Ghost Period: March 16-29, 2011 & April 24-May 11, 2011
Mercury Intense Time: March 30 through April 23, 2011
By Maharani Rutan©
On March 30, 2011 mercury a ruler of communication and expression will slow down and it will be its most intense stage 4:48pm EST and 1:48pm PST.
Even though, March 30, 2011 is marked as the official beginning to the awkward period, it can be felt as early as March 16, 2011. Hence the first people to feel the retrograde motion will be those who have the sun, moon or any houses in Pisces. According to Vedic philosophies since Pisces period does not really end until March 21, 2011. This early onset is the gestation period of what is known as a “Shadow Period” in the Western ideology and Ghost Period in Vedic philosophies.. a travel time for Buddha.
The Ghost Period has two transits. Mercury prepares for his motion backwards as early as March 16, 2011. The intense period in Buddha is March 30 through April 23, 2011 and the awakening period is from April 24 through May 11, 2011.
The Ghost or Shadow period can be explained like a freight train. When a freight train is about to make a stop, it requires a process which means that the train often has to go backwards to let other trains pass, or sometimes it has to go backwards for the station to open the tracks for a stop. Often this is called a backlash. The train moves backwards a few tracks before it stops than it moves forwards again until it reaches its destination. But instead of moving forwards the train begins to move backwards. Imagine for a moment that Mercury is like a train that is about to stop to let passengers board and get off and its motion is the tracks which have to be adjusted before it stops and moves again.
Because this is such a massive event only a freight train can possibly hold the numbers of people that will be affected. But to make the process easier it has to be done in pieces. Therefore, from March 15, 2011, to March 20, 2011 everyone will start to board except Cardinal Signs (Aries, Capricorn, Cancer and Libra) they will be the last stop. The VIP on this stop will be will be Pisces and those that have sun, moon or have prominent Pisces in their chart. Followed by mutable signs (Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius), therefore these folks are now putting their bags in order and getting comfortable in their seats for this retrograde ride.
A planet is described as retrograde appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusive 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 ocular chimera. Retrograde periods, although often problematic for humans, 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 or take action.
When mercury begins its journey into Pisces, our thought processes may be more meditative. Our personal outlook and attitude towards our environment will need reconsideration. There is a greater chance to think about self-image which may cause mental and psychological confusion often times lucid dreams and paranormal experiences will be intensified. Mental process being entwined with emotions, we find it hard to separate ideas and opinions from obsession and optimism. Our mental direction can be unsound, unworkable and overly-spiritual but it also inclines to sluggishness and increases the urge to consume alcohol. Apprehension and stress even unfounded fears and paranoia are stimulated especially from working or living in hostile environment inclines to a sharp, sarcastic tongue.
Maintain privacy and modesty in the working environment and do not try to read between the lines, when there is really nothing to find. Mercury retrograde can lead to personal misunderstandings, including 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. Last time mercury moved slightly into Pisces was February 14, 2007 through March 28, 2007. If you can review what was going on in your life at that time you can get a glimpse of what will happen the two weeks before Mercury moves in Aries.
March 25, 2011, everyone but Cardinal Signs is welcome in this freight train. The air is breezy and calm everyone is meditating and feeling the energy of the fixed signs, practicality of mutable signs but in the mix the news is in the air that more passengers are about to board and the Air Conditioner is broken. It becomes very intense March 26 through March 29, 2011 where people have to squeeze in to make room for the Cardinal Signs but don’t worry the Captain says.. I am brining on board three very important characters which may make this ride very smooth. On March 25-29, 2011, the train makes three stops one to the Planet of Venus, another to Jupiter and last stop is Mars before it loads the Cardinal Signs. The air is humid and the heat is intense can you feel it yet?
“Planetary energy intensifies the weekend of the 26th, as Mercury is stationary retrograde. It is during this period that snafus often occur, problems are uncovered, and in general thinking and functioning in the world becomes more difficult. As Mercury is about to retrograde in Aries, the sign ruled by Mars, ‘the God of War,’ communication may become terse and argumentative, and the key is too think before you speak and avoid rash or impulsive decisions. ~Leslie Hale
On March 28, the Sun squares Pluto, a transit that often translates into compulsiveness and compulsive decision making. It creates an obsessive, controlling energy and power struggles will not be uncommon. The key is to determine what is worth actually fighting for and what is not and this will be difficult to see clearly with Mercury altering your thinking. March 28-30 Jupiter opposes Saturn, restricting growth and slowing down movement, generally. This energy has been prevalent over the past number of weeks and growth of all types has been restricted. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and Saturn is the planet of restriction and the two do not mix well together. ~Leslie Hale
Mars in Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion and it is difficult to know the correct path with the planet of action transiting the twelfth house of the zodiac. The twelfth house is the place of the unknown and the supernatural, and the end of a two year Mars cycle that will not begin anew until next month. On March 30, Mercury officially retrogrades at 24 degrees of Aries for the next three weeks.”~Leslie Hale
When mercury moves into Aries there are tendencies to take things out of proportion and make it more dramatic then it is. Mercury will motion forwards and land its feet into Aries and continue to remain there until it stations direct. During which time it’s about knowing the truth, and being careful not to insert they foot in our mouths. There will be more requests for forgiveness during Mercury in Aries than any other time.
Vedic Astrologers as well as Vedic readers interpret Mercury in Aries as thoughtless, stubborn, acquisitive, and corrupt. The energy can bring some conjecture, impulsive and greedy attitudes often veer off righteousness. Communication can be very direct and sometimes outrageously rudimentary. Often the fire of Aries causes people to act immaturely and assume that people should just agree which can result in aggravation and irritation in communications. Mercury in Aries forces the energy for impatience and need instant results.
During this time concentration may be difficult to find and tendencies could be to be to impulsive without finding the conclusive answer. Sometimes the energy will force us to be brutally honest even if it means to hurt, and be quite argumentative even with the people that we may love. The restless energy may cause many to meddle in other peoples business and may form opinions which are not ours to form.
“Jupiter in Aries comes into it’s third and final opposition to Saturn Rx in Libra on March 28th, so we witness the ‘new’, Aries, at odds with the ‘old’, and whatever is worthy will remain, whatever is no longer practical, goes by the wayside. ~Rex Estell
Saturn in Libra Rx is also about relationships, the law, justice, and while Retrograde, reviewing the past. By March 28th, the answers we seek about those relationships make themselves known, as oppositions expose the weakest links in our lives, so they can be strengthened, and if not, a separation takes place. The Sun and Moon form a square on the 26th, so we end the month on a note of accomplishment, and with Venus and Neptune in conjunction the same day, we make changes that instantly birth a new love of our spiritual lives, and those who love the world of Spirit! ~Rex Estell
The Sun and Pluto square off on the 28th, so the month ends on a big not of massive change, to prepare us for the new beginnings that come with the Aries New Moon, with Jupiter AND Uranus joining, to make this a very Aries year!” ~Rex Estell
Mercury in Aries will retrograde in 24 degrees Aries which means the first people to feel the effects will be later born Aries and end with a bang with earlier born Aries. At the same time we can not forget Neptune which could cause unrealistic dreams and misunderstandings and wishful thinking will mix into this air of energy.
Communication, understanding and awareness 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 impatience 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. 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 sets out to restructure our thinking processes and for many of us this is agonizing and annoying. Moreover, these understanding reveal flaws in our internal organization as well as our external planning, which can make us feel irrational and insufficient. 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. Documents can go astray. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often.
Good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: meditate, contemplate, edit the book/poem/song/essay you’ve been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, and catch up on sleep!
Since, mercury is a very slow moving planet and it effect almost all planetary signs .It is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through the wick. Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant the psalm 70 every single night. This period will last for 3 weeks and it will be hard on all of us. This will allow friendly communications as well as understandings in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until May 11, 2011.
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.
For mutable signs the full moon in Virgo will close some chapters which may be enhanced by Mercury retrograde but it’s not the end until retrograde passes. Try not to break up during retrograde or reconnect expecting extra ordinary results because you will be disappointed. Since the retrograde period last for almost 24 days its not over till its over. Whether you are in a relationship or starting a new one, try to bite your tongue and don’t cause any unnecessary arguments-agree to disagree. If someone has done you wrong turn the cheek and let the universal energies give them pay back don’t be the instigator.
I would really suggest having an update on your 3 or 6 month reading on your self as well as a relationship and will be offering makers for a week to week mood changes with you as well as your partner when requested. This is made available so you make the best of retrograde energy.
I would also suggest backing up your computer if you have important files, giving your self extra time to travel, people may be cranky and impatient. And most of all breathe through this period and don’t over react. Additionally try to hold of any medical procedures, signing legal documents, and if you are a writer or someone in communication be prepared your words may not sound correct, remember your not crazy its just mercury retrograde.
Please remember I am not an Astrologer nor claim to be one. As a Vedic reader I must embrace the planetary, spiritual and karmic energy to utilize the best forks ahead. A Vedic reader focuses on Actions and reaction no so much so on fixed things since in life nothing is fixed rather everything is flexible. It is up to you to embrace the change to make your life or your relationships as sublime through the passages of a Vedic reading.
Wishing you a very safe journey through Mercury Retrograde. Call me for your path during this confusing state and see you on the other side.