Today Mercury stations retrograde at 26º Aquarius, and it will station direct at 11º Aquarius on February 21. Mercury retrograde periods are a time of reflection and review, particularly in terms of communication, the transmission of ideas, how we access and process information, how we articulate our perspectives, as well as the movements of material goods and travel. During these periods, things often do not go according to plan. It is best to use this time to read and re-read, take the time to develop multiple possible plans and contingencies, holding off making final decisions or determinations—because you very likely will not have all the information that you need in order to come to such conclusions—and practice listening more closely, especially when miscommunication happens. Look to the area of your chart occupied by Aquarius to determine what part of your life is potentially undergoing review. During this retrograde cycle, Mercury will make a clarifying conjunction with the Sun on February 8, a challenging square with Mars in Taurus on February 10, a supportive conjunction with Venus on February 13, and an affirming conjunction with Jupiter on February 14. While we won’t fully gather or understand all the details of this retrograde until after Mercury stations direct, this period from February 13-14 when Mercury is enclosed by the benefics could describe stumbling into helpful conversations or supportive connections, even if we don’t yet fully understand how we got there or what their influence will be.
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