Thursday, October 20, 2011

Two Eclipses during Mercury Retrograde - Fall 2011

By Janet Moon

Two Eclipses are Nested in a Mercury Retrograde during Fall 2011

Wow! Mercury's retrograde will begin on Thanksgiving Day (USA), November 24th, and the next day, November 25th, we will experience a New Moon solar eclipse.

A second eclipse, Full Moon lunar eclipse, will occur again on December 10th, and Mercury will turn direct on December 13th. This will not be a typical Mercury retrograde, for sure!

When a planet is in retrograde, it appears to be moving backward against the background of the universe. Planets do not actually reverse directions, they just appear that way, because we are not at the center of the solar system. Mercury will be passing us on our solar racetrack, so his gravitational pull and his influence will be much more prominent in our lives.

Eclipses bring changes, good and bad. Most people are resistant to change, and that's why they have such a negative reputation. An eclipse is considered to be 10 times more powerful than a typical full or new moon. Also, eclipses usually come in pairs, one on the New Moon and one on the Full Moon. Occasionally, we will get three in a row, and they usually occur twice a year.

Mercury will be doing his retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius this time, and the eclipses will be bouncing between Sagittarius and Gemini. Sagittarius, I do not envy you! There could be big changes coming for Sagittarius and Gemini in November and December, and Sag, you may find things from your past coming back up to be dealt with.

Sagittarius is the wanderer, the optimist, and the ruler of higher education. Mercury's retrograde in Sagittarius may stimulate us to visit places from our past, or we may receive some special visitors that we haven't seen in a very long time. This Mercury retrograde will also be an excellent time to go back and brush up on something we learned in the past, or even make the decision to go back to school and expand the education we already have.

Mercury's retrograde often brings up the past, and Mercury's retrograde will be affecting all of us in some way. The houses in our natal charts that Mercury will be crossing will determine what areas of our lives Mercury will affect. An example would be, Mercury's retrograde traveling through your 8th house could bring money from past (and possibly forgotten) loans. Or, Mercury's retrograde in your 5th house of romance could bring a past lover back into your life. Mercury's retrograde with travel from 20 degrees 7 minutes through 3 degrees 51 minutes, Sagittarius.

We often begin to notice eclipse energy up to a couple of weeks before, and even a week after, the actual event. With the Gemini and Sagittarius influence, the eclipses could affect our relationships. These two signs are dynamic, and they will not waste time and energy on a relationship that is not good for them. Geminis and Sagittarians are also known to tease or become rather loud, so there is also a potential for arguments and confrontations. Again, the houses, in our natal charts that the eclipses land in, will determine what area of our life will be affected.

The eclipse on November 25th will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse at 2 degrees 38 minutes Sagittarius. It will be a partial eclipse and will be visible from the southern most land masses on our planet, including Antarctica. Partial eclipses are not considered as powerful as total eclipses, but this eclipse will be at a very positive aspect to Uranus, the planet of originality. Uranus brings the unexpected. He also will be sitting on the cusp between Pisces and Aries, so he will be even more unpredictable. Uranus will energize our moods, and it will be a great time for a party. Thanksgiving festivities will be lively. Be sure to have the camera ready, because there will be some unforgettable moments.

The eclipse on December 10th will be a Full Moon Lunar eclipse at 18 degrees 8 minutes Gemini. This eclipse will be a total eclipse and will be visible in Asia, Australia, and Alaska. It will also be visible at moon rise or moon set in Europe, Africa, and North America. Because it will be total eclipse, this will be a powerful Full Moon. But, there won't be any major planets aiding or agitating it, so it will be a total Gemini Moon influence. Geminis love intelligent conversations, games and competitions, traveling about, and two of everything. It will be a great weekend for short trips, sporting events, and even holiday parties. Guard against trying to do too much and getting scattered.

Mercury will turn direct on December 13th, and it should be December as usual after that. Don't fret if you're not done with your holiday shopping. There will be some great bargains to be found after Mercury turns direct.

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 read her daily astrology general tendencies forecast. Website:

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