Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dark Moon in Sagittarius - Mercury Retrograde begins

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

30th Day of the 12th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle of Ngetal/Reed
29th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Ngetal/Reed
Moon Phase: Dark
Moon rises: 6:33AM EST
Moon sets: 4:26PM EST
Moon in Scorpio v/c 6:04PM EST
Moon enters the Mutable Fire Sign
of Sagittarius at 8:57PM EST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The potency
of dreams enacted
Sun in Sagittarius
Sunrise: 7:15AM EST
Sunset: 4:57PM EST
Solar Question of the Day: "Which of
your family do you most appreciate?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter
of the Year
November 24th, 2011

Thor's Day - Jupiter Day - the Day of Vision, Spiritual Insight and Expansion...... minor magickal energies for elimination of obstacles to wealth, power and fame. 

Mercury Retrograde - began today at 2:19AM EST.... A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. It's a bit like travelling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play. Click here for some neat graphics and more on the science of retrograde planetary motion. 

      Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us earthlings, are not particularly uncommon. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Although a powerful astrological influence, Mercury is quite a small planet that travels at a relatively fast speed through the zodiac. Despite being the closest planet in our solar system to the Sun, Mercury is not always in the same sign as the Sun. This time Merc turns in Sagittarius while the Sun too is in Sagittarius and both of these celestials remain in Sagittarius till the end of the retro phase on Dec 14. However, by way of illustration, Mercury turned retrograde last time in Virgo while the Sun was in Leo, then moved back to Leo on the 8th to join the Sun, but the solar orb moved into Virgo on August 23 (with Mercury by then back in Leo). Mercury turned direct in Leo on August 26 with the Sun still in Virgo, but Mercury remained in Leo till Sep 9, when he entered Virgo again. The Divine Messenger remained in Virgo until Sep 25.
    So we may use the Retrograde period from November 24th through December 13th when Mercury looks back in Sagittarius to discover meaningful connections previously overlooked. When we widen our vision, our inner philosopher gets engaged.
     Molly Hall says in her article this morning: "It's striking that all the Mercury Retrogrades this year are in fire signs. This time, starting Thursday, November 24th (2:19 am est), Mercury spirals back (to our eyes) in mutable Sagittarius at 20 degrees. It's a particularly rousing retrograde, with Venus at the beyond mysterious Galactic Center, a source of creative chaos to spin us in new, expansive directions. On top of that, the Moon's North Node is also in Sagittarius, for a pull toward the visionary, spirited values and animating our lives fully.

     This retrograde will last until December 13th or 14th (in some places), and the shadow period until January 1st, 2012. To ring in the auspicious new year, Mercury crosses the 3 degree threshold, the farthest point tracked back in the retrograde period.This comes at the holidays, when many travel out of family duty and nerves are already frazzled. If delays are possible, bring a book, game or your laptop and fill those waiting hours with mental adventures. This retrograde cycles back burning ideas, that might've gotten buried under everyday responsibilities. Pay close attention to what inspires you, especially what sets off a domino effect of realizations. Sometimes Mercury retrogrades are experienced as a mental vacation, a breather from scanning the horizon for the new. In Sagittarius at this retrograde, the visions are as likely to come from a lifetime of inner journeying, as they are from actual physical travel.
Mercury Retro in Real Life More on fated events, orchestrated chaos, perceived delays (real or not?) of this infamous, and often misunderstood, planetary cycle."

Sun in Sagittarius - Mutable Fire sign Sagittarius calls our attention up and out, to the mountain tops, to the wild, and to the global community. It ask us to see potential and celebrate our journey thus far. Those born with a Sagittarius Sun need space; they see the big picture and its far horizons, but can trip over details close to home, and hate to feel fenced in. They remind us to honor all our relations, all people and species around the globe. They can speak honestly without a sting, but may need to learn the gift of silence.


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