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Mercury in Retrograde

Posted Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 7:12 PM

A planet that appears to move backward in the sky for a period of time is said to be in retrograde. This retrograde action is an illusion, created by the orbit of our own planet called Earth.

According to SOLITARY WITCH by Silver RavenWolf, when a planet turns retrograde, it's the universe's way of saying to just sit back and chill. People tend to run around like crazy, especially during Mercury Retrograde. The proper reaction to retrograde is "don't start anything in the subject area that the corresponding retrograde planet corresponds to."

Planet -- MERCURY

Subject -- Communication

Retrograde Period -- 3 times per year for 3 weeks duration

Human Behavior -- Arguments, travel delays, electronic breakdowns, computer viruses

Proper Reaction -- Think before you speak, tie up loose ends on old projects

Planet -- VENUS

Subject -- Socialization

Retrograde Period -- Every 18 months for 40 days duration

Human Behavior -- Attracted to the bizarre, dwindling cash, little is accomplished

Proper Reaction -- Evaluate your relationships, seek to find lost items

Planet -- MARS

Subject -- Action

Retrograde Period -- Every 2 years for 70 days duration

Human Behavior -- Aggressiveness, won't take no for an answer, confusion, resentment

Proper Reaction -- Seek closure on old issues, meditate, do physical work

Planet -- JUPITER

Subject -- Expansion

Retrograde Period -- Once per year for 120 days duration

Human Behavior -- Limited energy, bad finances, low on generosity, overindulgence

Proper Reaction -- Work on inner changes, do things with your hands

Planet -- SATURN

Subject -- Limits

Retrograde Period -- Once per year for 140 days duration

Human Behavior -- Change in group structures, politicians ousted, delayed rewards, abuse

Proper Reaction -- Make better use of time, get rid of bad friends and bad habits

Planet -- URANUS

Subject -- Destruction

Retrograde Period -- Once per year for 148 days duration

Human Behavior -- Freedom threatened, humanitarian efforts stall, gang activity increases

Proper Reaction -- Drop the mask and be the real you, work on group change

Planet -- NEPTUNE

Subject -- Transformation

Retrograde Period -- Once per year for 150 days duration

Human Behavior -- Desire to escape, indulgence in fantasy, drugs and alcohol on the rise

Proper Reaction -- Meditation, vision quest, dream analysis, spirituality, talk to a tree

Planet -- PLUTO

Subject -- Regeneration

Retrograde Period -- Once per year for 180 days duration

Human Behavior -- Out with the old, in with a new path of life, new ways of problem-solving

Proper Reaction -- Clean everything, throw out old junk, redesign rituals

As we enter the year 2010, Mercury is in retrograde. It will turn direct on January 16. Thus, I shall proceed with caution for the next couple of weeks. I will avoid any unnecessary trips to areas populated by crazed lunatics, such as Iran, Afghanistan or Texas, and I will refrain from making any smartass comments about Mother Nature, Father Time or Lady Gaga.

Happy New Year, starting January 17.


Quote for the Day -- "Being a Witch means to want to work every day to be a better person. When you change yourself, then the world around you cannot help but change." Silver RavenWolf


Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where black cats stalk the moon during Mercury Retrograde. His blogs appear on several websites, including www.myspace.com/bret1111




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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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