Lunar Living Astrology
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This article repost is in memoriam of Brian Habit, who was an astrologer with a great sense of wisdom and purpose. Brian was also a social worker, loved by many and inspiring in his approach on life. Brian died in 2014, but his astrological wisdom is still with us in the form of web archives. In memory of Brian, I would like to revisit one of his articles and his knowledge. Brian, I truly miss your wit and your loving, keen spirit.
Mercury, the "Winged Messenger of the Gods" has his wings upside down!
*He will be retrograde from December 3 until December 23, although you might feel the effect one or two weeks prior to December 3. The starting point is 27° Sagittarius and stopping point is 13° Sagittarius. (Edited by JMCC, 12/3/2017.)
Mercury rules communication in all forms, so this is one of the areas in which you might feel the effects of retrogradation most strongly. Letters and emails may get lost. People may misunderstand the messages that you want to transmit. Postponements and delays could occur. We ourselves might even change our minds often during a Mercury retrograde period and feel uncertain about which decision to make.
It is advisable not to sign contracts, or begin new projects, or purchase major items. Use the time for careful evaluation and for re-checking everything. Make sure to back-up your electronic correspondence, and allow for the possibility that you might experience delays, or lose things or misplace them.
For example, returning to places that you have visited in the past, either for work or for pleasure, is supported by Mercury retrograde. He's not so big, however, on going to new places for the first time. Sometimes familiar faces resurface, too, while Mercury is retrograde, so don't be surprised if an old friend, or someone whom you have not spoken in a very long time suddenly "pops up". That's clever Mercury retrograde at work, too.
Roll Call: Who's Affected?
All of us, however, stand to be affected to one extent or another. Exactly how we're likely to be affected varies depending on our natal charts.
To see where Mercury might influence you, look at your natal chart:
1. In which house do you find Mercury? This is one of the areas of your life that may very well be affected.
2. Also check your chart to see which houses have Gemini or Virgo on their cusps (or starting points). You may also feel Mercury's touch in those houses.
3. Finally, check your chart to see which house or houses Mercury will occupy when he changes direction. *Which house contains the degree and sign that Mercury's retrograde begins? That's where Mercury will be hovering when he starts flying upside-down (when he turns retrograde). And which house contains the degree and sign that Mercury stops the retrograde motion? That's where he'll be when he starts flying rightside-up again (when he turns direct). Matters related to those houses may also be affected significantly, especially around the dates that pertain to them, respectively.
© Brian Habit - The Proud Phoenix, Ana Schedel, 2004 (All Rights Reserved)
*Slight modifications to dates and wording to update the article for the recent Mercury Retrograde.