Mercury retrograde March 2019 begins on March 5 at 29° Pisces and ends on March 28 at 16° Pisces. Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. Mercury retrograde is associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items.
You may reminisce about the past or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. Business negotiations are often in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde, with some important details not yet be available.
Mercury Retrograde March 2019
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone (16° to 29° Pisces). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde March 2019:
- February 19 to March 5 –The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (16° to 29° Pisces).
- March 5 to 28 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (29° to 16° Pisces)
- March 28 to April 16 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (16° to 29° Pisces).
Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone
During the first shadow period you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase (see chart).
Mercury enters the retrograde zone at 16°05′ Pisces on Tuesday February 19, the same day as the exciting, adventurous and sexy February 2019 full moon. It brought opportunities for change, romance and success.
Mercury conjunct Neptune on its own can bring confusion, fear, deception and scandal. But sextile Venus Saturn it brings sensitivity, romance, sensuality, karmic attraction and creative imagination.
Together with the full moon and other planets, the first Mercury direct phase brought compassion, healing, selflessness, clairvoyance and spirituality. This is a time for dreaming, psychic awareness and learning occult subjects like astrology and Tarot.
Mercury Stationary Retrograde
Mercury retrograde on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at 29°38′ Pisces is conjunct the minor planet Chiron and a fixed star in Pegasus Constellation called Scheat. This difficult star is a strong influence in March 2019. Mercury is conjunct Scheat from February 28 to March 10. Chiron stays within the 2° orb of Scheat until March 18. Finally, the Sun in the March 20 full moon is conjunct Scheat.
Fixed star Scheat at 29°37′ Pisces causes extreme misfortune, murder, suicide, and drowning. According to Robson , with Mercury it causes many accidents and narrow escapes especially by water, many enemies, trouble through writings, and is bad for health and domestic affairs. However, Ebertin  said:
it is possible for a positive influence to emanate from Scheat, but only for some people and having an effect on their mental creativity if these people are ready to receive such inflow.
Mercury conjunct Chiron suggests communications will be a source of pain. Hurtful words may include teasing, name calling and other forms of verbal abuse. Online bullying and it’s influence on teenage suicide is likely to make the news.
Opinions about people with mental illness and physical disabilities will also come into focus. Issues may involve abuse, discrimination and the perception some people have that disabled people are less intelligent than they are.
A more positive side to Mercury conjunct Chiron is the ability to really listen to people’s problems and understand their pain. Your words may have hurt people in the past but they can heal people now. Mercury with Chiron also gives healing hand.
This bi-wheel chart shows the close relationship between Mercury retrograde March 5, 2019 at 29 38, and Mercury retrograde March 4, 1973 at 28 ♓ 35. Thank you to Jen Rose for finding this connection.
IRA bombings and EU votes and opinion polls about Northern Ireland occurred in early March 1973. Mars setting in the Brexit horoscope will keep causing hostility right up to 11 p.m. on 29 March 2019.
Mercury Stationary Direct
Mercury direct on March 28, 2019 at 16°05′ Pisces is conjunct Neptune and a star in Constellation Eridanus the River called Achernar. Both Neptune and Achernar have a spiritually enlightening and psychic influence on Mercury retrograde from March 24 to 28, and on Mercury direct from March 28 to April 4.
Mercury conjunct Neptune lasts from March 21 to April 6, and is exact on March 24 (retrograde) and April 2 (direct). Mercury stations direct half a degree ahead of Achernar but stays within orb of this star from March 21 to April 4.
Just as other factors highlighted the Mercury retrograde degree, the Mercury direct degree is also activated by other astrology. The March 6 new moon, one day after Mercury stations retrograde, is at 15°47′ Pisces conjunct Neptune and Achernar. Thankfully, this star has a more positive influence than Scheat.
Fixed star Achernar at 15°34′ Pisces gives success in public office, beneficence, and religion.  Well placed, it promises happiness and success by giving good morals, faithful adherence to one’s religious beliefs, or a philosophical inclination. 
The following channeled material about Mercury conjunct Achernar comes from a book called The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance :
These individuals accomplish many things. This creates an expansion of the psychic through the subconscious. They are always in communication with the spiritual realm. When asking a question of their spirit guides, the answer comes to them immediately. There is no waiting even though it may be a question from their own ego subconscious, or a question asked by another. The answers are given immediately. They can be psychics for the public or it can be used for their own benefit. There can be difficulty with earthbound and mundane matters so that they need someone who can take care of these functions for them. They generally seek out a partner who wants to be needed and who can take care of those earthly necessities for them. It is difficult for them to take care of their own physical needs and they require a partner who is more on the mundane level.
Mercury conjunct Neptune enhances your imagination, creativity and empathy. It will focus your thinking and communications on spiritual topics, mysteries, the occult and secrets.
Valuable insights can be gained through meditation, dreaming, and practicing occult fields like astrology and Tarot. You may become involved in some intrigue or secret affair, where it is important to maintain the highest of moral standards to avoid scandal and slander.
Mercury conjunct Neptune can impact your thinking and communications in a negative way through misconception, irrationality, confusion, fear and paranoia. This is more likely during Mercury retrograde up to March 28, and maybe for a few more days until Mercury speed up. You should beware of deceit, treachery, lies, poison and all manner of underhand tactics.
However, Mercury direct is on a positive fixed star and makes harmonious aspects to the Moon and Saturn. So Mercury direct conjunct Neptune is more likely give reliable psychic perception, with unbiased processing of this spiritual information. Ultimately, you can express these insights through compassionate, supportive and selfless words, thought projection and healing hands.
Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 29°38′ Pisces (see chart).
For more detail on how Mercury retrograde 2019 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits. For more information on Mercury retrograde in your birth chart and in transit see Mercury Retrograde Meaning.
Mercury Retrograde 2019 Dates
- March 5 to 28, 2019 – 16° to 29° Pisces
- July 7 to 31, 2019 – 23° Cancer to 4° Leo
- October 31 to November 20, 2019 – 11° to 27° Scorpio
- Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.206, 116.
- Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.80, 77.
- The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.164.