Mercury is considered in its “fall” in Pisces, “meaning that it is its least comfortable sign to be in,” explains Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com and Horoscope.com. However, it’s not all bad. “While it is true that Mercury’s logical and analytical capabilities will be debilitated, this retrograde won’t be as bad because the degree in which Mercury will station retrograde is a degree ruled by Venus, according to ancient astrology,” she says. The planet of love's influence will help mitigate the negative effects of the retrograde.
Neptune’s position in the cosmos will affect this transit, too. “Our emotions will deepen throughout the next month, as Neptune comes to align with Mercury,” Stardust says. “Confusion will consume our minds and we may feel gaslighted by others, or conversely gaslight people. Our brains may feel a little foggy. But, we can prevail as long as we don’t let our anxieties get the best of us.”
Before Mercury retrograde begins on 16th February, we’ll experience a pre-retrograde shadow, which begins on 2nd February, right before Mercury moves from Aquarius into Pisces. During this time, we’ll begin to see the effects of the retrograde begin. “This marks the beginning of our personal retrograde stories,” Stardust explains. “Keep your eyes and ears open for any strange behaviour and bizarre information.”
After Mercury retrograde begins “in full force,” as Stardust puts it, expect the usual miscommunications, travel mishaps, and technology glitches. While it’s retrograding, Mercury will move back into Aquarius on 4th March. Mercury moves direct again on 9th March, and moves back into Pisces in 16th March. And then there’s the post-retrograde shadow to deal with, which lasts until 29th March.
Montúfar explains, “Out of the three times Mercury is going to be retrograde this year (it will retrograde two more times, in the summer and in the fall), this retrograde is Pisces is the most positive one.” That’s because of the planet of love.
“This retrograde will be infused with the positive, pleasurable vibes of Venus,” she says. “Yes, there will be the classical misunderstandings and technological glitches, and when we communicate it will feel like we are talking underwater. So when frustration knocks at our door, the best thing we can do is take a bath, go for a walk on the beach, watch a movie, or even better — do something creative.”