Flavor of Mercury Retrograde April 21 2023

If it was possible to remind someone of what is going to happen in the future this Mercury Retrograde would be that. Science fiction? More likely the shape of things to come seen through the lens of hindsight. Mercury’s journey will take place over exactly the same degrees as Jupiter will travel between June and February of 2024. And this just happens to be the degrees which Uranus traveled between June 2019 and February 2023. Mercury’s trajectory points backward and forward at the same time!

The degrees and sign in question are between 5 and 15 of Taurus, essentially the first half. We are asked to focus on our values at a personal level and our economies at a collective level. Taurus reaches deep into where climate change and the economy are one.

Uranus reveals, Mercury retrograde reminds and Jupiter expands. You might say: Uranus has revealed the problems we are facing (failing banks, melting ice caps, war and the possibility of extinction). Mercury is asking us to reflect on how these things impact our immediate realities (our resources – more than just money in the bank. Resources are time, energy, money and something we might call love or even pleasure) and Jupiter promises to make things better or worse depending on how we engage this awareness. We have seen the problem, we are being reminded that it is real, and it will get better or worse over the next while depending on where we put our enthusiasm for a world that matters.

Given that most of us don’t rule the world, the focus is on our present individual realities. To have peace I must be peaceful, to have abundance I must be generous, to have stability I must be centered and present. This retrograde offers a good time to survey the landscape of your resources and get as real as you can about how to use them going forward in a time of such great upheavals. Whatever your adventure while Mercury is retrograde keep aware of how it uses resources, your own and the world’s. Don’t judge what you discover about this. You did not create the world’s woes all by yourself. Even so you might consider what you can do, how to do it mindfully and where you can invest yourself to stand with beauty and the perception which comes through your senses not what the algorithm is telling you is real.

During the retrograde journey there are days when Mercury makes aspects to other planets which will accentuate the themes:

April 23: Mars sextile Mercury: How does your exploration of Mercury retro themes encourage action?

May 1: Sun conjuncts Mercury: What are you learning or could you learn about values, money, economics?

May 12: Mercury sextile both Saturn and Venus: Given that you can’t change the world, what opportunities are there to engage the world around you responsibly as well as esthetically?

Warm regards,


Julie Simmons, Astrologer

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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?

Warm regards, 



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Flavor of Mercury retrograde September 9 – October 2nd

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


Julie Simmons


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Flavor of Mercury retrograde May 10 – June 3 2022

Flavor of Mercury retrograde May 10 – June 3 2022

This Mercury retrograde begins in the early degrees of Gemini and takes us at the station direct to Taurus. The actual degree of the station direct on June 3 is considered to be a wild part of the sky, representing, in its negative manifestation, a kind of blind rage arising from injustice (of which there is plenty on this planet). However, this station makes a favorable aspect to Pluto (some say, with friends like that, who needs enemies…). But a trine (positive) is a trine and the possibility is empowerment. Empowering rage is something none of us wants more of. To empower something more useful, at least at an individual level we might consider why this part of the zodiac is linked to such destructive power.

To my mind it is justifiable to be enraged at the way humans have violated nature and particularly beauty. Even so rage, when you think about it, is a massive anxiety attack and not generally productive. Anger, however, can transform us, bring clarity and aim us at solutions. When we are enraged we are all over the place and want to destroy something (even ourselves). When we are angry we tend to step back and take a breath. Our nostrils flare. This allows us to figure out actions that might change the way things are to the way they should or could be. Pluto is just as happy with transformation as destruction. You could say that Pluto takes the long view and doesn’t make a distinction between them.

All roads lead to change. I suggest we use this Mercury retrograde period to listen to new ideas while it’s in Gemini (until May 22nd), paying particular attention to the conjunction with the Sun on May 21st. From that point, once it goes back into Taurus and changes direction, we work at using our anger or indignation in aid of creating a more beautiful world, wherever we are, whatever that means to you.

On the same day that Mercury stations retrograde Jupiter will enter Aries for the first time in about 12 years. Aries is a sign of individuality as well as aggression. Its finest manifestation is when it aims at birth or breakthrough. Its worst manifestation is war. If we can make it through Jupiter in Aries (till October 28th on this round) without escalating war and warlike situations we might just bring about a new way to deal with deeply threatening planetary conditions. It’s a big ask for our species (humans) to lay down our reactivity and consider the consequences for children and all living things. But there it is! Ours to explore.

Warm regards,



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Flavor of Mercury retrograde May 29th – June 22, 2021

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“Mercury’s second retrograde of 2021 in air signs reminds us that we are not done with issues of misinformation and distraction. We are all well advised during this time to pause and listen to the noise in our own minds before jumping into the fray.  The most intense period is around the station starting on May 22, when Mercury squares Neptune for the first time, which is close to the actual station on the 29th when Mercury is also conjunct Venus, which will square Neptune as well, adding to the theme of confusion. (I realize this is a rather long sentence but that is the nature of all these things happening so close to each other: A run-on astrological sentence, you might say.) The Sun will conjunct Mercury (the middle of the retrograde period) on June 10 and square Neptune on the 13th. By the time Mercury goes direct on the 22nd the Sun and Venus will be gone from Gemini but it will square Neptune one more time on the 6th of July. Put all this together and it seems that between May 22 and July 6th we will feel this influence warning us to remain still in the fast moving rapids of information, gossip, news and all manner of distraction (you know which ones are your favorites).

Think of it as an extended sit in a meditation retreat. The desire to scratch an itch is but a little thing, yet it disturbs the flow of breath and being that stillness offers. Maybe it’s like being at the ocean at the moment when a big wave is about to break and you can’t get away from it. The best strategy is to dive deep and let it break over you where you can’t feel it even as you know you will come up for air once it is finished.

Warm regards,


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