Mercury retrograde lasts from February the 6th to 28th, 2014. The first of three Mercury retrograde phases this year, each lasting three weeks. This one spans 15 degrees of the zodiac, from 18 degrees Aquarius to 3 degrees Pisces.
We often expect to experience some difficulties in communication and transport when Mercury is in retrograde motion, and this may well be the case when we start to look at the Mercury retrograde chart. However, using this chart, plus three important planetary alignments involving Mercury during it’s retrograde travels, the major theme this time around seems to be one of vigorous interaction at the spiritual level, verging on psychic warfare.
The diagram below shows the Mercury retrograde cycle for February 2014. You can see it spans the entirety of constellation Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish. It begins with the retrograde station in Head of the Fish, on the brightest star Fomalhaut, and ends with the direct station in the Tail of the Fish.
There are two major background influences to this Mercury retrograde period. The influence of constellation Piscis Austrinus, particularly the main star Fomalhaut. In the horoscope for the retrograde station following, you will see that Mercury is conjunct Neptune, the other major background influence for Mercury Retrograde in February 2014.
Mercury conjunct Neptune in its highest manifestation is accurate psychic ability and acute perception at all levels, the unbiased processing of this spiritual information, then the expression of this insight through compassionate, supportive and selfless words and thought projection. More often than not however, especially with Mercury retrograde, thoughts and words are twisted by misconception, irrationality, confusion, fear and paranoia. This results in deceit, treachery, lies, poison and all manner of underhand tactics.
The fixed star Fomalhaut is “very fortunate and powerful”, however it can “cause malevolence of sublime scope and character” and be “either very good or very bad”. With Mercury, this Archangel Star causes losses, disappointments, secret letters and slander. With Neptune, this Royal Star gives secret enemies, secret affairs, occult interests and dishonesty.
Mercury Retrograde February 2014 Horoscope
So you can see where I get the sense that Mercury stationing retrograde on Neptune and Fomalhaut sets us up for a Mercury retrograde period of psychic battles. There are two sides to every battle, and there will be winners and losers. It appears that the stakes are high. Marina’s interpretation of Jupiter opposite Pluto, another strong feature in the retrograde chart, suggests religion may play a strong part in all this.
The diagram of the Southern Fish shows the battle lines are drawn between 18 degrees Aquarius and 3 degrees Pisces, the time-frame from February 6 to 28. The height of the action occurs between February 14 and 17, when the Sun aligns with Mercury retrograde, both trine Mars. Intense communication, forceful, vigorous, passionate. A time for attacking, successful actions, yet someone must lose. Perhaps the best form of attack is vigilant defense. The Sun Mercury conjunction in the Tail of the Fish is on a star called Lambda (λ) Pisces Austrinus. It belongs to a group of stars the Chinese called Yǔ Lín Jūn, ‘The Palace Guard’.
The victor is then best advised to retreat behind the palace walls, as Mercury square Saturn on February the 18th indicates and very nasty and bitter loser. They are not willing to accept defeat, deploying a range of sinister tactics including propaganda, defamation and lies, in order to steal away the spoils of war.