Other than the slowdown in communications, I’m seeing positive effects, too. As I predicted, relationship issues are being revisited, although I didn’t expect it to happen this soon. I didn’t think we’d see this trend until after May 13, when Mercury returns to Venus-ruled Taurus. I certainly didn’t expect any developments before Mercury even went retrograde, but then he’s hovering exactly trine my Ascendant and sextile my Descendant, so that might explain the aberration.
Even though Mercury doesn’t turn retrograde until Thursday (late Wednesday on the West Coast of the United States), do be prepared for some frustration getting to work on Monday morning. Public transportation schedules may be messed up, and traffic jams could be worse than usual. People you need to contact may not be in, or they may not return calls when you need them. It’s par for the course.
Another factor that could affect this Mercury retrograde is Saturn’s station. Retrograde since December 31, the taskmaster and lord of time returns direct at 15 degrees Virgo on May 16. Although I argue for Ceres as ruler of Virgo, the change hasn’t been made — my petition is on hold on the desk of some faceless bureaucrat god on Mount Olympus — which means that Saturn currently is stopped in a sign ruled by Mercury, who’s also stopped. So it looks like we’ll be even more frustrated than usual, especially in matters related to our daily grind, until the end of this month. Those of you with sensitive digestion need to go easy, too.
The other big astrological event this week is the Full Moon in Scorpio on Saturday. This Full Moon marks the halfway point between the lunar eclipse in Leo on February 9 and the lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 6. The eclipse in August is the last in the Aquarius-Leo series and represents a culmination of whatever issues this eclipse series brought to your door. With Mercury retrograde, it’s a good time for a review, and indeed you may have to revisit a situation whether you want to or not. Hopefully, the examination will be productive, even if there’s some discomfort attached. Saturn will play a role, too, as this Full Moon will be in favorable aspect.
I’ll leave the rest of the Full Moon analysis to Neith. Check back in a day or two for her report.
Meanwhile, the Sun trines Saturn on Tuesday, so we may well get a preview of how the Full Moon will play out. It would be nice, for once, to have some predictability. Saturn may not be the guy you want to snuggle up to at night, but you usually can count on him to be steady and reliable.
Much love and courage to all,
Image: A sculpture outside a Paris train station made of clocks. Imagine the confusion for anyone hoping to be able to figure out what time it is. Happy Mercury retrograde! Photo by Charles Platiau for REUTERS. p>