Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mercury Retrograde and the Shadow Phases

Mercury in Shadow - Mercury Retrograde

What are the Shadow Phases of Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury in Scorpio officially enters Shadow on October 11, 2019 at 6:58 pm ET preparing for Mercury Retrograde which officially occurs on October 31, 2019 at 11:42 am ET. 

Most people are aware of Mercury Retrograde that lasts for about 3 weeks.

But the entire Mercury Retrograde cycle actually has 3 Phases which occur over a 9 week period.

As with all things in astrology, the calculations and reasoning is actually very simple and logical.

It’s all based on the degrees of the zodiac that Mercury is transiting over during the 3 Phase Retrograde Cycle.



Let’s look at how it all works with Mercury stationing Retrograde in Scorpio on October 31, 2019:

  • Phase 1 - Shadow Direct - Pre-Retrograde phase - October 11 to October 31, 2019
    (11 degrees, 36 minutes of Scorpio forward to 27 degrees 37 minutes of Scorpio)
    When issues will start to come up but we don’t easily recognize the mistakes that are happening...
  • Phase 2 - Retrograde - October 31 to November 20, 2019
    (27 degrees 37 minutes of Scorpio back to 11 degrees, 36 minutes of Scorpio)
    When we recognize the issues, complications, errors and mistakes that need to be addressed because they become so obvious...
  • Phase 3 - Shadow Direct - Post-Retrograde phase - November 20, 2019 to December 7, 2019
    (11 degrees, 36 minutes of Scorpio forward to 27 degrees 37 minutes of Scorpio)
    When we finally deal with the issues, make corrections and find resolution and clarity so we can move on and fix the issues.

Simple right!

Phase 2 is what most people are aware of - when Mercury is Retrograde and looks like it is going backwards in the sky for 3 weeks.

The Shadow Phases (when Mercury is going Direct before and after Mercury is Retrograde) gives us the whole 3 phase Mercury Retrograde Cycle and lasts about 9 weeks in total.

What is the meaning of Mercury Retrograde?

In General:
Mercury is “The messenger of the gods” and is largely about communications and information exchange as it rules the mind, which can include written letters and documents, to technology like emails, social networking, cell phones, computers, etc. Time is also an important mental construct associated with Mercury, so scheduling and appointments during this period could become issues. Mercury is also associated with the exchange of money, merchandise and the stock market, so wonky issues in all these areas can be expected during Mercury Retrograde.

But Mercury Retrograde is also considered to be a time when we have another look at things that need to be addressed, perhaps things that we've put off for a while that demand our attention or else we'll have to face the consequences.

Here are a few General Mercury Retrograde keywords to think about: rethink, rewrite, reread, reorganize, review, reroute, reestablish, retrace, refurnish, reignite, rehearse, rekindle, recapture, reframe, redecorate, reaffirm, revamp, reevaluate, replenish, restock, rekindle, recapture, rejuvenate, repair, recover, refresh, refine, renegotiate, repay, reunite, redefine, revisit, reappoint… Can you think of anything else to redo over the next few weeks?

When Mercury is Retrograde he is considered The Trickster. Untrue information, lies, deceit and manipulation of people’s minds with gossip, marketing and propaganda in the news are highly likely during a Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Your mind may play tricks on you.

This is a time where you are likely to make mistakes but also to become more aware of your past mistakes. Think, "How can I change this? How would this work better if I did it this way?"

It's also a time to ask yourself a lot of questions like, "Is this really what I want? Do I understand this? Is there any point to this? How can I think differently? Am I right or wrong about this?"

Depression and self doubts are common during Mercury Retrograde, and difficulty thinking clearly and objectively is likely.

If you are an unfocused person and let things slide, this period can be a kick in the pants, reminding you how important it is to get yourself on track or else reap the natural karma of becoming overburdened by a lack of momentum and the passing of time.

If you feel like you don't know enough of what you need to know, this is the time to work on helping yourself to gain clarity by writing things down as a preemptive step to help you stay organized and on top of things. Forgetfulness is likely, so try to create a few key organizing points to gather important information to return to later. Repetition helps remind you of what to prioritize.

Try not to sign any important documents or make long term commitments during Mercury Retrograde, of course. This is especially important in business and long distance trade matters. More research is recommended before making any important decisions, and it’s considered best to wait until after the full 9 week Retrograde cycle before you go ahead and finalize deals.

The Mercury retrograde cycle guarantees a change in perspective.

We can also expect more secrets to be revealed in our personal relationships as well as through the media, and backtracking on what was said during the shadow phases of Mercury Retrograde cycle usually occurs during the Retrograde phase. Information and secrets accidentally revealed could be shocking, rock foundations or change the collective ideology. Trust issues are likely, and questions become more encompassing. Hearsay and gossip are not admissible as evidence, and rumors will be met with skepticism but the naive and unsuspecting could be easily duped during this period.

It's a good time to reconsider what you think and believe to be true. Do your beliefs hold much weight or are your explanations flimsy and hollow when you're asked about them? Can your ideas be backed up with logic, concrete information, proof or specifics?

More Specifically:
The issues that come up will have to do with the zodiac sign Mercury is in during the Retrograde Cycle.

Mercury will be Retrograde in Scorpio so during this Mercury Retrograde cycle the issues that will come up have to do with Mercury in Scorpio.

Related Astrology Horoscopes:

Mercury in Scorpio

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