Virgo Mercury Retrograde Storm
The Virgo Mercury Retrograde Storm begins tomorrow. The Storm begins when Mercury slows down to moving less than 40 minutes of arc per day, in preparation for its Retrograde station on August 30th. The shadow fell began on August 10th, thus the Mercury Retrograde mayhem has already begun. I know I had a five-hour flight delay last week. Since Mercury is in Virgo, one of its home signs, this promises to be a doozy. Virgo is particularly high-strung and anxiety prone so amp up your meditation practice and remember to pause and take a breath before reacting. The phenomena of Mercury Retrograde rests on the assumption that the planets revolve around the Earth. Of course we know now that the planets, including the Earth actually revolve around the Sun. However, astrology operates from an acausual principle, it is the perception that is important. When Mercury changes directions, we are often turned around, discombobulated, and caught up in a whirlwind of communication problems. The purpose of powerlessness is to fall back on the essential nature of existence–that we are all navigating an unknown sea. I believe, in order to find our true path in life, we have to experience the death of the ego. The ego is smaller than the Self, and may have a conflicting agenda. Think of Mercury Retrograde and its tribulations, as a time to bring the ego in check.
Shadow: August 10th 14.49° Virgo
Storm: August 29th
Retrograde: August 30th 29.05°
Direct: September 22nd 14.49°
Post Storm: September 25th
Post Shadow: October 6th 29.05°
Mercury meets up with Jupiter early tomorrow morning at 2:05 AM PDT, so don’t be surprised if you wake up with expansive plans. The Moon is Void in Aries from 4:48 AM until 2:19 PM when it enters Taurus. The Sun also enters Virgo tomorrow morning at 9:38 AM so take it easy, that’s a huge energy shift. I always feel exhausted on days when the Sun changes signs. Wednesday the Mars/Saturn conjunction is exact at 4:26 AM. Mars/Saturn is indefatigable, but it can also be harsh and frustrating. Venus opposes Chiron that same day at 7:12 PM. Venus/Chiron is vulnerable and touchy in art and body issues. Thursday Mars squares Neptune at 11:56 PM. Mars/Neptune is prone to weakness, irritability, and feelings of insecurity. Friday night we have a brief Gemini Void Moon from 5:30 PM to 8:06 PM when the Moon enters Cancer. Next Saturday we have a splendid Venus/Jupiter conjunction at 3:29 PM. Venus/Jupiter is happiness and joy in love even in the sign of Virgo.