Astrology of Now: Relax, Everything’s Retrograde

March 13, 2012

Ingres: The Turkish Bath.

Aries is the sign of beginnings, haste, inspiration. It’s the fire sign that strikes the spark that sets the world aflame. So what happens when the planet of speed, Mercury, turns tail and retreats in such a go-getting part of the Zodiac?

And hang on, Aries’ ruling planet is Mars, which is currently in picky Virgo, is going backwards too

And wait a minute, Mercury rules Virgo, so the two planets are in mutual reception. That is a very interesting dynamic there.

Mars is in Virgo speaks of health, deep-cleaning, the body. I’m thinking of a nice steamy Turkish bath, which might just be hot enough for fiery Mars. This is definitely a time for all of us to be rethinking our routines, examining our diets and questioning how we treat our physical bodies. Do you exercise too much or too little?

And Mercury in Aries may well be doing the same thing. When Mercury goes backwards, it’s a good idea to rethink an area of our lives. Mercury is about intelligence, of course. It’s the planet that governs thinking, talking communicating. Normally, when it’s in Aries, it’s all about quick thinking, going with your gut instinct, taking the initiative.  Above all Mercury in Aries is about starting projects – and going backwards? Well it’s just like starting over.

Last week, Mercury met Uranus in Aries  and maybe you had some bright thoughts. This week, take a look at those thoughts and see how you can rework them. You don’t actually have to do anything yet; just mull it all over. Since Mercury is going to be slipping back into dreamy detriment in fishy Pisces later this month, you may not want to be starting anything too mentally taxing just yet. The message of the moment is relax. Let your mind drift around and do write down any bright thoughts you have. But I wouldn’t worry too much about achieving anything.

Oh and while you’re at, you could nip down to the hammam.

Astrology of Now, Mars retrograde, Mercury Retrograde


Isy Aweigh said:

Just came back from two days at the hot springs. It was a most impressive recuperation.

I like lazy. I’m a little afraid I could get used to it. 🙂


Christina said:

Perfect, you little Aries you.


Sabrina said:

The retrograde mood has been ok for us. Not too quiet though, lots or creativity regarding logistics!

I’m wondering how this mercury rx in aries would play in a natal chart, especially conj uranus! I always liked the contacts between uranus and mercury.


Christina said:

I think Uranus and Mercury have an affinity. Uranus is said to be a higher octave of Mercury and I think that’s true.Both are about intelligence.


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