Mercury Retrograde by Tashi Grady Powers
Here are the MIRROR DATES for Mercury as it moves out of the shadow period: These are the degrees of the zodiac that Mercury passed through in November while moving forward (direct) and is now passing back over to help you review all you believes (Sagittarius). The key to growth during the shadow period is to pay attention to those events which helped you break your consensus perspective during the period that Mercury was at these degrees. Since Mercury passed through the Galactic Center (26 Sag) we can see world wide events and watch them culminate on the last day of Mercury’s passage as below:
November 27, 2010 = Jan 9 2011 = 25 Sagittarius
November 28, 2010 = Jan 10, 2011 = 26 Sagittarius
November 29, 2010 = Jan 11, 2011 = 27 Sagittarius
November 30, 2010 = Jan 12 2011 = 28 Sagittarius
December 1, 2010 = Jan 13 2011 = 29 Sagittarius
December 1 2010 = Jan 14 2011 = 00 Capricorn
December 2+3rd, 2010 = Jan 15 2011 = 01 Capricorn
December 4,5th, 2010 = Jan 16, 2011 = 03 Capricorn
December 6, 7th, 2010 = Jan 17 2011 = 04 Capricorn
December 8-13th, 2010 = Jan 18 2011 = 05 Capricorn
Mercury turns direct on the axis of the GALACTIC CENTER. This is an energetic frequency of our Galactic connectedness. The new energies will be of a Universal nature. Since we do not understand our universe – we shall have to wait and see how it will effect us all. I can tell you for sure you must be kind and good and thoughtful and truthful to those around you, even if the truth is not easy to take, tell your truth. Be inspired by the Jupiter Uranus. Truth in publishing. For example there is a mirror site in the UK who has taken the Enlightening Times Magazine name we have had on the internet and in print since 1994 and 1997 respectively. Shame on them. How un-enlightening is that? Try to find your unique name and voice. You don’t have to copy others. No one is that uninspired… Are they?
MERCURY, God of Retrogression BY Tashi Powers
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There is always a certain type of panic that sets in whenever Mercury is retrograde. Communications break down and ordinary life is always subject to much delay. So, as Mercury is now in it’s apparent backwards motion (retrograde), I thought it would be good to shed a little light on this often confusing and frustrating time, to clear the air and give the God of Retrogression back his good name.
Astrologers take symbols from the folklore associated with Mercury. Down through the ages the planet Mercury has been associated with magical transformations and is the oldest known “networker.” He earned his bad reputation from the part of himself which is a trickster ‘par excellence’. Versatile, wily, and doubled-edged, he represents a deceptive brilliance that is the ultimate guide to the mystery of life.
Greek legends tell us that on the day that he was born he stole the cattle of Apollo by leading the cattle so that they walked backwards out of their field.
He walked straight ahead in their footsteps so that his authorship of the prank would never be discovered, even though the cows were found safely grazing nearby.
However, when summoned by the God Zeus, who is normally wrathful, Mercury charmingly confessed his deed, claiming his babyhood as his defense.
Not only was Zeus impressed with Mercury’s cleverness, he was also most amused, laughing and praising the young God. The backwards walking of the cows is symbolic for the backwards movement of Mercury, thus his retrograde cycle.
The Sun God Apollo in the story is the Mercury Sun cycle and reveals the happy relationship between the Sun and Mercury in our charts because The Sun’s delight at Mercury’s youthful folly represents this moment of recognition of how one has been led playfully into a mystery that occurs spontaneously, and results in pure laughter and fun.
That is the essence of what Mercury the Trickster is all about. Getting us to put aside our assumptions, especially those which have limited us. The sign and quality of the retrograde phase informs us to what is being reviewed.
As a messenger, retrograde Mercury delivers to the conscious mind un-evolved and unknown information which is usually dormant in the unconscious. Just like the cow business, Mercury often tricks and amazes us into the consideration of new possibilities, in the same way that a comedian entrain us with laughter. Mercury achieves this best, while retrograde, by seemingly undoing all that we have so carefully sewn together.
During the passage of Mercury retrograde we can learn much from this tricky God but we have to learn to play the game and laugh as we are taken from the familiar into a place of questioning and transition.
It is only if we struggle against the inevitable, thus opposing the forces of nature, which we are thrown into turmoil while Mercury is retrograde. It is in the course of retrograde cycles that our perceptions often shift drastically as we contact information in new ways and process it unconsciously.
It is only when we think we are smugly in control that we run the risk of experiencing how the trickster robs us of our self-delusion in all his magnificent glory. The only difficulty with Mercury retrograde is our own inability and unwillingness to see our situation more clearly and infusing more awareness and attention into our our overall sense of perception.
That is why we must not start new projects nor sign contracts during this time (unless as Yoko Ono is reported to have done, sign contracts, knowing she can break them later and make a better deal.)
The Evolutionary purpose of retrograde planets is to assist us to disconnect for a period from the collective mentality and recognize what is our own need. With Mercury our need to learn, to grow, to network, to think for ourselves, to gather the kind of information our soul wishes rather than that which outside pressures have us gathering. We can move from a consensus state to an individuated state during the Retrograde phase of a planet. Why would we want to? If we have outgrown the mind of the group we need to use the retrograde phase to find the courage to disconnect and find what truly turns us on!
Mercury turns direct on the axis of the GALACTIC CENTER. This is an energetic frequency of our Galactic connectedness. The new energies will be of a Universal nature. Since we do not understand our universe – we shall have to wait and see how it will affect us all. I can tell you for sure you must be kind and good and thoughtful and truthful to those around you, even if the truth is not easy to take, tell your truth. Be inspired by the Jupiter Uranus. Truth in publishing. For example there is a mirror site in the UK who has taken the Enlightening Times Magazine name we have had on the internet and in print since 1994 and 1997 respectively. Shame on them. How un-enlightening is that? Try to find your unique name and voice. You don’t have to copy others. No one is that uninspired… Are they?