With the Moon transiting Aquarius for most of the day, the atmosphere is electrified, our feeling nature is stimulated, the pace feels hectic and the mood is unpredictable. After her ingress to Pisces at 6:39 pm EDT we can lay back, relax and rewind. Mercury stations retrograde at 24:21 Aries at 4:47 pm EDT. He will turn direct on April 24 at 12:54 Aries. The shadow period stretches from March 17 to May 11. Mercury retracing his steps corresponds to a time of reviewing our activities and rethinking initiatives or how we initiate action and assert ourselves. Ceres’ conjunction to Chiron in Pisces starts a new cycle of nourishing awareness of the wounding and healing principle in our lives (a headline on msn per example reads “9 dead after infection outbreak [Pisces] in Alabama hospitals – Patients were treated with contaminated intravenous feeding bags [Ceres], which the product maker had to pull off the market [Mercury rx]; another headline reads “British singer Lilly Allen is fuming after details of her upcoming wedding were leaked [Pisces] – she vowed to track down whoever went public with their invitation and to ban them from the ceremony [Merc rx – invitation canceled]). A semi-square between Jupiter in Aries and Neptune in Aquarius that’s perfecting today exposes misjudgment and wrong expectations. It moreover refers to a lack of direction, to disorientation and misleading and unrealistic beliefs.
Personally, since the early afternoon I have a hard time to focus on anything. My mind seems to have come to a standstill together with Mercury stationing in the sky. When I saw my reflection in the mirror this morning I was shocked at how sick I look once again when I had hoped to have made it finally through this harsh winter, which doesn’t seem to end. Bummer.
Tarot card of the day is the “Ten of Wands”, suggesting that it’s time to rebalance. It indicates an uphill struggle, overextension, hard work and also that we may feel overburdened or shoulder too much. In regard to Mercury’s retrograde it shows strong determination and a pressing onward based on an overwhelming desire to succeed. During this period we may be inclined to take on too much, try to handle more than we can handle or too many things at once and have problems with delegating.