areas such as love, friendships, financial matters, values, pleasures, art, aesthetics, and creativity. We may experience turning points or perhaps we may also feel that we are at a crossroads when it comes to these areas.

Things To Consider

How can you integrate creativity, compassion, spirituality, inspiration, originality, or innovation into your work, duties, and service to others? What new approaches can you take for your health or to help you be more organized, productive, and efficient? Do you need to be more attentive to details? What is coming up for you now, and in the days prior to this Full Moon, that is bringing more clarity to help you move forward in a revised way? How do your friendships, social network, groups, the collective, technology, innovation, ideals, the big picture, education, or media tie in to this?

Is there a connection between current/recent developments, issues, insights, realizations, or ideas with happenings that occurred for you back in November and/or December? If so, these newer developments can be a next step for you to proceed forward in new ways and move on from certain behaviors, tendencies, or aspects of life that are holding you back.

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 8:17am Universal Time on February 27th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Pisces: Seeing Things In A Different Way

We are having a New Moon in Pisces on February 23rd and in the early hours of the 24th in the countries furthest East. This is initiating a new 29.5-day lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. However, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Virgo on March 9th/10th.

This New Moon is occurring a week into Mercury Retrograde which is also in Pisces for most of its duration. You can read more about that here. Generally speaking, this is a period of re-orientation around how we incorporate Piscean energies in our lives and this New Moon kicks this into gear even more so.

Pisces is the last of 12 signs and is associated with spirit and oneness as a reflection of its place in the zodiacal evolution. As a result, it is the least compatible with the physical-material and mundane world.

Pisces is oriented around emotion, compassion, energy, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. It is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. Pisces can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, tranquil, mystical, empathic, and highly creative. It is forgiving and self-effacing.

Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, confusion, escapism, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, and having issues with boundaries. It can lack rationality and mental acuity. The line between reality and fantasy can be blurred.

New Moon Sextile Uranus & Mars Near South Node

In the days leading up to the New Moon, Mars in Capricorn has been in a trine with Uranus which are both in a sextile to this Lunation and get carried into the Lunar cycle. This can be good for taking a different approach towards something or asserting yourself in an area of life in a new way. It can also reflect action that is unusual, innovative, progressive, metaphysical, experimental, liberating, rebellious, or independent.

However, Mars is also moving towards the South Node which is strongest from February 24th-26th.  This can reflect some sort of purging or releasing and/or things from the past may come up that need to be changed. Perhaps something may come up that can get in the way of our growth. For some people this can be a period of needing to let go of negative expressions of Mars that can be holding us back. If so, it can be connected to anger, aggression, force, competitiveness, or aspects of sexual behavior or relationships.

Mercury Inferior Conjunction

This Mars aspect is happening during the most significant part of Mercury’s retrograde which is when it joins the Sun, known as the ‘Inferior Conjunction’. Mercury will also be in a direct sextile with Mars and the South Node which makes it more significant. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes or circumstances pertaining to how this retrograde is affecting you may come up more during this period.

Complications and frustrations can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.

Jupiter Sextile Neptune

Jupiter is making its first of three sextiles to Neptune that are happening in 2020. This one is strongest from February 14th-26th. Considering that Neptune is associated with Pisces (also currently in that sign) and Jupiter having a broadening effect on it, this energy accentuates all the Pisces energy that is already occurring at this time.

It can be expansive, explorative, educational, philosophical, and ambitious in a creative, artistic, spiritual, mystical, or compassionate way. With Jupiter being in the Earth sign of Capricorn, many people can experience this around ambitions, career, business, or practical matters. This energy can also be good for visual media efforts. Capricorn can help bring groundedness, practicality, and realism to this idealistic combination of planets.

Venus Square Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn

Venus in Aries is in an exact square with Jupiter at the time of this New Moon. This energy can be excessive and impulsive when it comes to spending money, fun, pleasure, love, or anything sensual. However, it can also reflect growth or learning around relationships, values, art, or perhaps connected to aesthetics.

Venus then builds up towards a square with Pluto which will be strongest from February 27th-29th. At best this can reflect depth, regeneration, passion, or some sort of empowerment in our relations with others. This can also play out as power struggles, possessiveness, intensity, manipulation, or changes within friendships, in social situations, or amongst lovers. Fears or suspicions around these areas can come up or hidden matters may surface considering that Mercury is also retrograde.

Following this, Venus is in a square with Saturn which is strongest from March 2nd-4th. This can reflect difficulties, obstacles, delays, seriousness, dullness or restrictions either socially, financially, or aesthetically. We may need to be realistic, cautious, or more responsible in these areas.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What can you be doing to help you become more spiritually activated and bring more magic into your life? Do you have any self-sabotaging or escapist tendencies that could be traded in for creative, spiritual, or inspiring practices, efforts, or projects? Do you need to develop your intuition? Should you be meditating more often? How can you be integrating your visions, imagination, inspiration, creativity, or even visual media into your career or any projects that you are doing? Do you need to be more compassionate?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 3:32pm Universal Time on February 23rd.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Mercury Retrograde In Pisces & Aquarius: Contemplating Ideals

Mercury begins its latest retrograde process on February 16th/17th , which will last until March 9th/10th. In the weeks (and especially days) leading up to it we start to notice its influence as Mercury slows down and comes to a stop before moving the other way. This is part of the ‘pre-shadow’ period which began on February 2nd.

If you have read my previous Mercury retrograde articles, the first two sections of this article are nearly the same and you can skip to the third section if you don’t want to re-read all the general themes associated with these periods. The other sections are more specific to this edition of it.

Mercury retrograde is known for the problematic effects it often has on communication technology, transactions, motor vehicles, anything with moving parts, and commuting in general. Some people even get headaches near the beginning of it. We could experience some challenges, misunderstandings, and errors around our communications, numbers/details, and commerce, as well as changes, cancellations, or delays in our schedules. We may also feel more challenged when we are doing excessive analytical work without using our internal guidance.

Mercury Retrograde can also be a good time to revisit or redo tasks, projects, ideas, or anything else that was initiated in the past. It can give us a different perspective or shift in thinking that can help us to approach these things in ways we wouldn’t have done before. This may also be a period of reconnecting with old friends, family, lovers, or others we haven’t seen in a while. When we reconnect with people during a retrograde, it can help to facilitate a shift in the relationship. In some cases, issues from the past can come up which may need to be hashed out.

The Deeper Purpose of Mercury Retrograde

Ultimately, Mercury Retrograde is a time for us to recalibrate and adjust specific areas of our lives as well as how we apply our minds towards these issues. It is a period in which we may receive important insights and see things in a new light. In most cases, it can be mildly transformational, but in some cases it can facilitate more major transformations depending on how it corresponds to your personal astrological chart.

During and following the retrograde, certain areas of our lives can go through changes or shifts, or we can experience a re-orientation of some sort which influences how we proceed over the coming months or in some cases, it can have a more long-term significance. In the three weeks afterwards, known as the ‘post-shadow’ period, we move forward with some sort of new awareness, adjustment, as well as new ideas and thoughts that have been seeded which will develop and become more defined as time progresses.

The things that you have been doing or circumstances in the two weeks leading up to this period could determine how and where this energy plays out. It is also possible that there could have been changes or things that came up at that time which may go through a sorting-out process. There could have been unknown variables, either positive or negative, that were either unseen or hadn’t been conceived yet, which may become apparent over the coming weeks.

The sign(s) and element(s) in which Mercury retrograde travels shows the energy we are re-orienting ourselves with. More importantly, if you are familiar with your natal astrology chart, then your house(s) or any planetary placements being affected will show more specifically what areas of life you will be experiencing its energy in. For the astrologically literate, it begins at 12’53 degrees of Pisces and will retrograde all the way to 28’13 degrees of Aquarius, before turning forward again.

Occurring Mostly In Pisces and Partially In Aquarius, Part of a Series in Water Signs

Mercury Retrograde always happens in primarily one element for 1-2 years. This is the fourth of a series occurring in water signs, with the final one happening in the Fall of 2020. The water element is about emotion, feelings, sensitivity, compassion, intuition, and fluidity. This period is about re-aligning ourselves with these qualities and expressing them in new or revamped ways.

This one is primarily a reorientation around Piscean energies and themes. This sign is mystical, spiritual, divinely inspired, imaginative, idealistic, healing, compassionate, and empathic. Pisces is about the subconscious, dreams, faith, and oneness. It is also associated with large bodies of water and creative outlets such as visual media, music, and poetry.

Negatively, Pisces energy can be delusional, flaky, forgetful, deceptive, evasive, confusing, and can lack direction and understanding of boundaries. Escapism and intoxication are also potential Pisces shadows that could come up during this period.

This retrograde is also partially in Aquarius, and although the Pisces themes are stronger at this time, the qualities of Aquarius can be tied into this period as well. This sign is associated with friends, social networks, the group, the team, humanity, ideals, and what is in the best interest of the collective.

Aquarius is intellectual, objective, and rational. It can be unconventional, innovative, original, inventive, progressive, technological, scientific, reforming, and even revolutionary. Negatively, it is be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and stubborn about ideas.

Mercury Retrograde Significant Dates

Below are some of the dates and information for some of the major astrological configurations during this retrograde.

*The dates below are based on the Americas. The further East you are located, you may need to consider it as the next day.

Feb 16th-17th Mercury begins its retrograde at 12:54 am Universal Time. Mercury retrograde themes and complications may come up strongly at this time and in recent days leading up to this. You may get some sort of indication of the things that may be playing out for you over the next month based on how you feel or what transpires. It’s possible that things that happen, which may seem insignificant at the time, can somehow be connected to how this retrograde process will affect you.

Feb 19th-20th (Feb 14th-26th) Jupiter Sextile Neptune.  Jupiter in Capricorn is moving towards its first of three sextiles to Neptune in Pisces happening in 2020. This one is strongest from February 14th-26th with it peaking on the 19th and 20th.  This energy accentuates all the Pisces energy that is already occurring.  It can also be expansive, explorative, and ambitious in a creative, spiritual, idealistic, or compassionate way.

Feb 24th-26th Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the Sun in Pisces (Inferior Conjunction), Sextile Mars Conjunct The South Node. This is the halfway point of Mercury retrograde, known as the ‘inferior conjunction,’ which is when it returns to the Sun. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes or circumstances pertaining to how this retrograde is affecting you may come up more during this period.

Complications and frustrations can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.

Mars on the South Node may also reflect other types of purging as well. For some people this can be a period of needing to let go of negative expressions of Mars that can be holding us back. This may be connected to anger, aggression, force, competitiveness, or aspects of our sexual behavior or relationships.

March 4th Mercury Retrograde enters Aquarius. As Mercury changes signs, it’s possible that issues pertaining to Aquarius themes (mentioned in previous section) and other areas of life (depending on your natal chart) may come up more strongly in comparison to the previous weeks.

March 9th-12th Mercury transitions from Retrograde to Direct during the Full Moon in Virgo. Mercury will slowly begin to move forward from March 10th onward. The areas of our lives that have been affected by this retrograde will start to become more clear and things will fall into place more easily as we progress into the coming days and weeks. As Mercury gradually picks up speed, we can move forward in the areas of life that have been affected. However, usually the first few days after it ends can still feel like its retrograde, as complications may occur due to Mercury’s stationary position. It’s usually best to wait until at least 3 days afterwards before finalizing decisions, agreements, etc.

A Full Moon in Virgo will also be occurring on March 9th as Mercury transitions, aspecting four planets in Capricorn. With strong Earth energy combined with the direct motion of Mercury, we may feel more productive at this time in comparison to the previous weeks. (I will be writing a separate article on this Full Moon, you can join my mailing list here to get notified when this and other content of mine is published.)

Later on around May 4th and/or in the days following, there may be even more clarity around certain things that have been seeded during this retrograde. From there, things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

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Full Moon In Leo: Passion & Purpose

We are having a Full Moon in Leo on February 8th/9th, depending on your location. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Aquarius on January 24th/25th. The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations still play a part over the following two weeks. You may also start to see its themes build up following the New Moon prior to it.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Leo and the Sun in Aquarius. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Leo side and others expressing the Aquarian side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Leo is a passionate Fire sign. It is about our individual self-expression, what brings us joy and inspiration.  It is associated with the heart, love, creativity, performing, fun, children, romance, hobbies, and leadership. Leo is about what makes us great as individuals and can be courageous and generous. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, pompous, dramatic, and demanding of attention or respect.

Aquarius is an intellectual Air sign. It is associated with friends, groups, social networks, the team, and humanity. It views the unique and authentic qualities of an individual as an important and contributing factor to the collective. Aquarius is progressive, unconventional, innovative, technological, scientific, reforming, idealistic, and even revolutionary. Negatively, it can be aloof, overly objective, unrealistic, dispassionate, impersonal, and overly detached.

Full Moon Trine Mars, Both Moving Towards Trine to Uranus

This Full Moon is in a close applying trine with Mars in Sagittarius. This can reflect an energy that is action-oriented, assertive, lively, energetic, competitive, confident, or active. With Mars being in a Fire sign along with the Full Moon, the inspired, passionate, and fiery qualities of this element may be apparent or felt as well.

Mars in Sagittarius can be expansive, explorative, ideological, or educational in its actions. In this sign, we may feel like we want to do more than we can handle, however, Sagittarius’ ruler Jupiter is in Capricorn along with Capricorn’s ruler Saturn. This can help to mitigate the overextending nature of Sagittarius in helping our actions to be more practical and structured. This will be even more pronounced after Mars enters Capricorn on February 16th.

After Mars enters Capricorn, it will be making a trine to Uranus in Taurus which is strongest from February 18th-22nd. This energy is also directly tied into this Full Moon and may be noticeable in the 20 hours following it. This can be good for actions that are experimental, innovative, unusual, liberating, or progressive. Positive surprises and excitement may also be a theme for some people.

Venus In Aries Conjunct Chiron and Square The Lunar Nodes

Venus entered Aries a day and a half prior to this Full Moon and will be there over the following 3.5 weeks. We may be more proactive, bold, direct, spontaneous, passionate, independent, self-oriented, and competitive in our relations with others or in matters pertaining to love. However, we need to be cautious about being too impulsive when it comes to spending money and/or regarding pleasure.

Venus is in a conjunction with Chiron which is strongest in the 2 days following this Full Moon. At best this can bring themes connected to wholeness and healing around love, friendships, values, money, aesthetics, or pleasures. This can also reflect taking an integrative or maverick approach in these areas.

Venus will be in a square with the Lunar Nodes which is strongest from February 13th-14th but may be felt in the days leading up to that. We may feel like we are at a crossroads in areas pertaining to relationships, money, values, or aesthetics.

This may be a period of breaking from the old and moving towards something new or a different approach. We may be considering the factors of the past and present, and how to pave the  way for the future. Developments or connections made at this time can have a strong karmic theme.

Mercury Going Retrograde, Jupiter Sextile Neptune

Mercury is slowing down to go retrograde on February 16th/17th mostly in Pisces and partially in Aquarius. The pre-shadow period began on February 2nd. It’s good to keep in mind that certain things that are occurring in your life in the first half of February may be directly connected to some sort of retrograde process that is coming up. Perhaps a reorientation, revisitation, reworking, seeing things in a different way, or finding something out that you were unaware of may come up from mid-February until mid-March.

As we get closer to the 16th it is good to be flexible and patient. The common retrograde complications can gradually become stronger from now until the retrograde begins. I will be writing a separate article on this retrograde. You can click here to join my mailing list to get notified when it is published.

Jupiter in Capricorn is moving towards its first of three sextiles to Neptune in 2020. This upcoming one will be strong from February 14th-26th with it peaking on the 19th-20th.  This energy can be expansive and explorative both spiritually and creatively. It can also be good for idealistic pursuits/experiences, or anything involving putting time, energy, or resources toward helping others in need.

Mercury going retrograde in the Neptunian sign of Pisces can accentuate this aspect even more so. Jupiter being in Capricorn helps us with a grounded approach and for many people this aspect may be reflected in business matters or ambitions.

Things To Consider

How can you better tap into your authentic self-expression? What inspires and brings you joy? What creative outlets do you like to express? What can you do to have more fun in your life? What are you passionate about? How does your authenticity fit into the group, and/or best serve the collective or idealistic interests? What can you do to bring healing and/or wholeness to matters of love or friendships?

These are just some examples of what you may be experiencing during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon or as it is waning over the following two weeks. The exact moment of the peak will be on February 9th at 7:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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