The cosmic ways to get back on track fast as Mercury retrograde ends this week


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The end of Mercury retrograde is in sight (yes!), and that’s not the only thing that could seriously pick up the pace this week, says astrologer Jennifer Racioppi. Here’s her guide to the cosmic conditions affecting everyone over the next seven days—no matter what your sun sign is.

With the sun now zooming along in Aries, the sign of action, the last week of March brings with it the impulse to initiate. Aries, ruled by Mars, offers tenacity to get things moving, both literally and metaphorically. With Mercury, the planet of communication, stationing direct on March 28, the opportunity to distill, and digest the retrograde lessons becomes apparent. Add to the mix that last week’s full supermoon gives way to a waning quarter square with the sun on Thursday too, now’s the time to let go of what you no longer need—especially those limiting beliefs that have you doubting yourself.

Consider what life conspired to teach you over the last few weeks with Mercury’s retrograde journey in full roar? Think back to March 5, and ask yourself what you learned. What do you most need to integrate into your conscious now? What’s no longer working that you need to release?

Enter Neptune: And a little brain fog, too

Before Mercury stations direct, it meets up with Neptune, Pisces’ ruling planet, which amplifies dreams and illusions. Mercury and Neptune conjoin on Sunday, March 24, and travel at the same degree—16 degrees of Pisces—for the majority of the week. This combination of Mercury ending its retrograde cycle while conjoining Neptune can bring an aura of confusion to the week. So, stay patient and mindful. Break your tasks and days into micro-steps, doing one thing at a time.

The positive side of this transit lies in your spiritual practice. The ability to enter into states of tranquility and bliss through meditation, yoga, and bodywork amplifies. To that point, steer clear of alcohol for a wee bit longer, as its adverse side effects needn’t detract from the potential for a super positive high vibe derived from the merits of your spiritual practices.

Venus-Pisces is all about the love

Speaking of high vibes, on March 26 Venus (the planet of love and beauty) leaves Aquarius, heading into Pisces. As it does, it forms a sextile with Uranus. Venus’ movement from heady Aquarius into heart-centered Pisces brings with it an amplified potential for forgiveness, compassion, and bliss. When the goddess of love enters her exaltation (a sign she does exceptionally well in), we feel the feminine rise.

Venus’ movement from heady Aquarius into heart-centered Pisces brings with it an amplified potential for forgiveness, compassion, and bliss.

And as we move closer to Mercury’s station on Thursday, Pluto, a distant outer planet that rules our shadow, conjoins the south node of past karmas. This combination brings up issues from the past for reconciliation. Since it occurs with the waning quarter moon, and Mercury’s station, Thursday, a critical day of the week, asks you to make peace with your past, and begin to move forward. Tap into the waning quarter moon energy and release what isn’t working. Remember, “no” is a complete sentence. You don’t need to explain yourself. Hold a boundary where needed. It’s okay to disappoint others. Just don’t disappoint yourself.

Self-care advice for the week

When it comes to your workouts, take advantage of the Aries energy. Now’s the time to move your body and reawaken from the winter months. Fast-paced, upbeat, sweaty workouts are not only seasonally appropriate but also astrologically on-point. They help you to move beyond the Mercury retrograde fog and step into the clarity that awaits you on the other side of this week.

Cosmically speaking, the planets align for restful nights that support inner peace. Take advantage.

On a more yin note, the week bodes well for deep, restful sleep, too. Setting yourself up with a powerful evening ritual helps you to enter into fruitful and restorative REM states. Consider giving yourself a foot massage, bathing at night, sipping chamomile tea, and journaling before bed this week. Cosmically speaking, the planets align for restful nights that support inner peace. Take advantage.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. 

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