Mercury Retrograde 2015/2016
December 19, 2015 -January 4, 2016
January 5- 25, 2016
January 26-February 16, 2016
So we began the year with a full moon and we end the year with a full moon. But one thing for sure, the universe wants us now to really take the time to think about everything that just happened in 2015. Digest our independence, the freedom we take for granted, including conflicts on a political, personal, and professional front. With the conflicts, we not only suffer on an emotional level but they will resonate to our nerves and muscles when we feel the pressure.
The trickster is back! The ghost period of Mercury retrograde has already begun in Capricorn/Sagittarius on December 19, 2015 at approximately 6am EST at 14 degrees. The intensification of Mercury will be at its strongest January 5, 2016 when it begins its journey at 1 degree in Aquarius. Mercury then begins to station direct on 25 of January again at 14 degrees in Capricorn and rests back to 1 degree Aquarius on 16th of February 2016. However, many will still feel the effects of Mercury through its ghost period until February 19, 2016 and until it finally stations direct on the February 28, 2016.
Many Vedic philosophies consider that a planet which retrogrades initiates its period about 2 to 3 weeks before retrograde position. This is especially true in the Vedic comprehension of how to plan for the obstacles for tomorrow and you will regress any issues. Therefore, I would consider that many of you may start to see the effects as early as the 19th of December, 2015. This phase may be considered an outline of what is yet to come.
This Mercury will take everyone hostage. By default, Gemini’s ruler is Mercury and thus by association, all mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius) are always affected. The year-end Mercury is a lot like the beginning of 2015 when we began the year with Mercury in Aquarius. Therefore, all air signs will be affected once again (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius), and by association, this means all fixed signs will be affected (Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius and Taurus) until mid-January. As we move into the more volatile energy between January 1 through 31, Capricorns will get whacked and, of course, by association so will the cardinal signs (Cancer, Aries, Libra and Capricorn). So if you ask me, no one will really survive this retrograde. But like I always say… It’s in the attitude folks.
When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s judgment is more reflective and we tend to think about matters and worries that relate to the sign involved. With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius and then into Capricorn, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly prone to such introspection. There is little choice but to reconsider our individual opinions and thoughts about being.
There is, however, a chance to grow and understand our own self-image. When Mercury is retrograding in the signs of Aquarius it creates an emotional and zealous focus on self-autonomy and love with freedom. People’s approaches may change and may be motivated to be very tenacious and hypercritical. The big temptation will be to pressure people into sharing the same mind-set.
The last time this transit was like this was during the winter of 2008-2009 when the energy was just as intense. Last year we had series of retrogrades which affected air signs; this year though, air signs will be affected by association and the intensity will not rise to what it was in at the end of 2014/beginning of 2015. The difference is that this time it involves everyone. In 2016, Mercury is beginning its movements in earth signs as it ends the air sign period and moves into earth.
As this Mercury sets his foot on more earthy stages the focal point will be earth signs and the affects over introspection of these signs. Mercury in Capricorn produces an ability that is conservative, organized, strong-minded, practical, insightful, stable, and well prepared. During this period many of you may become stern and lack laughter or humor at times. This is because acceptance is being forced into learning that is bestowed upon monetary security, our placement in society, or work principles.
Love affairs will be unpredictable and inconsistent due to egocentric approaches. All areas of communication are alarming, especially matters relating to relatives, business, and particularly anyone who is doing home business, travel, and real estate sales or purchases. Documents could easily go astray. Be sure to carry a journal and refer to it regularly. Gossip regarding associates, partners, and colleagues should be discounted or taken with a grain of salt; especially if sex or money is involved. The plot will coagulate with overtones which lead up to February 28, 2016, which is when Mercury begins to move forward.
There is little choice but to re-examine our individual image and attitude about endurance. When Mercury is retrograding in the signs of Gemini it creates a lucid and communicative motivation and causes us to climb into something new and exceptional. You may even want to get away to a place that you have never visited before. The information that is received by the cosmos during the retrograde period is coming at you to re-examine your past. Thus, history may disturb you or give you better insight into your psyche which will be based upon the truth. This may cause you to return because of fear that may confine or cause you to dread the future or acceptance of change. These tendency will to be prone to confusion, indecision, fickle mindedness, and frustrations. Often times there are predispositions that you must do whatever you can not to become hateful towards criticism and not take it personally.This period can also ruin any business dealings, legal issues, and especially matters of interactions which may be blocked in some way. Writers also may have a block of some kind; it is time for a break if you can.
Recognize that Mercury, when it comes to romance, is about the desires of both people. Since relationships are based upon needs of two there may be a choice between past relationships and the present. This will be a time where people from the past may return and it may be during this time where have to choose if you want to move forward in the relationship or re-consider having a new beginning in your life. Any incomplete business from the past will be re-examined at this time. The energy of Mercury gives you the chance to know exactly what you are doing, especially when considering whether to close, or re-open, doors. Many relationships that do not have a firm foundation could break up during Mercury retrograde because of miscommunication or through re-examination.
If there is a needed desire to keep a relationship concrete, then it is advisable to consider every relationship with kid gloves, because it is bound end. Additionally if there are any endings, the communication may not straighten out until March 1, 2016; waiting too long may be subjected to “too little too late”. However, relationships are not the only subject of concern during this retrograde period.
Communications of all sorts, whether they be personal, business, legal, political, or even governmental, will have their issues. Due to distributed energies and obstructions, there is an overall theme of arguments, delays, minor mistakes, delayed communications, getting lost, missed appointments, mechanical outage, computer issues, and most of all, accidents.
Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this visual false impression. Retrograde periods are often difficult since human nature does not want to go back but to only move forward, hence cannot often grip change. 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 communicate. Communication, understanding, and consciousness are all within Mercury’s sphere, as are reason and analysis, our manner of philosophy, and how we create and express our thought progression.
In general, Mercury rules thinking and understanding, indulgence, all means of information distribution, trade, and transport. Additionally, Mercury rules people who work in these areas; especially people who work with their minds or intellect such as writers and orators, commentators and columnists, scandal and spin doctors. Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misinterpretation; faulty, disrupted, or delayed communications, talks and trade, glitches and breakdown of phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. These problems usually arise because some critical piece of information was lost or wrong. When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more meditative and we tend to think about topics and concerns that relate to the sign involved. Artistic predispositions including crafts, music, art, or design tend to be blocked by conditions beyond one’s control. Legal matters will proceed bit by bit and unpredictable barriers tend to appear.
The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: envision, reading, adjust the book/poem/song/essay you’ve been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, go for a walk, learn yoga, exercise, and most of all catch up on sleep! Mercury is a very lethargic moving planet affecting almost every sign with no discrimination. It is my suggestion that you buy a yellow candle and carve your name through to the wick. Smear the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant the Psalm 70 every single night. This period will last for 6 weeks (2 weeks prior, 2 weeks retrograde, and 2 weeks moving) and it will be hard on all of us.
These minor suggestions will allow friendly interactions as well as compassion in circumstances. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until February 28, 2016. Remember that with all functions of psalms and mantras achieving the desired consequences is dependent upon the quality of intention. Also, when it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear perceptive of what your goal should be.
“Om Budhaya Namaha”
(Om Bood-han-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of planet mercury”
This should be recited December 19, 2015 through February 28, 2016
This mantra is used to achieve mental rationality, shun and conquer confusion, and keep welcoming interactions flowing.
It is my suggestion that you re-visit areas of your life that need the utmost attention, which is all about you. In this life, even though people in our lives do play a great role, we must take into consideration how we act towards them. We must also take into consideration if our actions, or reactions, create unnecessary conflicts. All humans are given an ego and through our egos we can either create a sublime bliss in our relationship, or create chaos.
It is my suggestion to set up a timing reading with me or reach out to Leslie Hale who can best help you understand how this retrograde planet will affect you. Remember I am NOT an astrologer, however in the Vedic philosophies we do consider astrological inferences does create a certain characteristic attitude or behavior towards conflicts that interfere in sublime bliss.
Wishing you a joyful holiday… look for my 2016 predictions soon…