Mercury Retrograde a Blessing?

Mercury on May 7, 2009 does a scenario like Cinderella arriving at the ball and at the appointed time of midnight returns where she came from, leaving confusion with the Prince.  As Mercury the planet appears to us on earth to retrograde backwards in actuality is still speeding ahead in the galaxy.  This period always brings out warnings from astrologers and those in the know to be careful of this period of time. 

 The key issue here is focus as Mercury as defined in “Key Words in Astrology by Hajo Banzhaf & Anna Haebler stands for mind and intellect, for the theory of combinations, speech, communication, mediation, tactics, knowledge, mental flexibilty, orientation facility, analytical and logical thought, and the manner of judging and deciding.  Mercury is also the negotiator between the conscious and the unconscious mind because its powers of thought support the recognition and understanding of the images of the unconscious, such as dreams.  Mercury also represents expression in speech, curiosity, the thirst for knowledge, and a certain readiness, ambition, and ability to learn.”

We actually should anticipate this period like a new birth as it forces us to pay attention to the details and to deal with the situations with patience.  It is a period of introspection and time to renew and revise our thinking habits.  It also forces us to look beyond the self and to see the world around us in a more human caring way.

I have always been interested in the reasons why the ancient ones chose certain glyphs to represent certain things knowing quite well all was done with a purpose.   These symbols would invoke in us their meanings to our subconscious and bring to our conscious mind the wisdom of the ages.  Breaking down the image of Mercury we see the Moon representing the receptive force reaching with open arms to the Universe to receive its message and wisdom.  In the legends of old, the Gods use Mercury as the winged messenger between them.  The Moon connected with the Sun, the source of all energy brought to the physical world by the cross.  The perpendicular line bringing the union of the Sun and the Moon from the Heavenly sphere down to the Earth and the horizontal line fixing it to the material plane.


The Oxford English Dictionary gives the following for the word retrograde: 1.) move backwards; recede, retire. 2.) decline, revert.  This saids it like it is that the Moon now has closed its arms from receiving and has started to search for knowledge from within and is not aware of the world around it.  The mistake it makes is from the inability to use all the available resources and information to come to its final decisions.  So my advice is to keep vigilant during this period and know that we are in a period for growth and understanding.

Mercury Retrograde Chart for 2009

Begins:  (stationary retrograde)

Ends:  (stationary direct)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

4:56 a.m. GMT

2 Gemini

Sunday, May 31, 2009

1:18 a.m. GMT

23 Taurus

Monday, September 7, 2009

4:40 a.m. GMT

6 Libra

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

1:08 p.m. GMT

22 Virgo

Saturday, December 26, 2009

2:32 p.m. GMT

22 Capricorn

Friday, January 15, 2010

4:47 p.m. GMT

5 Capricorn





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