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Mercury retrograde in Pisces: Think spiritually

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When Mercury went retrograde March 12, it began moving backward through Aries and on March 23 slipped back into Pisces. When the retrograde ends April 4, Mercury will begin to move forward in Pisces and then re-enter Aries on April 16.

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During this time, you may have felt Mercury's trickster energy via misplaced belongings, technology glitches, missed phone calls, travel delays, or itinerary changes. Although these experiences can cause difficulties or bring frustration, they also can benefit us by forcing us to slow down and take in information we otherwise miss or ignore.

What appears to be a problem, such as a computer crash, often turns out to be a blessing by pushing us to make changes, such as implementing regular data backups or updating software. Even "mistakes," such as sending a message to the wrong person, can prove to be blessings: delaying communication with the correct person could allow better information to become available or create a new opportunity to connect with the person who received the message in error. Whatever its manifestation, Mercury's retrograde encourages us to become comfortable with all things "re" (review, revise, redo, revisit, reflect) so we're in a stronger position when Mercury moves forward.

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On a deeper level, Mercury retrograde encourages us to turn inward to reflect and meditate so we can connect with our inner selves. By quieting our everyday, rational mind, we have opportunities to hear from our higher, spiritual mind via intuition or inspiration. Such spiritual messages, long associated with birds because these airy creatures fly upward toward celestial realms, bring us insights we otherwise would miss.

With Mercury in Pisces, we have an even greater opportunity to "think spiritually" because of Pisces's association with spirituality and unity. Mercury's retrograde motion makes this a good time to revisit the past to evaluate our spiritual lives; at the same time, Mars's retrograde in the opposite sign of Virgo (health, work, service) gives us an opportunity to evaluate our work lives before it moves forward in mid-April.

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In these final days of Mercury's retrograde, consider how well your work is aligned with your spiritual ideals. Do your efforts serve the higher good? Do you feel called to the work you do? Has your health ever suffered from overwork or from escapist or addictive behavior? What changes can you make this season to bring your inner and outer lives into better balance?

If you seek your answers within, your higher self will send you personalized messages on the wings of a gentle bird in the form of intuition. Or you may receive  other spiritual guidance, such as coming across people who can provide just the right nugget of wisdom you need or discovering new information that becomes the key to solving a problem you have been working on.

Then, when Mercury and Mars move forward in coming days and weeks, the guidance you received will help you move forward, too.


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Anne Nordhaus-Bike is president of ANB Communications. The author of the award-winning Living in Harmony astrology column for the Gazette newspaper in Chicago, she has won several journalism awards and in 1997 was added to the "Wall of Fame" of the (more...)
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