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Welcome to those of you who are subscribers as well as those who are reading my newsletter for the first time. If you missed the April 2022 News and Views Part 2, you can access that here conta.cc/3F3vFJS. In that newsletter, which came out at the end of April, I talked about eclipse season and the solar one of April 30 appearing a day after Pluto stationed retrograde. I cited some interesting occurrences about that eclipse here conta.cc/3FfhQbw

There is so much going on this month so once again I am sending this one out as Part One about Mercury retrograde, which begins on May 10. Scroll down to read more about this month's pesky Mercury Retrograde cycle and tips on how not to panic, since in the scheme of things this is not the most difficult planetary signature you will encounter.

Part Two of May News & Views will appear around the time of the Total Lunar Eclipse, which occurs May 15-16 depending on your time zone and will focus on that one, which is in some respects a twin eclipse to the one on November 19, 2021, since they affect the same region of the zodiac. The other important event this month is Jupiter entering tropical Aries, and for those of you who practice Jyotisa, Jupiter already entered sidereal Pisces on April 13. I will look at these planets changing signs according to both zodiacs in a future newsletter.

A review of the eclipses, retrogrades, and planetary signatures of this year so far, plus looking ahead to the second half of the year will be explored in my webinar What's Next in 2022: The Next Six Months?, which takes place on Tuesday July 12 from 7 - 9 pm. This will be free to those who attended my 2022 Sensitive Degrees Webinar last December, since this is a follow-up. But it is a standalone that anyone can register for and you will then automatically receive the 5 hour webinar from December plus the one on July 12. Scroll below to find out more information.

Thank you to those of you who attended my lecture: Meet the 2022 Eclipses on Saturday April 30 for ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology). For those of you who missed it or wish to see it again the good news is that the video has posted on ACVA's Youtube channel here youtu.be/tD7TXBKDGeA.

I am thrilled to be speaking at several conferences and presenting several webinars over the next few months and hope you can make it at least some of them. Scroll down to read more about the NYC NCGR spring conference on Venus; Jyotish Kumbha Mela; Webinar on What's Next in 2022; ISAR 2022, and The Astrology Gathering (TAG) in Lily Dale.

Jyotisa classes began on Wednesday March 2 but you can still sign up for the next four classes and receive the recordings from the first five classes. I have added a 9th bonus class, which will address using Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the angles (descendant, Midheaven, IC) in Indian astrology. Scroll down for more information on the class and how to register.

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Pesky Mercury Retrograde

  • April 26 2022. Mercury/Budha enters Retrograde Arc or Shadow. Tropical. 26°Taurus 05'. Sidereal 02°Taurus 1’. kṛttikā

  • May 10 2022. Mercury/Budha Stations Retrograde (vakra). Tropical 04° Gemini 51'. Sidereal 10°Taurus 47’. rohiṇī

  • May 21, 2022. Sun/Surya Mercury/Budha Inferior Conjunction. Tropical. 0° Gemini 43'. Sidereal 06° Taurus 38' kṛttikā

  • June 3, 2022. Mercury/Budha Stations Direct. Tropical. 26°Taurus 05'. Sidereal 02°Taurus 01’. kṛttikā

  • June 19, 2022. Mercury/Budha Leaves Retrograde Arc or Shadow. Tropical 04°Gemini 51'. Sidereal 10°Taurus 47’. rohiṇī

Much of what I write here is similar to my usual Mercury Retrograde missive, mostly because it always brings the same general uneasiness, even though much of it is unwarranted. Sure, there will be the mild annoyances and disruptions, which may include communication snafus, scheduling conflicts, misunderstandings, and transportation slowdowns, and if you are prepared and figure these things are possible, they will not throw you off your center when they occur. Remember to think before you speak, do not overreact to what others say and do, and refrain from juggling your usual array of activities. Mercury multitasks well when it moves forward at a steady pace, and not when it appears to slow up, which is what retrogrades are all about. Retrogrades are a great time to look inward and revise and fix something you have previously worked on since once it goes direct you will be able to move forward with something new that you have incorporated in a project, relationship, move, or just with your own appearance, attitudes, and goals. Be quiet, meditate, and look inside. Be more alert than usual, develop more patience, and generally take things slower. Look inward and you will be able to problem solve. Retrogrades are always a time for reflection and revision. 

Planets retrograde when they "appear" to move backwards though they do not, but do move closest to earth in their orbit and slow its speed. As an inferior planet that falls between the Earth and Sun, Mercury entered its shadow, or retrograde arc (the term I prefer), which is the degree of the eventual direct station, on April 26, and leaves its shadow or retrograde arc when it passes the degree of the retrograde station on June 19. Approximately midway through the retrograde cycle between May 10--June 3, the Sun and Mercury form its inferior conjunction on May 21, since Mercury is close to the earth in between the Sun and Earth.

Now that Mercury is retrograde we may begin to see the flow of information slowing down, getting delayed, confused and misunderstood. We have to work even harder to be clear in our communications, since that really is what Mercury retrograde is all about. We cannot always control if our computers slow down, or if there is a lot of traffic and delays, but what we can do is just take deep breaths, call up patience, and really focus on what is most important and to choose our battles wisely. there is no reason to get bent out of shape if your train is delayed, and if you are late for an appointment, just be clear what the problem is and the person on the other end will understand. Watch machines, especially computers and cell phones, since they tend to break down, and since we use them for communication, it definitely comes under the purview of Mercury. 

Ditto for signing contracts and any other important papers. Make sure you are clear, and you have asked all the questions you need to ask. Do not hesitate to ask for a re-wording of something, and just make sure you cover all your bases. It is always good to show the contract to someone who understands what it is about. If you do have to sign something or start a project when Mercury is retrograde, just choose a good date and planetary hour. We cannot control what happens in life, and do not overdo any problems that could arise with Mercury retrograde, since sometimes worry or anxiety is far worse than anything that can actually go wrong.

In general, you want to do things on a day ruled by a benefic planet, therefore, Monday (Moon), Wednesday (Mercury), Thursday (Jupiter) or Friday (Venus). Try to do that on a waxing moon, meaning between the new and full moon, but begin about two days after the new moon when we can see a sliver of it in the sky. We can also extend a positive period until three days after the Full Moon since it is still able to be seen in the sky. Of course this is general, but these are general tips for diverting Mercury retrograde. 

This is the span of degrees of the current Mercury retrograde which you can see above: Tropical. 04° Gemini 51' -26° Taurus 05'. Sidereal. 10° Taurus 47'- 02° Taurus 01’. Look to see which house they fall in since that can give you a hint as to which area of the chart is affected. Tropically Mercury retrograde will span Gemini and Taurus. Sidereally Mercury retrograde only spans Taurus. This area of your life might become unpredictable, may slow down, or may take an unexpected turn. You may not get the results you want so either explore the new expression or be patient and wait for things to straighten out.

If you have any planets, points, or angles that conjoin the degrees where Mercury stations retrograde or direct they will be affected. See what these planets mean in a generic sense, and which house it occupies and rules since it will cross those planets three times. If you have anything 1-2 degrees of one of the stationary points, it will hit that degree twice but will be especially important for that planet when Mercury stations retrograde or direct. Just take care and take deep breaths. Use the retrograde energy to think about plans but do not put them in motion until after Mercury goes direct.

If you use Indian astrology. If you have a planet, point, or angle in your chart between 10° Taurus 47'- 02° Taurus 01, where Mercury retrogrades, this is what may be awakened, activated, and transformed.

Sun. power, vigor; Moon. maternal, mind; Mars. strength, courage; Mercury. speech, learning; Jupiter.  knowledge, wealth; Venus. love, happiness; Saturn. sorrow, fear; Rahu. intensity, compulsion; Ketu. extremes, spirituality; Lagna. destiny, vitality. If you want to use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto you can look below at tropical Western astrology for their keywords.

If you do not know which houses sidereal Taurus occupies, look at your ascendant, or Moon, or even your Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for bhavas (houses) are as follows:  

1. appearance, destiny, temperament, personality, constitution; 2. Money, family life, food, speech, early childhood; 3. Siblings, Fine arts, courage, desires; 4. Mother, happiness, real estate, vehicles; 5. Children, romance, investments, speculation; 6. Open enemies, work, competition, obstacles, illness; 7. Marriage, partners, contracts, passion; 8. Life and death cycle, research, accidents, other's money, inheritance; 9. Father, teacher (guru), religion, higher learning, opportunity; 10. Career, status, public recognition, reputation; 11. Profits, rewards, gains from work, awards, older siblings; 12. spiritual practice, secret enemies, foreign travel, debt, confinement.

If you use tropical Western astrology. If you have a planet, point, or angle in your chart between 04° Gemini 51' -26° Taurus 05', where Mercury retrogrades, this is what may be awakened, activated, and transformed.

Sun. vitality, individuality, ego; Moon. emotions, habits, conditioning; Mercury. communication, intelligence; Venus. love, beauty, creativity; Mars. physical energy, aggression, courage; Jupiter. expansion, abundance; Saturn. limitation, disciplined, fear; Uranus. originality, independent, rebellious; Neptune. spiritual, immaterial, imagination; Pluto. intensity, power; North Node. power, place where you must strive; South Node. place where it is easy, habits; Ascendant. personality, destiny; IC. home, family, mother; Descendant. partnerships, contracts; Midheaven. career, father

If you do not know which house tropical Gemini and Taurus occupy, look at your ascendant, or Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for houses are as follows: 

 Tropical Houses.
1. personality, body, appearance; 2. finances, possessions, values. 3. communication, siblings, short journeys, learning; 4. family, mother, home; 5. children, recreation, entertainment; 6. health, service, pets; 7. marriage, contracts, partnership; 8. business transactions, sexuality, life and death matters; 9. higher education, travel abroad, publishing, law; 10. profession, status, father; 11. gains, friendships, hopes, dreams; 12. compassion, spirituality, limitations, solitude