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Mercury Enters His Rx Shadow

mercury retrograde 11 cw
Dale Osadchuk

Mercury enters his retrograde shadow- 15 Nov 2017 to 10 Jan 2018

I have already been feeling the retrograde energy so I believe this is going to be an intense journey. Just to explain Mercury (our thoughts, perceptions, and communication style) will actually appear to begin his backward journey (from our perspective on Earth) when he reaches 29 degrees Sagittarius on Dec 02/03 (depending on your time zone). The 29th degree is considered to be Karmic indicating endings but also new beginnings. So this Mercury retrograde will be asking us to focus on completion and release to make space for the new to manifest. In my experience Sagittarius is the best manifester in the Zodiac both positively and negatively.

This Mercury retrograde will be asking us to focus on our spiritual vision. Think of it as a Vision Quest.  The planet of the mind begins Direct Motion again on Dec 22 at 13 degrees Sagittarius. That is the degree he occupies today (Nov 15) and so the Shadow period begins. When Mercury reaches 29 degrees Sagittarius again on 10 Jan 2018 he will clear the Shadow. The time between is identifying what you want to create and identifying what you need to release. The rule with any retrograde is revise and realign.

This is going to be a complex but rich Mercury retrograde. Here are some important dates. Rx stands for retrograde and D stands for direct. I am only describing the positive influences. We will expand on these energies as we get closer to the dates. Just wanted to give everyone an idea of what is ahead.

  • Nov 22 (D) - Dec11 (Rx) - Jan 05, 2018 (D) - Mercury in Sagittarius aligns with the Fixed Star Ras Alhague- healing what is broken.
  • Nov 27 (D) to Dec 06 (Rx) - Mercury aligns with Saturn in Sagittarius- building a strong spiritual foundation. 
  • Nov 24 (D) – Dec 10 (Rx) – Jan 06, 2018 (D) – Mercury in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces- Healing our individual wounds and the world wound.
  • Dec 05- Chiron moves Direct- active healing and embracing The Oneness.
  • Nov 25 (D) – Dec 10 (Rx) – Jan 06, 2018 (D) – Mercury in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries- breaking free from the past and breaking through to the authentic self.

Owl, the wisdom to see through deception and know the truth, is our guide. Deer, sensitivity and compassion, is also guiding us. Jupiter in Scorpio, release and transformation, is the planetary guide for this Mercury in Sagittarius journey and his dance with the other planets.

Hope you like roller-coaster rides,

Blessings Dale

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Copyright Dale Osadchuk 2017. 
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