Brutal Escape from and to the Past: First Mercury Winter/Spring 2020

       Mercury Retrograde 

Aquarius/Pisces/Aquarius

Feb 1 through March 30, 2020

Pre-Progression: February 1 -12, 2020 (Aquarius/Pisces)

Pre-Progression Juncture: Feb 13-15, 2020(Aquarius)

Mercury Retrograde (Station): Feb 16-17, 2020 (Pisces)

Mercury Station Regression: Feb 18-Mar 5, 2020(Pisces)

Mercury Retrograde Juncture: March 6-8 (Pisces)

Mercury Direct: March 9-10(Aquarius)

Post-Regression Juncture: March 11-15(Aquarius)

Post-Juncture: March 16-30 (Aquarius/Pisces )

By Maharani Rutan©

On February 01, 2020, Mercury begins its fast track journey backwards in time through its Pre-Progression period. The slow transit will begin to intensify for 14 days. Thereafter, the pressure of things becoming chaotic is going to be very pronounced on February 15 and 16.

Moving forwards, February 17, 2020, Mercury will be stationed retrograde while transporting with it misunderstanding, missed communications, interruptions, reunions, and forces causing every one of us to think back at our past to see if we made accurate decisions. This planet is a very slow-moving planet; thus, it will go through several stages until it finally clears itself out on March 29, 2020.


If you meet someone new during retrograde it may be very perplexing and slow as you or the other person have strong planets. It may be brief, or that you might reconnect with a someone or something from the past, only to find out after the retrograde phase it was not worth the air or the time. It may be that during the reunion 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 destination.

Mercury in Aquarius could bring positive benefits of career, especially if one is taking a spiritual path, or working in areas of science. But this will only happen with hard work. When Mercury moves into Pisces great success and fame is possible but take care as you could have issues in relationships or with your health.


This retrograde begins its journey in Aquarius, which usually represents friendship and large groups of people, or even organizations, and continues until February 16, 2020. Thereafter it moves backwards in motion until March 29, 2020 in the sign of Pisces which is our spiritual nature.

A planet is defined as retrograde when it looks as if is moving backwards through the zodiac. This old perception ascends in the deceptive planetary motion created by the orbital turning of the earth relative to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never truly retrograde or stationary, they just appear that way.


Although it may seem that this will be a horrible journey, keep in mind that for every window that closes another one opens. This extraordinary retrograde period as it joins with Venus in Pisces (according to VPAT). When Venus (a feminine planet) is in Pisces it is vibrant. Venus in Pisces gives the possibility of looking past imperfection and there is a drive to the arts. For couples, the relationship must be very romantic or spiritual as it is the closest energy to the universe.

To truly understand the energy is to understand there will be certain areas that will have to be revisited. It is important to visit the areas which are being recalled from the times of February and March of 2007, when Mercury retrograde was at the closest degree as it will be during this time. Some the issues were from Virginia Tech’s campus shooting which resulted in calls for gun control that could be seen again. As the bird flu cause an epidemic, now the coronavirus flu has caused alarms across the world.


I also would not be surprised if tornadoes hit the areas of Missouri and Alabama. On the other hand, there is so much volatile energy that I would not be surprised if there is a fan brawl that occurs at a public sporting event. Also, did you know that Rudy Giuliani filed papers in 2007 for the candidacy for the Presidency? That should make some go hmm. We could also find out some new front runners (possibly Republican) could announce a late candidacy. However, we must keep in mind the retrograde is geared towards Aquarius/Pisces, which is innovation and spirituality. It also speaks of humanity and freedom.

I also would not be at all surprised if Jerusalem (spiritual city) and St. Petersburg become international headlines. Additionally, Russia, Iran, Vatican City, North Africa, and Normandy may make the news in one way or the other.


Retrograde periods, although often thought-provoking for us individuals, are not principally 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 express. Communication, thoughtfulness, and realization are all within Mercury’s domain, as are perception and balance, our manner of philosophy, and how we create and express our thought processes.

A mercurial nature recalls agitation and motion. Mercury is about a speedy wit, rational, possibilities, feelings, thinking, and the ability to justify things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be revitalizing!


This Planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get responses on both a physical and demonstrative level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both supple and perceptive. Mercury is about short outings; a social call to a neighbor or a friend across town, the workday travel, or a weekend escape.

We can use this influential energy in positive ways. Everyone is going to be affected; Saturn, a planet of difficult lessons, is in Capricorn May 2020, then it will retrograde. It is work related and about hard lessons wherever Saturn positions itself. In the middle of it all, the full moon in Leo/Cancer will bring some long-due family emotions followed by the new moon in Pisces where something will definitely end.


Relatives and passages are also within Mercury’s dominion, along with discussion, writing, books, online communications, and learning. This Planet pleads us to prompt ourselves often — and well. Because Mercury rules communications and transportation, these two areas are most predisposed during a Mercury Retrograde. Discussions might be more difficult, as crossed signals and uncertain meanings complicate normally frank discussions. Still, with a little reflection and review, you’ll get your point across.

Similarly, be prepared with a backup plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, remain calm and make the best of it. 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 contemplation and consciousness, processing and circulating information and all means of communication, trade, and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their thoughts or their wits: writers and speakers, reporters and censors, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves.

Maintain privacy and dignity in the working environment and do not try to read between the lines when there is really nothing to find. When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more meditative, and we tend to think about issues and concerns 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.

As Mercury always causes problems for many it is imperative that we are aware of restrictions in our lives and be mindful of things that need our attention. Since Mercury will move between two different signs, two sets of predictions will be allocated.


What I am bringing to you is not western or eastern astrology, rather, this is Vedic Philosophical Ayurvedic Theories which relies on probability and mathematical inferences. Do not mistake this for Astrology, rather probabilities and the use of each sign as a characteristic. These are general predisposition. If you are looking for a personal probability you may want to consult either with a Western or a Vedic Astrologer. Some are located on my link page here.

I will begin the probabilities for those that will be affected the most and are prominent to change.


Aquarius and Pisces

Aquarius is known to be a sign of innovation and technology, thus when Mercury goes retrograde there is bound to be time for issues of technology glitches, forcing many people to find different ways of resolution. But through this, good things can happen to; new networks can be developed, and you will find a way to acclimatize to manufacturer modifications. However, when it moves into Pisces, we are treading in a whole new world. This will not be a material or technological world, rather, a spiritual one. Pisces is known as one of the most intuitive signs but during the retrograde period there will be plenty of guesswork and messages could very well be dissimulated. During retrograde there is bound to be confusion and trust issues within yourself and others.


Aquarius:

Mercury in Aquarius: Misunderstandings, others judging you

Mercury in Pisces: Issues regarding finances and discontent at home

Advice: Self-motivation and spending time with good friends are possibilities. Fire and Earth signs could help you get happy, quickly.


Pisces:

Mercury in Aquarius: Unreliable friendships and unnecessary worries.

Mercury in Pisces: Over committing. If things were bad in your relationship during the last retrograde, this time could see things get better.

Advice: Reflect but don’t overdo. Be easy on yourself and relax. A water or earth sign can show you how to relax.


Gemini, Sagittarius and Virgo

Dearest Gemini, as Mercury is your ruler the glitches that happen during Mercury retrograde is only a way for the universe to prevent you from double guessing so much. This is time to fine tune yourself by figuring out a different way of doing things. Remember, you are not a winner when things are too hectic. But since you like to talk so much, you might find glitches with your phone or other things you use to communicate. So, what will you do now? Why not ask a Sagittarius how they feel when things slow down for them? Since they are always in a hurry there could be issues with their transportation, and if they take too long getting ready, they could even miss their connection. This is a time for Sagittarius to also slow down and breathe the fresh air and walk for a change. But that is not a problem with Virgo as they always have a back-up plan. What will irritate them is that things will be inconsistent for them, such as things they do day in and out. They are meticulous with organization and having things be reliable and consistent. The best advise that a Virgo can give to Gemini and Sagittarius is to just breathe and stay very grounded.

Gemini:

Mercury in Aquarius: Delays in legal issues, relationship misunderstandings and contracts.

Mercury in Pisces: Lethargy, pessimism, and procrastination.

Advice: Refocus and keep a straight and narrow path. Success at work is possible. If you want things to work out in your favor, ask a fire sign to give you the drive you need.

Sagittarius:

Mercury in Aquarius: Communication mishaps, over commitments.

Mercury in Pisces: Worries regarding career, overly emotional.

Advice: If you are going somewhere give yourself extra time, keep your composure and be true to a loved one. If you want to keep grounded during this time, call out to your earth sign friends who will make sure you do the right thing.

Virgo:

Mercury in Aquarius: Health issues, legal issues, and minor repairs.

Mercury in Pisces: Unnecessary arguments in relationships, and work colleagues taking advantage of you.

Advice: You may tap into your intuitive abilities which is a positive, but you may become very attached to the moods of others. Talk to a Gemini or an Aquarius about how to detach your emotions.


Taurus, Leo Scorpio

By association, Aquarius is your brother. This means you could very well have Aquarius and Pisces somewhere in your chart and you will be indirectly affected. Mercury will cause disturbances in the characters of Taurus. You are the most considerate sign and often put on a mask when you are angry. Hence, during retrograde it may be that you are not making rational decisions and your temper is on the rise. If you do, you will see you are hurting people that you care about. Ask a Leo what it is like because Leo’s are also very considerate, but they crave to be the center of everything. Their self-esteem relies on the recognition of others. However, when things are not in their control, oh boy. It is so important for Leo’s to have all technologies working, but this time something will be lost. Both of you, however, should take advice from your sister Scorpio. Scorpio is a sign of total adjustment; they are the Phoenix rising and they rise above everything. Even so, Mercury retrograde can make them loose control in many things. One thing Scorpios know is that this shall too pass.

Taurus:

Mercury in Aquarius: Hard work, obligations and agitation

Mercury in Pisces: Unnecessary spending, defensiveness and family issues.

Advice: You may have plenty of mood swings be careful not to make any impulsive decisions right now only because you may feel all is lost try to talk to a fire or a air sign they will lift your spirits.

Leo:

Mercury in Aquarius: Interpersonal relationship issues, including legal or contracts.

Mercury in Pisces: Financial losses, family issues.

Advice: Show some appreciation to those you love and find a central understanding. Agree to disagree and move on. Talk to an earth sign about this and they will be a great help to you.

Scorpio:

Mercury in Aquarius: Family misunderstandings, impatience with elderly members of your family.

Mercury in Pisces: Demands from children, health issues, and incurring losses through investments.

Advice: When you feel nothing is working out as you have planned it may actually work to your advantage. Be ready to rebuild something. If you are not sure what it is, talk to a water sign for directions.


Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra

Though some of you can be irritated with Mercury it is not something you haven’t dealt with before. Capricorns are notorious in planning things yet when they don’t want to do anything they just may not. This is because there may be a great dependence on things that are not in your control, such as work you cannot do or are not capable of like your computer, or a roof leak. Then again, if you ask your brother Aries, they take initiative in everything, they do things fast and they want things fast. So, when they are speeding along a road that they are familiar with and now the road is closed what do they do? Have you seen an Aries’ temper? Your patience will be tested, especially on the road, Aries. The more you push your anger the more it will work against you. Go slowly while you are driving, and there are bound to be travel delays. Then again, try to ask your Cancer buddy how they drive. As I have always said, Cancers are very moody, but Mercury retrograde will pour them uncontrollable moodiness and often when you are crabby you go into your shell or hide from others. This time however, there could be confrontation when you hide in your shell. Be kind to yourself, Dear Cancer. You remember the loving side of yourself. If you get lost, ask a Libra how to balance that energy. Then again, they too will be affected. Libras need friendship to survive. Hence, their communication skills are not at their best. Because you don’t like to burn bridges Libra, do not be surprised when people come out of the woods, even exes. If you decide to take them back, go back to the past and rewind the tape.

Capricorn:

Mercury in Aquarius: Misunderstandings in money and love.

Mercury in Pisces: Misunderstandings with finances.

Advice: Enjoy your time with friends and know that your hard work will be recognized in time. Ask an Air sign or an Earth sign what it is like to continue to move forward when facing adversity.

Aries:

Mercury in Aquarius: Uncertain future, disagreements, and delays.

Mercury in Pisces: Silence is not your friend, family issues, and moodiness.

Advice: This is a time to surround yourself with people that make you laugh and help you through a new way of thinking. Talk to an Air sign or Fire sign, perhaps they can put a fire in your life.

Cancer:

Mercury in Aquarius: Misunderstanding in money, love, and especially in communications.

Mercury in Pisces: Moodiness and clumsiness.

Advice: Appreciate those who contribute in your life in every aspect. Find a working solution. Talk to an Air sign or an Earth sign to help you find it.

Libra

Mercury in Aquarius: Misunderstanding with family, spouse or partner, and health

Mercury in Pisces: Bad luck and work life may be challenging .

Advice: Appreciate who mean something to you and do not be critical as it is not that important to create conflicts. Talk to another Libra they can help see through things.


Please not the predispositions given above are based on VPAT predictions and not to be mistaken for an individual horoscope or guaranteed transits. I suggest you speak to an astrologer for your individual impact.

All areas of communication are pretentious. Approaches and inspiration for education, communication, and transportation are subject to snags 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 affects almost all planetary signs, it is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through it to 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 but following my suggestions will allow for friendly communications as well as understandings in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until March 30th.

Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the desired result is dependent upon the quality of intention. The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. I have chosen one mantra for you during this Mercury retrograde:


“Aum bram brim braum sah budhaya namah”

(Om brom brim brauum sah Budh yaNahm-ah-ha)

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


Please note that everyone has Pisces somewhere in their chart. Those that will be affected the most during this transitional period are 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.

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 they use the sun and moon signs as groundwork to give you the best possibilities. This is so you can make your own free will decision and it is not influenced by another, rather, it is what is in your best interest.

Namaste

Maharani Rutan©


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