My car’s name is Bryce. Yes, he is a boy (some cars are boys, get over it). In car years, Bryce is a little old. He’s a 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT. We just celebrated (that was a lie) his 10th birthday. Bryce is technically my mom’s car, but since she upgraded to a Honda Pilot, I have been driving him. He’s been mine for about four years now.
Every so often, Bryce breaks. For the better part of our relationship, I’ve been out of state, away at school. When I did come home it would be for weekends, short breaks, and extended vacations, and I’ll admit to neglecting his needs. Bryce’s body bears the brunt of my negligence. Most recently, the stiff steering wheel was almost impossible to turn, and the heat was blasting icicles. Eventually the steering wheel locked and the battery gave out. Bryce hiccupped his way into the Payless parking lot for an impromptu slumber party. As of yesterday, my baby Bryce is in the shop, awaiting his diagnosis and subsequent prognosis. In this instance, he began acting up a few days ago, less than a week after Mercury went retrograde.
Mercury is the messenger, and rules over travel. Whereas gigantic Jupiter oversees long distance journeys, Mercury prefers short day trips around the neighborhood and nearby surrounding area. Planets appear to move backward when retrograde, and symbolically, the energy of the planet is redirected inward. If you realize the route you’ve been taking is leading you in the wrong direction, don’t worry – you are not alone. And there’s nothing wrong with a little realization.
Retrograde Mercury in Pisces, in particular, is a period of mental reflection on a deeply subconscious level. Because we’re so lost in our own dreamy world of poetic abstractions, it may be hard to make a point. Pisces is known to cause confusion. When Pisces is paired with the planet of communication and cognition, don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in translation. Whatever isn’t verbally comprehended, however, will be felt emotionally. Mercury in Pisces’ psychic awareness is introverted when retrograde, which could provide a newfound understanding of self-sabotaging thought patterns that were previously hidden in the most obscure, isolated recesses of the unconscious.
Commerce falls under Mercury’s domain, and I definitely felt the retrograde at my (potential) job (still training, technically) yesterday. Selling memberships is a big focus at the spa, almost as important as providing great service. I closed by myself for the first time last night, and I had the pleasure of dealing with misdirected aggression of confused clients (in store and on phone) and the frustrating after-effects of an apparently experimental new method of tip distribution. My boss had to come back and make some damage control phone calls. Because of the tip tomfoolery, one of the drawers was way off and we spent an hour trying to figure out why the register went awry. To top it all off, I forgot to clock out on the computer. Did I mention Mercury rules technology? Happy Retrograde!