Mercury Retrograde In Aries – 15th March – 29th April.

by Andrew Smith


The March – April Mercurial Process 15th March through to the 29th April

Read Introduction to Mercury Retrograde cycles HERE

Mercury is technically retrograde from the 23rd March until the 15th April. However, if you are exploring the psycho-spiritual process related to this celestial phenomenon, there is a lead in and lead out time that extends the Mercurial Retrograde process from the 15th March through to the 29th April. This entire process refers to the time prior to the retrograde wherein Mercury is at its furthest distance from the Sun in the evening skies until the time that it ascends as far away from the Sun as he possibly can climb in the early morning skies.

The Yin stage

As the process begins, Mercury’s slide towards his embrace with the Sun is symbolically seen as a time of increasing reflection – one wherein creative and right brained transformation techniques are heightened (meditation, dream/ image-work, dance, writing, music and other divinatory/ intuitive processes). Since philosophy teaches us that your way of thinking is at the root of all your actions, as Mercury makes its Greatest Elongation in the Western sky on the 15th March, a breathing space in consciousness is created to enable you to reflect (West/ Yin) on the quality of your open spirit (Mercury in Fire) that currently underlie your internal process. 

Very quickly into the first retrograde of 2018 you will feel increasingly reflective as Mercury heads into his Stillness phase on the 17th March. This happens to be the time when astrologers suggest NOT to sign anything (due to the fact that there is virtually no ‘apparent’ motion in the process of trading (Mercury)), yet, in terms of spiritual process, this is a phenomenal time to reflect and meditate, as your consciousness is more likely to be quieter and more receptive to your inner voice. The duration of this Stillness varies from retrograde to retrograde, with some cycles having two short stages of Stillness and other cycles the Stillness extends through the entire period.

The peak of the entire retrograde process occurs when Mercury conjoins the Sun, which will take place on the 1st April at 11°57’A (Aries). The celestial fertilisation of the Divine Mind with the Light Source is a time appropriate for the insemination of any thought that you want to fuel your life for the next several months (until the July Retrogradation). This can be done by consciously committing your images and ideas to paper and/or taking the first step in manifesting a project.

The Yang Stage

Mercury’s movement forward, thereby technically ending the Retrograde process, takes place on the 15th April and this proactive climate lasts until the 6th June. This is a “Yang” time now and is all about the dissemination of the ideas that you have planted on the 1st April.

As Mercury’s approaches its greatest elongation in the Eastern morning sky on the 29th April, you are in a strong time frame to delineate a plan of action, make concrete and conclusive decisions, signs papers, advertise, and act upon your germinated thoughts etc. The task during the post-retrograde period, from the 15th April to the 6th June is to “get it out there”.


Entire period – 15th March to the 29th April

Reflective and inward until the 1st April

Proactive and outward until the 6th June

Extra care when signing – 17th to the 28th March and the 7th April to the 23rd April.

Seeding of new idea – 1st April

Mercury Stations Retrograde in Aries (Open Spirit) biquintiling 144 ° Jupiter, square Pluto

(This offering is a meditative reflection on the Stationing of Mercury, a time where there is a powerful PAUSE, setting up the tone for the entire retrograde phase, even if the planet that it connects to at the Station, is not in aspect to Mercury for the full three weeks of the retrogradation. This logic also holds for Mercury’s station Direct at the end of the Retrograde cycle. However, this article concerns Mercury’s pause.)

It may feel, at times, an inconvenience to pause, take stock and reflect a little more deeply on certain scripts, patterns, themes and happenings in life, when there is so much on, so much information bombarding your mind, so much to look at/ understand/ read/ process/ answer and so little time to do all that needs done. Taking time, you know is good; you know is necessary; you know is intrinsically part nature, but… and there is the but AND resistance, since you have been brainwashed into thinking, imprisoned into believing that to turn inwards means there is a problem and you have issues, straight jacketed into a narrow use of your mental energy by an education system that states you have no right to a ‘real’ opinion until you have at least a PhD. It is no wonder that many, who have turned to astrology for guidance, dread the phrase – Mercury is turning retrograde, since it means, quite simply, that “Mind has turned inwards”.

Inwards is a Yin state, and in a world addicted to being Yang, it is not surprising that this thrice annual loll is considered to be deeply misunderstood in terms of its true meaning and opportunity. Yet myths are hard to bust and even within the astrology community, this valuable inner space has been reduced to soundbites about ‘stuff going wrong’, ‘contracts not to be signed’, woolly thinking and decision making, when in actual fact this time truly represents a time wherein the mental component of our collective consciousness is preparing to let go mental scripts and patterns that are no longer necessary; to review the mental health of a particular dimension of consciousness; and to lay the foundation for a more conscious expression of a particular aspect of consciousness. 

That is all.

However, you are indeed entitled to continue to believe in fear, doom and gloom and that the cosmos was constructed to provide us with deeply frustrating experiences of losing our keys, our digital data, our phones and whatever else we use to write, communicate and sign. For me, I see this time as particularly valuable. Imagine what music would sound like without any pauses or spaces between phrases? Imagine what a novel would read like, without any punctuation marks or spacesbetweenwordstoallowyoutoreadandabsorbwhatisbeingwritten???? And so pauses in nature are necessary, just as loops in time offering you a chance to review, with a maturing vision, patterning from a differing angle.

Mercury retrogrades three times a year, in the same way that all planets from a geo-centric perspective retrograde for a good part of the year, bar Mars and Venus, who have their own relationship with pausing. Since Mercury symbolises our mental function, it’s ‘apparent’ change in direction to track back over space already traversed, reflects a time wherein you can review how a particular style of thinking and specific scripts within your mind are operating. This coming March and April, 2018, Mercury spends a longer time than usual in the tropical sign of Aries, a sign that reflects the ability you have to unadulteratedly openly express the unlimited potential of your Light.

This coming retrograde is all about the manner in which you freely share the passion of your spirit, regardless of the opposition you may feel you attract; irrespectively of the complex process that surrounds you, a process that has been established to bleed you of your indomitable creative essence; and irrespectively of whether you have the confidence to show up and show out! It is really quite simple – be you! Even if there are layers of processing that you are hidden beneath!

There is no doubt that life can be quite complex, especially given that there are over seven billion souls currently co-existing with you on the Earth, each (like you) multi-layered with differing scripts and patterns which that at times complement and at times antagonise each other, and this is before each soul engages and relates to another, and there energetic pathways interact with each other, at times supporting and at other times challenging another, at differing levels and at differing times!! So trying to simply everything so that you can be clear in expressing yourself may feel overwhelming. However, because of the existence of the archetype of Aries, within you exists the ability to communicate without too much inner reflection, the simple passion of your mind. For those who have taken the time to own their Shadow; to deal with the ancestral complexes that guide and inform your ego; to become mindful of your impact on the world and how the world in turn impacts you; and who are intent in being true to the integrity and vision of your inner Self, this retrograde can offer you much insight into the power that exists within the intention behind your Word. For those new to the path of healing/ clearing/ cleansing, there is likely to be many times that you get caught up in verbal drama, drama that appears innocuous but carries a deeper sting, as unprocessed, unowned emotions forcefully drive those verbally elite concepts that are zealously and care-freely thrown about. Your word carries an impact, and this retrograde is a time to mediate on the impact that your word has. After all it is easy to feel and experience the impact of another’s word on you. So it goes without saying, you too have an impact!

Part of this March/ April’s retrograde will deal with some intense emotional misunderstandings which with your mature and honest perspective can open up a path of deep empathic understanding, healing and openness. However, the very same energy can also generate much dissonance through reaction to the crusading zealot channelling through you. Remember that open and free flowing emotions coupled with a passionate, verbally elite oratory, deftly directed through the consciousness of someone whose intention is to stir the heart of another to constructive, gentle but firm action is manna for the soul. However, through the consciousness of one with a secret agenda, to do harm (intended or otherwise), for personal gain or for power, the consequences can take a long time to unravel.

Over the coming month you will gain a striking insight into the connection between what lies within your heart and how that Word is communicated. I would ask you to question whether you are looking up and seeing the potential in the world, regardless of the complexity of their process, or whether you are looking down, focusing solely on the articulation of your own desires and hungers? Are you freeing yourself but enslaving others, or are you freeing yourself but empowering others?

There are of course more questions to ponder during this profound Retrogradation but many of which are specific to you and your unique cosmic DNA code, which no ‘general’ article can account for, but what I can ask you to do is to focus on the quality of your consciousness, your intention and your spirit when you freely express your Light within your world. Taking time to inwardly reflect on the way in which you project your Light into your world and the underlying intent of your Light is important since your emotional intention coupled with your Mind, generates the feelings that create your reality, something that you have been encouraged not to know or to doubt. For many, ego drives this intention, and it is hard to strip yourself from ego, whilst at the same time being truly free and self-less in your expression of you. However, there was a time when you openly expressed yourself, without ego and without imposition and if you reflect on the way in which a four or five year old plays, or innocently assumes that the entire world is as passionate as they are for everything that crossed their path, this Retrogradation is a chance to return to a more innocent state of being. Of course that may mean that some people experience petulant and immature reactions and outbursts, as they wilfully impose their spirit on the world. Your reactions to those explosions will inform you on the level of non-attachment you have reached, when you are the object of another’s free expression!

Whether your Light is expressed in an open and egoless manner, or whether you seek to use this time to position yourself nicely to gain over others, is a bigger theme than goes beyond this offering to discuss, but suffice it to say, this first retrograde of 2018 is a powerful time of reflection on the power of your mind in expressing your untiring creativity. 

In the week leading up to the start of this cycle, you will notice a higher energy charge within your correspondences; stronger reactions to things not going smoothly; a more ‘combative’ inter-dynamic with those seeking to impose themselves into your world; a penetrating insight into the integrity and intention of those you are more closely connected to, and a deeper awareness of how powerful your inner soul essence truly is. Some attitudes you have held within relationships are likely to be released, along with them some people from your life. If that happens, know that what departs are those people and scripts that are no longer necessary and that what you establish will guide and structure your perception over the year until Mercury once again returns to Aries.

All rights reserved. Andrew Smith, 13:52 GMT on the 19th March 2018

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Written at 23:55 GMT, 19th November 2016.

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