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Mercury and the 6 Retrograde Planets

Talkative Mercury begins a two month journey in Libra on August 30th. Be prepared to discuss all manner of past problems with 6 planets moving backward.

A figure works to maintain their balance showing the difficult balance required during the Libra New Moon.

The Difficult Balance of October’s New Moon

October’s New Moon turns up the volume on the theme songs of our past. What you avoided in September could make this New Moon even rougher as Mercury joins 6 other retrograde planets. 

Justice scales on a background of fall leaves with the words "May your Fall Equinox and Libra Season be balanced."

Fall Equinox & Libra Balance

While planning remains strong as we enter intellectual Libra, our perspective widens from the details to larger issues of leadership. We are called to find balance on the scales of justice, the symbol of Libra’s reign.

A cornucopia spills it's harvest bounty onto a table with the words "Celebrate your abundance this Fall!"

Fall Abundance

Tables decorated with a cornucopia spilled forth fruits and vegetables as the people showed their gratitude to Demeter for the gift of a bountiful harvest. While we no longer create our horn of plenty or cornucopia from a goat’s horn to honor Demeter, Americans still use her symbols to represent abundant harvests.

Understanding Mercury Retrograde

During a retrograde, Mercury travels the same 15 degrees three times. The first shadow period happens almost 3 weeks before the planet stops or stations retrograde.

Mercury's symbol consists of the Venus symbol with horns indicating its ability to go between the masculine and feminine.

All About Mercury

Mercury, named for the Roman messenger god, rules travel, commerce and communication. Commerce and the attendant accounting and wealth aspects usually are associated with Virgo, one of the signs Mercury rules.

The RWS Minor Arcana Tarot Card, Ace of Swords, shows a hand holding a crowned sword indicating pure intellect.

Ace of Swords

Pure intellect triumphs.
Explore the world of ideas. The pen is mightier than the sword.
Clear is as kind as you can be.

The RWS Minor Arcana Tarot Card, Ace of Wands, shows a living wand over land indicating the rising of passion.

Ace of Wands

Pure passion triumphs.
Express yourself. You’re given artistic license. Flaunt your flair. Feed the fire in your gut.

The RWS Minor Arcana Tarot Card, Ace of Cups, shows the Holy Grail over the sea indicating pure ideals and love.

Ace of Cups

Pure emotion triumphs.This time love does conquer all. Trust your intuition. Honor your highest ideals.

The RWS Minor Arcana Tarot Sword, Ace of Pentacles, shows a hand holding a Pentacle over a fertile land indicating pure practical and mundane work.

Ace of Pentacles

Practicality triumphs. Forget experts and use common sense. Done is better than perfect. Back to the basics.