• Time to rethink plans on a more humanitarian basis

    Mercury makes its first retrograde station of the year at 26°29’ Aquarius (antiscion 3°31’ Scorpio), over the last 20 days we should have gotten used to this rather aloof, Air sign Mercury. The retrograde period will end on 20th February when Mercury will be at 11°01’ Aquarius (antiscion 18°59’ Scorpio). When the retrograde period of Mercury occurs in an Air sign, rationality reigns as we may feel the need to examine our relationships from a less emotionally-involved perspective.

    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 (Aquarius) 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 at home with Aquarian energy appreciating their logical, future-oriented way of thinking. 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.

    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 27° Aquarius: “An ancient pottery bowl filled with fresh violets.” Indicating the importance of traditional skills and artistic values deeply rooted in man’s instinctive feelings as frames of reference for man’s most authentic emotions.

    For the antiscion at 4° Scorpio: “A youth carries a lighted candle in a devotional ritual.” Indicating the educative power of ceremonies which impress the great images of a culture upon its gathered participants.


    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 193, 266, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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