Mercury Retrograde in Leo July 26

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Like the Hanged Man who is suspended between twin trees and seemingly within the grasp of Fate, Mercury is retrograde now in Leo, where he has a flair for the dramatic. Mercury is also the agent of transformation. Over the next three weeks, you may need to ask yourself: What needs to be transformed?

I believe in the perfect timing is demonstrated day in and day out, century after century. There is none of the chaos we see here on our planet Earth. The planets move with a precision that neither we nor any of the technology we have available can understand. Yet, in every moment there is change that is distinct from what was or ever will be again.

What do these planetary relationships show us?

Many who have studied the movements of Earth and the planets believe what was written by Hermes Trismegitus in The Emerald Tablet:

“That which is below corresponds to that which is above, and that which is above corresponds to that which is below to accomplish the miracle of the one thing.”

If you look carefully at this ages-old quote, you’ll see that it implies we are co-creators in our lives, and by extension, we are co-creators of the world we live in. I believe what this means is that while our lives are fated—we’re born into a family and community, with a body that is predisposed to a spectrum of health or illness, intelligence, and talents. And within the set of circumstances we’re born with and into, we have free will to make choices that will move us forward or hinder our growth. I also believe things happen at the right time and if we’re not ready (or willing) to respond to the urge or opportunity, there will be other opportunities. These things happen so we can grow into our own unique potential.

I suggest that a good way to use Mercury retrograde periods is to pay attention to what you’re thinking, feeling, seeing within yourself and in your environment— with emphasis on “reflective thinking.” If you’re being whacked along side the head by some awareness or memory or opportunity, trust that the universe is trying to get your attention.To Do: Find an image that reflects something about you at this time. What are you thinking about? Feeling? Missing? Wanting?

Reflection: How are you feeling suspended?

Retrograde Magic

Hermes Trismegtus

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds with that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One thing.
– HERMES TRISMEGISTUS in The Emerald Tablet

It may seem as though magic is involved when planets appear to stop in the sky and then move backward, but it’s not magic. This phenomenon occurs because planets in their own orbit around the Sun are at times closer or further away from Earth, as it also travels around the Sun. A similar phenomenon occurs when cars pass each other. To passengers in the faster moving car, the other car seems to be moving backward. In reality, the planets never stop or go backward. Their apparent backward motion does seem to affect Earth’s passengers, however, as that which is below (all things here on Earth) corresponds to that which is above (retrograde planetary motion).

Mercury will be retrograde in Leo from July 27 – August 18, 2018. It joins five other planets in retrograde motion.

  • Retrograde Mars in Aquarius through August 26
  • Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn through September 5
  • Retrograde Neptune in Pisces through November 24
  • Retrograde Pluto in Capricorn through September 20, and
  • Uranus will be retrograde in Taurus (and also Aries) August 7 through January 5, 2019

Retrograde motion is considered an interference with a planet’s normal functioning; it’s actions are less predictable. Retrogrades signify reversals, delays, and cancellations. Obviously, retrogrades don’t bring everything to a screeching halt. Nor do they impact every human in the same ways. But just pause for a moment and reflect on the implications of having six of nine planets moving in retrograde motion at the same time. (The Sun, Earth, and our Moon are never retrograde.) Briefly:

  • Mars signifies “impulses toward action,” energy and passion in the pursuit of goals; competitive drive; excessive force; feeling angry or aggressive
  • Saturn signifies “responsibilities” related to work and real-world concerns; structures (buildings, time, schedules, boundaries); maturity; constricting forces; boundaries and separation; enslavement to the past
  • Uranus signifies “impulses toward freedom, breakthroughs, originality,” individuation and independence; inability to cooperate or compromise; unwillingness to work within structures; fanaticism; hubris
  • Neptune signifies “yearning for connection,” imagination; sympathy and compassion; escapism; confusion and deception; false notions of security
  • Pluto signifies “processes of destruction and renewal,” rebirth, regeneration, and transformation; purging; evolutionary forces; brutality; obsessiveness

Take a moment and reflect on what you see and hear going on in your personal environment, among your friends, and on the world stage. Do you have the sense that many people and things have been pushed way beyond what is considered “normal?” There is a lot of reevaluation going on in many different arenas. The energy to review, reconsider, redo, reevaluate, resist, reorganize, recharge, refresh, etc., is STRONG and the will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead. The changes won’t come about easily, but they will come.

The good news is that the benefactors of the Universe, Venus and Jupiter, are not on the retrograde list. Venus is direct in Virgo and will be moving into Libra August 7/8, depending on the time zone where you live. Jupiter is direct now in Scorpio.

  • Venus signifies “impulse toward love and friendship,” harmony and pleasure; the forces of attraction; as well as vanity, social pretensions, shallowness, and self-indulgence
  • Jupiter signifies “impulses toward doing what’s right,” growth and expansion, optimism and tolerance; generosity and acceptance of others; as well as inflation and excess, arrogance and sense of entitlement

It’s not known whether Hermes Trismegistus, which means “Hermes the Thrice Greatest,”  was a real person or someone invented by the Greeks. He is given credit, however, for the Emerald Tablet and is thought to have lived long before Moses’ time.  Hermes is the guardian of astrology and alchemy, the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Hermes is synonymous with Mercury.

Retrograde Mercury

Mercury signifies “impulses toward thought and communication,” perception; teaching and learning; movement and transportation; metal habits; the mind separate from emotions; nervous over-stimulation. When Mercury is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius), thoughts can turn toward “rising above” and “separating from.”

What you think matters

In every moment, you are sending and receiving thoughts. What you think brings about your present and future circumstances; your thoughts also affect the world we live in. While you’re not a magician in the traditional sense of the world, you are a co-creator of everything that happens, or doesn’t happen.

There is no way to predict what will specifically happen to you during the current season of retrogrades. I will say though that the likelihood is VERY HIGH that you are now or soon will be feeling the energy of one or more of the retrograde planets. As you reminisce, review, renegotiate, revise, reformulate, renew, recharge, restructure, rebuild (notice that there’s a theme here), please consider carefully what your thoughts and actions mean today and in the future. Live intentionally, because you are in charge of you and what you do.

 

Feeling the July 12 Eclipse of the Sun

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Eclipse lore that appears in cultures around the world has a common theme; it’s always disruption of the established order. What that disruption is likely to be depends of beliefs held by people in the various cultures. Many eclipse stories explain eclipses as times when the Sun is devoured by something evil—demons, dragons, wolves, or even a demon in disguise. According to ancient astrologers, eclipses were negative events that caused tragic events to happen here on earth. People felt afraid when an eclipse happened. But not every culture views an eclipse as an evil thing.

Batammaliba people in Togo and Benin in Africa, believe the Sun and the Moon are fighting during an eclipse, and they encourage the Sun and the Moon to stop fighting. They see it as a time of coming together and resolving old feuds and anger. And the Navajo believe an eclipse is just part of nature’s cosmic order and that it represents a time to pause and reflect of the order of things in life. Some Navajo still observe the tradition of staying inside with their family, singing favorite songs, and fasting.

Today, we know that nothing is swallowing the Sun during a solar eclipse, which always occur during a New Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and the Sun is temporarily hidden from our view. The July 12 partial solar eclipse occurs at 8:47 PM EDT, when the Sun and Moon are both at 20 degrees Cancer. It’ll only be visible on July 13 at 3:00 AM only in southern Australia and Stewart Island.

Jul 12 eclipse path

Influences of Eclipses

Astrologers interpret eclipses as interruptions, reversals, sudden change and rapid developments, particularly at the government/political level. The strongest impact is believed to occur in the regions of the world where the eclipse is visible. Because this event will be a solar eclipse, related changes will be noticeable for a year or more. The changes related to a lunar eclipse tend to be short duration, extending for only a few months.

Not everyone will “feel” the effects of the July 12/13 eclipse intensely, or perhaps at all. It’s likely though that those who have birthdays within two days either before or after the eclipse, or who were born when the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn was at 20 Cancer in the sky, will experience eclipse-related interruptions, reversals, and changes in some area of life. Those events may not happen immediately. Eclipses begin manifesting their effects in the months before they occur and those events will continue on for up to a year, or longer.

Each planet affects the “influence of the eclipse” according to its own nature. For example, because the Sun represents basic identity, leadership, authority, conscious purpose, and will/ego, someone who’s Sun is between, say, 18 and 22 degrees Cancer may experience changes in their basic identity. Those changes may involve leaders, leadership, or authority figures.

Other planets and their areas of impact are:

  • Moon: Emotions, feelings, habits
  • Mercury: Communication, conversation, capacity to think, short-distance travel
  • Venus: Diplomacy, what is loved, romance
  • Mars: Conflicts, competition, wars
  • Jupiter: Beliefs, legal issues, long-distance travel
  • Saturn: Capacity to create structure, order, and discipline

In Cancer, these planets represent the need to give or receive emotional warmth or security. The July 12/13 partial solar eclipse could initiate change related to one of more of the above topics if, at the time of your birth, any of the planets were near 20 degrees Cancer. So, for example, if Mercury was near 20 Cancer at your birth, you might experience a sudden shift in the way you think about your personal security; if Venus was near 20 Cancer, you could experience sudden change in a personal relationship.

Solar eclipses tend to influence events that have power (from an outside source) in our lives, while lunar eclipses trigger inner and emotional changes. Things that are hidden become apparent, what has been postponed or ignored must change now. Events that are eclipse related will most likely be permanent. Whatever is separated, interrupted, or reversed will stay that way.