This Month, Mercury, the Messenger (and Trickster), goes retrograde in its natural Sign of Gemini. It enters the Retrograde Zone shortly after the Full Moon and is Stationary Retrograde on the 18th after the New Moon.
-When a planet moves into retrograde motion, it appears to change direction in the sky. It’s an illusion, a trick to the eye, like watching the wheels of a train turn backwards as it passes a slower moving automobile.
-The retrograde zone starts at the degree and sign, that Mercury eventually turns direct on; and ends at the degree it originally went retrograde. What this means is the experience of retrograde makes itself known prior to the actual retrograde.
May 4. Enters Zone. 09° Gemini 11′.
May 18. Stationary Retrograde. 13° Gemini 08′.
June 11. Stationary Direct. 09° Gemini 11′.
June 26. Leaves Zone. 13° Gemini 08′.
Dates to watch.
Mercury squares Neptune three times: May 9, May 29, and June 23 at roughly 09° Gemini 46′.
May 27. Mars conjuncts Mercury. 10° Gemini 44′.
May 30. The Sun and Mercury are conjunct. 08° Gemini 58′.
In my experience the Mercury to Neptune square (especially when it effects my own birth chart) has always brought challenges with the Truth. I practice not thinking ‘always’, so I’ll qualify with ‘it feels like that is the truth.’ I continue to observe the transit, write in my calendar and hopefully don’t encourage it by tracking it. If you don’t have Neptune challenges in your chart it may be a non-issue; however, it could be interesting to watch what happens around you or in your interactions with other people, especially how this appears in the media.
When a transit happens three times, as a result of a retrograde, there is more importance to that energy. We may have something to learn and the planets involved align so that we have the time to learn. Mercury in Gemini, is extra active mentally and socially. When it squares or creates tension between itself and Neptune, Mercury can find itself a bit lost, on a wild goose chase, over-stimulated with all the options. Mercury correlates to the peripheral nervous system.
The escape of the internet is tempting. The illusion that everything on the internet is true can be bought into. Escape into gaming is another potential. In our personal communications, there can be lack of clarity or flat out lies. White lies may make life easier. We believe what we hear or life moves quickly and we don’t pay attention. There are many variations.
We may find that we need three occurrences to get to the bottom, or the resolution of what the Mercury message is. Mercury is also the Trickster which makes the Neptune alignment more interesting. The message may be wrapped up in a delightful word stream.
1. The first hit, on May 9, is when the message or communication or issue reveals itself. It may come from another person we know, or a public person like a politician, celebrity, informant or from our dreamworld, in meditation, an extra terrestrial, a channeler. It might actually be a great and valid message that just needs the full transit to be revealed and understood. It may be an agreement that is signed, or a form that is filled out, a diagnosis that is offered. We may have our own vision or fantasy, that feels so real and valid, but hasn’t been fully explored.
2. The second hit on May 27 happens while Mercury is retrograde. In general Mercury retrograde is a time to review, reflect, and pay more attention to our own thoughts. This is when the message comes into view again. Here we may see that we haven’t quite understood the message, find out it is a lie, realize we didn’t understand the communication, find out the form we signed didn’t actually get sent to the bank, learn the message was a distraction, the diagnosis was someone else’s or we simply were in too much of a hurry originally and just didn’t communicate well and have to revisit the issue. Because the 3rd hit happens so close to the Mercury Sun conjunction, there is likely more light and clarity on the issue. At least we’ll learn what this Retrograde is about for us. (Where is Gemini in your birth chart?)
3. The third hit is not until June 23, when the final results are in. The form has been successfully resubmitted, minor miscommunication is settled, compassion for our verbal foibles teach us about being human. If we haven’t finished the conversation, it will be finished whether we like the result or not. Our dream will look different than it did early May. The dream message, or channeled information will look different than it did.
Because we have a Full Moon and a New Moon that bring forward feelings about security, tap into our hidden fears, offer transformation, potential to change habits of how we feel about ourselves, this becomes an important transit to pay attention to. How we express our needs is through Mercury. The mental process is Mercury. Being clear is helpful both for our own knowing and for those around us. Mercury may challenge us in this area, so that we understand the importance of being as clear as we can be and as truthful as we can. Neptune offers us the gift of compassion and forgiveness to ourselves and others.Share, please and thank you.