Time to take off your thinking cap and give your brain a rest! If you feel a headache coming on after the weeks-long transit of intellectual Mercury in equally-intellectual Aquarius, don’t stress—on February 10, at 5:50 AM EST, Mercury leaves the sign of the water-bearer and floats into dreamy Pisces!
In Pisces, Mercury is actually said to be in its detriment, aka unable to operate at its maximum strength—almost like it’s retrograde already.
Cancers, Pisces, and Scorpios—aka, all of the water signs—feel more communicative, creative, and easygoing now, while the other mutable signs Gemini, Sagittarius, and Virgo experience more mentally busy and perhaps stressful few weeks.
Oh, and just a heads up: Mercury is in Pisces way longer than normal, thanks to this year’s first Mercury retrograde beginning on March 3!
Astrologically, Mercury is a pretty big deal. It rules over communication, technology, learning, and travel—things that you employ every single day. Mercury matched perfectly with the futuristic air sign Aquarius, but that’s not the case for Mercury in Pisces. In Pisces, Mercury is actually said to be in its detriment, aka unable to operate at its maximum strength—almost like it’s retrograde already.
Think about it—Mercury is intellectual, analytical, and precise, but Pisces is a vague, emotional daydreamer—it makes sense that Mercury feels challenged here. Luckily, despite the difficult placement of Mercury here, there are still plenty of ways to take advantage of the planet of communication in Pisces!
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With Mercury in Pisces, you’re more sensitive and touchy. Your emotions tend to get the better of you and your actions are mostly motivated by your feelings. Logic and reasoning just aren’t easy to come by now, and verbal communication doesn’t always go well—sort of like when Mercury was in Sagittarius (another sign where the planet is detrimental), but instead of being over-the-top, loud, and brutally honest, you come off as vague and have a hard time picking the right words to say. Just by thinking a little before you say what’s on your mind, you can save yourself from stressful arguments or misunderstandings. Depending on the situation, Mercury could be treading troubled waters in Pisces and lead to emotional outbursts and fights, or it could present you with the opportunity to get in touch with your inner self and start deep, healthy conversations about your feelings.
The good news: Pisces is a dreamy water sign, full of creativity and emotion, so if you’re the artistic type, you’re in luck! Mercury in Pisces does wonders for your imagination and you can pump out some of your most colorful and brilliant work now! Your thought process is more romantic, dreamy, and even spiritual now, meaning you can hone your intuitive or psychic talents during this time.If you’re interested in anything ~supernatural~ or ~metaphysical~ like Tarot, reiki, or astrology, Mercury in Pisces could be just the boost you need to start learning!
Mercury typically stays in a sign for about three weeks, but thanks to its retrograde cycle (March 3-28, if you already need to plan), Mercury retraces its footsteps through Pisces one last time before entering Aries on April 17—an incredibly long time to be in one sign! Pisces is also the most compassionate sign, and with Mercury’s lengthy stay in it, you’re bound to have more experience showing and receiving tons of love, empathy, and support. All in all, this is a great opportunity to get more in-touch with your emotions and rework the way you express them to others. By the time Mercury finally leaves Pisces, you’ll definitely have a new perspective on your spiritual side and the way that you flex your creative muscles. It’s all for the best!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US