Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Complete Cycle of Mercury Retrograde

Mercury is turning retrograde in September. The tiny planet will reverse its course on the 7th of the month. But what a lot of people do not realize is that at the time of this writing, August 27th Mercury has already entered the retrograde period. In reality it entered the first stage of the retrograde period on August 16th. Let me explain those statements.

Right now Mercury is approximately 2 degrees of Libra. The planet entered the sign of Libra on the 25th of August. Mercury will get as far as 6 degrees before it actually turns retrograde in motion. It will travel all the way back to Virgo before it goes direct. Mercury will go over the ground it covered up until October 19th when it once again hits 6 degrees of Libra. This is point it was in September when the planet turned retrograde.

In essence the whole “retrograde” period lasted from August 17th until October 19th. I put the word retrograde in quotes because only a part of that time Mercury was retrograde in motion. The other time it was covering ground that had been covered before or covering ground that will be covered again.

To give you an example of how this may work, let’s say that your natal Mercury is 23 degrees of Virgo. On the 18th of August, when transiting Mercury conjuncts your natal Mercury, someone leaves a message on your answering machine or voicemail. The problem is the message is garbled and all you can make out if that someone will be in your town the beginning of October. You pretty much forget about the call and on the 23rd of September, when Mercury retrograde conjuncts your natal Mercury again, you get a call from the mystery caller, an old friend saying that they are currently in town and would like to get together. You meet your friend and tell them about the garbled message. Anyway your friend leaves but on the 3rd of October, when Mercury conjuncts your natal Mercury for the last time, they call you thanking you for the nice time they had while they were there.

Three separate instances, all related to your friend and the retrograde Mercury, but only one occurred while the planet was actually retrograde in motion.

In order to get a true understanding of how Mecury retrograde works, you need to look at the whole cycle of Mercury retrograde.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lunar Eclipse in August

As I have stated in previous blogs, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are in opposition to each other. A lunar eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon. The fact that light of the Moon, which is really just a reflection of the light of the Sun, is blocked by Earth during a Lunar Eclipse. That fact that light of the Sun is obstructed by our own planet suggests that our mundane perspective prevents us from truly “seeing the light”. It is then symbolic of how we are held in the dark by our own viewpoint and consequent attitude.

On August 5th we will experience a Lunar Eclipse. During this eclipse, the third of the summer, the Sun is in Leo and the Moon is in Aquarius. The opposition between these two signs represents the overall needs of the group (society as a whole) and the individual desire for self realization.

The eclipse will occur in almost 14 degrees of Aquarius. The circumstances that surround this lunation may very well have begun during February of 2008, reached a point of actualization this past November, and finally culminate during the spring of 2010. To add some more perspective, the last time a lunar eclipse occurred in this particular degree was the summer of 1990. These time frames should help the individual to get a general idea of what to expect during the months after this particular eclipse. If this eclipse should happen to make any kind of a connection to any of the planets in a person’s chart, additional information about the influence of the eclipse could be gathered.

Since the eclipse will occur in Aquarius, one can expect the unexpected. An element of surprise that is associated with this sign could manifest itself. Some events could be triggered by friends or group associations. Because of the Leo/Aquarius polarity inherent in this eclipse strong individualism and some peculiar behavior could surface under this influence.

It is always a good idea to consult an astrologer (like me!) for a complete overview of how the eclipses of this summer could affect your life in the months to come.