When Mercury is retrograde all kinds of chaos can ensue and this is the one astrological factor that more than any other single one helps to convince the skeptic about the validity of astrology. This Mercury retrograde period was likely more difficult for many of us because Mercury began the retrograde journey in Aries. Aries is all about moving forwards – as quickly and with as little thought as possible. So Mercury in Aries really resists that forced turn backwards of the retrograde, and on the journey it slipped back into Pisces where things may have become a bit confused. What actually was happening, of course, was that intuition (Pisces) was taking a front seat to intellect, but that’s not always an easy transition to make. All retrogrades do serve their purpose, and these are times to look back over anything that needs revision or re-imagining. But with Mercury turning direct we will begin to turn our attention once again to the future, and those pesky breakdowns of communication (Mercury) equipment are likely to diminish. Mercury will re-enter Aries on the 16th, just after Mars (ruler of Aries) turns direct after a long retrograde period itself. At that point we will likely feel that we are being shot out of a cannon, like a rubber band that has been pulled to its maximum before being released.