Moon continues its sojourn through material security-seeking Taurus, diligently working to turn your inspiration into something of substance. A challenge to your New Moon agenda may arise, given the First Quarter Moon at 2:22PM ET. Be patient whilst sorting it out, especially with mental Mercury bathed in rose-colored visionary fog and officially turning retrograde at 4 degrees of Pisces, exact at 4:43PM ET. Make sure the person you’re speaking with is actually on the same plane…or planet. Mercury will turn direct on February 28th.
Those who know just enough about astrology to make them dangerous often curse Mercury retrograde, and that’s a shame. It gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. Ya know what that gets you? Burn out! We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest — and an opportunity to review our progress over the past few months. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down!
Be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, people you haven’t seen in years showing up on your doorstep and having to repeat what you just said. Take advantage of this prime opportunity to review and rethink a project you may have abandoned. It’s probably worth a second look. Get out your Rolodex and reach out to people. Trust that they will be delighted to hear from you. Take a break from your routine. Take a vacation. Unplug your computer and cellphone. Avoid signing contracts, making major purchases (especially mechanical ones) and losing patience. Make sure the restaurant you’re meeting at is still in business. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers and ignore the juicy gossip at the water cooler. Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating.
You’ll have plenty of time to adjust to the shift and chill when the Moon goes void at 11:49PM ET, not to enter Gemini, the next sign, until 1:44pm ET. Ship it today if you can — preferably before Mercury goes retrograde.
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