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Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo. Mercury is the messenger in Astrology as it is in Mythology. It is the planet of day-to-day expression and communication. Mercury's action is to take things apart and put them back together again. It is an opportunistic planet, decidedly unemotional and curious. In modern times, we tend to "meet" people's Mercury first. Many people make a connection for the first time through e-mails, for example. Mercury rules whether we are flowery in our speech and/or written words, concise in our choice of words, or business-like even in our personal communications. Mercury not only rules communication, it represents coordination. Thought processes, ideas, and sensory information from both unconscious and unconscious sources all need to be coordinated and understood. Mercury analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of things. How does we handle nervous energy? How do we express and convey our thoughts? How do we approach others and information in order to learn and exchange ideas?
Mercury in Sagittarius espouses freedom of thought; at least, they try. They are optimistic and look to the future. They have big ideas and mean well. Vision is their strong point. Details are not. They have a great thirst for knowledge, but have little time for facts and dry texts. They learn best when given the freedom to think and choose for themselves. They also prefer topics they are truly interested in, and when they are having fun. Mercury in Sagittarius defends justice and freedom, even though their personal definition of justice may be a bit confusing. They have several principles they promote, and are always happy to discuss them. Their optimism shines through no matter what. It is both their strength and their weak point. They are good at invigorating people with their sunny outlook, but they can be a little blind to the facts.
Retrograde Mercury is the most commonly known astrological signature for Murphy's Law ("If something can go wrong, it will"), and is one of the first features intermediate astrology students learn about. Say it to a seasoned astrologer and you'll likely get an amused smile and some delightful stories about how things can get quite unexpectedly unhinged. Computers crash, software develops unexpected glitches, traffic jams ensue, telephone service snarls up, letters get lost in the mail, machinery breaks down, new projects fail. Ah, yes, the trickster Mercury is up to his old pranks again.
Something happens this year that's never happened before in American history: Mercury stations retrograde on the day of a presidential election. Just about everyone who follows astrology has heard the term "Mercury retrograde." This is an approximately three-week spell, happening three times a year, wherein Mercury appears to move backwards through the zodiac. It's a visual illusion -- Mercury is actually passing between the Earth and the Sun, creating an apparent rather than real effect. (Mercury's year is a third the length of ours, hence, this happens three times a year). I know it seems like a lot more frequently than that. Lots of people say that "Mercury is always retrograde," which is not true -- but Mercury is always Mercury, which means it's tricky, and requires a combination of cleverness, skill and respect to handle, whether moving retrograde or direct. The first and last days of any Mercury retrograde are usually the most challenging. Those days are called stations, which is short for stationary; one is that station retrograde (when the retrograde begins), and one is the station direct (when it ends). The word station in this context means "changes directions." There can be considerable confusion on the day of Mercury station, and in fact for about four days on either side there's something astrologers refer to as the Mercury storm. Think of this as the change of direction rippling out in time. It's turbulent, just like a ferry pulling into the dock, with the captain putting the engines in reverse to slow the ship down. When that happens, the water is churning in all directions. On the day of a Mercury station, that's how the mental and psychic energy feels. We get the worst, and the most interesting, manifestations of the retrograde on the days that it begins and ends -- and that happens next on Nov. 6, the day of the 2012 presidential election, when Mercury stations retrograde in early Sagittarius.
We are in the last two days of the window of time that I said was going to be challenging. These days are going out with fireworks, primarily because Mercury will station retrograde tomorrow, but the effects of this begin today. Events today are going to foreshadow what will transpire over the 21 days when Mercury will be retrograde (now through November 27th). I will first go over why this is going to be an intense retrograde period and then I will go over the ultimate outcome of it, which is awesome. The story has a happy ending, so bare with me.
The purpose of pointing out the challenging aspects that accompany the retrograde is to assist navigation of it. By being aware of what is happening, we can maintain sanity and hold strong energetic fields when it is hard for others to do so. For those who follow a little bit of astrology, the Mercury retrograde opposes the Black Moon, squares Neptune and Chiron, sextiles Venus, and trines Uranus. That is a hell of a lot of aspects! And they aren't easy. Mercury retrograde always affects interpersonal communications, but the aspects to Venus and the Black Moon enhance it exponentially. Similarly, Mercury retrograde always affects electronic devices, but the aspect to Uranus enhances that exponentially. The square to Neptune and Chiron means our poor, dear early Pisces people that we've been trying to take care of now have the comapany of the early degree Sagittarians and Geminis. Of the mutable Sun signs, only the Virgos get a pass with this retrograde. Pisces, Sagittarians, Geminis, and Scorpios (or anyone with a lot of Scorpio energy) are the ones who are going to feel this the most. This also means that their missions are greater because they will be doing a lot of work in service of the Sophia's planetary vision. Remember we are healing the collective of humanity by healing ourselves and raising our vibrations to be in constant communication and participation with her and her plan.
Originally posted by chiefsmom
I think tomorrow is going to be a big mess.
I also heard on the news yesterday that some people in the NE are going to be able to vote via email?
I have a feeling this will be another election fraught with fraud, confusion, ect.
For instance, the stock market crash of October, 2008, took place while Mercury was retrograde, although in all fairness a large number of other much stronger astrological indicators were also present pointing to a major financial failure. Retrograde Mercury was more like the astrological straw which broke the camel's back.
Originally posted by darkhorserider
reply to post by Dreine
Well, we've only had 44 presidents, so each one was technically historic. I don't think this one is that much different than any others. We've had assassinations, and we've had 3rd terms, and we've had split terms, and we've had impeachments, and we've had infidelity, and we've had disability, and we've had eccentricity.
Once there was the soap opera of the Greek and Roman Gods, and then came along the Senators, and then in the US we got politics, and now we're moving on to reality TV.
It is historic, and maddening, and pretty much useless all at the same time.
Originally posted by tport17
If you are born during Mercury's retrograde, not necessarily on the start/end date, does it make you more susceptible to Murphy's law? My brother and I should have been named Murphy we are so unlucky. Both of us were born during a retrograde time.
Looking up some history of this. Interesting about the October crash!