Astrologer Tisch Aitken
I am a New York based Astrologer and Tarot reader with over a decade of experience. I study through the NCGR education program for astrologers. I incorporate both Astrology and Tarot into my readings at parties.
I currently read for two major international websites with diverse personal clientele and at several corporate and private events. I love working with people and I am very passionate about what I do.
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Have you ever wondered what exactly Mercury Retrograde is and how it will affect you? We spoke to New York-based Astrologer Tisch Aitken to get the details you need to know about this common celestial phenomenon and clear up common misconceptions.
How did you get into astrology?
I remember being drawn to astrology at a very young age. I can remember visiting family in upstate New York and being around 7 or 8 years old. I would be at the supermarket with my parents, and my father would buy me these little astrology scrolls for the sign of Scorpio, as well as Dell Horoscope magazines.
I would devour those little scrolls on the way home and would read all about the upcoming lucky dates for love and money. I loved learning about the characteristics of all the various signs of the Zodiac. I have continued to study astrology ever since.
What should one know before visiting an astrologer?
If people want to get their charts done, they will need to provide their time and place of birth, in addition to their birth date and year.
Why do people have readings and what should they expect during one?
A lot of people seek out readings when they are experiencing big changes or are going through a difficult time in their lives. A reading is a tool to help you understand how to make the most of challenging cycles that could be going on in your chart and how to work best with them. You can plan and work with lucky cycles regarding career, relationships, and finances to create lucky opportunities during the best time frames.
A reading can also be useful for knowing when to sit back through difficult cycles. It’s important to know when not to take action and to wait things out, as that can help your chances for success or for gleaning the most out of lessons you are experiencing. Ultimately, a reading is a guide for co-creating what you are trying to achieve in your life. It is a tool for gaining insights into your personality, and working with its strengths and weaknesses.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury is the cosmic messenger. Mercury rules how we communicate, transport things, and transmit information. Mercury rules the mutable air sign of Gemini and the mutable earth sign of Virgo.
Mercury Retrograde happens when Mercury passes between Earth and the sun. As it orbits around the sun, it appears from the earth to be moving backwards. It is an optical illusion. Communication slows down, and it is a time to search within and be introspective.
Mercury Retrograde happens three to four times per year, and this is when we do things that use the word “re” in the sentence like redo, rethink, reconsider, revise, reconnect, reappear, etc. Mercury retrogrades for approximately 23 days.
When can we expect it this year and are there any signs that it affects the most?
Mercury is retrograde from March 5, 2019 until March 28, 2019. Mercury retrogrades at the last degree of Pisces, and Pisces will feel it the most. When it stations direct, it is direct at 16 degrees of Pisces and is conjunct Neptune, the planet of dreams. This is emotionally-based communication. It is a time of being conscious that you could see things more through an emotional lens and not through a practical one. It impacts everyone, and is a time of backing up computers and electronics, and being extra conscious of how written communication comes across.
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is a time when you can lose things, but you can also find lost information and objects from the distant past. Travel is challenging, and you should allow extra time with travel details. The signs most impacted are Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius.
Is there anything people should try to avoid doing or should do during Mercury Retrograde?
If you can avoid big travel plans during this Mercury Retrograde, I would advise it as Mercury traveling with Neptune is extra confusing.
Mercury in Pisces is already like having Mercury in Retrograde, so it brings more of a spacey and dreamy spin to it. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is excellent for journaling and practicing self-care. It is a very creative and introspective time.
Neptune rules the sign of Pisces and is the higher octave of Venus. Neptune rules the dream. This Mercury Retrograde is extra important for connecting to what your dream is for 2019 and imagining the outcome of that dream. It is excellent for all forms of creativity, manifestation, meditation, imagination, chanting, singing, and dancing. Neptune connects us with the angels and spirit guides.
Mercury is retrograde from March 5 through 28, 2019 in Pisces. Mercury retrogrades from July 7 through August 2, 2019 in Leo and Cancer. Mercury retrogrades in Scorpio from October 31 through November 19, 2019. These are all three big Mercury Retrograde times for of the year of 2019.
Are there any common misconceptions about Mercury Retrograde?
One of the misconceptions about Mercury Retrograde is that it is always terrible. Sometimes it can be really frustrating, and I witness a lot of challenges with communication and getting the details of work done, etc. However, I think Mercury Retrograde can be an excellent time for getting organized and doing inner work. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces can be a very illuminating and revealing time, and it can be highly creative. So, the misconception would be not to write when I think it is an excellent time to write, create songs, and do manifesting work.
Are there any positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde?
I think Mercury Retrograde can be an excellent time for shutting down a bit and reassessing how you want to move forward.
Is there anything else we should know about Mercury Retrograde?
The main thing about Mercury Retrograde is that it happens three to four times per year for approximately three weeks at a time. Therefore, it is hard to avoid. This Retrograde, in particular, can be very tricky around communication and is not the best time for starting big ventures. If you can avoid signing big agreements during Mercury retrograde, it is best. However, sometimes you have to work during Mercury during Retrograde. In which case, double-check all your work and make the sure the moon is not void on that particular day.
Spring Equinox: Partner with a new vision
We are nearing the end of the Pisces season. The last few weeks have felt very bizarre, emotional, creative, and dreamy. The last degrees of Pisces are very difficult degrees indeed. These are the last degrees of the last sign of the Zodiac.
Pisces is a sign of endings — among other things. Bear in mind that Mercury, the planet of communication and ideas, stationed retrograde on March 5, 2019 at 29 degrees of Pisces. The Sun is now transiting at the last degrees of Pisces and triggering that painful point of the zodiac and intensifying this Mercury retrograde.
This retrograde has dug up a lot of distant memories, fears, karma, and unfinished business. It is also a time where you can reconcile these insights and revelations. Try to do so with self empathy and forgiveness for others.
There are so many shifts occurring right now, so the message is to make peace with letting go of the past. Honor the pain and the process. Sit with the feelings in order to heal; but, it is also time to start to release.
The fixed star Scheat occurs at 29 degrees of Pisces, and this is a very difficult degree. According to astrologer Bob Marks, this star has a Saturn effect. That means it is very challenging and restricting; it is also involves heavy karma.
I have talked about this a few times already in my last few articles and videos; this is a degree of misfortune. It is one that is associated with drowning, shipwrecks, murder, suicide, and challenges. It can trick you in to feeling lost and hopeless.
Neptune rules the sign of Pisces and represents the illusion. Lies and mistruths are being uncovered. However, with all of this Piscean energy, it is easy to see things through a very subjective lens. It is not hopeless, but it may be time to end certain things and to walk away.
I received a call last week from an old friend of mine whom I met in LA years ago. Let’s call him Boston Tom. I hope he reads this because he will get the reference. He and I do not talk regularly, but we have remained in contact throughout the years. He is a very kind and gentle soul. He told me that he felt suicidal, and he felt guilty because he is so blessed. I am not able to reach him too often and have to respect his boundaries; however, I am very concerned.
Chiron, which represents our wounds and ability to heal those wounds, was recently at 29 degrees of Pisces. A lot of people have felt lost and in great pain since the beginning of the year. Chiron changed signs and entered the cardinal fire sign of Aries on February 18th, 2019. This was a big surge of energy, and it brings the pain to the world axis; but, Chiron in Aries enables people to fight for their wounds more easily. They can also be more reactive, as it is a Mars ruled sign.
This is a time to reach out to people if you feel they are in trouble. This is also a time for you to reach you out to others if you feel lost. You are not alone. Pisces rules the collective, and we are all in this together. Please do not let pride or fear stop you from being vulnerable.
Vulnerability is at a peak right now, and there is great strength and beauty in admitting vulnerability. It can also disarm people by whom you may feel threatened.
On March 20, 2019, The Spring Equinox occurs when the Sun enters 0 degrees of Aries at 5:58 pm EDT. Astrologers cast the chart when the seasons change. The chart for the Spring Equinox has Virgo Ascendant, which is a sign that likes to help others and be of service.
Neptune, which is the planet of deception, illusion, and empathy is on the angle of relationships. Lies and deception can be uncovered — particularly since Neptune is in its home sign of Pisces and is right within two degrees of a major angle.
Neptune is also conjunct Mercury retrograde in Pisces, which means a lot of secrets will be revealed in our own lives and on the world stage. The Sun is at the world axis, and this Equinox chart impacts us all. A lot of relationships will become dissolved, as Neptune dissolves things.
This is also good energy for attracting people who embrace the higher frequency of Neptune: empathy, spirituality, and selflessness. Not to mention great creativity. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and is extremely artistic.
The Sun in Aries falls in the seventh house of partnerships and is conjunct Chiron, the wounded healer. This is excellent energy for dissolving your own relationship with pain and misery. You have accountability, you have strength, and you have choices. The sun in Aries is a time for a new beginning and to fight for that strength.
This is going to a very wild Spring Equinox for a few reasons. Mercury is retrograde in a weakened position in Pisces, which makes things incredibly confusing. Uranus, the planet of surprise and the unexpected, recently entered the sign of Taurus. This is bringing many changes and exits, as Uranus has not been fully in Taurus since the 1930’s.
Uranus had a brief run in Taurus last year from May 15, 2018 — November 6, 2018. It will now remain in the fixed earth sign of Taurus for the next seven years, and this bring HUGE changes in our resources, values, our relationship with the earth, and the banking system.
The other part of this equation is that there is a Full Moon that occurs on the day of the Equinox at 9:43 pm EDT at 0 degrees of Libra. Libra is an air sign ruled by Venus. Libra represents how we partner, and how we seek balance. My feeling is that there will be huge breakups, endings, and more exits with The Full Moon at the world axis. The world axis occurs at 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
The Full Moon chart has its ascendant at 29 degrees of Libra, which is a degree of endings. The Full moon is at 0 degrees of Libra, which is a degree of beginnings; but, a full moon is a time of completion and release. Uranus, the cosmic trickster, is also at 0 degrees of Taurus in the seventh house of relationships. This brings sudden shifts in partnerships.
This Spring Equinox and powerful Full Moon in Libra both pain a time where we all need to embrace huge change to make room for the huge beginnings that will also occur. Take your younger self by the hand and make peace with what was, what is no longer, and what you want to create. This may be a very sensitive time, but it is full of so many possibilities. Time to dream. Time to be vulnerable. Time to take action!