Mercury retrograde epiphany day is here—have you had your epiphany yet?
If you’ve read my blog much, you probably know by now that Mercury moves in cycles lasting four months, or three cycles a year. Mercury moves retrograde (or backwards) for about three weeks of that cycle, and forward for the rest. Twice during each cycle, Mercury crosses (conjuncts) the Sun, once while both are moving forward, the other while the Sun continues forward but Mercury is moving backward. Those days when Mercury conjuncts the Sun are days of epiphany.
The Sun, by the way, is always moving forward, never backward. If an astrologer ever tells you that you have the Sun retrograde, they are pulling your leg.
The Mercury cycle is great for working on projects. It is a cycle of nature that has a flow that is good for various parts of a project; using the Mercury cycle can be like getting on a ride that helps your project get done. Mercury’s retrograde period is a reflective period, during which it’s best to slow down and meditate on your project or do research, but to not expect to meet deadline or sign contracts. It’s also a good time for cleaning up a project in anticipation of beginning a new one. During Mercury retrograde, deep thought builds up pressure and insights can break through in the right timing. The day Mercury conjuncts the Sun is a day when clarity has a good chance of descending on those who are watching for it.
Today is January 20, 2009. Mercury is now retrograde, and crossed the Sun this morning around 8 am Pacific time: today is epiphany day. Maybe you’ve had your moment of clarity already; maybe there is more to come. Ruminate on it, let it all come together in your mind. Let the wave break and carry you to the end of the Mercury retrograde period and the fruition of your project.