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study of astrology looks at the motion of the planets in the solar
system from our perspective here on earth, and because of anomalies
in the orbits of the planets, occasionally during their travels
around the sun they appear to move backwards. As a planet turns
retrograde, it appears to slow down gradually until it appears
to be almost standing still. This is called "making a station."
When planets are in retrograde motion, their effect on us tends
to be rather more insistent, like a teacher who keeps us after
school to be sure we have learned the lesson that day.
Transiting planets make angles to the planets in our own
birthcharts, creating environmental patterns of energy that affect
us in our day-to-day life. Because of this retrograde motion,
a transiting planet often will "hit" our birth planet,
move past it, then turn retrograde and hit it a second time, turn
direct again and hit a third time. Occasionally Pluto will hit
a birth planet four or five times in a truly life-changing transition.
like to compare this kind of transitory effect to cars driving
through your neighborhood with loud boomboxes. When the transiting
planet first begins to approach your birth planet, it's like the
car with the loud boombox is at the end of your street and about
to turn the corner. It is entering your conscious awareness, but
you can still tune it out. As it gets closer to your house, it
gets louder and more difficult to ignore. Finally the car is in
front of your house (as the transiting planet "hits"
your birth planet), and you feel the full impact of that planet's
energy. Still, as the car drives past your house you tend to try
to forget about it, hoping it will drive off, just as in a planetary
transit. If the planet "hits" your birth planet once,
the influence is not so significant. But quite often the planet
will turn retrograde and "hit" your birth planet again,
forcing you to examine the issues that concern that planet and
sign, just as if that car parks in front of your house you will
want to deal with the problem and go have a talk with the driver.
Then as the car turns again and drives away, you are left with
a sense of completion.
Mercury rules matters of communication and learning, so
when Mercury is traveling in retrograde motion, as it does several
times a year, it is very common to have breakdowns in communication.
Telephone systems break down, we experience machinery difficulties,
negotiations get confused. Remembering that retrograde periods
serve the purpose of causing us to examine those issues more deeply,
it is important during Mercury retrograde periods to work harder
to remember details, to explain clearly, and to put everything
in writing where possible. We must be more conscious than usual
and live fully in the moment in order not to miss the necessary
retrograde periods, the planets may appear to be moving backwards
from our perspective here on earth because astrology views the
solar system from a geocentric (earth-centered) reference point.
During these periods the energies symbolized by those planets
tend to operate on a more unconscious level, and issues described
by those planets (in the case of Mercury, communication) often
need to be revisited and reflected upon. Unfinished business may
crop up to be re-examined, we may find ourselves more introverted
than we usually are. Often cell phones, email systems, and other
technology break down during these periods. Contracts and negotiations
can be difficult and there is a tendency towards misunderstanding
between people. Mercury retrograde periods have their value and
it's not necessary to fear them, but it IS useful to be more careful
than usual. If you're going on vacation and it's raining you don't
cancel your trip, but you will want to bring your raincoat and
umbrella and it is the same here. If Mercury is retrograde in
your chart, you may find life is easier because everyone is operating
at the same frequency that you are. Otherwise, If you follow these
precautions, you should be fine: Be sure any negotiations or agreements
are in writing and clearly understood by all parties. If you are
having trouble with equipment, be certain to follow all steps
and read all instructions. Take advantage of the tendency to turn
within to listen to your inner voice and guidance. Try not to
be frustrated with delays that occur in getting answers to questions
or results - realize that sometimes more attention to detail is
required. Rest more and use your creative mind. Clarify and focus
your intention so that when Mercury turns direct you will be ready
to move forward with renewed clarity and purposes.
successful launch on July 4, 2006 as Mercury turned Rx is a good
example of how Mercury retrograde can work. The failure of the
shuttle to launch the previous July during a Mercury Rx period
forced NASA to go back to the drawing board and revise their plans,
leading to a successful launch in 2006. This example shows the
way retrograde Mercury works, and why with all of astrology it's
important to view the larger context. Events that are disrupted
during one Mercury retrograde period are completed during another
retrograde period. The retrograde periods are great times for
going back over something that needs more work. For redesigning
your website, reviewing your goals and plans. We may find them
frustrating, but they are essential to balance periods of growth
and change. They help to deepen our understanding, and give us
a greater sense of depth and balance.