The main thing about this Mercury retrograde is that when it goes direct it will square the station of Mars at the end of October. It will also oppose Neptune which is a big part of that event. Neither of these is exact, just close enough to activate the energies. For a list of exact events see below or check the Insights at my website.
This Mercury retrograde begins in Libra and goes back to Virgo, continuing the theme of air into Earth. The next Mercury retrograde at the end of December will begin a cycle (of three) Mercury retrograde periods in earth signs only. Air is about thinking. Earth is about real things. This year’s cycle of Mercury retrograde periods has shown us, in case we didn’t get it, that it’s not enough to have a plan or a good idea. It has to be workable and sustainable in the real world, whatever that real world is to you. You could define this real world as the one where you eat and deal with your health or lack of health, the roof over your head and your livelihood, the one that allows you to use the money in your bank account to manifest your life. Perhaps this Mercury retrograde is asking us to consider the ideas and perspectives of others (Libra) from a critical and analytical perspective (Virgo) before we decide to take them on. Measure twice, cut once as the saying goes.
Opposite Jupiter: September 18
Conjunct Sun: September 23
Trine Pluto: September 27
Be supported for this Mercury Retrograde and join the alignment experience
Flavor of Mercury retrograde December 29 – January 18th
Having Mercury stationing retrograde as we step into the New Year is a reminder that life is full of paradox and ambiguity: the very stuff of human life. Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Last year we started off with Venus retrograde in Capricorn. This year it is Mercury in Capricorn.
A Mercury retrograde New Year is less about our expectations and more about the need to take inventory (which may already be underway since Mercury entered the shadow around mid-December). Capricorn suggests an inventory of nuts and bolts, the foundations or supporting structures of your life. As Mercury journeys it will make mostly favorable aspects: A sextile to Neptune around the station and a trine to Uranus at the Full Moon. Nobody likes hard times, this is true, but most of us look back on our difficulties – the ones we made it through – and recognize a sense of being fully alive when the stakes are high, when we are focused and determined toward an outcome. Perhaps our inventory should take those times into account and remind us of how well we have done, and how it feels when we focus our intention as if it really matters. Our storehouses aren’t just full of stuff but also of abilities and strengths and most valuable, the wisdom that comes from experience.
These next few weeks might ask us to consider how we might offer ourselves, our gifts, our resources to the collective for the Good of All. Capricorn is a cardinal, universal, earth sign. Put these qualities together and you have a dynamic ability to steward resources for the benefit of the group, not just your group but the entire planet. What if humans are the Universe becoming conscious? If you knew this to be the truth (and you can’t say it isn’t) how would you then focus your attention, your intention?