Inevitably, around three times per year, I get a flood of questions about Mercury retrogrades, retrogrades in general, and the meaning of the particular retrograde we are experiencing.
It’s natural that people should want answers since if you spend even just 10 – 20 minutes per day on social media these days you will notice that a) everyone is now an astrologer, b) during mercury retrogrades everyone is posting about it c) weird things happen during mercury retrogrades that make even “non-believers” take up the lingo as a temporary superstition, part of the gossip around the water cooler.
So, here are some things to know about Mercury retrograde or any retrograde, but especially this particular Mercury retrograde in Pisces:
* There are two motions in the sky that ancient mystics, philosophers, and astrologers paid attention to. The primary motion, and the secondary motion.
* The primary motion brings all the planets, and all the stars along the ecliptic (the zodiac) from rising to culminating to setting, to anti-culminating and rising again, in 24 hours.
* For ancient philosophers and mystics this primary motion of the sky, sometimes called the “diurnal motion,” was related to that which is eternal, the realm of the ideas or forms, God, etc.
* The other motion we see in the sky is related to the planets. Each of the planets moves against the grain of this motion, comparatively very slowly, from west toward the east, slowly moving through the zodiac and the backdrop of “fixed” stars.
* Planets in this sense appear to move in the opposite direction as the primary motion. We call this the “secondary motion” of the planets.
* Planets in general, as the agents of karma, or indicators of the laws of karma in the material universe, are related to the realm of “coming to be and passing away,” or the realm of temporary material forms. This material realm is thought to be a reflection of the divine realm, but just as the word “planet” meant “wanderer,” and or “graha” in Indian astrology, as in “grabber,” if we focus on the material realm of the planets, then, just as the planets and material universe itself cycles endlessly through repeated cycles of death and rebirth, so too will we find ourselves helplessly swept along by the forces of material nature, forgetting, or simply not recognizing, or even forcefully denying, the existence of that which is eternal, of the soul who partakes in eternality.
* So retrogrades are interesting because a planet, like our current Mercury who is retrograde in Pisces, is going along against the flow of the primary motion, a wanderer, following its own separative whims and ambitions, much as we souls who incarnate here do, but then it slows down, stops, and starts moving backward, falling back into a kind of alignment with the primary motion…seeming to be captured by the greater, swifter, eternality of the primary motion.
* We translate this to mean that a planet loses something of its agency, perhaps something of its ability to be the controller, and in this sense, it is “debilitated.” A planet stopping, and then falling back into the primary motion, so to speak, moving backward, may indicate reversals of fortune, delays, revisions, revisiting the past, loss of control, a turn or twist of plot, giving back what has been gained, etc.
* However difficult all of this may sound, there is also a distinct sense during retrogrades that something bigger, sometimes benefic, or helpful is entering the picture or taking the wheel; the spiritual is intervening in the normal material flow. Sometimes disruptions are divine. Sometimes letting go or being made to let go, we remember what matters. Sometimes giving up the illusion of control, we remember to stay curious; awe and mystery return, and we open our hearts again. So, even when there are serious reversals or delays, we can only call a mercury retrograde “bad” or “good” in a material sense. The value of a retrograde from a spiritual standpoint depends on whether or not we are cultivating our spiritual consciousness.
* It’s harder without a spiritual practice, and astrology is a kind of spiritual practice, to go beyond the good or bad of a transit, and we also still need the language of good and bad because we aren’t out to deny the reality of the material world and its dualities, either.
* Some people will ask, “why was this retrograde easy for me, and why was this other one so rough?” Similarly, you will see people really berating Mercury retrogrades, while you will see others praise them as highly productive periods. There is no one size fits all description of mundane planetary transits. Planetary transits are as numerous in their significations, and as flexible, as a deck of Tarot cards in terms of the different range of people and situations they can address. So while we can say general things based upon the archetypal dynamics of a transit in question, like a Mercury retrograde in Pisces, we can’t say exactly what each retrograde means because it has the signifying power over countless beings who each have individual karmic trajectories.
* In the same way that we can say it will rain and rain generally feels like this, we can’t say exactly how the rain will affect each individual because context is everything.
* This is one of the reasons that the study of Karma in astrology cannot be easily jammed into an empirical study. Context is its own highly objective factor in astrology. Without context, the planets are highly subjective. Once you have the objective parameters of personal context, things get more specific and able to be more accurately predicted.
* For this reason, you will see many astrologers trying to tell one, big, grand narrative about each transit, trying to imagine that we are all collectively going through one big spiritual experience together, and usually this kind of story expresses itself in terms of positivism, progress, the future, evolution, etc. Everything is about waking up or progressing toward a higher state, etc. And most of the time this “higher state” is also intimately tied to a somewhat narcissistic view of ourselves, our life dramas, the importance of whatever daily or weekly events are happening to us, which we can now see as part of a mass spiritual evolution, etc.
* Let’s be clear, it’s not that there isn’t a collective or public dimension to these transits. Often enough transits can be seen in the news and throughout history, but this doesn’t change the fact that each retrograde is different because each person’s karmic clock is unique. In order to see how a retrograde may affect a person, we typically need to look at things like profections, time lords, and transits in relation to the natal chart. For this reason, it’s not smart to preach either the goodness or the badness of retrogrades. They will be both for different people at different times.
* It also doesn’t help to preach that all retrogrades are GOOD because they can be spiritually valuable to us. While it’s true that they can be good for us, ask yourself this question, if someone had just lost a beloved pet, or a friend, or even a family member, would you say, “This is good for you!” No. Maybe in time. But we can’t pretend to be more evolved than we are. We are still human, and the subjective realm of human dualities has a reality of its own that we need to respect. For this reason, when clients ask me if a retrograde is going to be good or bad, I try to give it to them straight based on a careful study of their individual karma. I don’t recommend we treat retrogrades any differently when considering them in social media forums.
* Also, just because something good happens during a Mercury retrograde, like the sale or purchase of a computer goes smoothly, doesn’t mean that Mercury retrograde gave you a pass. Just because a computer sale didn’t go well, or you got a virus, doesn’t mean Mercury retrograde messed you up. The significations of Mercury are unique to each individual and they change during different seasons of our lives. Sometimes Mercury may have something to do with travel or technology, but often enough it has more to do with your health, a friend, a sibling, a lover, or something else. Mercury is not limited to communication, the mind, travel, and technology. Those are some of Mercury’s natural significations, but planets often signify very specific things that are not limited to their natural significations. When a retrograde comes up, you will seldom understand its message if you ONLY look at the planet’s natural significations. We also need the specificity or context of a chart or a personal inquiry to the stars.
* Okay, so Mercury retrogrades can bring up the usual reversals, delays, challenges, etc., related to Mercury’s natural significations. But the other thing we always need to take into account is Mercury’s current sign situation. Right now, Mercury is in Jupiter’s feminine home sign of Pisces, where it is both in its detriment and fall.
* Mercury is therefore in a place that marks its decrease or decline. However, being in Jupiter’s home, Jupiter brings benefits. So a simple formula is that through Mercury’s current misfortunes there are benefits.
* For example, if a person’s rational control breaks down, they might find faith, or they might find their intuition again. Or if some kind of delay or misfortune occurs, something good may come out of it, some subjectively tangible benefit.
* On the other hand, with Jupiter in a superior square to Mercury, Jupiter definitely has the upper hand. If Mercury insists upon something right now, or tries to assert its will too strongly it’s likely to feel nothing but a loss of control or power and eventual misfortune as a result of not being humble.
* On a deeper level, we should ask ourselves why this phenomenon about retrogrades, itself, keeps coming back. Mercury spends about 1/3 of the year in its retrograde phases. It is the quintessential planet of retrogrades. So what can we learn from it?
* Yesterday in my series on the Hermetica, I read a brief excerpt called “The Circle of Time,” wherein Hermes, who we now call Mercury says “In a sense, the Cosmos is changeless, because its motions are determined by unalterable laws which cause it to revolve eternally without beginning and end. Its parts manifest, disappear and are created anew, again and again in the undulating pulse of time…The present issues from the past, and the future from the present. Everything is made one by this continuity. Time is like a circle, where all the points are so linked that you cannot say where it begins or ends, for all points both precede and follow one another forever.”
* So I like to come back to the simplest image. The planets move forward, like pioneers, eager for the future, eager for progress, eager for the big story taking us forward, eager to desire and explore their own separative desires, live their own stories…but then, again and again, endlessly, they fall back. No matter how hard they might try to move forward without end, the end comes, and they fall back. Something about this simple image relieves me.
Prayer: Relieve us of our cycling and circling without end. Show us the way home, through the forests of our back and forth.
Here’s what to watch for:
* The 9th hexagram of the I Ching is sometimes translated as “Passive Restraint,” or “Restraint of the Small.”
* The image of the hexagram depicts clouds gathering in the west, and the winds of change stirring, but no rain coming.
* The teaching of the hexagram involves the idea that we are helpless before a bigger power that is gathering, or that we cannot force change prior to its appropriate time.
* The teaching of the hexagram also suggests a kind of gentle state of watchfulness, imaged as a sky-watcher, looking upward, seeing the gathering of some future momentum, high above, far removed.
* When ill omens appear in our lives, or when the signs of the times appear darkest, it is as though a powerful force is advancing. We are tempted to react. To take arms. To do something, and fast! And yet, hexagram 9 tells us it is at just this moment that the wisest become very gentle, passive, small, and calm.
* Our curiosity and our calmness are wordless statements: all power, all action, and all results are directed by something I can only pretend to understand.
* What does this moment want from me? How can my actions, my thoughts, and my response find its right place? How might I serve this divine force?
* These aren’t grand gestures on the altar. They aren’t proud statements read aloud, to be enforced, followed with the measuring sticks of spiritual progress, they are the wordless truths of the watcher. The one who sees the signs of the time, and with a confident soul, becomes small and gentle.
* Hexagram 9 is sometimes called “small nurturance,” and it also has the connotation of a small child or a baby’s innocence, a doe-like calmness paired with ready ears.
* Do not grope, push, or pull when you sense that change is near, when nearing completion, or else miss the real gift, which is never WHAT is given, but rather the manner in which it is given. Behind that manner, or within, and surrounding it, there is a halo of invisible light, which we can only see if we become small and we remain alert.
* The gift of this vision is the return to right relationship.
* The second line of the 9th hexagram reads, “He allows himself to be drawn into returning. Good fortune.”
* We can so easily get lost in an eager or anxious response. But here, if we remain passively restrained, if we find that small nurturance, that modest listening and trust, we are saved from a false start, we are saved from rushing in.
* The darkness we see in the sky above, the world around, becomes an overpowering enemy when we allow it to send us into fight or flight mode. On the other hand, when we remain passive, gentle, and observant. When we stay caring and careful. Curious. Then the same accumulated power we see above is transferred to us within. We become the benefactors of a heavy grace, the inheritors of mysterious mercy.
* In this morning’s reading, hexagram 9 changes into hexagram 52…the mountain…an image of stillness, silence, and inactivity.
* In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that the wise see action in inaction and inaction in action.
Prayer: May we be wise, curious, and child-like in the face of gathering clouds, dark omens, confusion, and uncertainty. May we remain cautious, small, and ready during times of great change. Remind us that we are waiting and watching for you, in all things, at all times, so that we might return to the only word of truth that unites us all when we see straight through the gathering storm clouds: Alleluia.
Here are some things to watch for:
* The last time Mercury was retrograde in Leo was the summers of 2011 and 2012. Look back to that time, and look at the whole sign house of Leo in your birth chart to see what topics were active. Take note of any changes, revisions, delays, setbacks, that were happening. Ask yourself the question, “How was my life path unfolding during that time relative to these topics?” This exercise may give you some good hints to prepare you for the path ahead.
* Remember that retrogrades are normal, and remember that retrogrades signal that a planet has lost its apparent “secondary motion,” and has fallen back into the greater “primary motion.” You can therefore always think of retrograde planets as having lost some sense of autonomy, or possibly experiencing breakdown or frustration. A retrograde planet is also an indication that a planet has been subsumed by the wheel of fortune, or that a planet is surrendering into a force greater than itself. These conceptualizations can help us to each surrender and trust the process with retrogrades, and this is why one of the most common side effects of retrogrades is “frustration and delays,” while the most common advice is to be careful not to push your agenda too intensely.
* Remember that Mercury/Hermes is also the guide of souls or the psychopomp. As Mercury turns retrograde, Hermes is also preparing to take us into the underworld, which means there is a theme of mental, intellectual, or communicative depth available to us. We can change our minds. We can reconsider, evaluate, and release what is no longer working, especially surrounding thoughts, ideas, technology, learning, writing, thinking, etc.
* As Mercury descends into the underworld, it is also changing from the evening star to the morning star, which means that Mercury is becoming more “yang” in its disposition. A morning star Mercury, which we will see later in August, is more of a firebrand, a whistle-blower, an evangelist or public preacher, whereas evening star Mercury is sometimes more poetic, nocturnal, liminal, relational, aware of public perception, and more “yin,” in general. So you may notice that your entire way of thinking and relating to others, or the mood and mode of communication in the next weeks, is about to become somewhat less diplomatic and progressively more fierce, bold, and authoritative (especially in the Sun’s sign!).
* Over the next few weeks you should be especially careful of the tendency for aggressive, forceful, or proud communication to get the best of you. As Mercury changes positions it will also be consumed and “burnt up,” by the light of the Sun, which may be particularly intense given that Mercury is also already in a fire sign. (ps–this should become very obvious in the news, too!)
* Finally, remember that wherever there is a breakdown, there is always an opportunity for a breakthrough. When something doesn’t work, or when something is delayed, or when something is “reversed” unexpectedly, we can either rail against the wheel of fortune (a fruitless endeavor), or we can get curious about what is happening, making the assumption that the divine intelligence doesn’t make mistakes, and taking the opportunity to return to our chairs and become students of our own lives again! In the sign of Leo, much of this may revolve around our relation to fathers, men, or authority figures in general (Sun’s sign), or to our own pride, ego, and sense of “rightness” (again, Sun things!).
* A sign of greatness is the excitement we feel when we are humbled. We can and even “should” feel excited when we are humbled because being humbled is a mercy that returns us to ourselves, to our true size and place in the Universe. It’s only from the place of our authentic spiritual position, one little but sacred part of the whole, that we may fulfill our actual destiny. We stand no chance to find our spiritual calling in life if we are constantly stepping outside of ourselves, living in the midst of a puffed up chest or in the white noise of our most prideful complaints. Why be excited when we are humbled? Because its a sign of respect that the Universe would prefer us just as we are, simple, beautiful, children of the divine.
Prayer: Show us the way you prefer us. Teach us to be excited about that. Let each “no” we experience be more than a “no,” but also the most amazing reminder that the divine source we come from is actually speaking to us, which, regardless of whatever it is saying, is just plain awesome.
Here’s what to watch for:
* Mercury in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn combine fire and earth, which are incompatible elements that tend to conflict with each other. Fire is hot and dry, while earth is cold and dry. If fire is enthusiasm, then earth wants to cool and contain it. If fire is faith or certainty, vision or action, then Earth may have its doubts, may feel that fire is impractical or may seek to contain, hold, control, or make fire more “functional,” potentially killing the mood or spirit of fire. On the other hand, where earth has a plan, where earth has a structure, where earth is proposing greater wisdom, rationality, or common sense, fire may be willfully defiant, rebelliously disregarding or even disrepsecting the careful and methodical processes of earth. Earth may be looking for tradition, conservation, method, and measure, while fire may wish to selfishly discard these things in favor of blazing its own trail or being willfully ignorant of something that is commonsensical. Earth may be exhausting the fire and making us sluggish, or fire may be exhausting the earth and making us feel burnt out.
* When fire and earth work together, we have passion in practical service. We have a measured but visionary response. We have method and enthusiasm in cooperation. We have maturity and strength, tradition and individuality working as one.
* It is inevitable, karmic, destined, or fated, that some of us will have to experience the clash of these symbolic/elemental dynamics in the next few weeks. How we respond to these elemental dynamics is also a matter of how we utilize our free will. We should never be so blind to think that we have no role to play in the unfolding of our lives but never so arrogant to think that we are in control of everything. Both extremes tend toward seeing ourselves and one another as impersonal and objective, rather than personal and relational.
* Among many other things, Mercury is the mind, speech, communication, highly developed skills, learning, technology, information, messages, invention, translation, and interpretation, whereas Saturn is ignorance, darkness, the maturity of age and time, death and disease, mortality, structure, discipline, loneliness or isolation, and things that are abandoned or outcast. When the two get together by square they are relating to one another through the language of Mars (ancient astrology tells us that squares are of the nature of Mars).
* The desire to control, squelch, direct, kill, extinguish, or exhaust someone’s enthusiasm, speech or mind is a temptation to avoid right now. Similarly, the combination of Mercury and Saturn represents the fortification of the mind. If someone or something is trying to kill your joy or enthusiasm, if someone is trying to control you or tell you how to think, and it’s not an instruction you’ve asked for, then you may find yourself needing to fortify and defend your mind from those invasive or domineering influences.
* On the other hand, sometimes our willfull, youthful, and rebellious nature, especially mentally or verbally, needs to be reformed. This transit may very naturally teach us to be less impulsive, self-centered, competitive, loud, fast, and furious…especially mentally or verbally. Sometimes we mistakenly think that the only way to communicate something is to do so with power, force, volume, or vigor. On the other hand, sometimes we mistakenly think that the only way to communicate something is to do so with as much control and reference to authority or structures of authority as possible. We forget how to be human; we forget how to be individuals because we worship structures of the mind rather than our various structures of the mind being employed to help us worship the divine.
* I refuse to think. I refuse to discuss issues or topics that are challenging or that require patience and careful or mature and compassionate reasoning. This is a problem. Sometimes people mistakenly think that spirituality involves ditching or not using the mind. People think that spirituality is nothing more than nice feelings, relaxation, beauty, and general kindness to others. These qualities are of course an important by-product of spiritual life, but if we refuse to think or if we refuse to consider the larger questions of life, “Why am I here?” “Am I more than my body?” “If I am an eternal spirit/soul, then how should I live?” “What does it mean to have a spiritual practice, and why should I have one at all?” Sometimes people say, “get out of your head and into your heart,” forgetting that heart-centered practices, in fact, lead to heart-centered intelligence.
* We’ll continue to look at this for the rest of the month!
Prayer: Mold our minds into the shape of our eternal selves, a pair of completely unique hands, pressed together in loving prayer. Make our minds a temple, free of the white noise of me and mine, and full of the flowering songs of devotion.
A few things to remember about retrogrades:
* When a planet is retrograde it starts moving along with the primary motion of the sky, rather than moving against the grain of the primary motion, as it usually does. The primary motion of the sky was symbolically related to the “one,” by Plato, whereas the secondary motions of the planets were related to materiality or duality. So when a planet is retrograde we might say that it is swept up in the primary motion of the sky and therefore is swept up by the one. The planet becomes somewhat powerless to move against the grain of the one. It loses something of its own volition, power, autonomy, or “choice” in the matter and becomes somewhat helpless…in the same way we are swept along somewhat helplessly by fate when we find ourselves stuck overnight in an airport during a mercury retrograde!
* You can also think about retrograde planets like Pacman barfing out the little pellets after consuming them (haha). As each planet goes along through the zodiac it consumes zodiacal degrees, one after another, and so when it moves backward it is giving back what has been gained. Retrogrades are often talked about in association with revision, redoing something, or someone from the past coming back, but we can also say that they signify giving back, losing, or surrendering what has been gained.
* Finally, we can’t forget the stations. When studying retrogrades in the birth chart one of the most important periods to watch for is the station to turn direct that comes just before a slower moving planet will finally move in direct motion to make an aspect to a planet in your birth chart. For example, let’s say that you have a planet at the first degree of Taurus in your birth chart. This Uranus stationing period is a really big deal because as the tide of this period turns and Uranus starts moving forward again it will now move in direct motion straight through the last degrees of Aries and right into a conjunction with any planets in the first degrees of Taurus between now and the springtime. Although we rightly pay attention to the exact moment when Uranus would enter Taurus and conjoin some planet in those early degrees of Taurus, it’s also hugely important to pay attention to the stationing period prior to the direct motion that takes Uranus to perfect its first conjunction to a planet in early Taurus. Why? Because we’re talking about a turning of the tide that is setting in motion a series of events or changes that will lead to whatever Uranus conjoining a planet in those early degrees of Taurus might signify. For example, let’s say you have the Moon in early Taurus and it’s the ruler of your seventh house. This month as Uranus slows down, stops, and then finally turns direct, the tide may be turning in your relationship, leading to inevitable and powerful changes by springtime when Uranus enters Taurus. OR, your spouse might be going through personal changes RIGHT NOW that become a pivotal turning point for a career change this spring when Uranus enters Taurus.
* Simple point, pay attention to station periods, and especially when the planet stationing to turn direct or retrograde will move after the station swiftly to make an aspect of some kind in your natal chart.
* Right now, Mercury is heading for its next station in a week and will make its station in a square to Neptune. We’ll talk about that in days to come. While Uranus is stationing and after it turns direct will be on a straight path to changing signs after seven or so years of being in Aries. We will also talk about this a whole lot in weeks to come!
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Prayer: Teach us to see your work moving in and through the rivers of time. Teach us to recognize each season and to live according to the intelligence of each season.
* The need to create more space and time
* The need to shorten something
* The need to tighten, reduce, or simplify
* The feeling of limitation and constraint
* Feeling mentally inept
* Feeling like you can’t communicate clearly or effectively
* Feeling like your thoughts or words are either too rigid or not clear enough
* Feeling hesitant to commit
* Experiencing or expressing extreme doubt or certainty
* Looking for more time, but not just any time, the “right” kind of time
* Looking for space, but not just any space, the “right” kind of space
* Asking for something and being denied
* A disgruntled customer coming back
* Breakdowns of technology that create openings of time and space
* Changes or revisions of technology, transit, or travel
* Neglecting, denying, or simply refusing to communicate
* Headaches or inflammatory communication
* Feeling mentally or verbally exhausted
* Removal of something
* Time cut short, time is up
* A hard piece of news or information
* Becoming more focused, serious, committed, perhaps involving something mercurial
* The emphasis on maturity, on objective or concrete facts, placing limits on expectations or vain hopes
* The word “no” as the building block to long-term growth and happiness
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Prayer: Show us the right time, and teach us how to live in its endless embrace.
* When information that has been hidden from us is revealed we see more than just the information presented. For whatever is hidden contains within it the seeds of why it was hidden.
* When we have no faith in anything larger than ourselves, then our morality, no matter how advanced it may appear, is always primarily functional. We may say that something is good or bad, ethical or unethical, based purely upon what we believe is good for the most people, but our definition of “people,” untethered to the soul, will eventually reduce humanity to its temporary needs, or conflate humanity with its base desires. A morality without divinity is an appearance of goodness that can only mask a deeper corruption of the spirit for so long.
* The symptoms of this duplicity are found in opportunism and the way we capitalize on the misfortune of others or easily ignore or overlook injustice that doesn’t personally effect us or that may even support or benefit us.
* We all live with this duplicity because few live day to day without falling into the trap of becoming identified purely with the body, purely with the “what” and “how,” always excluding the “why?”
* When we exclude the why, we hide things or hide from things that cannot be hidden forever from the only thing that lasts forever which is the pure and clear light of divinity.
* Leaders without morality or the inability to stand up to leaders without morality comes from what we think we get by being in favor with corruption. We condone what we desire, seeing what is corrupt in quiet corroboration with twisted elements of our minds. This comes in part from poor self esteem. We do not see ourselves as eternal spiritual beings.
* Few are perfect but the greater sin is to suggest that there is no such thing as perfect.
* We believe so that we can see, and we see so that we might believe even farther than what we are blessed to see.
* Being liberal doesn’t mean denying the existence of objective truth. Being progressive doesn’t mean we reduce all truth claims into psychological description, personal caricature, or aesthetics. Truth is beautiful and true, unique and multifaceted, but unmistakable and actually true, all at once.
* When rules and morality in a society are twisted in letter to betray the spirit, then the spirit is dead. When the spirit is dead, death, judgement and reform comes next.
Prayer: Show us the total truth, not just what’s hidden but why we hide things to begin with. Exclude none of us from the mercy of this vision.
1. You are dealing with technical issues, misunderstandings, blockages, or delays.
2. You at some point this morning have said, “this is so totally Mercury retrograde.”
3. Your words have been misunderstood…maybe the fact that they’ve been misunderstood creates another kind of misunderstanding.
4. Your environment feels messy, dirty, unorganized, or generally all over the place.
5. You are tempted to undo, redo, or totally change course.
6. You are trying against all odds to avoid some kind of challenge or block that has crossed your path today…you realize you may waste most of your day if you keep trying to avoid it, yet you persist.
7. You are dealing with an old issue that keeps coming up.
8. You forgot your charger, keys, wallet, that important piece of information, or somehow missed someone or something.
9. You are tempted to try to pull something off that will probably take up a good portion of your day and not succeed.
10. You are having a totally normal day, with nothing big to report on, and you’re making sure to tell everyone who is cursing Mercury retrograde.
Prayer: Retrograde me until I’m silly in love with it all. 🙂
Keep your eyes peeled for…
* Delays, setbacks, and all manner of Mercury matters reaching a halt, standstill, or temporary shutdown.
* However, the Moon making a trine to this stationing Mercury could also represent the return on something you’ve been waiting to hear back about, something from the past turning up and perhaps paying you back or returning a favor. It’s also possible that delays could be somewhat meaningful or helpful right now, so keep your eye out for the benevolent breakdown or a return from the past.
* The conjunction of this stationing Mercury to Pluto leads us into the underworld, the unconscious, the secretive, that which is hidden, that which is perhaps toxic and in need of coming up to the light, or anything related to Mercury (messages or messengers, information, communication, technology, etc) that undergoes a powerful and complete transformation.
* As new information comes to light, how does it change the way we think or perceive? Are we taking the time to reflect, or are we immediately judging the new facts or information and running with it? Discernment is key in the next few days!
* We may be about to revisit, rehas, or begin a longer period of changing or negotiating the terms of something or the structure of something we use very regularly in the day to day. The most important thing to consider is not just “how does this get me to where I want to go even quicker,” but “how does this help me sustain things in the long run?”
* Remember that today’s astrology also includes a slow, applying square to Saturn. It’s normal to feel some weightness, to see larger or more serious structural challenges or clashes with authority figures or having to cope or deal with the burden or difficulty of something. Negotiating our way through is likely since Mercury’s station with Pluto augurs a powerful transformation and Jupiter and Uranus’ upcoming opposition also points toward a rapid and powerful series of transformative events.
Prayer: Send us the messenger. Let his words speak truth. May it spark a revolution wherever one is needed.
This is a significant cultural and political moment where a revolutionary effort has succeeded in the face of tremendous opposition. This is Jupiter/Uranus at its best!
So what will the next few weeks hold for us as Jupiter closes in on the exact opposition of Uranus by Christmas and the New Year?
Here’s a few things to watch for:
* As the opposition moves closer to exact, Mercury is moving into its shadow period, will begin slowing down, and will station to turn retrograde near the solstice, nearly conjunct with Pluto, and just as the electoral college meets to confirm the presidency. This may be nothing more than an interesting coincidence, but it’s worth keeping our eye on.
* Personally, the Mercury retrograde in the midst of this revolutionary process may indicate the revision, revisiting, delaying, or renegotiating of a plan or proposal, a project or system or organization, a message or structure of some kind. It’s also possible that information may come to light that is shocking, inspiring, and as transformational and revolutionary as it is unexpected.
* In the next week the Sun will conjoin Saturn and we will also see the theme of death, endings, expiration dates, or the end of a cycle and the beginning of something new. Each year when the Sun conjoins Saturn it is as though we are seeing things for what they are rather than what we wish they were or can’t stand to accept. The Saturn/Sun conjunction is also indicative of the start or foundation of a new creative enterprise or the start of a new sense of direction or purpose…when we are faced with certain limitations or barriers, we often get very clear about where we ought to go next. Since Jupiter/Uranus and Pluto are in a t-square right now, it’s likely that these circumstances are all related to a pretty powerful season of liberation, breakthroughs, inspiration, and progress (but not without the resistance and tension of the opposition or the depth, power and darkness of Pluto).
This is easily one of the most dynamic and exciting times of the year, and it’s safe to say that some of the most exciting and interesting moments are definitely still in front of us this moon cycle. Tomorrow the Moon will enter the bondage of the first quarter, which should bring a series of significant developments, challenges, and compromises into the total efforts of this revolutionary season.
Prayer: as one year closes and another begins, help us to see the spirit of revolution just as naturally as all the heavenly bodies revolving in their places, each singing the songs they were created to sing.