Mercury Retrograde 2013 Plus Crises Lunations
CURRENT EVENTS FOR 2013
FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 17; JUNE 26 – JULY 20; OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 10 2013 – in 2014, FEBRUARY 6 – 28 2014
The traditional statement about Mercury retrograde is that it favors anything that begins with the prefix “re-” — re-negotiate, re-vamp, re-new, re-vise, return, re-issue, re-visit, re-finance because the word retrograde itself means “to go back and retrace one’s steps.”
Many people call me about how to handle the decision-making process while Mercury is retrograde. Always, decisions should only be made on contingency! With the element of flexibility added to any change or decision, there seems to be some guarantee of success. This period also favors finishing up work or returning to complete a project. This motion can provide new insights into the material. It favors re-considering prior decisions and getting others to change their minds about a previously-made decision. Precision is always disrupted by a retrograde Mercury. Going with the flow, keeping options open, using contingency methods and intuitively processing as you go along seem to give the flexibility needed to avoid Retrograde Mishaps.
Most of the time, Mercury retrograde is about as welcome as a tax audit! The left hemisphere of the brain is out to lunch, nothing works when you want it to, and nothing turns out as planned. Generally speaking, this is not a time to make any major commitments or sign any contracts or papers because you will change your mind. It is not a time to place any importance in the decisions or commitments of others since they, too, will change their minds. Sign agreements only on contingency! All changes are subject to delays, last-minute postponements or mix-ups.
This is a bad time to obtain a medical diagnosis or visit a doctor for the first time. You may not be able to obtain an accurate diagnosis until Mercury turns direct. It is better for a later diagnosis. In 2004, I was quite ill and no diagnosis during Mercury retrograde was accurate.
General repairs are not favored when Mercury is retrograde and these frequently have to be done over again. Never purchase anything associated with transportation or communication – such as a car, a bicycle, tape recorder, TV or even shoes. Such purchases will not last long or they will be plagued with malfunctions – if they work at all!
When Mercury is retrograde and afflicting another transiting planet, this causes major communication and decision-making errors in judgment. It is not a time to travel and, when driving yourself, exercise great caution. People are more inclined to be accident prone.
CRISIS LUNATIONS: Crisis Lunation periods occurs when, at the time that the Moon is New or Full, the Moon is physically very close to the earth. This closeness-lunation parallel will amplify our emotional reactions, bringing matters to a crisis point. This Crisis Moon period usually begins about one week before the New/Full Moon and lasts several days afterward. I find that you are only affected by one of the Crisis Moon periods, usually one that falls close to a natal planet. When a crisis arises, my advice is always to “stay calm, relax and make no impulsive decisions for at least a week.” The most critical are eclipses. The most potent occurred on April 15, 1995, because it occurred at the time of a Lunar Eclipse. Of course, the event it portended was the Oklahoma City bombing as the Eclipse fell on the ASC/DESC axis over that city. The WTC/Pentagon attack occurred within a wide orb of a Crisis Lunation. The US invaded Iraq on a Crisis Full Moon in March 2003.
I remember one example – a father called about his daughter who had run away from home about 4 days before the CFM. I told him what was occurring and that he should wait for about a week and she would likely return home….and she did. After the effects of the CFM were over, she became rational again.
There is a period when there is a string of CFMs — in 2010, there is one from August through October. There is usually only ONE of these CFMs that hits you — generally, not all of them … and you cannot always tell which one it is going to be. When it hits, you go crazy and your emotions are magnified. But, when the Moon begins to move away from the earth, we calm down. I am a Virgo so a rational explanation is very satisfying for me. If I know that I am feeling this way because of some astrological/astronomical configuration, it makes it seem OK and I feel much better.
June 22 2009 was a very critical New Moon/Solstice with many accidents, particularly the Metro disaster in Washington DC. Personally, everything that could go wrong did – flat tire requiring full tire replacements, computer stopped working, food poisoning…just to name a couple!
I first noticed this lunation in the early 1970s when my grandfather was in a nursing home. I saw that there were certain lunations in which the patients, called the Walkers, would pace more than usual. At that time, all I had was the Farmers Almanac to determine what was going on with the Moon. At first, I only used the Full Moon. Subsequently, I saw that another astrologer, Richard Nolle, used the Perigee New Moon…and he is absolutely correct. These work the same.
CRISIS LUNATIONS 2013:
New Moons: January 11 and November 3 (2 days away from exact), December 3 and January 1 (2014)
Full Moons: April 25, May 25, June 23, Jul 22 and August 21
Full Moon: The Full Moon of July 3 2012 was 2 days away from perigee. It seemed like the worst Crises Lunation to me with the horrible storm, loss of power and the loss of my beautiful Yard Tractor when a huge tree fell on it, crushing all but the headlights
ADDENDUM I: MERCURY RETROGRADE PURCHASES —
Many people have written about having to buy something when Mercury is Retrograde. Sometimes you just HAVE to buy something. With this Mercury R, my printer is not working. I need a printer. I selected March 6 since the aspects are very good, even though Mercury is Retrograde.
I remember years ago when I had to buy a TV for my partner while Mercury was R – I had no choice. So, I got a service contract on the TV. He never needed it and finally got rid of it when the new flat screen TVs became available.
Years ago, a client had to buy a truck for her husband who was a plumber. Mercury was R and she had no choice. I advised her to get a very comprehensive service contract, which she did. Using a horary chart for the purchase question, I advised her to keep the service contract for one year and then cancel it. Within a year, the truck caught on fire. Because she had the protection contract, it was replaced without cost to her.
ADDENDUM 2013: When both of my printers died when Mercury turned Retrograde, I HAD to buy a printer on March 6 – a good day astrologically, even though Mercury was Retrograde. I saw that Office Depot has the best price and they offer a service contract – a great protection for any Mercury R purchases.
It was snowing on the 6th so the parking garage next to the store was FREE. I took this as a good sign — but this store did not have the HP8600Plus. The employee there gave me a $10 coupon and he had located one at another store, about 3 miles away. When I got there, there was no 8600Plus but they offered me a $400 8600 Premium for the same price as the Plus – $199. The service contract was only $18 per year. It is a wonderful printer!
I find that it is OK to do something if you HAVE to do it when Mercury is R. This is a question that many of you have asked.
So, keep these experiences in mind when you HAVE to buy something when Mercury is Retrograde.