Ghost Period: July 16, 2011 to August 1, 2011
Intense Period: August 2, 2011 through August 26, 2011
Moving Forwad: August 26, 2011 through September 11, 2011
By Maharani Rutan
On July 15, 2011, Mercury turns retrograde again, brining confusion, missed communication, missed appointments and pure frustrations to our relationships and our every day lives including the way we communicate to one another. Mercury begins its journey July 16, 2011 in Cancer where emotions are, Leo is where the home is and Virgo is where your health is. All together is about you!. By the time the retrograde period is over you will awaken to a new reality just in time to celebrate and accept and honor our fallen heroes September 11, 2011.
Many of us could feel life just slowing down- giving room for relaxation and organization. Or irritability, it is all about communications. Relationships could break up over minor disagreements or all of a sudden there is no communication. People from the past could suddenly reappear to bring closures or new beginnings. But remember not to believe or feel everything that happens during this period. Make your decisions after September 11, 2011, that is if they are still around or you are still around.
Many times of the year the Cosmos question if the decisions of the past have been made out of haste or what one longs for or yearns for. Questioning if a closure is needed or do we give second chances or third chances. Any relationships that begin during this period usually does not last long and any that break up will be up for reconsideration during the next retrograde period in November.
When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s opinions are more contemplative and we tend to think about issues and concerns that relate to the sign involved. When Mercury begins its cycle in Cancer on the 16th of July, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly prone to such introspection. There is little choice but to re-examine our individual views and opinions about subsistence. There is, however, an opportunity to expand insight into our own self-image. When mercury is retrograding in the signs of Cancer it creates a cerebral and expressive perplexity with forgetfulness or even forgiveness. People will love to admire flattery yet easily take offence when it is given.
The big temptation will be to over do something to give back for emotional instabilities so please watch you’re self. Love affairs will be fickle and inconsistent due to ego centric attitudes, and all areas of communication are exaggerated, especially in any dramatic leadership-oriented activity, or matters of mind or home, or to do with children, romance and creativity in general. Documents can go astray.
When mercury enters Leo on July 23, 2011, is the sign of home. Leo’s are never interested analyzing anything and they often speak from the heart, when a retrograde period appears this means it be the opposite. There will be sense of directness in communication often words will pull it self from goal oriented to logic. Words could flow easier than ever before but there is always a sense of detaching when it comes to ones ego. There is a placement Leo which magnifies it self and Mercury will give this light through creativity, imagination and self expression. It will be communication which will be a catalyst to be overly dramatic and often exaggerate issues including giving to the tendencies of pride. This could cause volatile situation. This period will last until August 22, 2011. Though there are always positives and negatives to all retrograde periods, Leo, Sagittarius and Aries will be affected in positive ways. Fixed signs not including Leo’s will be the most challenged.
On August 23, 2011, mercury will move into Virgo, which means there is a greater chance of not being able to see the larger picture of life. There are greater chance of being hypercritical, overly worry about small issues and intensify OCD issues by wanting things in order. Since mercury is ruled by Gemini it will enhance communication, transportation and sibling. Virgo rules day to day work health and service of greater goods. When Mercury retrogrades in Virgo there may be reconsideration to drop old habits which such things that has to do with food. There is a greater chance that health checkups may give misdiagnoses and things may have to be reconsidered. On the other hand there may be a need to look at what is not working in you day to day life and clean up, break habits and plan for the future. Whatever is causing feelings of being trapped or in repressed is time to go. This period is short and will only last until September 3, 2011 and mercury will begin to move forwards to bring things back to normal.
A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This conventional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital alternation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or motionless, 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 awareness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are reason and interpretation, our manner of philosophy, 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 thoughts, potential, opinions, interpretation 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…
In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce and transportation. 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; defective, disrupted, or delayed communications, discussions 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 introspective 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 perception 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.
Mercury brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds. The 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, 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 6 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.
You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until August 27, 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. 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.
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…
Please note I am not an astrologer, nor do I claim to be. I am a Vedic reader. The applications of a Vedic reader is to take planetary tendencies, as well as attitude and behavior pattern of the reading and bring forth and understanding to the truth. It is about preventive medicine and to understand not every human is a exact science which means for every action there is a reaction, however we able to and have the free will to change our future.
I wish you the most rewarding retrograde period and that you get plenty of rest and have the chance to re think and renovate your self after this period is over.