Back and Forth: Mercury Retrograde in Taurus/Aries Part II: Aries

(Here’s part II of my interpretation for Back and For: Mercury Retrograde in Taurus/Aries)

Tomorrow, April 20th 12:37 PM EDT/9:37 Am PDT, Mercury will enter the sign of Aries. It will remain in Aries until May 3rd 12:33 pm EDT/ 9:33 am PDT. Travelling from the earth based Taurus to fire based Aries will change the complexion of the transit. Aries is a sign that seeks enlightenment through ego assertion and self realization. 

 As its best, Aries are self reliant, resolute and courageous. At their worst, Aries’ can arrogant, rash and vain. Its ruling planet, Mars, fosters the fight or flight impulse, demanding direct action to resolve problems or issues.  It is a force that governs the energies of vitality, passion and empowerment.

This stage of the retrograde will present you with issues related to personal identity. What must you do put your life more in line to who want to be?  Are their traits you’d like to change in yourself? Features that you’d like to reveal or general self improvement you’d like to make?  Here is the time to consider what changes to make in your personal life and modes of living

The same rules for the Taurus portion of the transit still apply. Electronic devices (phones, TV’s computers, and electronics) might malfunction at this time. Prepare for upset to plans and delays to some of your efforts.  You should afford yourself extra time, a sense of humor and a large measure of patience. Retrogrades are times to address problems but not to work them out. The real work comes once the retrograde is over, after May 3rd. You may need to make some adjustments at this time, but leave off radical changes until after the transit ends.

There are activities that tend benefit from Retrogrades. Creative projects tend to do well, specifically ones close to completion. Spiritual and metaphysical activities do well during Retrogrades. Short term travel at this time may prove helpful, breaking up routines and offer one a chance to rethink former positions. Given the highly personal part of this retrograde, a little down time might just be in order.

Aries, the next two week may ask you to reverse course in some significant area of your life, revisit some matter you thought settled long ago. The purpose of this exercise is repair something meaningful and useful in your thinking and in your life.

Libra, you may be required to get back to your roots, your core self at this time.  Chiefly, to find what you may require, as Libra tend to be other focused. The balance of the scales might just need to be tipped in your favorite at this time.

Cancer and Capricorn, frustrating and nagging elements just might be urging you to step back and fall into alignment with that which is  basic and essential to who you are. Solving that issue may help you reassert something important in your life.

As Mercury sojourns back into Aries territory, reclaim a vital part of who you are and what you stand for. Let Mercury Retrograde in Aries usher in a time of restoration and renewal.

Aeion is a professional astrologer and tarot card reader with 20+ years of experience. His approach is based in the belief that divination should be in employed to enhance ones' life experiences, not to predetermine them. Let Astrology and Tarot be your tools for better living.