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Mercury Retro in Virgo

RisaNewSMercury in Virgo turns retrograde Friday, Aug. 20 (12:59 p.m., west coast). The retrograde, till Sept. 12, lasts three weeks. Mercury retro joins five other starry retro big hitters—Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron. Retros are linked with the prefix “re”. We redo, review, re-visit, re-think, re-examine, re-evaluate, etc. ideas, thoughts, plans, studies, agendas created since Mercury’s previous retro, (April/May).  We look back, assess, refine, rest and recuperate from a mind exhausted with facts. With so many retrogrades, especially the major transformers (outer planets), the entire world is critically rethinking everything. It’s an interesting time.
Havoc appears everywhere with everyone. How do we respond? We think of Mercury retro as an experiment, a time of no expectations, an astrological phenomena to observe with intelligent awareness, knowledge and humor. It’s an astrological fact that humanity assumes Virgo tendencies (internally analytical, mentally organized, discriminating, detailed and practical). However, none of this externalizes because our minds are internally reorganizing, evaluating and reflecting upon past information.

Mercury retro is excellent for study. When Mercury turns direct again, revelations appear, information is uncovered and since everyone had a respite from too much thinking, we are able to begin again with previous projects, ideas and planning—seeing them with a revitalized mind. For now, though, and for the next three weeks, the world should rest.

Saturday Saturn squares Pluto squares Jupiter, activating the ongoing Grand cardinal t-square. Constant challenges are being presented to humanity. We are being forced to do all things differently, with different (spiritual) purpose. (More at

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Aug 19–Aug 25, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Everything concerning your daily life is evaluated. You look at your life, environment, those around you and assess in what way you want yourself to change in response to them. You realize you must do things differently from now on and will assess what to do and the consequences. Careful at and with work and communicating with coworkers. It’s good to think about health, diet, fitness, exercise and how you feel each day.

April 21–May 21
Interesting situations and communication may occur with lovers, children, and everyone’s sense of creative individuality. Issues within relationships that have not been resolved will reappear. Try to listen to the core message within all communications. Don’t defend. Listen carefully, instead. The unresolved issues must be dealt with or there will be a dissolving and dissolution of important things some time in the future. Assess everything.

May 22–June 20
Everything about home, family, mother, real estate, things domestic, will come into focus and will need careful perspectives. Make no important decisions unless an emergency occurs. Remember everyone in the family is experiencing the present astrological transits, only everyone’s experiencing them differently. Use your Gemini mind to observe and figure out the differences. You remember to be non-judgmental.

June 21–July 20
Cancer, like a crab, circles a situation, entering the center from every direction. They do not walk a direct line to anything for they are wary of their prey at all times. They have a very developed intuition. However, in the next three weeks that intuition may not be as honed as usual. Care needs to be taken with communications on all levels. Something from the past occurs. Or perhaps you’re traveling to a place you called home. Be aware of forgetfulness.

July 21–August 22
How are your finances? Do not create any great waves in your financial picture. No loans (given or applied for) for example. But do take this time to review your finances, create new budgets (to be applied after three weeks), assess your flow of money (what’s coming in, what’s going out), the hows and whys of these transactions and review if everything monetary is proceeding as planned. Include a review of your values. And tithing.

August 23–September 22
Are you feeling somewhat distant and unable to communicate feelings? Are others saying you’re difficult and distant? During this time you are very internally involved, your mind is assessing all aspects of yourself —who you are, what you do each day, who you’re with and why. Your choices are clearly seen and you review them to see if they still reflect your values, needs, and your very nature. Hold on. Things will change within the month.

September 23–October 22
Be aware of thoughts and issues and things not tended to for a long time, coming into your present life and asking for attention, which is needed. Know that much of your communication may not be heard or understood by others. Therefore try to be very clear when communicating, speak slowly, even tell people you’re having difficulty communicating. Being non-judgmental, calling forth compassion, and going to a quiet retreat will sus

October 23–November 21
Do be careful when with friends and in groups that plans made will be delayed, changed or not happen at all. Those close to you may seem distant (remember everyone’s internal at this time) or confused. However, expect that friends from the past make contact and you consider re-entering a group or friendships from long ago and not seen in a long time. Allow no heartache from the past to continue. Take Ignatia Amara.

November 22–December 20
Notice if there is sensitivity (extra) around these subjects: money, partnerships, join resources/finances (something from the past?), speaking with superiors, thinking about career choices, communicating with co-workers, being misunderstood while in public, your life path, your future? It seems like every subject is sensitive. “Don’t worry. Be happy.” Who said that? He was right. This too will pass and know

December 21–January 20
Lay low for the next four weeks in terms of making promises, large decisions (discriminate what’s large & small), signing anything into permanence (it won’t be), travel plans, traveling long distances, Realize  thinking, communications, transactions and even people taking your money will all be internalized so deeply, outer realities won’t make sense. It will be a crazy, mixed up world. Only you will know why. Don’t be lonely.

January 21–February 18
Begin to be practical about your money and resources. After the next two months it would be good for you to travel. However, at this point you must set new goals concerning your money and resources, reaffirm what is of value to you and eliminate all that is no longer useful or what you haven’t used or looked at lately. Use this retrograde Mercury to shed beliefs obstructing you from reality (and dreams). Don’t invest now.

February 19–March 20
Maintain as clear a communication as you can with partners, intimates and those close to you. All relationships may enter into a phase of misunderstandings, perhaps disappointments, criticisms, over-reactions, mixed messages and perhaps the need to call upon mediation for understanding to occur. Pisces also at this time must begin to assess the value of their own thoughts, minds, decisions and needs and discriminate between the self and their beloveds. A difficult task, but necessary.

Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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