Mercury is Retrograde August 30th – September 22, 2016


It’s been a hot summer and this Mercury retrograde period is asking us to reflect on what, exactly that means to us in the way that we live: Things like the amount of water we use, the preparation of food, our diets and exercise patterns in an overheated world. This is a rather tense time astrologically speaking. It could be a great time to do what Mercury retrograde suggests; reflection and perspective rather than action and forging ahead. As Mercury makes the station the moon is in the balsamic phase (just before the new moon) and gearing up for a solar eclipse in the sign of Virgo on the 1st of September.  Anything could happen!



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Flavor of Mercury Retro January 2016

This Mercury Retrograde period starts in Aquarius but will retrograde back to Capricorn, issuing in a year of Mercury retrograde in earth signs.  Each one will be a time to slow down and look at what we are trying to make or un-make. It has a very ‘real world’ feel to it: Not happening in the mind alone. The general Mercury Retrograde theory is that we should be reflective at this time. In this case we should be reflective about what we are making our world into: And how. Most definitely we should think twice and hammer once.

Mercury retrogrades back into Capricorn on the 8th. Bringing in the ‘real world’ theme.

On the 14th it will conjunct the Sun which is the most important day of a retrograde period because it is when, if you listen, you will hear what you need to hear regarding your issues. It will also trine Jupiter on the same day suggesting a really viable means of accomplishing the task. 

Square Uranus on the 20th which adds a bit of chaos to the retrograde period.

Conjunct Pluto on the 22nd suggesting that this is a ‘for real’ time and don’t pretend otherwise!

Mercury will go direct on the 25th and do these things again once more; which will be the ‘proof’ of what we learned during the retrograde.


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Now that Mercury is direct

On my list of things I have patiently waited to start, launch or act on….

  • Launch an online webinar “The Tech Savvy Practitioner”
  • Start 5 sewing projects (but I was good at planning them all out and doing alterations to the patterns!) – a light fall jacket, a teal plaid 2 piece outfit and another quilt
  • Work with Julie in a pilot to bring one of her amazing Astrology classes online in November.

During this past Mercury retrograde, I did have a few stumbles, but easily flowed around them – Did not have my debit card at the checkout of a store, mild panic, but found it quickly at home and went back to the store.  The delay, took me into the time of day when the library would be open so the second trip the Library run was accomplished as well.

I made pattern alterations as noted above and while I thought these were an easy 1 hour job, it took days. However, the gift here is that in puzzling over the fixes, i managed to resolve a long standing issue to accommodate narrow shoulders.  It was a huge insight.   A lot can happen when we are aligned.

With light and love


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Mercury is Direct at 1:31am Eastern

mercury-goBreathe! Mercury is direct as of 1:31am Eastern here in Toronto.  Check your chart for other relevant aspects, but going forward feel the ease and grace of Mercury Direct.



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Mercury is Retrograde April 28th

roseThis Mercury Retrograde comes on the heels of Mars’ retrograde which began on April 17th. Although they don’t exactly aspect each other Mercury is making its station on the 28th exactly opposite the degree of the Mars station at the end of June. It is a kind of opposition by association.

Mercury retrograde is often a time when we are called to reflect and consider (con = with, sider = star) things from a different perspective; one that is less about our assumptions and more about what the world is actually showing us. Never is this stronger than when Mercury is retrograde in an earth sign such as Taurus.

Mars retrograde asks us to be strategic about our actions. To consider what truly motivates us and how we might act based on our true motivations rather than our primal instinctive reactions.

The opposition of Taurus (where Mercury is) and Scorpio (where Mars will be when it goes direct) is always about trust and sharing. When parents try to teach their children to share what they really want them to do is to give. They want their kids to be generous. but every little child who clutches a toy to his or her breast knows that there is no reason in the world to give up something if you aren’t going to get something else. When Taurus and Scorpio look across the cosmos at each other this is the issue. What are you willing to give so that you can get? Or we might say, How is it that loss can create gain? Or What will I have to lose to get what I want?

This is one of the themes of this Mercury retrograde.

The other major one is that it will be making a (not quite exact) grand trine in earth with Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. As well as a conjunction with Venus. This suggests that if we build it, s/he will come. Given that it’s retrograde we would do well to look at the structure underlying the things we want to build. No rushing. Retrograde motion is always an encouragement to slow down. Smell the roses. Check twice, cut once!

Julie Simmons

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