Mercury Retrograde Summer 2014
Ghost Period: May 23 through June 06, 2014
Retrograde Intensity: June 06 through June 25, 2014
Stationing Period: June 26 through July 06, 2014
The most important aspect to humanity is communication, but sometimes as humans we don’t think about what we say, what we do, and how it affects people. Thus, our universe brings energy of re-examination and the planet of communication begins to move backwards in time. This allows us to re-consider, re-think, re-connect, re-do, and sometimes re-pair what is, or could be, broken to re-visit and help us realize if we want closure or an opening.
The cantankerous period led by Mercury will begin to move backwards in time; beginning its ghost period on May 23, 2014 in Gemini through June 07, 2014 while reeving steam and preparing us for intensity as it continues to move backwards in time until June 25, 2014. Until this time there is little breathing room until it finally stations on July 6, 2014. Throughout this time things are considered and in silence and chaos we find our answers.
The Mercury retrograde ghost period can be as equally crucial as it intensifies. The ghost period will be affecting Gemini’s the most, bringing delays to many aspects of their lives. This will affect later degrees of Gemini. When mercury is retrograding in the signs of Gemini it creates an intellectual and passionate focus which causes us to soar into something new and unique. It’s also possible that you will want to escape to a place you may have never gone before. All I’s and T’s must be crossed, otherwise, the past will surely hunt us. There will be tendencies to feel confused, indecisive, unpredictable, frustrated and the communication may come across as aggressive towards blame but do not to take it personally. This period will continue on and off until July 06 however, it will be easing as the New Moon in Gemini will bring new exploration on May 28, 2014.
On July 01, 2014, Mercury will move into the sign of Cancer. With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly predisposed to introspection. There is little choice but to review our individual interpretations and views about life. There is, however, the prospect to expand insight into our own self-perception. When mercury is retrograding in the signs of Cancer it creates psychological and emotional confusion with memory gaps. There is adamant choice not to remember things because we don’t want to live in the past. Now the past is having us reconsider who, what, where, why and how it happened.
The wiliness to flatter is a natural healing method for collaboration but one can easily take offense when it is given. The big inducement will be to overdo something to compensate for emotional uncertainties, so please watch yourself.
Relationships in general are inconsistent and unreliable due to egocentric attitudes. All areas of communication are embellished, especially in any theatrical or leadership-oriented activity, matters of state, or having to do with children, romance and creativity in general. Vital information can be lost so CYA everything. Back up your important document; print it, or keep it in safe places that you can easily remember. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often.
A planet is termed as retrograde when it seems to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This customary impression 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 really retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this ocular illusion. Retrograde periods, although often problematic, 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 orders us to connect. Communication, understanding, and consciousness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are reasoning and thinking, our manner of philosophy, and how we generate and express our believed processes. A mercurial nature brings to mind impatience and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. Sometimes if mindfulness or carefulness is not utilized, this can cause a mishap that leads to frustration and chaos.
Mercury is about a fast wit, quick thinking, options, thoughts, 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 responses on both a physical and psychological level. Furthermore, 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. Talking, 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), our communication will be challenged. Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most predisposed during a Mercury Retrograde. Discussions might be more difficult, as crossed gestures and blurred meanings cloud normally forthright discussions. Still, with a little thoughtfulness and attention, this can be also overcome.
Similarly, be prepared with a standby plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, remain quiet and make the best of it. Who knows – while waiting there might come beautiful idea or an answer which you been looking for and maybe even phone call from someone which you never thought you would get.
Remember, we can use this powerful energy in positive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: restart, renovation, re-assessment, renegotiate, and re-examination…
In general, Mercury rules intelligence and awareness, 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 observances or their minds: authors and speakers, critics and detractors, nurses and physicians, con artists and thieves.
Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misinterpretations; inconsistent, interrupted, or delayed communications, conferences and trade; malfunctions and failures with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. All of these problems usually arise because some critical piece of data, or element, has gone lost or skewed.
When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more meditative and we tend to think about issues and concerns that relate to the sign involved. In this period are all Mutable Signs (Gemini, Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius) as well as Cancerians and those that have Cancer in their chart.
Artistic tendencies including artistry, music, talent, or design tend to be blocked by circumstances beyond one’s control. Legal matters will proceed sluggishly and unexpected problems tend to appear. Mercury retrograde tends to lack complexity of awareness and has no tolerance for detailed examination. All areas of communication are affected.
This period can also damage any professional transactions or legal issues; especially matters of infrastructure which may be blocked in some way. Writers, you may have a block of some kind and it’s time to take a break. Mercury is not just about oneself – in romance or personal relationships – please be careful around this time because of this aspect: people from our past could return. Make sure that we want them back in our lives (as the old saying goes, don’t look through rosy glasses-you might get a hangover). Relationships also could break up during this time because of miscommunication; treat every relationship with kid gloves, otherwise if it breaks up it won’t be restored again until September 2014 when another cycle comes around.
The last time mercury retrograde was in cancer was in 2007. Though there may have been a more recent time, this much intensity is similar the transit in 2007.
Since this type of intensity can be very problematic, it is imperative we understand what lessons mercury has for us. Though these are tendencies not to be fixed, I highly recommend an astrologer of your choice or you can find my recommended astrologers here for a personal reading.
These tendencies derive from Vedic aspects of world view during the retrograde period.
Aries: Mercury retrograde could possibly bring back issues of the past relating to family or home. You may reconsider the past places you lived and how the effects are haunting you now or must be revisited.
Taurus: You may be reconsidering your work and may have issues regarding a business that you are in or things you are doing. There may be delay in receiving information or things you need to continue to do what you want to do in areas of creativity and customer service because of misunderstandings; or things could incredibly wrong because of communication.
Gemini: There could be issues around money; how you get your money, how it could affect travel, or things you want to do. There may be a delay in receiving or paying; things may get cut off or shut off because either the money is not received in time or you may have to cut it off because you have lost something where money is the focus.
Cancer: This retrograde is in your sign. It is fixated on looking at yourself – where you are and where you are going. Your thoughts may be confusing and you may change your mind often. There may be issues of how you were raised, your family members and how they supported you, and who you are becoming. Either way, you will be doing a lot of soul searching but be careful; you might have a tendency of being moody and may hurt people whom you don’t want to.
Leo: You may consider your karma; everything that is happening is all about what has happened, is about to happen, and what is going to happen. It’s about destiny – where karma and destiny is looking at who you represent, the structure of your life, and what is your destiny is. All of these areas are where the questions lie.
Virgo: You may connect with old friends or old friends may disappear. It is about collaboration and team building; you may find delays here or that you will find more support than you thought. Things may become very quiet or quite exciting. Be careful because misinterpretations could bring some people into your life you don’t want around and could represent problems with friends.
Libra: Your work may slow down or you may have issues with your home and where you live or want to move. It could be that you are forced to take some vacation time you don’t want to take or that the job you were starting or a project goes astray. Careful not to take it as a personal attack, it is not about you even though you may think so. It is also about what makes you feel secure.
Scorpio: This may seem confusing but if you are learning something you may find it confusing, if you are reading something it may be confusing; it is about what you want to learn, education, and religion. Everything may seem clouded by confusion in areas of higher learning, whether it is intellectually or spiritually.
Sagittarius: Mercury retrograde may cause some trouble in areas where other people’s money is involved. What I mean by this is that if you are waiting for money (ie. a refund or a paycheck) you might find it is delayed or you may not get it at all. Your business may slow down or all of a sudden it becomes so busy that you don’t find out until later that you never got paid. Whatever the case is, support from other people may seem inconsistent.
Capricorn: You might have some issues with relationships. You may break off a relationship, you may have slowness in your relationship, you may not want one, but if you are in one things may seem a little weird.
Aquarius: Though you can naturally go through this, this time it may hit home whereas your work may slow down, you may be under scrutiny, you may decide to take a vacation, old customers may reappear, or you may lose them all together. Whatever the case may be, it is all revolving around what you are doing for work.
Pisces: It’s all quiet on the home front? It may be that you could be distant from your loved ones or the family life is a little bit slower. It may also mean that family life will get better after a period of time out. You may also introspect what family life is all about and misunderstandings could occur.
These just minor tendencies and the things that could motivate a world view through mercury retrograde as well as what needs to be considered.
Approaches and inspiration for education, communication and transportation are subject to difficulties under this aspect. It brings travel difficulties 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!
Some of the greatest things that happen during this re-contemplation time is that Mars, the planet of men and authority, will be going direct a couple of days before the shadow period. Read more about this beautiful period by Leslie Hale here. And Ceres (a planet most people don’t talk about much) which focuses on self-love and taking care of ones spirituality and unconditional love will also be going direct. Therefore even though things may be a little rough, it’s the best time to figure out how to be as spiritual as possible so that you can have, and give, the unconditional love that is deserved.
As Mercury is a very slow moving planet, it affects 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 8 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 July 06, 2014. 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 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. 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 psychological transparency, 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 psychic or a tarot reader. In my opinion an in-depth reading should be done every moon cycle. The next moon is going to be on May 28, 2014 in Gemini. Perhaps there will be a new way of communicating, but during retrograde it may be quite difficult to get your point across – precision and hard work will greatly benefit.
Wishing you re-wards during this auspicious time of re-generation and re-consideration – especially in the area of relationships, including your own.