Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, lost items, travel delays, and nervous tensions.
Mercury retrograde February 2020 has an especially challenging influence on communications because it is square the Moon. An inner conflict between your thoughts and feelings may lead to anxiety, moodiness, and indecision.
Mercury Retrograde February 2020
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde February 2020:
February 2nd - February 16th - The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde.
February 16th - March 9th - The retrograde phase lasts from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury direction station.
March 9th - March 29th - The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone.
Mercury retrograde makes a significant and challenging aspect to the Moon. There are no major fixed stars conjunct Mercury, but the Moon is on a powerful star in the heart of the Scorpion.
Moon square Mercury creates a high degree of tension between your heart and mind or an internal debate between your thoughts and feelings. Anything you feel strongly about or have an opinion on is subject to your questioning, indecisiveness, and variability of emotions or interest.
Mercury will help you openly and honestly share your feelings, but the message can be less caring and thoughtful than you intended. Moodiness and parochialism can lead to disagreements with your intimate relationships. You may not care too much what others think of you, but your partner most likely will.
This is going to be an ongoing issue with the Mercury stationing direct quincunx the Moon, and Mercury leaving the retrograde zone again square the Moon. Friends may come and go, but your family will be your family forever.
The best use of this tense energy is hard mental work. You can take a critical look at both sides as you perfect your ideas. The key is to avoid arguments at all costs during the retrograde; you also need to stay calm and think before you speak.
Mercury Stationary Direct
Mercury stations direct on March 9th in Aquarius, and another challenging aspect to the Moon carries on the Mercury retrograde theme of moodiness and conflicting feelings.
The Moon quincunx Mercury still causes internal conflict between your thoughts and feelings, but it also gives you the ability to find balance. While it may still be difficult to put your thoughts into words, there will be moments of emotional stability and calmness in which you can see things more clearly. Take advantage of this mental clarity to find compromises and reach firm decisions.
The Mercury direct phase gives you a chance to pause and reflect before saying something you may come to regret later on. New information will become available, and you will be able to look at things from a different perspective. This will help you make up for any mistakes during the retrograde phase and resolve any relationship problems.
Then finally, Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on March 29th. Just as with Mercury retrograde, the Mercury is square the Moon, this time from the opposite degree at 12 (Gemini) 41.
The water signs are sentimental and emotional, Pisces and Aquarius natives are also full of sensibility and imagination, feelings, and confusion. There is difficult compatibility between Pisces and Mercury but even more challenging with the retrograde motion of Mercury in Aquarius.
With Mercury Retrograde in the Water signs, we can expect some revisions of the unconscious emotional patterns of thinking. When do you tend to react out of habit, without thinking? Mercury retrograde in Pisces of Aquarius will make you aware of these things, allowing you to correct them, or some psychological cleaning.
There is already some panic in the press, especially online, on the topic of Mercury retrograde in Pisces. Astrology is not meant to scare anyone; it is not intended to terrify us about the future either.
Pisces can lead to deception, confusion, and disillusion. The Pisces sign is also the most spiritual, creative, compassionate. But Pisces is the most spiritual, creative, and compassionate sign.
The periods when Mercury is retrograde also bring second chances. We may have the opportunity to heal old wounds, or to solve an old grudge. We may even restart a neglected spiritual practice or bring back to life a creative project that we have pushed to the side.