Ghost Period November 5, 2011 through November 23, 2011
Exact Retrograde Station November 24, 2011 through January 1, 2012
Motion forward January 2, 2012 through January 15, 2012
By Maharani Rutan ©
On November 05, 2011, Mercury the planet of communications beings its journey to retrograde station and continues to go backwards. On November 24, 2011 the energy will be intense until December 14, 2011. And it wont be until January 1, 2012 when things could come back to normal rather I say begin to come back to normal but it will not be completely back to normal for another three weeks.
Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, as a rule, but the effects of each period has different moment and different meaning. This retrograde period will begin the journey in Scorpio which is a house of secrets and other peoples money which means Scorpios or those who have Scorpio in their charts will be begin the journey in the retrograde motion first. There after mercury will move into Sagittarius which may cause people to be impatient and in learning.
A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional notion arises in the deceptive 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 visual illusion. Retrograde periods, although often challenging 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, intellect 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 restlessness and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. Mercury is about a quick intelligence, quick ideas, possibilities, opinions, interpretation and the capability to diminish things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be stimulating! 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 adroit and observant. 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. When Mercury goes retrograde (the appearance of traveling backward), however, our communications will be challenged, because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde.
Conversations might be more complicated, as crossed signals and unclear meanings confuse normally uncomplicated 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.
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. 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. The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: reflect, consider, 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. 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 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.
Please keep in mind I am not a astrologer however, Vedic readings encompasses the philosophies of astrology as their basis of their ground work which allows the broader prospective in the human psyche. To find how this retrograde will affect you, I suggest you contact Leslie Hale as to the best possible outcome for you.