Flavor of Mercury Retrograde: May 18th – June 11th

This season’s Mercury retrograde is in Gemini: one of the two signs Mercury rules. We could say that this planet is at home here. However Gemini is a restless sign, and the very nature of Mercury is to be restless always looking for another thought or piece of information. So the mind of individuals as well as the collective mind (think media) will be restless, funny, and very tricksterish. This period will be easier for those who have a sense of humor about themselves as well as others. The joke is on all of us.

Here are the aspects Mercury will make from the beginning of the shadow around May 5th until the end around June 28th.

Square Neptune: May 9th in the approaching shadow: May 28th while retrograde: June 23rd in the departing shadow. These are times to be extra careful about what you believe and who you trust.

Retrograde: May 18th.

Conjunct Mars: May 27th Lots of energy to wed thought to impulse. S/he who hesitates might just be in better shape then the other option.

Conjunct Sun: May 30th The most mystical moment of a retrograde period when the heart and mind are one. A good day to listen.

Sextile Venus: June 10th. Opportunities for all manner of creative expression.

Direct: June 11th. the end of the retrograde period encourages us to wrap up the issues we were dealing with while it was retro. Until June 28th.





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Mercury conjunct the Sun

Of all the days during the Mercury retrograde period, this is the day when we might hear something. Even if our beautiful dream ship has foundered on the rocky shores of the Land of Responsibility. Everything is grist for the mill Even if you are only doing dishes and walking the dog. We do many things for love even if we have temporarily forgotten that it is love that calls us to do them.


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Flavor of Mercury Retro January 2015


This Mercury Retrograde period is in Aquarius which is a fixed air sign. It has everything to do with information. When Mercury is retrograde we are meant to be reflective about information; to size it up, listen twice and pay attention so we don’t make castles in the air that will only crumble when put to the test.

Given the aspects it makes while on its retrograde journey I expect this period to be one where much could be learned and lots could be organized or disposed of if it has outlived its usefulness.

In its journey it will sextile Uranus on January 28th (It also does this in the shadow periods before and after: January 14th and March 1st.) This is a very positive opportunity to think right outside the box. Do not be afraid of things that are inventive and unusual. But since Mercury is retrograde take time to decide what you want to do with such cleverness. A great time to work on a project that has a ‘different’ quality to it.

Mercury will also conjunct the Sun which is its most important aspect on January 30th. This happens with each and every Mercury retrograde period. It is a time to be most reflective about your issues and intentions. If we listen at this time we are likely to hear much but listening requires us to be unplugged and quiet.

It will also sextile Saturn on February 5th. (As it did at the beginning of the shadow on January 6th and will again on February 5th.) This is another opportunity of a different nature than Uranus. Here we are asked to do some study of our subject; to look for wisdom and to make the effort to seek out experienced people. Experience is always the best teacher when Saturn is around.

Julie Simmons

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Mercury sextile Neptune

Meditate on possibilities that might lead to you be the changeor as Gandhi actually said:

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”


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