Re-examine Mercury Rx (retrograde)!

Mercury turns retrograde (24 degrees of Aries) on March 30th, at 4:47 pm EDT – it will resume direct motion (12:53 degrees of Aries) on April 23rd at 6:03 am EDT.

How many times can we talk about Mercury retrograde?  Well, considering that this small planet turns retrograde approximately 3 times per year, I guess that is how often we will continue to discuss the issue!

It seems that the idea of Mercury retrograde has taken root in the culture in a way that is not helpful to our lives or to the way the general population views astrology!  Folks who know very little about astrology tend to expound the horrors of Mercury retrograde! No matter what may go wrong during this cycle we can lay the blame at Mercury’s feet!  Before we get into how this small planet’s motion affects our lives, let us, once again, ask the question: What does it mean when a planet is said to be retrograde?

I want to keep it simple; no complications here.

If you are interested, you will find a more extensive and excellent explanation of retrograde motion here!

Please remember that all our planets turn retrograde at different times. Mercury is particularly notable due to its frequency and it’s very noticeable affects on our everyday lives.

When Mercury turns retrograde, it seems (from our perspective on earth) that it is moving backwards in the sky. Obviously this is an optical illusion. It is all about perspective. This illusion is created by the orbital rotation of the earth, in relation to the other planets in our solar system. This optical illusion is created because we are observing it from a perspective inside the whole of a constantly moving solar system. Have you ever been on a moving subway or car when you realized that another moving car seemed to be moving backwards although it was in fact moving forward? All a matter of perspective!

Indeed, a simple matter of perspective, and yet, from an astrological point of view this is very significant. The energy that we have come to expect from the planet in question functions very differently during these times of retrograde motion. The energy no longer utilizes an easy direct outward expression. There may be objectives involved that are not clear or easy to understand.

Once we become aware of Mercury’s retrograde cycle and have observed it through time it is easy to see how it can be blamed for so many things. If we are moving ahead with our lives, unaware, we may find that things stop ‘working’ in the ways that we expect them to. People seem to misunderstand our communications and therefore our intentions. Everything we try to do takes longer because there is no smooth motion to our lives!  It is easy to wind up thinking that Mercury is to blame for these stressful and difficult times!

So, now that we have had the opportunity to observe these cycles, it is time to learn how to use them to our advantage!  It has been only recently that I have really come to appreciate and, even (yes!) embrace these times!

The key is:  SLOW DOWN!

Also,  keep the prefix ‘re’ closely at hand! “The prefix ‘re’ is a synonym for again, indicating a return to a previous condition, or repetition of a previous action.”

The last time Mercury was retrograde was late November to the end of December 2010. Take a moment to think about and consider what has transpired in your life since the beginning of this year. What have you left undone since that time? Where in your life do you need to ‘return to a previous condition or action’? What do you need to go back and look at or complete?

This period of time will not move smoothly if you continue trying to move forward into new territory. It will behove you to take time now to examine where you have been and what parts of your life you need to re-visit.

Look at that prefix closely! how many words are can you think of that begin with the prefix re? How many of them are applicable at this time?

re-read, re-group, re-write, re-do, re-imagine, re-tell, re-think, re-word, re-name, re-pay, re-make, re-appear, re-arrange, re-apply, re-appoint, re-animate, re-ally, re-fresh, re-marry, re-load, re-enter, re-make, re-hire, ….

During this time, do not start anew, go back and look at what is already on your plate! How can you re-vitalize what you already have? Re-juvenate what you already have! Take time, make what you have, your life, the best that it can be!  With a bit of attention you have all that you need right in front of you right now!

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Noel Tyl on Japan

To my Blog Readers,
I was thrilled and deeply touched by Noel Tyl‘s thoughtful words on the situation facing Japan.

~ Laurie

What’s Happening Now?

Oh, the upheaval of Nature!  Inscrutable; unpredictable.

And an embarrassment for Astrology: while it can deeply appreciate the human being in society and life-development time, it can not understand or grasp the positioning of Earthquakes, Floods, giant Fires, or plagues in the scheme of human existence.  For reasons unknown, we can not harness knowledge of natural eruption and horror upon the planet.  Perhaps the reason is because Astrology is a human, phenomenological art-science evolving out of human behavior not natural cataclysm.

It is almost as if we are not yet supposed to have such  knowledge of Nature. And perhaps that teaches us something: perhaps it is not to study the calamity but the people within it.  –Of course, pre-warning of explosion can help us lessen impact on our life, but the fact remains that the explosion will take place, regardless, and it is for the people to grow through it, for populations to  be adjusted, for nations to recover in their individualistic style.  –Throughout history, it has been so.

We think we know the horoscope of modern Japan [The focusing of the Constitution, November 3, 1946 at 8:30 AM in Tokyo].  The national image shown in the horoscope speaks eloquently of the noble discipline of the Japanese people living within a highly focused  idealistic sense of purpose. Above all, modern Japan needs to be helpful to the world –technologically inventive and relating it all to social progress. This is Japan’s identity.

When the massive earthquake occurred, the planet Uranus was dramatically involved with a synthesis point of the Japan Sun and Moon.  This is a simple but powerful astrological glimpse of the tragedy. It suggests enormous, sudden upheaval, much like a divorce in a marriage; on a national level, we can expect chaos.

The astrological signature also brings forward the dramatic energies of individualism, the Japanese people dealing with awesome difficulty with innovation and improvements.

So easily, people can question –or even blame– their God for the horrors of loss, the wreckage of life.  Someone or something must be behind it all for some purpose!  But this question of intent or plan is equally inscrutable with reference to the causes of the calamity.  It helps us not.

Perhaps a better view is this: through this chaos, we  see dramatic intensification of our awareness of the human condition, fragile and strong at the same time.  This is what rescues us and this is what we already see active throughout the Japanese population hard at work upon recovery.

And we see how the ever-maturing national image and new energies of resurrection in Japan are attracting the loving, empathic care of the rest of the world.  –The answer to the Why? of this terrible happening is transcended by acknowledgement, collectively and individually, of the Goodness of Spirit.  This keeps us alive.  This tells us all who we are.

Bless you, Japan!

Noel Tyl

Japan On My Mind

These past few days feel like a bit of a blur. Japan is on my mind. Is it possible to truly imagine or understand what the people of Japan are experiencing?

I believe/hope that we are all beginning to realize the connection between all humans, no matter the distance between us. If our hearts are open we feel the pain that is resonating within your country, your culture, your world and each of your individual lives.

The pain that is felt in one part of our human body (or our earth) is felt in the whole of humankind. What happens to a part happens to the whole.
With an event such as this we are forced to look at how unstable our lives are, how impermanent all of life is. We must open our eyes and our hearts to the fact that we never know the ways our lives may change in a day or even in a moment. It is important that we use these experiences as an opportunity to understand the reality of impermanance in our lives. We can become more deeply aware of the gift that each day is to us and the gift of each human connection within those days.

As a gift and an honoring for all those who have died we can learn to love more deeply, more honorably and to live each day as if it really matters because it does!

Champing At The Bit!

‘Warm Home’ photo by Laurie

We are entering a very interesting week with major changes nipping at our heels! We (here in Vermont, USA) have started our work week with a ‘Snow Day’! Very few of us managed to get to work today as we are in near blizzard conditions around the state.

There are amazing CHANGES afoot! It may be wise not to get too comfortable with the soft energy we are still immersed in while there are still so many planets in gentle, imaginative Pisces! By the end of the week these planets will have entered the more independent, dynamic energy of Aries and we will feel the powerful urge and requirement to ‘GET UP AND GO’!

Yesterday afternoon the Moon (which governs our emotional nature and relationships with women) engaged with Pluto bringing intense dark emotions to the surface as we moved into the evening she made intimate contact with the ideailistic expansive planet Jupiter.  This morning we awoke to the Moon encountering the heavy hand of reality which is Saturn. With Saturn in the picutre we must slow down and look at reality.  The awareness of being snowbound was a rude awakening of reality!

We have been in a waiting game for several weeks now, it is not over yet.

We want to, need to, and belive we are ready to move forward. However, there is still something standing in our way. (20+ inches of snow is certainly a show stopper here!)

We feel the horses champing at the bit, waiting at the gate… ready to blast forward…..
Still we must wait. The time is closing in but not yet at hand.

So… while we wait, hold steady. Open your eyes and see that dream ahead. What do you still need to do to prepare for the next step in bringing your dream into the future?

Things will never be the same once those doors have opened. Time will accelerate. Enjoy these last few days where the dream is still a dream. Do what you need on an internal level. Do your last preperations.

Uranus is the energy of sudden irreversible change, the energy of revolution, independence and intensification! It takes 84 years for Uranus to move through the zodiac. This is a one time deal (in our lifetime) into Aries; the sign of courage, new beginnings & determination.

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‘Winter Outside’ photo by Laurie

Break Free… Soon!

‘Train’ photo by Laurie

Things certainly feel different now that we have all this focus of planets in Pisces!
Last week we had a line up of planets in the last few degrees of Aquarius. Everywhere we looked, revolution was in the air.

Have you felt the pull inward? Suddenly there has been more difficulty pushing ahead. Pisces requires that we pull back and take some time in quiet contemplation. What is it that must be sacrificed before we push ahead with more vigor than ever as Uranus enters Aries?

On March 11th, the planet of Revolution (Uranus) enters the sign of the Warrior (Aries)! The first degree of Aries is a very public spot. This is not an issue that can be hidden from public view. Issues that have been hidden will likely come to light during this time. While Uranus has moved through Pisces there have been many secrets but now the lid is blown off and all bets are off! With sudden ferocity much is brought out into the open.
Shortly after the Sun and Mercury will also enter Aries and then Mars….
Ahhh, the warrior, the pioneer, the kicking, screaming child will have his day.
During this move of Uranus we all sense the need to break free, to remove the shackles that have kept us in bondage. We feel an intense flush to open the door to whatever winds of change are ready to move in!
As we move forward, we are without fear.
The Warrior; The Pioneer.
It is time to ACT.

‘Train_2’ photo by Laurie

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~ Laurie