A good time for the monkey minds to re-organize their thoughts

    Mercury stations retrograde at 4°51’ Gemini (antiscion 25°09’ Cancer), one of the signs that it rules together with Virgo. The Mercury station occurs only 12 hours before Jupiter enters into the sign of Aries.

    The retrograde period will end on 3rd June when Mercury stations direct at 26°05’ Taurus (antiscion 3°55’ Leo).

    The last time Mercury was retrograde in Gemini was between May and June 2021. What was going on in your life then?

    Mercury entered Gemini on the 29th April so we’ve had a 10 days or so to get used to this highly charged mental energy.

    Mercury is obviously in his element here, a rational and agile thinker open to new ideas and experimentations, puns and intellectual flexibility are also part of the game although Mercury is also the prankster of the zodiac and here words could be used to alter the truth in some way! Mercury also rules travel.

    Gemini and Virgo, both ruled by Mercury, may respond differently to the signs their ruling planet moves through on its journey backwards. Virgo, being an Earth sign finds the Air signs (in this case, Gemini) rather too rational and in the head and this could produce a bout of criticism from precise Virgo who likes planning on a more practical level. Gemini, an Air sign, is obviously quite comfortable with its ruler transiting the sign, appreciating this logical, future-oriented way of thinking and the need to review recent plans. Taurus is an Earth sign with no connection by aspect to Gemini but it is in trine aspect to Virgo so Virgoans will be quite comfy with Mercury retrograding in Taurus. Of course, the retrograde movement alters the way Mercury is expressed and makes it more an internal, inward journey rather than an expansive outward thrust which however could (and probably will) manifest as delays and hiccups in all types of plans.

    As always, the usual suggestions apply to the Mercury retrograde: great for putting “re” in front of everything, planning but waiting for the direct station, before acting. Expecting possible delays in transport of all kinds, upheavals in the planning of appointments, electronic equipment going haywire etc. Avoiding signing contracts (where possible, but again contracts are between people so it’s a retrograde season for everyone and if its “bad” for one it may be “good” for the other party).

    The Sabian symbol for 5° Gemini: “A revolutionary magazine asking for action.” Indicating the explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions.

    For the antiscion at 26° Cancer: “Guests are reading in the library of a luxurious home.” Indicating the transference of social privilege to the level of intellectual enjoyment.

    “Have you made a choice in your past which was right at the time, but once you had a chance to think about it, you wished you could reverse your decision or amend it? Rethinking gives you permission to use your thoughts to change your mind. Take what is and spin it around to give you a new review and fresh perspective.” Susan C. Young


    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 92, 127, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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