Mercury Retrograde January 2016

Mercury is Retrograde January 5 until 26 2016. Mercury will station retrograde and direct on two important fixed stars I have written articles about; Vega and Altair. These stars are part of constellations that contain two iconic birds of prey, the Eagle and the Vulture. Interestingly, the last Mercury Retrograde was conjunct Algorab which can rule terrorism, and god knows this theme has been on our minds since the Paris Attack in November 2015. So I must admit to being quite worried about this Mercury Retrograde. This is because the chart for the Retrograde itself has Sun square Lilith activating Uranus square Pluto. Also if you include the shadow phases, Mercury will conjunct Pluto to ignite this extremist square three times.

Words Of Prey

Mercury is our minds of course, but also rules the mass media. The theme of mind-control and magic seems very strong, with Mercury/Pluto being the signature of this retrograde. Both Vega and Altair I associate with great empires like Rome who’s success can be attributed in part to the power of art and culture to shape the thoughts of the masses. The Eagle is famously a symbol for the USA, but was also used by the Nazi party. All empires know the power of symbol, with the use of art, design and glamour to seduce a nation. Hollywood works it’s magic for the US while the Nazi’s military styling (designed by Hitler himself ) worked potent sorcery on their enemy and on the moral of their troops.

Mercury Retrograde Journey

Mercury square Mars is the first aspect of the retrograde period and is a call to action. It’s a pretty harsh chart and I am thankful that this did not occur through the sensitive period Christmas. It’s all squares, with just a timid Moon sextile Jupiter for relief. Lilith square Sun/Pluto square Uranus T-Square spell….Black magic? Witchcraft? Heretics? Venus square Neptune adds love delusion and a touch of the dark cupid. Moon square Ceres can be abduction and mourning. I really don’t likeMercury Retrograde January 2016making negative assumptions, but there is no way I can sugar-coat this one! Forbidden fruit, obsession, psychopaths, heroin, psychological warfare, abuse, paedophilia, child abductions, mental cruelty, possession, slavery, female suicide bombers are all words that come to me when I looked at that chart.

Saying all that, there is no cause for alarm either. Yes I know this sounds like a contradiction, but these cosmic blueprints do not have to manifest as actual events. Instead these are themes that will obsess those natives that this Mercury retrograde touches. Just so you know, this one will conjunct both my Sun and 8th house Mercury and I’m not worried ok? Instead I am relishing the thought of writing and researching some of these taboo topics. However, since the media is so good at scaring the pants off us, they may well indeed create some false flags which play into these themes. So expect to see quite a few missing children stories or the arrest of a child killer complete with gruesome accounts of what the evil killer supposedly did.. My feeling is that any cruel and manipulative media campaign will backfire horribly, causing fury in many.

Mercury Retrograde January 2016

Mercury RetrogradeMercury retrograde begins with Mercury square Mars from Jan 5 – 10. Mars strong in Scorpio and very militant can override whatever Mercury represents. Example; protesters at press conferences, forest fires blocking roads or overheated engines. Actually, any travel early this retrograde could well be typically problematic, especially while Mercury is still on Altair with ‘Disappointment on long journeys’ around Jan 5/6. Just give yourself plenty of time. Maybe there is traffic due to those pesky protesters. Impatience and road rage could be rife at this time.

After Jan 11 however, Mercury will trine Jupiter and the North Node which I think will be a beautifully creative time even if Mercury is technically combust due to its proximity to the Sun. Mercury will be on the inspirational Peacock star, so it will be a great time for artists and writers to showcase their work. Ideally I would pick Jan 14, the day of the cazimi since now Sun conjunct Mercury is fortunate in the throne of the king. (A conjunction under 17′.) An added bonus is Mercury also trines benefic Jupiter (conjunct the North Node.) I think this is very auspicious since Jupiter is on Alkes in the Holy Grail. This bring hope and blessings from the ancestors, so make sure you tap into their inspirational well from Jan 11 – 16. This can also feel extremely healing. Any water therapy is great at this time. Swim in the ocean if you can or go to a spa. This trine happens in the pre and post shadow too so check dates at the end of this post.

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791 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde January 2016

  • January 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    The death of David Bowie on the 10th January really resonated for me with what you wrote about “the theme of mind-control and magic” seeming “very strong” as Bowie’s planned, staged videos and album release to co-incide with his death seem like magical workings to me. “All empires know the power of symbol, with the use of art, design and glamour to seduce a nation.” – what better way to describe Bowie? Influential in music, fashion and design and well-versed in the arts of manipulation and the use of symbol. “The Eagle is famously a symbol for the USA, but was also used by the Nazi party. ” – it also features in the lyrics to Blackstar “I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes” (also there’s a Blackstar/Darkstar sync going on here!)

    • January 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Oh blimey! I wasn’t all that keen on Bowie actually. I found him a bit too pretentious. I went to art school in the 80’s and if you didn’t like Bowie it was like you were soooo uncool. However I DID like some of the people he supposedly influenced. Gary Numan for one, who was often accused of ripping Bowie off just because he wore a bit of eyeliner..

      Saying all that, loved the pretend Bowie in Stella Street.

  • January 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I love your post, this has been one of the hardest retrograde I have been through, my wife wrecked her car on the 11th. Lucky she is fine but the car was totaled, she was at fault. Then my car broke down the 12th, I sent it to the shop which cost me $540. Got it back on the 15th then it broke down again. And another note, I do real estate and every deal has went crazy. But I know the process of retrograde and I have patience to deal with it. Can you give me insights, it is the 29th, when does the cycle complete? Thanks your post hit home and made some much sense.

    • January 31, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Warm wishes to you and your wife. I know to roll with the punches during Merc Retrograde.
      I never even look up when it’s coming, because invariably I will have a crazy day and opine it must be Merc Retro and it always is.
      Mercury is highlighted in my 1st house and I’ve always lived in cities where Merc is ASC for me (see Astrocartography).
      So it impacts me a lot.
      After my Birthday this month, came down with a lovely Norovirus. Worst 2 days of pain ever.
      Recovered and got back to working.
      I try to not have contracts/sales/deals on table during this period. But couldn’t avoid them this month and boom they all fell apart. It’s too funny.
      Plus the Blizzard last weekend also put a snafu in everything.
      Saturday night and I should be relaxing but I’m working on projects to make up for 3 weeks of Merc Shenanigans.
      Just keep repeating go with the flow.

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