Mercury retrograde ~ 24th November to 14th December 2011

Mercury retrograde period starts on 24th November at 20 degrees Sagittarius – this is when Mercury starts its apparent retrograde motion in the sky, appearing to go backwards. However, the ‘shadow period’ has already begun. This starts at the final degree that Mercury reaches on its retrograde motion and from the first degree that the retrograde motion started – this time it is 3 degrees Sagittarius (final degree of retro) and 20 Sagittarius (first degree of retro). Meaning, from 5th November until 1st January 2012. The actual retrograde motion period is from 24th November until 14th December.

During Mercury retrograde periods, it is advisable to try and delay signing documents, doing tax returns, buying electrical equipment, computers, cameras, getting internet or phone connection, publishing books or starting anything new because the usually clear perception of Mercury is introverted, somewhat altered or unclear. Things begun or purchased during this period have a higher chance of going wrong, having to be returned, having to be re-done or continually having to be changed over time. The energy of Mercury which includes communications, thoughts, business and commerce, trips, car journeys, paperwork and messages is turned inwards and maybe backwards. Delays may also occur during this time. If you really need to sign a contract, take time to double check it with a fine tooth combe, just to be on the safe side. All these things can be disturbed, delayed or distorted during the actual retrograde period, but also during the shadow period while Mercury is retracing his steps, going over old ground.

Mercury retrograde can also bring things, thoughts, ideas and maybe people from the past back into the present. In this sense, this time can be good to finish any unfinished business, return to plans that were put aside and re-think them, re-organise filing that has been piling up over time. However, if new ideas come out of old ones, it’s best to wait until Mercury has gone direct and out of the ‘shadow area’ before actually implementing them. If an issue has been left aside or things left unsaid, this retrograde can enable this to be addressed and maybe resolved.

It can be interesting to look back to the previous retrograde period, in this case the last retrograde was back in August 2011, but including the shadow period was from 16th July until 10th September. The actual retrograde was from 3rd August at 1 Virgo until 27th Aug at 18 Leo. Anything started then, any people met then, any ideas that were forumlating back then may come back now to play their parts in our lives. Mercury does like logic, however, while in Sagittarius, it is in a sign that is more intuitive and while the energy of Mercury becomes introverted and somewhat slowed down, there may be internal sources of inspiration that we can tap into that help to expand our minds. It is interesting to see what Mercury was aspecting in the chart during that retrograde and also what the new Moon was aspecting to get a hint of what area of life may be brought to attention at this time…

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