Mercury Retrograde

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Mercury Retrograde

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 important sections  WHAT DOES MERCURY AFFECT  and THE KEY ISSUE

Mercury, the messenger of the gods Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde in Aquarius [Jan 11 – Feb 1, 2009]

At 16:45 UT (Universal Time), on Sunday, January 11th, 2009, Mercury the cosmic trickster turns retrograde in Aquarius,
the sign of the Water-Bearer, sending communications, travel,
appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup! Since this is
the day of the potent Full Moon in Cancer, people's emotions will be on
high alert! The retro period begins a few days before the actual
turning point (as Mercury slows) and lasts for three weeks or so, until
February 1, when the Winged Messenger reaches his direct station. At this time he halts and begins his return to direct motion through the zodiac.

Everything finally straightens out on February 14, as he passes the
point where he first turned retrograde. 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 (see box for Retrograde Periods in 2009).

A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving
backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this
traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by
the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our
solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play.

Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us earthlings,
are not particularly uncommon. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun
and Moon. Although a powerful astrological influence, Mercury is quite
a small planet that travels at a relatively fast speed through the
zodiac. Despite being the closest planet in our solar system to the
Sun, it is not always in the same sign as the Sun. This time, Mercury
turns retrograde in Aquarius (original; unorthodox), while the Sun is
in Capricorn (ambition; loyalty), but heads back into Capricorn just
after the Sun strides into Aquarius.

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Fated Events

As a rule, retrograde planets presage a period of seemingly
inevitable or fated events that relate to their sphere of influence.
They present us with a series of events over which we seem to have
little or no conscious control, relating especially to the sign in
which the retrogradation occurs. For example, Mercury retrograde in Aquarius (original; unorthodox) presents quite different sets of circumstances from those generated when it retrogrades into Capricorn (ambition; loyalty).

A retrograde period is best seen as a cycle, beginning when the
planet begins to slow to a halt before travelling backwards through the
zodiac and ending when the planet returns to the point where it first
paused. However, during the cycle, the planet's energy is most powerful
(and more likely to generate critical events of universal importance)
when the planet makes a station: appearing motionless in the sky.

These stationary periods occur near the beginning of the cycle (when
the planet first halts as it prepares to move backwards) and midway
through the cycle when the retrograde planet slows to a stop before
moving forward again. The "direct station" (when the planet halts
before moving forward again) is the most powerful and can be used for
maximum benefit.

Many astrologers consider that the "Mercury Shadow" begins some
three weeks before the actual retro station (when Mercury passes the
point of direct station for the first time). This has some
justification, but I am more inclined to think that the really
noticeable peculiarities begin when Mercury slows significantly, a few
days before the retro station. This period of "Mercury Shadow" extends
to the Return date, some three weeks after the direct station. Bear
this in mind, because experience shows that the effects of the retro
period are still marked during the "shadow" phase. Some of the most
characteristic annoyances often occur just after Mercury makes the direct station, while he is crawling forward before picking up speed.

Go to Top What does Mercury affect?

In general, 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 people who work with their minds or
their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and
spin doctors, teachers, travellers, 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 therefore not wise to make important decisions while Mercury
is retrograde, since it is very likely that these 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!

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The key issue here is one of focus. Mercury's retro phase tends to
bring unforeseen changes and blockages, but the aggravation and
frustration that many of us experience during these periods is often
due to our own inability to roll with the punches. Is this due to our
ego-fixation? Mercury sets out to restructure our thinking processes
and for many of us this is painful and frustrating. Moreover, these
experiences reveal flaws in our internal organisation as well as our
external planning, which can make us feel foolish and inadequate.

Mercury retrograde, like any cosmic aspect, affects people
differently, depending on where it hits their personal charts. Some
people actually prosper under a retro Mercury, especially if Mercury is
retrograde but otherwise well-aspected in their birth charts. It is
also a time when matters begun under a previous retro period will come
to fruition, or completion as the case may be. Firm decisions that have
been previously made when Mercury is travelling normally through the
zodiac may be implemented or finalised while Mercury is retrograde
without too much worry, for experience shows that this can be done
without undue problems arising.

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Go to Top Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

Aquarius, the Water-Bearer

Mercury is retrograde, everyone's thinking is more introspective and we
tend to think about issues and concerns which relate to the sign
involved. With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius,
people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially
prone to such introspection. There is little choice but to reconsider
our personal views and opinions about life. We receive, however, an
opportunity to gain insight into our own ego. Since Barack Obama's
inauguration to the US Presidency occurs under this retro phase, just
as Mercury and Sun conjoin in the first degree of Aquarius and just
after Jupiter enters Aquarius
for the first time in twelve years, it will no doubt present a number
of conflicting issues for him, particularly with regard to the
communication of his intentions. Obama is a Leo (the opposite sign to
Aquarius), with Jupiter rising in Aquarius in the first degree – the
degree of The Plundering Falcon...


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Re: Mercury Retrograde


Give me a break! This is not the place for Astrology readings. It contributes nothing to the CC and certainly won't stimulate scientific or economic discourse!

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Re: Mercury Retrograde

This is supposed to be a site devoted to the study of raw data, not astrological mumbo jumbo!!

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Re: Mercury Retrograde

I thought our economy was a bunch of mumbo jumbo!

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