Cosmic Advice for This Mercury Retrograde

By Holiday Mathis

February 16, 2020 6 min read

Mercury retrograde in Pisces has us reexamining those moves we made in the name of love, art and intuition. While questioning our own motives may be a noble and evolved practice, it should also be noted that memory is unreliable. The very nature of remembering is a creative act. Each time we revisit a memory, we rewrite it. So stay positive and light, accepting even your self-reflection with a grain of salt.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). This quote by Honore de Balzac will apply: "Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other." If you have to choose, then the inferior position will be better. If you don't know why, then just try it. Life experience always shows small egos win in the end.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What is the result you want? Focus there. The steps won't be as straightforward as they look and actually may be irrelevant once you get a little further into this. Focus exclusively on the end, the bottom line, the thing you need. Then be open to strange things happening in the delivery.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Uncontrollable outside occurrences needn't turn your inner world into chaos. Think of what you can control. List it and prioritize, and then focus on one or two things. Take action where you can and, suddenly, you'll feel powerful. Feeling powerful is practically the same thing as being powerful.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The most successful people you know have been rejected more times than not. Rejection is a price of entrance for success, and those who know the circumstance well will wear it as a badge of honor. Ultimately, glory comes from taking chances, doing the risky things and going after what you believe in.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Knowing when to mind your own business is a pretty good quality, but knowing when not to is an even better quality. This will open the door to flowing attention to those who need it most. Also, excellent opportunities will come from talking with strangers, which is basically the opposite of minding one's own business.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People often reference being smarter than Neanderthals as a point of pride, not realizing that Neanderthals were plenty smart. People with bigger IQs tending to things that don't matter make Neanderthals look like geniuses. Bright move: Do what it takes. No more, no less. Then call that enough.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There are moments — a stretch of dinner, a few seconds in a line, an exchange at home — when you're eyeball to eyeball with another. It fulfills a human need. It's a gift, and it's something to keep in mind as you go about your week. People on phones miss out on the rush of eyeball-to-eyeball communication.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It is scientifically proven that the sensual experience of being in nature beneficially impacts well-being. Of course. You are part of a system. Limiting yourself to a world without greenery is cruel. Do whatever you can to experience the whole of life. This is not a privilege or a right; it's a natural calling.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Go to a wall in your house that has been standing for years and resolve to hold it up with all the strength of your body, soul and being. This exercise is both hard and pointless, illustrating that there is no reason to sell what's sold, support what's supported, uphold what's upheld... go forward. Do new.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When you're into it, you put up with differing opinions, learn how to deal with strange mannerisms, try to appease the preferences of others. No longer wanting to do this is a sign that there's just nothing in it for you. Honor your instincts. Pay attention to the signs. Go where life is ripe for the juicing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you're in a creative mindset, you'll solve things quickly. That's because there's usually more than one way that will work, and your active mind, when left to its own devices, will gather the top choices available. You'll wind up on a path that suits you and everyone else involved.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're a giver. You make it about them — what they need and want. If you assume everyone is a narcissist and go from there, this week will be pretty smooth. (Everyone is not a narcissist, but the assumption will have you serving in a way that the good ones will appreciate and repay.)

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Because you're brave and willing to make mistakes, you'll get good quickly at what you apply yourself to. Mostly, this has to do with the social arts in the early parts of this solar return. You enjoy your time with people and your live-in-the-moment mindset makes you so much fun to be with. Your popularity soars and so will your income. A lucky gift comes before the start of March. Your acumen for business and a sixth sense about investing will kick in. By November, you'll be richer.

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