“Mercury Retrograde April 17th to May 11th 2010 ▬ Is Living the Moment!”

As the different cycles continue their course, Mercury Retrograde, ever the true messenger and traveler returns with gusto on Saturday, April 17, 2010 in 12 Taurus 37 through Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in 2 Taurus 39.  The ruler of my chart is Mercury, so I tend to have a fondness for this planet in whatever state it is in and do not have the fear and uneasiness, most people have when it appears to retrograde.  My biggest concern with retrograde is not with the planet, but our concepts and apprehensions we have built up through time, about what might happen to us when we go through this period.  Having experienced this phenomenon many times, I can attest to the fact that if one is cautious, alert and aware of what is happening at the moment, one has nothing to fear, but fear itself.  Many times during these periods when a computer, car or electronic instrument is going haywire, our biggest problem is the frustration and the time involved.  Or when a letter, agreement or contract is involved and we did not pay attention to the small print or what was being said at the time.  We get a surprise which we did not foresee because we had not paid attention, and lived the moment when it was happening.  The fault is not all due to the planet Mercury, but with us, in this fast pace world of today, instead of living the moment, we are anticipating the future.  We are mostly at fault as we tend not to be cautious and  live the moment with the zest and the gusto like the planets, as they travel through the zodiac.

With Mercury in Taurus and in a fixed sign, we need to pay attention to our speech, communications of any sort, meditations, tactics and any analytical and logical thoughts we may have.  We need to be concerned and aware of our feelings, emotions, possessions, knowledge and that which represents us to the world.  Look at whom we choose to be our friends, environment, pleasures and hopes we surround ourselves with.  We need to realize that the planet Mercury is in a fixed sign, that makes us like the status quo, and any change will cause fear, upset and frustration.  If we live the moment, we may find that the situation was not as bad as we thought, and that we are happy with new directions and the results it brings about.

“The Sabian symbol for the 13th degrees of Taurus is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Taurus 13  A man handling baggage  This is a symbol of the joy in effort put on the practical or everyday side of life, and of the adjustment by which the human individual is able to make his niche for himself in each available sphere of activity.  Here is an extreme of dependence on the strength and resources of self, and an emphasis on the fact that there is no function in society which is not of equal importance with every other in fulfilling a person’s need to be useful.  The keyword is industry.  When positive, the degree is an effective self-competence and virility of interest in normal living, and when negative, a dissipation of selfhood and a depreciation of all ambition through the performance of drudgery without protest.

The meaning for industry is as follows taken from The American Heritage Dictionary “energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor, diligence”.  For me if we can find and develop the energy, devotion and diligence to live and pay attention to the moment, the frustrations and stress we experience from Mercury Retrograde would turn from fear to anticipation for all the good destined for us.  Seeing where and how Mercury Retrograde is placed in the natal chart and how it aspects our natal mercury, will give us clues in which areas to work with, to receive benefits, instead of frustrations and delays.

Mercury Retrograde Chart for 2010

Begins:  (stationary retrograde)

Ends:  (stationary direct)
Saturday, April 17, 2010

12 Taurus 37

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2 Taurus 39

Friday, August 20, 2010

19 Virgo 23

Sunday, September 12, 2010

5 Virgo 21

Friday, December 10, 2010

5 Capricorn 56

Thursday, December 30, 2010

19 Sagittarius 37


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