Repair, Reconsider, Reinvent: Mercury Retrograde June –August 2013

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Mercury Retrograde

Ghost Period: May 28, 2013 through June 25, 2013

Stationing: June 26, 2013 through July 20, 2013

Stationing Direct: July 21, 2013 through August 06, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

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Mercury turns retrograde again; sending plans communication to go slanting including the internet, and any forms of communications. This uncomfortable period that we may be feeling may last for three weeks or so, until July 20, 2013 when it intensifies and the congested energy will not complete leave until it is completely stationed direct on August 09, 2013.

Mercury has begun his journey backwards already.  It began in Gemini and finish in Leo. The ghost period which is known as a gestation period began the 28th of May.  If things have slowed down or the messages are not coming clear this is just the beginning. As we get closer to June 26, 2013, the areas of transportation, communication and anything to do with conveying a message will be mus-delivered, lost, or even seem confusing.  Many people will not feel any kind of relief even when mercury begins to move forward in motion on July 20, 2013.  The sign of relief will be evident August 6, 2013 when things are much clearer.

The energy of this retrograde can be compared to June of 2007.

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With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly prone to such introspection. There is little choice but to reevaluate our individual interpretations and opinions about whom we are and where we are going and who are the people in our lives and why we are here?  There is, however, an opportunity to expand insight into our own self discovery.

When mercury is retrograding in the signs of Cancer it creates a mental and emotional confusion with inconvenient forgetfulness.  People will love to admire flattery yet easily take offense when it is given.  The big temptation will be to indulge to compensate for emotional insecurities. Please watch you’re self.   Love affairs will be unpredictable and unreliable due to ego centric attitudes.  All areas of communication are inflated, especially in any theatrical or leadership-oriented activity, or matters of state, or to do with children, romance and creativity in general

Gemini’s is ruled by mercury which means even if mercury is in retrograding in Cancer, not only will all a Mutable sign Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini’s be affected but all cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Capricorn and Cancer) will also be affected.  There is, however, an opportunity to enlarge awareness into our own self-image. When mercury is retrograding in the signs of Cancer it creates an emotional and sympathetic focus. Often causes people to reach into something loving, caring and compassionate with real recognition.  But it may cause an urge to escape to a place they have never gone before. 

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This retrograde the effects of the retrograde will impact people differently the general tendencies for this retrograde will be unique.  But trust me when I say it is about slowdowns.

For Aries it is situated in the 4th house which deals with family, estate, childhood and emotions.  Whereas, Taurus it will be placed in the 3rd house areas of education, short trips and communications of all types. While Gemini’s 2nd house where money may slow down or financial matters may have glitches. At the same time for Cancers it will be positioned in their 1st house in areas of health and personality.  Additionally, for Leo’s in the 12th house in areas of solitude and hidden secrets not getting quick answers as to what their direction in life is. And Virgos in the 11th house where they may struggle with friends and allies and projects things may slow down there as well.

Nonetheless, for Libra it will be located in their 10th house which represents the family, it could be there may be power struggles within the family or distancing or people from their past may just appear again. But Scorpios will be in the 9th house where deep though and the answers will not come easily it has to do with spirituality, distant travel and journey which is inner and outer. There will also be reservations for Sagittarius where mercury settles in their 8th house where their passion lays questioning who they are and other people’s money.  But for Capricorn 7th house where there may be slow down on their relationship (interpersonal).  Also Aquarius in their 6th house of sickness and health wondering if obligations are causing them to feel sick, or do they need to cut back.

Whereas, Pisces who are affected by almost everything is going to have their 5th house shaken where things their love and pleasures will be questions.  Please note these are general tendencies.  It is my recommendation that you speak to Leslie Hale and find out how intense these houses are for you.  

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All the information received during this period may be incomplete and caution must be taken not to assume things. This is also a time to reconsider our actions of the past and see to that we are held accountable for anything done in the past will be uncovered.  Disposition to confusion, indecision, fickle minded, frustrated  is the norm, however, being careful that actions and communication does not instigate offensiveness and criticism since everyone will be feeling the push and pull of this energy. 

This period can also damage for business relations, legal issues especially matters of communications that is obstructed in some way, which could cause writers block.  Therefore it is advisable to take several breaks to refresh thoughts.

Mercury is not just about individuality but also in areas of interpersonal or romantic relationships it is wise to be a little more cautionary.  Since mercury’s energy is to revisit, rethink, reconsider people form our past may return just when we thought we forgave, forgotten even released them from our lives.  However, if there is any second chance this is the second chance for a closure or an opening, but, any romance which begins during this time is based on confusion, miscommunication, and indirect assumption.  This type of energy is a settling energy whatever begins now could end by next retrograde or end by the end of August 2013.

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If you are in a relationship this could break up the relationship because of miscommunication; treat every relationship with kid gloves otherwise if it breaks up it won’t be restored again until October 2013 when another cycle comes around to re-visit old issues again.

Neptune is retrograding until November 2013, so even if things seem confusing during mercury retrograde a highlighted sensitivity may cause things to look as clearer than any other time.  Neptune has been in Pisces for a long time, and Neptune also has to do with being highly sensitive to your psyche.  This is a call that if careful attention is not given our intuition this could cause confusion.  Neptune could cause many people to feel spaced out or feel as though they are disillusioned with every day task.  Things could get so confusing that this is a happier time for crooks, swindlers and even those that promise you paradise and before you know you have nothing.  This transit can be a bit eye opener when November comes around where we are able to see clearly our own vulnerabilities, and how confusion and uncertainties have caused us to make decision we would not have under normal circumstances.  So be extra cautious.  Try not to sign any contracts, be involved in or a part of any legal issues without consulting an attorney.  

A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving in reverse through the zodiac. This customary perception 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, due to this visual misapprehension. 

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Retrograde periods, although often problematic people and, 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 express. Communication, understanding and consciousness are all within Mercury’s purview, as are reasoning and perceptive, 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, opportunities, thoughts, reasoning and the ability to justify 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 somatic and psychosomatic level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile 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. Communication, writing, books, online communications and learning are all within Mercury’s territory.

This Planet appeals us to express ourselves often — and well. Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde. Discussions might be more problematic, as crossed signals and unclear meanings confuse normally forthright discussions. Still, with a little carefulness 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 cool and make the best of it. Who knows — you might not have met that captivating new person in the airport lobby or bus stop if you had taken your flight or driven to work…

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Remember, we can use this powerful energy in positive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renovate, restoration, review, renegotiate, and research…

In general, Mercury rules thoughts and opinion, handling and circulating 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 retrograde gives rise to personal misinterpretations; inconsistent, interrupted, 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 critical piece of information, or component, has gone awry, or askew. 

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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.

It brings travel holdups 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 3 weeks and it will be hard on all of us. 

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This will allow friendly communications as well as understandings in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until August 08, 2013. 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 a mantra 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.

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Please note that I am not an astrologer, these are general tendencies and may not reflect the intensity of what one reaction and action towards one specific thing.  To best see how these energies will be amplified I would suggest you contact any of my astrological advisers (here) or contact my recommended astrologer Leslie Hale for the possible scenarios.

Vedic readings are very unique in all prospective, they are what is known as preventive methods through the energy that is in place.  We can know what the future holds but the key to a spiritual and sustainability is the adaptation and being the willing participant of change and dual prospective.  Vedic readings provide a prospective to change the direction by understanding and adjustments.

I wish you the best in the journey through retrograde, remember when things happen just laugh and say “I know what you are doing .. mercury” .

 

Namaste

Maharani

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