Respite, Unwind, Envision, and bond: Mercury Retrograde Feb-March 2013


Mercury Retrograde Spring 2013

Ghost Period February 09 -February 22, 2013

Retrograde Period February 23, 2013 -March 17, 2013

Stationing Period March 18 -31, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

On February 09, 2013 mercury begins its journey fast track backwards in time and the initial ghost period begins on the 9th and continues until February 22, 2013. On February 23, 2013, it is stationary while bringing with it confusion, missed communication, break ups, make ups and forces each and every one of us to think back at our past to see if we made the correct decisions.  This planet is a very slow moving planet; therefore it continues its journey until 17th of March when it begins to move forward again to let us know that whatever decision is we must stick by it.

Remember if you meet someone new during retrograde it may be very confusing and slow period unless you or the other person have strong planets it may be short lived or that you might reconnect with a past only to find out after the retrograde phase is over that it was not worth it.  Perhaps nothing has really changed or you might even notice people come knocking at your door to finish their journey.  Whatever happens remember it is a journey not a path.

This retrograde it is placed in the planets of Pisces so what ever house Pisces is in whether it is your sun sign, moon , Venus or ascendant it will have a high impact on the predominate signs.  Often times all mutable signs (Gemini, Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius)  are affected by the retrograde period.


A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way.

Even it seems that this will be a dreadful journey-remember for every window that closes a door opens.  With this remarkable retrograde period join the New Moon in Aquarius with it will bring new way of being assertive, love freely and bring friendships to new beginnings on February 10, 2012.  Along with it the cosmos will surely make sure that you learn the lessons in love when Venus Square Saturn (karmic lessons) as well as making sure that you respect your bosses when Mars Square Jupiter that same day. So breathe… during that time and know this shall too pass.

Retrograde periods, although often challenging for us humans, are not predominantly unusual. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and commands us to speak. Communication, understanding and consciousness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are reasoning and rational, our manner of philosophy, and how we create and express our thought processes.


A mercurial nature brings to mind restlessness and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. Mercury is about a quick wit, quick thinking, promises, sentiments, thinking and the ability to justify things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be invigorating! This Planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a corporeal and emotional level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile and insightful. Mercury is about short trips: a visit to a neighbor or a friend across town, the workaday commute, and a weekend getaway.

Siblings and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Dialogue, writing, books, online communications and learning are all within Mercury’s domain. This Planet implores us to express ourselves often — and well. Because Mercury rules messages and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde. Conversations might be more problematic, as crossed signals and unclear meanings confuse normally straightforward discussions. Still, with a little thoughtfulness and contemplation, you’ll get your point across.

Similarly, be prepared with a back-up plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, remain calm and make the best of it. Who knows — you might not have met that fascinating new person in the airport lobby or bus stop if you had taken your flight or driven to work…


Remember, we can use this powerful energy in positive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renew, repair, review, renegotiate, and research…

In general, Mercury rules thoughtfulness and awareness, processing and propagating information and all means of communication, commerce and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and speakers, reporters and censors, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves.

“Mercury retro in Pisces creates mental and emotional confusion, with strange dreams sometimes psychic experiences.  Mental process being entwined with emotions, we find it hard to separate ideas and opinions from passion and idealism.  Our mental orientation can be unstable, unrealistic and overly-spiritual but it also inclines to laziness and increases the urge to consume alcohol. Nervousness and stress even unfounded fears and paranoia are stimulated especially from working or living in hostile environment inclines to a sharp, sarcastic tongue.”


Maintain confidentiality and self-respect in the working environment and do not try to read between the lines, when there is really nothing to find.” Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misinterpretations; inconsistent, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and   trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.

When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more introspective and we tend to think about issues and concern that relate to the sign involved. There is, however, an opportunity to gain insight into one’s own ego.  Mercury sets out to rearrange our thinking processes and for many of us this is agonizing and exasperating. Moreover, these experiences reveal flaws in our internal organization as well as our external planning, which can make us feel imprudent and insufficient.  All areas of communication are affected. Methods and motivation for education, communication and transportation are subject to difficulties under this aspect. It brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds. Documents can go astray. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often. The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: meditate, contemplate, edit the book/poem/song/essay you’ve been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, and catch up on sleep!

Since, mercury is a very slow moving planet and it effect almost all planetary signs .It is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through the wick.  Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant the psalm 70 every single night.  This period will last for 3 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.  This will allow friendly communications as well as understandings in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until March 26.



Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the desired result is depended upon the quality of intention, and when it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be. The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but it is a powerful source of energy I have chosen two mantras for you during this mercury retrograde:

“Om Budhaya Namaha”

(Om Bood-han-yah Nahm-ah-ha)

“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of planet mercury”

This mantra is used to achieve mental clarity, to avoid and overcome misunderstandings and keep friendly communications flowing.

Please note everyone has Pisces somewhere in their chart, those that will be affected the most during this transitional period is mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini).  This means those with mutable signs such as the sun or the moon or even ascendants will be affected.


These are general tendencies, perhaps you will feel the push or pull perhaps not but to find out how this retrograde will affect you, I would suggest you make a an appointment with my recommended adviser Leslie Hale (here) or get in touch with any of my recommended astrologers (here).

I am not an astrologer nor do I claim to be Vedic readings are focused and geared to show you the emphasis of actions and reactions and uses sun and the moon sign as a ground work giving you the best possibilities.  This is so that you can make your own free will decision and it is not influenced by another rather what is in your best interest.

Take this time to nap, relax and enjoy the slowness and ahhh later..

For those that are fixed signs (Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo and Taurus) please remember you will feel the effects of Saturn even if you are not a Scorpio.  You may read about this period here.  And others are still being affected by the Lunar Eclipse in November 2012. Read more about it here



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