Rx Begins: 2:19am EST 24 November @ 20 degrees Sag
Direct: 8:43pm EST 13 December @ 03 degrees Sag
Approach: Began 04 November-
The last day Mercury was at 03 deg Sagittarius
Shadow: Ends 01 January 2012-
The next time Mercury reaches 20 deg Sagittarius going Direct
“Remember that planets do not “cause” anything. If instead we go back to the idea of “as above, so below” and think once more of a stage on which the planets are moving, then the times that Mercury, the master communicator and trickster, walks backward are simply extra tricky times. After all, the image of the jester walking backwards is suspicious, to say the least. What is he up to now? What is he backing away from? The already slippery nature of Mercury is even trickier to pin down during his retrograde days. During such days, he demands that we pay extra special attention to mercurial things. We can ignore this and be tricked and bamboozled. Mercury takes great pleasure in the fact that either way we are dealing with Mercury, voluntarily, or involuntarily.” ~Laurence Hillman, ‘Planets in Play’
Like sleep, this passage offers the proper time within our planetary cycles to recharge ourselves. Without these needed times the Universe schedules for redoing, reorganizing, and reflection- the collective would not move forward optimally. Being Mercury is the keeper of our thinking, mentality, communications and movement of all kinds, it is this part of ourselves that deserves a “tune-up.” (aside from any your car may request a repair for over this time 😉
By choosing to resist the changes that a transit like Mercury Retrograde presents for us, then that “scary” energy of The Messenger undoubtedly will happily find us toying with the tricks he plays. Your free will decides upon this “fate.” The key to achieving success under any Mercury Retrograde Period is to expect change, and embrace it. Knowing like attracts like, those that choose to become aggravated and frustrated by The Trickster over this passage, willingly jump on their own chaos train. Mercury doesn’t “do this” to anyone.
This time Mercury has picked Sagittarius to bring forth the necessary RE’s of REtrograde that are well advised to follow as we weather The Messengers’ final backwards journey of 2011. The IDEAS that come to you under your reflective time are meant to be a huge part of the REwards that aim in your life as AIDES.
With Sagittarius being the sign of perspective, honesty, optimism, and expansion- these are the virtues we are meant to adhere to the most as we gravitate to the actions of: REdoing, REpairing, REassessing, REading, REvisiting, REjoicing, REaligning, REsting, REviewing, and by all means RElaxing!
As we accept Mercury’s request for reflection, REsponding vs. REacting is the key to finding REward during this passage. There will be buzzes of changes that will undoubtedly occur while this Retrograde plays out. Especially while The Messenger is backtracking in the mutable fire sign that Sagittarius is, the potential for energy to spin out of control is high to occur. While we are wise to avoid important decisions and initiations for future success at this time, our activity and behavior while in REassessment is imperative.
Look to the 03 deg to 20 degree Sagittarius piece of your personal Zodiac Pie to see where reflection urges to find you under this upcoming passage. Remember as well…
The DO’s & DON’TS of Mercury REtrograde…
Expect CHANGE: in your plans, travel, routines, & schedules to occur suddenly
Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going
REvisit unfinished projects and our past
Have Plan B, C, and possibly D REady at all times
Spend time in the RE’s: RElax, REvisit, REflect, REdo, REcharge!
Gravitate to REsponding vs. REacting!
“Freak out” when changes come up
Rush: speaking, driving, doing anything involving movement!
Sign important documents
Initiate anything new
Another star secrets “tid-bit” from Numerology is able help us handle our understanding of Mercury Retrograde through its’ Name Expression, which calculates to a 13, that of ‘REgeneration – Change.’ Said the Chaldeans of this number that equally tells us to expect the unexpected: “13 is not an unlucky number, as many people believe. The ancients claimed that he who understands how to use the number 13 will be given power and dominion. The symbol of the 13 is a skeleton, or death, with a scythe, reaping down men in a field of new-grown grass, where young faces and heads appear to be thrusting through the ground and emerging on all sides. 13 is a number of upheaval, so that new ground may be broken. It’s associated with power, which, if used for selfish purposes, will bring destruction upon itself. There is a warning of the unknown and the unexpected. Adapting to change gracefully will bring out the strength of the 13 vibration, and decrease any potential for the negative. 13 is associated with genius- also with explorers, breaking the orthodox and new discoveries of all kinds.”
As always the uncanny power of Lexigrams is also here to REmind you how to best find ease under this passage. There is an important tale for every sign to hear that is told as we poetically phrase the anagrams found within the very title of Mercury Retrograde:
DAY TO DAY, GREET YOUR URGE TODAY:
GOT TO REDO, GOT TO RETRACE
GOT TO REROUTE YOUR GAME
GOT TO RECREATE TO REORDER
GOT TO RE-EDUCATE
GOT TO GO TO A GREAT ART
GO TO A GREAT COMEDY
GO READ, TRY A REREAD
GO DO YOGA
GO EMERGE, RECORD A RARE DREAM
GO MEET A TAME COURAGE
GOT TO REDUCE OUR TERROR
GOT TO REDUCE A RUMOR
GO TO REGARD TO REDUCE A REGRET
GO! TRY TO AGREE- GO TO A TRUCE
GO MEET A TRUE EGO CURE: TRADE OUTRAGE TO GRACE
TRADE OUTRAGE TO A COURAGE REMEDY
GO TO A MERCY TO CURE A GREEDY EGO
GO GREET A MORE MATURE AREA
GOT TO A REMOTE AREA TO MEET A GREAT REMEDY
GO TO A GOD- ADORE YOU!
Aries: How I Believe in Higher Education/Philosophy/Wisdom
Taurus: How I Transform Wealth/Death & Rebirth/Sexuality
Gemini: How I Relate to Partnerships/Marriage
Cancer: How I Serve Health/Service to Others
Leo: How I Create my Creativity/Children/Love Affairs
Virgo: How I Nurture the Home/Family/Environments
Libra: How I Communicate my Thinking/Mentality
Scorpio: How I Have Values/Earning Power
Sagittarius: How I Am with First Impressions/Approaches/Mask to the World
Capricorn: How I Process my Inner World/Subconscious
Aquarius: How I Socialize in Groups/Friendships/Hopes & Dreams
Pisces: How I Structure my Career/Public Life
Happy REflective Mercury REtrograde trails to you! More to come on how your Lunar-O-Scope for the upcoming New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius all tie into The Messengers energies, so stay tuned!