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Mercury Retrograde and Big Full Moon 

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  • The Virgo Full Moon is this Monday.

Dear Chronogram Reader:

The sky is focused on Pisces these days, with some significant natural features in the landscape approaching. As a reminder, this is no ordinary Pisces time—currently the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Chiron, and Neptune are collected there. And Venus is on the way.

It does happen from time to time that quick-moving inner planets collect in Pisces or any other sign; what we now have is a mix of inner planets and two slow-movers—those would be Chiron and Neptune. These are still relatively recent arrivals, and the presence of the sensory, visceral, emotional inner planets is accentuating their presence.

You could say this is a moment of recognizing when the ordinary has a touch of the cosmic to it, the multidimensional, the unusual. There is so much happening in Pisces that you may feel a little overwhelmed by the emotional bath, the psychic input and how absorbent you are. When in doubt, take a hot Epsom salt (or sea salt) bath.

Saturday, Mercury turns to retrograde motion in Pisces. Mercury retrogrades happen three times a year, and they occupy a span of about three weeks or about eight weeks, depending on how you measure (I tend to take the long measure for most purposes). This is the first of three Mercury retrogrades in the water signs this year.

Mercury then turns direct on March 17, a few days before equinox, though the retrograde process will still be working itself out until April 6, when Mercury leaves the degrees where it was previously retrograde and enters new territory.

We also are sailing into a Full Moon on Monday. This is the Virgo Full Moon, with the Sun in Pisces and the Moon in Virgo (at the Full Moon, the Moon and the Sun are always in opposite signs; that's why it's the Full Moon). This one is loaded—the Moon and Sun are both square Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces.

To me this represents a situation that has to be dealt with; a decision that must be made. It's a kind of squeeze point. The thing to remember is that you're likely to have an option that you're not noticing. If you feel cornered or like all the pressure is on you, look for the opportunity for a win-win that is lurking just off to the side of your thoughts. It's a clever solution that utilizes existing resources, and it IS available.

I cover the current astrology in this week's Planet Waves FM (titled, "Of Meteors and Religion"), and introduce a fantastic musical guest named Britt Arnesen. Also, we are offering a juicy discount for first-time or returning site members to Planet Waves. More about that is at this link.

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