by Robert Wilkinson
Mercury goes retrograde at 25 Aries on Mar 30, 1:48 pm PDT, 9:48 pm
Greenwich. (Mar 31 in Iran, Afghanistan, and points east.) Over the next
few days we'll examine the meaning of this phenomenon and how we can
make best use of these recurring periods.
Usually, Mercury goes retrograde 3 times each year, but this year,
like last year, we have a 4th Mercury retrograde period, making this a
somewhat unusual time. When Mercury is retrograde, it seems to throw
people and situations into a whirlwind of over, under, sideways and
down. But does it really? Just what is Mercury retrograde? In the next
few weeks we'll discover many things about how Mercury Retrograde in
Aries affects us.
Mercury retrograde is one of the most misunderstood parts of
astrology. Many have heard about it, but don't know what it really is.
I've given an introduction about the general meaning of the phenomenon
known as Mercury Retrograde in the article, Mercury Retrograde - A New Look at the Guide of Souls.
It was written to assist readers to pierce through many of the
superstitions and suppositions concerning this repeating phenomenon, and
how it works in our lives.
There's too much to recap here, so if you're not familiar with the
technical elements and basic meanings of this Mercurial phenomenon
happening 3 times a year, please read that article so you can understand
better what this coming period is about, and how best to approach its
challenges and potentialities.
I'll be composing extensively about what the coming retrograde period
is about in future articles. For now, I'll just mention that we'll get
new insights about our self image, impulsiveness, instinctive self
expression, new life initiatives, self-starting activities, and other
related Aries areas of focus. These will help us get a new look at
recent signs and signals related to the huge cluster of planets aligning
in Aries these next few weeks.
This is also a time of reviewing how we're being "turned around" in
our attitudes and expectations, as well as how we can reorganize our
lives to make them more natural and authentic. We'll get new insights
regarding recent Aries initiatives, opportunities, future vision, and
promises during the time Jupiter occupied 13, 14, and 15 Aries. Given
that Mercury conjuncts Jupiter three times this Spring, we're sure to
get many more insights throughout the retrograde period, even though
there may be delays or they may come in roundabout or even apparently
So the coming weeks will give us a new look at recent Jupiter
developments, as well as herald important developments that will show up
throughout April and the first half of May. By the time Mercury and
Venus both conjunct Jupiter at the same degree Mercury will go
stationary retrograde, we shall set sail into the expectation we've held
since late March.
So get your affairs in order over the next few days, then adjust to
the different pace, since Mercury will be slowing down very quickly this
week. Get ready to take an unusual view, do your research, rehearsals,
and examine peripherals since they may be more important than we
initially thought. More on all of this, plus how it affects individual
signs, in future articles.
Copyright © 2011 Robert Wilkinson