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Mercury Retro Gearing UP – and Travelling with PLUTO in CAP (Dec 19 – Jan 8) :: Seasoned Tips & Tricks, and New Perspectives on M-R!

13 Dec

Mercurial Greetings, dear Astro~News Fan!

Have you been going a bit (or very much) mental, these days and weeks?

Welcome to the club!

Welcome to humanity – under the influence of the present AstroSphere, feat. The upcoming MERCURY RETRO phase (Dec 19 – Jan 8).

This one is a potent MERCURY – close to PLUTO in CAPRICORN – and it goes back over the SAG – CAP ‘Integrity Point’ = Winter Solstice Point.


Mercury winged feet

MERCURY Retro in CAP – Staying Grounded on & in solid Marble, for Now / Taking off from a good Foundation



MERCURY the magician and shape shifter shows up this time as HERMES the ‘psycho pomp’ who guides Souls into the Underworld – the realm of HADES = PLUTO)…, while Winter SoUlstice is nearing, the long-night time of the year, and while Humanity in some way goes through the Dark Night of the Soul, these years….


We’re all in one boat (hmm, maybe some dark humour here…).

With MERCURY’s underworldly trip back to Soul, and back to SoUlar Consciousness (MERCURY / SUN alignment – which ushers the next New Moon, Dec 28 / 29!) collective evolution (PLUTO) is brought back inward into our Soul evolution, and contribution to the whole (CAP).

So, in other words, an inquiry time for questions like:

  • What are we on our Soul’s Journey contributing and supporting?
  • What can we provide and help building that makes a difference, in a soulful and sustainable way?
  • What matters most ‘at the end of the day’ and at any time, esp. NOW?!



MERCURY will go RETRO Dec 19 until Jan 8.

And it will be in stationary turnaround ‘storm’ over the coming week, from Dec 15 on…
Time to sloooow the busy mind down, and enjoy the magical, synchronistic ways of how nature and life speak to us – when we really look and listen, learn, and flexibly adapt and flow.

“RE-tour a la Nature” is a sweet and simple theme of MERCURY Retro in Earth signs this year – was in TAU in Apr / May, in VIR in Aug / Dec, and this one in CAP in Dec / Jan).

In RE-view:

  • RE-evaluate Values (rather than chasing the money) – TAU.
  • RE-align and discern, in our ‘Temple’ of Wellness and Sacred Work (rather than just being the busy bee, and finding fault in self and others) – VIR.
  • RE-establish inner priorities (rather than going after status and control) – CAP (this one).

If you could use some practical suggestions for going with the M-r current scroll down, esp. to the Tool Kit!

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Did I say ‘storm’?
Yep, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, representing the Mind and its workings, is going into its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ this week (from Dec 15 on, kicked off by the Full Moon)!

The immanent early M-r phase in CAP, close to PLUTO shows us ‘old stories’ of how the mind can try to ‘control’ life and how that in turn can turn into hard work, yet something else is in charge, and we can be sustained and fuelled by IT…


At the onset on M-r we are shown how the Mind has gotten wayyy ahead of SPIRIT and consciousness (the SUN), and needs to be ‘lassoed in’ to follow as a tool, rather than taking the lead. This is the main function of M-r.



Wherever you are on the Planet EARTH while the message comes ‘down your chimney’, wide awake, in deep sleep / no-mind at this point, enjoy the read, hopefully with a storm free weather and mind (brain storms are cool though)! J


Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the current Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!


And a blessed SoUlstice Season!

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

Mecur-elanie, a.k.a. cosmic SoUl SiStar du jour


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO in CAP next to PLUTO and back over the ‘Integrity Point’:
What Matters Most (‘Matter over Mind’) 

* MERCURY Retro and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 15° CAP

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase




* MERCURY RETRO in CAP next to PLUTO and back over the ‘Integrity Point’:
What Matters Most (‘Matter over Mind’)


SoUlstice Light Photo by Melanie


What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, and being in Nature, grounded and inward.
  • Rather than going crazy over the Holiday ‘agenda’, asking ourselves:

What matters most? And what’s with TIME (ruled by CAP), as in: giving each other the gift of Time. And also not being so controlled and ruled by Time. How can we return to soulful Time?

  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. MERCURY is also the magician, and M-r times can be quite magical – if we let it unfold (and our ‘original plans’ transform).
  • Ceremony is perfect under M-r so close to the SoUlstice, and into the NEW, esp. for a release of old thought forms. Specifically before the New Moon on Dec 28 / 29 would be great cosmic timing.
  • Buying less, crafting more. RE-alizing that what’s soUld to us may turn into a selling our Soul to materialism that’s like a bottomless hole. We are whole and complete without ‘stuffing’ ourselves.
  • The mind in CAP tries to plan and control. Going with the flow?! Definitely more magical, and open for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of Nature and Soul, and of Mother Nature (PLUTO in CAP). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until Dec 28), to help us RE-align with What Matters Most.



Take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning Moon

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of ‘gotta’ / ‘should have’ to-do’s.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’, in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas from the ‘back burner’ could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Check in with your friends and family whom you might not have made TIME for! Esp. for your M-r buddies!


* MERCURY Retro and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth

Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands

When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before?

A classical MERCURY retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to. Nature and natural formations (CAP) does that ‘to us’ too. And they are never static and ‘the same’ and show us a great deal about transformation and impermanence (PLUTO). Maybe another RE-ason why I love being in Nature, besides: it’s so RE-generative.

Check out THIS confirmation article about Labyrinths!
A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use (HA! CAP asks the qu: “How can we use and work with what we already have?”)  the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’? Maybe just a prompting RE-minder to be RE-ceptive (not only) under M-r in CAP, for seeing what we are called to work with that’s already here. We don’t need to RE-invent the wheel…


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


Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with the mind’s analyses, assumptions, judgments that circulate in us we bury ourselves under the mental load (CAP), 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 getting wrapped up with our thoughts, in CAP in mostly via the notion to control, organize, and work optimally, which can be frustrating when people and circumstances don’t cooperate. Hence judgment / self judgment and resentment can set in.

So the key is (in the CAP world) to use the Mind as a ‘natural RE-source’ yet not to be used or enslaved by it.



Sun Dial at Beacon Hill Park. Always ‘On Time’ Photo by Melanie


Each MERCURY retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (the SUN). MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN.


Bottom line:

  • Let’s BE aware and MIND-ful, 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’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.
  • Like the Sun dial, let’s count the ‘SUN-ny hours’, and the blessings


Let’s see what the

* Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

MERCURY will turn retro at 15° 07′ CAP.

For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 15°CAP, since it’s so close to 15, and the direction is backwards.  




Keynote: The Responsibility of society to ensure the welfare and total health of the new generation.

The sociocultural process must look to the future as well as to the past. It has created conditions which may harm the children who will carry forward its work, and it must try to repair these negative conditions through love as well as through physical care. In personal life, the individual should take great care of her fresh intuitions and his dreams for future growth. They are often fragile developments which the pressures of everyday life can easily distort or destroy.
This is the last stage of Scene 19 (1 – 15 CAP) which began with a powerful claim for socio-political power. The exercise of such a power can indeed produce social conditions which endanger the healthy and spiritual unfoldment of a community, and especially of its children. There is therefore a constant need for TENDER CARE as well as skill to neutralize the destructive tensions of social living.”

Powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back what matters most, now and into the future of the Children of Humanity! SOOO timely.


* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Check out Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.


* Itinerary for the  Mercury retro Phase

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

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


Dec 15: MERCURY in CAP close to PLUTO enters the stationary ‘storm’

Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in trying to get your act together, while being in an ‘underworld / inner world journey’?


Dec 19: MERCURY in mid CAP, next to (almost but not quite passing) PLUTO will turn retro, from Earth perspective. 

SoUlstice Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with SoulAwareness. And: Nature speaks…


Dec 28: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the CAP SUN and also NEW MOON and URANUS Direct (both on Dec 28 / 29!).

The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is being born. WOW, on the eve of URANUS (the Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener) turning direct – very illuminating! And it starts the ‘Promethean’ phase of M-r!

SO divinely timed this time, with the New Moon in CAP, just at the end of the calendar year, into the New Year of 2017 which will also numerologically be a 1 year (count up the # = 10 / 1).


Jan 4 – 12: MERCURY re-enters SAG, and cruises on the ‘Integrity Point in the first half of January.

Look for new insights and visons that can turn into manifestation – that you are called to build and show up with. They gotta be in alignment with integrity for you. And now you know your mind can’t trick you…


Jan 8: MERCURY will go direct again.

We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be revealed until then.


Jan 14: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

Mercury slowly catching momentum, RE-generated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.


Jan 28: Mercury direct in CAP will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light, to be more clearly in our alignment with integrity and showing up with what matters most to us.



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



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

Bingo! Another MERCURY retro is ON.

If you’ve read my MERCURY retro support notes (or shall I say: RE-hab advocacy?) 3 times a year over the last years you know my take on it (and might find it liberating): 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 ‘usual’, to be REcalibrated to a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Hermes / Mercury

Hermes / Mercury , 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, and might contribute to the RE-medies it offers…

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

Under one of the last M-r phases, I saw a RE-freshing Facebook message from a friend pointing out how RE-dundant and time consuming / wasting texting can be. It has become even more prevalent in the meantime…

What a perfect example!  Esp. for CAP who doesn’t like waste and wants to use what’s best.

Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face, rather than messaging on Facebook!

Mercury retro RE-minds us to RE-adjust communication to a more effective way – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… Take time, drop the pencil / tablet, and slow down. Get to know the person better through physical presence whom you ‘thought’ you communicated with, via your tech devices. Get away from the technology mediated connection, and see your friends again in front of you, for that one-on-one intimacy that an email / messages just wouldn’t do. Take TIME to meet them. It’s time well invested and may save you from having a fantasy or judgment about them. Make it RE-al!

Now, in the beginning M-r mode, we are more prone to bypass the rational censor, trust our bodily senses, truly and simply address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘heady’ niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to intuitively pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open.


Wise Turtle moving slowly, with natural intelligence. Nature is our model and medicine, (not only) under MERCURY retro.


Then, when it comes to practical planning and organizing, take it easy under M-r in CAP! Something else, call it ‘The Mind of God / the Universal Mind / Higher Power’ (MERCURY conj. PLUTO) is in the picture. Our personal planning takes a break from the habitual control mode, and is invited to align with what needs to happen, and what the universe orchestrates. Obviously, that re-quires and teaches us flexibility (good medicine for CAP energy which can become rigid and set in its ways…) And also, often, we stick to Plan A because we are concerned we might inconvenience others with changing plans. However, a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway – so don’t take it ON, CAP!


Funny, how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino / snowball effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information. If one person whom you had made plans with and whom you have ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel last minute (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. You might be RE-lieved to drop your ‘perfect plans’ and expectations.


Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips,

for the whole retro phase (exact Dec 19 – Jan 8), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Jan 14), and if you will, even post-retro shadow time (until Jan 28):


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 have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since early Dec already as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, from Dec 15 on.


2) Be mindful.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted, and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments and the need to be in control. Practice being fully present in RE-al time, with every person you communicate with, and any situation and function. Don’t loose sight of what’s most significant, truly valuable, 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 find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Be your own M-r in CAP coach!


3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in CAP (the energy that’s so much about completion and accomplishment) is to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, loose ends, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time – last one was in Aug / Sept, RE-member?


4) RE- everything!
Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose (very CAP – use what you got, and only get what you use!), you name it… makes sense, eh?

Also, of course, esp. with the CAP flavour, an excellent RE-minder to clear what has lost its purpose, to organize and streamline things (maybe RE-gift things to people who can use them more than you), and to back up your important files. Better safe than sorry.

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror. With CAP, specially RE-lating to career, purpose, business, and the Elders.


5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate please. 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. Rather than judging them (shadow of CAP) meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.


6) A direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

…can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating 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?

Be wise and trust simple insight, 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 distracted, 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.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest and be a CAP RE-source of service and guidance (if RE-quested)!


9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE to (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person(!) double check whether you have been understood correctly what the implications and consequences of your agreement are (CAP), and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where CAP 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 RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness. With the CAP energy, let’s RE-member to tune into Nature and into the Inner Elder.


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

People might come back into your life whom you had connected with, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to CAP in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…).


12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than carrying judgment and resentment around (CAP) 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? How can you use this situation for the highest purpose? A major teaching that’s also funny? RE-frame 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 ‘set in stone’ /controlling CAP mind set could have come up with? J


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

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


14) 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 MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,


…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.


© Mercur-elanie 2016



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* MERCURY in CAP out of retro Jan 25, and conj. PLUTO once more Jan 29: Changing Mind. Changing Life.

25 Jan

Quick RE-mind-er of MERCURYs immanent ‘U-turn’ from retro to direct, today Mon Jan 25 at 1:50 pm PST.

All ‘back to normal’?
Truth of the matter – the influence of the ‘gear shift from reverse to first gear’, a.k.a. stationary / ‘storm’ takes about a week, so give or take until Feb 1 we’re in a ‘hot’ and slow re-adjustment phase. Take it easy, and let’s bring the gifts of M-r forward!
Hopefully, this M-r period has, perhaps much deeper than any other, due to the PLUTO contacts (Dec 19 pre-retro, and in retro ‘storm’, and Jan 22), had an impact on our relationship with the mind, and shown you where it can take you, and how it can have a life of its own. With the PLUTO connection all of that heavy gravitation, incl. judgment, guilt, taking too much on, control (CAP shadow) is under re-construction. Not casual stuff, since it affects the bigger structures and systems in life, how we prioritize and use energies and resources, and: our relationship with Time.

  • Maybe you’re disengaging from something you’ve been burdened by, or have taken on that’s not yours to carry? Guilt trips anybody?
  • How do you use resources? How do you make the best out of a situation, without abuse / your ‘victory’ at somebody else’s expense?
  • What’s with abuse – and self abuse?
  • Who or what needs to be honoured and respected?
  • What’s with projects that have taken on a life of their own, leaving no breathing space or freedom? What needs to change?
  • Maybe you re-organize your day, your life style differently now, lighter and simpler?
  • What matters most? What are priorities that the mind tries to distract us from, and how can we catch and gently calm the ‘monkey mind’?
  • What’s with the Time factor? How can Tiiiiime be on your side? How can you be in timelessness?

Let’s be mindful re: what comes up in the sloooow retro-to-direct ‘U-turn’ that’s on now until Feb 1.

  • What are the gifts of the MERCURY retro phase that we are carrying forward now?
  • How do we relate to mind differently now?
  • What’s changing in our life structures and priorities, and how do we live now?



Mercurius, ‘processed’ in the alchemical retort – very MERCURY / PLUTO. Medieval painting, origin unknown.


MERCURY passes PLUTO once more, on Jan 29 (Jan 30 EST and further East).

Essence and Soul Power (PLUTO) are the catalyst for change. Ancestors and Elders (CAP), biological, ancestors of the land, Spirit Elders have our back. We can invoke their support any time. And the changes we are catalyzing now in our lives and time are changes for our lineage as well.

All the best for the Mercury retro turnaround, upside down, inside out, for deep transformation and connection with powers of life!



© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

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?


Question Cloud


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 http://lighttogoplaces.blogspot.ca/2015_05_01_archive.html


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: http://www.adyashanti.org/cafedharma/index.php?file=video


* 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

* Triple Mercury – Pluto Contact and Mercury – Uranus Squares (Dec 19 / 20, Jan 20 / 22 and 29 / 31): Essential Priorities :: Deep Power-to-Change :: Free to BE!

20 Dec

Where is your mind going, and how is it (rather than doing) being these pre-Holidays?

Same as every year… or a whole different tone, or a gradual evolution perhaps, or radical new ways how you think about and what / whether you plan and organize for the Holidays…?

So yes, MERCURY is now in CAP (since Dec 7 when it crossed the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP) which can tune us into a more grounded, serious, pragmatic, realistic and purposeful mode of thinking and topics of interest. On the flip-side, our thoughts can become heavier and maybe depressed too (esp. when things are futile, a burden, too ‘old’ and pre-patterened, or not ‘successful’)?

Any of the above familiar these days? Esp. if you have any astrological placements in CAP to start with, which get activated by MERCURY now.

  • Why is this a big deal?
  • What does this have to do with The Emperor, the empire / institutions, deep Power-to-Change?


Voyager IV Emperor

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie


MERC will go RETRO, mostly in CAP, from Jan 5 – 25, 2016, AND be in CAP for a long time (Dec 9 – Jan 1, and Jan 8 – Feb 13) – we better get used to it 🙂

MERCURY in CAP will activate PLUTO 3 times during that phase!

  1. Dec 19 (when going into pre-retro ‘storm’)
  2. Jan 22 (at the end of its retro phase), and
  3. Jan 29 / 30 (just after going direct again).

And MERC will square off with URANUS in ARIES also 3 times, shortly after the PLU contacts

  1. Dec 20
  2. Jan 20
  3. Jan 31

MERC in CAP helps us go to essential priorities, and finally tackle those procrastinated projects. But hey, what really ARE priorities??? Not the ‘shoulds’ or ‘were’s’ from last year. Time to dig and realize what really matters, and start fresh from there, says MERC square URA! 🙂


Voila, here is the chart for the first MERC – PLU alignment, showing the whole energy matrix of these charged-up days = Cardinal T-square this weekend (tension and pressures, anybody?), with

MER - PL I Dec 19 2015

  • The MOON / URANUS in AR – being radically present, and breaking out of any old patterns – it all starts, or rather happens NOW. PLUS: MERC with PLU in CAP squares stationary URANUS in AR tomorrow Dec 20! Breakthroughs and paradigm shifts in the mind – or a sense of rebelliousness and unpredictability? All part of the MERC – URA mix.
  • LILITH in LI – what does being in your true nature have to do with balance, perhaps literally the balance of inner masculine – feminine?
  • Both MOON / URA and LILITH in LI are in T-square to MERC / PLU in CAP! What matters ‘at the end of the day’? What’s the priority? What’s the essential spirit of Christmas, and of anything we build and any ‘to-be-organized’ endeavor? How can we be more conscious and work respectfully in a deeply fulfilling way with other people, time and resources? What’s a renewing spirit now? How can we be as-nature? Maybe it’s time to slow down, step off the pre-planned and over organized ‘wheel’, regenerate deeply from within, and allow for more spontaneous joy and light in the moment – so regenerative!

This first MERC – PLU conjunction is a precursor of what wants to be processed about our personal, and the larger structures and systems (CAP / AQ cusp). It will come up again in the second half of January. Think: Transformation – Liberation.


Angel of Revelation, by William Blake

Angel of Revelation, by William Blake


Any premonitions?
I wouldn’t be surprised if more leaks came out that showed us why it’s not a good idea to keep believing in structures and authorities having our best interest in mind. SATURN (which rules CAP), now in SAG adds to the picture: It’s mandatory to assess and get over limiting beliefs and ‘old stories’.

When in doubt, let’s go deeper into our visceral incorruptible, incontaminable ‘gut’ sense of what’s going on – symbolized by PLUTO. That’s where the Power-to-Change sits.

Deep old thought patterns, perhaps ‘passed on’ from our ancestors that keep us ‘in place’, have us carry too much (what is not ours), or prevent us from ‘stepping up’ and living our fullest potential are ‘on the table’ now. This is an opportunity with MERC retro. PLUTO shows us the power they can have ‘over us’, but also how change from the core is the way to evolve.

We are doing this work also on behalf of our ancestors (family lineage), and we can invoke our spirit ancestors and guides for support. The Ancestors are with us now, in this sacred Solstice time, and mirrored by MERC / PLU’s triple contact. And we are doing it obviously on behalf of the Future (our future, and the future of humanity), UR in AR shows us it’s time to renew, for, with, and through the young ones.

Clearly, this MERC / PLU activation affects all you CAP and AR friends out there, and the CAP and AR sides (AC, MOON, Planets, and house) in all of us.

Feel welcome and free  to ask me if you have any questions.

I know it ain’t easy for CAP to get support – but that is changing now too. 🙂

And you AR friends out there, maybe you’re super dooper on the go these days, and it could be time to slow down and regenerate ( I know you can’t wait for Spring).