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4 Sep 2016

MERCURY RETROGRADE in VIRGO

This year Mercury retrogrades through the Earth signs. So, practical and tangible matters are being sorted out. Our last one back in April-May, was in Taurus, which dealt with our values, our possessions, and our income.

On August 30th at 29° Virgo we entered our next Mercury retrograde and Earthy energy, that ends on September 22nd.

Virgo is the energy of:
Discernment
Clarity
Service

Virgo sorts out the details! She analyses, uses logic, and takes her time, to discern what is no longer of practical use or benefit.

Mercury Retrograde (Rx) is where we get the chance to pause. It's where we take stock, go over old information, and readjust. It's our second chance.

Yes, Mercury Retrograde slows things down, but in these fast-paced times, slowing down is more necessary than ever! If your electronics go hay-wire, it's simply a sign that you're not pacing yourself. You're trying to push against the tide. Discomfort and mishaps are your signposts - you need to slow down!

Virgo has an amazing ability to sift through what doesn't work, what is unnecessary, and what is not useful to us. Now is the time to stop pushing forward and instead, comb through your recent efforts, paperwork, applications, ideas, clutter, goals, routines, diet, and choices. It will be an excellent time to renegotiate anything.

The maiden stops harvesting, takes a pause, and reassesses her labour.

Virgo is focused and finds solutions. She seeks flaws and repairs what is broken.

Mercury Virgo is a wonderful analyst and critical thinker, but be careful not to let your thinking get stuck on analysing a situation to death. This will be a brilliant time to analyse, or be analysed, just don't get bogged down. Also watch for self-criticism and negative self-talk. There's a risk of being too hard on yourself.

She's also the perfectionist. Used wisely, this energy can help you refine a skill, technique, or simply do your best work. If you get swallowed up in it though, you end up never starting or completing anything because 'less than perfect' doesn't seem good enough.

{A Moment of Rest, Daniel Ridgway Knight}


Virgo is also the sign of practical and useful service to others. It's beneficial that whatever service or help you offer during the retrograde, is authentic, has no strings attached, and is done from pure altruism. Anything less could be easily misconstrued.

Ultimately, Virgo wants to be of practical use, be clear about things, and do things well. A retrograde is a time of great adjustment, and all the areas that Virgo influences will be affected.

Mercury will begin near the planet of Love and harmony (Venus), travel by the planet of fortune and expansion (Jupiter) during the New Moon, and, halfway through, 12-13 September, it comes right up against the Sun (our Will, consciousness). Sounds good to me!

Possibilities for challenge include: friction with women, saying too much (foot-in-mouth), misplaced optimism. Yet any challenge is a doorway towards a better alignment of how you think, perceive, and speak in the world.

Check below to see where this readjustment, re-aligning, and rethinking is going to take place. Use logic and be clear, and all will be well.

Happy retrograde dear souls!
Peace & clarity,
Autumn

The effects are felt a week leading up to the New Moon.
The area of your life where you will feel the effects.
For a fuller meaning, check for your Sun Sign and your Ascendant (Rising sign).

Aries:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 6th House of service and health. A chance to review your health regime, or plan a new one. Old health issues might resurface but these are reminders to reassess your attitude to your health.

A second chance to express how you feel or what you think to your colleagues. A time to reconsider how you serve others and if the relationships are fair.

Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to serve, be in your job, and look after yourself. Fortunate encounters at work.


Taurus:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 5th House of romance, children, creative pursuits, and self-expression. Rediscover an old beloved hobby, reconsider an old flirtation, find new modes of fun, or reassess your communication with your children. Mercury here wants you to discern and readjust your creative process and your ability to express from your heart.

Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to honour your creativity. Fortunate encounters in creative, leisure, or romantic areas.

Gemini:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 4th House of family, home, and a sense of belonging. Time to reassess your family structure, or actual house. Take care of old repairs, tidy up 'home' whatever that means for you. Mercury here wants you to discern and readjust your roots. You find yourself uncovering new ways of belonging.

A second chance to express how you feel or what you think to your family. Release old thought patterns and nostalgic thinking.

Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to establish a firm foundation. Fortunate encounters with relatives.

Cancer:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 3rd House of communications, immediate people and environment, and information. A wonderful time to edit, proofread, and generally go over what you've been writing or talking about. You have the chance to uncover new ideas or thoughts if you rehash and reconsider. Join up with another person to share your ideas and gain new insights.

A second chance to express how you feel to those in your immediate sphere, or through a social network. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to communicate your ideas.

Leo:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 2nd House of values, personal possessions, finances, and sense of security. It's the perfect time to comb over your bank account, loans, all your 'stuff', and your budget. Reassess where your time and money is going, and whether it aligns with what you truly value, or is being wasted.

A second chance to rethink purchases and where your resources have been heading. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to feed your need for security.

Virgo:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 1st House of the Self, your appearance, expressed identity, and self-improvement. Now is the time to take a new look at how what you do, say, or physically express, aligns with who you wish to be. Discovering new insights into your own thoughts and ideas, and sifting through what no longer works for you.

A second chance to rethink self-improvement measures. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to express who you are.

Libra:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 12th House of seclusion, introspection, spirituality, subconscious, and soul-searching. Your thoughts have been going deeper and hopefully into wonderfully insightful revelations. You're needing solitude and recharging. Guard against morbid thoughts or negative downward spirals of thinking. You're deeply connected to the unseen forces at this time.

A second chance to rethink past hurts and past relationships. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to met your soul-needs as well as doing for others.

Scorpio:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 11th House of wishes and hopes, friendships, groups, humanitarian perspectives. You will be rethinking projects with, or memberships to, groups. You might be reassessing friendships and how you relate socially. You might be working on fulfilling a wish.

A second chance to rethink social obligations, or reassess your whole way of how you work with others. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to give to your community, tribe, or friends, as well as meeting your own passionate hopes.

Sagittarius:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 10th House of your place in the world, tangible goals, and career/life path. You will be thinking deeply on the direction your life has been taking. You might reassess what are your true goals, or consider/begin changing careers. You might already be dealing with the details to get you there.

A second chance to rethink issues around recognition and achievements. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to communicate personal authority.

Capricorn:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 9th House of exploration, legalities, and life philosophies. A time to reassess your belief systems, or life perspective. Rethinking ways to put your ideas out into the world, possibly through publishing, or finding ideas through education.

A second chance to rethink your visions or ideals. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to communicate your strongly held convictions.

Aquarius:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 8th House of transformation, shared resources, hidden issues, and sex. This is the time to work through some uncomfortable issues with others. Whether it's joint accounts, debts, or the depth of intimacy between you.

A second chance to rethink issues around power between yourself and others. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to achieve self-empowerment.

Pisces:
Mercury Rx will be moving through your 7th House of relationships. It's all about union for you right now! A relationship could begin with someone from your past or you will re-define an existing one. You might see your partner in a new light or communicate personal insights to someone close.

A second chance to express how you feel to a significant person. New ways of relating to someone or in relationships in general. Uncover balanced and harmonious ways to relate to others.




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