September 29, 2009

Day 4 Sans Coffee- Retrograde

There have been a lot of folk who have come to me today to remind me that Mercury has been in retrograde, mostly readers of my blog who want me to know that “this too shall pass”. Good news it it all ends today! And it is about gosh darn time. I am not using mercury as an excuse, I am responsible for my life....and .....please God let me rest!!!

The following is stolen from not much of an entry, but I need a break....don’t you know mercury has been in retrograde?!


“What is Mercury Retrograde?:
This happens three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury slows down, and appears to stop (station) and move backward (retrograde). It's an optical illusion, since there is forward movement, like speeding by a slow-moving train -- as it recedes, it appears to go backward.

What are the Mercury Retrograde dates for 2009?:
The dates are January 11-31; May 6th to 30th; September 6th to 29th; December 26th to January 15th, 2010.

What happens during Mercury Retrograde?:
Since Mercury rules communication, it's said that everything goes haywire in that area -- emails get deleted or bounced back, mail is returned, calls go out into the ethers, etc. Some people find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down. I've never seen the hard data on this, so make your own observations. It does seem though that miscommunications abound during the retrograde period.

A Time-Out:
Mercury retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and to look back. Something from the past might return in a different form. This can mean people, ideas or buried insights that need to surface for you to move forward. Often it's felt as a contemplative time, depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.

Be Non-Committal:
There's a long-held belief that it's best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means being cautious about things like signing contracts, and forming partnerships and corporations. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.

Can you repeat that?:
In our relationships, sometimes we gloss over things that pushed buttons at the time, but which we let slide. What seemed not worth the trouble may reveal itself as a major issue in need of our attention. The Mercury retrograde is a time for review, when the underlying patterns come to light.

Back to the Drawing Board:
Some dreams and goals get lost in the hectic rushing around of daily life. The Mercury Retrograde period can be a rich time of reflection on those longings. This makes it a time for the soul to ponder its destiny. You might look over old journals, review your creative work, muse on serendipities of the past that have pointed you toward your spirit's calling. It can make the retrograde period a time of solidifying a sense of your personal story and where you're headed.

What does it mean in each different sign?:
The Mercury retrograde is shaped by the sign through which it is cast. For example, a Mercury retrograde in Cancer turns the mind toward things like family, home and the invisible emotional bonds that connect us. On the other hand, a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius gives it a different spin, with a review of group dynamics, the larger human community, all from a detached perspective.

Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde:
Astrology is a tool that can make you aware of patterns, like those that come during a Mercury retrograde. Just observe and see what happens, and be open to the past returning for review. If it's coming back, there's likely something more to learn or release from it. You don't have to retreat to the zen monastery, but a little solitude and quiet reflection never hurt anybody.”

“What is your sign? Do you belive in astrology?“
is the question in 12 days journal #170


  1. Today I finally gave away a large object that has been in my life for 17 years and I never got to do anything with it. (It was an antique radiogram) Now it's finally gone that's one less thing to worry about. Things have felt a little strange the last few days. Oh, and I'm a Cancer by the way. Hide in my shell a lot, walk sideways, and hang on too.

  2. I am a Pisces sun and Pisces moon. I am very much a Pisces...swimming in opposite directions at the same time all the time. Hoo boy. It's a lot of work and sometimes I don't get much done...but I sure get a lot of exercise.

  3. I'm a Scorpio, and I find it interesting that the 3 of us who've responded so far are the 3 water signs.

    "Water Signs are intuitive, sensitive and feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing and, like a river, run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Water is also about compassion and understanding, since the receptive talents of these individuals are remarkably high. Water Sign people can take in the feelings of others, process them, and put forth a plan or solution that will be conscientious to all."

    The above came from here:

    I guess I mostly "believe in" astrology, but I don't like to admit that because of the seriously bad rap that Scorpios generally get. It makes me uncomfortable that we are considered the "worst" or the zodiacal "bad guys," and that that reputation tends to overshadow all the really good and wonderful things we are capable of.

    I also think it's interesting that both of my children are water signs (my daughter is also a Scorpio and my son is a Pisces...also, my dad, who I am very close to, is a Pisces); the 3 of us seems to flow along with one another really well, for the most part. I wonder sometimes if parents of children from very different signs struggle...? Ok, enough rambling from me! LOL.