We all live through Mercury retrograde phases three times every year, for three weeks at a time. That’s about 20% of our lives. Many people often get worried when Mercury goes retrograde because things are supposed to go haywire with transport and communications, those things rules by Mercury. Things like your computer crashing or facing travel delays due to bad weather can happen because of Mercury retrograde.
However this all depends on how Mercury is aspecting your horoscope. If Mercury is conjunct, square or opposite your sign, or something else in your horoscope, then it is more likely that you will feel the adverse affects of Mercury retrograde 2013. Any dramas are also more likely to occur for those few days when Mercury actually stations retrograde or direct. One final thing to consider is the overall vibe of the retrograde period. To do this we look at the chart for retrograde station. If the astrology looks good, then there should be nothing to worry about. If the astrology looks like a train wreck, then there is a greater chance that the Mercury retrograde phase will cause some problems.
Mercury Retrograde 2013 Astrology
Mercury retrograde 2013 lasts from February 24 to March 17, 2013. It starts at 19 Pisces and moves back to 5 Pisces. You can see in the chart below for the retrograde station we have Mercury conjunct Mars. This is the main influence and it’s problematic, so we could well see some dramas with this one. Mercury with Mars will have an affect on communication and travel. There is a greater chance of arguments during this Mercury retrograde cycle because there will be a strong urge to speak without thinking. There could be accusations, threats, nasty words and temper tantrums.
The affect on Mercury with Mars on travel is that we will have a tendency to be rushing around the place. This is an aspect of rash actions. The key to working with this impulsive energy is the remain conscious of the fact that you may be acting in a risky manner. So if you realize that you are getting wound up, the take a few deep breathes and try to relax and slow down.
The other aspect in this chart is the quincunx from Mercury and Mars to the Moon. This means that our emotions are tied into this rashness. It increases the risk of impulsive reactions. For example, if someone offends us or drives slowly in front of us, we may over react because we are so emotionally touchy. With such highly charged emotions affecting our thoughts and actions, it will be extremely important to think twice before saying or doing anything on the spur of the moment.
The quincunx is an aspect of karmic adjustment. Mercury retrograde 2013 also means we may relive past life issues regarding how we think and communicate. So if things turn pear shaped, there is a chance that this happened because of a problem with out thought processes. We will have to look at how carefully we thought about something before we did it or said it. For another interpretation with Lilith and the fixed stars see Mercury Retrograde February 2013, Sky Scraper.
Mercury Retrograde 2013 in the Signs
For Pisces, with Mercury retrograde 2013 in your sign you are going to very very busy during this retrograde period. You get the full force of the impulsive energy so it will be most important for you to act and speak with caution. Try to slow down and not to overact when upset. Make sure you are methodical when dealing with any paperwork because there may be a tendency to skip over important details.
For Virgo, with Mercury opposite your sign you are going to have to be careful not to provoke people and get into arguments. It is better during this phase not to push your agenda onto others because they will think you are being selfish and annoying. You are the one who is going to have make some compromises if you get into disagreements.
For Gemini and Sagittarius, the square from Mercury retrograde 2013 means you are going to feel rushed off your feet. It will be important not to let others talk you into things because you might just say yes to get them off your back. Your thinking is likely to be rushed during this Mercury retrograde phase so delay any important decisions.
For Taurus and Capricorn, the sextile from Mercury should energize your thinking and give you lots of creative energy. This is a good time to get immersed in some study or hobby. You should have good concentration and manual dexterity. Socializing should be rewarding and you will want to share your thoughts. Excellent for negotiating and debating.
For Cancer and Scorpio, the trine from Mercury means you do alright out of this this one. You should feel at ease in your mind and this will be reflected in your interactions with others. So you can look forward to more harmony in relationships. You will be able to express yourself more freely and take more of a leading role in discussions.
For Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius, you don’t have any major aspect from this Mercury retrograde phase. You might be able to help things along by being more supportive of your loved ones who might be struggling through this period.
Mercury Retrograde 2013 Dates
February 24 to March 17 – 5 to 19 Pisces.
June 26 to July 20 – 13 to 23 Cancer.
October 21 to November 10 – 2 to 18 Scorpio.