On August 20, 2010, Mercury turns retrograde at 19 degrees in Virgo. Mercury retrograde is best known to sending issues in our infrastructure, missed engagements, mail and the www into a general snarl-up! This uncomfortable period lasts for three weeks, until September 12, 2010. It finally levels out on September 27, 2010, bringing things back to normal. Though many people will state that Mercury will go away on September 12, 2010, one must understand that Mercury is a slow moving planet (almost like a slow locomotive) therefore, the effect can be felt three (3) weeks before and after the event.
Mercury Shadow begins three weeks before the actual moving backwards in time and the shadow phase began approximately July 31, 2010 and it will keep moving like a slow locomotive without gas until September 12, 2010. When train sees the end of the tunnel it will begin to speed up and finally come it its station completely on September 27, 2010.
During the retrograde the information we receive from people and our environment will be mis-interpreted and what we say is not what we mean. Additionally what we hear is not what is meant. But most importantly what we see is often not real. Therefore it is not wise to speak, negotiate, purchase, trade, sign, travel, ship or mail anything and expects to be on time or even without alterations. It is advisable not to be hasty with your money or any communication because we may do or say something we may later regret.
With Mercury retrograde in Virgo, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly prone to such introspection. Additionally, because Mercury is moving into Mutable signs (Sagittarius, Pisces, and Gemini) will not be excluded. Even though Mercury is in the mutable sign, usually Mercury rules Gemini, Virgo and Pisces therefore those who have their sun sign in Gemini, Virgo or Pisces or prominent in their chart will also be affected. It does not have to be negative aspects some people say that Virgo will defiantly love the retrograde period. But all others may be challenged.
The advantage of mercury retrograde can be best understood for reorganizing your life or your surroundings and thinking about where you are today and where you want to go tomorrow without making any solid plans. But don’t think too much because it will change. This process should be pensive its time to keep track of your thoughts. But don’t stop anything remember the train is still on track it just ran out of gas and it is re charging its coal.
When mercury is retrograding in the signs of Virgo it favors organization, learning and taking care of business. Mercury retrograde will be questioning: “Why do I need to learn this? What is the point? What will I do with it? People attitude may change. People’s attitudes will be demanding, and everything may need to be perfect.
Since Mercury in Virgo has a tendency to be extremely analytical and practical thought pattern. Mercury in Virgo may cause impulsive thinking and agitated and may even be overly picky. Our minds may race 100 miles per hour often so exhausting that it may need extreme meditation. Some of us may become extremely scrupulous and possibly become obsessed yet we find no time to do so. This could cause stress on our physical body and we may become ill or fatigue
Mercury retrograde does NOT mean that you must stop the projects you have in mind rather take the time to perfect it but be sure not to sign contracts or get your self involved in legal issues because it is a guarantee it will be revisited before the next retrograde.
A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion. Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us earthlings, are not particularly uncommon. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and commands us to speak.
Communication, understanding and consciousness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are logic and reasoning, our manner of thinking, and how we create and express our thought processes. A mercurial nature brings to mind restlessness and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. Mercury is about a quick wit, quick thinking, possibilities, opinions, reasoning and the ability to rationalize things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be energizing! This Planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a physical and psychological level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both dexterous and perceptive. Mercury is about short trips: a visit to a neighbor or a friend across town, the workaday commute, and a weekend getaway. Siblings and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Speaking, writing, books, online communications and learning are all within Mercury’s domain. This Planet implores us to express ourselves often — and well.
Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde. Conversations might be more difficult, as crossed signals and unclear meanings confuse normally straightforward discussions. Still, with a little caution and consideration, you’ll get your point across. Similarly, be prepared with a back-up plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, remain calm and make the best of it. Who knows — you might not have met that fascinating new person in the airport lobby or bus stop if you had taken your flight or driven to work…
Remember, we can use this powerful energy in positive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renew, repair, review, renegotiate, and research…
In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves. Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.
When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more meditative and we tend to think about issues and concern that relate to the sign involved. Artistic tendencies including crafts, music, art or design tend to be blocked by circumstances beyond one’s control. Legal matters will proceed slowly and unforeseen obstacles tend to emerge. Mercury retrograde tends to lack depth of awareness and has no patience for detailed analysis. All areas of communication are affected. Methods and motivation for learning, communication and transportation are subject to difficulties under this aspect. It brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds.
Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the desired result is depended upon the quality of intention, and when it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be. The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but it is a powerful source of energy I have chosen two mantras for you during this mercury retrograde:
“Om Budhaya Namaha”
(Om Bood-han-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding
spirit of planet mercury”
This mantra is used to achieve mental clarity, to avoid and overcome misunderstandings and keep friendly communications flowing. Many people have asked the question how often they should have a reading done by a physic or a tarot reader. In my opinion an in depth reading should be done every moon cycle.
Please remember I am NOT a Astrologer nor do I claim to be one, rather, I am a Vedic Sanskrit Reader who encompasses Astrology as a utility as basis of the reading and surrounds the magnificent transformational destiny and Karma reading as a conclusion to all readings.
If you are looking for how Mercury Retrograde will affect you personally, please consult my Astrological Gurus : Rex Estell Or Toni Thomas . Make sure you let them know I sent you to them and perhaps they can discount your reading but please keep in mind they are quite busy and therefore, discount is not guaranteed rather quality service is.
Remember on August 20, 2010, Eastern Serendipity will open their doors for one hour with Maharani and Rex Estell and on August 21, 2010, Maharani will bring two wonderful guest speakers Toni Thomas and Rex Estell both will talk about Mercury Retrograde and Grand Cross. More information coming soon.