May 04 through May 19, 2015
May 20 through June 11, 2015
June 12 through June 25, 2015
By Maharani Rutan©
While many mutable signs do not like the Mercury retrograde period, some do not even understand. There is a reason why Mercury retrograde appears three times a year and sometimes four depending upon the celestial energy. Some of the information may seem difficult to understand, while for some it may not be, but the purpose is to get an in-depth understand as to why it is a vital time, what effect it has on humanity, and how it will affect the astrological signs it will touch. But most of Mercury is not selective, holding everyone prisoner.
In the 18th century many of the astrological and astronomy terms were first introduced. The first of its kind was referred to as pro grade and as the etymology matured it was renamed. Retrograde is a Latin word for “retrogrades”; retro is going or stepping back or backward. And gradus is derived from Latin word gradi or to go one step at a time.
The planet Mercury is the eight planet that orbits around the sun. It is also named after the Roman messenger sent by the Gods because of the speed it zips around the sun. It was first noticed in 1631 as it transited across the sky and viewed by Pierre Gassendi. He noticed several things; one, that Mercury goes forwards most of the year, and two, that during certain parts of the year Mercury retrogrades.
When Mercury retrogrades it is not really moving backwards although it seems that way to the human eye. The celestial impact can be very problematic, chaotic, and irritable. Some have even blamed disasters on Mercury retrograde such as the Hindenburg explosion, the Titanic sinking, and even political aspects of elections, especially the Gore-Bush hanging chad incident. On the other hand, it can be reflected as a worthy cause, it forces every human to reflect and be able to let go and let God in. For once, give up control and let nature, nurture, and healing energy lead you where you need to be led for approximately 7 weeks which includes the Ghost, retrograde, and stationing periods.
On May 19, 2015, Mercury turns retrograde again at approximately 9:49pm EST. However, its ghost period, which is just as problematic, will enter the atmosphere on May 04, 2015. When Mercury begins to retrograde at full speed it will begin in 11 to 12 degrees of Taurus depending upon the orb. This intense period will last until June 11, 2015 when it will begin to station direct at 4 to 5 degrees in Gemini. Nothing will really ease up until June 25th.
During Mercury retrograde Gemini’s are the most sensitive and its brothers and sisters in the same family of mutable signs (Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) which also feel the intensity of the motion backwards. Mutable signs are already people that change their minds and try to accommodate as much as possible. However, when they are changeable they also like things to go on schedule and they dislike hold ups or tardiness. They are also the signs that can be very lethargic at times and they love their time alone. When they are out they love to socialize therefore, calling them mutable (adjustable). But every year Mercury retrograde pinches their fickleness and they are pulling their hair out.
However, just remember that we are individual people with individual charts and no two charts can be exactly alike unless they are maternal or paternal twins. This means that somewhere in our entire chart there is a mutable sign and those are the planets that will be hit by this awful period depending upon the house it sits in. Therefore, I suggest that you speak to my recommended astrologers, Leslie Hale or Xtrology of Hollywood, as how this retrograde will impact you.
During the Ghost period / shadow period whatever seems easier is the time when the planet begins to be sluggish, moving in the same direction, where it will stop and go backwards. Most of the time astrologers ignore this time period but in Vedic philosophies it is imperative, like no other, and it is treated in the same respect as stationing or retrograding. A common way to understand the ghost period is when intuition, the gut feelings, are ignored. A part of the problem is the notion that judgments and arrogance are the source of pain, action, reaction, and buttons you or others have pushed in the past which have caused a whole lot of confusion.
For many years, trying to duplicate how to describe the ghost period was difficult. Until one day I took a train from South Florida to Tampa, Florida to meet a close friend of mine. What I noticed was that the Amtrak went backwards for a few blocks until it started to head north then west. When I reached Tampa the conductor stated the next stop was Orlando which did not make sense as Orlando comes before Tampa. I spoke to the ticket agent and he said to me that Amtrak does not have any stations further west than Tampa, therefore the train has to go backwards for a 100 miles then goes north and then south but many people do not notice it.
Mercury is the same way, off retrograde period Mercury is always stationed, or moving forwards, but due to our optical illusion it seems that it is moving backwards. Rather, it moves forwards a little bit then backwards until the point where it cannot move any further.
With Mercury retrograde in Gemini, people with this sign noticeable in their charts will be predominantly likely to to such reflection. There is little choice but to reconsider our individual opinions and attitudes about who we are and where it is we are going. Since Gemini is a Mutable sign all those that follow in that group, such as Pisces, Virgo, and Sagittarius, will also be affected. There is, however, an opportunity to develop understanding into our own sense of worth. When Mercury is retrograding in the signs of Gemini it creates a psychological and emotional focus causing us to rise into something new and unique. You may even want to escape to a place you may have never gone before.
All the evidence which you may have expected must be completed during this time otherwise the past is coming to haunt us. There is a disposition toward the range of misunderstanding, hesitancy, inconsistency, frustration, and controlling yourself, to aggressiveness towards blame and not to take it personally.
This period can also hurt any business relation, legal issues, especially problems of communications which may be obstructed in some way, and writers you may have a block of some kind creating a time for you to take a pause if you can. Understand that Mercury is not just about romance. Please be careful around this time because all know things from the past could return; make sure you know what you are doing when that happens. Relationships could also break down 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, 2015 when another cycle comes around.
Remember that Saturn is retrograding and depending upon what type of philosophies that you are willing to tap into, the planets are different between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology. While Vedic uses the moon as a focal point, Western uses the sun. Therefore, in Vedic Saturn is in Scorpio until 2017 and in Western it is in Sagittarius until 2016. While Saturn moved into Sagittarius in December (read about it here), according to Vedic it moved into Scorpio (read about it here). Therefore, it is off by one Astrological sign. This summer, as of June until late September, Saturn will be direct in Scorpio according to Western Astrology and it will be direct in Libra according to Vedic astrology. This goes until mid-September when Mercury retrograde moves back into the same signs as in March, 2015.
Remember Saturn is all about difficult lessons and it almost always affects ones health if needed karmic changes are not made. Therefore, I have included some key words for each sign during the Saturn period until 2017: Please note these are general tendencies, my suggestion is to consult my recommend astrologer, Leslie Hale or Xtrology you may find them under my recommended astrologers here
Aries: Disappointments, disorganization, punishment for laziness, slow metabolism, pain to the back and knees. Older members may be hospitalized. You can tap into your psyche or spirituality through hospitals or where old souls are buried (i.e. graveyards or cemeteries).
Taurus: Testing partnerships, hidden enemies at work or in business. Working or traveling long-distance.
Gemini: Old issues will finally be complete and will go in your favor. The summer months will be very profitable for you.
Cancer: Family, love life, health, friends and finances will go through a major change. Depending upon where Saturn is placed it will be either positive or negative.
Leo: Financial crisis or abundance, careful of thieves, and vehicle accidents.
Virgo: Financial growth or crisis, mediate circumstances with people you love and trusted friends which you have left behind.
Libra: Careful with communication, relationships, and finances. Especially be cautious of knees, and teeth. Be grateful for what you have.
Scorpio: Fatigue, lack of motivation, stomach issues, back pains, arthritis pain in the legs. Family relationships may be strained. Financial issues may come calling. Debts and new jobs or losses of jobs are pictured.
Sagittarius: Expenses, health issues, anxiety, and sleepless nights. If you are not careful with what you say you will be humiliated in public. Be humble and look at financial investment.
Capricorn: Wishes being granted, happiness and celebration of family, spouse, wealth, health, and social popularity. Exciting personal relationships. Be prepared, your life is about to speed up if it has not already.
Aquarius: Pressure at work, leaving or acquiring a job. Developments in work and career after a time of waiting; and frustrations when simple tasks seem painstakingly difficult. Take care of your health and don’t lend or borrow money.
Pisces: Long distance travel, high ideals, or refined spirituality. Excessive expenses and positive creativity.
Remember, these tendencies are general and focused on Vedic philosophies. If you wish to have a deeper look on how Saturn will affect you I would suggest you contact a Vedic or Western astrologer, or any of my recommended astrologers here. Remember that Saturn is a very slow moving planet and can bring double burdens when planets are retrograding around it.
Each planet retrogrades, except for the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and orders us to communicate. Messages, understanding, and consciousness are all within Mercury’s sphere, as are judgment and cognitive thinking, our method of thoughtfulness, and how we create and express our thought processes.
A mercurial nature brings to mind annoyance and signal. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen recklessly. Mercury is about a reckless intellect, hasty thinking, possibilities, views, and the capability to justify things. Mercurial energy can be virtuous or ruthless, but it will certainly be stimulating! This Planet also encourages us to move from one thing to the next and to get explanations on both a physical and psychological 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 workday travel, and a weekend escape. Relatives and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm.
Dialogue, writing, books, online communications and education are all within Mercury’s domain. This Planet implores us to express ourselves often — and well. When Mercury goes retrograde our communications could be challenged. Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury retrograde.
Mercury retrograde affects everyone differently depending upon their natal chart, their sun and moon sign, and where mercury is positioned in their chart. Therefore, general tendencies below are based on Vedic philosophies and I highly recommend that you speak to my recommended astrologers (here) or speak to Leslie Hale or Xtrology of Hollywood for your personal transits.
The key words for Mercury are where there will be difficulties from May 04 through July 27, 2015 in each astrological sign. Please remember, depending upon the house where mercury or fixed signs are will determine the effects of these transits.
Aries: Communicating, education, difficulties in acquiring info, family, all media, immediate environment, investigating, questioning, short trips.
Taurus: Money, resources, values, creativity, manifestation, possessions, security, and your personality views from others.
Gemini: Appearance, worldview, personality and how others view you, your communication with others, perception, and others reactions.
Cancer: Career, motivation. Objectives, status, prominence, public, influence to society, blood relation, obligations, authority, acknowledgement, dreams, visions, truth, associates, and a disregard of dissimilarities.
Leo: Friends, groups, recompenses, worldview, kindness, expectations, ideas, desires, predictable and unforeseen, humane aims, awareness, and self-examination.
Virgo: Careers, drive, long-term objectives, status, involvement with the world, parents, community responsibilities, power figures, community gratitude, psychic power, transparency, and perception.
Libra: Tourism, college, religion, values, law, interpretations, principles, printing, insurance, reality, self-improvement, resolution, philosophies, and fitting.
Scorpio: Transformation, profound matters, tradition, death, sex, taxes, other people’s money, liability, support, investigation, division of wealth, spouses money, getting rid of possessions, beginning, accomplishments, vital situation, occupational projects, accuracy, and spirit.
Sagittarius: Partnership, marriage, professional partners, interrelationships, contracts, legal issues, exposed opponents, collective existence, mystical wakening, individual desires and those of others, yoga, and coming together.
Capricorn: Health, examination, everyday existence, routines, occupied circumstances, workforces, domestics, colleagues, animals, upsetting measures, skills, diet, feelings, transparency, knowledge, to initiate or finish.
Aquarius: Inspiration, individualism, kids, nurturing , love, passion, courting, dating, taverns or saloons, entertaining, betting, possibilities, sports, consciousness, emotions, manifestation, self-confidence, possession, appreciation, inspiration, and proprietorship.
Pisces: Home, family, parents, property, sleep, youthful patterns, emotional practicalities, expressive refuge, circumstances at the end of life, backgrounds, boundaries, discovery or finishing an exploration, settling down, moods, understanding, and rational.
Please remember these are general tendencies and are not an exact science to everyone; each individual’s chart represents their own unique aspects.
During Mercury retrograde conversations might be more problematic, as crossed signals and blurred connotations complicate matter which are normally up-front. Still, with a little restraint and attention, the point will get across. Correspondingly, be ready with a standby idea when traveling. If your flight gets canceled, your car won’t start, your phone stops working, or your computer goes in a tizzy, remain calm. Who knows, perhaps the person that might just assist you in fixing the problem may be your next best bliss.
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 rational and insight, treating and broadcasting information, and all means of communication, commerce, and transportation. Even further, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their intellects: writers and debaters, reporters and critics, natters and spin doctors, swindlers and thieves.
Mercury retrograde gives escalation to individual confusions; inconsistent, unsettled, or postponed communications, discussions and trade; malfunctions and failures with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. All of these problems usually ascend because some critical part of data, or component, has gone amiss, or skewed. When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s rationale is more reflective and we are inclined to think about subjects and worry according 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.
The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: reflect, 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 effects almost all planetary signs, it is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant Psalm 70 every single night. This period will last for 3 weeks and it will be hard on all of us. Performing these procedures will allow approachable communications as well as compassion in circumstances. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until June 25, 2015.
Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras accomplishing the chosen result is contingent upon the value of intent. When it comes to finding substantial relationships, it is of the utmost significance to initiate with a pure 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”
For Hindu practitioners and those that have adapted the Hindu philosophies:
Om Mani Padme Hum
(Omm Ma Ni Pa dme Hum)
For those who are still adopting the eclipse mantra make sure you continue to do so until the next eclipse.
These mantras are used to achieve mental transparency, to evade 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; this means from one full moon cycle to another including 8 days which adds up to 40 days.
Mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo) are encouraged to have a personal reading done on themselves no matter if you had a solar/lunar or relationship reading.