I spoke briefly of Mercury retrograde last week. On Tuesday, Mercury goes retrograde at 29º Virgo 04′ at 6:04 AM Pacific Time. It stays retrograde until Thursday September 22, the same day as the Fall Equinox. This is a crucial period for reviewing your plans, your office systems, your health issues, what is it you’ve been avoiding? What has been nagging at you to be taken care of which you’ve been procrastinating over? Is a contract, a discussion, a decision to vote one way or another in limbo? Mercury retrograde, especially at the last degree of a mutable sign, is a warning light to rethink the details that will make or break your business, your life, your relationships, but which are also the things we most avoid.
Do you owe money? Have you budgeted to make financial obligations work? Do you need to refinance a house? Maybe this is the time to research that process? Do you need to hire help because your responsibilities are long past endurance? These are all the types of things we review when Mercury is retrograde. We also have an extra push this week, because on Thursday, September 1, at 2:03 AM Pacific Time, we also have a Solar Eclipse (New Moon — but more powerful than a new beginning new moon). It is at 9º Virgo 20′. The last time we had one here was September 1, 1997 at the same degree. Yes, that is 19 years-the time it takes for eclipses to return back to where they were at a time 19 years prior!
What was going on in your life in fall of 1997 and spring of 1998? I know my life completely changed during that time, in fact, it is one of the strongest memories of my adult life that I have to this day. Perhaps that is because I am a Pisces and eclipses in any of the mutable signs affect all of the mutable signs-Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo-or those who have a lot of that in their charts. Since it is a New Moon Solar Eclipse-a new beginning in terms of one’s outer life is due so expect many changes and repercussions from this eclipse sometime around mid-December 2016. This eclipse is also in a difficult aspect to Saturn, the planet of self-responsibility, discipline and, in general, sucking it up! It is about embracing rather than running away from what you know you must do. This Mercury retrograde period is buying you some time to really think about the quality and quantity issues in your life. Where do you need to pare down so you can grow new branches and develop in new areas? This is a question for which there is no real answer until the end of this month.
The 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is here! In addition to the useful graph of all the Retrogrades, Eclipses, and related shadow points, there’s a full page about this year’s upcoming planetary cycles.