Deep Inner Truth & Freedom – MERCURY Retro Nov 16 – Dec 6, on the ‘Phoenix Point’: Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit

10 Nov

Hello Astro Attuned Friend,

JUPITER has Risen in SAG like a PHOENIX – just two days ago, on Nov 8, and we’re already seeing (moi, friends and clients have been sharing this) thus far ‘stuck’ / ‘in the dark’ things and ‘stories’ in a new, broader way, and freeing light.
Do you find that too?


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MERCURY crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG on Oct 30 – the day after its 1st meeting with JUPITER at the ‘tail end’ of SCO on Oct 29!

What’s the deeper Truth that can be seen and voiced now?
What’s the Magic and Mystery, yet also Mix-ups that are showing up now on your mental-and-beyond radar?
Lots of mercurial fluttering…

Both JUPITER (moved into SAG on Nov 8) and MERCURY sit on the ‘Phoenix Point’ this Fall!
Big Rising and REsurrecting Energy!


The MERCURial Messenger has already considerably slowed down as it reaches its next U-turn, into the upcoming retro phase from Nov 16 to Dec 6.

MERCURY will go back from SAG into SCO on Dec 1, and forward into SAG again in direct motion on Dec 12.

A triple PHOENIX (or shall I say: Butterfly Effect…) activation dance of MERCURY with JUPITER on the ‘PHOENIX Point’ – between Hallowe’en and Winter Solstice!

Looks calendar wise like this:

Oct 29:
MERCURY met JUPITER (# 1) on the ‘tail end’ of SCO.

Oct 30:
MERCURY direct crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG.

Nov 16:
MERCURY goes retro.

Nov 27:
The ‘New MERCURY’ in early SAG (after having passed the SUN half-way on its retro journey) meets JUPITER (# 2).

Dec 1:
MERCURY retro goes back over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SCO.

Dec 6:
MERCURY goes direct again.

Dec 12:
MERCURY goes again over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG.

Dec 21:
MERCURY in SAG meets JUPITER (# 3) – in the last hours of SAG – before Winter Solstice.

Now that’s a big (with JUPITER) and re-curring (triple / retro) theme of processing hidden thoughts, feelings, ‘secrets’, information, and bringing their messages to the light.
I wouldn’t be surprised if big revealing news would come out on the world stage.

The U.S. mid term elections bringing a shift in the House of Representatives, and the refreshing election precedents of ‘minority’ representatives and more women, reflecting:
Who used to be repressed comes to power in these transformational times, where ‘systems’ are changing (South Node in on the  AQ – CAP cusp, with the SCO ruler PLUTO doing its transformational evolution in CAP).
Plus: we’re in VENUS retro now returning as the ‘Morning Star’, bringing in a New Dawn of the Feminine.
All so hopeful and inspiring (the MOON joined JUPITER in SAG on Nov 8)!

The Feminine and Forces of / on behalf of Mother Earth are a-Rising.


In our personal lives, the back-and-forth of MERCURY over the ‘Phoenix Point’ touching on JUPITER 3 times is a golden opportunity (JUPITER) to dig into hidden, subconscious, undigested mental (MERCURY) realms, perhaps journal about your deep and ‘uncomfortable’ emotions (SCO), and let the the process roll through to see where it wants to ‘rise’ (SAG). New understanding, and gratitude can come from it – and perhaps also inspiring stories.

Speaking from a processed place is also much freer, and more powerful.
What’s the deeper Truth that can be seen and voiced?
Where can you tune into trusting and freeing communication?
Where can the Journey go now?


Hermetic Staff of Healing AA Raphael

On ‘magical’ 11/11 MERCURY goes into pre-retro ‘storm’, and retro on Nov 16.

11/11 being connected to the angelic realms and a double digit master number also tells us (if you resonate) that slowly flying / hovering winged messengers might also be angelic ones who can be invoked. Blessings for the upcoming double-winged 11 / 11 date!


MERCURY’s Dance with other Planets 

MERCURY will have hardly any exact aspects to other Planets while in retro – looks like it’s not such a ‘tricky challenge’ this time, rather a welcome backtracking to the Heart-Mind.
A matter of attitude…

Unless – we get ‘entangled’ in the NEPTUNian net… because:

The one transit that ‘silently’ dominates the 1st half of M-r (will be almost exact on the day of MERCURY going retro, Nov 16 – just barely by a few minutes escaping exactitude, yet in effect from the start of the ‘storm’ on 11/11 until the ‘New Mercury’ on Nov 27):
Stationary MERCURY in mid-SAG is effectively in mutable square with stationary NEPTUNE (going out of retro on Nov 24) in mid-PISCES mid to end of Nov.

Being in a mental blahhh mode? Aimlessly drifting?
Having the weirdest yet very revealing dreams?

Tapping into mystery and serendipity as you surf the multi-D waves of interconnectedness…?
Let the interdimensional messenger retrieve messages in a bottle washed up from your personal or the collective unconscious!
And: Learn Surfing. Ride the Waves.
More about that below… 😉

On Nov 26, MERCURY retro in SAG goes into exact square with MARS, by then also in PISCES.
Don’t get Thanksgiving wise / pre-Christmassy overwhelmed 🙂
Maybe you do need an escape though – pourquoi pas?
Where’s the pool, or better yet: the beach?

Already one day later, the ‘New MERCURY’ on Nov 27 will be an amazing trio alignment of MERCURY / SUN / JUPITER, all in early SAG!
Cultivating Trust, Gratitude, Generosity, Heart-Knowing (that can’t be argued with), Intuition, and Fun.

From that time on, it looks like a fun ride with the ‘New MERCURY’:

Dec 1 – 12
MERCURY goes back over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SCO.
Taking the ‘Why’ and the Heart into a place where the Mind can transform and regenerate.
Call it Mental Spa.

Dec 2 / 3
MERCURY retro in SCO goes into quincunx with URANUS retro in AR, and into Water Trine with CHIRON retro / stat in PI.
Letting the mind ‘ferment’ while trying on a new YOU.
Healing and releasing of stuck energy in the mind to connect, allow, and receive.

On Dec 6
…MERCURY goes direct again in late SCO.
After this free cosmic ‘psychology study course’ we know the Mind and it’s tricks better.
Freedom comes from it – esp. as MERCURY goes once more over the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Dec 12 – to ride & fly through SAG until Jan 5.


That’s the short version of this MERCURY Retro story.
If you want to dig deeper, and go with the full menu, keep on reading:


Going with MERCURY retro…

Technology, traffic / transport and communication glitches (or surprises!) sneaking in again lately?
No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the inevitable is happening again:

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!
In SAG – SCO (over the ‘Phoenix Point’) this time (from 13°29′ SAG back to 27°16′ SCO), from Nov 16 – Dec 6.

Wow, this M-r starts just 1° off the U.S. Ascendant (which is at 12°12′ SAG)! –
I bet there’ll be effects for the States – quite possibly relating to re-opening investigations (SCO) if new information comes out that changes the picture (M-r in SAG).

M-r happens in the same Element for one year, in 2018 (mostly) in FIRE.
The last phase was all in LEO (July 25 – Aug 18).

The Element sequence goes backward in the Zodiac, and 2019 M-r will be in the WATER signs PI, CAN and SCO.

Those of you who’ve read my MERCURY retro support REport (or even advocacy) over the years know:
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.
And hey – perhaps an overdue and cosmically well timed adjustment!

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Archetype of the MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently / ‘unusually’, and tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).

Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since Oct 29 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 27° SCO mark from which it will go direct again on Dec 6).

From 11 / 11 on, MERCURY will be in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on Nov 16, MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until Dec 6 (yep, before the Christmas ‘rush’ yet over U.S. Thanksgiving), and rolls out completely until Christmas.
Take it easy on a busy Holiday back and fro, overspending and over-extending (SAG), and on getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’ that are directed by mental overdrive. It’s a good time to go on a RE-treat and regeneration, a la SAG – SCO.


As MERCURY goes retro in SAG the energy turns inward-backward to RE-connect with and from the Heart – rather than ‘shooting ego arrows’ of righteousness and propaganda…

Everything SAG – SCO is brought to conscious awareness, to be questioned, so that instead of the mind running the show it can go on the back seat again:

  • Don’t believe everything you think.
  • …never mind all the propaganda and manipulation out there…
  • A great time to check in, re: hidden (SCO) agenda (SAG) that might have been overlooked or not deeply enough addressed (our own and publicly).
  • Be mindful of expectations and assumptions – theirs and yours.
  • Certain discussions (or self talk) turn easily dogmatic where inspiration and heart connection are absent?: Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?
  • Be open to find / be found by ‘hidden treasures’ – perhaps quite magically so, under this M-r.
  • Trust your visceral gut sense (SCO) and intuition (SAG). 
  • What’s the deep(er) Heart Truth about what you ‘thought you know’?


M-r in SAG is great to re-connect with Inner Wisdom, Guidance from within, and Self Understanding.

Here’s a beautiful very apt quote (not only) for this M-r mostly in SAG, by Ann Mortifee’s (from her book In Love With the Mystery) that found me ‘randomly’ this morning:

The world speaks to us in signs and signals. The guidance may come through the words of a friend, an event, a hunch, a dream or in some other way. It is our inner Self that must interpret the information that comes. Often we take our cues from the external world without enough inner reflection. Go inward. Find the center. Feel the truth vibrating there. Listen for the guidance that always comes.”


What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in SAG – SCO?

The SAG motto (ruled by JUPITER – which just entered SAG on Nov 8) motto is: “I trust.”

SAG is the energy before Winter Solstice where we cultivate Trust in the Light returning… by lighting candles, celebrating, raising cheer, telling stories, giving gifts…

SAG is not only the energy of Santa (yep, that perhaps too in pop culture) but more timelessly, of the Benevolent Overseer, Happy & Jolly, Generous Giving & Living, Forever Young and Always Free Wheeling Nomad and World Traveler, Pilgrim, Gypsy, Visionary, Priest/ess, Philosopher-Teacher, Inspiring and Wise Story Teller, Truth Sayer, Wanderer and Wonder-er.

Shadow expressions of SAG (coming out of and going back into SCO with MERCURY allows us to see those more clearly):
Righteous Preacher, Gambler, too-good-to-be-true Salesman / Politician, Manipulation of Truth to fit one’s Belief and Agenda, ‘My Way IS the High Way!’, Listen to me! Indoctrination and Inquisition, Wastefulness a la ‘more is better’ (yet never satisfying).


The ‘job’ of MERCURY retro mostly in SAG and back into late SCO is to catch the mind taking over and getting carried away with what it ‘sells us’ as ‘the truth’. Deeper digging (SCO) is indicated,  helpful, and perhaps surprisingly readily available – ‘as if’ Angels (with a good sense of humour…) were on our side.

As ‘usual’, M-r adjusts the ego driven mind to be the assistant and tool to Spirit and the Heart.
To be aware is the first step into true Freedom.


‘Winged Messenger’ Phoenix

Yes, this M-r in the ‘Phoenix’ area of the Zodiac affects whatever you have end-of-SCO to mid-SAG (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and it shows up in the area of life related to the SCO – SAG House/s in your chart bringing these sides to your awareness.

At this time, we tend to think, write, and discuss more than otherwise  about themes like:
Transformation, deep wisdom, heart warming stories, what can change your life into more fun, freedom, and abundance?

New (or: old, buried) ideas can spring forth if you allow the mind to wander and re-consider what you lost track of, or talk with people you wouldn’t ‘usually’, or haven’t in a while.

When in doubt about the area of life M-r can help you get a new picture for, or you could use a conscious and intentional boost get in touch with me.
This could be a good time to (RE)visit in a perhaps M-r focused Astro session ‘hidden treasure’ themes in your life that want to come to the Light.


7-Phase Sequence and MERCURY Retro Timeline 

  1. Pre-retro shadow – started Nov 29. Mercury in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – starts Nov 11.
  3. Mercury technically retro – from Nov 16 on.
  4. Mercury meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New Mercury’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on Nov 27 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. Mercury direct again – on Dec 6.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on Dec 11.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until Dec 25.


The first half of M-r (1. – 4.) is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an important reflection inducer ;-).
And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory.

The second half of M-r (4. – 8.) is the Promethean phase – where the new insights and connection with Spirit and Consciousness lead to new inspired direction – a very auspicious time.

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on Oct 29 (it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (27° SCO) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again on Dec 6).
Noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what might come up during M-r?

A good time to be fluid as quicksilver, responsive to higher intelligence, and trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition.
Perhaps you’re already having clarifying heartfelt communication and contemplation around ‘neglected’ SAG related themes (Heart-Truth, Inspiration, Fun, Journeys, yet also Politics, and overall Direction


MERCURY Retro in the Starters

On 11/11, MERCURY enters its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. goes into ‘U-turn’ mode.

A time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task.
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘chaotic’, ‘complicated’ and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego seizing control via the mind.

MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly and intelligently changing course (SAG can do that!) when necessary. Ironically, it can lead to a better outcome than the ‘on dead-end course’ that the mind assumed is ‘the way’.


In the actual retro phase (Nov 16 – Dec 6) the mind is geared to turn inward-backward, and out of its confines, like a snake biting its own tail to shed its skin (drastic Scorpionic metaphor).

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until Nov 27) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for REasons yet unknown, REvealing themselves in the journey.

With the SAG energy of the initial M-r, it’s good to stay in a joyful, fun mode, invite unexpected insights, a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked).


Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 


At the half-way point of the M-r phase (Nov 27 this time), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN:
A new ‘New MERCURY’ is born (like New Moon as in: monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) – which happens 3 times a year.

It’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), become more conscious, follow Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

Here’s to a  bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom – from mental patterns, and for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS.

Check out what’s new and exciting!
And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of M-r (Nov 27 – Dec 6) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.


Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a little devil at play. Actually, we have a chance now to see the inner mental trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed,
The challenge is not to get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way YOU thought they ’should’, according to a preconceived ego trajectory (SAG).
During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience.
That also means changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal / intuition for an alternative course, being open to and curious about ‘detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit. 

Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, an alternative approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.


Here’s an apt image / mantra apropos stationary M-r in almost exact square with stationary NEPTUNE in mid-PISCES and with MARS in mid-PISCES mid-to end Nov:

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn


Another REminder for MERCURY going retro in SAG, in square with NEPTUNE in PI:
What we believe (SAG) changes how we see and respond to our environment. We continuously project our beliefs and expectations onto the ‘outside’ world, and filter the information that comes in with our belief bias. Time to open up to the vastness.
And how about this: The mind is actually just energy – influenced by, and interweb’ed with the ‘environment’ – which in a deeper sense is a projection (SAG), and there’s just the ONE.
 Time to explore this deeper…


As a daily mercurial re-focusing practice, let’s ask ourselves (M-r):
“How can I get out of the busy mind now, and shift my focus to Love and Compassion?”
The guidance reveals itself with the question…

Let’s stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unplanned as possible, so that you’re able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up.
MERCURY is a very light, youthful, fresh, fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy.
It looks at the fun and also meaningful side of unusual twists and turns, and even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes us happier these days. SAG approves.

Bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new found puns, and fun realizations! While being mindfully present and clear.

When it comes to making a decision and committing to something long-term consider that it might not be ready to be definite yet.
uring M-r always new information streams in which can alter our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information that gives a different picture, based upon which a decision makes more sense.
If we did decide prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known…I wouldn’t have decided…” And then you might have to untangle certain complications.


As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • Choose the most direct medium and tool available (in person rather than over the phone, and phone rather than email), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, because more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue. And who knows what else might come up and be addressed as you take the opportunity to actually TALK?


If you become mercurially frustrated, maybe it’s because you needed to learn something about the nature of human mind and its extensions as in: technological equipment which now, more than usually, seem to have ‘a mind of their own’…
Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are servants and tools, and that their efficiency also depends on the (hopefully relaxed and detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.

It might also become apparent during M-r that our tools and pieces of technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway.
Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface.
To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer.


Be aware of signals showing you you need to be relaxed and mindful, assume nothing, drop your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions (SAG).
Foremost, trust the infinite intelligence of the Universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for.


Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or new people whom you have just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).

M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last one in July / Aug 2018).

What happens quite often under M-r (and is also very SAG): We receive a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth passing on – to whom it may concern, to be delivered to someone else who needs that information and inspiration! Or to connect two or more people with one another – because we can. Who knows where it leads?
So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the messenger (without an agenda)!


Gibbons at Play Painting by Xuande Emperor, 1427(!)

Back to Basics & Buddhists:
Be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself:
Why am I really saying this?
Who’s the one thinking and talking here?

If we don’t do that ‘mental hygiene’ from time to time our subconscious disguised as M-r out tricks us, subconsciously ‘sabotaging’ our plans, and constellating circumstances that make us back off from our mental concept, and check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us all along.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it.

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

Any MERCURY retro, and esp. this one in SAG – SCO squaring NEPTUNE in Nov can prompt us to to get out of the head, check in to see who’s that thinker, tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

M-r is an excellent opportunity to be mindful (rather than having our mind too full), to assume or return to a meditation practice (or even ‘just’ experiment with it), and thereby shift our paradigm about the nature of mind.


My Seasoned Mercury Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you’re taking the pre-retro shadow phase easy, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion)..

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place (esp. with MERCURY stationary-to-retro in SAG square NEPTUNE retro-to-direct in PI active most of Nov, strongest mid-Nov), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again.
Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.

Practice coming back to the here-now.

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one in July / Aug).

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
The RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters – in an inspiring, generous, and fun way – SAG approves..

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

Phone rather than messaging / email (YES!), meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind 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 actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over!).

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

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

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! 

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

With the SAG flavour, re-connect with people from foreign cultures, and who can inspire you. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up when you speak to them.

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…
…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where SCO – SAG is situated. Happy to check that out for and WITH you – either in a quick hint, or in a focused (or longer) session at this occasion.

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode could have come up with?

13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind, be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY Retro Friends 😉

14) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is on Nov 27 this year!


15) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which part of life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to consciously, creatively, and mindfully play WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 


Wishing us all an inspired ride with MERCURY retro!

Mercur-elanie 😉


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger




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2 Responses to “Deep Inner Truth & Freedom – MERCURY Retro Nov 16 – Dec 6, on the ‘Phoenix Point’: Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit”

  1. Tara Leah at 10:13 am #

    wow…..great article Melanie….I really enjoyed the detail and advice you for a Mercury retro…..and what things to pay attention to and re-consider in this phase….thank you

    • Melanie Lichtinger at 9:18 pm #

      Glad the Phoenix ‘landed’ well with you, Tara!
      Blessings for this Spirit Year!

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