The Abyss: Slow motion. Eight days to 2016 or eight very long weeks in 2016


Mercury Retrograde 2015/2016

December 19, 2015 -January 4, 2016

January 5- 25, 2016

January 26-February 16, 2016

By Maharani Rutan©

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.mercaq210015This 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.

The mantras can be hard to voice for many but are a powerful foundation of energy. The mantra for Mercury energy is:


“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…


Maharani Rutan©

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Rise! Super Black moon : February 2015

bmoon152nd Supermoon of 2015

Black Moon

New Moon in Aquarius

February 18, 2015

By Maharani Rutan©

I pondered if I should even write this blog for the 2nd new moon in Aquarius this year (which is quite unusual). Not only was I a bit lethargic, but I felt that the information may be redundant and not be meaningful. I procrastinated for long time until I received an email from India.

The email had a pdf of 2015 “Panchang”. Panchang not only covers astrological and celestial phenomena it also lists the full moon and new moon date and time including the eclipse and the forecast. In comparison, Panchang is a lot like the Farmer’s Almanac but much more intense. The predictions are mathematically based on two scripter theory. Panchangam or Panchang is very detail oriented and highly accurate. Though almost every Panchang is written in Sanskrit or Hindi, I like the Sanskrit version (much more romantic language). As I was skimming through it page after page. I noticed something that I have never noticed before. Next to the February 18, 2015 moon a name of the moon was given along with the date, time and its expectation, and the importance of this beautiful lunar transit.


This is very unusual and perhaps I could have overlooked it all these years but the New Moon in Aquarius on February 18, 2015 is also known as “Black Moon”. This happens when there are two new moons within 30/31 days. The first new moon was on January 20, 2015 which was our first Supermoon; the second is on February 18, 2015. Contrast this to when there are two full moons in a calendar month is called a “Blue Moon.”

The phenomena of the Black moon will not be seen to the human eye and perhaps the sky will seem a little darker than normal. Supermoon is naturally called that name because the moon is the closest to the Earth. The next Supermoon will not be until March 19, 2015 (GMT). Perhaps it’s no big deal but if you want to know when the last Black moon was, last year, March 30, 2014 would have been the closest.


On January 20, 2015, the new moon in Aquarius entered our solar system at early degrees of Aquarius which trigger the beginning of important events for all Aquarius people. It also brought us the self-confidence needed to be bold, confidence, and suspicions. Being unstable and even spiteful was the energy it resonated. And it also impacted early born Aquarius’ (January 20-29). This new moon is impacting people at the very last degrees of Aquarius (February 9-18).

The moon will slowly bring darkness in the sky around 6:47pm EST and 3:47pm PST. The last time the new moon was in the later degrees of Aquarius was on February 17, 2007. The new moon in Aquarius has never been this close to this degree before (at least not in my time). The next time it will be in later degrees will be 2018.


It doesn’t matter if the new moon, or even a full moon, is in later degrees of any signs. It is always about natural good byes. During this time relationships could end; maybe there will be a move so that the relationship cannot stay together. Whatever the case it may be it is about natural endings and new beginnings. Overall it will be an eye-opener for sure. This is such a powerful new moon that it is also called a Karmic, or Karmic degree moon. There are/will be lessons to learn during the new moon and now they cannot be ignored.

The new moon usually signals the opportunity to begin new and find the energy and courage to take a chance. However, this moon is going to be a little emotional. The moon is the first degree of Pisces and late degrees of Aquarius. Pisces is ruled by Neptune and Aquarius, and often ruled by Uranus as well. So imagine for a moment that our lives will be like high tides. Pisces is the water and Aquarius is the one which pushes the air forwards. But on the other hand there are four planets that are going to form a square.


Many of you may not remember, or perhaps you will, that since the summer of 2012, life has been challenging. This is because two of the planets, Uranus (God of Confusion) and Pluto (Death and transformation), form a square. We may have been challenging our desires and things were a little out of whack. Ever since the summer of 2012 we have adjusted, improvised, collaborated and appeased people, places and things. The planets squaring usually cause difficulties in focusing on the here and now, and even more so on the future.

Aquarius is about group dynamics and bringing harmony. You need friends and new allies to make your world unique and inspiriting. The energy is just right to meditate, bring together societies, and have an egalitarian attitude. Thinking processes may be geared towards material things rather than people.


When the Moon is in Aquarius it is time to recharge your batteries and press the reset button in your life. Negative thinking and having people control you will no longer be tolerated. Appreciating those around you, especially groups of people, who have similar backgrounds of spirituality and work will be your biggest virtue. Living in a box is no longer possible for many of you. Freedom, vision, revolution, revolt, and change will be the theme of this new moon.

Aquarius people, and those that have any Aquarius in their charts, will be focused on completing those projects which they began, especially those that were created with passion. These projects will be delivered with great enthusiasm and their creative skills will be heightened. The incentive will be blessed by Neptune which governs art, music, and all cultural and creative arts.



On the other hand, Saturn, which is also involved in the square, is going to make a difficult aspect to this new moon. Saturn, a God of karmic lessons, will create restrictions. However, as Aquarius rules groups, organizations, and friends in an Astrological Chart 11th house also aspects the same. Therefore anyone that has Aquarius in their 11th house will have the most difficult task. The Neptune/Saturn Square will surely make people look through rosy colored glasses. Remember that if you can’t touch it or see it, it is mostly not true, especially false promises.

Remember that this is not a time to make long term or definite decisions regarding relationships, legal issues, communications, and other areas which are triggered by mercury. According to Vedic scriptures, Panchang Mercury is still retrograding and it is in its ghost period until the 27th. Therefore nothing will really stick and you might change your mind. (Read about it here)



But do not worry in areas of relationships if you have stood firm on the 18th and made no decisions, letting your life move along through the planets. Then you will be gifted, especially those that have Aquarius in their chart or are Aquarius particularly later degrees.

One of the most beautiful aspects that will bless many of us, especially Aquarius and Aries, is when Venus and Mars come together. This will give many of you an incentive to spend time with the ones you love, perhaps taking a trip to sunny countries or cities; Aries love places where it is warm. On the other hand, if you are single, make sure you look fantastic everywhere you go during that weekend and make sure you wear red. For ladies, a red dress will drive men crazy and for men, a red tie with a blue jacket will surely turn those single ladies heads and have them melting.



With all that fun don’t get too comfortable. For those that have Sagittarius anywhere in their charts, or are a Sagittarius, I am sure you have been feeling quite bold as you may be doing things that you naturally don’t do. Or you may even stand up for yourself for the first time in a long time. This is a natural energy of Saturn in Sagittarius (read about it here). Saturn enters everyone’s sign every 28/30 years and during that time it is the most difficult time they could have. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was in 1988. Do you know where you were or what you were doing? However, it does not really matter except that whatever you did, could have done, or would do would have an impact on how well you can present it today.

Even though this is not really a romantic moon it is rather a moon full of lessons and knowledge. One thing that can be said, it is a provoking moon where the theme seems to be to use physical and psychological capacity to build a future. It is time to restructure your relationships, all of them; if they do not satisfy your needs, are not fun, or fill you with a vision and promise of tomorrow, then it is time to let go.


No matter if the aspects of the new moon are bad, good, an omen, or unique, they will certainly be an eye opener, preparing us for the solar eclipse in Pisces. Following it with the 4 eclipse in Aries since 2012, change is definitely on its way.

Aries should enjoy everything that happens on the weekend of February 21-23, while Sagittarius will feel the push and pull and feeling of running away. For Pisces and mutable signs (Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius) it will be time to wake up. Cardinal signs (Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra), you too may be following the steps with Aries where your love life will either be full of passion and wonderful awakenings or perhaps your expectations are way too high with respect to where it may end. Hence that Fixed signs will have very little do with what is happening until the eclipses, unless they have Aquarius somewhere in the chart.


I would highly encourage you to follow the same methods of mantras and white magic candle work as you did on the January 20, 2015 moon. The only difference with this aspect is that it is covering all Aquarius’ now.

The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. The mantra for Aquarius moon is:

“Om sri Shanaishwaraya Namaha”
(Om shri shan-ish-waraya nahm ah ha)


This mantra produces the quality of friendship within oneself including others. Its intention is to smooth your path in life by helping you understand the lessons you have set for yourself and through karma, the negativity will be surpassed.
Take the next week and slow yourself down until the 27th. It is advisable not to make any relationship decisions. After the 27th sign all the contracts you want, say what you want to say, and make sure you mean it because flip flopping what you mean will have a negative impact on what is to happen during the eclipse March 20, 2015.


Wishing you wonderful beginnings and spiritual endings, light the sky with your ideas, no matter how egocentric they are, because they will be appreciated.

Maharani Rutan ©