Mercury and Uranus turn retrograde in tandem

Uranus retrogradeYou might want to read about the concept of “higher octave planets” if you missed that post before reading this one. Uranus will turn retrograde early in the morning on the 14th EDT (late morning GMT) and Mercury will turn retrograde late in the evening EDT on the 15th (early morning on the 16th GMT). Planets of course don’t really change direction, but astrology is person-centered. We are the center of our own universe, and that is how we observe the planets astrologically.  Sometimes the movement of the planets appears to retrograde from our perspective on earth, and during those times the operation of those planets functions differently, and usually in a more inward than outward fashion. The outer planets are retrograde for about six months out of every year, and Mercury is retrograde for three weeks four times a year, so these events are not uncommon.  Still, they tend to arrive with a lot of weeping and moaning from the astrocommunity. While it’s true that Mercury retrograde periods can be challenging for planning a trip, coordinating meetings, all kinds of communication equipment including email and voicemail, they are also valuable times to rethink any areas of life where additional processing is required.  Mercury rules the mind and the mental functioning as well as the transmission of information.  Mercury is involved in the learning process, as well as the method through which we communicate our understanding and in retrograde motion our knowledge and awareness of the interconnections in our universe can deepen past the superficial. As the higher octave of Mercury, Uranus elevate the workings of the mind to a superconscious state.  The flashes of insight that come from scientific discovery or personal intuition – those moments of “Eureka” and “Aha” in which we suddenly are aware of a reality that is so absolutely true and certain, yet which has no basis in our previous awareness – this is Uranus at work. As has been said over and over in this column, and will continue to be repeated for the next three years, Uranus and Pluto are locked in a challenging square at the moment.  The retrograde turn of Uranus during this cycle brings Uranus back towards the exact angle to Pluto that will continue to create more upheaval and release as the revolution, both internal and external, continues. Ouranos was the sky god – from his viewpoint in the sky he could see all, and know all.  Thus the Uranian archetype expands Mercury and takes our ability to witness and observe to a higher level.  Under the Uranus influence we have a greater perspective and an ability to see the larger picture. With both Mercury and Uranus turning retrograde within a day of each other, there is a powerful focus now on the way in which we translate what we see in the world into an understanding of it.  Any place in which we are blinded by emotion or a lack of reason will be highlighted now. When Uranus is retrograde we tend to look more closely at areas of our life that need change.  When we’re in a time of great change such as we’re in right now, this can be enervating and inspiring.  It can also be somewhat terrifying if we stare too long into the abyss.  There is a lot of mind and mental activity right now, so any activity you can do to offset that headiness (yoga, swimming, meditation) will be very helpful.

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By | 2012-07-13T14:05:28+00:00 July 13th, 2012|Astrology, Mercury retrograde|10 Comments


  1. Lena July 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I lost my apartment July 3rd and have been homeless since and still without a job. I am on verge of nervous breakdown

    3/7/62 12:03 PM, Islip, NY

    • July 14, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Lena, I am so sorry that you continue to have so much stress in your life. Are there any pro bono counselors in the area where you live who can help you to get through this difficult time?

  2. Greg F July 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    This period has been very hard on my Aries friend K too. She was born the same month and year as you, Lena, and is having similar problems. I hope the coming weeks grant you some better luck. Courage.

  3. Becc July 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Lena – You will make it through. You will.

  4. Adam July 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I think it is also worth noting that with Mercury R in Leo is loosely trine Uranus R in Aries and inconjunct Pluto R in Capricorn. Wow! Lots of review, revise, revisit, etc. These aspects will be exact during the week of July 23rd which will likely portend the revelation of even MORE “news and communications” (Mercury) about ongoing financial improprieties (Pluto) as well as the increasing sightings of UFOS (Uranus). Since the “birther” track of trying to discredit the President no longer has much traction, the latest pitch by the GOP is that Obama is from Outer Space. LOL! An example of “lack of reason” for you – Mercury is not without his sense of humor. Seriously though, when Mercury comes out of its retrograde shadow about August 22nd, Uranus and Pluto are exact in the second of their square aspects. Very likely that the breaking news of this retrograde period will be the run up to some action at that time. Perhaps the arrest of some international banksters? Very possible. As Lynn suggests, this is a time to keep it real by grounding yourself with exercise, meditation, communing with nature and eating quality foods.

  5. Lena July 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I have never lived like this, worrying about where I am going to sleep and what to eat. I was told that I had pluto retrograde in the 7th house and that is going back to a husband for support. My ex husband is so bitter from our divorce would rather see me homeless than let me stay at his home with my kids, very sad. I am very disappointed the friends I thought I could count on, no where to do be found. I know I will get out of this, I have student aid/loan money coming to me on September 19th, which is a long time away. I don’t know how I am going to make it from now until then. The last 2years have been so bad, but from my birthday in March have been the worst time in my entire life. I never thought I would be in a homeless shelter when I use to make 60,000 a year!

  6. Lena July 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Lynn, I am on every kind of government assistance there is. I just started seeing a counselor through my college, I have been attending college part time for the past 4 years, it has also help to support me as well. I don’t know what I would have done without this money, a 9th house aspect that is empasized in my chart. I have had so many legal problems as well, another 9th house aspect!

  7. lENA July 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I am now staying in a place without electricity, so I can’t take a hot shower to eat there, but at least sleep in peace. I have to look for another place in a week. I was offereed a place to stay but the man almost rapped me and wanted friend’s with benefits. I wish this ride would be over, eversince my birthday in march, been so difficult.

  8. Lena Hill July 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I am staying at a friend’s hosue with no electricity. I was in a shelter for 2 days, but I would rather stay in my car than be in that position again, it was awful experience.

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