Month: March 2011

Mercury Retrograde in Aries — What Will It Mean to You?


Mercury Retrograde in Aries — What Does It Mean For You?
by Silver RavenWolf

Are ya busy?  Yeah!  Me too!  Let’s get to the meat of this Mercury Retrograde cycle rather than my trying to stuff your brain with a cute lead in and fluff around the middle.  Here’s the important information you need to know.  First, let’s mark our calendars or put an alert on your I-Pad:

Mercury entered its storm on Friday, 25 March 2011.

Mercury retrogrades in Aries on Wednesday, 30 March 2011.

Mercury turns direct in Aries on Saturday, 23 April 2011.

Mercury leaves its storm on Monday, 2 May 2011.

Given the normal snafu’s of a Mercury retrograde, where else in your life might you see the Mercury in Aries tango?

Let’s look at a brief list of what the astrological sign Aries rules.  This is the area where Mercury is doing the backward cha-cha.  Over the current retrogradation period, you may see some opportunities for review in the Aries-related list below.

Your abilities (if you feel sluggish, don’t be surprised).
Accidents.
Physical Activity.
The Desert.
Skin issues.
The Common People.
Courage.
Inflammatory Diseases.
Energy.
Fires.
Game Preserves.
Garages.
Hairdressers.
Hardware and hardware dealers.
Heat.
Insomnia.
Land (new).
Law Enforcement.
Leaders. (They’ll look like they are chasing their tails.)
Migraines.
Military and soldiers.
New, cutting-edge stuff.
Your mouth.
Your nose.
Operations.
Physical Therapy.
Roofs.
Your temperament.
Tools.
In your own natal chart — the house that Aries rules.
Your Aries Sun Sign (Moon Sign, Rising Sign) Friends or Family Members.

Typically, a Mercury retrograde is a time to review, re-tool, and make plans to revamp. Here, Mercury is lighting up these topics and giving you a chance to do some evaluation and provides ideas for directional change if you don’t like what you are seeing.  Typically, choices and real movement are to be done after Mercury leaves it storm (which would be the 2nd of May) — then, you can throw your throttle into full speed ahead.  During Mercury retrograde, drag out those musty projects and give them another go.  Basic rule:  Don’t do anything new (that could cost you big time later).

Now that we looked at our Aries list, let’s see what’s on our Mercury rulership list — these are some of the categories that Mercury typically orchestrates:

Absentmindedness
Accountants
Acoustics
Active things and people
Advertising
Agents
Animals
Architects
Arguments
Artists
Attorneys
Asthma
Authors
Bicycles
Birds
Bisexuality
Books
Brain functions
Broadcasting
Buyers and Sellers
Checks
Clerks
Classmates
Communication
Computers
Contemplation
Correspondence
Deeds
Diet
Diseases
Ears
Educators
Employees
Explanations
Facts
Fingers
Forgery
Gossip
Groceries
Harvests
Ideas
Ingenuity
Inspectors
Interviews
Investigators
Journalists
Knowledge
Lawyers
Letters
Listening
Logic
Masseurs
Mathematics
Memory
Mentors
Money
Nerves and specialists
News
Offices
Paper
Photography
Post Office
Printing
Professors
Publishing
Radio and television
Relatives
Reports
Rumors
Schools
Service type jobs
Stations (railway and bus)
Stores
Teachers
Tellers
Testimony
Throat
Trading
Traffic
Trains
Transportation in general
Understanding
Vehicles in general
Visitors
Weather
Wheels
Words
Writers
Young People

Okay, and that’s just the short list.  Now do you know why just about everything seems to go crazy during a Mercury retrograde?

For more information on Rulerships (if this info has charged up your interest) you might try these two books:

The Rulership Book by Rex E. Bills, published by the American Federation of Astrologers.

The Book of Rulerships — Keywords from Classical Astrology, by Dr. J. Lee Lehman, Ph.D., published by the Whitford Press.

News Piece:

While surfing the net for Mercury retro info, I happened upon this bit of information for all you “retro” fans:

Mercury retrogrades have a cycle in which the retrogrades have an exactness of covering the same signs, the same degrees and approximately on the same calendar days. This exactness is seldom thought about Mercury retrograde, with the seemingly chaotic and confusing situations we experience during the retrogrades. The exact Mercury retrogrades we will experience in 2011 were the exact same signs, same degrees and approximately the same calendar days of 1932. This cycle is seldom talked about in the astrology world, but is the cause of major course corrections for humanity. We can look back at history of 1932 to see the impact of Mercury retrogrades covering the same time frames, the same signs and the same degrees. We are coming to an important time as was experienced in 1932. For instance, the President of the U.S. in 1932 was Herbert Hoover, who had a birthday of August 10th, and the U.S. President in 2011 is Barack Obama, born August 4th, both having Sun in Leo. Few people are old enough to recount the transition of that time, but it becomes history repeating itself to give us a chance to grow as humanity, as a society and to make a difference. The Planet of Mars follows this same cycle and the sequence of Mars combining with Mercury’s influence of ideas and attitudes and Mars brings these ideas and attitudes into action. The phrase “thoughts become things” certainly brings home the combined energy of these two planetary connections.– http://www.alphalifetrends.com/mercuryretrograde.html

So!  If boredom strikes you this Mercury retrograde, you can always do a history search — what was this period in 1932 really all about?  A glance through newspaperarchive.com shows that new clues surfaced on the missing Lindbergh baby, former President Calvin Coolidge paid off a law suit, politicians vied for more taxes on a variety of subjects from cars to sewage handling, Stalin’s wife cut her classes at school (no kidding), banks were forced to pay customers restitution, New Foundland’s leader was attacked by rioters, Marconi linked the radio with the telephone with a new invention, Clarence Darrow hit the front pages with a murder trial in Hawaii, Von Hindenberg defeated Hitler for the High Office, Senators opened stock market probe, and more.

What will you do this Mercury Retrograde, hmmm?  If you’d like to look at Mercury retrograde tables showing exactly when the planet went retrograde and direct in history, try this link:

http://www.astropro.com/features/tables/geo/me-sta/me-sta26.html

Thanks for reading!  Your comments welcome!

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How To Make Your Own Equinox House Blessing Jars


Wiccan House Blessing Jars
Herbal House Blessing Jar & Jelly Bean Blessing Jar made by Silver RavenWolf

Spring Equinox House Blessing Jars
(Autumn Equinox for Southern Hemisphere)
by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2011

Spring Equinox!  Truly a powerful holiday, especially for starting new projects particularly those involving the home.  Kick start this quarter energy with the amazing full moon energy available this weekend, and you can make a truly magickal house blessing jar!  This article has instructions for two types of magickal jars — the more ornate Herbal Jar or the super easy Spring Equinox Jelly Bean Jar.

The House Blessing Jar is both a protective and blessing vehicle tuned to the type of herbs you select for inclusion.  Generally, the herbal jar will last approximately one year if re-empowered either by sunlight or moonlight every three months, particularly on High Holy Days or days of heightened astrological significance.  The contents of the Jelly Bean Blessing Jar is meant to be consumed within a three month period, and is a perfect fast and easy gift for a family member or circle mate.  Your intent and focus while constructing either jar makes all the difference in how well the jar will work. 

To read the complete article on How To Make Your Own Equinox House Blessing Jars, just visit http://www.silverravenwolf.com/RavenWolf_Projects.html — its free!  Article contains complete instructions including photos, a house blessing, herbal choices and upcoming astrological events to enhance your work.  Whether you choose the more ornate Herbal House Blessing Jar or the Super Easy Jelly Bean Blessing Jar, you’ll love the easy steps to complete either project!