Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide


It’s that time again! Mercury Retrograde! Yay… (note sarcasm). Mercury, the planet of logic, communication, and travel goes retrograde early tomorrow morning, February 23rd at 4:41am and will remain in backward motion in sensitive, dreamy Pisces until good old Saint Patty’s Day, March 17th at 4:03pm. When a planet appears to be traveling backward in the sky, this is called retrograde. The planet isn’t really move backward though. It’s just an illusion. Mercury retrograde happens a few times a year. It’s what I call Murphy’s Law time. Things usually don’t go as planned. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, especially when it comes to travel plans and communication (e.g., phone problems, missed messages or emails, computer snafus, etc.). No need to panic though. Here are some helpful tips to help you survive this retrograde cycle.


1. Hold off on your taxes!

Mercury Retrograde hits us in the middle of tax time! Joy! If you’re like me and haven’t done your taxes yet, wait until after March 18 to file. Remember, Murphy’s law, which means things don’t go as planned. Your receipts, forms, or other paperwork may go missing, documents get lost in the mail or somewhere out in the electronic world. Miscommunication or misunderstandings are likely between you and others, including your accountant or the IRS. Anything that requires a signature could be a problem during Mercury Retrograde, so be extra careful. And be sure to keep all your paperwork and receipts in order and handy, especially when it comes to any deductions you claim for charities, as Mercury is moving backwards in Pisces, the sign that covers generosity and charity.

2. Check your fluids levels!

Mercury is traveling backwards through the water sign Pisces this retrograde cycle. What’s interesting is that all Mercury Retrogrades this year will be falling in water signs. Pisces first, followed by Cancer, and then Scorpio. Very appropriate for the Chinese Year of the Water Snake. So pay attention to anything that has to do with water or fluids. Check your plumbing and check fluid levels in your car. Make sure you have plenty of gas, or you might find yourself stranded somewhere. And be sure to keep yourself well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water.

3. Be careful traveling!

It’s the winter, and the weather is unpredictable, so be careful on the roads. If you are hoping to escape the cold and take off on vacation, don’t be surprised if things don’t go exactly as planned. You might have problems with your reservations or tickets. Flights may be delayed. You might lose important documents, or forget your ID or passport. Expect the unexpected. If you have to travel during this time, don’t freak out and cancel your plans, but definitely be more cautious and read the fine print. Be extra prepared. Make a list and check it twice. Keep an eye on your baggage and make sure you’ve packed everything you could possibly need. Anticipate delays or mishaps. Leave yourself plenty of travel time.

4. Back up your computer and set your alarm clock!

Computers, electronics, and especially phones and communication devices usually have unexpected problems during Mercury Retrograde, so make sure you back up any important data. Mercury is traveling backwards in dreamy Pisces, so sleep is something you may struggle with during this time. Your internal clock as well as your alarm clock could be off. If you don’t usually use an alarm clock, you may want to invest in one. If you do use an alarm clock, double check to make sure it’s set properly and that the volume is up loud enough to wake you up. There is a Stellium in Pisces right now, and with this many planets in Pisces, including Mercury Retrograde, people love to oversleep. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself late to work or other appointments. And with Mercury Retrograde it’s best to allow some extra time for the unexpected (e.g., traffic, accidents, gps errors, spilling your coffee on yourself). Yes, the unexpected happens, and it usually happens during Mercury Retrograde.

5. Pay attention, especially at work!

With Mercury moving backwards through dreamy Pisces, your head will likely be foggy. It will be more difficult to focus and more likely that you could be daydreaming or falling asleep at work. If you can, it’s best to hold off on important meetings or presentations until after Mercury goes direct again on March 18th. Otherwise, you will find yourself struggling, either putting people to sleep or falling asleep yourself. If you have a meeting you can’t avoid, make sure you are fully prepared and be sure to add an extra something to your presentations to make them more interesting so you can grab and hold people’s attention. Good luck!

6. Don’t start anything new!

Rule of thumb during Mercury Retrograde: Don’t initiate anything, and definitely don’t force anything. Bad time to start a new job, new business, new relationship, get married, sign a lease, buy a house or make any major decisions or plans. It’s best during this time to work on tasks and projects that have already been started or go back and re-do tasks you’ve already done. Great time for polishing or finishing up. If you start anything new during this time, things may not go as planned, and you will likely find yourself going back to the drawing board at square one again. If you’re feeling antsy and have an itch to do something active, Mercury Retrograde is a great time for Spring cleaning. Get organized, clean out your closets, and sweep under your rugs, but no major home improvements or renovations. Starting anything major is a no-no.

7. Put your wallet away!

Do not make any major purchases during Mercury Retrograde. If you do, you might regret it. Avoid big ticket items. Bad time to buy a car, appliances, computers, and especially communication devices, so forget upgrading to that new iPhone until after Mercury turns direct again next month. You probably won’t find the best bargains during this time, and if you do, you’ll probably find out later that you were ripped off. There’s a good chance whatever you buy during this time may not work or will break down. Instead of buying something new, use this time to fix something you already own. Don’t rush to purchase anything. You might find yourself with buyer’s remorse or you may realize you don’t even need what you were wanting to buy. So use this time to think your purchases though carefully. Comparison shop and do research, but do not buy.

8. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s!

Well-known rule: don’t sign anything during Mercury Retrograde if you can avoid it. This includes contracts, agreements, and even verbal agreements or handshakes. It’s also a bad time for negotiating anything or making any major life decisions. If you have to go to court for anything during Mercury Retrograde, four words: sucks to be you! Might be in your best interest to reschedule your court date, if that’s even a possibility. Mercury Retrograde means potential misunderstandings and miscommunications that could be detrimental. Whatever terms of agreement could literally fall apart. That is why it is crucial that you dot your I’s and cross your T’s during Mercury Retrograde. Be sure to read the fine print. And make sure you know exactly what you want, because later on, you may find yourself changing your mind. For example, the job offer you accepted may turn out to be a job you don’t want. You may get a better offer from somewhere else. If you end a relationship, even if your mind is made up at the time, you might regret it. Timing is everything in life, and there’s nothing worse than the exhausting make up and break up roller coaster. If you want a lasting relationship or a break up that is final, make sure you do it when Mercury is direct and not retrograde. Any life altering decisions should be placed on the back burner until Mercury Retrograde has passed.

9. Don’t forget to breathe!

Just like any other retrograde cycle, this too shall pass. But don’t fear it. Don’t start changing all your plans, and don’t stop living. Mercury Retrograde should not rule your life. However, expect the unexpected, and don’t let it derail you. That is the key to surviving Mercury Retrograde. Be cautious and be prepared. Mercury Retrograde forces us to slow down and think things through. It reminds us not to rush into things or force things. This is a good time for thinking, reflection, and re-evaluation. Since Mercury represents communication, pay attention to how you communicate, especially at work and in your personal relationships. Mercury retrograde reminds us, not only how important communication is, but also to appreciate the little things, like phones, email, computers, as well as something as simple as transportation and travel. We always notice the things that go wrong in our lives, but we rarely notice all the things that are running smoothly. That applies to our relationships as well. We are quick to notice everything that’s wrong, but sometimes overlook all the things that are right. Take the time to stop and smell the roses, and don’t forget to appreciate the little things. Remember, gratitude leads to greater happiness.

10. Read my daily reports!

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In the meantime, I am providing a list below of Mercury Retrogrades in 2013, something to look forward to. 😉

Note: All Mercury Retrogrades in 2013 will be falling in water signs, Pisces then Cancer and then Scorpio. Very appropriate for the Chinese Year of the Water Snake. Water denotes emotions, moods, sensitivity, creativity, intuition, dreams, and the subconscious. Tap into your subconscious, and you may receive an important life message.

(All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time Zone.)

February 23, 2013 at 4:41am ↔ March 17, 2013 at 4:03pm
(Pisces 5°38′ ↔ 19°52′)

June 26, 2013 at 9:07am ↔ July 20, 2013 at 2:22pm
(Cancer 13°22′ ↔ 23°7′)

October 21, 2013 at 6:29am ↔ November 10, 2013 at 4:12pm
(Scorpio 2°30′ ↔ 18°24′)


Sun conjunct Neptune

Neptune framed

The Sun and Neptune came together in Pisces in exact conjunction very early this morning at 2:18am. Neptune, known as the God of the Sea, represents the depths of the mind, a deep subconscious ocean, and is linked to intuition, dreams, fantasies, and sometimes unfortunately delusions and deception. With the Sun hitting Neptune, it brings things to light. The subconscious rises to a level of consciousness and awareness.

This conjunction is significant because the sign Pisces is ruled by Neptune. Therefore it’s a powerful transit that I believe not only allows us to dream, but also gives us the power to turn our dreams into reality. Use this energy to your advantage. I am a firm believer that our thoughts shape our reality. If you truly believe in your dreams, nothing is impossible.

We are in a very fluid, water-focused period, with the Sun as well as a Stellium (many planets) in Pisces. Plus the Sun’s counterpart, the Moon, ruler of Cancer, is now traveling through Cancer. The Moon also represents the subconscious on a more emotional level. My best advice is to ride the waves and go with the flow of where this transit leads you. Do not be surprised if you experience very deep or vivid dreams during this time. You may also find that your intuition is particularly sensitive and keen right now. Listen to your gut, it may be trying to tell you something.

With Sun conjunct Neptune, we may discover truths but also uncover lies or deceptions. Things we believed were true, may no longer be reality. That is the downside of Neptune and Pisces. It can bring disappointment, and we may become disillusioned and lose faith in humanity or the plans we have for our future. However, if we dig a little bit deeper, we will uncover a valuable message, a gem in disguise, a diamond in the rough. To find our true selves and our true purpose, we must dig deep. We have to be willing to let go of the illusion, the plans we’ve fooled ourselves to pursue, so that we can discover our real dreams. And in order to make those dreams come true, we must step out of the depths of our own fears and insecurities and truly believe in ourselves.

My wish for everyone during this transit is that you to find that sunken treasure buried deep in the ocean of your souls. May your dreams become reality.

Sun in Pisces

(February 19 – March 20)

Element: Water
Modality: Mutable
House: 12th House (last sign of the zodiac)
Ruler: Neptune
Season: Winter
Color: Sea Green
Stone: Jade. Coral
Metal: Tin
Body: Feet, Veins

Sun in Pisces people are soft, colorful souls on a planet of their own. Sometimes appearing to lack direction, they are often misunderstood and difficult to pin down. The 12th and last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is a little combination of all the signs and can be kind of quirky. However, this allows them to relate to all different kinds of people. They are highly flexible, adaptable, open-minded and like to go with the flow. As one of the most sensitive signs of the zodiac, they are highly compassionate and loving but easily hurt when others are insensitive or unable to reciprocate. Ultimately Pisces want to be loved, appreciated, and understood. Their emotions run very deep. If you encounter a Pisces with a tough exterior, don’t let it fool you. They are likely covering some very deep wounds. When a Pisces feels hurt, the world comes to an end. There is nothing quite like a Pisces pity party. Pisces can find it difficult to cope with harsh reality and will escape into their own world, sometimes a fantasy world of self-delusion. Because of this, they are also prone to turn to drugs and/or alcohol. More so with Moon in Pisces than Sun in Pisces, but angst and suffering is a common theme in the Pisces world. Many Pisces channel this energy into the arts or other forms of expression.

Summary: Sensitive, romantic, dreamy, intuitive, humane, creative, artistic.

Opposite Sign: Virgo (opposites attract, but can be love/hate)
Most Compatible with Fellow Water Signs: Cancer & Scorpio
Also Compatible with Earth Signs: Taurus & Capricorn (excluding Virgo)
Least Compatible with Squaring Signs: Gemini & Sagittarius

Famous Pisces: Drew Barrymore (actress), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (poet), Kurt Cobain (musician-Nirvana), Billy Corgan (musician-Smashing Pumpkins), Cindy Crawford (model), Billy Crystal (actor), Albert Einstein (genius), George Harrison (musician-Beatles), Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress), Kato Kaelin (actor), Freddie Prinze Jr. (actor), Michelangelo (artist), Aidan Quinn (actor), Rob Reiner (actor/producer), Dr. Seuss (writer), Sharon Stone (actress), Elizabeth Taylor (actress), Bruce Willis (actor)

Saturn Retrograde: February 18 – July 8, 2013


Saturn retrograde begins on February 18th and goes direct on July 8, 2013. Do not start anything new or important during Saturn retrograde (e.g., new job, business, etc.). If you want to start something, it’s best to wait until after Saturn goes direct on July 8th. If you jump into anything during this time, especially without proper preparation, you will likely find yourself struggling. Note: April 30-May 1 (Mars opposes Saturn), and July 1-3 (Saturn squares Venus and Ceres). Be careful making any major decisions during these dates, especially financial ones the first few days of July (Saturn square Ceres). Also note, Mercury retrograde February 23-March 17. Very bad time to start anything new. Hold off if you can.

Saturn is a restricting force. It’s about rules, regulations, responsibilities and limitations. The structure that governs our lives. It also teaches us about setting boundaries and how to say no. Saturn retrograde slows things down so that we can lay a proper foundation for our future. It gives us time to really fine tune our plans and strategies. It’s time to go back and fix the things that have been hanging over our heads and bogging us down. Fix them for good. It will be a serious and sobering time for a lot of us. Time to do work. These are the seeds we plant for a bountiful harvest. Best of luck to you all.

February 23 – March 17 (Mercury Retrograde)
April 30 – May 1 (Mars opposes Saturn)
July 1 – July 3 (Saturn squares Venus/Ceres)

What’s Your Love Song?

For some Valentine’s Day fun, look for your sign below
to find out what your love song is!


ARIES: “Holding out for a Hero”
(March 21 – April 19)

TAURUS: “I’m Gonna Getcha Good”
(April 20 – May 20)

GEMINI: “I’m a Flirt”
(May 21 – June 20)

CANCER: “I Need Love”
(June 21 – July 22)

LEO: “Glory of Love”
(July 23 – August 22nd)

VIRGO: “Like a Virgin”
(August 23 – September 22)

LIBRA: “Love Song”
(September 23 – October 22)

SCORPIO: “Addicted to Love”
(October 23 – November 21)

SAGITTARIUS: “Crazy Bit*h”
(November 22 – December 21)
Please don’t be offended! I’m Sagittarius, like you! Don’t deny it, we’re crazy! 😉

CAPRICORN: “I’ll Be There”
(December 22 – January 19)

AQUARIUS: “Love Shack”
(January 20 – February 18)

PISCES: “I Can Dream About You”
(February 19 – March 20)


Valentine’s Day Forecast

Missing out on Valentine’s Day this year? Cupid might give you a second chance!


With Venus trine Jupiter and sextile Moon, and with the Sun also sextile Moon, the stage is set for romance, and our sensuality, desires, and emotions are magnified. We’re ready to be pampered and loved on this special day; however, with Venus square Saturn, the energy is womp womp womp… it’s like getting all dressed up with no where to go. Don’t be surprised if things don’t go exactly as planned. Moon is conjunct Eris, goddess of discord and chaos, so Valentine’s Day could be hit or miss this year. Could be perfect or could be disaster. Keep reading though… things do get better…


The chart above is for February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Note the tension with Venus square Saturn, plus a lot of tension between Jupiter and that big mess of stuff in the 10th House (Mercury, Mars, Chiron, Neptune, Sun), amplifying all of it.

Never fear, Cupid is near! Very near, in fact, the asteroid Eros, also known as Cupid in Roman mythology (not to be confused with Eris, goddess of discord and chaos) is actually only 2 degrees away from the Sun with lovely Venus chasing not too far behind 11 degrees away. Eros, the son of Mars and Venus, is irresistible and passionate, representing sexual love and desire. The word ‘erotic’ comes from Eros. Transiting Eros can indicate an attraction to someone and could mean a new love affair. It’s all about the chase, so men, if you want her, now’s the time to turn on your charm. We all know, once hit with Cupid’s arrow, love is blind. If it’s meant to be, it will be.

Eros and the Sun are traveling together in the sky and will be moving from cool, detached Aquarius to dreamy, romantic Pisces. Saturn goes into retrograde on Monday, February 18th, and by Tuesday, the Venus-Saturn tension will finally break, all leading up to Wednesday, February 20th, when Eros and the Sun will be perfectly conjunct, both uniting at exactly 2 degrees and 14 minutes. Yes, exactly 2-14, Valentine’s Day! That is no coincidence. Use that energy to your benefit. This could be your second chance at Valentine’s Day. When Eros and the Sun meet, two people can come together and sparks can fly. It’s a competitive push and pull kind of energy. The Sun wants to shine independently on it’s own, and Eros wants to unite physically as one. Eros is love and affection, but also a desire for physical, sexual consummation. This could be your special day. You just might get laid! 😉

Below is a chart for February 20th. Note the beautiful grand trine (blue triangle) between the Sun/Eros, the Moon, and Saturn. And also note the lovely trine between Venus and the Moon. Venus is free to love without restriction, no longer squared by Saturn, releasing all the tension that’s been building up over the past week or so. Love freely everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!