fIRST Mercury Retrograde 2021 Arrives

January 30, 2021 at 8:12 am | Posted in Astrology | 5 Comments
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The first Mercury Retrograde of 2021 is here.  We will expand this post a bit in the next few days, but we want to put up a few charts first (on the outside chance you know how to read them or are trying to learn that skill).

A few key points:

  • Mercury Retrograde begins with the Retrograde Station today (January 30th of 2021) 
  • Mercury Retrograde ends with the Direct Station (February 20th of 2021)
  • The Shadow Period prior to the retrograde started January 15th
  • The Shadow Period after the direct station ends March 14th
  • Most of the chaos is associated with the stations and aspects in the shadow period
  • Mercury Retrograde can always be useful; use it to complete “unfinished business” and overlooked maintenance.  Cars break down, but often we have the flat tire because the time for new tires had arrived (and we ignored the warning signs).  Opportunities abound during this time IF you know how to recognize them.

This Mercury Retrograde has all of the patterns discussed in “What the Hell Are You Pissed Off About Now?”  We will cover those patterns again in brief.  

A single pattern unique to the station stands out: a Saturn-Chiron Yod with the Moon at the apex:

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 Chiron-Saturn Yod with Moon at Apex

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This pattern tells us that, both collectively and individually, we face a decision : stick with “doing things the way we always have” (also called “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”) as compared to following a path of healing and education that may involve a painful look at ourselves.  Moon at the apex in Virgo tells us that healing is probably the better choice here though the universe will provide both advantages and disadvantages on each path at the fork in the road that we face.  No matter which path you pick, the path not chosen will always leave you wondering “what if I had chosen that way?”

The key, here, is the Moon at the apex of the yod.  This shows up in a Solar Map of the United States at this time with a Moon Descendant line passing through the western part of the United States that passes about halfway between Phoenix and Albuquerque.  (Those two, and that region, are likely to be “activated” somehow.)

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 USA Solar Map Moon Line

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New York, New Jersey, and Eastern PA, along with Boston, are also activated by Mars and Uranus lines.  “Something” (or someone) could go “boom” in these regions.

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 USA Solar Map NJ-NY-PA

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Notice that Scranton, Allentown, and Philadelphia are all “direct hits” with these lines (Uranus), as is New York City (Mars).  Pluto at MC (Midheaven, top of the sky) crosses the bay at Boston MA.  Expect “interesting” events in these regions from now through (at least) March 15th.  The days near Saturn Square Uranus (February 17th) will be especially sensitive for these regions.

Fifth harmonic (5th harmonic) activity is elevated in this period, signifying that creatives (poets, musicians, photographers, videographers, other visual artists and sometimes “inventors”) will benefit in this period (IF they go back and look at old ideas with “new eyes”).

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 5th Harmonic

Mercury (Retrograde Station!) forms quintiles with Mars and Juno.  Issues involving women (and especially anyone who trusted and was then betrayed) will combine with Mars (war, warfare, violence) and Mercury (Standing Still!) is at the apex.  The time is at hand for certain people to right old wrongs, to obtain justice.

Other pages discussing Mercury Retrogrades in 2021:

* MERCURY out of retro, back in CAP (Jan 12 – Feb 6): Saving Mental Energy for… what it’s Good for. Feat. also: * No Planets Retro Phase?

January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on * MERCURY out of retro, back in CAP (Jan 12 – Feb 6): Saving Mental Energy for… what it’s Good for. Feat. also: * No Planets Retro Phase?
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Ahhh, let’s start with the Question:

* No Planets Retro Phase? 

I’ve been asked online and by friends and clients about this window of NO retro planets, in the phase since MERCURY went out of retro (Jan 8) until JUPITER goes retro (Feb 5).

Yes, technically it’s true, no planet of the Solar system is presently from Earth perspective going retrograde (you see on the Full Moon chart in the Jan 12 post no R behind planetary positions in the bottom right table). The conclusion that online initiatives for a global meditation made is that this window brings everything into forward motion, and things can manifest more easily without hindrance.

I wouldn’t generalize in that way, based on THAT factor alone. The Cardinal Grand Cross is actually much more of a catalyst – IF we don’t waste energy in conflict, and take ‘centred action’.
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Grand Quintile of August 28, 2016

August 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm | Posted in 2016, 5th Harmonic, Astrology, Grand Quintile, Higher Order Aspects, Patterns, Predictions, Special Days | 20 Comments
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As we have written elsewhere, we are entering an amazing window of time.  Here is the basic chart for the Grand Quintile of August 28, 2016, filtered for the Grand Quintile:

Grand Quintile 1 2016-08-28 (prior to Solar Eclipse)

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Here is what we have written about this window of time that begins with this pattern:

We are at the edge of entering a truly amazing period of time that starts “about now” (late Leo, circa August 15th and points forward) until some time in late September, possibly “about’ the change of seasons at the Fall Equinox.  Here is why it is amazing:

  1. A Grand Quintile forms on August 28th.  These are even more rare than the Mystic Rectangles we encountered a few weeks ago.  By itself, that would be enough, but….
  2. Mercury stations retrograde on August 30th (and, as of August 15th, we are in the “shadow” of the retrograde where we are already “feeling” some of the disruptions and shifts in our patterns that are yet to come).  (See, also: Mercury Stations and Ingresses for 2016.)  I would argue that the Grand Quintile of August 28th continues to be in effect.  BUT, how to use that massive influx of creative genius when Mercury is making a (retrograde!) station?  And we note that Mercury stations direct again on September 22nd, shortly after the change of seasons (Fall Equinox).  Clustering of events like this are a sort of “punctuation mark.”
  3.  We have a Solar Eclipse (New Moon, but a rather special kind) that affects most of the African continent and especially central Africa.  This Eclipse perfects on September 1st and has a number of other patterns present.  While I am not sure of this, I would not be entirely surprised to discover that some (many? most?) people of African descent are affected.  AND *SOME* geneticists argue that, to some greater or lesser degree, we are all descended from Africans (those of us who are of Asian or Caucasian descent being nomads who left Africa very long ago).  I would AGAIN argue that the Grand Quintile is still in effect.  (Why?  Because it “re-appears” on September 3rd and continues to September 11th.  That leads me to believe that the computer program that detects this pattern cannot see something that, currently, only human eyes can.)
  4. “Another” Grand Quintile (re-)appears on September 3, 2016 and continues until September 11, 2016.  Is it really that big of a deal?  YES!  If you look at our page “Grand Quintiles from 1800 to 2050,” you will see that about 200 of these occur in the 250 year time span (a quarter of a millenium).  BUT, they often occur in groups of two or three or more during a particular year and then not again for several years.  The next ones happen in 2020 (curiously, the next election cycle!).  For those of you who can “channel” this amazing energy, you have a window where you may produce some of the greatest creative works of your lifetime.  Please do not let this slip by you!
  5. Mercury Retrograde will move backwards across the Sun AND North Node (Karma) during this cycle and back across them after moving forward.  “Luke, it is your DESTINY!”  Whatever is the best use of your personal creative genius, this is the time to use it/them.

We hope to write some posts about this amazing window, but sometimes we get derailed by personal events, have computer problems, etc.  AND, we are getting older and crankier and sometimes we just do not get things out the way we would like.  The computer that we used to produce our posts and content was out of commission for MONTHs, and it is just now online again.  We will help if we can, but on the outside chance that does not happen, you need to HELP YOURSELF.  Make a list of your goals, especially your creative goals, and what you would like to bring to fruition at this time.  Is it photography?  Poetry, Songwriting? Sculpture?  Is your gift creative writing or maybe writing “how to” books?  How about computer programming or “big data” data science?  Are you a medical researcher or someone who might be writing a law review article?  Whatever it is, THIS is your window.  Every moment is precious.  Use it wisely.

And, as far as the political arena goes, expect to see nothing short of AMAZING and unprecedented events!

Here is what one commentator wrote about the Grand Quintile of 2004.

2016-04 W18: Forecasts for Week 18 of 2016

April 24, 2016 at 1:33 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Holidays, Predictions | 3 Comments
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2016-04 W18: Forecasts for Week 18 of 2016

We are deep in the shadow of the upcoming Mercury Retrograde station on April 28th, and “things” are likely to become interesting for that reason alone.  (Clarissa has written a great piece on the Mercury Retrograde.  And you can find more about these periods for the rest of the year here.)  The Full Moon perfected early April 22nd, and we still feel the effects from this one.

The time is at hand to review old and forgotten projects, and to meticulously check every detail of ongoing projects.  Resurrection of old projects CAN go very well at this time, but new ones seem to falter.  Expect to do maintenance to vehicles (cars, planes, boats) and electronics (television, computer, and telephones).

If you are a student, we continue to recommend that you focus yourself entirely on your projects and preparing for upcoming final exams.

April 2016 (Mars Out)

Archive of Week 17 (W17)

Week 18 (w18)

Sunday April 24th

Moon enters Sagittarius circa 8:46 AM CDT and lunar aspects are quiet except a Sun / Moon quincunx a few minutes past 7 PM CDT.  Pallas makes TWO quadrinovile aspects today, so you can learn important lessons or gain valuable insights IF you are paying attention.  Quadrinoviles always work the same: you gain a fleeting but powerful image that is easily mistaken as a passing fancy but, in reality, is an important insight or skill that will prove its worth in your future.  Pay attention today; two or more of these will present themselves to those with sufficient awareness.

Monday April 25th

Today is dominated by a mutable T-Square, and we have encountered variants of this over the course of this Spring.  Moon in Sadge squares joins Mars [update: even astrologers are not immune to those nasty errors that the shadow of Mercury Retrograde brings] early (early enough to possibly affect late Sunday evening (and it DOES affect Mountain/Pacific time areas on Sunday)); squares Jupiter (Virgo) and Neptune (Pisces) in the morning hours (U.S.; UK/EU gets this in the afternooon); and finally Moon joins Saturn in Sadge.  Mutable signs achieve an effect by letting go of something.  This is a bit like having your assistant type a letter and (after your review) mailing it.  The letter cannot have effect until it is sent.

Since Mars and Pluto are retrograde (and Mercury in “shadow”), this might have to do with the launch, re-launch, or continuation of a project.  You will need to “send the letter” today to make things work.  “Holding on” will invariably be the wrong answer.

Tuesday April 26th

Today is a mix of a lunar trines, square, and quincunx before Noon (CDT) followed by Moon v/c shortly before Noon (CDT) until Moon enters Capricorn about 7:30 PM CDT.  Jim Shawvan characterizes this as an “Opportunity Period,” and we agree with his assessment that sticking with “existing projects” is best because of the ongoing retrograde season.

A fair number of you are “feeling” the retrograde station that happens Thursday, so if you cannot accomplish what you desire then try not to mistreat yourself.  Sometimes circumstances do not permit accomplishment.

Wednesday April 27th

Moon in Capricorn forms a very loose Grand Earth Trine with Sun (Taurus) and Jupiter (Virgo).  This is a very good day for accomplishing results, particularly anything involving money or financial results.  For sculptors, this is one of the best, if not the best, day of the year.  Earth and Water are favored (heavily), but everyone can benefit.  This is another one of those rare days where we say “use it wisely, they do not happen much.”

HOWEVER, Mercury stations retrograde tomorrow, so some of you may encounter so many glitches that you cannot get anything done.  Only you, individually, know which one really applies today.  Find what projects you CAN make forward progress on (particularly old projects that need to be re-launched) and avoid wasting your time and energy on something too “stuck” to do anything about.

Thursday April 28th

Today is the day of the Mercury Retrograde station, and that eclipses most other aspects.  This would be a good day to “take off” and assess your situation and your goals.  Write notes, draw pictures, and develop an idea of what directions you wish to go.  And know that, for the next few weeks, you may intensively re-write your plans as new discoveries (or often old forgotten ones) come to light.  Moon joins Pluto / squares Uranus adding elements of intensity and surprise to what may already be a tricky day.

Friday April 29th

Surprises that did not show up Wednesday or Thursday will likely visit you today.  Early morning hours see a lunar void as Moon moves into Aquarius but, more importantly, Venus is void until about 7:36 PM CDT when it then moves into Taurus and stays in the “too early to tell” period (aka “sign change boundary”) for a few days (until Monday).  Moon enters fourth quarter, and this is a good time to clean house and keep an eye out for lost objects “popping up.”  (One of the beneficial uses of Mercury Retrograde, or the first few days past the direct station, is the discovery of previously “lost” items.)

Saturday April 30th

The month of April ends today, and we will be facing the second “cross quarter day” of the day, typically celebrated as “May Day” (English speaking cultures) or “Cinco de Mayo” (Spanish speaking cultures).  The astrological origins are typically hidden as stories of other events are used for the explanation of the holiday, but the astrological celebrations long pre-date the newer variants.

Passover ends today, and today is both Beltane and Orthodox Easter.  The Moon in Aquarius is mostly benevolent except for an early morning quincunx and a late night square leading to a void.  Today can be a “fun day” (but glitches can occur due to the retrogrades), and if you are doing more serious work today stick to routine and focus on house cleaning.  We recommend you pick a suitable holiday to celebrate and have fun as much as possible, but the choice is still yours.



Friday, January 22nd 2016

January 22, 2016 at 10:15 am | Posted in 2016, Annual Repeating Aspects, Astrology, Predictions | 3 Comments
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Friday, January 22nd 2016

Friday is complex.  Mercury conjoins Pluto (another revisiting similar to Wednesday, the retrograde Mercury repeating the December aspect).  Not only does that resurrect important issues that presented themselves just before Christmas in 2015, but we revisit it AGAIN in a few days on January 29th.  Chances are good that the issues involve, on one hand, communications or transportation (and revisiting some things left undone) and, on the other hand, finances, taxes, “other people’s money,” police, intelligence agencies, drugs, poisons, or locations underground (such as caves and sewers).  You can bet that the issues in Flint, Michigan are not yet resovled and will WORSEN.

By itself, the Mercury/Pluto aspect would be enough to keep you very busy (if not make you very angry), but then the Moon (with the Grand Water Trine from yesterday starting to dissolve) opposes both Mercury and Pluto followed by a square to Uranus creating a T-Square.  You will feel at least an urge, if not a panic, to “get things done.”

Keep in mind the month long Thor’s Hammer is still in play, so mind your temper and watch for dangerous people, places, and things.

Tomorrow we have the Aquarian Full Moon of 2016 (Moon in Leo and Sun in Aquarius).  Leo and Aquarius will feel this.  So will Aries and Sagittarius (trine to Leo) and Gemini and Libra (trine to Aquarius).  (For these signs, this FM should be mostly benevolent.)  And Taurus and Scorpio (square to both Leo and Aquarius) will also feel it.  (For Taurus and Scorpio, a call to action and possible anger or rash responses.)


Full Moon 2016-01-23 Mercury Retrograde + Thor’s Hammer

January 22, 2016 at 12:48 am | Posted in 2016, 2016-Lunations, Astrology, Lunations, Predictions, Weekends | 4 Comments
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Full Moon 2016-01-23 Mercury Retrograde + Thor’s Hammer

This Leo Moon / Aquarius Sun Full moon occurs with Mercury Retrograde (in Capricorn) two days before the Direct Station.  You will likely feel that, as mislaid items and forgotten issues assert themselves again in some fashion.  A month long Thor’s Hammer is still in effect for slightly more than another week.  Needless to say, it colors this FM with an emphasis on issues of justice (Astraea) at the apex.

This is the first full moon of 2016.

Here is the full moon chart, filtered for the Thor’s Hammer pattern:

2016-01-23 Full Moon + Mercury Retrograde + Thor's Hammer

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This FM perfects on Saturday night in much of the Western Hemisphere and early morning hours in UK/EU.  Expect a wild weekend, and be careful.  As we always say, as long as you avoid dangerous people, places, and things, you can “get things done” with this.  But, with Mercury Retrograde, the smartest use might be preparation to move things forward next week after Monday’s Direct Station.

Other Interpretations of this FM:


Friday, January 8, 2016

January 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Predictions | 2 Comments
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Sun Sextiles Chiron, and educational or health issues (or both) tend to dominate the day.  Mostly it should be benevolent, but old wounds and problems may reopen under this aspect during a Mercury Retrograde.  Moon and Mercury both enter Capricorn (but from opposite ends of the sign!), and Venus conjoins Saturn.  That tends to make this another “nose to the grindstone” kind of day, similar to Wednesday earlier this week.  Friday night (and arguably Thursday) is also “Dark of the Moon,” the powerful period some use for rituals that precedes the New Moon (of Saturday).

New Moon 2016-01-09 Thor’s Hammer

January 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Posted in 2016, 2016-Lunations, Astrology, Lunations, Patterns, Predictions, Weekends | 8 Comments
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New Moon 2016-01-09 Thor’s Hammer

This New Moon in Capricorn occurs with a longer term Thor’s Hammer aspect just two days past Sun Square Uranus and a few days after a Mercury Retrograde station.   Here is the chart, filtered for the Thor’s Hammer:

2016-01-09 New Moon

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Here is a list of New Moons for 2016, and here is a list of Full Moons for 2016.  We think this can be a good day to “get things done,” but you should be looking at old projects that somehow were sidelined at some earlier point and may now be ripe for resurrection.

Here are some other interpretations of this New Moon:

Here is a list of the Full Moons from 2016 to 2050:



Solar Fire Gold Jan 7 2016

Electional Search Results

Criteria: FIND (Mon Cnj Sun) AND (Mon in Cp) AND (Sun in Cp)
Search From: Jan 1 2016 0:00 am
Search To: Dec 31 2050 11:59 pm

Status: Finished – 32 matches

[1] Is Exact Jan 9 2016 7:30:30 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 29 2016 0:53:08 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 16 2018 8:17:10 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 5 2019 7:28:05 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 25 2019 11:13:01 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 12 2021 11:00:02 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 2 2022 12:33:19 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 11 2024 5:57:10 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 30 2024 4:26:34 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 18 2026 1:51:43 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 7 2027 2:24:04 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 27 2027 2:12:01 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 14 2029 11:24:10 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 3 2030 8:49:10 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 24 2030 11:31:52 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 12 2032 2:06:18 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 1 2033 4:16:35 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 9 2035 9:02:36 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 29 2035 8:30:26 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 16 2037 3:33:53 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 5 2038 7:40:49 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 25 2038 7:01:26 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 13 2040 9:24:40 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 2 2041 1:07:09 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 23 2041 2:05:45 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 11 2043 0:52:35 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 31 2043 3:47:25 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 17 2045 10:24:47 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 6 2046 10:23:19 pm (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Dec 27 2046 4:38:10 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 15 2048 5:31:39 am (CST +6:00)
[1] Is Exact Jan 3 2049 8:23:40 pm (CST +6:00)

Note that some years have TWO Capricorn New Moons while others have NONE.

Sun Square Uranus 2016-01-07

January 7, 2016 at 1:33 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Predictions | 4 Comments
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Sun Square Uranus 2016-01-07

Before we analyze the perfection of this (annual) aspect, let’s provide links to other similar aspects:

If you keep notes, the way we recommend, then you can compare these days from last year (2015) to today to see what similarities, and differences, exist.  You might want to particularly pay attention to what was happening in your life on, or near, July 12, 2015.  As we repeatedly mention, this helps “teach you to fish” as opposed to merely giving you a fish.

Today, Sun Square Uranus has a Thor’s Hammer pattern that is present for most of January 2016.  We present the chart for perfection of this aspect, filtered for the Thor’s Hammer pattern, next:

Sun Square Uranus 2016-01-07 Thor's Hammer

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We note that this pattern CAN be associated with accidents and explosions (not as much as Mars square either Uranus or Pluto).  The presence of the month-long Thor’s Hammer exacerbates that, Mercury Retrograde tends to introduce mis-steps and confusion, and we are in a very old Moon (those tend to eliminate or “remove” things).

By themselves, this would be enough.  But, as often spoken on late night television, “…but wait, there’s more!”  Jupiter stations retrograde (similar to Mercury Retrograde, but more subtle) and a mutable T-Square involving Moon (Sagittarius), Chiron (Pisces), and Jupiter (Virgo) forms later in the day.

Today can be quite risky.

But, as we have pointed out in a number of other posts, days like today can be good for “getting things done” (if you avoid dangerous people, places, or things) especially if they involve cleaning out clutter and removing that which is no longer necessary to make room for that which is yet to come.

We also have other commentary published here.

Here are the upcoming Sun Square Uranus aspects:

Solar Fire Gold Jan 7 2016

Electional Search Results

Criteria: FIND (Sun Sqr Ura)
Search From: Jan 1 2016 0:00 am
Search To: Jan 31 2030 12:31 pm

Status: Finished – 55 matches

[0] Is Exact Jan 7 2016 6:22:07 am (CST +6:00)
Leaves Jan 13 2016 5:29:01 am (CST +6:00)
Enters Jul 8 2016 9:46:50 pm (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Jul 16 2016 8:31:40 am (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Jul 22 2016 4:46:42 pm (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 3 2017 12:15:16 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Jan 10 2017 10:21:55 am (CST +6:00)
Leaves Jan 16 2017 9:37:50 am (CST +6:00)
Enters Jul 13 2017 8:46:34 am (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Jul 20 2017 7:25:30 pm (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Jul 27 2017 3:26:54 am (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 7 2018 4:38:20 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Jan 14 2018 2:44:32 pm (CST +6:00)
Leaves Jan 20 2018 1:59:04 pm (CST +6:00)
Enters Jul 17 2018 8:01 pm (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Jul 25 2018 6:35:27 am (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Jul 31 2018 2:36:03 pm (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 11 2019 9:18:32 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Jan 18 2019 7:30:34 pm (CST +6:00)
Leaves Jan 24 2019 6:55:57 pm (CST +6:00)
Enters Jul 22 2019 7:48:35 am (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Jul 29 2019 6:14:02 pm (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 5 2019 1:59:37 am (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 16 2020 2:40:11 am (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Jan 23 2020 0:54:14 am (CST +6:00)
Leaves Jan 29 2020 0:20:18 am (CST +6:00)
Enters Jul 25 2020 8:00:56 pm (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Aug 2 2020 6:18:52 am (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 8 2020 2:00:02 pm (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 19 2021 8:22:59 am (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Jan 26 2021 6:48 am (CST +6:00)
Leaves Feb 1 2021 6:29 am (CST +6:00)
Enters Jul 30 2021 8:54:01 am (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Aug 6 2021 6:57:10 pm (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 13 2021 2:19:56 am (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 23 2022 3:00:57 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Jan 30 2022 1:31:48 pm (CST +6:00)
Leaves Feb 5 2022 1:16:46 pm (CST +6:00)
Enters Aug 3 2022 9:58:35 pm (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Aug 11 2022 7:53:11 am (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 17 2022 3:09:34 pm (CDT +5:00)
Enters Jan 27 2023 10:05:01 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Feb 3 2023 8:50:16 pm (CST +6:00)
Leaves Feb 9 2023 8:52:36 pm (CST +6:00)
Enters Aug 8 2023 11:58:25 am (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Aug 15 2023 9:34:27 pm (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 22 2023 4:30:54 am (CDT +5:00)
Enters Feb 1 2024 5:51:46 am (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Feb 8 2024 4:45:35 am (CST +6:00)
Leaves Feb 14 2024 4:55 am (CST +6:00)
Enters Aug 12 2024 2:20:44 am (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Aug 19 2024 11:45:14 am (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 25 2024 6:31:12 pm (CDT +5:00)
Enters Feb 4 2025 2:18:12 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Feb 11 2025 1:30 pm (CST +6:00)
Leaves Feb 17 2025 1:59:22 pm (CST +6:00)
Enters Aug 16 2025 5:14:04 pm (CDT +5:00)
[0] Is Exact Aug 24 2025 2:14:35 am (CDT +5:00)
Leaves Aug 30 2025 8:38:06 am (CDT +5:00)
Enters Feb 8 2026 11:38:38 pm (CST +6:00)
[0] Is Exact Feb 15 2026 11:01:25 pm (CST +6:00)
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Mercury Retrograde 2016: The Beginning

January 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology | Comments Off on Mercury Retrograde 2016: The Beginning
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Intuitive Living

retrograde_20160105_300Rewind, Rethink and Review

It’s January, and today begins the first Mercury Retrograde of 2016. While planets don’t actually go backwards when they retrograde, we sometimes experience them as if they’re working in direct opposition to their true nature. Planets have “personalities.” They act one way in forward motion and one way in backward motion, or retrograde. Where they retrograde (in what zodiac sign/house) signifies how they will affect your Sun Sign.

In addition to the usual caveats of Mercury Retrograde, such as avoiding big ticket purchases or signing documents, retrogrades also signal a time to rewind, review and rethink. It can also reacquaint you with some long-lost friends and even past relationships.

Mercury will not only retrograde this January, it will also be making some stellar angles (good and bad) to other planets. But you can make the most of this Mercury Retrograde by remaining positive and remembering that…

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January 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology | Comments Off on * MERCURY RETRO (Jan 5 – 25) SURVIVING & THRIVING KIT
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Melanie's Astro~News

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on?

Question CloudYes, it’s the era of massive global awakening and transformational shifts, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ Uranus in mid Aries and Pluto in mid Cap, in sharp ‘square dance’ with each other ( 7 exact alignments from 2012 – 2015, and now again almost exact but longer, Dec 2015 – Feb 2016).

But what’s with all the technology, media, and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

Bingo! Another Mercury retro is ON.

If you have been reading my Mercury retro support notes (or even advocacy) 3 times a year over the last years you know my take on it (and might find it liberating): M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Messenger Archetype – our MIND – is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into and be REcalibrated to a ‘New Mercury’ (hey, what’s that???).

Hermes / MercuryHermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and…

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How to Survive a New Moon in Capricorn with Mercury Retrograde

January 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm | Posted in 2016, 2016-Lunations, Astrology, Lunations, Predictions | 1 Comment
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The Truth about Mercury Retrograde 

January 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology | Comments Off on The Truth about Mercury Retrograde 
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Divine Inner Goddess

I think it’s important to clarify this natural phenomenon, as my guides are telling me it’s much needed at this time. Although I think it’s wonderful Mercury Retrograde is once again becoming a part of our modern collective consciousness, I believe its effects are widely misinterpreted and misunderstood as a period to be feared or dread.

Mercury Retrograde was exact at 5:06am PST January 5th and will remain until January 25th, 2016. At its worst, communication lines are blurred, computers go on the fritz, travel plans may be postponed and/or phone service will be disconnected more often than usual. Perhaps in its own way even modern technology has the need to purge what is no longer serving it; but aren’t we all in need of our own reboot or refresh every now and again?

During this time lost items may reappear or people from your past may reenter your life…

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Mercury ups the ante! Overview of all 4 retrogrades in 2016

January 6, 2016 at 9:11 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology | 1 Comment
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Spiral Spectrum

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Hello Mercury Retrograde, old friend. You know, I knew you were on your way when my transmission started slipping this weekend and, sure enough, could barely make it to the mechanic today. I was born with Mercury in Retrograde, so it doesn’t ruffle my feathers when it ruffles my plans. I just know, without a doubt, that there will be glitches and delays and systems needing overhaul. I expect it. I’ve learned to go with the flow. (If I say it enough, it becomes true).

Well, all that ended when Mercury went retrograde on January 5th in humanitarian Aquarius (transits into pragmatic Capricorn on the 8th), and remains in the shadow until January 25th. This is the first of not just the usual three per year, oh no, but a total of FOUR opportunities to remedy.”…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Moon enters Sagittarius

January 5, 2016 at 10:31 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Predictions | 2 Comments
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Wednesday, Moon enters Sagittarius early and lunar aspects dominate the day.  We are still processing what happened on Tuesday, and some events may spill over into what should otherwise be a quiet day.  For most people, today should be a “nose to the grindstone” day that is mostly about getting things done.  But, with the Moon waning, Mercury Retrograde, and the pyrotechnics of Tuesday, today might be more of a “cleanup day” than anything else.

MERCURY Retro from the AQ Cusp back to PLUTO in CAP – What’s UP and What Comes UP? What Matters Most, to All of Us?

January 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology | Comments Off on MERCURY Retro from the AQ Cusp back to PLUTO in CAP – What’s UP and What Comes UP? What Matters Most, to All of Us?
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Melanie's Astro~News

NOT quite the CAP NEW Moon (Jan 9) Astro~News YET! 🙂

Those will come down your ‘chimney’ within the next few days.

So: What’s UP and urgent then, you ask?

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Tahtah! You guessed correctly… I can’t hide it from you, and shouldn’t (not even under the SCO Moon today):

MERCURY barely inAQUARIUS(1°01′)just went RETRO this morning Tue Jan 5at 5:06 am PST.

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about :-).

I bet you’ve been tickled and re-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The AQ / CAP cusp is Mercury’s playground, or I shall rather say: re-minder of what matters most, for all of us together.

Welcome to the‘Special Issue’MERCURY RETRO Astro~News!

Hope to SEE you in real life or on Skype soon too – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

Wishing you a blessed navigation with the current AIR currents, as in the Heavens…

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Why Mercury Retrograde Doesn’t Scare Me.

January 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology | Comments Off on Why Mercury Retrograde Doesn’t Scare Me.
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Monika Carless Author *Intuitive Coach


The first time I heard about Mercury being in Retrograde, I almost flipped out!

This was a few years back when the movements of the planets were obscured by my profound interest in the Moon, in fact, I think the Moon and I went steady for a while there.

Coming out of my Lunar fog, I was told that Mercury would be spinning backwards and that all manner of hell would break loose in my life. What did this person mean, spinning backwards? Did Earth ever spin backwards? What the bejaysus was going on?

What Mercury actually does is speed past Earth in its orbit around the Sun a few times a year, and when it does so, it leaves all of us Earthlings in a bit of a tail spin. What’s the bloody hurry anyway? But since Mercury is closest to the Sun of all the planets, I’m imagining…

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Getting the Most Out Of Mercury Retrograde

January 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology | Comments Off on Getting the Most Out Of Mercury Retrograde
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Sarahdawn's Blog

As soon as the New Year has just begun we are hit with Mercury going retrograde. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing and as a matter of fact, there are quite a few benefits to having Mercury in Retrograde.

mercury in retrogradeMercury goes into retrograde today (January 5, 2015) and will continue to be in retrograde until January 25, so remember that over the next few weeks you want to avoid beginning anything new, especially contracts. You may experience difficulties in anything to do with communication and your electronics might get a little unpredictable.This is because Mercury rules communications and right now, as it is in retrograde, misunderstandings tend to be the rule rather than the exception.

So, now you know what not to do, but let’s talk about what to do and how to make this Mercury Retrograde a wonderful experience.

-This is a good time to finish…

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