On the 17th of November, the planet Mercury is going retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius. The traditional advice for this period is: Don’t travel, don’t sign contracts, don’t touch electrics and don’t marry.
The entire Mercury retrograde cycle lasts for eight weeks, and it occurs three times, sometimes even four times in one year. That is actually a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time.
The planet Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or better said, two hemispheres of our brain. First, we will talk about the general meaning of this retrograde.
At the time of the Mercury retrograde, it looks like Mercury has gone down into the underworld. In this realm, closer to our spirit, we will become more right-brain orientated. It is a dark one, so some other senses are heightened too. We are going to feel oversensitive, even psychic. Everything will look like hyper-real – you are going to notice things which you had overlooked before.
This is also going to prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, as well as reform and reinvent. It is also a reality that you may have to redo some things as Mercury is going to hit the same degree three times, but this transit will not let you go into autopilot. There are danger spots though.
The meaning of the Mercury retrograde period.
When Mercury retrograde is changing directions, we will be at a wobbly stage where we will probably slip-up and make mistakes, as well as misread the communications of others. Once when we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business, knowing that we are in a different realm. This same applies to Mercury stationing direct, just remember to give your brain several days to adjust back to solar thinking.
The Underworld zone will be the house in your natal chart in that the Mercury retrograde falls in. There, you will be questioning everything. It is going to make you jittery about signing contracts as you are going to be continually thinking if it is really what you want. Prior the retrograde, it will be an excellent time to finish off those solar left-brain projects, as well as search for some information, in order to bring down with you into the retrograde cave. After that, you can slow down, let yourself be taken into some other dimensions, as well as attempt some different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, and after that recharge and reboot.
Cazimi, the traditional astrological name.
In the middle of the entire Mercury retrograde of this year, we will have the Sun Cazimi Mercury. Here, the window of wonderfulness is going to open, where we can stand in the eye of the hurricane but wonderfully come out in one piece.
You should make use of the special Sun exact conjunct Mercury, which in traditional astrology is called Cazimi. Send a romantic message which is really going to hit the mark or pitch an artistic idea. Also, try as close to these times as you can. Cazimi lasts for about 3 hours either side of the hour.
Dates of the Mercury retrograde.
March 22 to April 15 – 16º to 4º in the sign of Aries decan 1, Aries decan 2.
July 26 to August 19 – 23º to 11º in the sign of Leo decan 2, Leo decan 3.
November 17 to December 7 – 13º in the sign of Sagittarius decan 2, to 27º in the sign of Scorpio decan 3.
What does it mean when a planet is in retrograde?
Retrograde planets are one of the most popular topics in astrology, and there is some controversy about the meaning in general. For instance, the Vedic astrologers see the retrograde motion as a beneficial influence, while the Western astrologers focus on the negative things which come with a retrograde, like lost baggage or missing mail when Mercury is in retrograde.
The word retrograde literally means opposite or reverse, so a planet in retrograde looks like it is moving in the opposite direction. Planets cannot move backward of course, and the apparent reverse motion is because of the elliptical orbits of the earth and planets. No matter what astronomy says, the main point is that from where we stand, and planets do seem to move backward from time to time, so we have to expect this in order to have some astrological effect on our lives. In general, we can actually feel the energy of retrograde planets in a more thoughtful or reserved manner than usual, and there can be a karmic theme or feeling of déjà vu, which depends mostly on the nature of the planet that is in retrograde.
The déjà vu feeling can also appear as a result of the retrograde planet going over a certain degree three times over. Those people that experience such feeling in the most reliable way are going to be those that have a key planet or angle at this spot.
For instance, ones IC hits three times, and you are looking to move home.
HIT 1: You may see the house that you want to buy.
HIT 2: Retrograde may happen when you have to go through surveys and make sure everything is good for buying it, this is going to mean reevaluating finances no matter what you have to do, you will always double check.
HIT 3: Perhaps when you will finally get the go-ahead to move and the problem is resolved.
Retrogrades actually give us the opportunity to really get our teeth onto a matter as we will be forced to go over old ground several times. This can get tedious and frustrating, but ultimately it is very useful for tackling something karmic which we have tried to avoid and which we have to address once and for all.