The key is that Jupiter and Mercury complement each other. Jupiter's big picture inspiration for the future is brought into a practical form when Mercury brings the intellectual curiosity to look at the details and identify the steps to bring the vision into reality. Alternatively, Mercury's willingness to endlessly explore another possibility often results in loosing sight of the big picture or the reason why we are doing something.
In the month of March, both Mercury and Jupiter will turn retrograde in a particularly unique way and in the process, they bring the potential to bring even more clarity to life than is seldom experienced.
Once each year, transiting Jupiter turns retrograde and begins his journey backward through the zodiac for about four months. This year, transiting Jupiter will be retrograde from March 9, 2018 until turning direct or forward on July 10, 2018 in the sign of Scorpio. For those from the Neptune in Scorpio generation (1956 to 1970), be sure to read the updated article below after this.
The retrograde period of any planet includes the intention to re-visit the past, re-examine the themes and re-solve any outstanding issues. As you might expect with these "re" words, the retrograde period does not want to see us repeating the same old perspectives we came into the retrograde period with, but to discover new possibilities that resolve old challenges and make life better, more successful, more rewarding, more joyful.
Jupiter is the planet of your philosophy of life and visions for the future. So, Jupiter retrograde is a time to re-examine whether your philosophy and vision are working in real life or not. Sometimes, Jupiter may seem to give us a fantastic inspiration, but it is best to test it so that it is more than a "pipe dream" and so that our dream doesn't blow up in smoke.
Over the next four months, make some space in your calendar to sit back and revisit Jupiter's vision and philosophy. Look for the things that are not working out like you had planned. Ask if your vision and plans should be revised, or if your philosophy of life could use to be tweaked a bit. The most valuable vision from Jupiter is the one that you can bring into reality, which in turn makes life truly fulfilling.
On the same day that Jupiter turns retrograde, Mercury will enter the first of three stages of Mercury Retrograde, what is known as the "shadow". Mercury will remain in the "shadow" from March 9 until March 21, 2018.
In his second phase, Mercury will turn retrograde and move backward through the zodiac from March 22 until April 14, 2018. Finally, the third phase begins when Mercury turns direct and begin once again to move forward on April 15, 2018 (just in time for last minute tax filing).
Mercury retrograde maintains the intention to re-visit, re-examine and re-solve outstanding issues. As you might expect, Mercury does it his way. Let's take a look at how the three stages of Mercury retrograde work together.
Mercury's Wisdom - The Three phases of Mercury Retrograde
When Mercury enters the shadow period, it is the first pass through that provides an initial exploration of the degrees. Mercury's shadow begins at the same degree at which Mercury will turn from retrograde in phase two to direct in phase thee.
Second is the retrograde period, when Mercury turns around and makes a second pass that re-visits those same degrees from a different point of view and to re-visit, re-examine and re-solve some aspect of life.
Third is the direct period, when Mercury turns forward again and makes his third pass that takes the information from phase one and two and moves forward with a greater understanding of how things really work.
Imagine walking down a street called Mercury Lane and experience the three phases of Mercury Retrograde. The first time you walk down the street, you notice the shops and get a first glance at them. Take note of what you see and your ideas and opinions about what you see.
When you reach the end of the street, embrace Mercury retrograde, turn around and walk along the same street but in the opposite direction. You will pass the same shops but you will observe them from the opposite direction and therefore, have a new perspective on the same street. Take note of the new sights and observations. Ask if these new observations change your opinion of what you have seen.
When reach the end of the street, you will have returned to the place you began. As you turn around and walk down the street for the third time, it will be in the same direction as you first did. However, notice how your observation is different this third time. Your awareness and understanding of the street will be more complete, it will be richer and with a greater awareness of the complexity that you were not able to take note of on your first pass. This greater awareness provides the potential to recognize the street more fully and to realize how you can navigate this street more effectively.
That more complete awareness and the ability to navigate more effectively is the purpose of Mercury Retrograde.
Mercury Retrograde is classically associated with technology and calendaring malfunctions and disruptions. However, technology is so widespread and many matters of life are so dependent on that potentially this is a bit of an out dated of a perspective on Mercury Retrograde.
I propose in this ever faster paced world that we view Mercury Retrograde as a time to be more present in tending to our world. Mercury is fast paced. So, we slow it down and pay more attention to the now. This way we can make the necessary observations and we have the time and space to tend to the details so that we are doing anything last minute and causing Mercury Retrograde disasters!
Jupiter and Mercury Retrograde Together
Since Mercury enters the shadow on the same day Jupiter turns retrograde, the period from March 9 to April 15, finds both Mercury and Jupiter in the process of re-visiting their complimentary themes. As Mercury re-examines the details, it supports Jupiter's efforts to re-examine the big picture. Alternatively, as Jupiter refines his philosophy and vision, he gives directional clarity to Mercury.
Together, Jupiter and Mercury want you to understand your path in life, your philosophy, your vision, your opinions in a way that they work effectively with the way your experience real life and the way life actually works. If one of your ideas or opinions (Mercury) or your philosophy or sense of truth (Jupiter) have not resulted in the outcomes you expected, the period with Jupiter and Mercury both in the retrograde phase is a great time to re-examine them.
Let Jupiter's vision guide Mercury's ideas.
Let Mercury's ideas clarify Jupiter's vision.
When you re-examine your intellectual perspective over the next five weeks, you will be moving in harmony (backward) with the Sun, Moon and stars, particularly Mercury and Jupiter.