January 21 - 27, 2015
© 2015 by Ralfee Finn
Hello to readers in Poughkeepsie!
It’s Mercury Retrograde—first one of 2015—from today until February 11. And it’s a doozy, if only because it’s more emotionally charged than a retrograde is supposed to be, and those strong feelings tip the normal frustration of a retrograde to extremes. For those new to astrology, let me explain: Three times a year (and sometimes four), Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky relative to its orbit and our orbit around the Sun. Within the astrological system, Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication and language, as well as commerce and travel. So according to astrological wisdom, when Mercury seemingly retraces its path (as it does during a retrograde), all things contained within its vast domain tend to go a little strange. Contracts of every type need extra revisions, mail of every class gets lost in the same place where the socks disappear in the dryer, detours of every dimension from the physical to the psychic are problematic, meetings are endlessly postponed or delayed, and smart phones just turn stupid.
Those not new to astrology know the drill: Mercury Retrograde is a great time to review, reflect, revise, and reconsider plans and projects already in motion. Mercury Retrograde is not a good time to initiate anything new. And at the risk of repeating myself, during Mercury Retrograde you need more than the normal amount of patience. It’s not that what you’re working on won’t come to fruition eventually; it will simply take much longer than you’d like—or it should.
Because of that lag, Mercury Retrograde phases are normally highly charged with frustration—the “Gee, I want to get this done now, so why aren’t the printer, wifi, or any of my apps working?” But the current retrograde (the one that starts today) is supercharged because as Mercury turns around at 17 degrees Aquarius, the Moon, which symbolizes feelings, is also in Aquarius, only 12 minutes (nothing in astrological time) away from Mercury. And this Moon/Mercury conjunction amplifies the normal retrograde rub. For those who follow retrogrades closely, (and you know who you are) having this conjunction occur in Aquarius is kinda like having Uranus Retrograde simultaneously with Mercury Retrograde—a combination that just spells trouble.
Uranus has a very special relationship to electronics, a liaison that’s deadly for recording equipment, cameras, printers, routers, scanners, and just about every type of wireless device you can name.
But that’s not all: Uranus is actually sextile both Mercury and the Moon at the moment of today’s retrograde, so don’t be surprised if your TV stops working or your network goes down for no known reason.
And there’s more: Jupiter opposes that Moon/Mercury conjunction, creating a potent interaction that throws the entire bundle to extremes. Jupiter signifies expansion, and when it is in an opposition to any planet, the tension of the opposition often resembles a seesaw—one minute it’s up and the next, down. Be prepared for mood swings, yours or others’, to dominate daily to-dos.
The good news is that the pernicious influence of the Mars/Saturn square that generated so much harshness last week is replaced by a Sun/Saturn sextile, a positive interaction that offers the possibility of stability—and even a little will go a long way.
Sometimes—not often—I actually love Mercury Retrograde. To the ears of most believers, I know those words are heresy, but Mercury Retrograde is one of those categories of astrology that turn non-believers into staunch followers—at least when it comes to retrogrades. What’s more, Mercury Retrograde is so well known that it has become a modern astral myth. Even those who do not consider the stars causal—like me—pay attention to Mercury Retrograde. I mean it when I say, “Don’t buy a computer or a printer or a phone under Mercury Retrograde because it will be a purchase filled with hassles.”
As the next weeks unfold, see how the retrograde unfolds in your life and in the lives of those around you. And if you notice an increase in testy tempers and frayed nerves, yours or others’, do your best to be kind to your fellow travelers. A compassionate gesture or word could shift the energy and make life easier for everyone.
Aries March 21-April 19
Taurus April 20-May 20
Gemini May 21-June 21
Cancer June 22-July 22
Leo July 23-August 22
Virgo August 23-September 22
Libra September 23-October 22
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pisces February 19-March 20