by Robert Wilkinson
In part two we explore more about this phenomenon that occurs three weeks at a time three times a year. At the end of this article I have included a table so you can find which house(s) this January-February 2008 Mercury retrograde period falls in relative to your Sun or rising sign. Then you can consult my article How Does Mercury Retrograde Affect Us In The Different Houses? to find how this transit will affect you personally as a result of Mercury retrograding through the houses in your chart.
Like all Mercury retrograde periods, these three weeks offer a chance to reorganize in the areas of our life ruled by Mercury. These are the houses of your chart ruled by Gemini or Virgo, any planets in these signs in your chart, and the house occupied by your natal, progressed, or solar return Mercury.
All retrogrades show us that sometimes it is more important to be inwardly oriented than outer-directed. These are times when our previous activities "echo back" information about what we've already experienced during a planetary direct motion phase. When the inner planets are retrograde, our personal life is most subject to review, reflection, re-doing or getting a new angle on those affairs. When the outer planets are retrograde, we get the same process of review but it impacts our place in the larger scheme of things, whether social, cultural, or transpersonal-global.
When retrograde, Mercury, the "Guide of Souls," challenges us to cultivate our personal understanding of our "fellowship with the Eternal," explore our deeper issues and useful but overlooked details in what's being discussed or asserted, take an unusual view, and allow ourselves to be led by the future implications of what's happening. It’s a time when we truly get a new look at many things and come to a different understanding of how the various affairs of our inner and outer life are coordinated, or need to be.
We can get different perspectives and insights into prior events, messages, and signals, and can fill in important gaps in our understanding. Sometimes it may seem like it's one step forward, two to the side, one step back, one to the other side, then two steps forward, but often we find that we are offered entirely new and crucial perspectives and knowledge that can help us when it's time to move forward again after the retrograde is past.
In Part 1 we explored some specific qualities of the present Mercury retrograde period. I trust you got your important paperwork in order the past two weeks, since Mercury went RX at 12:31 pm PST January 28. We now enter three week retrograde period to deal with things we've put off, or take care of things from the past. This January-February 2008 Mercury retrograde will give us new understanding about the events of the past four months.
We can again reconsider, reinterpret, and rework Aquarius issues and activities, seeing their significance from new angles of understanding. We got Cancer insights during the Summer 2007 Mercury RX. We got Scorpio insights during the Autumn 2007 Mercury RX. Now we'll get more insights about our friendships, goals, ambitions, ideals, group work, larger vision of how we can contribute to our world, how our love and enthusiams are exteriorizing, and the greatest good for the greatest number.
We'll also get insights about how to synthesize various life components so we can move unencumbered into a greater, purer fulfillment opening us to our future in some important life area. As this is a sign that knows no boundaries in its freedom to explore higher and broader realms, this time can show us how to transcend our old selves through taking a new look at our perceptions, opinions, and judgments concerning the areas mentioned above.
Last Summer we explored home and family issues, the supply of our everyday needs, and ways of experiening our past, present, and future. Last Autumn we extended this feeling-understanding and whatever emotional intelligence we developed through the trine from Scorpio to Cancer. Now we explore how the concrete form of the images glimpsed last Autumn have crystalized into forms of new opportunities, new heart strengths, and new self-expression.
By the end of this retrograde period, we will stand on the threshold of four months that will test many of us to launch a vision, and give reality and form to our ideals. Our previous spiritual realizations will be given wings as we repudiate obsolete attitudes and activities. We can practice a technique leading to a greater emotional, social, or cultural power through allowing our symbols to come alive.
By learning about these recurring Mercury retrograde periods, we can understand how to deal with them productively, as well as the months afterwards, which they also indirectly influence. Since this January-February 2008 Mercury will go stationary at 24 Aquarius and retrograde back to 9 Aquarius, you can learn a lot about this coming period by reading all you can about Mercury retrograde in Aquarius.
You can get more information how this important time of Mercury retrograde (which happens three times a year every year!) affects you personally by getting a copy of my book "A New Look At Mercury Retrograde" and reading the section on Mercury retrograde in the houses. However, you can also get some very useful ideas of how it works by consulting the article that I linked to in the first paragraph of this article titled "How Does Mercury Retrograde Work in the Houses." The ideas I offer there work, whether you're referencing the natal or Solar charts.
To that end, the houses in astrology show us the specific areas of our worldly affairs where we experience a given planetary influence. If you know your natal chart, then read the corresponding house in the article. However, whether you do or don't know your chart, you can find out Mercury's approximate position in your solar houses (created by your Sun sign position) by consulting this table:
For birthdays between:
Jan 28 to Feb 12, read Mercury retrograde in the 1st house.
Feb 13 to 26, 12th and 1st houses.
Feb 27 to March 12, 12th house.
March 13 to 27, 11th and 12th houses.
Mar 28 to Apr 11, 11th house.
Apr 12 to 27, 10th and 11th houses.
Apr 28 to May 12, 10th house.
May 13 to 27, 9th and 10th houses.
May 28 to June 12, 9th house.
June 13 to 28, 8th and 9th houses.
June 29 to July 14, 8th house.
July 15 to 29, 7th and 8th houses.
Juny 30 to Aug 14, 7th house.
Aug 15 to 30, 6th and 7th houses.
Aug 31 to Sep 14, 6th house.
Sep 15 to 30, 5th and 6th houses.
Oct 1 to 15, 5th house.
Oct 16 to 29, 4th and 5th houses.
Oct 30 to Nov 14, 4th house.
Nov 15 to 29, 3rd and 4th houses.
Nov 30 to Dec 13, 3rd house.
Dec 14 to 28, 2nd and 3rd houses.
Dec 29 to Jan 12, 2nd house.
Jan 13 to 27, 1st and 2nd houses.
Of course, this table is approximate, and if your birthday falls near the edge of two possible positions you may need to read both. One should always have the chart calculated professionally in order to know where the planets are situated, as this helps clarify your exact cyclic pattern.
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson