“Mercury Retrograde Starting on March 30th 2011 Warns Us That Haste Makes Waste”

The dark winter days are giving way as we are continuing into the New Year and within about ten days after the vernal equinox, the first Mercury Retrograde of 2011 begins on March 30th at 24 Aries 21 appears on the horizon.  As one who has always been respectful of the energy and the results that Mercury Retrograde can generate in one’s life, I have long begun to realize that by working with the planet I may, and am usually able to avoid some of the worst pitfalls.  A Retrograde period is when caution, carefulness and retrospection is a necessity to avoid glitches, personal misunderstanding, flawed, disrupted, and delayed communications with ourselves and others.  Although I know there will be delays and disruptions that we can not avoid during this period, I do believe much of the frustrations and stress we experience is sometimes caused by our own carelessness in our thinking and action.

With the retrograde in a fire and cardinal sign, it is reminding us to monitor our actions and impulses to avoid frustrations and disappointments.  That haste makes waste is no idle saying of those who came before us.  The necessity to make things happen is at the front of our thoughts and actions at this time, and possibly without the forethought and preparation, that at other times we would carry out and think about.  Whether it is the action of others, or actions instigated by our own ambitions and desires, the keywords are caution and alertness in preparing to fulfill our wishes.  With Uranus about to enter the sign of Aries, change is no longer a thought in consciousness, but the actual need to bring it into reality.  Uranus always needs to be handled with a kid glove and care, but with the retrograde, our logical and sensibility are handicapped.  The key thought here is not to act on a hunch, impulse or the hearsay of others, without thoroughly understanding the situation and our responsibility for our actions and our thoughts when the results come in.

“The Sabian symbol for the 25th degree of Aries is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Aries 25  A double promise  This is a symbol of man’s stark resourcefulness on the side of everyday experience.  For each potentiality that life may offer him there are alternatives of equal or supplementary value which he is able to recognize, and within himself there is always the symbolical as well as the literal pertinence of everything that comes to his attention.  Here is unlimited capacity for seeing the world and self both inwardly and outwardly.  The keyword is sensibility.  When positive, the degree is a facility of adjustment by which everything in a given situation may be brought into the fullest co-operation with everything else, and when negative, compromising insincerity and a lean to chicanery in all human relationships.

Sensibility is the keyword and caution is its’ alter ego.  Having experienced Mercury Retrogrades in my life many times, I have come to the realization that to avoid the pitfalls, one must understand and work with the planet.  This is the time to retreat within our sacred space and review and meditate on what has passed and to either resume, revise or reinvent our purpose and direction for the future.  Mercury’s gift to us at this time is to take a breather from our fast paced existence from this world, and begin to live the moment.  Take time to smell the flowers and to pay attention to all that happens to us, and for everyday and everything we take for granted.  Paying attention how we treat everyone and everything that crosses our path at this time, and our need to respect their place in the Universe.  Mercury Retrograde in Aires is warning us to control and to monitor our impulsive thinking and action, and to remember that haste makes waste.

Mercury Retrograde Begins March 30, 2011 24 Aries 21 R
Mercury Goes Direct April 23, 2011 12 Aries 54 D
Mercury Retrograde Begins August 2, 2011 1 Virgo 12 R
Mercury Goes Direct August 26, 2011 18 Leo 42 D
Mercury Retrograde Begins November 24, 2011 20 Sagittarius 6 R
Mercury Goes Direct December 13, 2011 3 Sagittarius 52 D

3 responses to this post.

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  2. Posted by sam on April 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    how can i find out if mercury was retrograde when i was born?


    • Posted by linknjoe on April 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      The best way is to get your free natal chart on line at http://www.astro.com, and to check to see if mercury has an R for retrograde with it. Having Mercury Retrograde isn’t bad in a natal chart, it is understanding how to work with any planet in one’s life that is important and beneficial.


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