As the time seems to zoom by, the last Mercury Retrograde cycle of the year begins November 24th 2011 at 20 Sagittarius 06, until it turns direct on December 13th 2011 at 03 Sagittarius 52. This period of time needs to be handled with caution, with carefulness and with retrospection to avoid glitches, personal misunderstandings, delayed, flawed, disrupted communications with ourselves and others. Although I am certain there always will be problems and mishaps, I do believe much of the frustrations and stresses we experience during this retrograde is sometimes caused by our own negligence in paying attention to the particulars. The area that seems to be highlighted during this interlude is connected with our belief system, our optimism, our legal affairs, and our long distance travels and explorations. Mercury in Sagittarius is in detriment, and needs our concentration in staying responsive, in paying attention to the details and in keeping alert. To snooze is to lose, gestures this retrograde, as this is not a risk to be taken lightly at this moment in time.
“The Sabian symbol for 21 degrees of Sagittarius and for 4 degrees of Sagittarius is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.
Sagittarius 21 A child and a dog with borrowed eyeglasses This is a symbol of man’s unimpeachably universal spirit, and of his realization that there are no absolute lines of demarcation between higher and lower life or between the varying stages of competency to be found in each. Self-consciousness requires a supplementation of its capacities in the structures and materials of each particular plane of being, and individuality develops as it enters into reality through its own characteristic modes of insight. The keyword is examination. When positive, the degree is an exceptional skill in the analysis of personal opportunity throughout the many dimensions of experience, and when negative, distorted vision and self-defeating prejudice.
Sagittarius 4 A little child learning to walk This is a symbol of the self-confidence and authority which come to man through his refinement of skills and discipline of understanding, and of his capacity for mobilizing every potentiality of self at any point of challenge in events. Here is emphasis on the individual’s effective and profitable participation in a reality which he has been able to approach and master through the completeness of his perspective. His gift of concentration is his genius of self-fulfillment. The keyword is ability. When positive, the degree is high sensitiveness to every possibility of accomplishment or broadened self-discovery, and when negative, unsuspected bigotry or foolish exactitude.
With Mercury Retrograde and in a sign where its full potential is not realized, this symbol speaks to us that the energy at this time is presenting us the opportunity for curiosity and role playing. In so doing we gain the understanding of the actions of others and we achieve personal growth with higher knowledge. This sensitivity to the needs and wants of others ultimately creates the resourcefulness in our own characters to manifest the reality we wish for ourselves. Our greatest advantage lies in the fact, that at this time period, it is affording us some quiet time to reflect, reinvent and reinvigorate our souls and to who we are. This interlude allows us to experience, improvise and to look beyond our familiarities to see new vistas and challenges. At the same time as we continue our journey, we need to impress into our consciousness, the need to pay attention to details and to articulate our desires and goals. While we work through this period and as Mercury goes direct, the Sabian Symbol reveals that confidence and ability is gained through trial and error. To snooze is to lose is the message of Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius on November 24th 2011.
|Mercury Retrograde Begins||November 24, 2011||20 Sagittarius 6 R|
|Mercury Goes Direct||December 13, 2011||3 Sagittarius 52 D|