Mars enters Pisces on November 15th to stay until December 31st. Mars is the planet of action, desire, and courage. As the ruler of Aries, Mars is all about the intentional immediate use of will in a courageous way. Pisces, is a mutable sign that can easily adapt to situations in order to emotionally connect to a variety of people, places, and situations. Ruled by Neptune, the planet of deep psyche and dreams, Pisces is all about being in flow with something greater than ourselves, that lies within.
Mars moving into the sign of Pisces is calling for a time of reflective action. The emotional and deep waters of Pisces is directing the fiery energy of Mars from an external to an internal desire. This is a call for decisive action in the area we fear the most, our emotional body. The part of ourselves that remains hidden from the world and carries all those deep dark secrets from our past. Mars in Pisces is giving you the courage to face your fears and take action to work through the anxiety, the depression, the hurt, the struggle, the sadness, the ups and downs to finally make a change before starting a new year. Time to make those resolutions happen!
To help us all go inward is Mercury going retrograde the day after Mars enters Pisces. On November 16th, Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius to stay until December 6th when it stations direct in the sign of Scorpio. Now, before we all go running for the hills to hide under a rock, take a breath and view this retrograde as the helpful tool it can be. When any planet goes retrograde it is a time to place emphasis on internal expression versus external expression. For those born with retrograde planets (especially Mercury for this transit), you feel comfortable when transiting planets go retrograde. For the rest of us, it can be a little scary because you are not accustomed to focusing on your internal environment.
This Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius (and a little in Scorpio) will be the helpful nudge that Mars needs to get started on that inner work. Mercury is the planet of communication and our mind. It is the ruler of both Gemini and Virgo and thus carries our intellect and ability to mentally process our immediate environment. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign that is ruled by Jupiter (which happens to currently be tranisting in the sign of Sag) the planet of expansion and prosperity. Mercury Rx in Sagittarius is all about how can we expand our perspective and change our mind, especially around our internal emotional body. How can we shift our role from student to teacher. Throughout life we are constantly learning and processing (Mercury), but there comes a point when we must develop our own philosophy (Sagittarius) to live by or what I like to call YOUR TRUTH. At the end of this retrograde cycle, we will have Mercury direct in Scorpio, which is all about giving power to your voice, to your truth.
On a different note, people always ask me what I should and shouldn’t do during a Mercury retrograde. AND my answer is, do what feels right within and don’t make hasty decisions without consulting your intuition (and maybe don't buy a car or other large electronic devices).
Overall, the remainder of the year will be about YOU and how YOU take care of your emotional body. Now is the time to do the inner work so come 1/1/2019 you are ready to set new intentions and consciously manifest your highest potential.
With love and light,
Ashley Tracey, MS RYT