Eclipses. Retrogrades. Full Moons. New Moons. People react to these cyclical events, occurring with predictable reliability, with groans or glee, depending on their attitudes to change. And change, invariably, begets growth. And growth is almost always painful, at least in part, for it inches us that much closer to death—another reliably inevitable development.
So every astronomical event is a harbinger of eventual death. But not just yet. In the meantime we have stuff to do, and each astral phenomenon deepens our ability to do it. We create strategies and work-arounds to lessen pain or difficulty; we find deeper meaning in joy when we have suffered for it. When life’s events shake us up, and we survive, it is a triumph: another day on which we’ve cheated death.
Another candle we can blow out, on that cyclical event.
In the light of eternity—of life and death—even the dreaded Mercury Retrograde has its gifts of epiphany and humour. Thinking backwards helps us get it right, so that we can go back and fix the things we rushed over in the first place. And each 3-week hiatus makes us understand and appreciate how well things work in DIRECT motion—and we get this opportunity 4 times a year.
Eclipses come in pairs (with the occasional threesome) twice annually. Lunations and full moons, every 4 weeks. Solar Returns—birthdays—once a year.
And in every event, a milestone. We made it this far….
Passion. Obsession. Destiny. These are the themes that come up when Venus opposes Pluto, as it does this week and next. And since she’s moving in moody Cancer—and Pluto can be pretty brooding, even in Capricorn—the emotional climate is hot and heavy. Add to this a playfully flirtatious Mars in Gemini, beginning its sextile to expansive Jupiter in Leo; and a Retrograde Mercury unhelpfully backing away and refusing to communicate; and we have the makings for Serious Emotional Drama. The potential for romantic snafus is monumental.
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
Lewis Carroll’s Alice is caught in the toils of her own personal Mercury Retrograde. Ours begins today, and ends—all but for the catch-up Shadow Period—June 11th. And THIS one poses us a challenge: when nothing works in the outside world, we have to operate from within. So for three weeks, we have to trust our guts.
Mercury Retrograde. The very words strike terror into the breasts of the initiated, particularly those who don’t have the option of holing up in the Himalayas and have to navigate the workplace—wherein they can expect delays, last-minute demands, lost keys or shipments, travel snafus, unexpected complications—in short, all the inconvenience and discombobulations connected with backwards motion. The benefits of Mercury Rx are mostly personal; but the setbacks mainly occur in the world of work.
What can you do? PREPARE!!! DO IT NOW!
Mercury goes Retrograde Saturday. Time to re-consider. Everything.
I love retrograde Mercuries: they’re FUNNY. Everyone has stories of annoyance, delay, coincidence, trains or planes missed, loves lost, loves found, the lone slipper at large under the chaise lounge—the anecdotes range from the tragi-comic to the merely silly, but they almost always contain an element of humour, appropriate to the Trickster Planet.
Retrograde Mercury’s message: LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE!
Every day the weather changes; and we complain. Too hot; too cold; too much rain; not enough rain. We react; we take it personally. But weather is neutral: it rains on us whether or not we have an umbrella. Planetary patterns affect us the same way, whether we know it or not.
“Mercury Retrograde AGAIN!!” I heard all last month, when it was. But people who never heard of astrology, let alone retrogrades, still lost keys and files, missed planes and appointments, and confused instructions and directions. Over Christmas and all through January, people sulked and sooked about relationships gone wrong and finances being awry—a 6-week Venus Retrograde; now we are into a LENGTHY Mars AND Saturn Retrograde period, during which time getting anything started will feel like slogging through a swamp filled with molasses. The good thing about retrogrades is that they slow us down, so we can work smarter and more efficiently; the bad thing about retrogrades is that they slow us down, so due diligence takes longer. Either way, some will complain and some will wear rubbers.
This is Astro-Weather—the psychic-emotional climate mirrored in the skies. It WILL have an impact, whether one believes in astrology or not. As with meteorological forecasts, if we know what’s coming, we can prepare. Either generally, as with trends for the area; or specifically, with a professional look at one’s chart. I recommend the latter—obviously—but for the reason that the clues as to HOW to ride out storms or capitalize on sunny periods lie within the chart of each individual. It isn’t prescriptive—human nature is ornery and requires internal debate; and astrologers, like meteorologists can be WRONG—but the information is THERE, if you look for it. And if you need help in locating it—call me!
Okay, folks, it’s time once again to sort out matters done and left undone. Every 3 months or so, we go through the planetary exercise known as Mercury Retrograde: this time the dates are October 21st to November 10th, with a shadow period thereafter through the 27th. During those 5 weeks, phone calls will drop; planes will be late; emails will be lost, or sent unwittingly to the wrong people; all memory of dates or appointments will be suspended; and translators will choose an incorrect idiom. Misunderstandings abound; and normal communication screeches to a halt.
Mercury R has a wretched rep.
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”