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  • Writer's pictureYolanda McAdam

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

Mercury is now retrograde at 26° Aquarius and will station direct at 11° Aquarius on the 21st of February. Mercury is said to be exalted in Aquarius because here Mercury takes in multiple points of view and radical perspectives and distributes information for the greater good. In other words, Mercury does not filter information for the benefit of a select few but for the benefit of all beings.

In retrograde motion, Mercury asks us to revisit and reassess some of these “mass” or group lessons. A lot of the information we will be processing at this time will be "unusual" - as in, "not the same". Here, I am speaking of any data or knowledge gathered in a group setting or information dispersed by mass media. Important conversations will reignite around technology and privacy, privilege and power.

On a personal level, it’s worth remembering Aquarius is fixed air. This is air under pressure. So there’s the potential for outbursts and “explosions”. As with all Mercury retrogrades, you will feel “overloaded” so it’s best to limit your time on social media and be super selective about what information you take in.

Look to the part of your chart occupied by Aquarius for clues as to your own “fixed ideas'' as Mercury will challenge these during this retrograde period. For example: If Aquarius is your 5th house, you may have fixed ideas around creativity, children and romance. You may believe that not everyone is born creative or that you’re not creative.

During this retrograde cycle, Mercury will meet up with the Sun (Feb 8) which indicates “illumination” around an issue. On the 13th, Mercury will dance with Venus and on the 14th Mercury is conjunct Jupiter. These auspicious conjunctions give us the green light to reopen lines of enquiry and communication with people and even institutions who are in a position to help us. Expect favourable outcomes or conversations on those days.

By now you know the drill, don’t start anything new if you can help it while Mercury is retrograde. Don’t sign important documents, remember to backup files and be extra vigilant on the roads.




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