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Mercury Retrograde

May 10, 2009


Mercury has been retrogressing since May 7th 2009 and will continue to move backwards until May 31st. Mercury, the messenger is the ruler of communication. SO we can expect things like misunderstandings, conflicts with appointments, agreements, and even technology to be out of wack. Mercury normally turns retrograde three times a year, but this year he turns tail four times, which is unusual. The effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens.

Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially those who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, teachers, travelers, tricksters and thieves.

Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.

It is not exactly wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is likely that such decisions will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!

MERCURY RETROGRADE IN TAURUS At 23:54 hrs UT on May 13, Mercury slips back into Taurus, the sign of the Bull. Taurus is a Fixed Sign, so the other Fixed Signs – Leo, Aquarius and especially Scorpio – will notice the developments and the effects of the Fixed Stars that are active. Mercury retro in Taurus suggests problems with the practical application of knowledge and ideas, and disruptions or communication breakdown in diplomacy, the arts and the pursuit of money, possessions and pleasure. Too much focus on the maximization of gain and of enjoyment can have the opposite effect; erratic changes can suddenly develop, much to everyone’s surprise, or even consternation. Talk fests may drone on and on, creating hoarseness as well as boredom for the participants.

To put it another way, Mercury retrograde in Taurus brings stubborn blockages connected with new ideas, powers of concentration and putting ideas into a practical format. Access to the most direct route to your goals is likely to be blocked by breakdowns in communication and unwillingness to compromise.

Mercury turns direct again at  on May 31, returning to Gemini on June 14th. The underlying energies are connected with Algol because Mercury sweeps over this difficult star three times during this phase (April 28; May 20; and June 10). On April 28 in the initial shadow period there is a dangerous square aspect in the heavens between passionate Mars and retrograde Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, associated with  Moon Wobble. Power struggles, jealousy and revenge may be the guiding forces behind some pretty intense activities. Past actions may cause obstacles that must be overcome before current actions can succeed. Anger aroused under this influence can be formidably destructive, but transformed into positive energy, it can produce formidable accomplishments.

So be wise, be patient and be mindful of what the universe is going through. Smile and do only things that are beneficial for your well being.


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