Mercury turned retrograde this morning at 9:41 (UT) at 19PIS52.
Mercury retrograde in Pisces is the first of 3 retrograde periods this year that all occur in water signs. The water signs are typically associated with your emotions. Mercury then is prompting you to reassess how you are doing on an emotional level. During this Pisces phase, it will be important to allow yourself to feel. If you are used to pushing your feelings to one side, this may be a time when the flood gates are opened. It’s a necessary healing. Continue reading
Here we go again. Mercury turns retrograde on the 6th November 2012, bang on the US Presidential election day.
Whilst the retrograde formally begins when Mercury starts to apparently move backwards (due to our different orbital speeds), as astrologers, we also take into account the shadow periods. Continue reading
In this post I am going to offer an analysis of what it means for Mercury to travel backwards through the natal birth houses.
To help you understand more about the retrograde cycle itself, I recommend checking out my post from last November where I discuss it in full. Continue reading
Venus turns retrograde at 14:32 on the 15th May 2012 at 23GEM59. Venus will remain in retrograde motion until 27th June 2012 when it stations direct at 7GEM29
“Venus’ function is to sift the sacred from the profane, the primitive from the cultured aspects of one’s energy and power. It acts as a filter through which one finds a sense of enjoyment in life, screening out unpleasant stimuli and discriminating against that which does not serve the whole”
Erin Sullivan, p. 82 Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape.
Venus, like Mercury never strays far from the Sun. To me this shows how communication and love serve our life purpose. Venus shows us what is beautiful in life, what pleases us, what attracts us. As ruler of Taurus, Venus likes to roll in the hay, luxuriate in soft fabrics. She wants to be touched physically and experience the beauty of the flesh. She wants her taste-buds tickled, her senses excited. As ruler of Libra, Venus is more concerned with mental connection, social graces, the art of diplomacy and aesthetic appeal. Here social niceties matter because they help society to bond and function as a whole. In this mode, Venus keeps the demands of the flesh in check, compromising in order to keep the peace. Continue reading