I find it quite amusing when I hear astrologers say, “oh no Mercury is going retrograde look out.” I would think anyone on their path of growing, learning and evolving would actually welcome Mercury Retrograde as a time to revisit ourselves. On a superficial level Mercury retrograde can denote lost emails, phone calls, accidents, delayed travel and misunderstandings as a general rule. But what else on a deeper level does Mercury retrograde bring to the surface on our own evolution and journey of free will through our chart?
When you are working on changing things about yourself it takes time and practice. Mercury Retrograde gives you the heightened awareness of reprocessing the past actions, hurts, and struggles. It's our opportunity to really look at and reflect upon our life and our present challenges to past issues. Remember Mercury is the mind, thoughts, communication, and ideas, so it's learning how we process that information and challenging us to relook at our situations with new perspective and truth. Especially with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius.
With the last Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius last November we had the major fires in San Diego and Los Angeles. What do you think that was calling up to all of us? What do we most value and what is the bigger picture. As people are packing up their cars what is the most important things we put in them. It’s a wake up call to us all. Because even though the fires were not affecting me, I thought to myself what would I take and what would I leave behind? We are not our stuff! I find myself thinking I wouldn’t take much. My cat, some clothes, my box filled with; keys, passport and money, and my computers. That would be it. Everything else can be replaced.
Mercury denotes communication, short-trips, adaptability, writing, listening, speaking, mirrors, motion, etc. And the sign it is in gives the flavor of how it will express the mercury meanings within the natal house setting the stage to where it will happen.
When Mercury is transiting one of your natal houses, we look to that area of life for movement and as it retrogrades within that house we know that is where the work needs to be adapted and mirrored for something you need to learn. Mercury takes about a year to go through all twelve signs since it runs so close to the sun. Mercury typically Rx 3-4 times a year which means 3-4 houses a year will be affected bringing that sign's elemental theme.
Mercury in next few years:
- 2018 – Fire Signs
- March 23 – April 15 (Mercury Rx Aries 16 - 4 degrees)
- July 26 – August 18 (Mercury Rx Leo 23 - 11 degrees)
- November 18 – December 5 (Mercury Rx Sagittarius 13 – Scorpio 27)
- 2019 – Water Signs
- 2020 – Air Signs
- 2021 – Earth Signs
Mercury Rx in Capricorn-Sagittarius will end the 2017 year: What is the bigger picture? What do we truly value? If we are in a “fire” what would we take with us? What is truly important in our life? What do we want to grow in the new year?
As we move into 2018 with Mercury moving through the Fire signs is all about expressing our independence, our will, our passions, our creativity, our anger, and ourselves. In my next blogs I will go deeper into Mercury Rx in Aries, Mercury Rx in Leo and Mercury Rx in Sagittarius to truly understand the complexities and differences of expression and movement.