OH WHAT NOW—Here We Go! Mercury Retrogrades Over The Holidays
By: Elizabeth Joyce
Mercury will turn retrograde the morning of December 19th, when there will be five more shopping day ‘till Christmas. The planet will be in the shadow of retrograde several days before that. Let’s make a note of how this affects the public, as this backwards motion brings some or all of the following: difficulties, including transportation, slowing down of the mail system, difficulty finding what you want, having to return incorrect shipped items, tendencies to rethink what one has thought, canceled plans, changing your mind, difficulty with all sorts of mechanical items, especially telephones and computers, incorrect messages or not receiving them, back-up lines at the airport, difficulties in getting somewhere “on time” as well as difficulties in all kinds of practical matters.
Let’s put this all together with the demands of the Christmas and Holiday season. Unless I miss my guess, during the Yuletide season you will be doing some or all of the following: transporting yourself, sending things by mail, trying to decide what you want to buy and for who you want to buy, coming to all sorts of conclusions of what so-and-so wants or needs as a gift, partying, going all sorts of places, dealing with all sorts of practical matters as you prepare for various house gatherings for various types of celebrations. Hanukkah begins as well on December 25th through January 1st, 2017.
So prepare for some difficulties. Here are some recommendations to help you prepare.
- Remember Murphy’s Law? If something can go wrong it will, at the worst possible moment. This was coined during one of Mercury Retrograde phases, I’m sure. It certainly has been meant not only as a warning but to remind us to keep a good sense of humor. Where would all of our comics be if nothing went wrong. Remember “I Love Lucy,” and Ralph Cramden and Ed Norton?
- Get your cars and truck checked out in November, not December. Purchase all tickets, travel and theater, before December 14th.
- Leave an extra fifteen minutes early so as to have extra time, also plan extra time between appointments.
- Do all of your Christmas shopping before you get that car checked. (Smile!) In November, if possible.
- Send out all packages and Christmas cards by December 5th.
- Don’t get too tied up in thinking or re-thinking the guest list, or the gift list. If you forget someone, don’t worry, they’ll get over it, at lest they should. Patiently explain to family and friends about Mercury retrograde.
- Remember that intention counts. Even if you can’t find what you want, you will find what you need.
- If you are late with the gifts, explain “Okay, I’m late with my gifts. What do you expect with Mercury retrograde?” In ancient Mesopotamia, giving gifts after the holidays, within the twelve days of Christmas, was considered a sign of wisdom and love.
- If you plan to travel long distances, (to meet relatives, for example), remember this: Mercury retrograde generally indicates that everyone’s a bit harried, hurried, and hassled. It indicates that people doing mechanical work, including work on airplanes, will be harried, hurried, and hassled. This doesn’t mean that people won’t go to work, or that you should not travel, but it is certainly not the best time to do so. Follow your intuition as whether to fly or not. Expect delays and always bring a book to read and some toys for the children.Once you’ve done all that, lean back in your easy chair, light up a Cuban cigar, sip your cognac and put your feet up. That will bring things in perspective for you. Perspective is just what you need when Mercury is retrograde. Here is a list of what is called Mercury’s False Promises:
We must have lunch real soon
Your luggage is checked through
We promise no delays
We’ve got inflation licked
I’ll get right back to you
It’s just a standard form
Tomorrow without fail
Pleased to meet you
We are never late
Thank you so much
The check is in the mail
You may have won a prize
Your secret’s safe with me
It’s wrinkle free, won’t crumble or peal
This is a real good deal
Strictly by the book
What’s fair is fair
I am not a crook
We’ll send someone right out
Now this won’t hurt a bit
It’s finger licking good
I’ll be right there
He’s in a meeting now
The coat’s a perfect fit
Strictly fresh today
Service with a smile
I’ll love you darling, till I die
We’ll keep you name on file
So walk right during theses next three weeks (Dec. 19th – Jan. 8th ) and be thankful it’s all over on Little Christmas.
Wishing you a most Happy Holiday Season and a Great New Year.
You resolutions for 2017 are still good, but perhaps delayed!
Aries pushes the others aside to get to the door first, with the largest trick/treat bag.
Taurus will only eat the finest of Swiss chocolates, and loves to get money.
Gemini goes around the neighborhood once, changes costumes and goes around again.
Cancer stays at home and gives candy to the other trick-or-treaters.
Leo plans their costume for months, then won't go out because someone else had the same idea.
Virgo wears a neatly-pressed suit and tells everyone they're a banker.
Libra is still standing in front of the closet trying to decide on a costume.
Scorpio isn't in it for the candy, only for the money.
Sagittarius forgets which house they've been to, or will manage to wander to the next town.
Capricorn makes a list of all the houses that give good candy and the most direct route to take.
Aquarius builds their space suit costume out of spare flashlights and spends all night tinkering when it shorts.
Pisces is a witch and convinced their broomstick can fly to the Moon or Mars.
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This week brings us the Fall Equinox! The Sun transits from Virgo into Libra, initiating Autumn (in the Northern hemisphere) and Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. You might not even know it, but most likely you felt it somewhere in your body, mind, and/or soul. Mercury also goes back into direct motion on this powerful date.
This is one of four days, the Equinox and Solstice, celebrated by many different cultures and traditions in the past as well as the present. On Wednesday evening – Thursday morning, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, the day and night’s duration is equal, bringing balance to the earth.
Balanced in perfect harmony on the scales of the Universe are the night and day, feminine and masculine, Yin and Yang, material and spiritual, compassion and judgment. It brings equal polarity, receptivity and reciprocity reign on both the winter and spring equinox. A solemn reminder that even the most opposing contradicting forces can sign a peace treaty. If Darkness and Light can live in harmony, well, so can we.
How incredibly intuitive and wise were those early stargazers of Babylon, because they assigned to Libra, the sign of balance and equality to the fall Equinox; the rulership over marriage and relationships. I am not sure if they were truly realized, or just stumbled upon a powerful truth. It may have been a Universal Download from the heavens. Relationships can only function within balance and equality. These early astrologers assigned the Autumn Equinox to be on the first day of Libra, the sign Justice. Libra is not only the sign of partnerships but also open enemies. Our enemies as well as our partners hold a clear mirror in front of us to reflect our part in the situation, and that is why we can love and hate them so much.
Right now – this week - is the perfect time to celebrate all of our partnerships and sign a peace treaty. This is the true Valentine’s day of the year, according to the Astrology wheel.
Let’s compare Libra with the Kabbalah. According to the Talmud and Kabbalah, Rosh Ha’Shana, the Jewish New Year, celebrated on the New Moon in Libra, (September 24/25 this year ). This was supposedly the day God created Adam and Eve. This suggests that mythologically speaking, humanity is indeed a double Libra. We as humans have to master relationships in order to graduate from this earth school by attaining enlightenment, or in other words, a greater Universal love.
Astrologically, the Ram’s horn is the symbol of Aries, Libra’s opposite and complimentary sign. When we are experiencing a Moon and Sun in Libra, we need the Aries as a support beam because Aries in the hot tempered, lone wolf (or Ram). Aries is the child of the zodiac, who must learn and be trained to share, give, and trust others.
The gospel according to Libra goes something like this: “It is not the strong who survive but the ones who formed the strongest partnerships. Born as two but functioning as one, that is what the Masters bestowed by the creating the magic of relationships. What one lacks, the other provides, thus creating balance.”
The Fall Equinox, as the initiator of Libra, is the time in the year we celebrate taking care of another and finding common ground. In this moment within the zodiac wheel, it is easier to see God in everyone we meet. Indeed, Libra is the sign of mirrors as well as the scales, and Libra’s energy uses relationships to best reflect our true inner motives, feelings, and colors.
Blindfolded, Libra holds the scales in balance, distributing equal energy between the masculine part of the year (Spring and Summer) and the feminine (Autumn and Winter).
The Fall Equinox energies are true to the Libra nature, both are equal but opposite: learning and teaching. A true teacher learns when she brings forth knowledge and a studious student teaches his mentors as he learns and grows.
According to the union or marriage of Astrology and the Kabbalah, in order for relationships to be successful, the partners need to give as much as they receive, teach as much as they learn and help in the same measure they are helped. Otherwise, the bedroom becomes a therapy room or worse.
As mentioned earlier, the Fall Equinox is the day when daytime and night are equal As the nights grow longer until the Winter Solstice, the Great Mother grows bigger (in the Northern Hemisphere) as in her womb she carries the savior, or god of light who will be born on the Winter Solstice (Apollo, Artemis, Horus, Marduk, Attis, and The Lord, Jesus Christ, to name a few).
In ancient Greek mythology, the Fall Equinox is the day, that true to the added stipulation of her prenuptial agreement, Persephone must return to the Underworld, and join her husband Hades. Her mother, goddess of the earth, Demeter, must let her daughter die so she could return to be queen to the realm of dead; she mourns for her beloved daughter and the trees, being her extension, shed their leaves to match her tears. Demeter goes into severe winter-blues and with her all living creatures, frozen in snow by her depression. But no worries, she will reunite with her daughter in spring when she will reincarnate, enabling nature to bud again.
In the Chinese tradition, the 15th day of the 8th moon, often coinciding with the Autumn Equinox, was celebrated with mooncakes as the festivities of harvest. In Wicca tradition, the equinox is celebrated as Moban, one of the eight pagan holidays. In Japan it is called Higan-e, a week long celebration when people are encouraged to give offering to the image of the Buddha as well as their ancestors.
And in Middle Earth, at the Shire, on the Equinox, both Bilbo and Frodo were born. This is what lead the American Tolkien Society to declare back in 1978, that Hobbit Day be celebrated on September 22nd; The Fall Equinox.
How should one celebrate? In the ancient world, many cultures celebrated this auspicious day for an entire week. You can look at the Fall Equinox as your “Relationships’ Day.” We have Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Anniversary Days, but we don’t have a Relationships’ Day that celebrates the people, past and present, that shared our lives one way or the other. Remember two things, we call in all our relationships with our aura energy, and all relationships benefit us and help our Soul growth, whether they are positive or negative. They also help us to reap our karma.
We each participate fifty percent in all relationships, which is why it’s best to freely take responsibility for your part or action within relationships. To blame others and not accept your part stunts your growth, so you will have to repeat the experience again until you learn the lesson. That is why people realign with the same character type, which I call, the same energy in a different face.
The Autumn Equinox is the perfect time to meditate on your partners, from your first love (usually a parent or caretaker) to today. Find three reasons why you were brought together and three reasons why it did not work. These relationship can include anyone – from your training buddy, your business partner, your hiking pal, etc.
The Fall Equinox helps us reassess our Self - relationship to relationship. It invites us to experience light and dark equally, good and bad, the positive as well as the negative in every relationship we have or had - the seen and unseen, the conscious and subconscious. In other words, the Fall Equinox is a great day for healing our significant relationship and reboot them with the new equinox energies of 2017, which indeed equals an upgrade.
Happy Autumn for those above the equator and happy spring to those below. Remember,
As above so below.
Wishing you Love, Peace and Harmony through this time of celebration.