by Robert Wilkinson
In part 2 we explore more about this phenomenon that occurs 3 weeks at a time 3 times a year. At the end of this article I have a table so you can find which house(s) this August-September 2010 Mercury RX period falls in relative to your Sun or rising sign. Then you can find out how this transit affects you personally by consulting my article How Does Mercury Retrograde Affect Us In The Different Houses?
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 specific qualities of the present Mercury retrograde period. The period before Mercury goes retrograde is important in getting your paperwork and other life areas in shape, so take note of early August and see what hit a threshold and now requires a delay, research, or renewal.
For now, while Mercury is retrograde, please take this period to re-trace ground covered in recent weeks, get new information and interpretations of old ideas and perceptions, and find new points of view. All these are great things to do while Mercury is retrograde. We are now in a three week retrograde period to deal with things we've put off, or take care of things from the past. This August-September 2010 Mercury retrograde is giving us new understanding about the events of the past four months.
Once Mercury is retrograde, we often experience that communications and other Mercury ruled areas are slower than usual. It's time to re-do, review, rehearse, research, and take a new look at many things that evolved to a threshold during the period before Mercury goes stationary retrograde. So during this time we can again reconsider, reinterpret, and rework Virgo issues and activities, seeing their significance from new angles of understanding.
Looking back (a perfect thing to do during Mercury retrograde!), we got Cancer insights during the Summer 2007 Mercury RX, and Scorpio insights during the Autumn 2007 Mercury RX.
We got Aquarius insights during the early 2008 Mercury RX, and insights about our Gemini areas during the Summer 2008 Mercury RX in Gemini. We completed a natural Air trine of Mercury RX energies when it went through Libra in Sept-Oct 2008, offering new insights about relationships, judgments, balance, fairness, and ways we are or are not being an equal with others in our world.
It moved through Aquarius in early 2009, offering insights about our friendships, goals, ambitions, ideals, group work, larger vision of how we can contribute to our world, how our love and enthusiasms are exteriorizing, and the greatest good for the greatest number.
When it went back into Capricorn January 2009, we got insights about our public self image, how we self-organized to make our lives more effective, and how willing we were to embrace different ways to use discipline and our power to take responsibility effectively.
In May 2009, we got new ways of communicating, researching, understanding, and getting insights into how we can or should discover blessings that can reward our faith and purity of heart. When it retrograded through Taurus, we got to review values and how we use what we have, or need, so that our new emerging self-images can be sustained.
In September, we got new perspectives in relationships and how equal we are or are not, finding new ideals that prepared us for important Saturn in Libra experiences beginning late October. When it slipped back into Virgo, we got a review on how we needed to adjust to make our lives more effective, or got a new look at work and/or health issues.
In December 2009 and January 2010, we got new perspectives on why we had to surrender in certain ways in 2009, and found unique interactive circumstances that fit our gifts, or gifts to fit our circumstances. Adjustments helped us achieve closure while giving our curiosity something to chew on in the way of ideas we've been externalizing since February 2010.
In April-May 2010 we again got a look back at Taurus themes and issues, and mobilized in some way that has been cooking steadily since then. In this Virgo retrograde period, we'll not only get insights into the Taurus energies that have been affecting us since Spring, but we'll also get insights into Saturn lessons as they presented themselves when Saturn occupied this Virgo retrograde span. That was October 2007 through February 2008, July 2008 through November 2008, and February 2009 through August 2009.
These times of Mercury retrograde in Earth are showing us how to be practical in organizing our lives. Since last January, we've begun to finish up some things, preparing to move into a more "limitless" set of possibilities. We've now mobilized the Taurus areas of our chart, and by mid-May began a slow, steady growth mode through the beginning of this Mercury retrograde period. This continued Earth influence pervading Mercury retrograde periods will last through December 2010, after which the Fire element will begin to influence these periods in 2011 and 2012.
By learning about these recurring Mercury retrograde periods, we can understand how to deal with them productively, as well as the months afterward, which they also indirectly influence. Since this August-September 2010 Mercury goes stationary at 20 Virgo and retrogrades back to 6 Virgo, you can learn a lot about this coming period by reading all you can about Mercury retrograde in Virgo.
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:
Aug 11 to 27, read Mercury retrograde in the 1st house.
Aug 28 to Sept 10, 12th and 1st houses.
Sept 11 to 27, 12th house.
Sept 28 to Oct 11, 11th and 12th houses.
Oct 12 to 27, 11th house.
Oct 28 to Nov 10, 10th and 11th houses.
Nov 11 to 26, 10th house.
Nov 27 to Dec 10, 9th and 10th houses.
Dec 11 to 25, 9th house.
Dec 26 to Jan 8, 8th and 9th houses.
Jan 9 to 24, 8th house.
Jan 25 to Feb 6, 7th and 8th houses.
Feb 7 to 23, 7th house.
Feb 24 to Mar 8, 6th and 7th houses.
Mar 9 to 24, 6th house.
Mar 25 to Apr 8, 5th and 6th houses.
Apr 9 to 24, 5th house.
Apr 25 to May 8, 4th and 5th houses.
May 9 to 25, 4th house.
May 25 to Jun 8, 3rd and 4th houses.
Jun 9 to 25, 3rd house.
Jun 26 to Jul 10, 2nd and 3rd houses.
Jul 11 to 27, 2nd house.
Jul 28 to Aug 10, 1st and 2nd houses.
This table is approximate, and if your birthday falls near the edge of two possible positions you may need to read both to know which applies to your Sun sign. Of course, one should always have a correct natal chart calculated professionally in order to know where the planets are situated, as this helps clarify your exact cyclic pattern.
Copyright © 2010 Robert Wilkinson