Rewind – How does Mercury play with YOU?

Mercury is also known as a Trickster.

Mercury Retrograde – March 30 – April 23, 2011     Aries: 24 – 13 degrees

We are in the middle of a dynamic Mercury Retrograde in the sign of Aries. Since Aries is the prime, cardinal action sign, it has been an especially provocative time.  One important thing to remember about Mercury is that, he/she is somewhat of a trickster. (Mercury is essentially gender neutral, but for this presentation, I will use the pronoun ‘he.)

The tradition of trickster or clown is woven into every tradition from ancient tarot (the Fool) to Native American kachinas. The trickster offers us corrections by asking us look at ourselves through our human foibles, and to see where we have gone astray. Often, the revelations hurt, and we end up laughing through our tears.

In mythology, Mercury was the only being able to enter into the realm of Hades, and emerge unscathed. I am not implying that this Mercury retrograde has been a journey to hell for everyone, however, we are dealing with hiccups coming through the time/space continuum. Issues that show up like this can be distressing, or you can acknowledge them, make a correction, and celebrate your freedom.

The focus of what issues need correction is revealed by the placement of the sign Aries in your natal chart. Each chart has 12 houses, and the house that is occupied by the sign of Aries reveals your path to karmic correction through this Mercury Retrograde.

If Aries occupies House 1 or 7 in your chart: Revisit Your Authentic Self

This is time to examine how you come off in the world. Are you happy with your appearance? Does your life really reflect who you are, and/or, who you want to be? You may be dealing with issues around the way your parents thought your life should look; are you doing things just to please a partner? Examine your life, where and how you live, and even your body image. Physical exercise is actually a great way to unwind any dilemmas around this rewind.

If Aries occupies House 2 or 8 in your chart: Regroup Your Finances

The way you handle money can be a haunting ghost, or a beautiful fairy. Is it time to push the cosmic reset button on your income? Some may have to admit to the need for bankruptcy; others sharply curtail out of control spending. Take a close look at your bills and weed out those little vipers that steal from you every month. Master your money and you gain freedom in other areas of your life.

If Aries occupies House 3 or 9 in your chart: Modify Thy Tongue

You said ‘WHAT’!  Did you really mean that, or, were you just trying to get a reaction? This is a good time to analyze the fine line between communication and verbal warfare. As a natural ruler of the 3rd house and communication, the trickster may pay a visit when you least expect it. The goal here is conveyance of true wisdom, the realm of the 9th house.

If Aries occupies House 4 or 10 in your chart: Go For It!

You stand on the edge of a precipice; you may be terrified of taking this next leap of faith, but there is really no way to go other than forward. This Mercury Retrograde has granted a slight reprieve; however, housed within the space are fluttering ghosts of your past. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, you must abandon your history and move ahead, and like the mythic Scrooge, you gain connection and joy.

If Aries occupies House 5 or 11 in your chart: Continuum

The 5th house is a place of fun and spontaneity, the 11th is where we plan for our old age. What do you want to create in each precious moment of your life? You can choose a life of self service, or work to create a legacy of satisfaction. Use this time to smooth out the rough edges; a weekend getaway to your favorite place is in order. Here you can unwind, and energetically create the space for a larger life, one in which you master your destiny.

If Aries occupies House 6 or 12 in your chart: Truth and Mastery

The 12th house is a place of karmic residue, and Mercury retrograde in Aries can release ghosts you didn’t even know were lingering in your closet! People you unknowingly offended exact their due; the trickster unveils your own foibles and your best defense is kindness combined with humor (or, one of those laugh/cry episodes.)  Mastery is your methodology and saving grace; you are being called to get really good at something.  Have you learned the lesson?

Mercury Retrograde in Aries – What can you DO?

Easy Astrology Oracle Card - Mercury Retrograde

We are midway through an intense Mercury Retrograde which began on March 30 and ends April 23rd. With the Sun, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury all in Aries – this retrograde of Mercury has  a unique driving energy which opens the doors for true change.

To answer the questions of  1) what does it mean to YOU, and 2) how does it make you heal; consider the following insights.

Mercury retrograde is a time when we revisit and reexamine our past. Aries is a sign of  initiative and  courage. One of the things to remember about Aries is that in accordance with the Spring season, this is a time to plant seeds for your future harvest. If you can navigate beyond the petty annoyances that also come with Mercury regrograde, such as mechanical breakdowns and missed communications, you can make this a rich time to lay the ground work for your year ahead.

However, maintaining you cool is the bright side of shadowy Mercury trickster. Have you been provoked? tested? Or, horror of all horrors, been made painfully aware of things you overlooked in your past? The secret is do not allow the shadows of this time period to paralyze you; take a look, conduct an honest assessment of the situation, and move ahead.

I find this time period is particularly sensitive to the astrological house placement of the sign Aries in ones chart. For example if you have Aries filling your 12th house, you will be dealing with unfilled promises from the past, or, even corrections in passive-agressive relationships. House 6 – get the mop and broom, and make wise use of this time; it can bring a great healing. I will include more detailed house analysis in my Full Moon newsletter (if you are not signed up – here is the link )

To answer the question: How does it make you HEAL? Examine how you can make your life better by honoring this time period as one to take action on improving old, negative habits. This can be a time to accomplish TRUE change and growth in your life; not just offer lip service to the way you want things to be in the future. If you choose just one creation project you can make true headway and generate a new matrix for your reality. Now, that's powerful stuff. You can make it better, and the time to do so is NOW.

Angels Speak the Truth

Mercury - the Planet of Communication

Today, the clever trickster planet Mercury meets with big ‘ole blustery Jupiter. These two can produce quite a talkfest. As a planet of communication, Mercury loves to fill the day with chatter.  He spins here and there, to and fro, always busy sharing news.

Jupiter loves to hear tales of travel to far off lands. As a representative of nobility, he receives the stories of Mercury with grace, and adds a few on his own. Truly, on one level, these two joined look like a court jester (Mercury) entertaining the king (Jupiter).

The King nods and remembers his nights in Morocco under a waxing Leo moon. As a King he lives with the luxury of free time and a need for diversion. As a trickster, Mercury entices the King to forego his duties at home, and live only in the memory of his past, or anticipation of his future.

Jupiter - the Planet of Guidance
 At the end of the day, King Jupiter tosses his jester Mercury a gold coin, thankful for an afternoon of entertainment and good stories. Neither one has told the truth, but both are satisfied by an afternoon of fantasy.

However, a day when these two planetary friends meet can yield more than interesting stories. Jupiter has wisdom, and Mercury has great ideas. The challenge lies in finding a workable method that utilizes the positive qualities of each.

The oracle card image of Jupiter portrys his connection to the realm of the archangels and channeled higher guidance. This is your source for informaton; ask the angels and listen to their wisdom. They will always speak the truth.

Food for Thought

Easy Astrology Oracle Card - When the moon is in Cancer we take action

Today the Moon travels through the nurturing  sign of Cancer. As a sign ruling the stomach, our thoughts often turn to food and the fulfillment of our most basic need to eat.  Having just survived a devastating earthquake,  many of our brothers and sisters in Japan are cold and hungry on this day.

As a Cardinal, or action starting sign, the Cancer moon is a time when people tend to be focused and busy;  instinctively we scurry about, looking for our next warm meal, and planning for the future. In Cancer the call to action is for fulfillment of basic survival strategies; humans NEED – shelter, food, clean water, and love.

On this day of responsiveness we send our prayers to the people of Japan. We wish food for those who are hungry, warmth for those who are cold, and shelter for those who are homeless. Our hunger and longing is to comfort those who have lost their families; our response must be to take action and assist in any way possible.

We can send prayers, but we can also send ‘MONEY LOVE.'

There are many ways to show you care – pick one and take action – TODAY.