Pre-Progression: Nov 14-20, 2017 (Begins in Scorpio)
Pre-Progression Continued: Nov 21-28, 2017 (Sagittarius)
Pre-Regression : Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017
Mercury Station: Dec 2 & 3, 2017 (Sagittarius)
Mercury Retrograde Regression: Dec 4-6, 2017
Mercury Retrograde Juncture: Dec 7-18 , 2017
Mercury Direct Regression: Dec 19-21, 2017
Mercury Direct: Dec 22/23, 2017 (Sagittarius)
Post-Regression Juncture: Dec 24-26, 2017 (Capricorn)
Post-Juncture: Dec 27-Jan 10, 2018
As we observe the twists and turns in our lives, the Universe now holds us responsible for our actions and reactions to things we often take for granted. Some of our lives have been turned upside down having to build and rebuild. Others can only stand by and watch, while some could not help but to get involved in the rebuilding processes. The structures we once knew to be a stable part of our lives are now dust – all due to the eclipses.
We were destined to rebuild though it may not seem to be real right now. The two Leo Eclipses in the Spring and Summer questioned our structures of family and home. While the last eclipse in Pisces paved the way to a new era of spirituality and new beginnings. However, the universe is not done with us yet.
Like everything in life, there will, and should be, a magnificent transformation. Our freedom and ability to seek truth and justice is being questioned as Saturn moves into Sagittarius. Meanwhile, the Aquarius eclipse brings the collective “US” and the willingness to accept during the fall. All of us in one way or another have changed how we collectively look at life. Yet, the universe is not satisfied. Now the time comes for humanity to consider all aspects of life; to see what we can resolve, reflect, repair, reconsider and be responsible for. But it cannot be done while we are too busy living life. Therefore, the only solution is to slow it all down and let it happen on its own.
The universe is now using his messenger to make sure all humanity reconsiders the issues of January 2017, November 2012, and November 2009; making sure there is no unfinished business and all aspects are as they should be, without regrets. It must be done in such a way that when this phase is re-tested in November 2018 we know exactly where we stand.
The Pre-progression period of Mercury retrograde has already begun in Sagittarius/Capricorn on the 15th of November 2017-where it begins the journey through Scorpio then to Sagittarius. This journey will begin at 03 degrees in Sagittarius moving backwards, therefore making things a little bit more complicated for all mutable signs. The intensification of Mercury will be at its toughest December 2, 2017 to December 09, 2017, at 29 degrees in Sagittarius while continuing its journey backwards. Finally, on January 10, 2017 Mercury will stop and station direct in Capricorn/Sagittarius at 13 degrees.
VPAT (Vedic Philosophical Ayurvedic Theories) have studied Mercury (planet) very intensely and recognized that every planet, except the moon and sun, retrograde. However, Mercury is a very slow planet, therefore regression periods must be considered, and anomalies may occur 2 to 3 weeks before or 2 to 3 weeks after the actual period. Equaling that, the entire phase is an 8 to 10-week progression period. Even with the difference of opinions some Western astrologers do agree that it may be necessary to identify this as a science rather than a 2 to 3-week period.
Therefore, I would consider that many of you may have started feeling the effects as early as 15th of November. This phase may be considered a predisposition to predictive inferences. Even though Mercury is retrograde at 29 degrees in Sagittarius, there is no doubt that it will affect Mutable Signs (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini an Sagittarius). It will also affect earlier and later signs of Sagittarius, as well as early signs of Capricorn.
Especially with Mercury’s predisposition, all Mutable signs and Cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn) will be affected by this chaos, including those that have planets in their VPAT chart of those signs mentioned above.
The effects of Mercury act as a vehicle out of gas. Though it can move, it is not accelerating until the engine has gasoline. We are looking for all kinds of gas stations, but they are closing one by one and will not reopen until after the 10th of January 2018. Trust me when I say Mercury Retrograde takes everyone as a prisoner.
Since Vedic theories are based upon the moon placement and Western astrology focuses primarily on the placement by the sun, VPAT considers that somewhere in the middle is the true answer. Therefore, the placement of Mercury, according to VPAT, begins in Scorpio/Sagittarius and ends in Capricorn/Sagittarius.
Mercury, while in Sagittarius, expects that information will flow naturally, but at the same time, it is information overload. As a result, Scorpios are natural investigators and Sagittarius is hasty. All the information that may come to us between November 15, 2017 and January 10, 2018 may seem either black or white. But the falsehood of the phase is due to the freestyle Sagittarius, meaning this information is not correct.
Just because something says it is so does not justify it being so. Sagittarius is an honest sign and expects everything to be honest and trustworthy. At the same time, Scorpio has a tendency of hiding things, suspecting everyone; sometimes not even trusting themselves. This period brings to life information of discrimination, philosophies, hope, and continues trying to pursue things, even if they are wrong.
Since Mercury already rules Gemini and Virgo, it will disturb our communication and applied skills. However, the difficulty is often through Pisces who controls our spirituality and feelings. Additionally, Sagittarius controls how well we receive the truth and information. All of this means that almost everyone will be provoked.
Love affairs will be inconsistent and unpredictable. All areas of communication are offensive; especially matters relating to families, profession, and particularly anyone who is doing home business, travel, relationships, and estate purchases or sales. Documents can also be out-of-place. Gossip concerning friends, partners, and coworkers should be discounted; particularly if sex or money is involved. Like the soap operas, the plot will solidify with ambiguities which lead up to December 29, 2017 when Mercury begins to move forward.
We must re-examine our specific image and arrogance about who we are. We can make it better by making minor changes to our character. When Mercury is retrograding it’s like living the life of a Gemini who tends to have articulate and communicative emphasis; grounding us during an ascent into something new and exceptional. Excitement, exploration, and travel to places new and uncharted may be yearned for. But it is not about running away; rather, it is to re-examine your past. Thus, history may haunt you or give you a better awareness into your psyche, which will be based upon the truth.
However, this can often cause many people to regress from moving forward because they fear change. These tendencies will be disposed to misunderstanding, hesitancy, inconsistency, and obstructions. Often, there are biases toward not becoming vile towards condemnation and not taking it personally. This period can also hurt any business dealings, legal issues, and especially matters of connections which may be blocked in some way. Writers may have a block of some kind. It is a time for a break if you can.
Distinguishing Mercury is about the desires of two parties when it comes to romance. Since relationships are based upon wants of two people, there may be a choice between the past and the present relationship. It will be a time where people from the past reconnect, thus having to make a choice to move forward or go back and start over. It is about the unfinished business from the past which I spoke about earlier. The energy of Mercury gives everyone a chance to know precisely what to consider when faced with closing doors or re-opening them. Many relationships that do not have a rock-hard foundation could break up during Mercury Retrograde because re-examination it has run its course.
If there is yearning to keep a relationship solid, then it is prudent to reflect upon every other relationship with kid gloves, because it is bound to end. Additionally, if there is an ending, the communication may not straighten out until January 10, 2018. Waiting too long may be subject one to “too little too late”. However, relationships are not the only subject of concern during retrograde period.
Communication of all kinds, whether it be personal, business, legal, political, or even governmental will have problems. Scattered energies and defeats can occur because of arguments, suspensions, minor faults, delayed communications, getting lost, missed appointments, power-driven outages, computer issues, and most of all, accidents.
To see how this retrograde will distress you, especially for those who hold any planets in Cardinal and Mutable signs, I would suggest contacting my suggested astrologers for remedies (here). Please note, the information which I am rendering below is VPAT predispositions, not astrology, but rather a place holder to characteristics found in the VPAT ideology.
According to VPAT, Mercury retrograde will begin in the sign of Scorpio where it last left in 2016. This is where the Sagittarius series began in January 2017. Therefore, I will focus upon those that will be affected first, and what to expect during the transit. This transit will again effect all those that have primary and secondary planets in Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn. Included, by association, are those in the same astrological family. All I can say is this is a season not to be taken lightly.
Scorpio, Leo, Taurus and Aquarius
Dear Scorpio, you have moved past some of the toughest transits, however, there is still more road to travel. Mercury retrograde begins in your sign, therefore, you must analyze and look at the past with a different set of glasses. According to VPAT, Saturn is associated with Karma and past life Karma, and therefore, it must move past almost every sign to make a person whole or complete. All in all, it is a 7-year transit, unlike Western Astrology which claims 2-5 years depending upon what is included in their interpretation. Saturn movement is just like Mercury Retrograde; there is a Regression period, Station, Direct, and post period. Think of Saturn in those means; the transit for Scorpios began in 2012 and as of October 25, 2017 think of Saturn as Direct. But for the next 2 years there will still be Post Period and it will move through each cycle of a person’s VPAT chart. This means not only will Scorpios be affected, but all those in association, such as Leo, Taurus, and Aquarius. Leo’s had some positives when Jupiter in Leo gave the seeds and knowledge necessary to plant the seeds for their future, but Mercury really frustrates Leo. Of course, frustrations are nothing new to Taurus as you must do what you can at this time to plant the seeds as well. Your focus should also be in areas of work and creating an environment which only you can live with.
Scorpio: Remember the transit of Saturn will still put some damper and heaviness on your shoulders while Mercury retrograde wants you to slow down and think about what you have learned.
Caution: With communication, ego-centric attitudes, loss of reputation, and disregarded actions.
Considerations: Focus on your money, how the way you speak to others influences actions, and savings for the future.
Recommendation: Light a diva with camphor on Saturdays and donate moong (recipe can be found on the net) to your local temple.
Leo: You have all the utilities and knowledge you need now to create a foundation of your choice. Saturn is moving away, and Jupiter ignited your soul. Only you know what you will do with your gifts. But the Eclipse in Spring and Fall has continued to transform you and it will do so until summer of 2018 possible 2019.
Caution: Spend more time with your spouse or family and watch your frustrations and slowdowns.
Considerations: Stay focused on learning new skills, try to digest what you learn and be creative, humor and laughter will take you a long way.
Recommendation: Do Vishnu pooja and Mantra daily.
Aquarius: It has been a continual uphill battle for you in areas of health and finances. Perhaps even in areas of family. This is all due to the eclipses in fall of 2016 and fall of 2017. However, there is some distance to go yet, it is possible that by winter of next year you will feel differently than you feel at this time.
Caution: Take care of your health and slow yourself down but do not become lazy. Use your wisdom in every decision you make rather than making decisions on a whim.
Considerations: Continue to foster family and friends, your finances can only get better if you invest smart and use common sense to do so.
Recommendation: Buddha mantra will serve your purpose.
Taurus: Sometimes you focus on things that do not work rather than perfecting what does. But sometimes your worries get the best of you and you indulge in spending or doing things which are reckless and based on your emotions.
Caution: Indulgence, over spending, financial losses, unplanned travel, and over thinking.
Considerations: Look at your own career/business as whatever you put out there is what you may get. You may have expensive tastes. Learn to understand you are the creator of your life.
Recommendation: Do Durga mantra and pooja.
Mercury moving into Sagittarius moon November 22, 2017
The intensity will shift to Sagittarius and all who have those personal planets
Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces & Gemini
Mercury is a ruler of Gemini and as much as Gemini may not appreciate the slow down, for them it is quite necessary as dual perspectives do not always work. The full moon in December, Dear Gemini, will finally put some things to rest, yet Jupiter in Libra will continue to shine upon you and give you a heads up. While Virgos continue to plant their seeds as they were graced by Jupiter, Pisces has them now recreating themselves as their Eclipse in the Spring brought unforeseen changes. However, this transit is a double take for Sagittarius. Not only will Sagittarius continue to be affected by Saturn as it entered their sign on October 25, 2017, but it will be direct in December. Some of you who have any planets in Sagittarius would have been/ will be affected. Nonetheless, Mercury may be your friend to breathe out the negativity and contemplate what you must change in the next 3 years.
Sagittarius: Though this will be the most trying time, just hang on if you can and focus on everything as a needed transformation. Saturn in your sign may not help you but Mercury will give you peace if you let it.
Caution: Slowdowns and difficulties in travel, finances, anger, agitation, high expectations of self-worth, and people criticizing you and taking behind your back is a possibility.
Considerations: Focus on your health, relationship, and be cautious of clutter.
Recommendation: Light a diva on Wednesday and Saturday with a grain of camphor to clear negative energy
Gemini: Mercury is always difficult but at least take this time to really embrace it. You may need some down time as time and opportunity is here.
Caution: Lack of confidence, unnecessary disagreements with people you care for, and minor glitches.
Considerations: Focus on every relationship, including yourself. Spend, have more discussions with your mother, and balance your work and personal life.
Recommendation: Do Krishna mantras daily and especially on Fridays, adorn him with butter and flowers.
Virgo: It seems at least 3 times a year you get a bit perplexed because things slow down and get frustrated with electronics that do not function properly. Breathe as much as possible because you may become reckless.
Caution: Analyzing childhood experiences, making hasty decisions regarding property, and family disputes or misunderstandings are possible.
Considerations: Focus on looking at the interpersonal relationship between your parents as viewed by you. Take time to look at how much different you are. Spend quality time with the ones you love.
Recommendation: Do Buddha mantra daily until this phase passes.
Pisces: Mercury is not a time to dread but a time for worship. You are now being given a chance to slow down and meditate as Pisces do best.
Caution: Useless spending, reconnecting with people from the past even if they are toxic, and hard work or difficulties with your work due to mixed messages.
Considerations: Focus on overcoming adversaries with kindness. Spend time with family and spouse. The more solid your work, the more benefits to you.
Recommendation: Donate green leafy vegetables to your local charity, food bank, or religious church.
Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer
Though I would like to say things will be a little more settled Dear Aries, I must say Uranus in Aries does not settle well with you. As things may happen unexpectedly and from nowhere, I would not be surprised if you are uncertain what it is you want to do, or feel heaviness from time to time. Saturn is nudging you to change just like it is doing to Sagittarius, Uranus keeps you on your toes and now Mercury may be causing everything to combust. Unfortunately, Uranus will not be leaving your sign for another year and you will continue to transform with it. This is not a bad thing. At least not from the prospective of Capricorn who has a long journey in Pluto (God of underworld and negative karma) and now Mercury numbing at their shoulders. But be sure to cross your T’s and dot your I’s as secrets are due to come out. Meanwhile, the only two characteristics that may not feel too much are Libra and Cancer. Libras are flying high as Jupiter just now entered their sign and they are looking at their options in areas of money and relationships. But they can get lazy very easily. Whereas Cancers are appreciating any down time they have as they love their time, even if it means to veg with a gallon of Ice Cream. Enjoy yourself Dear Cancer, and just remember your eclipses will be beginning in the summer of next year which will be a remarkable change (hint remember 2009).
Aries: It seems that every time you take 2 steps forward you take 3 backward. You may not be sure at this time what you want to do and your temper and words will get the best of you.
Caution: Difficulties in career/employment, slow progress in moving forward, travel plans may be postponed or delayed.
Considerations: Focus on how you speak to people, legal issues, and carefully analyze, you may feel people are not respecting you (at work or regarding work).
Recommendation: Try to spend time on a farm and feed the cows.
Capricorn: Pluto is currently having you consider your past actions and how they affect every relationship you are in. But use the gift you were given during the Jupiter transit and plant those seeds. It is necessary to move past thinking too much.
Caution: Relationship, health, and financial hindrances.
Considerations: Look at your support system, you may be too naïve, paying back karma and legal issues.
Recommendation: Do Vishnu mantra daily with 101 mala beads.
Libra: Even if Mercury is here, you have something many do not right now; Jupiter is gleaming at you. Use this to your best interest and remember, what you do with the gift is exactly what you will get.
Caution: Governmental issues, spending less time at home, feeling lethargic or lazy.
Considerations: Focus on your friends, take some time to go on short trips alone.
Recommendation: Be kind to transgender people and learn how they can balance.
Cancer: Much of your focus this year has been re-stabilizing, you may have possibly moved, got a new job or quit a job. It is time to get re-adjusted and relax a bit as those transits in the summer could cause some grief.
Caution: Over expenditures, confrontations, and legal issues.
Considerations: Focus on your work or a job change. Remember to communicate with those who support you.
Recommendation: If you can go to a farm every now and then and feed some cows, mother nature will thank you
The predictions above are based upon VPAT values and not to be considered an exact prediction to any one person; they are a generalization of characteristics only. To find out how they relate to you personally I suggest you contact my recommended western astrologers here. If you are interested in a Vedic Astrology reading, please contact me via email and I will be happy to direct you to some names and links.
Through Mercury energy you will be tough, especially in how to communicate as messages will misguided. Discussions will be problematic to interpret where what is meant to be said and what is said may confuse simple negotiations. This why signing contracts and being involved in legal issues may not be desirable. Hence, with a little caution and being careful in your communication with steady and slow communication the point will work better. Have a secondary or back-up route while traveling. There may be a chance that flights get cancelled or problems with a vehicle while you are traveling – during this time remain calm. As always, have a back-up plan. When you do have a back-up plan, perhaps if you are single you might meet someone new or if you are attached it might be a chance to get a little romantic. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renovate, revamp, review, renegotiate, and research.
Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misinterpretation; faulty, disorder, or behind communications, talks and trade; glitches and breakdown of phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. These problems usually rise because some critical piece, or section, of information has been lost, or is wrong. When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more pondering, and we tend to think about topics and concerns that relate to the sign involved. Artistic inclinations, including crafts, music, art, or design, tend to be congested by conditions beyond one’s control. Legal matters will proceed bit by bit and unexpected blockades tend to appear.
The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: consider, study, amend 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! As Mercury is a very slow-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 are minor suggestions which will allow friendly interactions as well as compassion in circumstances.
You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until January 12, 2018. Remember that with all meanings of psalms and mantras achieving the desired signification 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 perceptive of what your goal should be.
The mantras can be hard to voice for various people but are a powerful foundation of energy. I have chosen three mantras for this period. The mantras for Mercury energy are:
Om bum budhaya namah
Om bumm budha ya nam aha
Om bram brim brom saha somaya namaha
Om Chanderputraya vidyamahe Rohinipriyaya dhimahi tannoo Budha Parchodayat
“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of planet mercury”
It is my recommendation to re-visit areas of your life that need the utmost attention – those which are 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 reaction or actions create unnecessary conflicts. All humans are given an ego and through our egos we can create either a sublime bliss in our relationship, or we create chaos. It is my suggestion to set up an in-depth reading for yourself through Vedic philosophies or reach out to your Astrologer.