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Mercury goes retrograde – Gaela horoscopes by Kim Falconer

Europa being swept away by Zeus

Europa and Zeus, Roman Mosaic. Photo by Maicar Forlag, GML


Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Taurus from April 18 to May 11, 2010. The following are hints for traversing, and appreciating, this reflective time.

RAM: Mercury goes retro in the Ram’s, Aries, 2nd house of true happiness. This is a perfect time to reflect, re-think and reconsider what it is that lights your fire. Are you in touch, or out of touch with your inner resources? Do you see the repository of your greatest desire as a geyser or an abyss? ‘No medicine cures what happiness cannot.’ ~ Gabriel García Márquez

AUROCHS: Mercury ‘turns around’ in the sign of the Aurochs, Taurus the ancient bull. This effects your 1st house actions, your destiny in the making. As things slow down (or stall) it is the perfect opportunity to reassess all the ways and means you assert your will through ‘doing’. ‘Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being
.’ ~Laozi (Tao Te Ching)

 TWINS: Mercury is the natural ruler of the Twins, or Gemini. In retrograde motion, there can be some hiccups especially around electronic and mechanical devices, but oh what a blessing! What ever slows you down, it is your greatest ally in exploring the inner world of spirit. This is the time to release unconscious patterns from the past. 12th house ‘tolerations’ – the hidden things we put up with but wear us down – come to light. Can you let go without labelling? ‘Love is the absence of judgment.’ ~ Dalai Llama

COBRA: Mercury goes retro in Cobra’s, or Cancer’s, 11th house of social connections and like minded others. This is the perfect time to have a look at the people in your life and ask, is this really my tribe? Do your goals reflect the hopes and wishes in your heart or those of the people around you? Rethink your motives in choosing who you spend time with. There could be changes ahead. ‘I’ll happily plug into the tribe that reminds me of the truth: that we are powerful creators, all connected, made of the stuff of Gods. ~ Jeannette Maw

LION: For the Lion, or Leo, Mercury turns around in the 10th house of career, mission and profession. If you are not doing what you love, this could feel a bit like Alice down the rabbit hole. Spend some time considering your options and opportunities with the idea that being who you really are is the greatest career going. Note: ‘Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.‘ ~ Terry Pratchett 

CERES: Mercury is travelling ‘backward’ through Ceres, or Virgo’s 9th house of Spirit. This is where your world expands into distant horizons of the mind, as in higher education, meditation or even physical travel to places you’ve never been before. The messenger of the gods is asking you to reflect on where and how you broaden these horizons and he’s not opposed to sending your luggage in the opposite direction to do it. ‘Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.’ ~ Mark Twain

BALENCIA: Mercury does an about face in Balencia’s, or Libra’s, 8th house of sex, death and taxes. This isn’t as scary as it sounds. I mean, your taxes are up to date, right? And in death there is really nothing to ‘do’ but let go so the only thing left is sex. Any hesitations, conflicts or issues in the intimacy department is a celestial messenger in disguise. The trick is to see through the disguise and become the recipient of the blessing. In the wake of an 8th house storm there is always a rainbow if we lift our eyes to see it. ~ Isabel Hickey

SCORPION: When Mercury turns retro in Taurus, the opposite sign of Scorpio feels it through personal, one to one relationships. Don’t think that if you’re single you’re exempt. This is the playground of the trickster for the next three weeks and if you wise up, it will be highly rewarding. Be open to serendipitous encounters. “Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?” “Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.” ~ Ray Bradbury

ARCHER: Sagittarius the Archer has Mercury going retrograde in the 6th house of self adjustment. This is the time to reconsider choices made on diet, exercise, health and daily routine. There could also be thoughts going out to the well being of pets complete with trips to the vet. Most beneficial for the mind is spending some time thinking about what brings you comfort and ease. Take the steps that point in the direction of peace. “Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.” “An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.” ~ Agatha Christie (Peril at End House)

SEA-GOAT: Mercury running backward in Taurus lights up the Sea-goat’s, or Capricorn’s, 5th house of love, romance and creative inspiration. Rethink your love life? Only if you have an inclination to do so. Signs suggesting trouble in Denmark include the feeling it has all moved too fast, or too slow, resistance, anxiety and symptoms of a new and compulsive work ethic. If you aren’t experiencing unabashed carefree joy with the other person, what are you doing it for? ‘Then may mercy save her from a man who loves as you do.’ ~ Sara Douglass (Gods’ Concubine)

WATER-BEARER: Mercury Rx in Taurus transverses the Water-Bearer’s, or Aquarius’, 4th house of home and emotional stability. It is a time to re-evaluate the ground you stand on, your connection to family and the people you live with. The actual dwelling may ‘carry the projection’ as in need for repairs, dreams about the house or even the need to move. The gift in all this refection is getting in touch with what you really want. ‘Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.’ ~ Jane Austen

FISHES: Mercury in Taurus runs back through the Fishes, or Pisces’, 3rd house of siblings, communication, writing, teaching, learning and short distant travel around the community. If anything goes haywire in the 3rd house domain – traffic jams, stalled cars, lost emails, crashed computers, missing assignments or fractious sibs – it is time to rethink the way you express yourself. Are you saying what you mean? ‘If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.‘ ~ Lemony Snicket (Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid)

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. She runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is working on the Quantum Encryption trilogy, the follow up to Quantum Enchantment, both of which are set in the world of Gaela, as well as on Earth. The first book in the new series is called Path of the Stray and will be out in August this year.


2 Responses

  1. Okay, is it me, my laptop or my server? It looks like Zeus has taken Europa right off the post!

    Or was that just Mercury up to his Rx tricks? He did steal Apollo’s cattle once.

    This is so weird, Nat, because when I first clicked on this page I didn’t see the image. Then a few hours later I did (when we were tweeting about it) and now it’s gone again.

    I think this is Mercury retrograde in action, or time for me to call it a night!


  2. Oh good goddess of the night, it’s back again.

    I’m calling it a night!

    🙂 How’s everyone else going with Mercury retro? (Writers and readers and all things of pen and ink are ‘ruled’ by Mercury!)

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