The Retrogrades are Coming to an End

Posted on April 3, 2012
Posted by Jim Sher


Over the past several months we have been experiencing many retrograde periods, the chief ones being the Mars and Mercury retrograde cycle. On Wednesday, April 4th at 3:11am, Mercury will go direct at 23° of Pisces. This has contrasted greatly with Mercury’s short entrance into Aries, the sign of the doer. For many of us, the urge to move forward strongly just a few weeks ago, has changed to varying degrees of doubt, uncertainty, and a feeling that something important must be changed. We probably have been experiencing delays, new issues or questions, etc. This is now coming to an end.

The helpful thing to know from astrological transits is what is the nature of the cycle in which we find ourselves. What we can know from this is that within a few days from now we can become confident that the ideas that have been developing the last month have now been fully processed. We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review and examine all kinds of issues, problems and plans so that we can now move forward on them with a high degree of certainty that we are moving in the right direction.

In the short run, however, there may still be some difficulties. Why? Because when a planet changes direction, that planet is stationary for a few days. This means that from the viewpoint of the Earth, the planet seems to not be moving. In the case of Mercury, it can result in the feeling that either the mind is a bit stuck or even in a rut. It can feel like too much Mercury, that is, too much thinking, too many imaginings which do not take you anywhere.

This particular transit is really affecting me. My natal Mercury is 22° Virgo, which means that as I write this Blog, the Mercury at 22° Pisces is exactly opposing my Mercury. Boy, am I feeling this. Virgo is by nature logical, orderly, rational etc., and emphasizes exactness. Pisces on the other hand is much more feeling oriented, intuitive, enjoying swimming in the waters of music, imagination, and sensitivities of all sorts. So, to the Virgo oriented person, this can feel like my mind has gone muddy, less able to focus in the usual way, and forgetful. In response to this, I have been using the Calendar function of Outlook and writing down appointments and tasks that I never do ordinarily. Even so I’ve double booked, which is something I hardly ever do. I had an astrological class last night and was missing the simplest of transits. They were correcting me constantly. I felt sorry for them; though I know they know me well enough to know that I’m not usually this weird. I was even thinking of things correctly, but saying them wrong. It felt like I was in a fog. I was unfocused on the everyday matters and only in the mood of following. Everything was easy peazy, a phrase I have been using a lot lately. For some people, this is no big deal, but for me it is bugging me greatly. I have to go to the store and find out what is going on with the battery in my cell phone and can’t get up the energy to actually do it. Oh well, I’ll do it later.

Is this what you Pisces people out there deal with all the time? If so I think I sympathize more than I ever have. Just so all of my readers know, a person can understand astrological principles and have the ‘right’ words to express something and not really know by experience what we are talking about. We just look good on paper. But, when we have to experience something like this transit, we get a firsthand look at what we have taught and wrote about and I tell you one thing for sure. Actual experience is NEVER the same as one’s mental understanding alone. Sometimes words are just words and it is best if we recognize this. It’s always a bit humbling to directly experience something new that we ‘thought’ we already knew. That’s when we find out how limited our understanding actually is.

The Mars retrograde is also winding down. It will turn direct on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 8:53pm PDST about 10 days from now. After 11 weeks of Mars retrograde it will be interesting to see and feel this change of direction. If any of you are sports enthusiasts, you may get a chance to see the effects of this rather quickly. Teams that have been doing really well may suddenly begin to lose, while other teams may make quick turnarounds. I’ve seen this many times. In other words, Mars turning direct can create game-changing momentum shifts that surprise many people. It will affect every arena of life, including politics, religion, business, etc. For example, watch and see what major public announcements are made. You can bet that all of them will have gone through a lot of development time as many hours of thought and planning went into what is finally being announced.

The same is true for this Blog. As many of you have noticed, we have not been running our AstroCast portion of the newsletter. It is going through several changes and new areas of interest are being developed as well. We hope we will soon be able to offer new types of articles. Also, I have not completed my series on Pluto through the signs of the last decades as I take a deeper look at the nature of Pluto in Capricorn. You can look forward to the continuation of that series.

I also would like to encourage my readers to inform us if you would like to see certain subjects included in the newsletter. We are open to considering other subjects, so just let us know.

We would love to hear from you if you have any stories to tell us about how you experienced the planets of Mars and Mercury changing direction, so if you desire please feel free to respond to this article.


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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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9 responses to “The Retrogrades are Coming to an End”

  1.' stephanie sosa says:

    Hi Jim,

    During this Mars retrograde I became very ill. I have never been really sick a day in my life and this was unbelievable. All of my blood work was off the charts and I was told I have major problems with my kidneys.

    I am really looking for Mars to turn direct to get these health issues resolved.

    Thans so much for always keeping us informed with all of your insightful information.

  2.' Sophia deLaat says:

    I have been editing a book for the last 3 months..The editing process has increasingly gotten harder and harder…not only have I had to deal with my own error, the publishing company has made mistakes and more mistakes on my corrections. I have been in a vicious circle of error-correcting, re-correcting and more correcting. Tuesday night I went to bed when it occurred to me that – if Mercury was retrograde, when was it going direct! Wednesday morning I received your email that Mercury had gone direct at 3:45 AM…Thank goodness-it almost took me to my knees.

  3.' Bob says:

    I will be so glad when this mercury retrograde is over. My natal Mercury is 22 degrees of Pisces. I have several projects I am working on; one being an old sailboat renovation. One issue is researching what type of paint to use on the bottom. Whenever I make a selection I get some contrary advice on what to use. So I have to re-evaluate my decision. This has been going on for over a month now. I am into my 4th re-evaluation. It is not just the paint. It is every little and big detail in my life. People either do not return my calls, or take a long time to do so. It has been very frustrating. I have had to take a lot of deep breaths.

  4. Jim Sher says:

    To April: Yes, Mars turning direct can change the momentum of health issues and resolve them. But, also, at this time a person may now know what they need to do to deal with whatever issues have been discovered during the last 11 weeks. In other words, it can bring about clarity. Good luck with your kitty.
    Jim Sher

  5.' April says:

    Hi Jim, Can Mars turning direct change the course of health issues for the past 11 weeks? My Mars & Rising are both in Gemini. Difficult time for my cat & I. Thanks

  6.' Bonnie says:

    I always enjoy Mercury retrograde as I feel my internal knowing is heightened. Mercury rules my Gemini Sun, plus I’m contemplative by nature with a watery Mercury in Cancer/9th. Perhaps the retrograde period has softened your Mercury/Virgo to bless you with even more humility and sensitivity so that you serve as a model of these qualities for your students and readers.

    Your point about words just being words was one that needed to be emphasized and your retrograde experience was meant to serve us all. And Mars is retro in Virgo and that is probably the stronger influence with energy internalized. Thanks again for your excellent article.

  7.' Lindsey says:

    Hi Jim! Thanks for another great article. I hope your fog lifts soon, that sounds like no fun at all. Your call for article ideas inspired me to comment, though I have been reading for years and rarely do.

    I would love to see a small section in the astrocasts listing the major upcoming dates to remember. Often I will find out from your articles about a major transit that is already happening and wish I had known in advance so I hadn’t planned an important job interview / surprise party / international vacation / car repair etc etc at a suboptimal time. It wouldn’t have to be an actual article, just a list, and it also wouldn’t need to be the whole year, though that would be cool. Even a few months’ notice would be so helpful. Sometimes I remember to look up the retrograde cycles, but the other little things are beyond my memory and “google-fu” skills.

    Your insight is so helpful so often that I wish I had it for more than just hindsight! Thanks for considering my suggestion. 🙂

  8.' mary beth says:

    i have repeatedly noted the same thing over the past months: i am experiencing a different way of ‘being’ and its important that i not forget the sensation. its equally valid but so foreign to this virgo sun! now in my dealings with others, i always remember that their orientation to others and various subject matter is often different to mine and for us to connect, it can help to draw on the pisces experience.
    as for what i would like to see in this newsletter/blog: quite simply MORE! as the number of times it showed up in my inbox decreased since its inception, i have noticed. we particular people 😉 really appreciate writers that speak ‘our language’ and this site is one that surely does for me. ending a article with a guidance or two for personal chart application is also something i very much appreciate.
    happy forward movement to you and and your team.

  9.' Jaime R says:

    Jim! Now you know how it is to have Neptune squaring Mercury in Virgo! Fun, huh? You described it well. 🙂

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