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Mercury Retrograde April-May 2016 - Retroactive Reversal


April 28th is coming up on us, and we've got that magical time again: Mercury Retrograde. This one is considerably different than most, considering that when it goes backwards from our perspective on Earth, we will have five planets in retrograde motion at the same time! The last time this happened was about ten years ago, and this is about a 4% of the time occurance.

The first thing that strikes out at me is the Minor Grand Trine between Moon and Mercury/Vesta, apexing at Chiron. Now fortunately, Chiron is in the focus of a beneficial pattern such as this, so in this case the Wounded Healer is likely to start bringing us some healing rather than wounding. Chiron itself, however, is square Ixion, so from what I see, themes of infidelity or betrayals is going to be a theme of that healing. Maybe false allegations thereof. I don't know. With Ixion itself retrograde, perhaps you thoguht yourself to have betrayed some trust before, and during this cycle perhaps there's a healing and a clearing of the air where things may not have been quite as bad as thought, or circumstances have changed. I'm not imagining a flagging marriage being one of these where one or both partners cheated, but maybe something like a bad assumption or series of bad assumptions being worked over right now.

We do still have the T-Square between Neptune opposite Jupiter Retrograde, apex Saturn Retrograde. This is also a time where we will be facing some of our illusions, and facing some hard truths within ourselves. Let's use Chiron's influence to start healing this. Perhaps the hard truths are related to the Chiron/Ixion retrograde square, and perhaps there's an underlying reason some of us have fallen into the bad assumption pattern.

To put a personal perspective on this: Recently I just had an assumption blow up in my face, though there was a buffer zone given for this. I assumed my contract job was going to last until at least June and give me some more time to save up a little more for that eventuality (or the hopeful possibility of a contract extension, or even conversion to full-time). Guess what: Instead I got a two-weeks notice, and this was with a slight extension (details I'm going to skip over for now). To be fair, my manager and contact are looking high and low for colleagues that need someone with my skills (which would be most-accurately described as Full Stack Developer, though I was brought on as a UX developer. I've done front, middle, database stuff, so yeah Full Stack it is. But I digress...). What this is also revealing on a personal level is that I have support from others who have worked with me and are pulling for me. There's a few options, but right now, I need to evaluate very carefully given my situation.

Back to the matter at hand: Mercury Retrograde's beginning. Let's moved on to Mercury and the Fixed Star: Algol is out of range. YES. Algol is a very unfortunate star, but as Mercury is farther than two degrees away, close to three degrees away, it's just out of range. So let's gloss over that one! Trust me, this could be far worse. About a degree and a half from a conjunction with Vesta, we're going to be reviewing and reflecting on what is sacred or special to us, what we hold highly in regards to our beliefs.

We do also have a Trine between Pluto Retrograde and Mercury Retrograde, and though this is about a six degree orb, we have a slight influence with Pluto's internal devestation and rebirth meshing with Mercury retrograde's review and slowdown. What do we truly value in life? What are we going to let go in this cycle? Grudges? Crushing defeats? That's up to you.

Mars Retrograde is another fun point of this, and is within orb of activating its own T-Square with Neptune and Jupiter Retrograde. So where Saturn is one apex where we face our illusions, Mars retrograde as another apex is going to slowly burn this illusion out.

We need to also consider Mars Sesquiquadrate Uranus/Hekate/Eris/Dejanira. Where do we feel like we've been victimized in our lives? Is it because of going against the grain? Have we victimized others, and is karma about to roll its wheel right over us? Is justice to be done for this rebellious victimization? As part of a news thing I just saw... Bill Cosby may be seeing his day in court very soon, and could face up to 10 years if convicted once this goes to trial. We shoould also note Venus conjunct 99942 Apophis, with Apophis representing destruction. In Cosby's case, I think we're about to see some interesting times ahead with that story. Also note Venus/Apophis trine Pholus Retrograde. Pholus is like a detonator, and also like an intoxication asteroid. In this case, I think we're about to see an implosion from previous destructive lustful actions.

I can't wait to see what this means for the Presidential Campaigns... and I do not like most of the results I saw Tuesday... Let's just say two of the candidates I really did not want to see hit the White House... are in striking range of clinching the nomination of their respective parties. But this is getting to be a quintuple-retrograde period... what fresh hell of surprises are all of the campaigns about to see? We'll find out between now and May 9th, perhaps.

Finally, Sun Quincunx Mars. The Quincunx is a strange animal, it's not a trine, not an opposition, but somewhere in between. It's like in this case, fixed Earth to mutable Fire. Sorta like a slowly simmering volcano, but when it goes off... it's going to go off. We could see some very harsh words come out, followed by some major apologizing. Expect some mood swings this Mercury Retrograde cycle. Some of those mood swings are needed, though, just don't take it out on loved ones. Mars retrograde in this mix suggests we really shouldn't take it out on ourselves either. I'd recommend physical activity like running or hitting the weights as opposed to driving a fist into the drywall, because drywall repair isn't fun and neither is scaring your friends and loved ones. That and punching a wall hurts like hell, especially when you find that stud in the wall that's considerably more sturdy than the plaster. And court-ordered anger management training isn't something that's considered fun by many, so try to keep your cool.

I'm out of time for now, but I'll leave this here as a Part 1. Part 2, I haven't decided if I'll get into other asteroids, or if I'll just go to look at the Mercury Direct phase that comes later in May.

Mars and Pluto Retrograde 2016 - All Stop (Part 1)


It's finally here. Mars Retrograde. Pluto Retrograde follows in less than 24 hours after this point. Don't expect a lot of forward momentum at this time. Nay, if you try to force things now, it's probably not going to go very well. Since Mars and Pluto are both going retrograde within one day of one another, I've opted to combine this series for both as there really isn't going to be much of a difference in placements overall for both retrograde stations.

To recap about retrogrades, the planets themselves are not going backwards in space. Instead, the orbits of Earth and the planets are at such a point that the planets that are retrograde appear to be moving in reverse from our perspective here on Earth.

Mars Retrograde begins it's backward motion on Antares, a fixed star in Sagittarius. This is going to be rather interesting, as Antares is a pretty incendiary star all on its own, and Mars is the planet of action, war, anger, and fire. Mars, when going forwards, things progress and advance, and initiating actions seems to go a lot smoother. Once it's retrograde, it's pause-and-reassess time. Sure, you can force things forward, and you may have situations where you can't wait. Make sure you know if it's that kind of situation, or if it's a situation that you can take some time to think about and plan things out better.

Regarding Mars conjunct Antares... From [url=http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Antares.html]Constellations of Words:

With Mars: Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

Fortunately, moon is not with Aldebaran so we don't have to worry about that last part. Still, for this Mars Retrograde cycle, we can expect more arguments and incidents, some stemming from people trying to force things through, and others just because people are more argumentative.

We do have some good news though... We have an Earth Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn trine Mercury/Vesta in Taurus trine Jupiter Retrograde in Virgo. This should go a long way in smoothing over some communications with others (though get things in writing, as Mecury itself is in it's Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period right now)... And the trine to Jupiter retrograde will allow us to take some things to heart and apply what we learn to ourselves. We'll be able to somewhat go forward with this before too long as Jupiter turns direct next month, though Mars will be retrograde until June 29th.

Saturn is also retrograde right now, and will be retrograde for the entire Mars Retrograde cycle. At the station for Mars, it trines Venus and to a lesser degree Uranus. We should have a little more stability with our relationships to others and will be looking inwards regarding our role in said relationships, and what we can do differently. Saturn squares Jupiter, so we will have conflict within ourselves regarding our relations wtih others, in romance and jobs. After all, Venus is Quincunx Jupiter at this point.

Truth be told, we do have a Fire Grand Trine between Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius trine Venus in Aries trine 55 Pandora in Leo. Our looking inwards regarding these relationships is going to unlock some uncomfortable truths, most likely, and this will be like Pandora opening that wonderful box that unleashed all sorts of fun stuff into the world. But there was still hope in the box when all was said in done, so whatever you find out, don't despair too much. Take stock and take steps to rectify what you find. If all you find is good things, then awesome! Keep that stuff up.

Asteroid-wise, we have a rather nasty trio making a conjunction. 37117 Narcissus, 433 Eros, and 149 Medusa are all conjunct in Aquarius. Now Eros itself isn't bad, it's love. Romantic love, to be specific. The problem is with Narcissus, which of course portrays narcissism, and we have Medusa which in my experience has represented betrayal by or involving women. Ladies and gentlemen, if you've got any planets in hard aspect to 16-17 Aquarius or conjunct around there, do be wary of self-centered suitors looking to bleed you dry. Now, these do make a Minor Grand Trine to Saturn and Venus, however, the orb to Venus makes this weak, and Medusa really only factors due to the conjunction to Narcissus and Eros which are within 2 degrees orb of sextiling Venus. So there's some possible mitigation here as Saturn in the back of your head might be telling you "Hang on, this might be too good to be true", and perhaps Venus's influence smooths things over too... or makes it easier to fall head over heels in love with someone who isn't all that great for you.

100 Hekate and 157 Dejanira square Pluto isn't very nice. We could see more revelations of victims of ritualistic abuse or other abuses come to light. Do be careful.

Ceres conjunct 4386 Lust might be something to spice up the homestead's love life. Or maybe you see a proposal come at this time. However, do remember that with all of this retrograde action going on, you may want to hold off on this. Rather, strengthen the bonds you have now and think things through before going full matrimony-mode.

In part 2, I will further examine some asteroids, and give further focus to Pluto.

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