Mercury moved Retrograde today just after 8 am here in Hawaii, Thursday, September 17th. The planet of our Communication and Discrimination is best known for messing up our lives when it goes Retrograde by causing our tools of communication to crash or fail. This Retrograde cycle the planet is in its exaltation sign, which is also its own sign, of Virgo. Here we have the objectivity, flexibility and mental acuity to sort through facts and figures and come to unbiased understanding. Our communication also holds this clarity and practicality. With its Retrograde motion, we will experience a hesitation and delay in our communication and even in the intellect itself. This serves to help us Reflect and Integrate our mental experience before moving forward. It may be extra frustrating when the planet is exalted because the feeling of clarity is there, but not the forward trajectory or ability to "get it out there". Use this opportunity to listen, rather than speak:-) Mercury is joined the obsessive and mysterious North node of the Moon, Rahu. This alignment will be useful in reining in the part of us that goes around devouring all the information in sight, and allow us to instead slow down, listen to and internalize the sudden flashes of insight this often confusing, other-worldly node might bring us.
Last night the Sun moved into Virgo, to join Mercury and Rahu, taking our sense of Power and bringing in a much stronger ideal of responsibility. Virgo is where we pay attention to details, both in fault-finding and in making things happen. Unlike, the Sun in its own sign of the Lion, who naturally stands up to be seen and heard, the Sun in Virgo is more behind-the-scenes in its Leadership role. We will see a dramatic shift from "show-boating" our authority to basing it on the practical truths that facts, figures and details offer both on a global scale, and within our own lives and selves. With the action planet Mars now in Leo (see Tuesday's report) we are ready to listen to others, think, and then act on our ideals rather than just speak them on a pulpit. Be careful of trying to discipline others or blaming them for your own feeling of unrest; work instead on self-discipline physically and as you navigate the details of your endeavors. Hare Ohm
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