Mercury in Taurus

How to succeed during Mercury retrograde, April 9 through May 3 2017

mercury retrogradeSometimes it seems like we are in a permanent Mercury retrograde period, doesn’t it?  Under Mercury retrograde communication snafus are common and often equipment that we rely on fails to work properly.

I like to think of Mercury retrograde periods as being the ebb tide.  Life doesn’t always move in forward motion – like the tide, there are periods where events rush us towards the shore and other times when we look to the past and must take a step backwards in order to find completion or master a certain issue.

Consequently, Mercury retrograde times are good for re-flection and for finding new wisdom in situations from the past; for re-decorating, re-designing, re-thinking. They are usually not great times to start something new, but we can’t always design our lives around the three weeks, four times a year in which Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury is in the fixed and somewhat stubborn sign of Taurus right now where it adapts well to the lack of forward motion.  However, when Mercury retrogrades back into fiery Aries where it will remain between April 20th and May 15th we will be at the mercy of two opposing forces: the urge of Aries to take dynamic and impulsive action combined with the retrograde tendency to take two steps backward for every step forward.  This will be exacerbated by the fact that throughout this period Mercury will unite with reckless Uranus.  Under this influence there tends to be a lot of impulsive behavior and action as well as words thrown about without too much thought.  Travel is likely to be disrupted and a fair amount of chaos can ensue if we fail to pay attention. However, this planetary dynamic also bestows new ways of looking at our world as well as fresh insights.  Life will certainly be more exciting during this time!

We will find all of this easier and more enjoyable if we allow ourselves to let go and enjoy the ride.  Between now and May 15th it will be difficult to keep a tight control over events and situations, but the hidden gifts of surprising new adventures are just around the corner.

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By | 2017-04-11T16:57:50+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Mercury retrograde|2 Comments

It’s all about Mercury right now

image from Taranak’s blog.  Over the next few days and leading up to the New Moon Eclipse on May 9th, transiting Mercury will make no fewer than seven exact hits to other planets in its march through early Taurus. Mercury is the planet that rules over the mind and the mental function, but also communication and movement.  With Mercury activating this many planets, our minds will be active and energized by new thoughts and ideas and the necessity of adapting to the stimuli around us.

One of the things I love about the mythological Mercury is that as the messenger god he was the only  one of all of the gods that was allowed into Pluto’s domain, the Underworld.  Our mental understanding helps to facilitate our movement through experiences and provides us with a way to process the events in our life in a way that enhances our personal growth.

Mercury is in Taurus at the moment, and the fixed earthiness of Taurus makes the flexibility that Mercury requires more difficult to achieve.  With so many Mercury aspects over the next few days, our minds will be very active and we are prone to changing our minds like our clothing, and shapeshifting and mercurial shifts of demeanor and manner will be the norm.  But Taurus creates resistance to change resulting in a push/pull force pulling us in both directions that may be difficult.

So over the next few days we will find ourselves in this duality of motion versus resistance.  Meditation helps quiet the mind and will help the reality of our situation become more evident and keep the mental confusion to a minimum.  When we can’t make a decision, the time is not yet right and there is more that needs to be known before that can happen.

In Taurus, Mercury loves comfort and security.  Over the next few days these things will be of paramount importance as we head into the New Moon in Taurus in which we will begin a new cycle of earthly comfort and pleasure.

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By | 2013-05-05T17:15:10+00:00 May 5th, 2013|Astrology|3 Comments

Moving from Aries to Taurus

Mars in TaurusEach sign reacts to and improves on the sign that immediately precedes it, so when a planet like Mars moves from its own sign of Aries, which is courageous and vibrant but can also be impetuous and thoughtless, there is a shift into the more grounded stability of the Taurus influence.  Robert Wilkinson points this out in his post on Mars in Taurus today:

Mars now activates the stabilization of our affairs wherever we have Taurus in our birth chart. Mars in Taurus can be stubborn in doing things its way, so expect more brinksmanship and butting of heads in the political arena. Of course, this is also where once things are on track, they will move steadily forward to the desired ends, since Mars in Taurus is truly the irresistible force and/or the immovable object, sometimes at the same time!

As Taurus stabilizes what began in Aries, and Mars represents actions to pierce through inertias, expect activities that substantiate and confirm recent initiatives and beginnings that began in March and April. Keep developing fields that opened then, keep the disciplined activity going, figure out what you need to sustain the momentum, all while finding ways to enjoy yourself.

Venus and Mercury (which are currently still in a nice trio that includes Jupiter in Aries) are about to transition from Aries into Taurus over the next few days, so it’s a good time to build up the momentum while there’s still some Aries energy motivating us towards action.  Under the Taurus influence we seek comfort and security and tend to resist change.  Taurus offers an opportunity to sink deep roots and build a powerful base of determination so that we can truly enjoy our lives.

Taurus isn’t the most glamorous or thrilling of signs, but it is the most powerful.  A bull in a meadow seems gentle and harmless until its one-ton mass is hurled into action.  This is the kind of power that Taurus teaches!  This kind of strength is a great gift, and one that will come in handy when we move into the intensity of this summer’s planetary cycles!

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By | 2011-05-13T15:46:16+00:00 May 13th, 2011|Astrology|0 Comments

Mercury retrograde! Tonight until May 11

Mercury will turn retrograde on April 18th at 12:06 am EDT (4:06 am GMT).  Mercury, being the messenger god and the lord of communication, presides over all aspects of communication  including the mental processing of experiences.  Mercury also rules small machinery and short-distance travel.

The recent air traffic problems caused by the Iceland volcano is an example of Mercury Retrograde reversals.

When Mercury turns retrograde, as it does for three weeks four times a year, communication can sometimes become difficult, there are often travel glitches and snafus in contract negotiations.  This is not universally true, and we can go though entire Mercury retrograde periods with no problems.  But it’s useful to know when Mercury is retrograde so that you can be more careful with all matters regarding the transmission of information.  Put everything in writing, clarify everything two or three times so that there’s no confusion, and if confusion reigns anyway just laugh and say “Ha! Mercury is retrograde.”

Mercury is in stable and solid Taurus now, and the Taurus dislike of change could make the retrograde experience more uncomfortable.  During the retrograde cycle, through May 11, it will likely be necessary to go back and re-trace your steps, redoing any mistakes we have made.  Taurus prefers to be firmly rooted, moving neither forwards nor backwards.  This could create some inner conflict for us and make it more difficult to make needed transitions.

Because of the retrograde period, Mercury will remain in Taurus longer than usual making this a good time to become familiar with the pleasurable aspects of life in a body.  Delicious food, comfortable fabrics, the delight of a good hug – all of these things are highlighted for the next few months.  Under the Taurean influence we will be less inclined to chatter, particularly during the retrograde period.

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By | 2010-04-17T10:04:22+00:00 April 17th, 2010|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Mercury squares the Big Three today

Mercury is moving quickly through Taurus and today it forms a challenging square to the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Aquarius. Mercury is the processor of our experiences; it digests the stuff of our daily existence and converts it into usable data that can be run through the softwareof our mind.

The square is a challenging 90 degree formation and today it may be difficult to process the emotions that are springing forth as a result of the triple conjunction.  But as with any challenging aspect, the discomfort of the challenge forces us to find a way to mediate it and come up with a solution.

For the next couple of days don’t be alarmed if you are feeling somewhat distressed and unable to make sense of the way you feel.  Try to relax and listen to the voices of the mind and the heart, and see if there is a way to negotiate a compromise.

While Mercury is squaring off against the Big Three, it is also in a harmonious alignment (sextile) to Uranus, the planet of innovation and fresh ideas.  Mercury and Uranus are great allies and the presence of Uranus here adds more mental agility.  Listen to the intuition that comes at a moment’s notice, and follow its advice.

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By | 2009-06-09T06:03:11+00:00 June 9th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mercury squares the Big Three today
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