©7-17-13 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
We’ve had quite a dialogue lately about Mercury retrograde. I’ve mentioned that each such period is different. It depends on what aspects Mercury makes, both as it slows down to turn retrograde and as it slows down turning direct again, because it’s at its most powerful during the stationary periods. Those aspects can last 10 days or longer, whereas they might last only a few days when Mercury is direct and moving at its usual speed of about a degree a day.
Mercury’s current aspects are an opposition to Pluto and a square to Uranus, completing a difficult cardinal t-square. In all, it’s in range from 7/14-7/31, though the retrograde ends on Friday, the 20th. (Slow moving Pluto is at 10 Capricorn and Uranus is at 13 Aries–neither one of them is going anywhere any time soon, so the T-square with Mercury is in effect from about 13-18 Cancer.) Donna
What concerns me about this transit is not that Mercury is retrograde, but that it’s such a volatile combination. Unwise communications—things you cannot unsay—can cause an explosive confrontation with long-lasting fallout. Yes, maybe there are things going on that you need to speak out about, but you’d be wise to postpone the discussion until that t-square is over at the end of the month. A word to the wise!
One other caution–Uranus rules computers and other electronic devices. If this combination touches on technologically crucial areas of your chart–such as the 3rd or one of the career houses– it would be prudent to back up current work regularly until the end of the month. And, no, I surely wouldn’t buy a major electronic device during this time.
THE GOOD NEWS: Mercury Pluto aspects are quite powerful in terms of being able to analyze situations and get to the heart of the problem. Mercury stationary aspecting Pluto could be extremely productive of insights into long-standing blockages–things we’ve been reluctant to face or have been in denial about. It can also make words powerfully healing OR seriously destructive.
More Hysteria over Mercury Retrograde
Despite all that we’ve discussed here about the Mercury retrograde hysteria—and despite the fact that there were over 10,000 hits in a single day on articles about it here recently, it apparently hasn’t registered with some people.
I’ve had emails and comments recently about people attributing the current retrograde to volcanic eruptions in Mexico, a devastating plane crash in San Francisco, forest fires in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters, and a train wreck in Canada. About the plane crash, one reader sent me an email saying he’d never fly on Mercury retrograde again.
Do the math, people! Mercury is retrograde three to four times a year, for several weeks at a time. If it could really cause catastrophic events like that, there’d be a lot more of them—so many, they wouldn’t even make the news.
Worse than that, if Mercury retrograde really caused plane crashes and the word got around, the planes would all be empty during that time. Then, during the direct phase, everybody that wouldn’t travel while it was retrograde would try to book seats and they’d all be full and there’d be a waiting list. To recoup all the money the airlines lost during the retrograde, they’d have to double or triple the air fare. Ludicrous!! We’re just lucky the general public isn’t that wackadoo about Mercury retrograde.
So what do I think is the astrological trigger for this recent set of catastrophes? As you may know, the Sun, Venus, and Mercury have all been forming cardinal t-squares to the explosive combination of Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn.
Update: 7/22/13. Okay, Mercury has turned direct, but weird things are happening around the royal baby’s birth chart. Do you still want to attribute all the the bizzarre things that have been happening lately to Mercury retrograde alone? See: Royal Baby Boy Born — Stelliums Rule!
Readers, has this t-square touched on your natal planets, and have you had a personal earthquake? Tell us about it in the comment section beneath this article.
Here are links to articles about Mercury-Uranus and Mercury-Pluto combinations:
- If It Weren’t for that Mercury Conjunction to Pluto….
- The Mercury-Pluto Conjunction—Grievances, Grudges, Gripes and Grinches and How to Deal with Manipulative Behavior and Guilt Trips.
- Understanding Mercury-Pluto Combinations
- Understanding Mercury-Uranus Combinations—It’s DIY Time!
Here are links to articles on Mercury retrograde:
- Enough with the Mercury Retrograde Hysteria!
- Why Mercury Retrograde is a Good Thing–Its Helpful Uses
- Readers’ Comments and Questions on Mercury Retrograde
- Mercury’s Pre-retrograde Shadow and Post-retrograde Shadow Periods
- Obama’s Flubbed Oath–Perfect Mercury Retrograde Story?
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