Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Pre-Ghost Period: August 9-24, 2016
Pre Ghost Period Strengthen: August 25-29, 2016
Mercury Retrograde Positioned: August 30, 2016
Mercury Retrograde Period Strengthen: Aug 31-Sept 4, 2016
Mercury Retrograde Period: September 4-16, 2016
Mercury Retrograde Period Strengthen: Sept 17-21,2016
Mercury Retrograde Position: September 21, 2016
Post-Ghost Period Strengthen: Sept 22-27, 2016
Post Ghost Period: Sept 28- Oct 6, 2017
By Maharani Rutan©
Halfway through the summer some of us in the northern areas of the United States feel like we are in Florida. They call it the “Heat Dome.” On a personal level, from the beginning of this year we thought we would have a peaceful 2016, however, I sensed it would be otherwise.
By now we have been outraged then calmed, offended then apologized to, traumatized then healed, confused then focused, broken then put back together. Some of us had additions to their family, some have additions coming, and others moved, changed jobs, or got laid off. In each and every moment of probing and poking, churning and provoking, each and every one of us woke up and stood up just as I said we would last December (read about it here).
By now many of you who have been following my blog understand when I say retrograde; the true meaning is going backwards. Thus when we break up the word: Retro originally was adopted by the French language for retrospective “Something that happened in the past”-Webster, and grade is “a stage in a process”- Webster. The combination of both words in a meaningful manner is a process of something that happened in the past, or reconsidering the past. Retrograde is about second chances, reconsideration, and introspection of how, why, when, as well as could have, should have, and would have.
For some, Mercury retrograde is difficult to understand and often dismissed. But intensity is quite clear in areas of relationships and important tasks. The only way I can possibly describe Mercury retrograde in my experience is the time I took a train from West Palm Beach Florida to Tampa Florida. At the time of my trip Amtrak did not travel directly to Tampa, it had a stop in Sarasota, Florida where the train moved backwards for almost 10 miles and stopped as the tracks were yet to be built. There we sat for 20 minutes until we were cleared. Instead of the train moving forward, the train moved backwards to Tampa, Florida and when the passengers got off, it again waited 20 minutes before moving forwards again. This is similar to the movements of Mercury Retrograde motion. I will try to use this example in the movements of Mercury Retrograde August 10th through October 06, 2016.
So imagine that you are now boarding a train on August 10th, 2016 (in Leo); we will name it Mercury retrograde. When the train starts to move, things are going quite smoothly (Pre-Ghost Period). During your journey, you have come to realize that there are going to be several stops along the way and the conductor of the train announces these stops to be August 25- 29, 2016 (Intense Pre-Ghost Period). He also states that the weather could be a little choppy so hold on. The stops occur as planned and a little bad weather came as well. The train continues on as planned but about 10 minutes behind schedule. But all of a sudden on the 30th of August things get worse, it seems that they over booked the train, and as the weather gets worse the train has no other alternative but to stop in its tracks and wait until the storm passes. Due to the overbooking the conductor of the train announces that those that boarded the train during the stops will be re-routed onto another train. Then all of a sudden the train stops dead on it tracks at 9:04am and not a pin drop is heard. People are tense and fearful that the train will fall off the tracks (Mercury Retrograde Stationed).
The storm settles in and the train begins to move. Fighting the storm, it goes back to the stops to drop off the extra passengers September 1 through September 3, 2016 (Retrograde Intense). Frustrated passengers keep their cool and the train continues to its destination September 4 through 17, 2016. Along the way however, weather, train crossings, and towns kept the train from moving as fast as anticipated (Diminished Intensity).
Finally, on the 18th the storm starts to clear, the sun comes out, and by the 22nd of September, 2016 things move much quicker (Mercury Direct Station). By the 23rd of September there is an announcement that there are no more stops along the way and if everything goes as planned perhaps we may reach our destination early, by the 1st of October (Post Ghost Intensity). By the time the train reaches the destination it seemed that the train must have been moving 100 miles per hour and before we knew it we were home. Frankly speaking, everything seemed as though it was in its place October 2 through October 6, 2016 (Post Ghost exhausted).
This type of movement should never be dismissed; it will affect all of us as we are all interconnected to one another. Mercury retrograde is best recognized as directing issues in our transportation, missed engagements, mail, and the www into a general snarl-up! This bumpy period lasts for a total of 8 weeks and out of these 8 weeks, one to two weeks will be the most intense.
People often ask what to expect or what should be done. Expectation is a personal experience and all I can do is have my clients refer to a certain time in the past. However, many can’t remember unless it was either a shocking time or something wonderful. This is why I have advised many of my clients to keep a journal of every year and refer back to the months of the year, and keep going back. When they do they will notice that things are always recalled every 4-5 years. To recall feelings or situations, think about 2004 at the same exact date; if not, 2010 was very close.
During the retrograde, the information we get from people and our surroundings will be misunderstood and our responses will be gargled. Additionally, what we perceive is not what is intended. But most prominently, what we notice is often not real. Therefore, it is not prudent to express, discuss, buy, trade, sign, travel, transport, or mail anything and assume to be on time or without changes. It is wise not to be quick with your resources or any communication because we may do or say something we may later regret.
With Mercury retrograde in Virgo, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be particularly prone to such introspection. Additionally, this year Mercury retrograde is focusing a lot on earth signs; therefore, all earth signs (Taurus and Capricorn) will also be affected. Nevertheless, Mercury always affects mutable signs (Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini), and therefore, anyone who has prominent mutable signs in their chart will also be affected. But please note that from August 10-22 Mercury moves through the sign of Leo which means that Fire signs (Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius) as well as fixed signs (Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo, and Taurus) could get pinched also. At the end of its course, Mercury will station direct in Libra, September 24 through October 06, 2016, and cardinal signs will be pinched (Libra, Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn). Remember that this is not the last Mercury retrograde for the year. Mercury ends as it begins so the last retrograde will be at the end of the year.
The benefit of Mercury retrograde can be best understood for adjusting your life or your environment and rationalizing about where you are now and wherever you want to go tomorrow, minus building any solid plans. But don’t ponder too much because it will change. This progression should be meditative; it’s time to keep track of your views, but don’t forget that the train is still on track, it’s raining but the rain will stop.
When Mercury is retrograding in the sign of Virgo it favors associations, education, and taking care of business. Mercury retrograde will be questioning: “Why do I need to acquire this? What is the topic? What will I do with it?” People’s outlook may change or be challenging, and everything may need to be flawless.
Mercury in Virgo has a predisposition to be enormously systematic and form concrete thought patterns. It may also cause spontaneous, frantic, or even excessively fussy thinking. Our minds may race 100 miles per hour, often so draining that it may need extreme meditation. Some of us may become tremendously conscientious and possibly become fanatical yet we find no time to do so. This could cause anxiety on our physical body and we may become ill or lethargic.
Mercury retrograde does NOT mean that you must stop the tasks you have in mind; rather, take the time to be faultless but be sure not to sign agreements or get yourself involved in legal issues because it is a surety they will be reexamined before the next retrograde.
Communication, understanding, and awareness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are judgment and rationalization, our manner of philosophy, and how we construct and direct our thought processes. A mercurial nature brings to mind agitation and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen recklessly here. Mercury is about a rapid wit, hurried thinking, potentials, thoughts, reasoning, and the skill to justify things.
Mercurial energy can be moral or immoral, but it will certainly be energizing! This planet also stimulates us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a mental and emotional level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile and sensitive. Mercury is about short trips: a holiday to a neighbor or a friend across town, the work day travel, and a weekend escape. Siblings and transportation, in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Speaking, writing, books, online communications, and learning are all within Mercury’s domain. This Planet implores us to express ourselves often — and well.
Mercury retrograde will re-visit Virgo again in 2017, perhaps even ring the bell once and leave in 2018-2022, however as you are already aware, as part of a mutable sign it always affects you anyway. But it won’t be as intense as this one again until 2023. Then again, this year is intense enough for you Dear Virgo.
The effects of retrograde and the areas of the intensity depend upon which areas of our lives Mercury decides for us to concentrate on. The general tendencies which I am about to portray are based upon Vedic philosophies and not Astrology. If you are looking to find out an exact affect you may want to connect with a Western Preferred Astrologer here or other Astrologers to choose from.
I will begin the generalization with the Astrological signs that will be most impacted by the retrograde energy along with solutions.
(Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus)
Depending upon which philosophy caters your needs, Western Astrology will bring the news that on September 09, 2016, Jupiter, the planet of Luck and prosperity, will enter Libra, however, Vedic Philosophy states that Jupiter will leave Leo and enter Virgo for the next 2.5 years. By association, all Earth signs will be enjoying this transit.
Virgo: Health, personality, dignity, longevity, physical stature, and honor. People misunderstand, work against, and give you mixed signals.
Solution: Its ok to take your time in making decisions; do not make them now as you will change your plans later. Don’t make any decision in your work either, it can wait. If you must, however, do it before retrograde or after. Remember what I have been saying. Everyone is staring at you, finding you hot to trot as Venus is dancing in your sign. Furthermore, your last transformation is coming September 1, 2016 and no one will bother you after that. I promise, well… except Mercury and perhaps minor hitches, but nothing you can’t overcome.
Capricorn: Faith, learning, visions, dreams, travel, and large corporations.
You may have some glitches in travel plans and you may find that people may have to give you instructions more than one time because you misunderstood it the first time. But most of all be careful as people in higher-up positions may not clearly understand you.
Solutions: Give yourself extra time to travel. Think before you respond. As Pluto is still retrograde in your sign you are still reminiscing about life and death; its ok do so but both of the eclipses in September will dramatically change you. So on September 25, 2016 when Pluto goes direct you may be able to face some challenges. Additionally, don’t forget to get ready for your own Mercury around Christmas.
Taurus: Romance, spirituality, colleges, understanding, scruples, and blessings.
You may jump to conclusions and make sporadic decisions. Arguments over old issues may arise again. Relationships may harp on old words. Children may cause the same issues as they did in the past.
Solution: Think before you speak as extra care is needed for your words. I wish I could say things will be alright but, you do have one more Mercury retrograde to endure after this one. Please learn the lessons now. Remember the old saying “you cannot take your words back.” Something in your life has to give, otherwise by 2018 I can’t say your life will be peaches.
Leo, Sagittarius, Aries
Depending upon which philosophy caters to your needs, Western Astrology will bring the news that on August 08, 2016, Saturn, the planet of difficult lessons, will be going direct. However, according to Vedic philosophy Saturn is still in Scorpio and will be direct on August 15, 2016 thus not entering Sagittarius until January 14, 2017. Things will depend upon how many changes you are already making. However, as Jupiter was in Leo, fire signs should have benefited.
Leo: Money, education, family, increases, remembrance, and confidence.
An issue of dripping money is the focus at this time, especially old financial issues. It may be time to look at your budget and reconsider how money is spent.
Solution: Be really mindful of how you spend your money right now. It’s time to save wisely instead of investing through speculation. You will also change some more starting next year when the first eclipse in your sign will spark a change of maturity and advancement; therefore, enjoy the rest and relaxation that Mercury retrograde is offering you. The first eclipse in August, however, could bring about some changes in you.
Aries: Infections, effort, obligations, suspicion, nourishment, and suffering.
Be careful not to make any hasty judgments concerning work related matters. Double check all correspondence before submission. Do not start any nutrition programs until after retrograde or before the 6th of August.
Solution: Mercury retrograde has always been problematic for you, but that is not really the problem. The problem may be that Uranus, which is a sudden change, is in your sign. It is making you go backwards in showing you how your world changes in a snap of a finger. Also, the eclipse in August, and in the last one in September, will show with your eyes wide open how it must be spiritual and remind you of the eclipses in 2014 and 2015.
Sagittarius: Integrity, acknowledgement, admiration, work, achievement, and drive.
There may be problems communicating with clients, bosses, and co-workers. It should not surprise you if there is deep thinking about changing career or life paths.
Solution: Hold off on rationalizing anything at this time as your decision is complete. Not only because of Mercury retrograde but both eclipses, the one in August and at the end of September, will be magnifying your manifestation of change, so relax.
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
Depending upon the ideology preference, Western Astrology points in the direction that Jupiter is moving into Libra whereas, all air and cardinal signs may be affected by brief sources of luck, however, be warned that Aquarius eclipses are bringing some major changes to the world we know today.
Gemini: Family, communities, personal affairs, inherited possessions, and training.
Solutions: Mercury rules you 3 to 4 times a year. Take it easy, this is time for you to slow down. Be as open-minded to relatives as imaginable. Put off any home repairs at this time. Most of all, if you can wait until October that is even better as the eclipse in August, and the end of September, may make you change your mind again.
Libra: Hardship, dishonesty, speculation, payments, furtive rivals, and shames.
The signals are not to be relied upon at this time and there may be hypercritical views on your part, but at the same time people are not as honest as you think. Every travel plan you make may also be delayed.
Solution: Do not make any hasty decisions about anyone at this time and re-examine what they are saying more than once. As the eclipses in August and late September may wake you up to what is clear, you are advised not to take actions until mid – October when the energy is not so deceptive.
Aquarius: Grief, doubts, shame, delay, regrets, despair and hardship.
Delays receiving financial, emotional, and physical support are possible. Money from partners and friends may be delayed.
Solutions: Do not rely on finances outside of yourself right now, not even from partners. It is high time you review your own budget but not the right time for you to talk with others about theirs. Don’t spend, gamble, or invest. It will become very clear what you need to do during your first eclipse of the series of eclipses that is coming August 18, 2016, and the second eclipse in September will bond it together. Mercury is just slowing it down for you.
Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
The Pisces eclipse series is going to continue effect almost everyone including Pisces and those that have Pisces in their chart until 2017. Additionally, Vedic philosophies still conclude that Saturn will remain in Scorpio until October 2017, thus impacting and transforming Scorpio.
Pisces: Legal issues, significant others, partners in business or otherwise, and relationships in general.
Old issues are resurfacing and ex’s may also be included which could cause problems. Mixed messages and misunderstandings are going to be very damaging this time around and premature decisions could be made.
Solution: It would be wise to not make decisions, revisit old conversations, or even re-examine anything at this time. As Neptune (Dreamy state) and Chiron (feeling alone) are both in Pisces, they can cause confusion. With two more eclipses in your sign you still have more changes to come. So why spoil a good thing right now? Just keep quiet and go swimming.
Cancer: Relatives, neighbors, travel, communication, and completing tasks.
There may be difficulty in communication across the board, including travel and misplaced items. It is possible that things could go wrong, you may be stuck in traffic jams for hours, or forget something at home and have to go back.
Solutions: Double check everything you say, write, or send. Give yourself extra time to travel and make sure you have everything that you need for the trip. The eclipse in August may reveal things you did not know and the one in late September may heal your words.
Scorpio: Support system, achievements, victory, recovery, determination and wish fulfillment.
Communication with friends and supporters can be a little difficult as signals can be crossed. There could be the possibility of meetings being cancelled and friends seem to cloud your mind.
Solution: When talking to your supporters make sure to think twice before talking so that your message is clear, and know they have a life to. Saturn may make it difficult but the Aquarius and Pisces eclipses will help show you the way.
Please remember these are general Vedic philosophical tendencies and do not reflect astrology as the signs are just place holders.
Because Mercury rules messages and transportation, these two areas are most predisposed during a Mercury Retrograde. Negotiations might be more challenging as overlapped signals and ambiguous senses cloud generally straightforward dialogues. Still, with a small effort of watchfulness and thought, you’ll get your details across. Similarly, be ready with a standby plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, keep cool and make the best of it.
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 thoughtful and awareness, handling and disseminating 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 thoughts or their intelligences: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves. Mercury retrograde gives rise to individual confusions; inconsistent, interrupted, or postponed communications, debates and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.
Legal matters will proceed slowly and unforeseen obstacles tend to emerge. Mercury retrograde tends to lack depth of awareness 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. It brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds.
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! Since Mercury is a very slow moving planet and it effect 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 until October 06, 2016.
The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. I have chosen the following 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 remember I am NOT an Astrologer nor do I claim to be one, rather, I am a Vedic Sanskrit Reader who encompasses Astrology as a utility and basis of the reading that surrounds the magnificent transformation destiny and Karma reading as a conclusion to all readings.
Enjoy the down time
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