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Everyday Astrology
June 12, 2021
Mercury Retrograde

Now that the concept of Mercury Retrograde has entered mainstream cultural consciousness -- (A surprising number of people actually know what it means!!) -- I see various descriptions of it from "inconvenient" to "nerve-wracking." Yes, indeed, Mercury Retrograde can be all that & more. Sometimes it's like Mercury has a twisted sense of humor & plans his moves so he hits at the most annoying moments.

So, I sympathize with those who have to deal with the trouble he seems to sprinkle through our lives. Misunderstandings, canceled appointments, missing emails, botched reservations, snarled travel plans, computer crashes -- & technological glitches everywhere, "car trouble," traffic jams, etc. These can be your "everyday experiences" when Mercury is retrograde. The variety alone is impressive.

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Everyday Astrology
June 1, 2021
Mercury Retrograde

Three or four times a year, Mercury ... the planet closest to the Sun -- associated in Astrology with travel, speech, communications & language skills, & with technology, transportation & equipment in the material world -- "turns retrograde." Previously, outside the fields of astronomy & astrology, this term was barely known & never heard.

With recent interest in New Age doings, that has changed. A surprising number of ordinary people (grin) know the term Mercury Retrograde ... & even more impressive, they have a fair idea what it means. I don't know whether this term -- or time -- ever meant anything special to astronomers, but students & practitioners of Astrology always watched it with care, awe & even trepidation.

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Everyday Astrology
May 31, 2021
Mercury Retrograde

In this age of information, you can find lots of general articles about Mercury Retrograde. For a long time, it was something known mostly to Astrologers & people who followed Astrology enough to have this as part of their working knowledge. Even a basic article will tell you it's an optical illusion. It happens three or four times a year. It has a shadow period both before & after the actual retrograde. And it's predictable.

Even if you're not an Astrologer, you can find out Mercury Retrograde information (just as you do stuff on Moon phases, etc.) just by doing a little research on your own. The physical stuff is easy. Date, time, sign, degrees, etc. The better trick though is knowing what it means. This, of course, means knowing more than just the basics.

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Everyday Astrology
February 2, 2021
Mercury Retrograde

All the planets in a traditional horoscope have a retrograde cycle, an optical illusion from the perspective of Earth when the planet seems to reverse course & for a while, move in the other direction than its usual path. Mercury retrogrades more often than any other planet -- usually three times a year for about three weeks at a time. It happens so often & the effects are so notorious, the phrase is in the common lexicon.

Mercury Retrograde is known to accompany confusion, delay, frustration, misunderstandings & traffic mishaps. Mercury, despite the "backing up" symbolism, doesn't actually cause these things. It simply reflects the fact the time has arrived to reorganize, reorient & edit the intellectual cycle -- to align & adjust it back to an altered reality.

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Everyday Astrology
October 14, 2020
Mercury Retrograde

Retrograde motion is a phenomenon in both Astrology and Astronomy. It's an optical illusion based on our perspective here on Earth to the other planets as they continue their various journeys in orbit around the Sun. You can read more about that here.
---> Articles on Retrograde Motion in Astrology

All the planets in a traditional horoscope have a retrograde cycle, a time when they retrograde every year. The Sun and The Moon never retrograde, and anyway, neither is a planet. The Sun is a star and the Moon is a satellite of Earth. So, yes, all the planets retrograde.

Mercury, the fastest moving planet, retrogrades most often -- some three to four times a year. When it does, all the things associated with Mercury in Astrology -- like travel and communication -- get snarled. Think lost letters, missing emails, documents you have to redo, voided contracts, appointment mix-ups, computer melt-downs, botched hotel reservations, delayed flights, car trouble, traffic jams. The list can seem endless.

On the surface, Mercury Retrograde is considered a time associated with confusion, delay & frustration. It lasts around three weeks -- technically. But with the shadow phase both before and after, the effects of a Mercury Retrograde period can influence daily experiences for nearly two months.

There are positive ways to use Mercury Retrograde, but you have to work at it -- and take nothing for granted while you do. It's a good time to rethink the intent behind what you say, to review your beliefs & opinions, to rework your presentations, to ask "Is this trip really necessary ... & why am I taking it?" With Mercury Rx, what you want & what you accomplish are often two different things.

It's time to take precautions, double check everything & be extra clear in all that you say, think & write.

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Everyday Astrology
August 18, 2020
Mercury & His Retrograde Gig

In the geology of space, which is also the geology of a horoscope, Mercury is always found close to the Sun. The two seem bound by an invisible tether that keeps them not just in close proximity, but more often aligned during the year than any other pair of celestial citizens. Mercury never moves more than 28° away from the Sun in either direction -- either trailing behind the Sun, or out in front, leading.

Clearly this means the only major aspect the Sun & Mercury can form is their conjunction with each other. This happens twice every time Mercury retrogrades. In the early part of the cycle he lines up with the Sun and passes behind. After roaming around in the shadows (or maybe the closet) for a while, he goes direct & ultimately catches up again, passes again ... and after a while the process repeats.

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Mercury loves variety

Everyday Astrology
June 18, 2020
Mercury Retrograde

When in the course of human events, it become necessary for us to pause, consider where we are, rethink our direction, reassess what we know or beliefs we've adopted, & generally screw our heads back on straight again, Mercury goes retrograde. That may not seem like what's happening, or what he's trying to accomplish. It seems like a mess, & it can be.

So try to make friends with Mercury Retrograde. Learn to speak his language. Understand what he needs to accomplish. Try to work with him on his terms. See him as a friend not an adversary. It will make a world of difference. It will make life easier for both of you. It will put you on a different footing. It will help you appreciate him.

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