Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Trail switchbacks. Photo by Ruth Tomlinson / Robert Harding
Intricately laid trails of Mind and Spirit wind their way, switchbacking, through our lives. They let us ascend or descend where it would otherwise be too steep and the journey never made. Retrogrades are like that.
The beauty of retrograde patterns is they are an S shaped, forward, back, forward, but it happens while time moves forward, the other planets have moved. Nothing is really ever the same again even though Mercury covers the same degrees three times! Clever, that. Saturated, empowered, we change, can’t wait to move on! In air signs, we can’t actually see that mental process, but there is evidence due to our actions.
Mercury 2015 has the standard 3 Mercury RXs, in all the Air signs, Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. Airs signs are thinkers, ones who make connections.
- Aquarius is friend to friend, group to group, invention, computers, awakening, worldwide!
- Gemini is how you think, mind to mind, handshake to handshake, neighbors and sibs, local errands.
- Libra is poetic, partner to partner, both business and pleasure, with our peers, social, political and legal.
The first part of our first 2015 Mercury Rx pattern started Jan 5 at 1 AQ 18. From that point it moves on up to 17 AQ 5 on Jan 21, where it RXs back to the Jan 5 position on Feb 11. At that point it turns Direct, forward, completely finishing the pattern March 3. The matters that occur in this rich three-part process may be considered several times before you settle. Takes the time it takes. That can be a blessing as we absorb new perspectives, adjust them into our lives. And Aquarius isn’t boring!
Oddly, Aquarius is a ‘fixed’ sign, and also a sign of profound sweeping change. It’s spread is from eccentrically stubborn thinking, no thinking at all, to remarkable invention and the exploration of electric enlightenment! And that can vary from topic to topic. Their glitz is unpredictability, can change course in a flash! When dedicated to a greater cause, they gather all the troops and a tsunami of tumblers in the locks are loosed, no going back!
Friendships will be shifted. Alliances will morph, new associates will sparkle, change will be lively. Expect some old friends to reappear. Consider what groups you might join, but wait to do it. You will find out more. Keep an open mind that something even better will come along.
Computer and electronics in your life, in your car, are likely to need some attention, especially if you weren’t able to have them checked out before the Rx started. During RXs is usually not a time to make major electronic purchases. Get the guarantee/warranty if you do. Have backup parts and supplies handy to tide you over until after Mercury goes direct on Feb 11. Do daily backups or have an auto backup system that does that. Copyright your writings, inventions. Hand deliver your important papers. Oh, and don’t ‘hide’ them in a ‘safe place.’ It might be another few retrogrades before you find them again!
Like the Aquarian symbol, double zig zags, lightning bolts, frequently and quickly explore your perimeters while keeping a steady forward course! Others may be excited and gather ’round, or be put off center by your variable dizzying pace! Shake ’em loose! Be free! You may lose some in your past as you out distance them. Bullets may be dodged. Intriguing fringe input may enhance your astounding flight!