MERCURY RETROGRADE, SATURN RETROGRADE

mercury-retrograde-signOn the 19th of this month, Saturn stations retrograde at 11th Scorpio 32′, until July 8th, when it stations direct at 4 ° Scorpio 49′. This is the only retrograde of Saturn this year.
Mercury, on the other hand, turns retrograde 3 times a year and each retrograde motion lasts for about 3 and a half weeks. The 23rd of this month, makes its first retrograde cycle of this year. The second will be on June 26, until July 20 and the third and last, will be October 21 through November 10.
Mercury (which really means or derives from the word merchant), the Messenger of the gods or Hermes, for the Greeks, as well as being responsible for carrying the souls to the Underworld, to Pluto, was the one to be believed to have written the history of the gods.This little planet, almost about to be swallowed by the Sun, governs the affairs of the 3rd house of the birth chart: communication, the internet, everything that we use to communicate, phones, writing, poetry, the left side of our brain, our ability to reason and understand. Mercury has been in pre “shadow” face from February 8, which marks the beginning of this retrograde motion about to start,which will last until March 18. Its after shadow face, after stationing direct will last until April 6. Mercury makes this retrograde in the sign of PISCES, surrounded by a stellium of planets is the sign of the fishes that swim in different directions, with Neptune, the Sun, Chiron, and Mars which is in conjunction to Mercury, aspect that will be exact the 25-26, just in time for the Full Moon.
These two very different retrograde motions of Saturn and Mercury, have something in common, and if you look at the area of your birth chart, where these retrogrades occur, you’ll find issues that need your REvision, Re-consideration or even complete Re-novacion. Sometimes a RE-paration is not enough, there are situations that must be RE – built, RE – invented, to obtain the desired results. The retrograde of Saturn has to do with Scorpio and the House 8, in addition to the personal theme, depending on what House of our birth chart is affected, or is the actual territory of this RE-verse motion of Saturn. As I have said many times before, the issues of the 8th House, as well as sexuality, transformation and death, which are more abstract concepts, are also our debts, our dependence on other people’s money, mortgages, inheritance, unemployment, credit cards, pensions, etc.As for Mercury, this very important and first retrograde of the year, takes place in the sign of Pisces and therefore the archetype and territory of the 12th House . What is that which we believe separates us from the rest? What does it really mean “secret enemies”?. As the second House , represent the possessions of the representative of the 1st house, in the same fashion the 1st House, is the possessions of the representative of the House 12, and who is represented in this House? What really possess us? Our ancestors, our culture, our connection with everything that existed before us, where we come from and what we trying of “RE-pair”. What is that which possess us without us even being aware of? Our beliefs, our mentality colored by the culture that grew up in, everything that we do because “It has always been done that way…”, everything we do without even asking ourselves if we really agree with it. What are those voices that we unconsciously listen to even when we sleep and condition every decision we make?
These two retrogrades, by two very different planets, that occur almost at the same time, mark a territory of our psyche, a situation we must RE-evaluate, to see if we are being, who we really are, or a simple expression of family and cultural conditioning. And while with the retrograde Mercury, we can expect losses of mobiles, hard drives, important information (format all important info), that email, which we should reply to and can’t find, etc, etc. Yet the most important thing is what we must find within ourselves, to be able to strengthen our consciousness and our inner wisdom.
On 25 February we have the full moon in Virgo at about 7 ° 24′, since the Sun has already entered PISCES from the 19th. Venus enters PISCES, a few hours later.
This Moon forms a T-square with Jupiter at 7º Gemini 28′. The Sun is in trine to Saturn and the Moon, of course, in Sextile. The Moon also forms a trine to Pluto. These are very interesting times for the Water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and also for Virgo. A more philosophical view of the current situation is possible, with an ability to REflect on current situations.An intense desire to RE-consider invades us and we understand that although we sometimes are in the hands of these powerful energies, (as in the case of Oscar Pistorius), we must do what we can to FORGIVE, and above all BE THANKFUL for what we have. Piscean energy often leads to victimization, therefore consciousness of our responsibility in the development of our Fate, is vital at the moment. The end of the reign of this Pope, is an incredible representation of a Full Moon in the Pisces-Virgo angle, now that Neptune is in Pisces for the first time in our lives. Fist Pope to REsign, sounds like a contradiction in terms, (RE-SIGN and yet he’s leaving), in the past 600 years or so.
So, what is coming to an end in your life, what is that you need to RE-vise, to RE-pair, to RE-structure?
Although things do slow down in retrogrades, be sure to get the best our of the indications of the Cosmos, and REvitalize your life. RE-engage with it!

MERCURY RETROGRADE, November 2012

Much has been written about the retrograde motion of this small planet that it takes about 88 days to go around the Sun. Therefore in one year it makes about 4 rounds to our star.
We already know that this retrograde motion that occurs about 3 or 4 times a year, does not mean that Mercury actually recoils, but that it is an optical illusion, we see from the Earth, each time that Mercury passes between the Sun and the Earth and as a result of its faster motion around the Sun, than that of the Earth, which gives the impression of retreat, in degrees, for about 3 weeks. Since every time this happens, we pay attention to the events taking place in our lives and of those around us, we already know that a series of situations, that really have to do with communications, trade, proceedings of papers, etc, are affected, very often in a negative and also comical way each time that this phenomenon occurs.
Now we have another opportunity to see what will happens when Mercury turns retrograde, since on November 6th, it stations retrograde at about 4 degrees of Sagittarius. If you want to research on the events taking place during a Mercury retrograde, have a look in your chart what is being connected by this sign and degree, where Mercury stations retrograde . If you have planets in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or PISCES)aroundthese grades you can pay attention to what is happening now. Same goes for Aries and Leo. This cosmic event, often prompt us to RE-consider, RE-envision, RE-study, RE-think, a situation we have in our hands and requires our full attention. For example, if it contacts your planets in the second house, or its ruler, you might have to check your Bank statements, in search of some payments you have made in the past. If it aspects planets or in your third house, you might have to rethink your relationship with your sisters and brothers, or a neighbor, studies or postpone any travel or public speech. But of course, it is not always negative, since it is also possible that by RE- thinking the situation, you find a better solution or someone from the past appears to give you a better idea.
Often computers, mobile phones are lost or stop working and it is interesting to analyze, if it matches moments in our lives, when we need to disconnect. It may push us to analyze a situation more cautiously.
Whatever the story, what is true, is that only when Mercury finally resumes its direct motion, which will happen in this case, on November 26th, we’ll know what was the message of this retrograde of November.
On the 14th, Mercury RE-enters Scorpio and reverses to the 18º of this sign and it will not return to 4º of Sagittarius, where it first stationed retrograde, until December 14th, therefore we may have to wait until then to see this period truly over.
Sagittarius, represents our need for expansion to another mentality, to other lands, cultures, therefore has to do with long-distance travel, our contact with foreigners, or teachers who come from other abroad. Whereas, Scorpio, turns to the themes of shared finances, our debts, our most intimate relationships, our sexuality, our confrontation with death.
This retrograde also coincides with the United States’ elections, and the political campaign that has been slowed down by the disasters caused by Hurricane Sandy, that certainly favoured Obama, in this race to return to the Government of this huge country for another 4 years. Certainly for victims of this terrible storms, not only in the USA but also in the rest of the countries, affected by this natural disasters that coincided with this powerful full moon of October 29, it may mean a delay in the expected assistance. Let us hope not.
Do not forget to comment in this space on your adventures of this Mercury retrograde, so we can all benefit from it.
Good luck and happy Mercury retrograde!

FULL MOON IN VIRGO AND MERCURY RETROGRADE – MARCH 2012

Following with the Cosmic Order, after the New Moon in PISCES, comes the Full Moon in Virgo and also as it is eternally surprising in the Cosmos, this full moon in Virgo is not equal to any other. Also following the mysterious Cosmic Order, Mercury, the little planet that seems to affect the functioning of our intellectual mind, makes its second retrograde of the year, starting 4 days after the full moon.

But let’s start from the beginning. The Moon at 18 degrees Virgo 13′ opposes the Sun at 18 ° PISCES 13′, on Thursday, March 8 at 9: 41 am GMT. An hour later in Spain. But we already know that the most intense effects begin two days before it reaches its peak. Inspect your feelings and the situation in which you are involved during the 6th and 7th of March. It is difficult to say to what signs will affect the most, but all those who have planets in the mutable Cross (Gemini-Virgo-Sagittarius-PISCES) must also observe in what angle of the birthchart falls the polarity Virgo-Piscis. The critical and analytical power of Virgo vs the intuition and compassion of Pisces. The need of Virgo for limits vs. the inability of PISCES to draw them. And when I say versus i do not mean “war” of opposites, but rather the need of each other in order to balance these opposites. Virgo often spends his life trying to learn to set limits on their existence and their feelings, defining roles and playing the victim (Piscean qualities) and PISCES is exceeded in their criticism and analysis of others (Virgo characteristics), putting themselves at the service of others sometimes excessively, losing themselves in the process. The opposite roles are wrapped in an eternal dance and this is why, when talking about opposites at the cusps of the 4th and 10th houses, it is so difficult to discern who is the father and which the mother. In this dance of opposites, the unconscious is mixed and the roles are exchanged continuously. Let’s observe to what angle of our existence, this moon brings attention to, according to what houses are affected by it in our chart, to understand where this dilemma breaks out, and then we will know what is in need of balance in our lives.

On this moon, Mercury, which is already moving more slowly, as it approaches its retrograde motion, ruler of Virgo, is in a virtually exact conjunction to Vesta, to many astrologers among whom i include myself, the true ruler of Virgo. At about 5º and a half of Aries, both are in conjunction to Uranus in Aries and in square to Pluto in Capricorn, which is now approaching the great trine with Jupiter in Taurus and (also retrograde) Mars in Virgo. A pretty explosive combination that speaks of the end of certain contracts and projects and beginning of new ones, and all with the possibility of verbal revolts and power struggles. It also brings us closer to the resolution of old topics involving legal matters and paperwork of any kind.. Mercurio-Vesta-Uranus in Aries remind us that the real revolution starts in our mind, when we become aware of the self-impposed chains that stop us from moving in the right direction and will help us take the important decision to free ourselves from them. As Bob Marley said: “emancipate yourself from mental slavery”

Chiron in conjunction to Pallas Athena and both in exact square to Juno and the nodal angle, evoke the urgent need to resolve old wounds which have to do with the surrender to the “other” in a relationship and the resistance through sexual power struggles. Sexual power struggles disguise the real wound or the inability to trust the other and oneself. The big difference between Pallas Athena, Virgin by her own choice, without victimism and the beloved Mediterranean Virgin Mary, Virgin by imposition, is evident here. Today women are more like Pallas Athena and less like the Virgin Mary. Time to change our rituals and our altars. We can also evoke Pallas Athena as a judge in the resolution of old issues that need the bravery but also the calm of a clear mind. Pallas is the goddess of wisdom, daughter of her father, without mother, unmarried and celibate mother by choice. Her dedication is towards her work and not to another.

Mercury begins its retrograde motion on March 12th, at 6th aries 48′, until April 4, when at 23 º PISCES 51′,it stations direct once again. It activates the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, planets that will cross seven times back and forth due to their own retrograde motions, will begin on June 24th, 2012 until the 16 of March 2015. Changes and revolutions continue. The more current powers, resist change the more revolutions we’ll continue to have. We’ll see what happens with Putin in Russia, which surely will be elected President once more (although it has never ceased to be, actually) and possibly by two terms more which will make a total of almost 20 years of Putin in the Russian Government, what is more than Stalin ever was. Will it be allowed? I wonder.

Mars is also part of this Moon as it is in conjunction with it. That further arouses in us the need to fight for our independence of the abuse of the few in power.

Venus in Taurus, the sign she enjoy the most and where she shines better, is close to the conjunction with Jupiter, and together, they will form a magical Grand Trine to Pluto in Capricorn and retrograde Mars in Virgo! on the 14th, just as Mercury stations retrograde. Even though Mars is in its retrograde motion still, this trine brings optimism and the audacity to think we can make our dreams come true. If we do the work honestly and fairly, as this aspect demands of us, then it is possible that we can find the way to do it. It will also help us take some negativity of of our shoulders and look at life with more positivism and audacity. This is supported by the trine of Saturn to Neptune that reminds us that if we are willing to work hard for what we want, without distractions or excuses then we can obtain it. If we are not willing to work hard of it, then it might simply mean we don’t want it bad enough and this applies to everything.

You have a good Moon!

Mercury Retrograde, August 2010

On August 20th at around 8pm UT, Mercury will station retrograde once again. Last time it did that was on April 18th when the Ash Cloud emerging from a volcano in Iceland sent the travel industry, airports and many of us trying to take a flight, into turmoil.
In fact this year, started with a retrograde of Mercury, from December 26th, 2009, till January 15th, which coincided with 2 eclipses and the earthquake in Haiti, towards the end of the cycle.
Ok, ok, no need to writhe in your seat, let’s put some perspective, there are 3, sometimes 4 retrogrades of Mercury a year, so not all of them are so devastating. Still, we know by now, that it will send all communications into a slow motion mode, may I say, often necessary.
These year they are happening in Earth signs, first one was in Capricorn, second in Taurus, and now in Virgo.
It will station retrograde at about 19º, on the 20th, yet its shadow face has already started on August 1st, around 5º. It will station direct on September 12th-13th, but it will not arrive to 19º of Virgo until around the 27th.
All of us with planets in Mutable signs between 5º-19º will feel its effect quite strongly. And this does not mean, in a negative fashion, but the delays that may happen, will induce us to sit down, take a break and re-study whatever situation we find ourselves in.
Being Virgo the recipient of this Cosmic event, the subject of health and our work become pivotal.
We may experience it ourselves or “via” our children, spouses, grandchildren, parents.
Virgo and the 6th house are the experience of illness as a tool for self-knowledge. What does the symptom say to us?, What is our body trying to express through the imbalance or dis-ease?
A proper check up might not be a bad idea, if you are worry about anything.
Curiously, just last week someone gave me Eric Pearl’s book, The Reconnection, which talks about Re-Connective Healing.
It was easy to read and although he does not provide any answers or pretends to turn us all into healers, (well, he does a bit) some of the things he says are true, especially when it comes to Traditional Medicine and this Prescription Pills society of ours.
The issue of how Healing works is a true Virgo issue. Although none us are saying that you should not go to see your doctor if you feel you must, or take an aspirin if you have a headache, the fact remains that we disempower ourselves when we automatically think that we cannot heal ourselves. In many cases we can.
On the other hand, when someone is ill and takes the inner decision to pass, there is nothing anyone can do to change that. Each of us have our own Time on this planet and we, and only we (albeit, unconsciously), know when the time has come.
Admittedly, all of this remains a great mystery, but as we understand more and more our own destiny, all of it, becomes clearer and clearer.
I do believe we can heal ourselves and others, by the way. I know so.
Somebody said: “Everything that happens to us is the best thing that can happen to us”. I do agree, yet, it’s difficult to think this way when there are 14 million people displaced in Pakistan, because of the floods.
Few other aspects happen at the same time that Mercury enters in its retrograde motion. For one thing, the Moon in Capricorn activates the T-Square and so just fresh from making a conjunction to Pluto, comes to square (90º) Venus and Mars in Libra which happen to be in exact conjunction at 13º Libra 38′. Also, SATURN MAKES ITS LAST SQUARE OF THIS CYCLE TO PLUTO. Wow! It hasn’t been an easy one!
Everything seems to guide us to TAKE A BREAK, even if the break simply means to turn our antennas off to the outside world, to concentrate on the INSIDE. Time to re-consider and re-analyze a relationship we might be involved in. Being a parent-child, teacher-student, spouses, lovers, etc. Whoever is pressing your buttons right now, that’s the ONE.
Since Mercury is transiting Virgo, the question could be: Is this relationship healthy for us? What happens to my inner power and my mental health? Truth is, there aren’t unhealthy relationships even if they look like that.
Whatever induces us to question ourselves isn’t unhealthy, yet, if we begin to sound like a scratched record, then we should really question, where is this relationship taking you to. What is that that we are not learning? Which part of us benefits from it, even if looks as we are only suffering with it?
At the point of Retrograde 19º Virgo, Mercury also links with Ceres. one of the archetypes of the Great Mother. Persefone’s mother- So many mother-child, lover-younger person relationships are being moved.
If you are experiencing these archetypes in your life right now, then this Retrograde might be what you really need.
Time to re-think, to reflect on what you are feeling and what the other person’s needs might be. So many of us find in this type of relationships a way to look after and nourish our inner child.
The Sun (in Leo), opposes Neptune and Chiron, at the last degrees of Aquarius, a wonderful opportunity to lay a bridge between our longings and fantasies and the reality of ourselves.
Often very frustrating, the Mercury Retrograde periods which coincide with mobiles not working, people not answering the phone when you most need them, the Internet going crazy, Hotmail and Facebook changing their settings might send many of us into real turmoil, etc, there are moments to simply STOP, and reflect, re-study your present situation.
Might mean a problem for Pakistan and Haiti and China, which so desperately need help to arrive as soon as possible, by causing unwanted delays.
An almost comical example of this Cosmic cycle though, was the flight attendant, Steven Slater’s exit from the airplane he was working in, after freaking out with a passenger. It’ll probably cost him his job and a fine, but he definitely had his 15 min. of fame in YouTube.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo!
When the conductor of an orchestra says:- “In C minor” -the musicians know it must be played in C Minor for the good of the orchestra and the audience. When Mercury says: ” Time to re-think your plans, re-evaluate your work and your relationships”- so must we.
To ignore the Gods is very silly, since is only us that will suffer.
Use your sense of humor and meditate!