Mercury Retrograde and the October Eclipses

Oct 5-25
Pre-shadow period begins Sept 13 thru Oct 4, 2014
Retrograde begins at 10:02 am on Oct 5 (2 degrees and 15 mins of Scorpio)
Turns direcct at 12:15 pm on Oct 24 (16 degrees of and 51 minutes of Libra)
Completes post-shadow period from Oct 25 to Nov 10


Take special note of this Mercury retrograde because it closely aligns with the October Eclipses. As it begins its retrogration at 2 degrees of Scorpio it will make it’s second pass over the Solar Eclipse point of 0 degrees Scorpio and then over the Lunar Eclipse point of 15 degrees Libra before turning direct again at 16 degrees of Libra and once again passing over the 0 degree Scorpio point for the third time, wow!

What does all this mean exactly? To summarize, it will be an opportune time to look at our relationship to self and others as well as embracing opportunitites of transformation so we can inititate and live healthy and authentic lives.

In general, Mercury is the planet that astrologically represents travel, communication and our thought processes. Known as the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury’s role is to speedily deliver clear and precise information. Retrograding 3-4 times a year, when the planetary trickster strikes, many of our daily activities go haywire.

Mercury also rules electronics and is often blamed for all types of technical mishaps with cell phones, electric devices and computers, warranting an important time to backup your computer files. In general terms, machines of all kinds tend to act strangely and take on a Murphy’s Law theme.

Remain flexible and prepare for delays and miscommunications of all kinds.It is best to avoid signing any contractual agreements as matters begun during Mercury retrograde periods tend to take unexpected twists and turns in the future. During Mercury retrograde periods we often find ourselves revisiting past projects or situations that once again need our attention. It is also a time period, however, when we often hear from or feel compelled to reach out to old friends or lovers whom we haven’t spoken to in some time.

Although Mercury retrograde periods may seem frustrating at times, they provide opportunities to review or finish up old projects, contact old friends or clean out the closet and garage. It’s an opportune time for introspection and deep thought.

This Mercury Retrograde along with the powerful October Eclipses are emphasizing new beginnings with a focus on personal transformation and authentic relationship to self and others.


Past 2014 Mercury Retrograde Dates

June 7 – July 1

Pre-shadow period begins May 22 thru Jun 7
Retrograde begins at 4:57 am on June 8 (3 degrees and 07 minutes of Cancer)
Moves into ruling sign of Gemini on Jun 17
Turns direct at 5:50 am on July 1 (24 degrees of and 22 minutes of Gemini)
Completes post-shadow period from July 1 to July 15

Feb 6 – Feb 28

Pre-shadow period begins Jan 22 thru Feb 6, 2014
Retrograde begins at 6:53 pm on Feb 6 (3 degrees and 19 minutes of Pisces)
Turns direct at 6:01 am on Feb 28 (18 degrees of and 9 minutes of Aquarius)
Completes post-shadow period from Feb 28 to March 20


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