Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mercury Retrograde December 10-29, 2010

Mercury Retrograde May Get Explosive

By Janet Moon

Mercury is retrograde December 10th through December 29th, 2010.

Those who celebrate the Islamic and Jewish holidays will find that this year their major holidays will be over before Mercury's retrograde begins. But, those who will be celebrating their holidays closer to the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21st had better get their holiday shopping done early. (Like in November!)

Planets don't actually switch directions in their orbits. They just appear that way when they are passing the Earth or we're passing them. When a planet is in retrograde, it is usually closer to the Earth in its orbit and exerts more gravitational force in our direction.

Well, little Mercury is passing between us and the Sun once again. Because his orbit is so fast, he does it 3 or 4 times a year. Typically, when Mercury is in retrograde, issues from the past resurface. Past relationships are more likely to reunite during Mercury's retrograde. Also, its easier to connect with the other side, and we may receive messages from passed-over loved ones in ways that are not always so subtle. It's not a good time to sign contracts or start something new, like a new job. Often things initiated during a Mercury's retrograde will fizzle out.

This Mercury's retrograde is going to be most difficult when Mercury is at his retrograde station and a few days before and after. When a planet is at retrograde station, it is at the point where it is changing from a forwards to a backwards motion.

Mercury will cross Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth, on the New Moon, December 5th. There could be jealousy, arguments, transportation problems, and especially computer problems beginning then. Then, from the last day of Hanukkah, December 9th through December 14th, Mercury, Pluto, and Mars will all move to an exact conjunction! Mercury rules communication, transportation, and short trips. Pluto governs passion, criminal behavior, and transformation. Then add Mars, the warrior, who represents sex, energy, and fights! There will be all kinds of mishaps, misfortunes, and misunderstandings, especially on Monday, December 13th.

Once Mercury, Pluto, and Mars begin to separate, and Mercury gets moving along his backward path (around December 15th), we should see the typical Mercury retrograde behavior. An old friend may call, or we may find ourselves digging out old boxes of stuff and sorting through them. Leave extra time for travel, and make sure important files on the computer are backed up.

There could be a second Mercury retrograde flare-up around December 20th and 21st. Mercury will be at negative aspects to Uranus and Jupiter while we have a Full Moon lunar eclipse. There could be a lot of misunderstandings and just plain selfish decisions in the air, and the eclipse will be amplifying them.

Mercury will turn direct on December 30th (29th in some areas), and luckily, we should find this transition almost uneventful.

Mercury's retrograde path will begin at 5 degrees 56 minutes Capricorn, and will end at 19 degrees 39 minutes Sagittarius. If you have any inner planets (Sun through Mars) or any power points on your natal chart in Mercury's path, you may want to consult an astrologer for more information.

About the Author: Janet (Sparrow) Moon is a professional psychic and astrologer. You can visit her web site for more articles about upcoming events in astrology, and to subscribe her daily astrology general tendencies forecast. Website:

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