by Robert Wilkinson
In this article we explore more about this phenomenon that usually occurs 3 weeks at a time 3 times a year. At the end there's a table so you can find which house(s) this February 2014 Mercury RX period falls in relative to your Sun 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. And of course, the house Mercury RX transits will be where these work out in specific life affairs.
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.
The period before Mercury goes retrograde is important in getting your paperwork and other life areas in shape, so take note of what was presented in the last week of January and first week of February 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 February 2014 Mercury retrograde is giving us new understanding about the events of the past four months and indirect insights into what we'll be dealing with during the first three weeks of March.
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 Scorpio issues and activities, seeing their significance from new angles of understanding.
So in what House(s) does this Retrograde Occur for my Birthday?
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 Mercury retrograde begins tomorrow when it goes retrograde at 4 Pisces and retrogrades back to 19 Aquarius, you can learn a lot about this coming period by reading all you can about Mercury retrograde in Pisces and Aquarius, and all the possible ways these signs manifest in the world. I've already offered a lot about the degrees and energies at play in this retrograde period in previous articles in this series.
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. It will also be in ebook format sometime (we really are making a sort of Mercury retrograde progress....)
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 in that article really do 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 23 to Feb 6, read Mercury retrograde in the 1st house.
Feb 7 to 21, 12th and 1st houses.
Feb 22 to Mar 8, 12th house.
Mar 9 to 23, 11th and 12th houses.
Mar 24 to Apr 7, 11th house.
Apr 8 to 22, 10th and 11th houses.
Apr 23 to May 7, 10th house.
May 8 to 23, 9th and 10th houses.
May 24 to Jun 7, 9th house.
Jun 8 to 23, 8th and 9th houses.
Jun 24 to Jul 9, 8th house.
Jul 10 to 25, 7th and 8th houses.
Jul 26 to Aug 9, 7th house.
Aug 10 to 25, 6th and 7th houses.
Aug 26 to Sep 9, 6th house.
Sep 10 to 25, 5th and 6th houses.
Sep 26 to Oct 10, 5th house.
Oct 11 to 25, 4th and 5th houses.
Oct 26 to Nov 9, 4th house.
Nov 10 to 24, 3rd and 4th houses.
Nov 25 to Dec 9, 3rd house.
Dec 10 to 23, 2nd and 3rd houses.
Dec 24 to Jan 7, 2nd house.
Jan 8 to 22, 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.
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