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Mercury in Pisces ~ March 1 to 17, 2010

Mercury breezes through Aquarius and transits Pisces from March 1 to 17. Mercury governs all manners of thinking, communication, schooling, commerce, short travel, and siblings. In the humanitarian sign of Aquarius, Mercury is engaging, intellectual, innovative, unique, uninhibited, excitable, eclectic and electric. In the insightful sign of Pisces, Mercury mellows out a bit with a focus on the internal goings on and how that connects with life in the outside world for us as individuals and as living beings walking our individual paths, together within the same world.

At best, Mercury in Pisces is compassionate, understanding, and enlightened with truth and wisdom that goes far beyond what's tangible or conceivable by the logical mind. At worst, confused, deluded, blinded by faith and unable to function with the realities of living in the external world.

While Mercury is in Pisces, we are reminded to seek out truth beyond the realm of intellect and the tangible world. As humans, we are physical, mental and spiritual beings. We live in a physical world with material needs and wants. We reason, communicate and make decisions using our mental skills. Our spirituality, however, may not be something we connect with daily because its main interaction is within the self. Practice communing with the self more often during the weeks that Mercury transits Pisces. Find a quiet space inside yourself, honor that which gives you life, shows you the way and truly grounds you. Connecting with one's deeper self keeps us in sync so, that the motivation/drives behind our decisions and actions originate within the true desires of the self. Some people call it prayer; others meditation. Whether you call on God or another Deity of your choice or seek connection/counsel with your Divine self, make it a honored practice while Mercury is in Pisces (although a lifelong practice is more beneficial).

On the day Mercury enters Pisces at 8:28 a.m. on March 1st, he quickly finds himself in a pickle with Mars and Saturn (both are still retrograde). Mercury is still adjusting to this personality change (Aquarius is naturally an extrovert, while Pisces is natively an introvert), when he's met with Mars (who may be frustrated that his energy is restrained in this retrograde position), Saturn (who has us reflecting upon the structure of our existing relationships) and whatever issues they are each burdened with. Between March 1 & 2, we may slide into super introspective mode. Don't fight the need for solitude; it might be what's needed to get to clarity or insight. In the same token, do not give in to frustration if you find yourself running in circles, psychologically. Simply and mindfully pull yourself out of whatever thoughts you feel imprisoned by. Breathe in slowly and exhale even slower. Work on something else that needs to get done in the tangible world. We all have our own readiness. Forcing the matter won't be a constructive way to spend time; time is the one thing we don't get back. Spend it wisely. In a few days, Mercury and Pluto get friendly. Pluto's superpower is digging. This would be a better time to peel away at the layers that hide the truth/clarity/insight you seek.

While in Pisces, Mercury will align with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect North America Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • March 1 & 2 ~ Mercury quincunx Mars-rx and Saturn-rx. covered above
  • March 4 ~ Mercury sextile Pluto. also mentioned above
  • March 7 ~ Mercury conjunct Jupiter. Happy, happy, joy, joy! Whatever concerns exist, cast them away for today. Embrace the energy Jupiter offers -- expansiveness, opportunities, luck, charm, favor, blissfulness.
  • March 15 ~ Mercury conjunct Uranus and the New Moon Pisces. Oh, the possibilities...expect the unexpected. Do something out of the ordinary today. Venture outside your comfort zone. The heavens dare you.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Pisces. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Pisces zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury's transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 12th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 11th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 1st House
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Schedule a session. Or request a quote for a personal reading. Or maybe head over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join in on a discussion.

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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"Pisces" - Credit and copyright to Rebecca Postanowicz.

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