Respite, Unwind, Envision, and bond: Mercury Retrograde Feb-March 2013


Mercury Retrograde Spring 2013

Ghost Period February 09 -February 22, 2013

Retrograde Period February 23, 2013 -March 17, 2013

Stationing Period March 18 -31, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

On February 09, 2013 mercury begins its journey fast track backwards in time and the initial ghost period begins on the 9th and continues until February 22, 2013. On February 23, 2013, it is stationary while bringing with it confusion, missed communication, break ups, make ups and forces each and every one of us to think back at our past to see if we made the correct decisions.  This planet is a very slow moving planet; therefore it continues its journey until 17th of March when it begins to move forward again to let us know that whatever decision is we must stick by it.

Remember if you meet someone new during retrograde it may be very confusing and slow period unless you or the other person have strong planets it may be short lived or that you might reconnect with a past only to find out after the retrograde phase is over that it was not worth it.  Perhaps nothing has really changed or you might even notice people come knocking at your door to finish their journey.  Whatever happens remember it is a journey not a path.

This retrograde it is placed in the planets of Pisces so what ever house Pisces is in whether it is your sun sign, moon , Venus or ascendant it will have a high impact on the predominate signs.  Often times all mutable signs (Gemini, Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius)  are affected by the retrograde period.


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.

Even it seems that this will be a dreadful journey-remember for every window that closes a door opens.  With this remarkable retrograde period join the New Moon in Aquarius with it will bring new way of being assertive, love freely and bring friendships to new beginnings on February 10, 2012.  Along with it the cosmos will surely make sure that you learn the lessons in love when Venus Square Saturn (karmic lessons) as well as making sure that you respect your bosses when Mars Square Jupiter that same day. So breathe… during that time and know this shall too pass.

Retrograde periods, although often challenging for us humans, are not predominantly unusual. 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 reasoning and rational, 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 thinking, promises, sentiments, thinking and the ability to justify things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be invigorating! This Planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a corporeal and emotional level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile and insightful. 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. Dialogue, 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 messages 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 thoughtfulness and contemplation, 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 thoughtfulness and awareness, processing and propagating 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 speakers, reporters and censors, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves.

“Mercury retro in Pisces creates mental and emotional confusion, with strange dreams sometimes psychic experiences.  Mental process being entwined with emotions, we find it hard to separate ideas and opinions from passion and idealism.  Our mental orientation can be unstable, unrealistic and overly-spiritual but it also inclines to laziness and increases the urge to consume alcohol. Nervousness and stress even unfounded fears and paranoia are stimulated especially from working or living in hostile environment inclines to a sharp, sarcastic tongue.”


Maintain confidentiality and self-respect in the working environment and do not try to read between the lines, when there is really nothing to find.” Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misinterpretations; inconsistent, 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 introspective and we tend to think about issues and concern that relate to the sign involved. There is, however, an opportunity to gain insight into one’s own ego.  Mercury sets out to rearrange our thinking processes and for many of us this is agonizing and exasperating. Moreover, these experiences reveal flaws in our internal organization as well as our external planning, which can make us feel imprudent and insufficient.  All areas of communication are affected. Methods and motivation for education, 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: 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 March 26.



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.

Please note everyone has Pisces somewhere in their chart, those that will be affected the most during this transitional period is mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini).  This means those with mutable signs such as the sun or the moon or even ascendants will be affected.


These are general tendencies, perhaps you will feel the push or pull perhaps not but to find out how this retrograde will affect you, I would suggest you make a an appointment with my recommended adviser Leslie Hale (here) or get in touch with any of my recommended astrologers (here).

I am not an astrologer nor do I claim to be Vedic readings are focused and geared to show you the emphasis of actions and reactions and uses sun and the moon sign as a ground work giving you the best possibilities.  This is so that you can make your own free will decision and it is not influenced by another rather what is in your best interest.

Take this time to nap, relax and enjoy the slowness and ahhh later..

For those that are fixed signs (Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo and Taurus) please remember you will feel the effects of Saturn even if you are not a Scorpio.  You may read about this period here.  And others are still being affected by the Lunar Eclipse in November 2012. Read more about it here



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Ending of a Cycle: Full Moon in Leo


Full Moon in Leo

January 26, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

On January, 26, 2013, at 11:38ESTand 8:38pm PST the Full moon will enter Leo at 7 degrees depending upon the placement of the orb.  Leo is the natural sign of the home.  This is also a very inspirational aspect for fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio) with remarkable endings which leads the pathway to new beginning.

According to native Indian writings and karmic transitions, the first full moon in January is known as the “Cold moon or the Wolf moon” due to cold weather.  Additionally, perfect weather for wolves to come out play in the forest and hunt.

January will definitely bring a quite roller coaster rides for many.  On the day before the full moon Mercury will square Saturn.  This means not only communication may be at its high Saturn in Scorpio will may force many to listen and learn from past mistakes additionally for many Jupiter has been retrograde and will move forwards or at least start to move forwards on January 30, 2013.  So if money was a little tight or feelings of debt and bills were overwhelming since October this is for many Jupiter has been retrograde in motion. Therefore, along with crazy communication and difficult lessons … Jupiter will come and kiss it and make all better.


Like everything that transmutes monthly and throughout the seasons as does the moon, the full moon’s substance is created when the gravitational orbit pulls the moon around the Earth and the sun.  As the moon shifts behind the Earth the moon appears to have radiance cycle which is considered a “Waxing” stage.  As the moon moves further behind the Earth the Sun’s luminosity will illuminate the visibility of the moon making it look like a large white spot in the sky.   This gravitational pull affects the weather patterns which can result in high tides (great for surfing); hence Earthlings and animals will also feel this pull, which can cause touchiness and high emotions.  The full moon explains many activities that have been a trigger to events from human obsession to romance.  This is not a negative revocation rather a positive the main reasoning is that light has brought a day is dawning which allows carefree and spirited tendencies where nothing matters but the self-expression.

Perhaps there will be no notice of these effects (depending on how powerful the Moon is in your Astrological chart), but there is no doubt that this energy creates an inner pull, fullness – and may help us to connect substantially with others. Everything becomes richer and more powerful under the light of the Full Moon – sentiments and individuality can become quite exaggerated, and there may even be more focus to bring peace and romance in areas of relationships. The energy is so intense that luminous dreams are predictable.  Bleeding and hemorrhaging are more likely during a Full Moon, so take care. This is the time to gather, meditate and be Appreciative, and to work on productivity and accomplishment.  Love and Romance go wild under a Full Moon, especially around midnight. In a full moon naturally attracts high objectivity, clear minded and awareness own needs and the needs of others.

Often full moons are compared to chapters in a book; the notion of creating new chapters in our own lives is like a chapter in a book.  Every full moon we create a thesis which means we plan a change logically that we need to modify because of circumstances which are no longer working. Whether it is the way we look at a situation or deal with problems in our own lives the transformation is imitate because old ways are not working.  As the moon begins to move from light to darkness and creates a metamorphism to a New moon we create antithesis.  The powerful energy of the new moon (which was couple of weeks ago) gave initiation of clarity in what needs to change, our thesis (idea or a change) is it possible or is it a negation which causes a reaction, and we begin to plant the seeds.  As the moon orbits to cultivate it self into waxing moon we are reaching to solve struggles between thesis (ideas or a change) and antithesis (what we need to do to make it happen or what wont work) and this synthesis will allow the truth to form new idea while resolving issues that do not work in our lives. In easier terms we could end a chapter in our lives or even began a new one.  But changes will be the climax.


The Moon in Leo marks a time of ambition and magnetism. Ruled by the Sun, Leo creates a power of warmth, desire, and inclination. People may feel motivated, illustrious, and generous. It is a good time to chase romance, be societal, and to help others. Like the Lion that symbolizes Leo, people may feel poised but also crave for support and reaction. Care needs to be taken to avoid theatrical displays to grab the spotlight or leadership positions. There is an emotional need to sparkle and be praised by others. Expression of feelings may be in a childlike manner – either playfully or spectacularly.  There is a natural tendency to be around children. Nurturing others by giving praise and encouraging them to be strong, bold and fearless is the key of Leo’s strength. There is also a desire to view a mother or a motherly figure to be grandiose, spectacular or admired person, and look for individuality, warmth and strength in that relationship

The Leo energy can sometimes cause us to be more biased, tenacious, gratified, irritated, arrogant, narcissistic, and patronizing.  It’s harder (but not impossible) to make changes or be flexible, Since the Moon is the closest ‘Planet’ to Earth, and this satellite literally zips around the Zodiac, completing its circuit in less than a month. It also touches us more deeply than most Planets. The influence of this FULL MOON can be especially difficult or challenging for those who were born under a FULL MOON PHASE, as well as for those of the fixed Sun Signs [Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus].

Since, moon in Leo is Lively, Brave, Histrionic, Administrative, and Systematized AND TEMPERAMENTAL. It is my suggestion that you purchase a Green candle and carve your name one through the wick.  Anoint the candle with lemon oil or Lavender oil and chant the psalm 65.  You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until the next moon cycle. 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 the mantra for Leo moon is:

“Om Sri suryaya namaha”

(Om Shree sur-ya-ya nam-aha)

This mantra will aid greatly in the peaceful and sweet transition to a new and positive energy states.


With every moon cycle, remember to cross out the old affirmation even if there is a slightest change and create new ones. The perfect number for aspiration is 10.  This means to list 10 aspirations and recite them every night until the next moon cycle.  Remember never make the affirmations beginning with “I want”, it must be worded “I need to be guided..”

Please note I am not an Astrologer nor claim to be one.  The Vedic readings incorporate the energies for the moon and sun to guide the reader to bring the most cultivating answers to every day changes which brings forks in the road to make your own destiny through answers of the future.  Hence if you are looking for magnified events which would affect your journey I would suggest you make an appointment with my recommended astrologers and see what journey is up ahead for you and I am just your guide to show you how your actions and decisions cause you forks up ahead for you.

These are general tendencies though some things can be similar to what I have explained.  Each chart, vision, destiny, karma and spiritual path is individualized by the grace of the higher power.  To find out how this moon will affect you personally I highly recommend you make an appointment to speak to my recommend astrologer Leslie Hale or Lee Stillwater to lead you to the best way to deal with conflict and resolutions.

Share this beautiful journey which we call life. I hope that it is the best journey you have ever taken with gratitude, peace, love, humility and honesty which embraces changes which bring sublime bliss.





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