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Mercury Retrograde 2019 and Your Chart

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Mercury Retrograde 2019 and Your Chart

We are coming out of Mercury Retrograde as I write this in April 2019 and you will have finished the cycle on April 18th. Which area of your life has been stuck or subject to change? Which area of your life has been affected by human error, equipment breaking down, or transport issues?  I published this on 2nd January 2019, so you had plenty of notice. I hope you had Plan B, C and D throughout this messy, muddled period which began on February 20th.

You can use Mercury Retrograde to predict news headlines, months before they happen, if you know the cycle secrets. Check here to see how Mercury Retrograde February-April 2019 panned out with $1 billion Midwest floods and a tax question for Meghan and Prince Harry. Remember this?

Backwards and Forwards With Mercury

Mercury Shadow Peterborough Court London 600x600 - Mercury Retrograde 2019 and Your ChartThis is a famous sculpture of Mercury going backwards and forwards in time – at the same time. At the end of this feature, you can find out how to join me on a walking tour of London in Summer 2019 (or pick up the podcast for a self-guided astrology London tour later on) so you can see how Mercury and other horoscope factors are secretly coded into the old capital.

This sculpture is also a good reminder of how this cycle functions. Just think of two journalists, or two computers, or two emails, or two television news broadcasts – moving in the wrong direction. In your own life, as we’ll see in a moment (if your personal birth chart is affected) there may be conflicted plans involving an apartment sale, or a new lover in 2019. Mercury Retrograde is the classic ‘flip-flop’ decision you tend to get from people who do not know their own mind – or cannot make up their minds. Mercury rules thought. When retrograde or going forwards, stopping, going backwards, stopping, going forwards – over old ground – you can see the results!

Mercury Retrograde is notorious for coinciding with referendum results that never stick; votes that are declared null and void; petitions that come to nothing; new cars that have to be sent back for repairs; audio records that need to be re-recorded and so on. I am sure you know the score if you are a Premium Member. Yet – it is important that you get the dates right for 2019, particularly if you are making plans for your finances, house, charity, business or apartment later on – and have Scorpio factors.

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Check your chart now. If you have factors at 23-29 Cancer in your Fourth House of property, then I’ll give you insider tips about your house, apartment, vacation accommodation, family or household in a moment. If you have factors at 0-4 Leo I will have information about the children in your world, and sexual relationships which may end in parenthood, or step-parenthood. Both these cycles are due in 2019 and your chart may be triggered.

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If you have Scorpio factors at 11 through 27 degrees then the issue for you will be mortgage and marriage, sex and money, property and family or legacy and inheritance. Again, I’ll show you specific dates ahead to watch out for at the end of 2019.

Do You Have Factors at 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Cancer?

You will be dealing with delays, reversals, retractions, transport or travel obstacles, people changing their minds, possible deception and backwards-forwards progress – with your house, flatmate, roommate, relative, apartment, home town and/or homeland in 2019. The dates are June 20th to 27th, which begins the process – then Mercury Retrograde continues between July 20th and August 11th.

This is peak time for holidays and vacations from New York to London so be aware of the potential for issues and follow the Mercury Retrograde rules. Get it in writing, read the fine print and have Plan B and C.

Be extremely cautious if you are buying or selling property or investing in the same, as if you have factors at 23-29 Cancer then starting in January 2020, you are set to experience Pluto at 23-29 Capricorn right opposite and Saturn at 22-29 Capricorn, also right opposite. Jupiter at 23-29 Capricorn and Ceres at 23-29 Capricorn complete the picture. The year 2020 is challenging. Go over the small print on all paperwork if it comes up from June 20th to 27th, and seek a second or third opinion you can trust.

Do You Have Factors at 0, 1,2, 3, 4  Degrees of Leo?

You will be dealing with delays, reversals, retractions, perhaps broken promises, rescheduling, transport/travel obstacles and backwards-forwards progress in 2019. It will involve pregnancy, births, Christenings, adoption, stepchildren, godchildren, young relatives, sexual relationships which may end in parenthood – and specifically, the children or young adults you must mentor, guide, teach, train, inspire or set an example to. Leo rules the King or Queen and his/her heirs to the throne.

Just on the world stage at this time you are going to see major muddle and mess involving the young Royal Family and likely, the young Trumps, as the White House is America’s equivalent to Buckingham Palace. These are the dates to be aware of the potential for chaos. Be aware this is school holiday/vacation time and peak time for holiday romance: June 28th to July 19th, then August 12th to 15th.

Do You Have Factors at Scorpio 11 through 27 Degrees?

This looks like sharemarket chaos on a global scale so unless you know what you are doing and have expert advice on hand, be very careful with assuming share prices are fixed, final or firm – from October 12th to December 8th. This may also affect currency exchange rates if you are travelling to another country, and exchange pounds/dollars/euros.

We always have to put Mercury Retrograde in context and he is now in Scorpio, the sign which rules sex and money, marriage and mortgage, property and family, legacy and inheritance. The big picture of your finances. Life insurance also belongs here.

As Uranus (the revolution) is also in Taurus now – which rules currency and the world economy – in astrology, this looks like a period of great uncertainty and instability. These are the dates: October 12th to December 8th.

What Mercury Retrograde Is Not – The Beginner’s Guide

Mercury Retrograde is (often) not the dates you are shown on Google or on some websites. It goes longer. It starts earlier and ends later. It’s a long loop that involves the post office/mail, your car/bus/train/plane/bike/boat – and the internet. It involves printers, fax machines, signed documents, your telephone and all multimedia, from newspapers to magazines.

These deliver delays, cancellations, standstills or reversals – things come to nothing – depending on your personal birth chart. The rest of the story (which may involve your career, your love life, your apartment, your bank account) depends on the other factors alongside Mercury. You can’t just say it’s generally ‘bad news’ or anything of the kind. Sure, it coincides with huge mistakes and failed negotiations. It was there when the Titanic sank – poor communication on board – and it was also there when Britain tried to do a deal with Hitler on so-called peace. Yet: Mercury is what it is. It is just the written and spoken word, or the short journeys in life, coming to a standstill and reversing. Now, sometimes that can actually be a good thing! The answer for you rests with your whole birth horoscope, including the asteroids. The proof that Mercury Retrograde can also predict world news headlines – just in case you need to check again – is here.

Astrology is Roman – From Bus Station to Train Station

card mercury - Mercury Retrograde 2019 and Your ChartMercury is the Roman messenger of the Gods. Our modern astrology is Roman, exported to Britain about 2000 years ago, then shipped to the rest of the world. Astrology is Latin, so it is at the basis of the English language. We talk about Saturday – that is Saturn’s Day – it comes from astrology.

The term ‘bus station’ or ‘train station’ (which often sees a jam on Mercury Retrograde) owes a lot to the old Roman ‘stationes’ which were relay points, or changeovers, for the message carriers of the old relay postal system, called the Cursus Publicus. This is really what is behind this cycle, as all our knowledge of Mercury comes from Ancient Rome, moving forwards. That makes it essential that we understand how they communicated with each other – how they travelled. All of this is under the rulership of Mercury in astrology. To really understand the cycle, with all its stations, you need to think like an Italian.

Mercury – Standing Still and Making Stations

When Mercury in astrology stands still, it makes what is known as a station, even today. That is when things can come to a standstill. Why? Often because someone was not telling the truth, or because there was a change of mind. Mercury comes to a dead halt in your horoscope and instead of moving forward, as he should – he is frozen. That is when life freezes up too.

Mercury has always been associated with tricks, lies and theft, and there is a good reason for that. In general, on Mercury Retrograde, the chances of having difficulties with thieves or liars increase. It’s not always the case (your personal birth chart will reveal that) but it happens often enough that you need to be aware of the risks on the cycle.

On the old Roman postal system – the Cursus Publicus – there was a great deal of fraud, theft and forgery. Pliny the Elder and Trajan both wrote about it. Beyond actual deception it is very common to see people changing their minds and going back on their word. This is why I always tell you – as a Premium Member – to ‘get it in writing, read the fine print and have Plan B.’

Why Mercury Triggers Vehicle Issues – Cars, Trains, Planes

The Cursus Publicus – the old method of getting news around the Roman Empire – was also known as the Cursus Vehicularis in Ancient Rome. It even had a fast lane and slow lane. This is where the idea of ‘vehicle slowdown’ and ‘vehicle breakdown’ comes from on Mercury Retrograde.

The fast lane of the Cursus Publicus was called Cursus Velox (from which we get the world velocity, today). The fast version had horses and mules – the slow version had oxen to carry the messages. Researchers agree the typical speed  of the Roman Imperial Post was about 50 miles or 80 kilometres per day. If you update that for the 21st century, you’re talking emails and social media. FedEx couriers are in there too, but the worldwide web as a whole is ruled by Mercury.

The word ‘notepaper’ today and associated ideas with Mercury Retrograde, like note-taking, and notes, comes to us from the old Latin word ‘notarii’ meaning clerks, secretaries and shorthand-takers who were involved in the Cursus Publicus. You can read more about this in Ruling the Later Roman Empire, by Professor Christopher Kelly.

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Dating Agencies, Travel Agents, Real-Estate Agents

The old Roman term for the messengers of 4th to 7th century Roman government was ‘agentes in rebus’ and that word lives on today as – agents. All kinds of agents can produce all kinds of delays or reversals on the Mercury Retrograde cycle.

If you have standstills involving literary agents, employment agencies, real-estate agents and so on,  it’s really no surprise. This may be Tinder, for example, if you call that your dating agency. I used to have my books represented by the literary agents Curtis Brown in London and Sydney. Curtis Brown authors would  refuse to sign contracts on Mercury Retrograde. True story! If you see the word ‘agent’ used in any context on Mercury Retrograde, be aware of the potential for wasted time or money.

How Astrology is Wired Into Life Today

Astrology is wired into modern life because of the global dominance of the English language, which comes to us from the Latin used and loved by the Ancient Romans who settled in Britain. The Roman passion for astrology and their firm faith in Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the rest – are the foundation on which Britain was built.

From there, after the Middle Ages revival in astrology, English was shipped to the world (and so were what we now call horoscopes). It’s amazing to think that on every single Mercury Retrograde today, Millennials from Brooklyn to Boston are talking about the issues with their phones or computers. But – they are talking about a phenomenon that is 2000+ years old.

Mercury Retrograde and History

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For the Romans, and later on, for the artists of the Renaissance, Mercury was so real, he looked human. Only his winged sandals gave him away as being the courier of Jupiter and the rest. These ancient ideas are woven into the fabric of Britain and have made it as far away as Sydney, where Mercury stands at the entrance of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

In Ancient Rome, the horoscope ruled. In fact, Emperor Augustus was so obsessed with astrology, he famously put the zodiac sign Capricorn – thought to be prominent in his horoscope on the currency. Dr. Helen Jacobus (University College, London) is a friend of mine, a brilliant researcher and speaker, and she has explained this story well on the BBC website.

“The images on Roman coins are key records from the Empire, and Augustus created several that featured the goat-fish, Capricorn, possibly because it was the zodiac sign connected with his conception, or because the moon was in Capricorn when he was born.”

The Word ‘Stat’ and Mercury – From Stations to Stationery

This is where modern life meets history in the middle – with astrology – as when Mercury Retrograde takes place, we have problems with stationery and also with bus stations and train stations. In any office, the Stationery Cupboard is usually where issues begin on this cycle: it is the sticky yellow notes that fall off the desk, which can create a chain of muddle. It is the envelopes that are mailed without stamps, as well. If you find yourself stationary, at the train station, on this cycle – with the wrong-sized stationery in your bag, you may actually experiencing a Mercury Retrograde Station.

The root word ‘stat’ can be found in statistics, too, which Mercury rules. Correspondence in Ancient Rome was delivered by people called statores. They were also called tabellari. So, the ‘stat’ in stations, stationery and stationary has a long history. When it comes to the tabellari, that core word ‘tab’ can be found – literally – on the ‘Tab’ key on some old typewriters. We also link it to the ‘tab’ in tables, of course – and particularly bus or train timetables. You may even have a computer tablet.

Latin is at the heart of the modern English-speaking world and astrology is wired into it. When we talk about the old Italian god Mercury appearing to stand still or move backwards, we’re really thinking like a Roman. The Mercury Retrograde phenomenon is modern. Perhaps it has spread virally on the internet because it specifically concerns the internet. Yet the core meaning of all that we associate with Mercury goes back to the statores and the tabellari.

Mercury’s Muted Messages

When Mercury changes direction – moving backwards through the zodiac sign by degrees – we are also watching something the Romans would have understood, trying to use their version of the internet and the airport – the Cursus Publicus – on such cycles. The change-stations on the long relay of messengers on the roads that led to Rome were called mutationes. They stood about 1.5 kilometres apart.

I am sure you can see the root of the words ‘mutable’ there. Even in astrology today, a mutable zodiac sign describes a person who is changeable.

Turning to a trusty old copy of The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary  I can find ‘mute’ still in use 2000 years later. To be mute, of course, is to silent. When we are hacked, or have laptop problems, we are muted. Mercury Retrograde often mutes the message. This is why we associate the cycle, sometimes, with sore throats, just as it is linked to faulty microphones.

In general, Mercury Retrograde is about all the important affairs of government, across the world – and the sharemarkets – in flux for a number of weeks. It has nothing to do with a teenage astrology fan on Twitter ‘feeling the energies’ at all. It is about genuine chain-reactions of chaos. Global. Like a $1 billion Midwest American flood. Or a chaotic British exit from Europe.

Emperor Augustus was the most famous astrology fan of his time. He founded a state transport organisation which conveyed officials, goods and money. That’s the wraparound outcome of Mercury Retrograde. Sometimes it’s extreme weather, sometimes it’s an extreme situation, but the cycle creates a domino effect.

Tip: Watch this with property prices if Mercury Retrograde will go over your Cancer factors, and with finance in general, if Mercury Retrograde will go over your Scorpio factors in 2019. This is where the national or global may become personal.

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Curses and Cursive Handwriting

In Rome, runners with messages were known as ‘cursores.’ You can find out more about these young messengers in Traffic and Congestion in the Roman Empire, by Cornelis van Tilburg. From these old, real-life versions of Mercury the messenger of the gods, today we also have ‘cursive’ handwriting, which we learn at school – handwriting without lifting the pen. A curt message is a short message. When a bicycle courier in his late teens delivers a package today and you create a digital signature, you are receiving and leaving a curt message, to what the Romans would have called a ‘cursore.’ I am sure you can see the connection with the word ‘curse’ as well. And we do all curse Mercury Retrograde, most of the time. Curses were a normal part of Roman-British language and life, about 2000 years ago. In fact, you can still find some of the curses/messages in Bath at the Temple of Minerva.

Drug Smuggling and Mercury Retrograde

Mercury can be associated with drug smugglers too – and when we talk about drug ‘mules’ being arrested, we are unconsciously echoing the Romans, who used mules on their Cursus Publicus.

As I write this on April 5th 2019, a date-stamped prediction I made on this website on 2nd January has come true, as the Mercury Retrograde in Pisces cycle has come to pass. The forecast of “A huge Asia-related drug-smuggling bust” unfolded on March 28th, some three months later. The Vietnamese arrest of a Chinese man carrying 300 kilograms of heroin made news.

What Happens in Mercury Retrograde’s Relay?

If Mercury is a horoscope symbol of a messenger – a courier, postal worker, switchboard operator, secretary – or even of a piece of worldwide web technology – what happens on Mercury Retrograde Station?

This really explains how the whole process works. The Cursus Publicus of Rome was a relay-messenger system, spaced out along the famous Roman roads which covered the whole empire.

It relied on horses, mules or oxen – and human beings – in a chain which could get stuck further up the line. Why? Lame horse. Sick messenger. Messenger bribery and corruption – perhaps, the theft of a document set to be collected.

STAMP 1 - Mercury Retrograde 2019 and Your ChartThe Cursus Publicus (pictured left) appropriately enough, pictured on a postage stamp here, shows the wheels that spin (or get stuck) 2000 years ago. Today those wheels can be the frustrating ‘spinning pizzas’ when there is a problem with your computer.

What we have here, on this stamp, is a Mercury Station. A stop. Now, imagine if this is part of a chain of communication or transport today. Picture a ‘station’ or long pause, up the line. The relay is disrupted. One message is moving forwards, but there is no guarantee it can go further. Why? News is already coming back down the chain, that there is a problem ahead. We associate Mercury with rumours and gossip. This phenomenon is well-known on Wall Street on Mercury Retrograde. Just remember, if you are watching the markets – the 1929 crash proved to us that the chaos begins and ends with a shadow. Mercury moves over the same zodiac sign and degree, where he will shortly get stuck or go backwards. There is also a post-shadow, after the event, when he likewise retraces his steps. Given that Mercury rules merchants and merchandise, it’s not hard to see how things can escalate.

How Mercury Retrograde Works Down the Line

As we’ve seen – the Romans who gave us our modern astrology today – used a relay system, refreshing horses and riders at various stops on their roads. Update this  idea for the internet and the ‘broken signal’ or weak link in the chain may actually be a planning disruption in the future, affecting the present.

It’s a really smart move to allow for people who are generally indecisive, changeable or perhaps unreliable – on this cycle. Chances are, you’ll find your fixed, firm and final plans involving the internet, multimedia, paperwork and so on, are in flux.

About 2000 years ago (to make you feel better) we also find issues about a courier’s reliability. Sempronius never receives a letter from his brother Maximus, for example, because it is lost or stolen.

A messenger or agent for Emperor Augustus trying to get news from Rome to Naples on horseback may have set out well enough, only to have chaos coming in the other direction as a horse may have died, further up the line, or a young messenger may have walked off the job. This is exactly what Mercury does over the whole Mercury Retrograde cycle.

The Mercury Retrograde Cycle in Pisces – February to April 2019

I hope this is starting to explain the past for you, in terms of your personal birth chart, as well as the future. (Chances are, any time you had chaos in your life involving Officeworks, Kinkos or similar – Mercury was at large).

Using the Mercury Retrograde cycle of 16-29 Pisces between February 2oth and April 17th as an example we can see how things fall apart from the very start.

Mercury began to move across 16-29 degrees of that zodiac sign, only to ‘station’ or get stuck at the same degree (29 Pisces) from March 3rd through 8th. Mercury then moved backwards. His next station, or standstill, was at 16 Pisces. That took place March 25th to April 2nd, right at the peak of the Brexit shambles in the House of Commons in London. The leak in the roof was a clue. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, and Neptune rules water.

Mercury moved like this, February-April 2019: just one look (below) and you can see why the whole cycle, from start to finish, needs to be used when you predict the future. We call the first and last stage of the cycle Mercury Retrograde Shadow or Mercury Retroshadow.

Tip: Do not complicate matters by trying to fix things on the Mercury Retrograde cycle – particularly by adding more meetings, letters, emails, text messages, contracts, debates, press releases, negotiations, travel plans, new computer, phone or vehicle purchases – you are swimming against the tide of this notorious cycle. Far better to keep life simple and the stakes low.

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces 2019

You can see how negotiations, debates, discussion, plans start normally enough as Mercury goes across Pisces 16, 17, 18 and so on, reaching 28 degrees of that sign. Yet, rather like the Roman messenger on horseback who is already receiving gossip/rumours of a lame horse, or missing colleague, further up the road – things are off to a shaky start.

Tip: If you have Pisces factors at 16-29 in your own personal birth chart, you may recall February-April 2019 as a time when matters which were private, deeply personal, spiritual, religious – about your very soul – went backwards and forwards. Why? Pisces rules the Twelfth House of your chart where you deal with God, the angels and your personal demons too. Correct?

Pisces 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Pisces 29, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29
Pisces 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17
Pisces 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16
Pisces 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

For more on the Mercury Retrograde phenomenon see Mercury Retroshade Explained.

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Join me for a podcast featuring acclaimed bestselling author Tobsha Learner – to discover Mercury, and other astrological landmarks, through London’s history. Take the walk too, in a special August 2019 London event. You can enrol for The Sun Sign School on this website from April 23rd to find out more – the guided tour this summer is exclusive to Sun Sign School students. The podcast will be available for download, if you wish to take a self-guided astrology walk around London, later.

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37 Responses

  1. Hi Jessica,
    Ive been through and am going through one of the toughest times in my life regarding family and property. I have planet at the degrees you mentioned in Cancer, Leo and Scorpio. I am hoping you can provide some clarity as at the moment Im at my wits end just trying to stay calm to get through day by day as Im up against a hostile deceptive brother and on a separate issue a hostile daughter who blames me for her life falling apart and again to do with property.
    As a premium member, I check in with you every day for anything that can help but I sometimes struggle to make sense of my chart especially when it comes to the asteroids.
    (Cancer sun 3, 1957)
    Cancer Venus 22’44
    Leo Mars 2
    Leo Uranus 5
    Scorpio Proserpina 13
    Scorpio NN 18

    Warmest Regards,

    1. Thanks Marie. Your brother and daughter are problems, that is clear. This can and does get better. It might help you to know that you are going through the double North Node in Leo, and North Node in Cancer cycle. One after the other. This can only happen once every 19 years and you just finished the Leo cycle with your daughter (the worst is over) and are now in the Cancer cycle with your brother – and the whole family actually. The North Node is about karma from previous lives. You all agreed on a soul contract between lives, and have been born again to deal with some very old, difficult issues that come from all you did and said before! This is why even a trivial thing will seem so highly emotional for you. It’s not the actual event or the words used, it’s the trigger. In astrology, the Node cycle goes back, back, back in time. (In fact, Stonehenge was set up partly to record that Node cycle, as it mattered even to people thousands of years ago). So take a deep breath. This does not last. You are in the thick of it now. The North Node leaves Cancer for good on May 6th 2020. In the meantime, use astrology to avoid important discussions, plans or paperwork involving the family or property when Mercury Retrograde is in Cancer. When Mercury Retrograde is in Leo. When Mercury Retrograde is in Scorpio. Tihs obviously pulls in daughter, brother, house, apartment – the lot. You can use this secret timing to your total advantage. Something that may help is to light a candle and have a quiet word with your spirit guides, or family members in spirit. Explain the problems with daughter and brother and ask for some guidance. You will know it when you see it. They care and just need to be asked. This is karma and so will be of concern to ancestors.

  2. I only have one factor in Pisces, Proserpina at 17° Pisces 37′ 50″. As I have mentioned in my previous comments, I have been struggling with relationships with my family members. Not just my adult daughters, but also my spouse who lives and works in a different part of the country. You are correct, I have complicated matters by trying to fix things during the Mercury Retrograde cycle – particularly by sending emails and text messages to my spouse, even when I should have taken your advice and lay low. I got impatient and messed up. I have learned the power of retrograde the hard way. I do have a trip planned to visit my spouse after the mercury retrograde cycle ends in April, but since he has stopped communication with me completely, I am uncertain if I should even go, or if he would want me to go visit him. What do you see for me based on my chart? Do you see any resolve for me and my spouse after the mercury retrograde cycle is over? You did say I will get a final clearance in terms of relocation when Jupiter and Ceres both go across 25 Sagittarius in November 2019, not sure if the two (relocation and my relationship with my spouse) are connected.
    Sincere thanks!!!

    1. You have problems with your family and partner. You have been trying to fix them with Mercury Retrograde (backwards communication) in the sign of Pisces, which rules the family, your house, apartment and home life – using your regular Sun Sign chart. Try not to add anything more to this situation until you are clear of the whole cycle, from April 18th. This is a bigger story than just Mercury Retrograde, though. I don’t know if the opportunity to travel or relocate later in 2019 is connected to your love and sex life or not. That is really up to you. You could move alone, for example, or find a new lover and move with him or her. This kind of question really depends on the birth chart of your spouse and I don’t have that. Can I suggest you use your Astrology Oracle cards and also your Tarot cards, which come with membership, to go into these very personal questions for yourself? They work. I use them all the time at events. If you don’t have his chart, or your children’s charts, for me to see – that’s the best way.

  3. Hello Jessica,
    Great article on Mercury Retrograde. I was born on Mercury Retrograde, does it mean anything for me?
    Actually I have 7 retrogrades in my chart…
    Thank you!

    1. Maria, you were born with Mercury Retrograde in Libra in your Seventh House, which reveals the kind of relationship you have with your former, current and potential partners. Also anyone against you. Mercury shows that you engage in a lot of talk, emails, letters, text messages, phone calls and so on, with these people. Yet – at certain times of year – it all gets stuck or goes backwards. Basically when you have transits in Libra from the Sun, Moon, Mercury himself, Venus and so on – you’ll get a break in communication or connection. Use your journal and learn when the Libra weather passes through (the Sun is always in Libra in the final week of September through to the third week of October, every year). That’s when you may prefer not to try and start membership on a dating website for example, or when you may prefer to avoid talking to your husband or wife, about plans for the pair of you.

  4. This particular cycle is very interesting and frustrating. I have factors at those degrees in Cancer, Leo and Scorpio too. Also issues with greediness around inherited family property, landlords, neighbours and attempting to find a secure base. My brother and I have recently bought a property together. We don’t have any issues with each other. Will the other issues get worse in 2020? I hope not. Would seeking advice from family in spirit help? Thank you.

    1. Definitely have a word with the family in spirit, if you have not already done so. It is amazing how helpful they can be, but spiritual etiquette requires that we ask formally! Your guides will also have the matter in hand. You may want to avoid those Mercury Retrogrades for signatures or big decisions, in general, but particularly the Cancer and Scorpio retrogrades, which rule your property, family and money. I suspect that the North Node in Cancer in your Fourth House is also having an impact as it describes karma, past lives and soul contracts and it is running right through your chart. Something that took place, thematically or symbolically, about 19 years ago must now be settled – karmic closure – which the Node rules.

  5. Hi Jessica when is a good date to sign a tenancy for a new office for me please? Will it prosper and should I go for it?

    1. Wait for Mercury to resume normal motion and finish his long loop in Pisces, on April 18th. From that point forward do all the research you can, as you are moving into a shifting business world and need to be as flexible as possible, because big wheels are about to turn from Wall Street to the London Stock Exchange and this will also pull in the Asian markets too. This has a domino effect on how you run your business so rather than lock yourself in too tightly with your plans you may want to get yourself into a position long-term where you can zig-zag when life zig-zags around you.

  6. Do you think the Boeing debacle surrounding the groundings of the 737 Max 8’s after the Ethiopia Airlines crash in early March has anything to do with the Mercury retrograde? I don’t know anything about the company’s chart, but I’ve been intrigued ever since reading about it, especially since there was so much confusion among airline pilots surrounding the malfunctioning technology, training manuals, etc, as well as shady behavior & deflection from Boeing and the FAA.

    1. It’s an interesting question. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is not really about Boeing so much, but if anyone involved is religious, there would have been quite an unusual situation – perhaps with a priest hearing confession – or some kind of very private battle with one’s soul! The actual airline is ruled by Sagittarius and the Ninth House of holidays, flights and vacations. As Jupiter and Ceres are in Sagittarius (here to clean things up) I suspect there is more to this than meets the eye. In other words there is a bigger problem in that industry and this is just part of it. You can trust Jupiter and Ceres to sort it out by the end of the year.

  7. I’ve got Fortuna 04° Leo 31′ 26″

    I’m going back and forth about having a 4th child. I want to decide by December and I’m overthinking the logistics like car, holidays, bedrooms, attention for other kids etc. one day I’m all in, the next day not so sure!!

    I’m guessing this is a retrograde issue for the whole year and I should just chill on making a decision?

    1. You’ve actually had odd Leo weather across 2017, 2018 so you are now dealing with the aftermath of that. I think the issue is actually one of the other children and you may have had a blind spot about that over the last couple of years. We had a lot of Leo eclipses in the Fifth House of your horoscope, or Aquarius eclipses opposite. They tend to conceal, they never reveal, so you’ve been flying blind, just a little bit. That may be why you are changing your mind now. Something needs to be ‘seen’ in the clear light of day – this is likely to happen from late July through late August.

  8. Jessica, I’m honestly struggling with so much in life right now – from not being paid from my job for 2 months, not being able to find a new job, my grandmother passing away and and and and. I feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Am I correct in saying that this “phase” should pass by mid-April? Or is there more to this?
    I feel like I’m losing my mind

    1. There is more to this than just Mercury Retrograde, although having this alongside Neptune in your horoscope (see another comment) has made it very tricky to feel grounded or certain, sure and secure. This does lift from April 18th – when you say you ‘feel like I’m losing my mind’ you are describing exactly what it feels like to have this cycle in your Twelfth House. The Twelfth House describes your spiritual connection to the universe and what you believe in your heart and soul. I am sure your grandmother passing away has made it very hard to steer straight at this time, yet you will find it so much easier as you go towards May. Not being paid, not finding a new job are separate issues and are your ‘challenge to change’ actually. Once you get to the end of April and particularly next month you will realise you need to be radical. Rather than reaching for what you always do, or returning to old ways of thinking/dealing you are actually better off calling a mini-revolution. You obviously need top level advice about the debt from your employer. Persist.

  9. I have the south node in Pisces at 16….Feb/March were filled with happy times and the saddest. My brother came from overseas and I went south to visit him (my husband joined last minute) while there we visited with my mom in care facility. My husband urged us to look at condos to buy so I figured ‘why not? for the future’…well we bought one overlooking boats! We closed very easily in March ( I know..merc rx but it went so smoothly it was bizarre…one glitch was a refund of $25 they overcharged us in fees) We were so excited…moved some stuff in then went home. One week mom passed away and we headed back down in a sad state :(. So this mercury rx will always be remembered by me 🙁

  10. Dear Jessica,
    I think, 2020 will be a very very hard year to me.
    I have got Sun at 26 Capricorn, Venus at 26 Capricorn, Aesculapia at 29 Capricorn. My work is full of liability and very easy to make a mistake. I haven’t got too much property, and I had a very hard run for my money always in my life.
    Uranus, Psyche at 15 Scorpio, Diana at 17 Scorpio, Vesta at 23 Scorpio. Now I am single, but I so much yearn somebody to love me.
    Mars at 3 Leo and Saturn at 29 Leo. I have got now two ‘nominee’, I think both takes honestly to me. I do not want to make a mistake. I could love both, but one of them is more beloved by my heart. He has got two children, one of them is adult now. No offence meant.
    Would you be so kind to throw a glance at my birth chart?
    I am a wedded reader of your website for 4 or 5 years. It is my favourite leasure. Enlighten me please. Thank you for your answer in advance.

    1. Thank you. Actually 2020 will be amazing for you in the end, as Jupiter (solutions, growth, optimism, rewards, expansion, hope) moves across your Tenth House patterns in Capricorn, the sign of ambition. You will get to the top that year. You will also find it a lot easier with lovers, particularly lovers with children, now that the unusual Leo eclipse weather of the last 2 years is finished. Just try to avoid Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your Fifth House, halfway through 2019, for decisions about that – they are likely to be delayed or in flux.

      1. Thank you for your response. I have noticed that my question tailed away. Sorry for that. My question is : ‘”What can I expect in 2019 in the above topics?” Thank you very much if you answer to me.

        1. You are strongly Capricorn and having a career or life direction reshape in 2019, 2020 and could easily be promoted, resign, take a new position, have a hit, win an award or accept redundancy in 2020 itself. Those dramatic kinds of changes are what tends to happen when someone with a stellium in Capricorn in the Tenth House of success, status, ambition and mission – like you – experiences heavy traffic in that zodiac sign. As Mercury Retrograde in Cancer mid-2019 will oppose your Capricorn aspects, you may want to keep an eye on that.

  11. Thank you for your response.
    I seem to be going through one of the toughest times of my life regarding my daughters and spouse. His behavior is vindictive and has turned my daughters against me. I have tried really hard with him to make compromises, but nothing seems to work. He had agreed to many things he would do, but has not followed up on any. One of them was admitting to our daughters that he was wrong in causing their alienation from me. In the end, he has not kept his word. I am trying to stay calm and get through day to day hoping something will change. It is easier if I know it is due to planet transits or retrogrades so I can hang on to hope that this will all subside with time and life will get easier.
    Thank you again.

    1. This is not going to last – it is a cycle like any other – so just keep working through it and you will be amazed at how much brighter and lighter life feels when you get to the end of it.

  12. Hi Jessica,
    Could you please tell me how this will affect me?
    Thanks Carina

    1. Not all Mercury Retrograde cycles are the same – some matter and some just roll past. The one that affects you, your family, friends, colleagues or partner the most comes when Mercury goes back and forth through the zodiac sign of Cancer in your Fourth House. The issues that arise with property, property prices, mortgages, renovations, residency, passports, visas, family allowances/family tax benefits and the rest, from late June through late July, will have a directly personal impact on you or someone in your world. Normally that would mean it’s decision time but be very careful with that Cancer Mercury Retrograde as it is all too easy to set things in motion which would come back in about 19 years’ time!

  13. Hi Jessica!
    Ever since December my life has been full of fast moving events (happy and sad). Had to help my son relocate to a new county on another continent in January. At the same time period I sold one and purchase another property for myself ( in my birth country). In mid March I moved one of my children out of his rented apartment. I lost my brother in a tragic event on March 19th and dealing with the aftermath of that (mourning) while shifting property. All this is playing out in different countries and continents. From one happy moment to a sad moment next. I am flying back and forth across the Atlantic, dealing with all kind of emotions and problem solving. In the near future (end July) I will again have to move one of my children out of a rented property. Why is all this shifts happening to me and when will it end. Is it old Karma? Would be greatfull for an answer. I am also concerned about 2020. What do you see for my future? Will life ever slow down? Thank you!

    1. I am so sorry that you lost your brother. You are having a couple of cycles which are pretty obvious – the transiting North Node of karma is in your Fourth House in Cancer, the sign ruling family and home. You also have Jupiter (expansion, opportunity) in Sagittarius in your Ninth House of emigration and export. There is far more to the loss of your brother than just saying – you’re an Aries so have you have the Node of karma in your family zone – it is just as likely to be about the relationship you have with one or both parents. Obviously give yourself all the time and space you need – the Node continues in Cancer/Fourth House in 2020. Life feels intense and it is intense! Your children need to move at the end of July. Just be aware of the potential for the paperwork in particular, or the planning (even down to storage or internet connections) if doing so on those Mercury Retrograde dates. The soul agreements made in family groups have been tackled by writers far better qualified than I, like Carolyn Myss. These ‘contracts’ we make with our parents, brothers, sisters and so on, are made in the life between lives and they frequently seem to be fulfilled on a Node transit. The Nodes are worth looking up on Search as is the Fourth House. This is what you are going through. More positively, you will be so happy with the new life in a new place that is coming.

  14. Thank you so much for looking in to this and explaining what is going on. When my brother passed is was just before the Libra moon and I felt the ”weird” astrology weather during that time. I understand it is another Libra moon in April that will start new a cycle. I really admire your work and hope one day I will be able to take part in one of your workshop. The London tour sounds amazing! Many thanks!!

    1. Thank you so much. I hope that the passing of time helps you adjust and adapt to your brother’s passing. And you would always be welcome in London.

    2. Thank you so much. I hope that time and space helps you adjust and adapt to your brother’s passing. And you would always be welcome in London.

  15. Hi Jessica, are there an unusual number of retrograde this year? I’ve been patiently waiting for the end of this mercury retrograde before making any big moves in my life, chomping at the bit, and now I see that my planet, Jupiter is going retrograde until August. Will I have to wait until that one is over before things start happening for the good? And I can start going live with projects. I’m a Saggie and probably not the most patient sign in the world LOL

    1. You’re a Sagittarian who is almost at the end of Mercury Retrograde in her Fourth House, which rules your apartment, family, house, home town, household and homeland. From 18th April you complete a stuck loop or circuit which began in February and can move forward regarding that. The other retrogrades are pretty normal – Jupiter and Ceres in Sagittarius – this just rules your image, profile, branding, appearance, reputation, title and name. You don’t say if your project is about yourself. If it is, then this works out long term, but it will be a back-and-forth process. Keep the faith if it involves your name or face, for example. It’s hard to say more than that without any more information. Thank you.

      1. Thanks so much for your insight, I really appreciate it, yes they are about myself in that I recently joined WeightWatchers to feel good in my own skin, and am starting a very small imports business alongside my usual job, with the help of my (Capricorn) partner. My apartment is a responsibility that gives me concern on and off, and also the pull of wanting to become a mother in the next few years. All of these topics pop up in your readings for my planets and factors, and the articles that you just published today explain even further. Your insights help me make sense of my aspirations and challenges, and so thank you truly. Have a beautiful Tuesday Jessica and team X

        1. Thank you so much, and good luck with your weight loss goals in 2019. I will pass that feedback onto James, Justin, Alyas, Jodi, Sarah and Kerry.

  16. Hi Jessica

    I am wanting to launch my side hustle which is about financial wellbeing and being such a security conscious crab I’m pretty nervous about when to launch the website and social media. Is it just best to wait till after the shadow period or is there an optimal moment?


    1. You have Taurus factors at 16, 17, 18 degrees in your Second House of finance and business and one of them is Saturn, Sharlene. This really depends on your long-term plans, but eventually Uranus (radical change, shock, freedom, independence, revolution) moves to 16, 17, 18 Taurus and it is very unlikely that your current set-up would remain the same – it would have to be flexible enough so that it could take that change. Saturn itself is a symbol of obstacles. You can look all this up on Search if you like – Saturn, Uranus and also the Second House. I also suggest you look at the Uranus in Taurus features on my website but also across astrology online (from professional astrologers with experience behind them) as we are at the very first stages of a global economic ‘critical change’ and if you are looking for a market wanting financial wellbeing, you need to be right across that. Uranus in Taurus is a cycle we last saw during the war when for around seven years, nothing was stable or certain! So, the old world that we know is over, according to astrology and if you are thinking about a business of many years into the future, you would need to be very adaptable!

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