Let’s endeavour to discern the useful from the useless…

    Mercury stations retrograde at 21°51’ Virgo (antisicion 08°09’ Aries) to station direct at 08°00’ Virgo on 15 September.

    This Mercury retrograde in an Earth sign could involve re-thinking what tangible results we have so far obtained in life, if our basic needs are being met, if we feel safe in our environment. So, we may find fault with our actual status quo and ask ourselves what we might be able to do to change things.

    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 could indulge in bouts of criticism (towards self and others) as well as going over plans on a more practical level and doing what’s best (according to them of course).

    Gemini, an Air sign, is obviously fairly uncomfortable with its ruler transiting in a square aspect to the sign, and Earth signs are far too practical and down-to-earth for all-in-my-head Gemini.

    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.

    I think that this retrograde season for Virgoans could be fairly easy except as mentioned above for some criticism and over-worrying. They are already used to sorting out information with regards to its usefulness and planning is part of their nature, the introspective motif of the retrograde period could thus be almost “familiar” to them. On the other hand, I think this could be a rather trying period for Geminis who by nature are mentally all-over-the-place (with a tight Mars-Sun conjunction in early Gemini I’m definitely one of these people) and of course Mars is also about to enter the Air sign of Libra adding even more mental energy to the mix. Putting the mind to one task at a time proves hard at the best of times and more so when our ruling planet is going in the wrong direction!

    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).

    On its backward journey Mercury will make the following aspects:

    05 September the second of three trine aspects to Jupiter (15°54’ Virgo-Taurus), now stationing to retrograde. The final trine between the two planets will be on 25 September (14°51’ Virgo-Taurus) when Mercury is direct and Jupiter R. This is a mind-opening aspect, perhaps solutions are at hand!

    30 September trine Uranus R (22°38’ Virgo-Taurus), mentally stimulating.

    02 October opposite Neptune R (25°54 Virgo-Pisces), mentally confusing!

    03 October trine Pluto R (25°54’ Virgo-Capricorn)– excellent for introspection or any psychological work you need to undergo to understand yourself better and great for concentration and research.

    The Sabian symbol for 22° Virgo: “A royal coat of arms enriched with precious stones.” Indicating the certification of aristocratic status, at whatever level “nobility” expresses itself in cultural eminence.

    For the antiscion point at 9° Aries: “A crystal gazer.” Indicating the development of an inner realisation of organic wholeness.

    “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analysing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.”  Tupac Shakur



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    Sullivan E. (2000) “Retrograde Planets”, Ch. 4 The Superior Planets Retrograde in Transit, pp.41-76, S. Weiser Inc, York Beach ME USA