The first Mercury Retrograde is here and this is what I wrote in my General Forecast:
Mercury Retrograde (February 6 until February 28)
Mercury begins the first of three retrogrades of the year, this time moving from around 3 degrees of Pisces and back to around 18 degrees of Aquarius. While in Pisces you are asked to look within and to pay particular attention to your power of Imagination, to consider your Dreams and face down your Fears. While in Aquarius, your attentiveness should be drawn to the reconsideration of your Social Consciousness as fulfilled and made possible in and through your Dream-Living Companionships. As usual, many issues in your present day life may slow down or be put on hold as you go back to finish some matters that you left behind.
Your Avatar of Mind is skipping around for the next couple of months, so you better get ready to bend along with those Mercurial rays. One of your greatest gifts is your Intelligence, and it is certainly necessary now to show how adept you are with this most marvelous faculty, it is time to show how nimble, agile and adaptable you are when it comes to your Perceptions and Thoughts. This World is the substantial result, it is the concretized embodiment of Thought-Forms that you formed and made into your Reality...For as you think so shall you become.
Mercury moved into the Water sign of Pisces on January 31, but he will only be there for less than two weeks...why so short a time? Because today, Thursday February 6, he is turning retrograde for three weeks. Which means Mercury will move back out of Water and into the Airy sign of Aquarius by February 12. Mercury will turn direct on the last day of February, and on March 17 Mercury will return to the sign of Pisces and remain there until April 7. Now that is a quite a lot of skipping and jumping around between the Watery Worlds of Pisces and the Airy Spaces of Aquarius...and that is precisely the point, that is exactly the gift you are being offered here.
You are about to have an extended invitation to work the "weaving way" that leads to a more adept and nuanced sensibility. By moving back and forth between Watery Pisces and Airy Aquarius, you will be better able to appreciate the qualities of both, and more exactly see how they both inform and enhance one another.
For your Feelings form the contextual background upon which your Thoughts seek to construct your rational view of your world, and it is this which creates the perceptual framework of your understanding. Your Thoughts in turn form the medium and means of communicating your Feelings, so that you may better comprehend your Intuitive (non-rational) perceptions that permit you to perceive what is beyond your conscious knowing. It is by weaving together these two ways of experiencing your relationship to yourself and of the world around you, by balancing and blending the Mental/Rational and Feeling/Intuitive that you create the experience of your reality that not only makes sense but feels right too.
The movement of Mercury through Pisces inclines your perceptions and thoughts to the more Intuitional Way of Knowing, for it is here that the focal lensing of your mind seeks to slip between or transcend the limits of any one boundary or realm of comprehension. You find yourself inspired by considerations of the ultimate questions of your Life: of Selflessness and Sacrifice, of Compassion and Unconditional Love, of your Faith and your Fear, of your Ego-Limitations and your Self-Transcendence.
With Mercury retrograde in Pisces, you need to take time to look more deeply within yourself to reconsider your most precious gifts of Dreaming and Imagination, for they form the core of the power of your Ever-Becoming, that you are here quite simply to Grow. But to truly release this wondrous gift, you must never cease to challenge yourself to remove what might forestall or impede your spiritual progress. And what is that? The shadow on your path is principally formed by those haunting echoes of your past failures which form your present day fears, and together these weigh upon your capacity to believe in yourself or your fellow companions.
With Mercury retrograde in Pisces you are asked to listen to your inner voice, your calm and steady companion, and remember what has been the source of you and of all that is around you too. That at your core you are of the Divine, and it is this loving Presence that provides you with your Fountain Source of Hope. It forms your firm and unshakeable Foundation that becomes substantial and shines forth in the Love you have and the Love that you share and is known to you as your Faith. That from this you know you can rise above any past error or mistake, that you can learn to do and be better and that you have nothing whatsoever to fear, "for thou art with me".
When Mercury re-enters Aquarius on February 12, you will find yourself drawn to reexamine yourself and your world through your Rational/Reasoning Mind, for you need to better understand how you do this, how through your Thought-Forms you are able to create a Newer, Better World from the Old in which you abide.
For having had your Thoughts and Beliefs, your very Hopes and Dreams formed within the World as it is, how or from where would the Seed of the New arise, from where would come those wonderfully disruptive and freeing Ideas of Inventiveness, Originality and Spiritual Progress?
Again, you must reconsider and return to source, for here at the Aquarian part of the Heart of you, it is here that you will find that your Higher Mind ever seeks to be as free as possible from constraint and convention. That you as a fundamentally Spiritual Being, when you hold yourself within these Higher Thought Realms, are able to consider the world that is and the world that could be from outside the Perceptual Hierarchy of the status quo. You can ride along with these higher Thought-Forms which will then take you beyond the accepted and reasonable of today and show you a Brighter Tomorrow, your Higher Consciousness can show you a New You and a New Earth too.
But just as your Intuitional Knowing in Pisces must be formed into Thoughts so that you might share your Faith, your Greater Knowing in Aquarius is more Lovingly expressed when combined with those Feelings of Fellowship that you share with one another. For this is most certainly true, you must have Faith and you must Believe if you are to See and Know a better Way too.
This is the Dance of Mercury now....
As you work the "weaving-way" of your Rational and your Intuitional.
You are here To Know and To Feel,
To Keep Together your Airy and Watery ways.
For In Wisdom and by your Faith...
You are here to make...
Your Dreams come True.