Silence is a virtue: Mercury Retrograde Summer 2012

Mercury Retrograde

Ghost Period: June 27 through July 13, 2012

Retrograde Period: July 14 through August 08, 2012

Stationing Direct: August 08 through August 21, 2012

By Maharani Rutan

On June 27, 2012 Mercury begins to move backwards … sending communications, missed appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup! This awkward period lasts for three weeks or so, until August 08, 2012.  It finally straightens out on August 21, 2012, bringing things back to normal.

Often time’s mercury retrograde can be viewed as streaming communications going haywire.  To better understand this period we must think of it like fiber optics in the water; before it can be placed in the water, the ground must be cleared away and this clearing away period begins June 27, 2012 through July 13, 2012.  From July 14, 2012 through August 08, 2012 the communication and miscommunications begin to malfunction. Through severe reflections and adjustments streaming communications begin to straighten up August 09, 2012 through August 21, 2012.  These adjustments are an absolute necessity for humans where reflection and learned lessons can be a time of new beginnings or close the doors for good.

When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s decisions are more reflective and we tend to think about issues and concerns that relate to the sign involved. With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly prone to such contemplation. There is little choice but to reconsider our individual views and attitudes about who we are and where we are going.

There is, however, an opportunity to develop insight into our own self-image. When mercury is retrograding in the sign of Cancer it creates a mental and emotional mystification with memory lapses.  People will love to appreciate flattery yet easily take offence when it is given.  The big lure will be to over do something to pay off for emotional instabilities so please watch yourself.

Love affairs will be fickle and unpredictable due to ego-centric attitudes.  All areas of communication are hyperbolic, especially in any theatrical or leadership-oriented activity, or matters of state, or to do with children, romance and creativity in general. Documents can go astray. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often.

Mercury in Cancer often allows reflection of the past and conversations of many months in the past.  Often time’s people may seem defensive or overly affectionate.  Avoiding arguments is best, especially not to provoke arguments – its best to step away from people.

Be sure to speak to my recommended astrologer Leslie Hale and find out how mercury retrograde will affect you.

A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept ascends 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 visual misconception.  Retrograde periods, although often problematic for many of us, 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 rationality and cerebral, our manner of rational, and how we create and express our thought processes. A mercurial nature brings to mind agitation 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 corporal and spiritual 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 problematic, as crossed signals and unclear meanings confuse normally straightforward discussions. Still, with a little attentiveness 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 intelligence and awareness, dispensation and disseminating information.  All means of communication, commerce and transportation. By delay, 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.

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 sensitivity 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.

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, 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 August 21, 2012

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.

May the retrograde move you and bring to you wisdom and serenity.