MERCURY Retro from the AQ Cusp back to PLUTO in CAP – What’s UP and What Comes UP? What Matters Most, to All of Us?

6 Jan

NOT quite the CAP NEW Moon (Jan 9) Astro~News YET! 🙂

Those will come down your ‘chimney’ within the next few days.

So: What’s UP and urgent then, you ask?


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Tahtah! You guessed correctly… I can’t hide it from you, and shouldn’t (not even under the SCO Moon today):

MERCURY barely in AQUARIUS (1°01′) just went RETRO this morning Tue Jan 5 at 5:06 am PST.

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about :-).

I bet you’ve been tickled and re-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The AQ / CAP cusp is Mercury’s playground, or I shall rather say: re-minder of what matters most, for all of us together.


Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO Astro~News!

Hope to SEE you in real life or on Skype soon too – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

Wishing you a blessed navigation with the current AIR currents, as in the Heavens so on Earth!



Snowy Stone Circles

Snowy Stone Circles on Beacon Hill – ‘Retro’ Photo from Dec 2014 (before they were fenced in!) a CAP – AQ Rock Constellation


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO from the AQ Cusp back to PLUTO in CAP –

What’s UP and What Comes UP? What Matters Most, to All of Us?

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 1° AQ

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the MERCURY RETRO Phase from early AQ to mid-CAP


* MERCURY RETRO from the AQ Cusp back to PLUTO in CAP –

What’s UP and What Comes UP? What Matters Most, for All of Us?


Mercury winged feet

AQ, from where Mercury is going retro from, rules the ankles – where Mercury’s / Hermes’s feet grow wings…


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

And so do many of my clients and friends whom I’ve been talking with recently. Its arrival has been rather liberating than frustrating – addressed in a way that is aligned with the spirit of the archetypal activation.

How so???

MERCURY RETRO started in Aquarius, and that’s the ‘best’ (traditionally considered the ‘exalted’) position for MERCURY in the Zodiac. It supports the out-of-the-box, out of the ordinary, inventive, systemic, detached, free spirited, and liberated mind. There are already many indicators and pointers towards seeing things in a new light. So exciting and refreshing!

The start of Mercury retro is on the CAP / AQ ‘Prometheus Point’ / Community Building Point, where communities, groups, teams, friends, and systems can work together, no more based on’old stories’ and hierarchies but in innovative new ways – for the benefit of all, and for a better future.

Have you received intuitive hints about this theme?

Have you RE-connected with others who are like you (early AQ has a LIBRA undertone) masterful and well experienced (CAP) in what they provide, and are you considering collaborations that are not just a ‘good match’ but create synergies?


Take time this ‘stromy’ Mercury week

– for brain storms,

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

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

And foremost:

To let the deep (SUN / PLUTO) and liberating (SUN / URANUS) process do ‘its thing’.


Today, as I was googling for ‘something else’ I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the brain.


Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands


Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical Mercury retro example.
The AQ – CAP question could be: Can we use as groups or by ourselves the ancient labyrinth structure / system to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’.
CAP, the sign of ‘walk the talk’ turns here into ‘walk the labyrinth’ to NoMind, and regeneration of human mind.


So…. what are the technicalities and what’s the time line?
Ha! This question also fits perfectly with the energies: Aquarius where Mercury will go retro from, likes tech specs and science, and Capricorn rules time.


January 2016 is completely under the influence of Mercury retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The technical retro phase is from Jan 5 – 25, and the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere before and after extends beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ was on since Mercury significantly slowed down its speed (since Friday, Jan 1) the day also when Mercury entered AQ.

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since New Year’s, towards more freedom, detachment, understanding systems, reconnecting with friends and groups of like spirit whom you might have lost touch with?

After Mercury will be direct again from Jan 25 on there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until Feb 1.


And hey, maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.


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 when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your mind, and wants you to be FREE and change your paradigms!


Mercury Butchard Gardens

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


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, 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 identification with and attachment to thinking and to the content of our thoughts, esp. since AQ is the fixed AIR sign of the Zodiac. It relates to the thinking function (AIR), and to the consolidating FIXED quality. It can see systems in a new, liberating (or maybe stark!) light. Its unevolved quality and shadow is an attachment to fixed ideas.

MERCURY in AQ squared MARS in (also fixed) SCO today Jan 5 at 4 am PST, just one hour before MERCURY goes retro. Sometimes we hang on to old thought forms that link into emotionally intense (yet buried) experiences. What does it take for us to get unstuck and be free?

Each Mercury retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (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 rather mind – full, and what it takes to bring more ease and flow to our life.

~ Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It is a function that serves.

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


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

Mercury turned retro at 1° 01′ AQ



San Juan Capristrano Mission, CA (Wiki Image)


“An Old Adobe Mission in California.

Keynote: The power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the workers’ life spans.

The works and spirit of the Spanish priests who directed the building of the California missions have had a lasting influence on the development of this land; these remain as a monument to the men who were able to make their mark upon this alien environment. While the zodiacal sign CAPRICORN begins with a symbol of socio-political power, AQUARIUS at its start presents a more spiritualized and idealistic or creative picture of the social forces at work. Moreover, it stresses the enduring character of human achievements ensouled by a great vision. At least within the frame of reference of our Western civilization, the symbol speaks of the projection of a noble ideal into concrete forms of beauty and significance, thus of the radiation of a ‘civilizing’ power into an institution, offering the opportunity to reach a higher, more organized and productive, level of activity.

This stage speaks to us of the CONCRETIZATION OF AN IDEAL. This also implies the ‘immortalization’ of an individual within a great collective and cultural enterprise.”


The stationary MERCURY shows us how – neutrally put (leaving the belief system of the missionaries out) – building in community (CAP – AQ interface) creates culture. Or in other words: It takes a village….

MERCURY goes retro from AQ to CAP. This is the time to (re)connect with our peers, like-spirited ones (AQ) whom we could see ourselves build something together with.

Since this is now the first phase of MERCURY RETRO, communication (or the challenges in it) can show us also who our peers are not. Maybe Mercury retro reveals nowadays how we don’t share common values and visions, or how these friends and groups represent aspects of ourselves from the past (no judgment, just a realization that this ‘era’ – CAP – is complete).
With MERCURY going retro in CAP (Mercury will re-enter CAP on Fri Jan 8 when the MOON will be also in CAP) we need to find our own inner ‘mountain’ first. An excellent time for retreat and soul guidance.

MERCURY in retro will connect even with PLUTO on Jan 22, and once more on Jan 29 / 30, after going direct again (which is on Jan 25). Deep guidance from our ‘Inner Timeless Ancestor / Spirit Elder’ which could be linked to biological ancestors, ancestors of the land, of our spiritual lineage, our inner ‘older self’ is always but esp. nowadays available.
From that guidance (which could mean: deep change, simplicity, integrity, soulful life….) we can move forward, and meet others who are co-creators in this world.

MERCURY will in forward course go into AQ on Feb 13 and leave the post-retro shadow on Feb 14 – just in time for a ‘Happy Valentine’s’ in deep and free spirited partnership.


* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about the basic teachings. Excellent. Check it out:


* Itinerary for the MERCURY RETRO Phase from early AQ to mid-CAP

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

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!


Since Jan 1: Mercury entered AQ, and the stationary ‘storm’Stormy, ingenuis, or crazy maze?

Today Jan 5: Mercury in AQ squared Mars in SCO, and went retroInward – backward looking Mind.

Jan 8: Mercury re-enters CAP (Moon in CAP that day too, dark-before-New Moon on Jan 9). RE-accessing inner resources, priorities, essential needs and capacities.

Jan 14: Inferior Conjunction of Mercury retro with the CAP Sun. Ahhh, the half-way point of the Mercury retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New Mercury’ is being born.
The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant. The whole point of the Mercury retro adjustment phase…

Jan 20: Mercury retro in CAP squares Uranus in AR (3 hrs after the Sun enters AQ, the sign associated with Uranus; their second contact, after # 1 on Dec 20). Another shifting and liberating game changer. Use it to be open for paradigm shifts. So much more is possible when you free the mind.

Jan 22: Mercury retro re-aligns with Pluto in CAP. Re-aligning human mind with the mind of the universe. On a human level: Re-alizing what ‘simply’ matters most, and where the power sits.

Jan 25: Mercury will go direct againWe learned a big deal – to be revealed until then. Let it sit for a while.

Jan 29 / 30: Mercury stationary-direct re-aligns with Pluto in CAP (their third contact, after # 1 on Dec 19, and # 2 on Jan 22). A deep foundation to go forward from and speak from.

Jan 31: Mercury stationary-direct in CAP squares Uranus in AR (their third contact, after # 1 on Dec 20, and # 2 on Jan 20). Liberated mind, grounded in Essence.

Feb 1: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe deeply changed and liberated.

Feb 13 /14: Mercury will enter AQ, and leave the post-retro ‘shadow’. ‘Happy Valentine’s’ in deep and free spirited partnership!



© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

One Response to “MERCURY Retro from the AQ Cusp back to PLUTO in CAP – What’s UP and What Comes UP? What Matters Most, to All of Us?”

  1. Grandtrines January 6, 2016 at 4:23 am #

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