16 May

Mercury Retro in GEMINI  – What’s UP?

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Has your mind been little bit ‘all over the map’ recently, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, and non-sensical / nonsense-ical (that word popped in for me, and I like it as a re-mind-er not take life so seriously….)?

Are you more aware of your self-talk, these days?

All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’. Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity!

Don’t get annoyed either, when the ‘cosmic prankster’ just wants you to be FREE, and change your paradigms!


Mercury Pajou (at the Louvre, Paris) Seems Libran / Scorpionic to me :-)

Youthful Mercury looking back…(by Royal Sculptor A. Pajou, Louvre Paris)


Believe it or not – I’m looking forward to this upcoming Mercury retro phase.

And so do many of my clients and friends whom I’ve been talking with recently.

How come???

It’s in Gemini, and that’s where Mercury is naturally ‘at home’ (in rulership). RE-visiting ideas and thoughts we haven’t followed up on, or RE-visiting people (esp. those folks related to the Gemini house in our chart, e.g. extended family if Gemini is in your 3rd house, children if it’s in your 5th, friends if it’s in your 11th…) to chat and exchange ideas with them – in PERSON (not, as usual, via email, FB, text messaging, phone, etc.), as in the ‘old ways’ is highly recommended (sometimes ‘inevitable’ these days, for whatever RE-ason), and will bring new inspiration.

Asking questions, learning, researching, language and the use of words are related to Mercury in Gemini.

It’s the signature of the Alchemist. Wondering what will be forged in this phase.



Mercury Rules Gemini (by Johfra Boschart)



The start of Mercury retro on May 18 follows the Taurus New Moon on Sunday May 17 – which will be on the TAU / GEM ‘Embodied Communication’ Point, where we learn to listen to the messages of our physical embodiment – literally to the messages of our body.

What has your body conveyed to you lately?

Take time this ‘stromy’ (= stationary, in ‘u-turn’ from direct to retro) Mercury weekend, and early next week,

– for brain storms,

– for a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings,

– to check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, inventive ideas that you have collected but not done anything about….),

– to ask questions that you haven’t asked before 

– to listen to the wisdom of your body, and

– to RE-alize and RE-member: We are not the mind. The mind is not the issue. Only as it presents itself as a ‘separate entity’ while it’s one with consciousness.




So…. what are the Technicalities, and what’s the Time Line?
Gemini where Mercury already travels in (since April 30, until July 8!) and will go retro from, likes information, learning, communication, and science.

The phase from mid-May until mid-June 2015 is completely under the influence of Mercury retro:

The technical retro phase will be from May 18 – June 11, and the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere’ before and after extends beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ started ‘officially’ last Sunday (Mother’s Day), May 10, as Mercury has been slowing down its speed significantly before the retro ‘U-turn’. And after Mercury will be direct again there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ from June 11 – 19.


Mercury Butchard Gardens

Mercury / Hermes Statue at Butchard Gardens, Victoria … casting its shadow, and pointing to….? (photo by Gail Pettinger)

  • What are the symptoms of unconscious / default Mercury retro modes?
  • How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?
  • What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?

Well, the unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with the mind’s stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled, and far from free.

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather attachment to thinking and to the content of our thoughts. We live in an Information Age, obviously, and each Mercury retro can be approached as a much-needed RE-lief from mental overdrive.

In fact, every Mercury retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by Mercury) with Spirit and Consciousness (represented by the SUN – Mercury has gone ahead of the SUN and is being ‘lassoed back in’).

Bottom line:

~ Let’s BE MIND-ful, and recognize when we are just mind – full.

~ Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It is a function that serves consciousness and spirit (and in fact isn’t even separate from it – the big illusion)

~ Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.


Mercury Retro 15-05-18

Mercury will start its retro journey with a connection to the New Moon by then also in Gemini (see chart).

The Moon / Mercury retro conjunction is scheduled for Tue May 19 at 1:06 am PDT.

Moon / Mercury connects intellectual mind with emotional responses. So this could be a strong call to be extra mindful, and to also use ‘common sense’.


Let’s see what the Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

Mercury will turn retro at 13° 08′ GEM, and the Moon will be right next to it, at 9° 30′ GEM (see chart)

Since it’s so close to 13° and goes backwards in the Zodiac, I would take the symbol for 13°:

13° GEMINI: 


 Pianist Vardan Mamikonyan (from Armenia)

Armenian Pianist Vardan Marmikonyan

Keynote: Individual fulfillment in the performing of a social function to which some prestige is attached.

Having entered upon the path of individualized experience that brings him in touch with broader and higher realms of superpersonal inspiration, the individual person is able to become himself a source of inspiration, an agent for humanity and the formative powers guiding human evolution. His role is to mobilize emotions, to present to others an image of what for most people is beyond their mediocre and lukewarm responses to the challenge of becoming ‘more-than-man’ – to experience more intensely and to see farther. This is the role of the true and ideal ‘virtuoso’ (vir meaning strength, manliness, thus ‘virtue’), and in a far reaching sense, of the Avatar whose example fascinates human beings, leading them to leave behind their past and to venture forth into new realms of experience.

At this third stage we see the meanings of the two preceding symbols, synthesized. One moved into new realms and successfully challenges the fears, the insecurity and the lack of self-confidence of the past in oneself – all negative attitudes  which, while conditioned by the social environment, have become engraved upon the unconscious. Having achieved this liberation, one can bring to the environment the power generated by self-discipline, skill and self-confidence. One has become an at least potential SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.”


What I’m taking from this symbol, as a pointer for the stationary-retro Mercury / Moon, is that the individual, esp. when s/he has opened up to and integrated higher inspiration and consciousness s/he is called from within to offer the fruits of this tree to those around him / her who are in resonance to hear and connect with what s/he offers.


And also, not fall into old ego traps to get scattered and distracted, and other shadow elements of Gemini, like over-reasoning, questioning and doubting. REmember, when Mercury goes retro, we enter the ‘Epimethean phase’ = we can start to REcognize the old stories.

:: Perhaps a time to inquire into our innate unique gifts (the ‘virtuoso’)?

:: How can we recognize and cultivate them, without getting attached and letting ‘mind’ be the ‘agent’?

:: How can we let inspiration transpire from that inner place?

Lots of interesting questions…., and I’m sure Mercury retro will bring up more.


The Mercury Retro chart shows Mercury retro, the Moon and Mars in early Gemini opposing Saturn retro in SAG:

:: Passionate inquiry, and applying energy to ask new questions (Mars / Moon / Mercury retro in GEM) can bring IN-spiration and INNER guidance (Saturn retro in SAG).

:: Practically speaking: Balancing ‘information’ / communication / device time and inspiration / outdoors / space time.

You might have felt the polarity of Mars in Gemini and Saturn retro in Sag this week (was exact yesterday Thu May 14) as a pull between energy going into ‘the Ten Thousand Things’) and the need for inner focus on what really matters.

Mercury retro helps us with turning the information monkey / junky inwards, let go of unnecessary distractions, and take a RE-treat from letting mind run the show.


What’s with that triple square of Mercury pre-retro, retro, and post-retro in Gemini with Neptune in Pisces (May 9, 29, and June 23)? 

:: Shadow / low / stress vibration of Mercury / Neptune: mental maze, confusion, too many questions, information overwhelm / addiction (could have shown up / become more obvious and clear under pre-retro Mercury.

:: Mercury and Neptune both in their ‘own’ signs show us the contrast between human reason / left brain supremacy, and primordial ‘chaos’ that can’t be ‘explained’.

:: Mercury and Neptune charging each other up (in productive square ‘dance’): Inquiry shows that Duality points back to Unity.

Voila, here is the Gemini / Mercury image again:



I found an interesting TED Talk with Rupert Sheldrake (who became famous with his Morphic Resonance research); where he critiques the limiting materialistic scientific worldview, questions the dogmatic scientific assumptions, and concisely makes a case for the end of the anthropomorphic mechanistic worldview on a broad scale:

“The Universe is Conscious”

Pretty virtuous, I’d say.


* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Here is a timeless, ‘old’ but gold Adyashanti video about the basic teachings. Excellent.

Check it out:


* Brief Itinerary for the  Mercury retro Phase in GEMINI




Since  May 4: Mercury is already in the pre-retro ‘shadow zone’.

Could you see some foreshadowing effects – intuitively?


May 10: Mercury entered the stationary ‘storm’.

Stormy, ingenuous, or crazy maze?


May 18: Mercury (conj. the Moon) will go retro

Accessing IN-spiration.


May 30: Inferior Conjunction of Mercury with the Sun.

Ahhh, the ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘new Mercury’ is being born. Let your mind grow wings and be truly free!
As the Sun (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

RE-minding us of who we truly are (which is not the mind).

Thank you very much! The whole point of the Mercury retro adjustment phase…


June 11: Mercury will go direct again.

We learned a big deal – to be revealed until then. Let it sit for a while.

Post-retro ‘storm’ is another adjustment time. Be mindful and easy on yourself and others.


June 19: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase.

Entering Summer RE-generated already 


June 27: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘shadow zone’.

We’ve come a long way, and perceive the world (inner game and perception of the outer) truly differently now.



For good measure, and on a lighter and also more practical note, it’s time for another updated


What on Earth and in the heavens is going on?

Yes, it’s the era of massive global awakening and transformational shifts, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ Uranus in mid Aries and Pluto in mid Capricorn, now integrating their sharp ‘square dance’ with each other (2012 – 2015).

But what’s with all the technology, media, and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

Bingo! Another Mercury retro is in the making.

As those of you know who have been reading my Mercury retro support notes (or even advocacy) 3 times a year over the last years,

M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Messenger Archetype – our MIND – is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into and be REcalibrated to a ‘New Mercury’ (hey, what’s that???).


Mercury doing its retro somersaults again...

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Mercury / Hermes doing its retro somersaults again, with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”)


So, all groovy?

Well, trickster times ARE upon us, and a few practical hints can’t hurt… 😉

Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that required adjusting and clarifying communication, REsending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing.

The all-time relevant bumper sticker message becomes very timely again: “Don’t believe everything you think!”

Under one of the last M-r phases, I saw a REfreshing Facebook message from a friend pointing out how REdundant and time consuming the prevalent habit of texting is.

What a perfect example! Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face! Mercury retro REminds us to adjust communication to a more effective way again – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… take time, and get to know the person better whom you ‘thought’ / assumed you communicated with. Get away from the technology mediated connection, and see ‘your people’ in front of you, for that  one-on-one intimacy that an email / message just wouldn’t do. You may save yourself a big ‘detour’ if you meet them face-to-face.

The changing mode of communication could have also brought a REnewed openness for breakthroughs and paradigm shifting AHA effects. Now under the beginning M-r mode we more easily bypass the rational censor, trust intuition, truly address what needs to be talked about (rather than niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to intuitively pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open. Ahhh, all that Gemini rationalization head space is fine and dandy, but you wanna meet your friends again in real life and connect from the heart, won’t you?

Even though you might make plans, and expect things to go a certain way circumstances might have a ‘mind of their own’. When you’re are asked to change the original ‘plan A’ things might get a little ‘mixed up’, but that can be a good thing, since it REquires and teaches us flexibility. Often, we are afraid we might inconvenience others with changing plans, but a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway.


"How can I be connected with the Quantum Field?" you may ask.... You ARE IN the Quantum Field.  That's like a dolphin asking, 'How can I be connected with the ocean?"

“How can I be connected with the Quantum Field?” you may ask….
You ARE IN the Quantum Field.
That’s like a dolphin asking, ‘How can I be connected with the ocean?”

Dolphin Friends, going with the Flow –
Mercury in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces


Funny, how a change in one piece of the puzzle (Gemini) can create a domino effect (Pisces), which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information. Practically speaking, if one person whom you had made plans with and whom you have ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can create a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved… could be for the better. Drop your ideas and expectations, and go with the flow.

Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips, valid for the whole phase of retro (exact May 18 – June 11), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until June 19), and post-retro shadow time (until June 27):


1) Be easy on yourself while getting into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase as an adjustment, and aren’t being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since May 10.


2) Be mindful.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted (esp. with Gemini) and all over the place (esp. with the square to Neptune in Pisces), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be REtrieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments and take it easy on your need to be in control. Practice being present with any person you communicate with, and any situation and function ‘at hand’. Don’t lose sight of what’s significant and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually indulge in distractions – to avoid…? what?


3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with that quality is meditation and mindfulness. It’s also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’and with ‘loose ends’, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one was in Jan / Feb, REmember?).


4) RE- everything! 
Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like: RE-visit and RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, you name it… makes sense, eh?

Another REason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During Mercury retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting REsidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror in – basically any communication (under Mercury in Gemini).


5) Talk about what REally matters.

Ask questions (rather than making assumptions or ‘decreeing’). Inquire and observe like a scientist. And check out how what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Meet them from the heart and from conscious spirit.


6) A direct, authentic and lively dialogue can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating information society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspon-dance just wouldn’t allow for.

When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process.


7) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone or skype rather than emailing/messaging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across – a bigger chance to reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you ‘communicate’, or are you actually suggesting something to them?

Which brings us to…


8) Be mindful how you communicate with others. Watch your words and your language.

Put yourself in their position, take ownership and responsibility for your mental and emotional processes, rather than pouting, blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication). Be curious. Ask questions. Be mindful of the words and language you use. The Libra North Node suggests: Put yourself in their shoes. How might they understand what you just said? It’s not about pleasing, rather a reminder of social skills that makes human interaction better.


9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE TO (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.

The Zodiac field of Gemini, where Mercury goes retro, is all about diversity, communication, learning. Is what you are about to agree upon the only option? Is it possible that you learn more by doing research and speaking to people that could inform your decision, over the next month?
Check whether you have understood and been understood correctly, and REpeat / REphrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after Mercury retro is over!). That applies especially to the area in your life that relates to the house where early / mid Gemini is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).


10) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and are REleased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance come in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness. With the Gemini energy, we can become the learner and approach life with ‘ ZEN Mind – Beginner’s Mind’.


11) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the Geminiflavour, people might come back into your life whom you have had a learning connection with but for some REason have lost touch with. It’s also a good time to REvisit REsidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. I bet there will be a lot to learn, on different levels. Chances are good that you REconnect with people from the domain of the house where Gemini is located in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…)


12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (Mercury’s metal).

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’ and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? REframe your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and most ‘efficient’ (controlling) mind set could have come up with? 


13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.

This Mercury retro phase in Gemini is a lot about words and language. Fun to play, and see the effect of language.

Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your Mercury retro friends.


14) If you would like to know

  1. a) whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under Mercury retro, as yours truly)
  2. b) in which part of life the retro trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  3. c) how to benefit from and work WITH the energy,

feel welcome to get in touch with your astrologer.


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