Jan 4 – 8, 2017
Planets in retrograde are not actually spinning backwards – it is entirely an optical illusion as seen from Earth. Backwards motion appears to happen when Earth passes slower moving planets in the outer solar system. In astrology, this illusion manifests as a “backwards” functioning of the planetary roles. Click here to learn more about retrograde.
Mercury turns retrograde approximately three times a year, more frequently than any other planet. Brain yummies from EarthSky:
On Mercury, for example, the Sun sometimes moves in retrograde! As the planet speeds through its closest approach with the sun, its orbital speed overtakes its rotational speed. An astronaut on the surface would see the sun partially rise, then dip back below the horizon, then rise again before resuming its east-to-west trek across the sky. Once a year, Mercury gets two sunrises on the same day!
Mercury is: communication, the mind, travel, expression, technology. As you have likely noticed, these realms are particularly affected during Mercury Retrograde.
We can expect more delays, cancellations and sudden changes to travel/social plans; technological failures, especially cell phones, laptops or automobiles; communication breakdown; disorganization; confusion; impaired decision-making; mysterious disappearances or lost/stolen items; malfunctioning of anything and everything! I do not recommend major purchases or signing important (read: any) contracts/documents. This is not a good time for long-distance travel, life-altering commitments or investments. In a nutshell: *hands off new endeavors.*
Over the last couple weeks we’ve experienced Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn and, previously, Mercury in Sagittarius. Mercury has now rewinded to Sagittarius for the tail-end of this retrograde cycle. Let’s combine topics and wax lyrical on the nature of Mercury Retrograde in Sag.
Retrograde periods return to that which has been ignored, forgotten or discarded, and here we return to Truth. Think back to conversations held when Mercury sparkled through Sagittarius in November – from two days before the Supermoon in Taurus (the closest to Earth since 1948) until the second day of December. Themes and topics discussed then will be revisited now. Anything left unsaid, say it here. If the conversation needs to continue or be expounded upon, here’s your chance.
Mercury in Sagittarius is blunt and honest. The centaur worships Truth because he thrives on change and movement. What better way to invite change than by communicating high on veracity?
Mercury in Sagittarius is a strictly genuine dude and the first to rise above pettiness. For the sake of uninterruptedness, Sagittarius waits until a proper window opens for straight-talk. The archer does not dwell or hold grudges but releases all in the heat of the moment – this way, nothing’s left to rot.
What we express during Mercury Retrograde in Sag not novel. We have known deep within for awhile. This is acknowledgement, acceptance. Sagittarius shines Truth on these nodules when they fall dormant. He is a cathartic force, extracting thoughts and words via the throat chakra, hauling them out into the light. Once in the light, we see that this is where they belong, that really it is all good and beautiful. Hopefully this is habit-forming, or that’s the idea. Zodiac archetypes are not just house guests who flit about and leave no trace. Let the archer make an impression upon your portal of communication – let Truth merge with the skin of your neck, let it wind into the wind pipe, let it glow.
We don’t have a choice whether to speak or remain silent – we have to clear the air. So it’s up to you how you will react, that’s the crux, anytime, anywhere. As surely as the sun, Truth rises. Remember that Sagittarius is a force of JOY and there is nothing to fear. He is here to help, to facilitate ease in communication, to keep vibrations high high high. Relax into this knowing. Physical exercise (as always) is a must. Refine the tongue with brisk walks and short meditations.
Celebrate the end of Mercury Retrograde with Sagittarius Yoga. If you were born with Mercury in Sagittarius, you’re in for another mini Mercury Return. To determine your Mercury sign and whether he was direct or retrograde at the time of your birth, click here. It is interesting to note that, if you were born during a Mercury Rx cycle, you may not experience the above as strongly.
Mantra: change is good