On the heels of the Aries new moon eclipse, Mercury stations retrograde 4/21, turning direct May 14th. The pre-shadow began 4/7 with the ruler of the mind in supportive alignment with Saturn. There will be two more of these alignments, with the 2nd 5/10-13 being a time of review of whatever landed around 4/7, and resolution coming just after Mercury stations direct on the 14th, May 18th-20th, featuring Jupiter freshly into Taurus for a 12th month gift-bringing transit.
Good things are coming - be patient as we move through the 5/5 Scorpio full moon eclipse and allow Mercury retrograde to guide you in doing any necessary review, rework, and edits.
Pay attention to what's being "seeded" in your life now and you'll also get clues to what will up for review for you personally during the upcoming retrograde.
Mercury's 2nd retrograde of 2023 (all 3 in earth signs), begins April 21st at 15° Taurus and ends May 14/15 at 5° Taurus, aligning with our first eclipse portal of the year, 4/21 til 5/5.
Besides the obvious of Mercury doing a review of communications and thinking through the energetic prism of Venus-ruled earth sign Taurus, the major influencing energy on this is a supportive alignment coming from Saturn three times - the first (the initiation/introduction) is now (April 5th - 7th), the second, when Mercury is retrograde (the review) is May 10th-13th, and the final one, the resolution, will be May 18th-20th.
What came up for you 4/7 as Mercury entered the pre-shadow of its retrograde in this first helpful aspect to Saturn in Pisces? (Hint: Saturn in Pisces for the next couple of years can be a great help to us in "making the ideal real," by showing us how to bring our dreams and inspiration into being in the real world.)
Mercury's entrance into the pre-shadow always gives us clues around what this specific retrograde review will be focused on for us personally, and with that also being the first of the 3 aspects to Saturn, we were introduced to that aspect too.
Taurus is an earth sign, and Saturn rules the earth sign Capricorn, and Mercury is the mind.
This particular retrograde may have us feeling frustratingly slowed down or delayed, especially because it happens laid over our first eclipse portal - eclipses many times have us feeling like time is speeding up.
Eclipses always bring big change and typically there effects are felt for weeks before and after, and this portal is especially complex as it opens with our 2nd new moon in a row in Aries, at the 29th or anaretic (karmic) degree of the sign that the north node of increase, future, and destiny will land in for 18 months in early July, and just after Saturn and Pluto have made sign shifts into Pisces and Aquarius, respectively.
However, this retrograde is not being blocked by Saturn, it's being helped, so however slowed down we may feel, remember that this is for our own good - something needs to be sorted before rushing ahead, Saturn is here to help with practical planning and details, and we'll be glad we paused to do this, because on the other side of this retrograde and the eclipse portal, things may look very different.
Keep in mind what Taurus rules - resources, creature comforts, enjoying life through the five senses, security through material possessions, finances, and self-worth.
While the retrograde territory (15° to 5° Taurus) does not include north node (now at 4° Taurus, moving towards Aries) or Uranus (now at 17° Taurus), remember that these two are still in the sign, pulling us towards all things Taurus but at the same time asking us to innovate the way we "do" resources, pleasure in life, and material security.
Expect a back-off or need for review and reworking around May 10th-13th, during Mercury retrograde, AND what you are realizing now needs to be once and for all left in the past where it belongs and buried there for you to fully move forward.
This may have a lot to do with ancestors, contracts, past-life fears, completed karma, and/or limiting beliefs and conditions that are running programs from your subconscious/deep psyche.
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