The direct station will occur at 28°14’ Aquarius (antiscion 1°46’ Scorpio), a Fixed, Air sign so completely different from the Mutable, Water sign that Mercury left when he embarked on his retrograde motion.
Much of the retrograde period however has been spent in Pisces adding to the somewhat normal confusion and fogginess of Mercury’s transit in that sign albeit a fantastic place for the more spiritually inclined.
How was this Mercury retrograde for you? For me, with 4 Mutable planets, it was disorientating to say the least. A broken and unrepairable washing machine, appointments fixed and then cancelled and some friendships from way-back-then that surfaced from burial!
From now on, hopefully things will proceed in a more ordinarily and straightforward fashion at least until the planet re-enters Pisces.
In Aquarius, a sign co-ruled by Saturn (traditional) and Uranus (modern), Mercury is even more thirsty for knowledge, always in search of new ideas and technologies but ready to reject or even abandon them as soon as new (Uranus) becomes normal (Saturn).
Mercury in Aquarius will give us new visions, make us aware of new possibilities, allow us to envision an ideal world or society, which might be great as a theory, but much less so as a practicality.
Aquarius is a fixed Air sign so here Mercury is at home in the mind and intellect but less so on a basic gut feeling level and could get very stubborn once a decision has been made.
Mercury will (re)-enter Pisces on the 16th of March.
The Sabian symbol for 29° Aquarius: “A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.” Indicating the capacity to utterly transform the character of one’s consciousness by radically altering the structural patterns of everyday living and the types of relationships one enters upon.
For 2° Scorpio: “A delicate bottle of perfume lies broken, releasing its fragrance.” Indicating the accidental nature of opportunities that impel one to break away from a past, the remembrance of which is still poignant and cherished.
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 192, 267, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA