Flavor of Mercury Retrograde October 31, 2019

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Mercury is stationery, retrograde conjunct Venus in Scorpio. This might be encouragement to express our feelings
with as much beauty and art as we can. The secret of using Scorpio energy is to feel what we feel but not to act on it until we know that we will not cause harm. Scorpio feelings are very intense. When we hold back on releasing them we often discover that what felt like poison becomes medicine or possibly even art. 

As Mercury journeys through its retrograde phase it will sextile Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and trine Neptune in Pisces, rewarding those who can master their intensity. In a world so rife with the misuses of power we need to be careful not to let fear determine our actions. This is an excellent period to practice that very thing!  

Mercury will go direct on the 20th which is the day after Mars enters Scorpio. They will not be conjunct but there is probably some message there regarding the places in our lives that require mastery. We don’t practice to become perfect. It’s more like we practice whatever we practice for the sheer necessity of becoming. 

Warm regards, 


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Flavor of Mercury retrograde July 7th 2019

This particular Mercury retrograde period seems to start with a bang which I truly hope is not literal! Here is what I posted on facebook:

The gods (planets) are not in a good mood. You can tell when you tune into the news of the world or even your own sense of safety and security.
Our mandate as humans is to express the energies with as much kindness and as little reactivity as we can muster. This is not the same as pretending we don’t feel what we feel. It’s about not  hurling those feelings at the projection screen of our lives.
Mercury is gearing up for a pretty hot retrograde (July 7. Conjunct Mars, square Uranus).
That’s how it is in the ‘above’. Here in the ‘below’ we dance but we choose our steps, whether we think so or not.  

The astrology of Mercury stationery so close to Mars as it approaches an exact square to Uranus is like a finger pointing to the issues of reactivity, which is Mars’ specialty. To be human is to react. To be aware requires us to hold back on our reactivity and let the river flow until we are prompted to respond, not react. Uranus is explosive and revolutionary at its core. It’s as though Mars and Mercury are shaking their fist at Uranus and saying, ‘Enough already! Let’s do it!’ It’s about frustration, never a good starting place for action.  

I have very little to say about the ‘state of the world’. Just like everyone else I am fascinated and frightened by it all. And astrology reminds me over and over that each individual matters. How we behave in our own, small sphere of influence creates the ripples that bring change or not.

The intensity of this period peaks with the exact square of Mars and Uranus on July 11th. After that it’s more of a regular retrograde period. Time to be in the flow rather than grabbing at things. Mercury will move back into Cancer on the 19th and it will station at 23 degrees of Cancer which is opposite the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in January 2020. That conjunction is big news in Astrology-ville so we should all catch a glimpse of the shape of things to come with the station at the end of July. We might be thinking in terms of security for our family, chosen or given. An increase in tribalism would be the worst… a sense of nurturing and fostering connections in our local environs would be most optimal.

The most important day of any Mercury retrograde period is the conjunction with the Sun which happens on July 21st. This is the day when we might ‘hear’ a message from the depths prompting us to move in one direction or another. It’s subtle and only comes from stillness.

Mercury will conjunct Venus on July 24th which is generally thought to be a time for art and poetry, music and expression of feelings. The shadow of Mercury retrograde period which suggest a time to put in order the things which were disordered or difficult while Mercury was retrograde, lasts until August 16th.

You can read more about Mercury’s aspects at Insights for the Month. 

Warm regards,



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Flavor of mercury retrograde March 5 – March 28: Pisces

Each and every Mercury retrograde has its own personality or flavor in that it highlights the astrological picture of the moment and asks us to pay attention in a particular way. This one is most definitely about the Jupiter, Neptune square, with a dash of Saturn, Pluto and Mars. Mercury will square Jupiter, sextile Saturn, Pluto as well as Mars and, as if with a flourish, it will make the station, direct conjunct Neptune. At the very least it is a period of connection and integration.

  • The square to Jupiter seems to point to the ongoing confusions we are experiencing collectively as well as individually. The issue of true and false is aggravated by the retrograde issues of miscommunication and distraction. 
  • The sextiles to Mars, Pluto and Saturn suggest there is lots of opportunity to overcome the sense of confusion if we embody our experience rather than, let us say, research it. If you feel swept away in confusion which may simply be too much information, go for a walk and while you are walking tune in to your arms and legs, your eyes and ears. Earth (Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Taurus) loves presence. 
  • The station direct on Neptune underscores all things Pisces: The soul of our planet, our species, is a real thing. To deny this is to risk something profound, to be swept into the sea of algorithmic manipulation with no boat. Compassion is Pisces’ greatest gift, addiction might be its worst. We might reach toward compassion by starting with ourselves and let this be as a stone in the water, creating ripples, touching all who touch us.

The most important day of any Mercury retrograde period is the conjunction with the Sun which happens on March 14th. This is the day when we can ‘hear’ the message on the wind of thought that may indicate exactly what we need to know to navigate the retrograde. This is quite close to the first quarter moon and the square to Jupiter suggesting that we need to be fearless in asking the questions. Answers won’t necessarily be what you wanted to hear.

You can read more about Mercury’s aspects at Insights for the Month. 

Warm regards,



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Flavor of mercury retrograde November 16 – December 6: Fire and water

Mercury retrograde is actually not something to write in your date book in the hope that you will be reminded to catch all the mistakes, misspellings and mishaps before they wreak havoc. It’s not about avoidance. It’s a reminder that we humans need time to contemplate, to consider, to reflect and remember. Otherwise our mind overtakes our soul and we slip head first into a kind of oblivion of distraction, stress and confusion; states of being that are not desirable or necessary.

Mercury will square Neptune and Mars (which will be conjunct each other) as well as conjunct Jupiter and the Sun which it always does when retrograde.

It seems to me that this period is ‘introducing’ a new level of confusion which lasts into January at least as Jupiter will also, then square Neptune. We can practice with courage and persistence our ability to hold steady in the face of the chaos we all seem to be feeling: To slow down when we start to panic and consider what is really real. When Neptune gets involved there is a lot of confusion and delusion but there is also transcendence which isn’t so much about being above it all as being spacious and allowing for the inevitability of change. When Mars is involved we often feel impelled to act but Mars works best in Pisces when actions are based on true feeling which can only be known when we are relaxed and allow things to show themselves.

The most important day of any Mercury retrograde period is the conjunction with the Sun which happens on November 27th at 5 degrees of Sagittarius, quite near the Jupiter Mars square. This conglomeration is active from November 26th – November 28th. Do not get carried off on a river of misinformation and meaningless details. Rather listen to the voice of reason and/or truth that can only be heard in stillness. Then, if you must, take action.  

You can read more about Mercury’s aspects at Insights for the Month. Here are the significant dates.

Mercury retrograde November 16th (8:33 PM EST)

Mercury square Neptune: At the time of the retrograde (November 16th) but this aspect is not exact which might be a good thing! A little less confusion.

Mercury square Mars: November 26 (3:06 AM EST)

Sun conjunct Mercury: November 27th (04:15 AM EST)

Mercury conjunct Jupiter: November 27th (5:27 PM EST)

Mercury direct December 6th (04:22 PM EST)

Mercury enters the shadow of the retrograde period (setting up the issues) around October 29th and leaves the shadow, thereby indicating a release of the issues after December 25th

Warm regards,


Resonate with being aligned with Mercury Retrograde and make the best of this energy!

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