Retreat & Repair: Mercury Retrograde Oct-Nov 2013


Mercury Retrograde

Ghost Period

October 1 through October 20, 2013

Retrograde Period

October 21, 2013 through November 10, 2013

Stationing Direct

November 11, 2013- November 27, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

In the middle of the most difficult transit, Mercury retrograde begins its journey backwards.  The shadow period will begin on October 1, 2013, and accelerate to its station in Scorpio on October 21 through November 10, 2013.  Then once again it will release the tension completely on November 27, 2013.

Between the Lunar eclipse in Aries and total solar eclipse in Scorpio, perhaps this God’s gift to slow down and rethink everything in our lives.

Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, as a rule, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens.   In the past 2 retrogrades, one in February and another in June it was quite intense for many of us and even then there was eclipse energy that pave the way to unbelievable beginnings. This retrograde it is placed in the planets of Scorpio so what ever house Scorpio is in whether it is your sun sign, moon , Venus or ascendant it will have a high impact on the predominate signs.  A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.

The last time mercury was in Scorpio in October 2006 and again in October of 2012.  If you can recall during those times it was a frustrating period of time but with the frustration many people became adjusted and actually took the time to rethink.


This unique transition occurs when 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 optical illusion.

Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us many of us especially mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) as well as those directly affected by the retrograde motion. 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 is highly emphasized. A mercurial nature brings to mind agitation and gesticulation. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. 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 agile and insightful. Mercury is about short trips.  Family, friends, 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 appeals to us to express ourselves often — and well.


Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile and insightful. Mercury is about short trips.  Family, friends, 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 appeals to us to express ourselves often — and well.

When Mercury goes retrograde (the appearance of traveling backward), however, our communications will be challenged, it could even mean that we are giving mixed messages to people that we interact with. 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 caution and consideration, you’ll get your point across.

Mercury retrograde tends to affect people differently though it’s usually tended to affect not only in the sign it places it self but always affects mutable signs directly.  The journey will begin in the early signs of Libra than moves to Scorpio where it sits for the four week and moves into the sign of Scorpio.  Therefore those that are Scorpio or those that has Scorpio anywhere in their chart including mutable signs will be surly affected.


But this does not mean just because there is no Scorpio or mutable sign in your chart you are eliminated.  Mercury takes everyone hostage.

Aries: There may be slow down in financial investment, money or other people money.  Don’t be surprised if your pay check is delayed or the money you are waiting on still has not arrived.  For those who work in Sales this may be a difficult time and may slow down for 6-8 weeks so plan wisely.

Taurus: Your relationships may slow down or you may have difficulties in expressing your feelings.  If you don’t have a person in your life it may be wise you don’t anyways because you may have difficulty communicating with them so instead of saying red you say bread.  Why not make that little teddy bear your loved one for a little bit.  This is all interpersonal relationships.

Gemini: This will defiantly affect your work. Work may be slowed down or confusing perhaps even missed clients and calls and this is indeed a difficult time trying to get everything done.  Please be sure to give yourself extra time to get to work or places which involve work because there is a possibility you might be late because of traffic or vehicle problems.

Cancer: Creativity, hobbies, gambling and even relationships with children or younger people will be very problematic for you.  Everything you find pleasure in may be difficult to enjoy. Frustration may gloom over you or even that you need to relax a bit because you may be overworked and exhausted.

Leo: Home is where the heart is for Leo’s there may be friction in the home or something may break or something that was stable for so long will go astray.  Mercury looks at a father figure or where your roots are.  There may be quite of bit of uncertainties and frustration as to where you are and where you are going.

Virgo: This transit is not unfamiliar to you.  The worry wart as you are this will increase.  There may be difficulties in communicating with colleagues, travel, and even something you are learning.  Things may be confusing and as messages get lost in the vacuum of the  world wide web be easy on yourself and know all practical things will become practical gain soon after November 27, 2013.

Libra: Money and security is the name of the game for Libras they must feel comfortable that money is flowing.  However, mercury retrograde may not allow you to buy that gadget you want or what you do may shut down for a period of time and perhaps things you love the most will be lost ie phone, ipad or break down.  Remember it can be replaced.

Scorpio: There may be a lot of uncertainties of who are and where it is that you are going.  Perhaps looking at what happened last October through November will give you the glimpse of what you can expect.   Maybe you don’t like your personality or question your demeanor don’t be so hard on yourself whatever you do, please don’t talk to yourself because you’re right and left brain will be in conflict with each other.

Sagittarius: This has always been pragmatic for you as well.  But by now you know how to handle this energy. But does it seem to you that something different always happens every mercury retrograde? But perhaps it may be this time where you may not able to get time to yourself or maybe you will discover your own enemies and if you do go into the hospital or visit or for minor illness expect to wait longer than normal.

Capricorn: Friends are important to you but this event may make you feel as though you don’t have any when you pick up the phone or your friends are too busy and don’t have time for you.  Be careful plan accordingly because you may not receive the support you are looking for in friends and this could affect your interpersonal relationships across the board.

Aquarius: You already know when you feel successful you feel good about yourself.  So it’s no wonder that mercury wants to shake this up and slow you down.  Maybe your professional career will slow down or shoot up like crazy but do expect lot of delays.  Especially with family, work, fame and public relations.

Pisces: Something always goes wrong isn’t that what you always say? Well it may and it does perhaps you and your Aquarius friend should get together because both of your focuses will be on work and how work may slow down or even your plans.  I hope that it does not and you feel good but remember glitches are there and kinks will cause you irritability.

These are general tendencies everyone’s effect of retrograde energy will be unique and I would suggest you contact my recommended astrologer:  Leslie Hale or Lee Stilwaters . To let you understand what is the best method of coping during this difficult time.


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 perhaps while waiting or getting something fixed mechanical we may meet fascinating person at the airport or on the road and they may lift our spirits enough to make the time go by faster. 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 awareness, handling and publishing 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.

People may be more argumentative, doubting and pessimistic, hanging on to opposing views and often satirical to others. Sexual advances and sexually colored statements are more likely to be misconstrued. The emotional influence of Scorpio sharpens our instincts, but makes us less sympathetic. Secrets will come to light, often to the awkwardness of those concerned. It is not a good time for surgery.

All areas of communication are affected, especially in matters related to hidden things, sexual encounters, passionate commitments, jealousy, investigations and the occult. Mercury retrograde gives escalation to personal misinterpretations; damaged, unsettled, 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 contemplative and we tend to think about issues and concern that relate to the sign involved.

With Mercury retrograde beginning its motion in Libra, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially prone to such self-examination. There is little choice but to reconsider one’s personal views and opinions about life. There is, however, an opportunity to gain insight into one’s own ego.  Mercury retro in Libra brings blockages connected with communications and relationships. Ideas are not easily translated into money or other tangible rewards while Mercury is retrograde. Literary pursuits tend to be stymied in one way or another. This passage will continue until October 24, 2013, until it moves into Scorpio where people may be the opposite.

Mercury retro in Scorpio inclines to a sharp, cynical tongue. People generally tend to be gallant and tenacious, impetuous and difficult to get along with.  Confusion arises over secret matters that come to light and misguided information deriving from those who cling obstinately to their attitudes. Mysticism and the occult are in the news, scarily so!

All areas of communication are affected. Approaches and motivation for learning, communication and transportation are subjected  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 6 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.  This will allow pleasant communications as well as kindnesses in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until November 27, 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 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 that I am not an astrologer nor claim to be one.  Vedic readings incorporate astrological aspects immolate actions and reaction to specific things.  Vedic readers give a pathway to the crossroads and give the client an opportunity to change their pathway so that they can avert trouble or difficulties.  Astrology determines what could happen and Vedic reader why it is happening to tap into your own spiritual being to make a decision which is as sublime as the reaction the action.

Please remain calm through this period and know everything happens for a reason.  Do not be surprised if people from the past pop their heads back into your life.  If you recall why they left your life or disconnected you for a reason it will be the same reason why they may leave you again or they may explain themselves why they left.  You than can have your closure or a new begining. All these are similar to what mercury will ask of you.




Compassion, Compromise, Collaborate: New Moon in Libra October 2013


New Moon in Libra

October 5, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

The preparation for the eclipse is drawing near as the new moon in Libra makes its way through our celestial skies on October 05, 2013.  Previously, the closest to this degree of the moon took place was on October 7, 2010 when it transited at 15 degrees. Now, it will impact 12 degrees in Libra depending upon the orb at approximately 8:34pm EST, 5:35 PST and 00:34 GMT.

Those that will be affected by this passionate moon would be those that are born in the later part of Libra October 15-23, and those that have Libra in their chart.  It does not matter where moon sign is placed; it matters to know what will be the area which the moon will impact the most.

This new moon comes just in time to prepare for the bumpy ride as it gives breathing room before two eclipses change our lives or rather, life as we had once known it.  This truth can be revealed in many different aspects of one’s life.



To truly understand how this new moon will affect one’s life it is best to contact either a western or eastern astrologer.  Western Astrology focuses around the sun and the impact of the sun in your everyday life whereas eastern astrology focuses on the moon, impact of the future, and how it can be changed.  For example, in the western astrology people born on October 24 would be known to have characteristics of a Scorpio but depending on what time they were born, in the Eastern astrology they are characterized as Libra (Tula). The placement of moon has a greater impact on the Vedic culture as it has no effect in the western.

The New Moon is always about personal cycles.  The new moon gives us the energy we need to set goals towards the things we want the most. One of the biggest tasks of human beings is to understand relationships and this is what this new moon is about.

The center stage for the moon is new beginnings in every sector of your life that need, or rather, want a change.  Though we are prone to act out of compulsion, this new moon forces us to act out of our hearts and trust that things will go as planned and if not its ok, you at least tried.  The new moon gives you all the blessings you need to take chances to live in the movement and dance like you have never done before.


The new moon now forces us to think about planting those seeds which may have been reconsidered before and looking at opportunities that embrace the types of people, places and things that are yearned for, as long as it is not obsessive. Hence, planting seeds to your garden, changing your fashion, or even that perfect job is the seed of change.  There are bits of warning here; don’t plants seeds hastily or on a whim as it may be more than you are able to bare.  Do it out of the heart without any expectations and embrace what ever that is brought to you.

The full moon, and days after, shook up relationships or created difficulties in areas of relationship.  The new moon brings a fresh prospective to change the things that no longer fit the accustomed life style. The new moon is a beginning of birth; what is clear and refocusing on equilibrium. It’s time to spend alone time to visualize goals, bring them to fruitfulness and embrace the transformation that is sublime.

During the new moon there are selfish tendencies where there may be doubts with other people’s motives and to question if others fit the way you perceive life. Due to the inner and outer conflict of good versus bad it is again a time to cleanse your soul.  Since the new moon creates conflicts between status quo and possibilities, by cleansing your mind and spirit you will honor your life journey and find ways to release.


A new moon in Libra has a romantic overtone as well as social.  There is a greater need to bounce ideas between people that we care for.   The new moon in Libra allows us to be comfortable and engaging.  It also craves attention and mutual affection; both of which are needed so that we see the best in the people around us.  There is a strong indication that during the Libra moon some sort of an inspiration may come forth on the table to bring some balance where there may have been conflict.

Libra moon encourages us to find peace within ourselves so that we can negotiate, arbitrate, and restore the balance needed with families and friends.  It is also a time to bring flowers into your home and beautify the home, decorate and purify to welcome friends.  It may even force people to learn art, write, change fashions and indulge in things we can not afford.

Added to this harmonious moon, Libra moon also reassures fairness and allows us to bring new people into our lives; if it is to bring someone new or to filter out conflicts so that important matters are more balanced it does not matter as long as there is harmony and peace. The scales of Libra are very unusual; it is the only sign that does not have a living thing attached to it but it is a sign of scales.  This means that it we are prone to be very impartial, where the head may rule over the heart-it’s an insensitive to explore your own self before you can make a decision in any area of relationships.  This is the time to give good intentions towards any conflicts.



The New moon in Libra, which is the first New moon after the Autumn Equinox, forces us to look very deeply in ourselves to see what has not worked and what has .Try not to compromise for the sake of peace if it is not what you really want.  True compromises are made with decency, respect, honesty, accepting and trust.

The Libra moon allows us to exchange dialogs, including an opportunity to listen and to be heard which allows great clarity and allows us the courage to get rid of habits and expectations that have killed our soul and heart.  The experience that comes with this new moon gives you the available energy you need to take your time.  Relationships will take a new dynamic and brig forth great awareness fueled with life of encouragement, sincerity, value and realization.  If you change your thought patters and your expectations you will change yourself.

A moon in Libra means you may need a melodious relationship with an affectionate partner to feel at tranquility psychologically.  Consistent evaluation and equilibrium with others will be the force of the new moon energy. An urge to beautify, express, nurture and being fair is what this new energy is all about.


Libra Moon values harmonious relationships. It behaves so as to make sure that he/or she is loved and the love is kept. It’s a need to please the people you feel close to, and so want to be supported with compassion, a charming manner, and with music and beautiful things. Libra Moon needs a close friendship, partnership or marriage to feel nurtured and safe.  You may have need for peace, harmony and pleasant surroundings. In emotional situations, the Libra Moon tends to act very rationally and strives to make fair decisions.

People will have strong kindness and magnetize to others.  This comes from the Libras hunt for harmonization and immovability, for the Libra life emphasizes teamwork.  It’s a good time to form partnership of all natures—friendships, marriages, and business.

The planet Venus that manifests the surroundings as a friendly, liberal nature and a desire to redecorate many things rules Libra. It is an excellent time for artistic work as the beauty of Venus is a combination with the academic ease of an air sign.


Altogether it’s a lovely time for social gathering; when the consciousness of self, as expressed in the first six signs of the zodiac, becomes united with the awareness of needs and desires of others.

But all may not be well for everyone in the astrological front and for some it will be a something that will glorify:


Aries:  There is a strong desire to start something new; either to learn or even meet someone from a different culture or just exchanging ideas.  But be very prepared for the eclipse on October 14, 2013.

Taurus: There is something mysterious about mysteries that fascinate you and you are now getting very serious.  There is no space in your world for non-committal relationships – it is the intensity of the passion that drives you.

Gemini:  It is time to relax and perhaps, unlike any other time, you want to relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.  You crave passion just like your fellow Taurus and you too want a more emotional and serious relationship.  You will now attract more people your way with your relaxed tendencies.

Cancer:  It is all about time management and focusing on work or education.  Because of your moods it may be that either you will become so lazy that responsibilities will fall to the side or others are driven to find new work or finish projects with great ease.

Leo: Don’t you just love you? Your creativity will be at its highest and you may become more carefree. Because of this you may become more attractive to people and your five senses are working on overdrive.

Virgo: Like a virgin you love your family and loved ones.  Status quo is the name of the game for you.  It’s scary to try something new?  Why not? Redecorate your home and be at peace with your loved one otherwise you may become very unfocused and may even get ill.

Libra: This is your moon. It’s time to talk to people and exchange ideas.  Your charm is working very well and you may even decide to treat yourself to a nice gadget.  How about an Iphone5C? If you can’t afford it I know you will find a way.

Scorpio: Get ready, the eclipse in November will change you too.  But for now you love to treat yourself and you invite all the senses in your life.  You must taste, you must smell, you must see, you must hear and you must touch; especially things that are natural but you are not willing to make adjustments either.  Go ahead and make a big purchase but don’t spend to make yourself feel good and only if you need it.

Sagittarius: Ok so you think you are all that? Or perhaps you are better than you know you are.  You are ready for the gym, new clothes, a haircut or you may even decide to go on a diet.  Don’t be foolish with plastic surgery, you are beautiful just the way you are.

Capricorn:  You are being very secretive in areas of love.  PSA (Public Show of Affection) is out of the question.  Be careful not to attract those that are restricted in any way and you may shy away from discussing your personal life to anyone.

Aquarius: Put away those romantic overtones and it’s time to socialize! You will embrace and appreciate those people who appreciate you and the thoughts of inspiration and dreams will cause you to always have a smile on your face so enjoy!

Pisces: Money, Money, Money, Money.  You are now ready to be successful; your goals are the number one thing to you.  The more successful you are the happier you are.  Perhaps you may even be a little detached with people you love because your mind is on … MONEY.


Take this time to enjoy every part of you and know that if nothing changes then you are not changing.  These are general tendencies; to find out how this moon would affect you personally, I would suggest you contact my preferred astrologer: Leslie Hale or Lee Stillwaters or any one of my recommended astrologers here.

Since the moon in Libra represents Appeal, Attractive, and Luxurious, Fair-Minded, and loving, it is my suggestion to remain balanced. This New moon is extraordinary to many signs. It is my suggestion that to purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through the wick.  Anoint the candle with lavender or peppermint oil and chant the psalm 26.

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 dependent 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 are a powerful source of energy. The mantra for Libra moon is:



Om Shukrya Namaha

(Om Shoo-krah-yah Nahm-ah-ah)

This mantra produces the quality of friendship within oneself including others.

The intention of this mantra is to smooth your path in life by helping you appreciate the lessons you have set for yourself and through karma the negativity will be surpassed.

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 aspirations 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 balance”, it must be worded “I call for balance in my life with companionship and love.”



Please note that I am not an astrologer nor do I claim to be however, the utilities of the planets play a great emphasis on Vedic Sanskrit Readings.  In the Hindu philosophies it states that we are mortal beings and we will always react to our environments through ego driven actions until we can surpass the ego, become one with the universal energies, and learn to adapt and improvise what is in front of us with complete embrace.

Enjoy yourself for now and remember the Eclipse in Aries October 14, 2013 will affect all Cardinal signs including Aries.  The Eclipse in November will once again will impact Scorpio but it will be awesome to see a total solar eclipse. To top it off, Mercury will begin its retrograde motion as early as October 14, 2013.  Ouchy!

I wish you the best of the new moon and that you able to capture the truth during the full moon so that you can began your journey into sublime bliss.




Symmetric, Spiritual, Sublime: Full Moon in Pisces September 2013


Full moon in Pisces

September 19, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

The Virgo-Pisces full moon will capture many of us by surprise.  The bright light will enter the sign of Pisces at 26 degrees (depending upon the orb) with the sun in Virgo on September 19, 2013. The perfect light may light the sky around 7:13am EST, 4:13 PST and 11:13 GMT.

The closest full moon to autumn equinox is considered a full harvest moon.  This is the time of the year when farmers work late to harvest for the fall and pumpkins and rice will bloom wild to embrace autumn.


This full moon has mutable sign written all over it.  It will primarily affect all mutable signs (Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius, and Virgo).  The opposition is focused basically on routines and order versus doing things spiritually or disorderly. The most important aspect is to understand that no matter what happens, to maintain balance in our life we have to do it spiritually or it will create chaos and havoc which we do not need.

When the Moon is full, the gravitational pull between the Moon on one side of the earth and the Sun on the other has a great effect on humans and often this surge of energy creates irritability and anxiousness especially for those that are affected by this moon in Pisces.


Everything becomes stronger and more intense under the light of the Full Moon – emotions and individualities can become quite exaggerated, and we may have more awareness and focus on relationships. The energy of the moon light may bring luminous dreams.

This is the time to Plant, Implore and be Appreciative, and to work on productiveness and influence.  In a full moon, there is more clear-mindedness and awareness of the needs of self and of others. Plants and herbs were harvested and dried as the richness of the first harvest was realized.


The Moon in Pisces ushers in a time of cautiousness and pragmatism. Being an emotional sponge to others may be a good thing or bad to many. The energy is just right to comfort, heal, meditate, sacrifice, assist, nurture and offer compassion.  At the same, there is a need for order, compartmentalizing as well being very meticulous. Care needs to be taken to avoid decadence and excessive concern or desire for material possessions.

Since, moon in Pisces represents Complex, Creative, Psychic, Vicarious, and Inspiration in everyone; we must use the practical senses.


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 dependent upon the quality of intention. When it comes to finding a satisfying relationships and success, 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 Pisces moon is:


Om Sri Gurave Namaha

(om Shri gur ava Nama Ha)

Remember the 12 aspirations.  Don’t forget to cross out the ones you have already accomplished and make new ones. Don’t forget to manifest matters concerning materialistic things at this time.  Most of all, don’t forget to light a white candle that day, carve your name on the candle, anoint the candle with Frankincense oil, and chant Psalm 65 three times.

It’s a time for meditation and it is a time to say good-bye to the old and come into new.  Make sure you know what you exactly want because it may not be what the universe has set out for you.