A "Louder" Planet
Planets vary in their distance to Earth as
they travel their elliptical paths around the Sun. A planet always retrogrades
when its path brings it nearest to Earth. Many
astrologers believe that when a specific planet is so close to Earth
it is "louder" than when it is further away. One might reckon that a
retrograde planet is actually more powerful than when it is moving in
its normal direct motion. So why did the ancient astrologers consider
a retrograde planet to be such a negative?
fully understand the Mercury retrograde phenomenon, we need to look
at Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD) in children. ADD is associated
with hyperactivity. How is ADD treated? Children are given Ritalin,
an amphetamine-related stimulant. On the surface, Ritalin seems like
it would just make the hyperactive kids even more hyper, but they reach
a point of over-stimulation, and then they shut down.
Mercury retrograde works the same way. It is not a bad time. Itís only
difficult if you are not prepared to handle the increased load of data.
Itís like we have invisible bridges and wires connecting each of us
to all the places we typically go each day and to all the people with
whom we communicate.
gets closer and closer to Earth, the bridges
and wires have to deal with increased traffic. When the traffic gets
too intense, there is a traffic jam, a wire frays, or a bridge collapses.
Hence the negative judgment about Mercury retrogrades.
Other Side of the Coin
communication bridges break down, there is a message trying to get through.
The message is about the integrity of our bridges. Unfortunately, the
time to fortify our communication structures is not during a Mercurial
communication storm. We should be doing that in the relative lull between
Mercuryís retrograde periods.
If we have been doing our communication work, then Mercury retrogrades
can be quite productive as the data flows increase. The build up of
phone calls, emails, places to go and people to see can cause us to
reconsider plans previously made, rewrite documents that we thought
were completed and re-do things that we thought were done. If we approach
the tasks with the understanding that the universe is giving us a chance
to get it right, then our attitude can remain positive, instead of dwelling
on what went wrong.