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The Election in Mercury Retrograde


Uh, oh. That’s what many astrologers are saying when viewing the Nov. 6 election day astrology chart. How could this occur we ask? It must be some cosmic joke that allows us to possibly revisit the contested events of the 2000 election.  What am I referring to? Mercury, the planet that clarifies (thinking, observing, deciding and making intelligent choices, etc.) turns stationary retrograde on election day in Sagittarius, sign of truth, justice and the law. Mercury retrograde, taking us back to the past, can create confusion and a sense that things aren’t what they seem. Who were we voting for again? Mercury itself rules contracts and agreements. We are advised not to make decisions, important final decisions or sign anything during Mercury retrograde due to the mental confusion that results and the fact that, after Mercury turns direct again, our minds change. Mercury retro is best for reflective contemplative thinking, reorganizing, redoing, reassessing. We don’t suspend our lives during Mercury retro nor do we (mis)use the retro to excuse behaviors. Instead, we adapt, living intelligently within the knowledge of the retro—gift to us. Retrogrades signal that we are exhausted with information gathering and must allow the data and life events to be integrated and/or eliminated. Let us, during this Mercury retro in Sag, invoke the burning truth of justice. May we be inspired with Right Choice, seeing the essential meaning behind voting and the elections. May we choose the candidate who stands under the Will-to-Good for all of humanity.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Nov 1–7, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

It’s possible you will review something from the past that was a deep loss –a person, resource, marriage, an intimacy. Review this loss and turn it around. Make it a gift, a power received, something of great value to you. Review your desires and aspirations. Do you know the difference? Ask everyone around what they value in you. You learn new things.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21

You will ponder upon new, very different, more inclusive ways of communicating. You will realize that you must listen now with curiosity and penetrating questions (instead of solving problems) when others speak. With deep listening, great insights occur for both listener and speaker. Search for ways to have more trust. Then you can reveal the sterling truths about yourself with out fear.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

Care for your health in all ways, from morning till night. Make this your priority. Begin with morning exercise before eating. Move onto green smoothies (almond milk, kale, chard leaves, lemon, beets, parsley, apple, pear, spirulina). Make cilantro pesto. Eat an avocado a day. Something, both dissolving and refining, occurs with work. Seek to understand a partner’s sorrows. Listen and observe. Maintain quiet.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20

You will consider what in the past brought you joy, what helped you be creative, and what you used to be enthusiastic about. You will see how you’ve become more than you thought you would be. Nonverbal ways of expressing yourself seem more appropriate now. Spend most time in gardens, museums, places with art, creativity and beauty. Explore all of nature. Explore what it means to be your natural self.

leoLeo July 21–August 22

You may see family and friends from the past, perhaps from childhood. Family may seek to include you in celebrations, attempting to relive their past, which you have set aside. You remember younger years, when you were free and wandering, when the light you lived under came only from the sky, sun and stars. You sense impressions from the past seeking new interpretations. Plant blue morning glories inside and out.


virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

Over and over the same thoughts and ideas circulate through your mind. You want to discover all aspects of a puzzle, attempting to put it together. Thoughts come to mind but you are unable to articulate many of them. In this unusual silence, your eyes see more than ever before. It’s as if your senses shifted. As one sings, the other doesn’t. Seek to understand everyone’s truths. Let them stand equally with your truths.


libraLibra September 23–October 22

When you look around at your living and working and garden environments, you realize you’ve come to love and appreciate and value all of them. They offer a specific calmness and orderliness that you need. They soothe your spirit and provide your life with daily context. They relieve anxiety. You realize you’ve had this all along, since birth. The change has occurred within. Have gratitude for the past. It built your present.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

Over the next several weeks and a bit beyond, you assess your self-image. Not what others think of you but what you think of yourself. And then you begin to create a new image. No longer an outer persona, but one more in depth presented to the world. You no longer need to veil, arm or protect a self-image that’s no longer real. You are more and more authentic. There’s nothing to lose, nothing to gain. You’re the Buddha on the road.


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

Sorrows and sadness from the past seek a new state of gladness to replace them. All thoughts begin to be clothed in compassion. There’s no longer the question of why. There’s only the feeling of goodness, that life is precious and paradox is acceptable. You will walk through a door in the next several weeks. You will open that door and then shut it behind you. You will see a mountain with an ascending light. You glimpse of your life ahead. Get good shoes.


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

During this retrograde time, be very aware of new insights, new revelations and new understanding appearing quietly and subtly. All previous experiences, especially sadness, coalesce into new states of knowledge. An old friend makes contact; strange twists and turns of relationships begin to ease. Defeat becomes triumph. Speak your mind with truth at all times. Allow others to adapt to you. Frustration turns to opportunity. Art calls.


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

You don’t allow any glamorous nonsense saying nothing to be in your life and environments. Everything seems to be changing every moment. This will continue. You will seek stability wherever you find it. New revelations occur. New thinking. Use all of these in your work, present them to the world, allow others to respond and exteriorize whatever is in them. You know your path. It’s always the surprising unusual view. Community calls.


piscesPisces February 19–March 20

Up till now you’ve had a firm grasp of what you want in your future. This will change in the coming months. You will accept where you are and the situations you’re in. An old dilemma becomes a great Truth. A philosophy is differently interpreted and you cherish it like a golden apple, a golden coin. Old friends drop away seeking a different path. Your work expands. You build within the crystal square.

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

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written by denise powell, October 30, 2012
Hey Risa, great charts this week. when does mercury retrograde finish. important documents for me to sign. keep up the wonderful work. thanks

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