This weekend Mercury leaps into Aquarius and air signs everywhere will begin to feel like they can breathe again. Mercury in Aquarius celebrates all things intellectual and loves to explore new ways of thinking. When Mercury joins Mars in an air sign, there will be two planets in air along the days the Moon swings through Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. It is a small step towards having the elements in a better balance again.
I almost hate to mention the “R” word but I must . . . Mercury is headed towards the first retrograde of 2014. It will station retrograde on February 6 at 3° Pisces and because that is within a degree of Neptune in Pisces I suspect the fog is going to roll in big time around this station. This retrograde will last from February 6 to February 27 when Mercury will station direct at 18° Aquarius. Except for the week or so in Pisces, Mercury will be in Aquarius from January 11 to March 18.
Saturn in Scorpio is going to be the only serious roadblock Mercury in Aquarius runs into and those two will be square three times: January 25, February 19 and March 11. This ought to rein in some of this Mercury’s more outrageous ideas. The best and brightest aspect will only occur once when Mercury is sextile Aquarius’s ruler, Uranus, on January 16 and it will be perfect for coming up fantastic solutions to tricky problems.
We have three trines from Mars in Libra to Mercury in Aquarius coming up. Those should be good for clearing the mental cobwebs out and helping us communicate our needs in a clear, direct yet tactful manner. I’m looking forward to these!
The shift from earth to air will expand our internal horizons and encourage exploring “what ifs” once more. Whilst Mercury in Capricorn has been great for handling mundane matters, it is not much for theorizing and playing with ideas just for the fun of it. Time to contemplate the big picture again!