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Mercury Retrograde 2006
March 2 - March 25, 2006
26 degrees Pisces - 13
July 4 - July 28, 2006
1 degree Leo - 21 degree Cancer
October 28 -
November 17, 2006
25 degrees Scorpio - 9 degree of Scorpio
In our fast
paced hectic world of meetings,
appointments, obligations and work we may feel
out of touch with the natural rhythms of nature.
is a time to catch up with
ourselves, to Reevaluate our forward movement.
Astrology reveals the
interconnectedness between ourselves and
nature, Mercury Retrograde is a
time out, giving us time to Review our lives and our
goals to determine if we are in alignment with
experience an increased
number of misunderstandings, more
(July 4 - July 28, 2006).
will be lost, appointments missed.
There may be
breakdowns with your
vehicles, telephone and
for the confusion is the
changing movement of the planet,
as the Messenger
the smallest and fastest
planet orbiting the sun,
and describes the way we move about
in the world.
July 4, 2006 marks the beginning
of this Mercury
Three times a year Mercury goes retrograde (appears
to move backward through the zodiac).
reverse motion is an illusion caused by our
angle of observation from the earth.
illusion, of the backward motion,
effects of Mercury Retrograde are
real; there are
problems with communication and transportation. The
antidote is to be more
Aware. Practicing Awareness
will enrich our lives throughout the year.
observant, they pay attention to the movement of the planets and
the corresponding activity on the Earth. Astrologers
are also historians, keeping detailed records of the activity on
Earth as the planets travel across the heavens. When
Mercury is Retrograde, Astrologers have observed there is always
confusion in the realm of communication and transportation. The complexity of
the challenges in your personal life is dependent upon the
area in your chart that the Mercury Retrograde is occurring.
During the 21 day retrograde period your experiences will
reflect the area of your chart in which Mercury is transiting.
By now, during this retrograde cycle, many of us have
begun to experience numerous confusing or inaccurate communication
cancelled meetings, disagreements. Some of our projects may be
moving at a snail's pace. Our external world is more
When Mercury is Retrograde it is important to focus more
on both spoken and written communication.
NOT a time to
begin new projects, to enter into agreements
or to sign contracts.
Increased attention to
detail becomes more important than ever.
Partially responsible for all the
confusion is the
of our Intuitive Voice to gain our attention.
have been rushing forward for the past three
Mercury Retrograde is a time to
check inward and
our external life.
Have we been moving forward in the
direction we really want to go?
Are there adjustments which need to
in our life if only we would stop to reevaluate
our forward momentum?
Our Voice of wisdom, our Voice of
Intuition is attempting to gain our attention, to
communicate with us. As our Inner Voice attempts to
gain our attention, we tend to become distracted and
error in the external world.
It is as though our Inner Voice is tapping us on the
shoulder asking, "Is the direction in which you are
headed, the direction you want to be going? Is the
direction in which you are headed the wise direction
for your Highest and best good in the future?
Through the use of astrology we are able to discover a greater
for these periods which feel wrought with confusion.
Mercury Retrogrades are a time to look inward. By learning
to tune into this cycle we can decrease our frustration with
external world and focus on our Inner Voice.
The entire Retrograde phase is transitional. We need to
issues in our lives which are preventing our growth,
and our joy. If we use our awareness during
Mercury Retrogrades, information will surface giving us
to change aspects of our lives. This is a time
more aware of our inner reflections and a time
to let go of past
situations, ideas and beliefs which do not
serve our ultimate
While few of us have the luxury of being able to spend the
three week period of Mercury Retrograde in
can move with the rhythm of this cycle.
We can learn to check
and recheck our appointments and
focus on clarity in our communications. We can also make
sure that contracts are
signed before the shadow period
Mercury Retrograde begins or
wait until the
Retrograde has passed to begin new
projects and sign
Shadow period begins seven days prior
to the day
Mercury turns retrograde.)
It is also unwise to purchase big ticket items such as a house,
appliances. I have a tendency to test the advice of
the ancient astrologers. I continuously learn just how correct
they are in the wisdom they have passed down to us.
Now is a time to step back and evaluate our lives,
important to us. It is an excellent time to take care of
old business and
attend to those things which have been shelved.
This is a
time to catch
up with ourselves.
As Mercury's retrograde phase moves on we may feel
is not right for forward
momentum. The seed thoughts
awareness need time
to germinate, to take root, gain clarity,
the new energy
time to build and expand.
On July 28, 2006 Mercury goes Direct. It is always wise to
a couple days for the energy to complete the shift.
full momentum of the forward direction is activated
have the opportunity
to institute our new ideas and create
are in tune
Learning to work
with planetary cycles is similar to knowing
when to plant and when to harvest. The importance of timing
is reflected in the
beautiful lyrics, "For everything there is
a season and a time for every
matter under heaven." Like
knowing the tides and when the fish are biting, understanding
the changing cycles of the Universe can empower us with its
© Nancy Wiggen