February 3-9 2014 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Retrograde

mercury retrograde pisces-aquarius jpgMercury turns retrograde three times a year, and another one starts this week. Focus on introspection and planning, especially on Piscean and Aquarian themes, rather than major new project starts or big purchases.

Healing and mentoring are smoothly amplified with Jupiter trine Chiron, and the asteroid goddess Ceres enters Scorpio.

2/3 (Mon)

Ceres enters Scorpio

Ceres represents abundance and Scorpio stands for great wealth. So there’s a definite opportunity for increased prosperity as Ceres enters Scorpio today. More broadly, Ceres rules what you value – including yourself – so this placement can empower a positive transformation in your self-esteem.

Ceres will retrograde back out of Scorpio on 3/22, but will be back in August with more Scorpionic opportunities!

What adjustments can you make to revolutionize your feminine assertiveness, strategic planning and practical creativity? With Uranus quincunx Pallas Athena, it’s a great time to find out! (Hint: let your intuitive flashes guide you.)

2/4 (Tue)

No major astrological events.

2/5 (Wed)

Jupiter Trine Chiron

The smooth amplification of mentoring and healing is supported with a Jupiter-Chiron trine. Chiron’s placement in Pisces is particularly supportive of spiritual healing and intuitively guided mentoring, while Cancerian Jupiter is naturally inclined to direct these energies into family and security issues. This trine will remain active all the way through 6/7.

2/6 (Thu)

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury turns retrograde at 4:43 PM (3°20′ Pisces). It will turn direct again on 2/28 at 9:01 AM (18°9′ Aquarius).

As with all Mercury retrogrades, try to avoid starting major new projects or making major purchases. Back up critical data, double check travel arrangements, and confirm that you are understanding and being understood.

Strategies by Sign

Mercury retrograde is an excellent time for introspection, reflection and planning. Through 2/12, while Mercury is still in Pisces, reflection on your spiritual union practices and divinely inspired creativity is especially supported. Pisces’ more challenging side can include substance abuse, playing the martyr or victim, or unmotivated drifting. If you’re experiencing any of these urges, focusing on spirituality or creativity can positively redirect them.

As Mercury retrogrades through Aquarius, 2/13 through 2/28, reflect on how authentically you’re expressing the person you came here to be. How well are you receiving and following your intuitive flashes? How much humanitarian service are you doing? It’s when such high side Aquarian themes are not being activated that its more challenging manifestations — irritation, nervousness, craziness and instability – tend to arise.

2/7 (Fri)

No major astrological events.

2/8 (Sat)

No major astrological events.

2/9 (Sun)

No major astrological events.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

  • 2/4, 6:15 pm – 2/5, 4:48 am (Taurus)
  • 2/6, 11:50 pm – 2/7, 1:45 pm (Gemini)
  • 2/9, 4:09 pm – 2/10, 1:34 am (Cancer)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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