Mercury Retrograde Shadow 2014
The Shadow of the next Mercury Retrograde cycle begins today. This is when Mercury reaches the degree at which it will go direct. The last Mercury Retrograde Shadow 2014 was on October, 1, 2013. The actual retrograde is from February 6 – 28th. It is a good idea to be wary for retrograde phenomena staring now. Be extra careful in signing contracts, purchasing electronics, and starting new enterprises.
The good things may begin to appear as well, such as the return of lost objects and people. We are still in the Epimethean stage of the cycle, which is inward and backward looking, reflecting on your role in society. How much of your true nature do you sacrifice in order to fit in? We are ruled by the calender and the clock. These larger planetary cycles help to reconnect us to cosmic time.
There is another rhythm and order to this time. That is why I began putting the Stardate on my blog posts, to indicate the liminal timing of the planetary aspects. The word cosmetics comes from the Greek word Kosmos, which means order or adornment. There is an order and a beauty in the cosmos, and astrology creates an intimate connection between your individual birth chart and the universe: as above, so below. This re-enchantment of the world, along with the fact that, as a personality system, astrology accounts for all of a person, the shadow and the light, are why I love astrology.