Mercury Retrograde Fall 2014
Ghost Period September 14-October 3, 2014
Retrograde Intensity: October 4-25, 2014
Moving Direct: October 26-November 10, 2014
By Maharani Rutan©
Once again the universe is asking us to slow down and reconsider everything in our lives as we transit through one of the most irritable emphases of Mercury retrograde.
This exceptional switch occurs when the deceptive planetary motion is created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relativity to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually backward or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this ocular illusion.
Retrograde periods are often challenging, especially for mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) as well as those other astrological signs that it is impacting. Each planet is illusory as it may be retrograde, 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, create, think, consider, re-visit, re-consider, re-construct, re-pair, re-sign and most of all, contemplate.
Mercury retrograde forces us to reconsider our past; to leave the old situation behind or restart something that never had a closure. Whatever the case may be, it will be a difficult transit for sure. Mercury usually turns retrograde 3 times a year and each period is unique to the sign it falls on; but for sure it can be an eye opener for many. The very first Mercury was in the axis of Aquarius/Pisces, which really did not affect that many people except for those that were Aquarius/Pisces. But as always, it ruffled some feathers for mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo). This, of course, is nothing since mutable signs are used to getting whacked in the head with Mercury; they just get right up.
However, the retrograde this summer affected more people and aggravated so many as it tugged on our hearts and what we said. The Gemini/Cancer retrograde caused many of us to get hurt and we did not realize what we said that caused people to leave us. The intense energy rippled through our basic core of home and communication as it impacted all Cancerians and mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo). They are called mutable signs for a reason. Cancers love their home and there were many miscommunications which were unbelievably nerve racking.
Now, the third Mercury is slowly approaching and this Mercury will be shaking the grounds of Libra/Scorpio axis. Libra looks at things for balance and fair; it also emphasizes the legal system. The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, the lord of the underworld and darkness. Basically, questioning what is hidden and what needed to be hidden in all fairness.
The journey will be its ghost period few days before the New moon in Libra, September 14, 2014. Though, many Liberians would consider this a process of new beginnings and wanting to move forward. But mercury will not let them until they finish old business. The Ghost period of Mercury is just as intense as the retrograde period since it brings things in a vacuum and begins to gather old garbage, baggage, and unfinished business until the 3rd of October, 2014.
On October 4, 2014, the intensity begins, especially with primary planets in Libra as well as mutable signs. Libra’s like things consistent and fair and this will be far from it. Be careful Libra’s if you don’t want the past to come to re-visit you then don’t stir the pot! The last time mercury was this close to Libra was during 2013 (Read about it here). The intense period will begin its journey backwards (ghost period) at 16 degrees in Libra and will be at its maximum intensity at 2 degrees in Scorpio on October 4, 2014.
This retrograde is places its wings on Scorpio and Libra. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of the retrograde energy for Libra is that Venus, the planet of love, will enter Libra on September 29, 2014. Perhaps an old lover may come back into your life to help you bring closure or open a new way of looking at the relationship. But remember, nothing will be definite since the eclipse on October 8, 2014 will surely ask you to reconsider what needs to be paved.
Mercury retrograde is no stranger to Scorpio either. The last time Mercury retrograded was in October 2006, 2012, 2013, and now 2014. One can only imagine this needs to happen as Saturn is direct in Scorpio to make sure important lessons of the past are considered.
Messages, understanding, and consciousness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are rationality and intellectual, our manner of thinking, and how we create and express our thought processes. A mercurial nature brings to mind tension and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen reckless here. This Planet also stimulates us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both somatic and spiritual levels.
Further, Mercury’s energy is both responsive and perceptive. 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 our communications will be challenged; it could even mean that we are giving diversified messages to people that we interact with. Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde. Dialogs might be more problematic, as overlapped signals and uncertain connotations cloud normally candid discussions. Still, with a little thoughtfulness and attention, you’ll get your point across.
Mercury retrograde tends to touch people contrarily though it usually tends to affect not only in the sign it places itself but always affects mutable signs directly. The journey will begin in the early signs of Libra then moves to Scorpio, where it sits for four weeks, and ends in the sign of Scorpio not leaving until November 10, 2014. Unless they are careful, Scorpios and Libras could be pounded. Because of these movements, those that are Libra and Scorpio, or those that have Libra/Scorpio anywhere in their chart including mutable signs, will surely be affected.
Please note that if you are not a Libra, Scorpio or Mutable sign you will not be affected. Mercury takes everyone as a hostage and vacuums them into a tail spin.
Here are the tendencies of how mercury will impact your life for 8 weeks. Remember, the eclipse and its combination will create a whole picture of the transition that will impact individuals.
The tendencies below are according Vedic philosophies; they may not be necessarily belonging so any individual persons chart. For western astrological transits I recommend you contact Leslie Hale or my other recommended Astrologers here:
Aries: There may be a lot to consider about whom you are and where you are going. Any changes that you may want to make as a spiritual or physical transformation may be delayed; including things that may be hidden from you especially in the area of other people’s money. So if you have a job offer make sure you have the money to move or make the transit possible and have a backup plan. And also remember that you will be affected by the eclipse on October 08, 2014. More information will be provided at the end of this month.
Taurus: Your vision of people in your life may be confusing at this time; you may also find that people who are working against you may not be easily accessible. Relationships in general may be problematic and communication with the people you care for will also cause issues. So watch what you say and do as there may be people who are working against you and you will never know who they are until this phase passes on November 10, 2014. Additionally, you will be affected by the eclipse on October 23, 2014. More information will be provided in the beginning of October 2014.
Gemini: Everyday life may be burdensome and people may not understand how you operate in areas of work. Your medicines or sickness may take a toll on you; or it may be that medicine all of a sudden starts working, but is it? You may feel that you don’t want to work and people may be problematic. If you have pets, be very careful as your pet may get sick or may need a lot of your attention. You may not be as intensely affected by the eclipse unless you have primary planets in Fixed and/or Cardinal signs.
Cancer: Your creativity may be down and your hobbies and personal relationships may be misdirected. Children may also be problematic (pets too) and you may not like your surroundings. Mercury is asking what you want to change and what message are you trying to convey. Are you too afraid to talk or apply, or if you apply without planning the projects will be left undone? The eclipse on October 08, 2014, will impact you. You are transforming yourself and have paid your karma. Were you fair to people? If not, Karma may bite.
Leo: You may become very melancholy about where you grew up and how it brings back the emotional pain of your childhood. You may try to reach out to your mother and perhaps what you are saying to her is more damaging than you meant it to be. You may also want to relocate and perhaps it may be hard to do. You too will be affected by the eclipse on October 23, 2014 so remember that for every stone you turn you will build something new for yourself. More information will come in the beginning of October for your own transformation and seeds that need to be planted for self-gratification.
Virgo: You may find if you are going to school, or learning something very confusing, what you are trying to articulate is coming out all wrong. Perhaps colleagues or people whom you go to school with may be too busy to talk with you or perhaps there may be a misunderstanding in projects all together. Be careful Virgo this is not a time to rush into anything. Yes you are misunderstood, and??
Libra: You may discover that you have over spent or the money is not coming in as fast as you want it to and your bills are piling up. You also find you are doing things out of spite. You might want to consider not gambling with your money during this retrograde. Keep a close watch on your credit report as something may be hidden from you. All Libras, and those that have primary planets in Libra, will be affected by this transit as well as the eclipse which will transform them into who they were; moving into a greater plane. It would not be surprising that someone from your past comes back into your life and you decide that enough is enough. The eclipse on October 8, 2014 will pave the way to your new tomorrow. I will provide more information to you at the end of this month.
Scorpio: Not only will this retrograde impact self-reflection, but the eclipse will make sure you change. Transformation is inevitable. If you want to lose weight or change your style you may be confused what to change. If you wanted to choose the way you are towards people this may be confusing too. Mercury retrograde asks the questions: who are you? Where are you going? What do you want to do? Do you like what you see? Do you like how people view you? What do you want to change? The eclipse on October 23, 2014 will change you, transform you, move you into a different plane and you will come out much more mature and defined. More information will be provided in the beginning of October 2014.
Sagittarius: People from your past will come knocking at your door and you may just want to be left alone. You may decide that you no longer want to be imprisoned in a lifestyle or a relationship. You want to break away; you may want your freedom. or you may go into seclusion. Whichever the case, you may not be happy and you just want the universe to bring you peace. Perhaps mercury will give you the peace you wanted. If you write in a journal have a look at October 2012 & 2013, how was it for you? You may not be affected by the eclipse in October unless you have primary planets in fixed and cardinal signs.
Capricorn: You may find that your projects and those that support you are not readily available as they may distance themselves from you. You also find that doing group activities or projects will also slow down. Anything that you want to do as a volunteer may flop or really motivate you to consider if this is a humanitarian act or are you doing it for selfish reasons? You too will be affected by the Eclipse on October 08, 2014. Perhaps you may change who you are or reserve your talents for those that appreciate you. No matter what the change is, it will be fair in every way.
Aquarius: You may have slowness in areas of financial and professional growth including difficulties in finding pleasures and appreciation from that which matter to you. You may not be as influential as you thought you would be and you may even have disagreements with women in areas of communication. You also will be transforming on October 23, 2014. What was once hidden from you may become so clear that it may trigger you to make some dramatic transformation that has left you paralyzed.
Pisces: Don’t get yourself involved in legal issues or contracts as they may be delayed or may need to be re-written or redirected. If you want to go away physically or psychologically this may be an issue also. Don’t bother right now to go back to school or learn a new trade as there will also be glitches; and if you try any different religious practices you may not get instant gratification or feel confused with the techniques required to be skilled. Unless you have personal planets in Fixed or Cardinal signs the impact of the eclipses may not be as badly felt by you as others.
Similarly, be prepared for delays while traveling. 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…Does your car need a repair? You might want to consider having it checked out before 14th otherwise anything could go wrong – and it will.
In general, Mercury rules philosophy and consciousness, conduct and circulating information, and all means of communication, trade and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas; especially people who work with their observances or their intelligences: authors and speakers, critics and detractors, blabbermouths and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves.
People may be more confrontational, hesitant, and negative; hanging on to opposing views and often sarcastic to others. Sexual advances and sexually colored statements are more likely to be misinterpreted. The emotional influence of Scorpio sharpens our dispositions, but makes us less understanding. Secrets will come to light, often to the discomfort of those who are apprehensive. It is not a good time for surgery. If you are having a medical procedure, try to postpone it. Either do it before the 14th of September or do it after November 15, 2014.
All areas of communication are affected, especially in matters related to buried things, sexual encounters, zealous commitments, jealousy, examinations and the occult. Mercury retrograde gives escalation to individual misapprehensions; broken, disturbed, or delayed communications, dialogues and trade; malfunctions and failures with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. All of these problems usually arise because some fundamental piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or askew.
With Mercury retrograde beginning its motion in Libra, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially prone to reflection. There is little choice but to reassess one’s personal interpretations and feelings about life. There is, however, an opportunity to gain understanding into one’s own personality. Mercury retrograde in Libra brings obstructions connected with communication and relationships. Thoughts are not easily deciphered 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 04, 2014, when it moves into Scorpio where people may be the opposite.
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio inclines to a harsh, disparaging tongue. People generally tend to be chivalrous, stubborn, impulsive and difficult to get along with. Mis-perception ascends over surreptitious matters that come to light and imprudent information stemming from those who cling stubbornly to their arrogance. Mysticism and the occult are in the news, scarily so!
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!
Mercury is a very slow moving planet and it affects 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 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 pleasant communication as well as kindness in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until November 10, 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 a special mantra 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 characteristics; encourage actions, and reaction to specific things. Vedic readers give a pathway to the crossways and give the client a prospect to change their passageway so that they can prevent distress or complications. Astrology governs what could happen and a Vedic reader determines why it is happening in order to tap into your own spiritual being and allow you to make a decision which is as sublime as the reaction or action.
Please remain peaceful through this period and know that everything happens for a reason. Do not be surprised if people from the past pop their heads back into your life. If they do remember that they left for a reason – can everything always go back to the way it was? This is the question that Mercury will ask.
For Scorpios and Libras; go back to 2012 & 2013, look to see whom you want to say goodbye to and know the reasons why. Is it because of spite or is it because of fairness. All in all be humble in your direction as Mercury watches your actions and replicates reactions.