Friday, June 28, 2013

Mercury Retrograde: Use It to Your Advantage

In both horary and natal astrology, there are two foolproof ways to use a Mercury retrograde period to your (or your querent's) advantage:

  1. Take your time.
  2. Let delays work in your favor.
Why is this so hard and the retrograde periods so agonizingly annoying? 1) Things tend to fall apart when Mercury is retrograde, often provoking a crisis (or several simultaneously), and 99% of the time, a knee-jerk response to the crisis; and 2) Because we're used to operating in a world of instantaneous results. Waiting and patience, especially in the West, are lost virtues. Hence the struggle. 

This particular retrograde period (6/27-7/21) has plenty of financial difficulty built in courtesy of the   loose and not-so-partile T-square being formed with Mercury in Cancer triggering the Uranus-Pluto square. The outlet leg bearing the brunt of the stress is wherever you have Libra in your chart, doubly so if you have a planet or sensitive point there.

There's a surprise and not-so-benevolent twist at the end of this Merc retro cycle, as Uranus, too, goes retrograde within one degree of a partile square with Mercury while Mercury is stationing direct. The Moon joins in to oppose Mercury at its station, putting an exclamation point on the T-square. It will be a bitter pill to swallow, for sure, and feel genuinely oppressive as your plans lose out to circumstances beyond your control.

Also, keep in mind throughout the year that the solar ingresses into the cardinal signs will exacerbate the Uranus-Pluto square, both in horary and natal charts. The pressure just keeps on building...